News Roundup: Lionsgate Movies on iTunes, Pixar Stock Problems, Intel's 80-Core Chip, and More

News Roundup: Lionsgate Movies on iTunes, Pixar Stock Problems, Intel's 80-Core Chip, and More

Lionsgate movies come to the iTunes Store: Apple announced today that Lionsgate movies are now available at the iTunes Store. Popular Lionsgate movies include Reservoir Dogs and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Oddly enough, three of the movies mentioned in Apple's press release (The Boys from Brazil, Total Recall, and Monster's Ball) aren't available yet, but give the Apple folks some time.

 

Beatles may be on their way to the iTunes Store: Apple Corps Ltd (the Beatles folks) says that the Beatles will soon be ready for downloading, though there was no mention of online distribution. But this does add fuel to the Beatles-on-iTunes rumors that have been floating around.

 

EU mulls online-music return policy:Those Europeans sure like to give Apple problems. Now the European Union is thinking about forcing online music stores to have a return policy for customers who bought music and want to return the song for a refund. No word yet on how the EU plans to stop customers from burning songs to a CD before the songs are returned.

 

Intel introduces mega-muscular chip: Intel has built an 80-core processor that performs more than a trillion floating point operations per second (teraflop). The 80 cores fit on a 275-square millimeter chip and draws only 62 watts of power, less than many modern desktop chips. Hey, wipe that drool off your chin—there's no word on when we'll see this chip in a computer.

 

Jobs's stock-option problems now include Pixar: In news that a) most of us don't understand, and b) won't go away, Steve Jobs is getting more heat about stock options, but this time, it's about Pixar stock options. In case you forgot, Jobs was the CEO of Pixar before the Disney acquired the company behind Toy Story, Cars, the soon to be released Ratatouille, and other animated films.

 

Columnist accuses Jobs of being the new Bill Gates: The stock options scandals, the call to end DRM, the iPhone name battle, charging $2 to upgrade to 802.11n - it's all too much for Seattle Times columnist Brier Dudley, who thinks that Steve Jobs has become Bill Gates-like. Dudley thinks that Jobs's flippancy will eventually hurt him, but the thing is, this isn't new. Hasn't Jobs always been this way? We thought so.

 

Jobs's anti-DRM thoughts inspire commentary, but not much action: It takes BBC columnist Bill Thompson over 700 words to get to his point: Thompson doesn't believe Jobs's desire for a DRM-free world because Apple would sell fewer iPods. Warner Music isn't dropping DRM anytime soon, and Universal Music Group and Sony BMG Music Entertainment haven't said anything, leaving EMI the only company considering DRM-free music. We may never get the opportunity to hold Jobs to his Thoughts on Music.

 

Canada floats iPod-tax trial balloon: Canada's Private Copyright Collective wants to tax iPods as much at $75, stating that the money is needed to compensate artists for unauthorized copying of music. If the Collective gets its wish, we imagine that iPod sales in Washington, Montana, Minnesota, and Michigan will skyrocket.

 

New Apple Store planned for Boston: Bostonians are excited about the new Back Bay Apple store, even though it won' t open until December. The three-story store will feature a glass facade and have a definite "wow factor," according to Mark Maloney, the former Redevelopment Authority director in Boston. Too bad Boston Mac Expo dissolved a few years ago - the store would've been a nice stop for Expo attendees to make.

 

In non-Steve, non-Apple related news: If you're using Windows and thinking about upgrading to Vista, you need to consider the hidden costs. The FBI still can't figure out how to stop losing laptops. In the European Union, fake bloggers are illegal. And finally, the science behind Godzilla.

 

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Slowly,Slowly all the good movies will com on the iTune store, as i think all movies are going to be either in MP4 movie format or for ipods.

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