• The Recording Industry Association of America is declaring attorney-blogger Ray Beckerman a "vexatious" litigator and is seeking unspecified monetary sanctions to punish him in his defense of a New York woman accused of making copyrighted music available on the Kazaa file sharing system.
  • "One consumer benefit to the music industry's tribulations has been an increase in opportunities to acquire music. The industry had to loosen the reins as is looked like the horses might bolt and leave the stagecoach stranded in the ditch. First came the industry's own pathetic efforts like Pressplay, then the DRMed world of iTunes, then the DRM-free goodness of Amazon, then the Nokia Comes With Music model, then the Last.fm free music streaming model, and now the birth of MySpace Music"
  • "Artist Jose Manuel Ballester repainted several famous paintings, leaving out the living creatures. The effect is striking."
  • "When will "the literary establishment" start taking science fiction more seriously? Everybody from Michael Chabon to David Hartwell wants to know. But would most readers really be happy if science fiction actually became more literary? Here's our list of things that might change about science fiction if it took on more literary pretensions."
  • "A team of researchers at the University of Toronto have captured the first image of a planet orbiting a sun-like star. The image (click to enlarge) was taken at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, and the planet you're seeing here is about six times the mass of Jupiter"
  • "Science Fiction came of age in the 19th Century under the talents of writers like Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells. But before these authors stands a long history of proto-science fiction tales, replete with voyages to the moon, socially and technologically advanced civilizations, and visions of the future."
  • "Big-brained lunatic Walter Bishop from the new Fox series Fringe is my new favorite science fiction character. Lacing through his science-heavy dialogue are some hilarious did-he-just-say-that moments that actor John Noble expertly delivers. His idiot savant attitude is both scary and endearing, and you don't know if he's going to bark at you or curl up in a little ball."
  • "Last night, the new big-budget remake of scifi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still debuted about 7 and a half minutes of new footage, and it's pretty darn scary. Gone are the subtleties of 1950s acting, replaced with amazing new powers for Klaatu and CG spheres that will blow you away."
  • "Napster, the original peer-to-peer music sharing network that has since transformed itself into a legal subscription service, is being acquired by Best Buy. The electronics retailing giant will be paying $121 million to buy Napster – a more than 85% premium to where Napster’s beleaguered shares were trading as of Friday."
  • "MySpace Music, a new music service plotted by MySpace and music labels, is likely to debut soon with much pomp and show. And despite all the pre-buildup hype it is by no means a slam dunk."
  • "Electronics retailer Best Buy today announced that it plans to acquire music retailer Napster for $121 Million. According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal values Napster at $2.65 a share, almost double its closing price on Friday. However, while Napster was a major success story when its name was still synonymous with illegal P2P file sharing, it never quite caught on with users after it turned into a legitimate business. Judging from the press release, Best Buy is mostly interested in Napster's mobile business, where, with the help of Best Buy's marketing power, the company might just be able to create a profitable niche for itself."
  • "what kind of Web memes will 2008 bring? Will we ever see something scarier than Chris Crocker throwing a tantrum? Well, perhaps that’s not what everyone was asking as the world got wasted and passed out on New Year’s Eve, but we’ve decided to answer the question anyway and recall the six quirkiest Web memes that we’ve seen this year—so far."
  • "Bayerische Polizeibeamte haben am vorigen Donnerstag die Wohnung des Bundespressesprechers der Piratenpartei Deutschland durchsucht. Das geht aus einer Mitteilung des bayerischen Landesverbands der Partei hervor. Auch ein in Bayern stehender Server eines anderen Parteimitglieds mit stark verschlüsselten Daten soll beschlagnahmt worden sein."
  • "Slash, Ex-Gitarrist der Rockband Guns N' Roses, über den Streit mit Axl Rose, Kindererziehung und plötzliche Stromschläge von innen"
  • "Stanford University has launched a series of 10 free, online computer science (CS) and electrical engineering courses. The courses span an introduction to computer science and an introduction to artificial intelligence and robotics, among other topics."
  • "Man hab ich Gigabytes, ey, glaubste nich. Alles voll. Kennste Internet? Werbespot für die neue Agentur La Red. Photoshop haben die auch."
  • "The duo behind the Diet Coke and Mentos geysers that exploded across YouTube last year are hoping to strike viral gold again. "Sticky Note-Experiment" (embedded) is the latest project from mad scientists slash online video creators Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz."
  • "Berlin electronic music composer Martin (Paul Kalkbrenner), known as DJ Ickarus, is touring with his manager and girlfriend Mathilde (Rita Lengyel) from club to club around the globe and is about to release their biggest album to date. However, all of his plans are thrown out of kilter after Ickarus is submitted to the emergency ward of a psychiatric clinic high on drugs after a gig- A tragicomedy in Berlin of today."
  • "Wie angekündigt waren Nico und ich zusammen mit Nils Bokelberg noch einmal bei Christian Ulmen. Im Rittersaal haben wir erfahren, wie Günter Netzer Ulmens Leben geprägt hat, wie prominent er wirklich ist, ob er Kritikerlob gerne gegen größeren Publikumserfolg tauschen würde und warum Spreeblick heute das ist, was früher MTV war. Und natürlich: vieles mehr."
  • "Jeppson apparently jeopardized the paper's access to the band by linking to a user-edited, condensed version of their latest album, Death Magnetic, in his three-star review. The shortened version appeared via RapidShare, then spread via torrent tracker sites. It contains songs that each have had between one and four minutes removed– a process Jeppsson likened to removing a person from a fat suit so that "one can sense how many times too often the choruses are repeated on the original tracks.""