Daily Archives: April 2, 2009

Maija Palmer

YouTube logoGoogle has waded into another row over music royalty rights in Europe, this time in Germany. Again, it has shut off premium music videos on the YouTube service as it negotiates with the local rights agency, Gema, over how much it has to pay for each video. It did the same thing in the UK two weeks ago.

Like any payment dispute, this is grubby. The rights agencies want more money for their musicians and songwriters. Google wants to pay less – preferably a flat fee – and argues that YouTube doesn’t make enough money to pay any more. Read more

Chris Nuttall

As if there weren’t enough iPhone apps, now we have too many App Stores from which to choose.

Research in Motion on Wednesday became the latest company to launch one, with its unveiling of App World for its BlackBerry phones at the CTIA wireless telecoms conference in Las Vegas. Read more

  • Silicon Graphics finally passed on to the Great Valley in the Sky. The former star workstation maker long ago became the symbol for how old tech companies never die, they just linger. No longer: SGI filed for bankruptcy and sold itself to Rackable Systems for $25m.
  • As we reported at the weekend, and News Corp has now confirmed, former AOL boss Jonathan Miller is the new top digital executive of a domain that includes MySpace and News’ stake in Hulu. Miller’s name had also been in the frame recently as a potential head of Yahoo, as well as Microsoft’s online division.

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