Daily Archives: July 6, 2010

Can flattery really get you everywhere? Even if you’re a notorious pirate?

Until last year, Peter Sunde was the scourge of record labels and film studios as one of the founders of the Pirate Bay, the “unauthorised” music and movie downloading site. Now he’s hoping to change the economics of content again with a new venture, Flattr.

Having become famous for facilitating free downloads, Mr Sunde wants to make the web pay with his combination of tip jar, micropayment scheme and Facebook’s Like button.

Mr Sunde says this isn’t as inconsistent with online piracy as it might at first appear. Read more

Sony’s launch of a slimmed down PlayStation 3 last September at a lower price led to a sustained sales lift and Microsoft would welcome a similar boost for its smaller version of the Xbox 360.

There are no price cuts with the $300 Xbox 360 S, announced at the E3 show in June, but added features such as built-in wireless connectivity mean better value for money. Read more