This seems to be the week of the big media guys beating up the little guys and the little guys fighting back. On Monday, the Motion Picture Association of America sued the new DVD streaming service Zediva. On Tuesday, Sony said its PlayStation Network had suffered outages as a result of attacks by the Anonymous group of hackers. On Wednesday, Google said it had removed an app for the Grooveshark music streaming service from the Android Market. Read more

When Zediva’s founders briefed me pre-launch on their innovative new online DVD rental service last week, my main concern was whether it could “scale” robustly to cope with thousands of users. Despite their assurances, it seems the answer is it can’t, at least for now. The site was closed to new users within a few hours of its launch on Wednesday and existing users like me are having problems accessing the movie rentals. Read more