Today’s links of interest:
- Retailers pressure studios on Web deals
In which the retailers attempt to play hardball.
- Google snaps up YouTube for $1.65B
Just think, the founders would have settled for $1.64B.
- Their Crime: Playing iTunes on Devices Not Named iPod
French Digital Rights activists turn themselves in for illegally converting DRM’d media. If nothing else this protest should get the police’s attention. Anyone want to volunteer for iPod patrol? I didn’t think so.
- Google Buys YouTube for .65 Billion, Grabs Lead in Web Videos
So that happened.
- A Slippery Slope of Censorship at YouTube
A community scorned is a community riled up. When YouTubers decide to eat their own, free speech becomes the main course.
- TV Hits Are No Shows In New Season
Turns out the breakout programming of the new season is punditry…as in, those who are saying "I told you so."
- Time Please, Sam
The BBC is going to ax the pretty great "Life on Mars" after its second series. However, it looks like it will get a proper ending, which means that the axing is fine with us.
- 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection Reaches a Galactic Total of .1 Million at Christie’s New York
Including 6,000 for a 6 1/2 foot replica of the Enterprise-D. And I was worried about paying 0 for a TiVo.
- Scorsese’s ‘Departed’ arrives at No. 1 with US million debut
Amazingly enough, it was Scorsese’s best debut ever.
- Punk venue CBGB’s closing after 33 years
Don’t cry for CBGB’s — it’s moving west. Joey Ramone slot machines anyone?
- MySpace to host concerts for Sudan aid
The art of relief concerts is changing — for the better. Now if only MySpace can convince the bands not to record and release a schlocky single to commemorate the event.
- ‘Second Life’ 3-D digital world grows
As does the real-world money being earned and spent by those associated with the game.