The streaming music service Spotify have been mentioned here a lot of times. It's now out of Beta and officially launched. I got around 30 invites with my account. They are now all gone. Everyone I have given it too have ranged between "Oh-my-god-I-can't-beleive-how-good-it-is" to "This-is-everything-I-have-been-waiting-for". I will do a more detailed review of Spotify soon. But the general impression I have is that this could be, as Stone roses sing, The One. Of course Spotify will live or die depending on how good their catalouge can be. As of now ...Read More

The term "Straight to video" may soon be as passé as the video cassette. Youtube could soon be the preffered choice of distribution for young filmmakers and c-movies starring Jean-claude Van damne if a big distribution cannot be secured. Recently the movie Princess of Nebraska premiered at Youtube. First weekend it scored a view count of 140 000. The plot: "Princess of Nebraska is about a young girl, under 20 and pregnant, who comes to the states with no background for the cultural revolution. She doesn’t know about Tiananmen Square, and really, ...Read More

Harvard director Robert C. Darnton said in a statement to his librarians not to join Google and their book scanning project. Quotes: "As we understand it, the settlement contains too many potential limitations on access to and use of the books by members of the higher-education community and by patrons of public libraries" He continues: "the scope of access to the digitized books is in various ways both limited and uncertain" This is a discussion I look forward to. At Harvard they are concerned of how they can use scanned books by ...Read More

Sometime during the 90s MTV lost it's meaning. When I was a kid I could watch MTV hours after hours just waiting for a new track or my favourite, cursing MTV for all their contests where you had "to be 18 for entering". I am not sure exactly when MTV became totally irrellevant but they dug their grave with steadfast precision, reality show by reality show. And now, lo and behold: MTV is back! If someone would have described it to me; Youtube-format music videos, but with no lip-synch errors, decent resolution ...Read More

This video was produced by the Sony Corp. for its annual Executive meeting held in June, 2008: Did you know? Made by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod. WELL WORTH WATCHING. Thanks to Bob Lefsetz and his unparallelled newsletter for finding this for us. So, the obvious question to our readers: what does all this mean? Any heads up for the Sony executives? Edit: link updated to working Youtube video. Read More