• Music rights collection startup Kobalt adds another $14M at $789M valuation, Bill Maris joins board

    Music rights collection startup Kobalt adds another $14M at $789M valuation, Bill Maris joins board

    When he was still at Google Ventures, Bill Maris led a round of funding into music royalty collecting startup Kobalt, to make one of the VC arms bigger bets in the world of digital music. Now that he’s moved on to start another firm, he’s taking a step to re-up his interests in the company. Today, Kobalt announced that Maris’ Section 32 has invested $14 million into Kobalt… Read More

  • Google admits heavy-handed Chrome EULA a mistake, will retroactively fix

    Dramatization Floating around Twitter and Tumblr the past day or so has been the rather restrictive EULA that Google has in place for its Chrome Web browser. People were freaking out, as they do so often in today’s hypersensitive climate, because it looked like Google was making a legal claim to each and every bit you transmit while using the browser. Post to a message board or blog? Read More

  • Author of Psystar's key technology is all like "Nuh uhhh!"

    Netkas, the author of the efi vB emulator that basically allows you to run OS X on any PC is pissed. Psystar is claiming they use his software — and are selling computers embedded with it — which is in breach of his non-commercial license. Sadly, Netkas seems to be foreign and his grasp of English is fairly limited and he and his commenters (“I AGREE WITH YOU…. WATH ARE… Read More

  • AP investigation finds Comcast blocking Internet traffic

    The AP has confirmed what we already knew: Comcast uses traffic shaping to slow down your Internet connection. Thanks, Comcast! Yup, the AP ran a bunch of tests nationwide to determine if user complaints (like mine, but directed at Time Warner) were valid, or just a bunch of nerds complaining for the sake of it. Like I and many others have pointed out, the AP discovered that downloading… Read More

  • AmazonMP3's Watermarks Are Nothing To Be Concerned About (Yet)

    Let’s not jump to conclusions, privacy hawks. Word on the street is that the MP3s Amazon now sells contain watermarks. The thing is, the watermarks—so far—only have information where the file was purchased and downloaded from. The record labels apply the watermarks to the files and Amazon has little say over that. There’s nothing in the watermark that says… Read More