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Opera Announces Release Candidate for New Browser Version
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Today Opera released the first release candidate for Opera 10. The final release should be launching on September 1.

Opera Releases Beta 3 Version of Opera 10

Opera has announced the release of its Beta 3 release of the Opera 10 browser. The company says this version is ready for "heavy work" on the web.

Opera has run over 10 million tests on the beta and has received plenty of feedback. They say performance and stability were prioritized in this version.

Firefox Nears 1 Billion Downloads
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Update: Firefox has now passed 1 billion total downloads.

Original Article: Lookout Microsoft! Mozilla’s Firefox is closing the gap a bit, as they’re about to pass 1 billion total downloads, and some think they might even pass the mark as early as Friday.

Best Buy Getting Into Movie Download Business
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It looks like Best Buy is getting into the business of offering movies for download. This could step up competition with the likes of iTunes and Amazon, and even Netflix really.

The concept is a product of Best Buy partnering with CinemaNow, the same company that Blockbuster has dealt with to offer movies through set-top devices. According to Variety:

Theories On Why iTunes Hasn’t Gone DRM Free

Applelogo Months after Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster and a dozens other download stores have gone 100% DRM free, A

Amazon & iTunes Downloads Coming To YouTube

Youtube Move over MySpace music.

Customers Cry Foul On Wal-Mart’s DRM Decision

 In yet another shutdown of DRM servers, following on the heels of Yahoo and MSN Music,Wal-Mart is also shutting down their DRM servers casting millions of dollars in media locked into one computer, unless you can copy it over to disk. 

MySpace Music Goes Live

myspace music logoIncredible, I know, but for the third time in two days, MySpace does something newsworthy. Today, they topped them all, and they just might have revolutionized music online—little, if any, exaggeration.

Thoughts On Napster & Best Buy

4 Thoughts On Best Buy & Napster

  •   Napster was worth even less than I thought. Given the $67 million in cash that Napster has on hand, the purchase for $121 million by Best Buy puts the valuation at just $54 million.

New Digital Music Service To Help Fight Aids In Africa

(RED), the nonprofit organisation co-founded by Bono, is starting a new digital music service (via NYT) in September that will contribute a share of profits to

Legal P2P Might Be Coming To The UK

 The UK may have legal music via P2P licensed at the broadband ISP level by the end of the year, according to the Register. The British government apparently pushed for talks between ISP’s and the music industry as a preferred solution to legislation.

No More Rainbows: Radiohead Won’t Repeat Online Stunt
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So much for riding at the vanguard of a new wave of music distribution, as Radiohead declares its In Rainbows online experiment a one-time deal.

California Bill To Tax Downloads Rejected
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A proposal to tax Internet downloads in the state of California has been defeated by an Assembly panel after strong opposition from companies that do business in Silicon Valley.

The bill sought to reclassify digital downloads as "tangible personal property." It would have required companies doing business in California to charge sales tax to residents who purchased their downloads.

Author of the bill, Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-City of Industry), plans to seek a reconsideration vote as early as next week.

Who’s #2 In Music Downloads?

Amazonmp3 Earlier this week USA Today

UK Internet Users Want Fast Film Downloads

Internet users in the UK say that being able to download DVD-quality films fast is the service they most want from next-generation broadband, according to a survey from Broadbandchoices.co.uk.

NBC Direct Launches Free TV Show Downloads

It’s been a big fortnight for NBC—first Hulu launched, now NBC Direct launches. Announced in September, NBC Direct is a service designed to allow viewers to download NBC shows for free.

Radiohead’s Download Experiment Faring Well
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Whether or not you think music should be given away, sold at reasonable per-download prices, or sold at whatever price the record labels want to put on them, Radiohead’s experiment in name-your-own-price marketing may be paying off.

ABC To Offer Free Downloads On AOL

Disney-ABC Television Group and AOL announced today the availability of full-length episodes of primetime shows on AOL Video.

The programming will be delivered on a co-branded version of ABC.com’s broadband player, full episodes of programs are available today at AOL Video and starting next week will carry ABC’s new fall lineup of programming.

NBC To Launch Free Downloads Of TV Shows

NBC announced today the launch of its new service, "NBC Direct," on NBC.com, which will allow users to download and watch TV shows on their PCs for up to one week after broadcast.

Firefox Hits 400 Million Downloads

Mozilla announced on Friday that its open source browser had reached 400 million downloads worldwide. This was a big achievement for Firefox, which launched in 2004.

Movie Downloads To Reach $720 Million

The market for movie downloads will hit $720 million in 2011 in the U.S. according to Screen Digest’s "Online Movie Strategies: Competitive Review and Market Outlook" report. Content owners and studios will take in $530 million of that revenue and service providers including Amazon, Apple and Netflix will have whats left over.

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