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 Wednesday, 24-June-2009  03:44:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apparently the Australian recording industry is demanding more money for songs played in places like gyms, cafes etc. It claims the amount they currently pay is extremely low and doesnít fairly compensate the record labels, but if a restaurantís licensing tab goes from $125 to $19,344 Iíll be amazed if any of them continue to play music, and if they do itís certain to be added to the price of a customerís meal (maybe there ought to be a music free option, where if you wear earmuffs you donít have to pay the fee). Discussion here.

Meanwhile an American woman has copped a huge fine for using Kazaa to download songs illegally. It ordered Thomas-Rasset to pay 1.92 million dollars -- or 80,000 dollars per song -- to six record companies: Capitol Records, Sony BMG Music, Arista Records, Interscope Records, Warner Bros. Records and UMG Recordings. Discussion here.

DriverHeaven have an SSD roundup for June 2009. Today we have a selection of these drives for review featuring models with various new controllers from Indilinx and Samsung as well as Intelís award winning X25-M. Just to make things a little more interesting there is even a model which features a customised version of the old JMicron 602 controller.

XbitLabs have a 120mm/140mm fan roundup. After a month of hard work and numerous experiments on a new unique testbed we are proud to offer you a roundup including 57 models of fans from 25 different product series collected from all over the world.

Here's a cool idea, using public surveillance cameras to film a music video. The band set up their music equipment, from microphones to drum kit, in eighty different locations, including buses and what appear to be taxi cabs, and then requested all of the footage using the Data Protection Act, an English statute similar to the U.S.ís Freedom of Information Act that mandates any individual should have access to all information collected about them.

A few people sent in this story about recovering a stolen iPhone using the inbuilt "Find my iPhone" service. Then an amazingly lucky thing happened. I refreshed the iPhone location and the circle moved, to the corner of the block, and shrunk in size to maybe 100 feet across. I waited a minute and refreshed again. The small circle had shifted southward down Washtenaw.

HWSecrets cover the 80 Plus certification for PSUs. With more and more manufacturers trying to design power supplies with efficiency well above 80%, they decided to create three new certification categories: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Learn what they really mean.

June's Iron Chef competition is underway, with the theme being Mushrooms. So, check out the entries so far and discussion in this thread.

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