16 year-old hacks promo system, Apple continues to innovate

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Albums leaking in advance is nothing new anymore. It’s expected. You could argue that a band whose release doesn’t get leaked at all should be worried as it indicates lack of interest. For those which do, the likely sources of the leaks are the studio (an engineer for example), the label, the pressing plant or the press but it was a case of red faces all round when it was discovered that a slew of albums from Crystal Castles, Hole and The Gaslight Anthem and more leaked through the online delivery mechanism favoured by many of the major labels, Play MPE.

Play MPE allows the music press to securely listen to albums in advance by logging into an account with a unique username and password. Last week, a Dutch 16 year old hacker with an unrealistic sense of entitlement, found a weakness in the system and promptly began distributing the releases. What’s worse is that he bragged about it on a messageboard. (more…)

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Videos of The Week: Pierce Brosnan’s early role, the worst acting ever..

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Pierce Brosnan’s early role
Before Bond, Brosnan played Taffin – a smalltown Irish debt collector who takes on shady developers of a chemical plant in Wicklow. Predictable and clichéd, Pierce “didn’t get mad… he got even”.

Worst acting ever..
Examples of terrible thespians and special effects taken from Spanish soap operas, Troll 2, The Bold & the Beautiful and of course, Keanu Reeves.

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Band of Blogs: Aoife Cleary, Twin Sister, The XX Mashup

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Twin Sister
Dreamy NYC five-piece who have been impressing left, right and centre with their new EP Color Your Life which they released for free from their website for a limited time.
http://twinsistermusic.com

Aoife Cleary
A former member of Irish female trio The Blonde Majority strikes out on her own with a promising slice of starry-eyed pop in ‘Us and the U.S.’ Self-produced Irish pop? Sign me up.

Us and the U.SbyA.C.Music.

Notorious BIG / The XX mashup
It was inevitable really. The xx already have a Japanese cover band called The oo. The next logical step was a mashup album, and who better than Notorious B.I.G. to stand up to the band’s spacey indie tunes? Surprisingly, it works.

the notorious xx by wait what

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Sites of the Week: Tweet Museum, Cute Overload

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Tweet Museum
Odessa Begay takes his inspiration from celebrity tweets, using mundane updates as the jump-off point for some whacked out illustrations – particularly the Ice-T “eat a bowl of dicks” entry.
http://tweetmuseum.com

Cute Overload
Probably the internet’s number one resource for animal cuteness – a baby chicken on skateboard, a sleepy dog, a mini-pony, a cat who likes curry. That sort of thing.
http://cuteoverload.com

Earth album
Explore the best photos tagged by place with this Google Maps and Flickr mashup.
http://www.earthalbum.com

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Illegal download decree: Eircom, IRMA & the three strikes rule

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It has been over a year since Eircom, prompted by Irish Recorded Music Association’s (IRMA) court proceedings, announced they were to implement a “three strikes and you’re out” rule designed to stop internet access to those who download music illegally. Last Friday, a High Court decision, which clarified that the rule adhered to data protection legislation, has now allowed that plan to become a reality.

Under the “three strikes” rule, IRMA (which represents Warner Music, EMI, Universal Music and Sony Music) is allowed to pass IP addresses to Eircom so the Internet Service Provider can warn the customer up to three times to desist illegal downloading before an ultimate internet disconnection.
This ruling paves the way for IRMA to place pressure on other ISPs to follow suit. The High Court judge noted that the “three strikes” protocol will not lead to criminal proceedings or court sentencing and that the rule itself is lawful. It’s unclear at present, whether an accused downloader will be able to challenge the rule.
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