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BBC World Service, NPR's "Fresh Air" big at Webbys
BBC World Service took top honors yesterday in the "Radio" category at the fifth annual Webby Awards.

The BBC World Service
, for generations broadcast around the globe via shortwave tranmissions, now streams on the Internet, in 43 different languages.

The site offers "on-demand" news bulletins, updated every hour. Also, listeners can tune in to live news, analysis, business, and sports reports. The site even features resources for listeners to learn the English language. The BBC streams using Real technology.

National Public Radio's
"Fresh Air" received the "People's Voice" award (for which the public was eligible to vote online -- as opposed to the Webby, which is awarded by a panel of celebrity judges).

Other nominees in the
"Radio" category were: COMFM from France, Britain's StormLive.com (RAIN's "Site of the Week" here), and Youth Radio.


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Appeals court gives Napster new life -- if just for the moment
From ZDNet:
"A federal appeals court on Wednesday issued a short reprieve for Napster, saying the company can temporarily restart its song-swapping service online.

"The ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco stays a week-old decision ordering the company to block all song trading through its service, unless it could block 100 percent of the songs that record labels had identified as copyrighted.

"Napster, which is appealing last week's order, had said it could block more than 99 percent of unauthorized songs on its service with new audio fingerprint technology it is testing but could not guarantee 100 percent success.

"The appeals court released a terse note Wednesday saying that last week's ruling, made by federal Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, would be 'stayed pending a further order of this court.'...

"The Recording Industry Association of America said it expected the injunction to be back in place as soon as the appeals court had reviewed all the facts...

"The appeals court has already set a schedule for the full appeal of Patel's order. Napster will be the first to respond, with legal briefs due Aug. 9."

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Yesterday, Napster sent an e-mail to registered beta testers, inviting them to a sneak peek of Napster's new look (see screenshot above).

The company also promised over half of the fee Napster will charge users for their new service "will go directly to the artists, songwriters and other rights holders whose works are transferred between members of the Napster community." According to Napster, this will increase the range of artists whose music will be available on the service, as compared to the "slim pickings" since Napster began file filtering.

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Mediapassage suspends its broadcast operations
Advertising planning, placement, tracking, and payment solution provider Mediapassage has decided to suspend its broadcast operations while it does "additional research and development."

That's according to a press release from the Seattle-based company yesterday. The release says the company isn't as "technologically sophisticated" in the broadcast area as in print.

"It is clear to us that buyers require a range of technology and interfaces that we are not currently offering. We would rather temporarily suspend operations than offer a system that is lacking in any way," said Mediapassage president Richard Warren. "I feel confident that it won't be long until we have the capabilities we need."

Mediapassage ventured into
the broadcast segment with its August 2000 merger with Chicago-based BroadcastSpots (RAIN coverage here).

At the same time, the company announced two new systems for print media applications, and a completely redesigned corporate web site.

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MP3.com's Robertson: Online music subscription won't fly
From Inside Radio: "At the MP3.com summit in San Diego, Michael Robertson spoke to smaller audiences than last year...

"Robertson predicts that online music subscription services will not fill the void. Reasons: monthly fees and the restrictions on use of the music. Users will not be able to copy their music to portable devices or play them on other computers. Users do not own the music. Access ends if the subscription is terminated. Consumers are used to owning the music they pay for.

"All the major music labels are scrambling to bring subscription services online by the end of Summer. Microsoft has entered the fray with a partnership with Sony and Universal Music Group subsidiary Pressplay. They plan to build a co-branded music site. Rival RealNetworks is a partner in MusicNet with Warner, EMI and Bertlesmann."

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