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FTC Staff Affirms That Abacast P2P Technology Protects Against Inadvertent File Sharing January 7, 2010

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Abacast, Inc., a provider of hybrid Content Delivery Network solutions for online radio and video, has announced that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff has completed its review of Abacast’s flagship live and on-demand peer-to-peer (P2P) delivery solution and found it to be compliant with applicable industry best practices in defending users from inadvertently sharing of sensitive files over P2P networks.

Inadvertent file sharing can result in consumers unwittingly sharing sensitive documents such as tax returns to other members of P2P networks. To address this concern, the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA, http://www.dcia.info), a non-profit trade organization focused on commercial development of P2P and related technologies, sponsors the Inadvertent Sharing Protection Working Group (ISPG).

Abacast is the only company to-date to receive this recognition and approval of the ISPG’s Voluntary Best Practices that specify desired file-sharing behavior.

In the FTC staff report, Mary Engle, Associate Director of the FTC Division of Advertising Practices, noted that, “… only files that have been provided to Abacast’s servers from Abacast’s customers are distributed.”

Marty Lafferty, CEO of the DCIA, said, “Abacast has provided an exemplary industry leadership role with its full implementation of the ISPG Voluntary Best Practices that apply to Abacast. We applaud the FTC’s recognition of Abacast’s P2P delivery technology for helping to safeguard private information.”

Monster And Gibson Join Forces To Demonstrate Clear Leadership In Music Technology At CES 2010 January 7, 2010

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Monster, the world’s leading manufacturer of cables, AV accessories and power conditioning products, and Gibson Guitar, the world’s premiere musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology, will showcase their broad range of industry leading innovative new products at CES 2010 in Central Hall Booth # 13306.

Monster’s CES offerings will include new ultra high-speed cables for HDMI and breakthrough powered SuperThin Cables for HDMI, new PowerNet networking and GreenPower products, advanced Apple accessories, as well as co-branded HP Monster “Digital Life” products and more.

Noel Lee, The Head Monster, noted: “Both Gibson and Monster got into this business because we love music. Because the Music Matters.”

Gibson’s offerings will include the debut of the Wurlitzer Digital Lyra Jukebox as well as the next generation of robot technologies, the Gibson Dusk Tiger guitar, a killer guitar with a look and construction that has never been seen before. Dusk Tiger represents the state of the art in electric guitars, redefining what the guitar can do with the integration of pioneering technology with the most advanced design in the industry and limited to only 1,000 produced worldwide.

Napster Debuts Napster Access API For Consumer Electronics And Web January 7, 2010

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Napster, the pioneer of digital music, made Napster Access, its application programming interface (API), publicly available via the new Napster Access developer portal. Now consumer electronics and web developers of any size can easily integrate Napster content and services into their own products and web pages.

“Now our consumer electronic partners, music bloggers, music fan sites and other businesses, regardless of size, can easily create and offer our on-demand music service and sell MP3s directly from their site or product.” said Christopher Allen, Napster general manager.

The Napster API includes access to all of the Napster music service features, including: a la carte MP3 purchasing (via Web), on-demand streaming of nine million songs, radio stations, user-created playlists and Billboard charts. Consumer electronics device and web developers can learn more about the Napster API, and sign up for Napster Access at http://developer.napster.com.