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Information Week reports that AT&T censored Pearl Jam for telling President Bush to "find yourself another home" at this year's Lalapalooza festival. Gigi said that the censorship was "nothing short of appalling." And AT&T said that "The editing of the Pearl Jam performance on Sunday night was not intended, but rather a mistake by one of the webcast editors...We regret the mistake and are trying to work with the band to post the song in its entirety." You can read Art's post on the topic here.
The FCC ruled this week that wireless carriers must allow customers from competing operators to roam on their networks for "reasonable and non-discriminatory" rates. The Commission did not however set a cap on what that rate could be. The ruling only applies to voice and text-messaging, not data or wireless broadband. The Commission said it would accept public comments on whether or not carriers should carry these additional services from competitors' clients as well.
Blockbuster announced late Wednesday that it was acquiring Movielink, a video streaming service. Blockbuster here aims to compete with Netflix's Watch Now program, which allows subscribers to stream a limited number of movies on their computers. However, until now most studios have been reluctant to participate in the new technology, fearing that people would use these services to pirate the films and share them online.
Google news is now allowing comments on its stories. However, the goal is not to create a free-for-all: Google will try to screen the comments to only those from participants in the stories. Google says that "we're hoping that by adding this feature, we can help enhance the news experience for readers, testing the hypothesis that -- whether they're penguin researchers or presidential candidates-- a personal view can sometimes add a whole new dimension to the story."