Apple will pay between $100 million and $150 million to the four major music labels in order to get its music streaming service iCloud started, according to the New York Post.
Besides increasing the consumer appeal of future Apple gadgets because they’ll need less computer memory, the company’s iCloud service will make it more likely that subscribers will stick with Apple products, Robert Cyran writes. If users store data and programs remotely, devices blend together, Cyran argues.
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The U.S. asked Beijing to investigate Google’s latest allegation of a major hacking attack that the Internet giant says originated in China, the State Department said. State Department spokesman Mark Toner declined to provide details on what was conveyed to the Chinese, or whether the U.S. government believes Beijing may have had a hand in the alleged hacking attack.
China must make mastering cyber-warfare a military priority as the Internet becomes the crucial battleground for opinion and intelligence, two military officers said. The essay by strategists from the People’s Liberation Army’s Academy of Military Sciences did not mention Google’s statement on the hack attacks alleged to have originated in China.