Category: Interviews

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    An interview with Martin Mills

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    It’s the conventional wisdom amongst some Reg readers that “the evil record labels” are dying, and deservedly so. But such a simplified view of the world overlooks the contribution of the independent sector – which operates very differently to the Big Four.

    Independents have a different business model, and have embraced digital networks as an opportunity, not a threat.

    In the past few years the indies have organised, and successfully fought mega-mergers in the European Courts; they licensed the original … Read More

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    An interview with John Kennedy

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    In an interview from the music business annual Midem, we speak to John Kennedy, chairman and CEO of the IPFI, the international trade group representing record labels. Here he talks about the new ISP strategy, and the future of the big label.

    [Full interview at The Register here]… Read More

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    Psion: The story of the Last Computer

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    This long (40-page) history of Britain’s last computer company, Psion, was written over four days. It’s the longest piece The Register has ever run, we made it available as a PDF (for a small fee).

    Included are full transcripts of interviews with David Potter, Martin Riddiford, Mark Gretton, David Tupman and Nick Healey. (Charles Davies was interviewed too late for inclusion).

    Start here.… Read More

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    Tim Berners-Lee says some really stupid things, then goes mad

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    In which the Greatest Living Briton says some very silly things, and then loses his temper

    So there we were. In a room devoted to Engineering, the man voted the Greatest Living Briton had exploded in front of me.

    Sir Tim Berners Lee, co-inventor of the World Wide Web, was at Southampton University to deliver an inaugural lecture for School of Electronics and Computer Science, and promote his latest initiative.… Read More

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  • An interview with Keith Harris

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    Keith Harris

    Keith Harris was general manager of Motown, has managed Stevie Wonder for 30 years, is currently director of performer affairs at collecting society the PPL and chairman of the MusicTank network at the University of Westminster.

    Were you disappointed there wasn’t more public support for extending copyright on sound recordings? When the issue was raised, it was all about Cliff Richard, and no one wants Sir Cliff to get richer…

    In my opinion the record industry has absolutely made a … Read More

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    Are Google’s glory days behind it? – Colly Myers

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    Colly’s prognosis was sound. In December 2008, Google announced its intention to make “social search” a significant factor in its search results – the end of the hegemony of the algorithm.
    “It’s a well known aspect of man and machine systems. Complex systems with no control fall over. Every example of it you can think of falls apart. With databases, data that isn’t pruned becomes overgrown. Entropy sets in when complexity gets out of control.

    “A lot of the search

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