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Smash Hits to Close – Mobile Phones Blamed

Smash Hits to Close – Mobile Phones Blamed

UK publisher, EMAP, is to close its Smash Hits title after 28 years and is blaming mobile phones. The magazine was the music and entertainment “must read” for generations of teens, but has now declined to 120,000 copies, hundreds of thousands less than in its 80’s peak. The publisher says that teens these days get […]

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Orgasmatones Ready For Climax

Forget groantones — why let somebody else have all the fun when you can have your very own personalized “orgasmatone”? The industrious Alfie Dennen and his team have put together recordings of women screaming the pleasures of the 500 most popular male names in the UK (complete with bow-chicka-bow-bow background music), seriously raising the stakes […]

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More DIY Ringtones

I meant to post this last week, but it slipped through the cracks. Fortunately Matt Maier at MobilePlaya picked it up: Warp Records’s cool Bleep.com download store (which sells un-DRMed music) will let users choose snippets of songs from Bleep’s catalog and make their own ringtone. —–>Follow us on Twitter too: @russellbuckley and @caaarlo

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Loose Ends

Bits and pieces from last week, mostly: – US mobile content rating system in the works: The trade group of US mobile operators wants to define a standardized content rating and filtering system, not only to make it that much more difficult for kids to see porn, but to also pave the way for them […]

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Capitol New Media VP on Cingular Deal

Matt Maier has a great interview with Capitol Records’ VP of New Media (Ted Miko, who was involved in the “innovative” Cingular Sounds deal earlier this week) over at his equally great MobilePlaya mobile music and gaming blog. Forget everything I said about the service being about promoting Capitol artists; it’s a total money-grab by […]

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