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Best of the Tech Blogs: Apple Data Hacked While Nokia Streams Music


Also, get ready for consumers to unplug cable.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary about the tech sector from around the Web each day.

Hackers Leak 1 Million Apple Device IDs - Is Yours One of Them?

"Hacker group AntiSec today leaked a database of 1 million Apple (AAPL) Unique Device Identifiers, which it says was snatched from an FBI-owned laptop breached via a Java vulnerability.

"While Unique Device Identifiers can't be used for very much alone, AntiSec says it also has access to information like usernames, phone numbers, and addresses. And, if true, that could be a big problem.

"In all, AntiSec claims it's got its hands on 12 million UDIDs, but did not leak the majority of them. 'We decided a million would be enough to release,' the group said in a post accompanying the data."

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Surprise! Artists Make Pittance on Streaming Services
"Music-streaming services are big business for labels and even the companies that offer them. But for artists, they're not so great.
"Josh Davison, a member of the band Parks and Gardens, yesterday took to Twitter to divulge the exceedingly small amount he and his fellow musicians make from streaming on iTunes Match and Spotify. According to Davison, each time one of his songs streams on iTunes Match, the band makes $0.00330526797710. When that same song plays on Spotify, the band makes $0.00966947678815. In other words, if Davison wants to make just one cent off a song play, it'll need to be streamed three times."

Link: Nokia Launching Free Streaming Music Service on Lumia Windows Phones
"Handset manufacturer Nokia (NOK) is offering its Lumia customers access to its free music service, the company announced today.

"The service, appropriately called Nokia Music, will be available to all US-based owners of the company's Windows (MSFT) Phone-based Lumia 900 and 710 smartphones via an app. The service first launched last year at the Nokia World event for its international customers."

Link: Cable's Walls Are Coming Down
"Cable operators continue to thrive largely because they operate as natural monopolies - the upfront capital costs of laying new cable keep potential competitors at bay. The satellite services don't fare much better in terms of consumer love, and they too enjoy similar barriers to entry (satellites!).

"But get ready for a sea change. Even if you're tied to a subscription television service today, there's a great chance you'll become a cord-cutter in short order.

"On-demand content from the mainstream outlets is also everywhere - Apple, Netflix (NFLX), Hulu, Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT), and Sony (SNE) are all happy to take your money to deliver programming that once was exclusively distributed by cable and satellite providers."

Link: HP, Dell, and the Paradox of the Disrupted
"At its core, the Dell (DELL) and HP (HPQ) story is about the shift to integrated, differentiated systems lead by software. Like most hardware-centric companies, neither HP nor Dell ever grokked software, certainly not in terms of any integrated strategy. This gets to the nut of why these guys missed the boat on mobile and tablets. HP, after all, actually owned Palm, yet lacked both the clarity and conviction to intelligently pursue the software play required to succeed in mobile - only the single largest segment of the next 20 years!

"Then again, they didn't think they had to. After all, the horizontal model that made Microsoft (MSFT) a lethal killer in segment after segment had dominated the conventional wisdom of the preceding 20 years. The horizontal ethos dictated that hardware folks worry about hardware and leave the software differentiation to the software guys - separation of church and state, so to speak."
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