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Amazon and Wal-Mart have joined Apple in variable pricing for music downloads. While some consumers are angry with the digital retailers, it is the record companies, not the retailers, who were pushing for tiered pricing.

Blockbuster revealed to the SEC that it may not have enough capital to continue operating retail stores. Substantial debt and lack of ability to meet the terms of a $250 million loan, which matures in 2010, have seriously damaged Blockbuster’s already frail financial foundation. In addition, attempts at catching up to Netflix’s mail order business and it’s on-demand service have also faltered.

In response to the AP’s recent content protection initiative, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told executives at the Newspaper Association of America’s national conference “to figure out what your consumer wants…If you upset enough of them, you will not have any of them.” Schmidt, who was speaking to newspaper execs for the first time, also noted that “We think we can build a business with you…That is the only solution we can see.”

Australia announced that it will spend $31 billion to build one of the largest government sponsored broadband grids in the world. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd noted that the project, which will take eight years to complete, will create up to 37,000 jobs. This is exactly the type of broadband infrastructure the United States needs to create jobs and the strengthen the economy.

UNC’s victory over Michigan State took in a 6.3 rating and 16 share of the lucrative 18-49 demographic. While ratings were high and helped CBS dominate Monday night, they fell 14% year over year. Analysts attribute the lose in ratings to the Tarheel’s blow out of the Spartans, as young males flocked to NBC’s Chuck and non-sports households hit up House, which took in a 5.1/13.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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