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Nokia Debuts Ovi Maps Navigation, Piracy's Effect on Local Bands

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines....
  • Man, free-market competition is awesome. Verizon has already made some smartphone noise with its announcement that it would offer Google Maps navigation as a free, default service on the Droid phone. Nokia is following that lead and will also be providing a free, global navigation system with all of its smartphones. [From: Engadget]
  • It can be easy to dismiss the negative effects of music piracy because of the exorbitant wealth of those in the music industry. Illegal downloads don't just hurt financially successful and wildly popular artists, though. Members of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry are claiming that illegal file sharing in Spain has indirectly been responsible for a 65-percent drop in local music sales. [From: The BBC]
  • Just last month, StatCounter announced that Mozilla's Firefox 3.5 had become the world's most-used browser. Mozilla isn't spending too much time exulting in that success though, as a Firefox 3.6 "sneak peek" preview is officially debuting today. [From: Download Squad]
  • Concerned citizens have impressively contributed millions to the Haitian relief effort, but aid organizations still need help getting supplies to the island. One Laptop Per Child is currently seeking interested groups to help distribute specialized, rugged laptops to relief workers. [From: Media Bistro]
  • A Massachusetts court ruled last summer that university student Joel Tenenbaum had to pay $675,000 in damages for illegally downloading 30 songs. Demonstrating that not much has really changed between administrations, the federal government has officially backed the original, ridiculous ruling. [From: Boing Boing]
  • Verizon seems to grasp the absurdity of astronomical fines and penalties for illegal file-sharers. The company is reportedly implementing a plan to terminate the service of repeat offenders, and, according to spokeswoman Bobbi Henson, has already "cut some people off." That sounds significantly more effective that levying insanely high fines on broke college students. [From: CNET]

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