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Disney Markets $50 Digital Music Player

Walt Disney Co. will start selling a $50 digital audio player next month to tap into growing demand for children's electronics. The company said Disney Mix Sticks will allow users to download music online, copy it from CDs or play music from memory cards.


Recording Firms Sue More Computer Users

Record companies have filed copyright infringement lawsuits against computer users on the high-speed Internet2 network, which links universities researching the next-generation Internet.

The latest round of litigation targeted 64 people at 17 universities, accusing them of using the I2hub online file-sharing application to make music files available over the super-fast network.


Cities Oppose IPod-Friendly Map Site

San Francisco and New York subway officials have moved to stop a Web designer from putting digital maps of their systems online so people can download them to iPods for free. A lawyer sent the creator of, William Bright, 27, a "cease and desist" letter in mid-September demanding that he immediately remove the New York City subway map from his Web site. The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District followed suit.

Compiled from staff and news service reports.