Diginews - Repairs begin on undersea cable - Spanish airline launches MVNO - Youtube making millions for Universal Music - Academics to publish work on Wiki


A French crew has begun to repair two undersea cables in the Mediterranean that were severed on Friday, disrupting internet and phone communications. A robot submarine will locate the ends of the cables on the sea bed and bring them to the surface to be re-connected. They were cut somewhere between Sicily and Tunisia, probably by an anchor. 

Spanish airline Vueling rolls out MVNO operations
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YouTube has just released a new feature for its analytics platform that allows content owners to see how many unique visitors are watching their videos. While YouTube videos have long displayed their view counts to the public, until this point it hasn't been possible to tell if the hits were coming from a wide audience or just a few devout fans who repeatedly watched the same clips.

Amazon.com paved the way for electronic book readers with its Kindle device. But new players are getting in on the action. The latest is eSlick, an e-book reader from a company called Foxit Software. The eSlick has a built -MP3 player, and gives an introductory price of $229 -- more than $100 less than Kindle's $359 price tag.

Major record label Universal Music Group is generating "tens of millions of dollars" from Google's YouTube, the company told CNET News.com this week. "(YouTube) is not like radio, where it's just promotional," Rio Caraeff, executive vice president of the label's eLabs digital division, told News.com. "It's a revenue stream, a commercial business. It's growing tremendously. It's up almost 80 percent for us year-over-year in the U.S. in terms of our revenue from this category."

RNA Biology has decided to ask every author who submits an article to a newly created section of the journal about families of RNA molecules to also submit a Wikipedia page that summarizes the work. As Nature reports, this is the first time an academic journal has forced its authors to disseminate information this way. The initiative is a collaboration between the journal and the RNA family database (Rfam) consortium led by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

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