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Money! Pink Floyd Stays at EMI–and iTunes.

Remember when Pink Floyd was suing its record label last year? No? Well, it’s resolved: The rich man’s Radiohead is staying with EMI Music Group for another five years.

Phew! EMI says that as part of the agreement, “all legal disputes between the band and the company have been settled.” Which means that if you were worried about the band’s music disappearing from Apple’s iTunes, you can breathe easy.

Of course, it was unlikely that Pink Floyd’s music really was going to leave the world’s biggest music store, even though part of the dispute between the band and the label had to do with online sales: Supposedly, the band was upset that its music was being sold as individual tracks on iTunes, instead of in album-only form.

But that argument never really rang true to me: Sure, it’s great fun to space out to all of “Dark Side of the Moon” in one sitting, but it’s an awful lot to insist that people have to listen to or buy the whole thing. Especially since no one else does that anymore. Not even Radiohead!

In any case, a check seems to have resolved the band’s misgivings, and you can still buy “Money” as a standalone track at iTunes.

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald