[video] Young Jeezy, Jazze Pha, and Polow Da Don Accused of Stiffing Atlanta Studio Engineers

Rule #1080 of course holds true in 2011.

via CBS Atlanta

They make millions from fans who love their music, but an exclusive CBS Atlanta investigation found big names in hip hop are stiffing the little guys who help them get to the top.<br> Recording engineers in Atlanta have provided CBS Atlanta with unpaid invoices and court judgments going back years. They said lack of payment by producers and record labels has become a huge problem, devastating their businesses in some cases.

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AT&T Stops iPhone Sales in NYC

iPhone Thumbs up, AT &T Thumbs Down.

You have a huge hit on your hands, a cellphone that sells as many handsets as you can shovel out the door. Better, you are an exclusive carrier, so all customers who want that phone must come to you. But you have a problem — the phone is so successful, and makes it so easy to use the internet, that your network is starting to crumble in large metropolitan areas. What do you do to fix this?

If you are AT&T, you stop selling the iPhone in New York City, and have your customer service people tell callers that “the phone is not offered to you because New York is not ready for the iPhone.” Why? Because New York doesn’t “have enough towers to handle the phone.”

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Obama Inspires Artists to Bring the Brushes Out…Online

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via NY Times

Mimi Torchia Boothby’s job as a technician puts her outside a wind tunnel every weekday at the Boeing plant south of Seattle, but in her free time two years ago she took up watercolors. Among her favorite subjects are cats, idyllic scenes of Italy — and, of course, Barack Obama, whose contemplative, sun-splashed portrait she completed a few weeks after his election as president.

She was so happy with it she started offering fine prints of it on the Web, her first proud professional act as an artist, and has since sold more than two dozen at $40 apiece. “Talk about viral,” Ms. Boothby, 57, said. “Most of the people who bought them were people I didn’t even know.”

Perhaps not since John F. Kennedy, whose dusty portraits can still be seen in kitchens and barbershops and alongside the antique beer cans at bars like Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta, has a presidency so fanned the flames of painterly ardor among hobbyist and professional artists.

Mr. Obama’s campaign was well known for inspiring art, including Shepard Fairey’s ubiquitous “Hope” poster, a version of which is now in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Months after the election, with the glow of the administration’s first 100 days dimming, it might have been expected that enthusiasm for Obama art would be dimming, too.

Yet the still-ample offerings of original paintings of the president and the first family on eBay and at places like the annual Affordable Art Fair in New York — along with a crop of presidential-art-obsessed Internet sites including obamaartreport.com, artofobama.com and, inevitably, badpaintingsofbarackobama.com — are indications that it might just be a growth industry.

The phenomenon has been a boon to the near-anonymous painting factories crowded together in the suburbs of Shenzhen, China, famous for cranking out copies of masterpieces, along with landscapes and semitasteful nudes. Another one, seemingly based in Germany, offers stately Obamas amid air-brushy likenesses of Tupac Shakur, Bruce Lee and Al Pacino (in his “Scarface” role), advertised as “real hand-embellished” paintings on canvas. Continue reading