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Around the Web 6.30.08: Guitar Hero Aerosmith, EBay fines and iPhone games

June 30, 2008 | 10:10 am
Aerosmith at a press conference for Guitar Hero Aerosmith

-- "Guitar Hero Aerosmith," the first version of the game built around a specific band, went on sale Sunday. Reuters

-- Jon Healey says the most interesting part of Rhapsody's announcement is the partnership to stream music for free to sites including iLike and eventually Yahoo and VH1. Bit Player

-- A French court ordered EBay to pay $59 million to LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton over counterfeit goods sold on the auction site. We think the fashion company should pay a fine for having such a long name. AP via USA Today

-- TiVo and other ad-skipping devices have prompted a surge in product placement. David Lazarus doesn't like it and wants better disclosure. LAT

-- Star video game developer Neil Young is leaving Electronic Arts to launch a start-up devoted to creating games for the iPhone. VentureBeat

-- "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is launching a Web cartoon series. The twist: He's distributing it through Google's AdSense service. NYT

-- Buy a Web-connected Bravia TV, watch "Hancock" at home before anyone else. NYT

-- Some giants of the tech industry, including Google and Hewlett-Packard, are banding together to buy up intellectual property as they try to head off patent infringement lawsuits. WSJ

-- Wall-E the robot dominates at the box office with $62.5 million in ticket sales, the best opening-weekend haul for a Disney movie in June. LAT

-- Chris Gaither

Photo: Diane Bondareff / Associated Press