Gizmodo reportsthat Helio has just announced a new over-the-air music download service a la the music stores inspired by the Sprint Music Store and Verizon's V Cast Music. Despite its ties to Sprint (Helio is a virtual carrier operating on Sprint's EV-DO network), its music store model actually mirrors that of V Cast Music. Like its competitor, Helio will offer songs for PC download for 99 cents, which you can sideload to your phone later, or you can download a song over-the-air for $1.99 and have a copy of it ready to download to your home PC. As with Helio's other content, the songs can be "gifted" or "begged." We don't have a lot more details than that, but we'll be sure to get back to you when we have more information regarding availability and handset compatibility.
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Weaker encryption up for debate, SpaceX double launch
In today's tech news, Australian officials push for weaker encryption of social media at "Five Eyes" summit, and UK Parliament email accounts are attacked. Plus, SpaceX pulls off back-to-back launches.