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Japanese electronics makers Sony, Matsushita and Toshiba said on Monday they planned to broaden an alliance in digital satellite broadcasting. The three arch-rivals, which produce half of all television sets sold in Japan, have partially set aside their differences in a quest to launch interactive services such as TV shopping using digital satellite broadcasting. "We don't need to like our partners," a Sony spokesman said. "That has never stopped us before."… Radiofutura.com, an online music destination targeting Hispanic and Latin American listeners, has launched a site offering Latin and Brazilian music. The site, available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, features five channels—Latin Hits, Regional Mexican, Rock en Espanol, Brazil Mix and Tropical. The company said it plans to add at least a dozen more over the next several months. "The Internet es muy bueno," said a spokesman. "Principalmente para Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan y Marc Anthony."… Devo are developing original music and animation for shockwave.com, according to Webnoize. Created by Devo founding members Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale, Club Devo is an animated lounge that features interactive music and entertainment content. The club will debut with the song "It's All Good" by Devo's alter-ego the Big Dirty Farmers. Site subscribers will be sent plastic hats, yellow rip-away jumpsuits and whips so they can, "play along with the boys."… House of Blues is giving club visitors a CD-ROM they can use to win two all-access passes to its nationwide clubs participating in the promotion. The CD-ROM directs users to a page on the HOB.com site where they may register for the contest, which runs through August. Contest winners will be given free admission into the club, if a major act is not performing; access to the club's bathroom, where they won't have to tip the prying attendee; directions to the club's various bars, where they can buy $6 domestic beers; reservations at its restaurant, where they can purchase a small bowl of Jambalaya for $13.95; guidance to the retail store, where jackets are priced at a meager $259; and entry into HOB's Foundation Room, where security will only question their presence six times an hour.

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