-- A recap from the first day of the Joel Tenenbaum file sharing trial as covered by Ben Sheffner. A blurb: "Nearly the entire day was consumed with what Gertner termed "one very long, very tortured day of jury selection." It started with jurors filling out forms asking basic biographical information, as well as their, and their friends' and family members', experiences with the use of peer-to-peer software like KaZaA and Limewire to obtain and distribute music. After the attorneys had the chance to sift through the completed forms, the judge, attorneys, clerks, and spectators all moved to the adjacent courtroom, while the potential jurors waited in the original courtroom to be called next door for their seriatim grillings by each side, as well as by Judge Gertner herself." (Copyrights & Campaigns)

-- You can follow the Tenenbaum trial at Twitter. @bensheffner and @joelfightsback are providing coverage. @_eon_ is the handle of Charles Nesson, Tenenbaum's attorney and a law professor at Harvard, and is worth checking out on occasion.

-- Country star Kenny Chesney is starting “No Shoes Radio,” an online radio station, on Thursday, August 6. The station will play music that reflects his taste in music, and his August 6 show will be simulcast. "No Shoes Radio" is running from July 26 to October 25 at XM Radio channel 18 and XM online and mobile. (Music Row and XM Radio)

-- In Q2 2009, Verizon Wireless customers downloaded 40 million music and audio files. That was down 18% from the 48.6 million audio and video files downloaded in Q1 2009 and down 20% from the 50 million files downloaded in Q4 2008. From Q4 2008 to Q2 2009, the number of retail subscribers rose nearly 22% to 85.2 million. (Press release)

-- In Q2 2009, the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index rose in 24 of 28 markets. The rating for the U.S. was flat versus Q1. Asian markets and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) have improved the most in the last three months. Consumer confidence in India rose 13 index points while Japan rose 9 index points. (Nielsen Wire)

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