In two recent articles (Note to recording artists: Just say "no" to Apple and GM, Ford, Mazda to drive acceptance of Apple's C.R.
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Under the guise of revitalizing physical media-based music sales (given the beating that CD sales are taking due to the Internet), the Wall St. Journal is reporting that Warner Music Group is looking to sell its artists' music on DVDs instead of CDs.
Garrett Rogers who covers all things Google for us here on the ZDNet blogging network has the skinny (and some screen shots) on some new file formats supported by Google's Google Base service: Google has updated the uploader tool on Google Base, allowing users to associate more types of files with their items. Until today, uploading was restricted to images — but now users have the option to upload PDF's, Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets and more.
Looks like Microsoft has more work to do on Vista's security. According to InfoWorld:After security researcher Joanna Rutkowska demonstrated Thursday how it's possible to circumvent security in Microsoft's Vista beta software and install a rootkit called Blue Pill, Microsoft said it intends to find ways to stop both potential threats before Vista ships.
In scanning my RSS feed this morning (by the way, I now use the Web version of Newsgator to the exclusion of any thick-client solutions), I came across this little interesting tidbit from InfoWorld: A higher German court has ruled to uphold a decision by a lower court to ban the sale of used software licenses, in a case involving a subsidiary of Oracle....
I couldn't help myself with the catchy headline this time. Hey.
Cory Doctorow:Dan Kaminsky, DNS hacker and rootkit infection sleuth, has devised a test for checking to see if your Internet connection is "neutral" -- that is, whether your connection is being filtered, throttled, slowed down, or monkeyed with secretly by your ISP.Sounds a bit like how Network Physics' solutions work.
In response to my caught-on-tape customer service nightmares involving T-Mobile, Ticketmaster, and Bank of America, several ZDNet readers asked that I not focus just on the negative and to look for some positive stories as well. It's a good point given the overwhelming flood of negativity found in today's headlines -- be they in a newspaper, on a Web site, or on the Six O'Clock News.
It was just a couple of days ago that virtualization technology provider XenSource was the target of not one but two rounds of public criticism -- one levied at it by Red Hat, the other by Oracle. Since I haven't spent any quality time with the folks at XenSource, I thought that now might be a good opportunity to do a podcast interview with the company's chief technology officer and co-founder Simon Crosby.
By way of Slashdot comes this interesting editorial at FreeSoftwareMagazine.com by Tony Mobily who makes a case for why Linux server success is connected to Linux desktop usage, how this initially benefited Red Hat, how Red Hat lost sight of that basic principle, and how Ubuntu not only has it right, but is poised to dethrone Red Hat.