On the heels of what I believe can best be described as a faux pas on Microsoft's behalf (and I've already said as much), the Redmond, WA-based company is now the subject of two separate class-action suits due to the behavior of its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) software. Classification of WGA as spyware, which is illegal in many states (there is no federal law yet) is central to both cases.
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The extended spring tech conference season is beginning to wind down. I have done my share of time watching panels, keynotes and pitches, and hanging out in hallways and lobbys looking for fresh material, seeking out the strongest signals that portend what’s in store for the future.
At Gnomedex, RSS (also known as "feeds") flowed in the background of Gnomedex conversations. It's taken for granted that every application and service strives for RSS goodness.
Opening the Saturday morning session at Gnomedex, blogging pioneer Dave Winer declared that "ads on Web sites are not part of economy we are living in now." His notion is that each person's Web site is a form of advertising.
Ryan Montoya spent the last presidential campaign traveling the country with Elizabeth Edwards as she campaigned for her husband. Now the political consultant is helping Senator John Edwards, who seems to be campaigning for the 2008 presidential election, as a technical advisor.
So, there was a lot of important non-C3 Expo stuff that happened while I was in New York at C3 Expo wrestling with the limited connectivity (and it was wired, not WiFi.... go figure) to file something that was even remotely interesting (as you may have seen from my coverage, I decided that audio recordings of my show floor "walkarounds" were about the only way to extract anything useful out of the event.
Senator John Edwards took the stage at Gnomedex and mostly responded to questions from the audience. Much of the discussion centered on language and politics.
Mike Arrington of TechCrunch, which chronicles the parade of Web 2.0 products and services, chaired the first Gnomedex session of the day, proclaiming that Web 2.
Gnomedex got off to a start with a proclamation from Governor Christine Gregoire of State of Washington, declaring June 30 to July 1 RSS day. The father of RSS, Dave Winer, read the proclamation.
I was just reading Steve Bryant's Ten Possible Consequences of Google's GBuy and I couldn't help but wonder about his omission of the possibility that Google will use the core of the auction technology it has already developed to build its own eBay like auction marketplace for goods and services (non-advertising). Think about it.