eWeek: Apple Computer has renewed contracts with the world's four largest music companies to sell songs through its iTunes Music Store, after blocking their attempts to end iTunes' flat-rate pricing scheme, Apple said on Tuesday....in the end Apple had more negotiating power because of the dominance of its intertwined iPod player and iTunes service.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
In his blog, IBM's open source/open standards veep Bob Sutor asks "How do you share documents?" The post briefly delves into the history of how paper and eventually digital documents are created and passed around, recommends using PDF if document requires no further editing by recipients and ends with: A word processing document in some sense represents the raw material of a document on its way to final production.
Last month, ZDNet bloggers delivered 15 IT Commandments that technology executives couldn't afford to ignore. Readers were quick to propose a few additional IT rules -- rules which may or may not be worth carving into stone.
After a year, the Microsoft/SAP "Mendocino Project" has finally yielded a product, Duet, which is slated to ship in June. As promised, users of Microsoft Office can access selected SAP business processes and data.
Yesterday's posting regarding JavaDB (see JavaDB: An idea whose time has finally come) has sparked a glass-half-empty vs. glass-half-full debate between ZDNet reader Justin James and Sun's Francois Orsini that drags the idea of thin clients and AJAX-programming through the mud a bit.
The busy folks at MIT's Media Lab are at it again--this time it's an "emotional social intelligence prosthetic" for people with autism. The device consists of a miniature, glasses-mounted camera and face-analysis software.
Last week I wrote about Sphere, the latest blog search engine to scour the blogosphere, while it was still behind the curtain. This morning the curtain opened for Sphere, beta of course.
We started the Internet Identity Workshop this afternoon at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. The first day was intended to be tutorial.
The home page of ZDNet blogs has a new look. With our growing network of ZDNet bloggers, we needed a more interactive and fluid way to present the broad range of content and daily flow of posts.
Sun has reeled back another former executive. Stephen Shankland got the scoop that Rich Green, who was an executive at the Sun-laden startup Cassatt, is returning to Sun to run the software division, recently vacated by John Loiacono, who went to Adobe Systems in March.