Via Slashdot comes this story from The Independent: Search engine giant Google, known for its mantra "don't be evil", has fired off a series of legal letters to media organisations, warning them against using its name as a verb....In June, Google won a place in the Oxford English Dictionary, while "to google", with a lower case "g", was included last month in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, America's leading reference book....
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Another small businessperson who is being bullied by Apple's lawyers for the use of the word "pod" in her trademark has come out of the woodwork.Meet 53 year-old self-employed Terry Wilson from New Jersey.
According to The Register: An eagle-eyed Wal-Mart clerk in Caro, Michigan may have foiled a dastardly terrorist plot simply by alerting police to a suspicious purchase made by three men of Middle-Eastern descent, the Associated Press reports. Police are holding the men on terror charges because they bought 80 pre-paid cell phones in violation of Wal-Mart policy, which limits to three the number of phones one can buy....
Eric Rasmussen, MD, MDM, FACP, Commander, Medical Corps, United States Navy, is leading an effort innovate disaster response in the wake of catastrophies. He is the Director of Strong Angel III, which this month is field testing ways of delivering life-saving humanitarian relief and rapidly deployable communication systems in response to major disasters.
Although it appears to strictly be from a server point of view, HP is expanding it's support of Linux distributions to include Debian based on customer demand. The announcement is clearly time to coincide with the start of LinuxWorld in San Francisco.
Meet Larry Scantlebury: Vietnam vet, devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Larry apparently shared some music files via the Net too.
Zimbra continues to plow ahead of the competition with its browser-based collaboration suite. Today the company launched Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) 4.
Personally, I think the very first question that should be asked whenever a movie or television studio releases its content for download, or whenever some new multimedia device or phone comes out, is what Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology (otherwise known as CRAP -- Cancellation, Restriction, And Punishment) it's intertwined with?
[I wrote this piece before the passport ID fiasco came to light. I think its points are still valid.
[Update: Since first publishing this story, another small business person has come forward with the details of a very similar threatening letter that she received] Has Apple gone too far? Even if the product you make doesn't look, smell, feel, or do anything remotely close to what an iPod does, and even if consumers can't buy it on the shelves in a store, that apparently doesn't mean Apple won't release its legal dogs on you if the name of your product includes the letters P-O-D.