Nicholas Negroponte showed off the latest prototypes of the fabled $100 PC. It's not longer a $100 PC, however.
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Disney CEO Robert Iger said he doesn't want to repeat the mistake of the music industry by ignoring the clout of more empowered consumers. "Consumers have more power in how they access media," Iger said.
The first question lobbed at Yahoo CEO Terry Semel by Walt Mossberg at the D conference was why Yahoo was providing China's government with information about its subscribers. Semel gave the standard Yahoo response.
"People are absolutely committed to getting what they want when they want it," said Steve Burke, president of Comcast, during an interview at D with Kara Swisher. However, unlike Bill Gates who predicted the end of the current broadcast model in about five years, Burke thinks that it will thrive for much longer and has big ambitious to widen the footprint of comcast.
During his Q&A at D with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Bill Gates came up with a new term--or at least one I hadn't heard before. He pulled out a Motorola Q (still not shipping officially), which runs the Windows mobile operating system, calling it a multipurpose device (like a PC) and an example of what will be a "reality aquisition device.
Updated 11:50 PM PST: Bill Gates held court at the D (all things Digital) conference at the Four Seasons in Carlsbad, Calif., touching on the usual topics (Vista, Office, Google, Xbox) during a Q&A with hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.
Dave Winer notes that everybody loves the way TinyURL takes long URLs and converts them into much shorter ones. It's an awesome service that I frequently use because of how often longer URLs get truncated by the automatic line-wrapping found in many emails and discussion forums; truncated to the point that they're unusable.
Whenever Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz ends up talking about his company's open source strategy, the word "indemnified" invariably crops up. Schwartz, who is always on-message, never forgets to slip in a reminder that when Sun open sources something -- like Solaris -- that users of that open-sourced-something are using software that is fully indemnified.
One of the lesser discussed but equally troubling evils of digital rights management technology is what I call the "DRM switcheroo." The DRM switcheroo is where the person or company sitting at the DRM controls over the content you've accumulated under one set of rules switches to a new set of rules.
Speaking of lists worth keeping, I'm going to start collecting examples of real-world DRM trainwrecks in hopes of better making the point that most people don't realize how much they're giving up when they consciously or sub-consciously use solutions that depend on it. I get a lot of email that accuses me of being a Chicken Little that overblows the situation by saying the sky is falling.