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Podcast: RSA, the Jobs letter, Intel's vPro and more...

This week on the Dan & David Show, we discuss the goings on at the RSA 2007 Conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs' "Thoughts on Music" open letter to the world and to the record industry, Intel's vPro brand (which minimally includes a Core 2 Duo microprocessor, the Q965 chipset and Intel's 82566 Gigabit Ethernet technology), Windows Vista's outbound firewall issues and the cost of printer consumables.

February 9, 2007 by Dan Farber


Is someone not doing their homework at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?

If you read a recent LA Times article the way I did, then it's apparently more difficult that it seems to do the world good without relying on a bit of evil. In what appears to be a deeply researched article by Times staff writer Charles Piller, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is exposed for seeking returns on its financial investments from institutions that could simultaneously be undermining the efficacy of its altruism.

February 9, 2007 by David Berlind


DRM doesn't fix the problem

Before we go off half-cocked and blame Steve Jobs (or Bill Gates) for Digital Rights Management (my colleague, David Berlind, likes to call it C.R.A.P.) we need to ask ourselves 'Who's really to blame?'

February 9, 2007 by Marc Wagner


Not cheating but task support

Three British persons were convicted of cheating a casino by using an unorthodox approach to playing poker. Their setup included a miniature in-sleeve camera (for imaging cards from beneath as they were dealt); an inconspicuous earphone; a wireless video link; and a truck containing a video recorder (to slow down the footage so the cards' faces could be easily read).

February 9, 2007 by Ed Gottsman


GooTube and engines of monetization

On Rough Type, Nick Carr ruminates on the distribution of wealth, digital sharecropping and algorithms in the early Web era. In a previous post on sharecropping in the 21st century, Nick wrote:One of the fundamental economic characteristics of Web 2.

February 8, 2007 by Dan Farber


The Jobs' DRM fallout is mixed

The reaction to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' open letter to the music industry about digital rights management has been relatively swift. But the scorecard is mixed when it comes to the music labels.

February 8, 2007 by


RSA 2007: VeriSign's Internet cloud fortress

During his keynote at the RSA 2007 Conference, VeriSign CEO Stratton Sclavos announced Project Titan, a three-year investment from the company's capital spend of $150 to $200 million to add capacity to its network infrastructure to keep up with growth of the Internet. "We have to stay ahead of the curve and build capacity to help with RFID and content distribution," Sclavos said.

February 8, 2007 by Dan Farber


RSA 2007: DHS's Greg Garcia gets organized for cybersecurity battle

At a town hall meeting at the RSA 2007 Conference in San Francisco, Greg Garcia, the Department of Homeland Security assistant secretary for cybersecurity and telecommunications, described the environment in which his agency operates:"The next ten years there will be a single integrated IP network that serves all needs," Garcia said.

February 8, 2007 by Dan Farber