As any witness of a Macworld keynote knows Apple CEO Steve Jobs doesn't do much of anything that isn't well scripted and thought out. That strategy and advance preparation is what makes his open letter to the music industry about digital rights management so interesting.
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Notable headlines:Wi-Fi hacking, with a handheld PDA. Images.
The morning RSA keynotes were mostly warmed over common wisdom--layer approachs, risk management, intelligence sharing, managing user identities, governance, focusing on users, etc.--about information security, with the exception of the cryptographer panel, which had some good moments.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a blog post today says his company would embrace DRM-free music "in a heartbeat" if "the big four music companies would license Apple their music without the requirement that it be protected with a DRM." If that scenario were to play out, Jobs says "we would switch to selling only DRM-free music on our iTunes store.
I've written about Greenplum (here and here), which hopes to be a disruptive force in the business intelligence and datawarehousing arena with its open source stack. Today the company announced $19 million in funding, a major customer win (Smart Communications, the leading wireless service provider in the Phillipines), and the appointment of Bill Cook, a 19-year Sun veteran with a sales background, as CEO.
Why worry about creating the next iTunes, lining up movie studios and entering the Web's movie download war when you can just supply the arms? Sounds like a decent plan and one that Hewlett-Packard is pursuing.
With the Vista launch behind him, Bill Gates and Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer and security patron, were on stage the 16th annual RSA Conference in San Francisco before a crowd of about 15,000 security geeks and professionals. They were preceded by a Broadway-style dance number with dozens of costumed monks and the David Bowie/Queen song "Under Pressure," something to do with the Renaissance theme of the conference.
Given the attention (see Techmeme) given to Wal-Mart's new entry to the video download market--with all of the studios in tow to boot--I felt like it was my fiduciary duty to check it out. Well I checked it out and it wasn't pretty at first.
The crosscurrents are still swirling around Microsoft's deal with Novell to resell Suse Linux. And the Free Software Foundation may have found an avenue to hit Novell in the pocket.
Notable headlines: The fiscal 2008 Federal budget has landed. Feds allocate $65 billion for IT in proposed 2008 budget.