By now, you've probably tired of hearing about Sony BMG's rootkit-based DRM and may have come to the conclusion that this was one bad actor in a sea of less intrusive and maybe even effective DRM strategies. In his usually clear style, Ed Felton has explained why this isn't so.
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The black market for malware visited eBay briefly this week. A seller who goes by the handle "fearwall" started auctioning a Microsoft Excel vulnerability on Wednesday, and it reached $56 before eBay shut it down.
For a guy whose legendary mobile messenging network could be forced to shutdown due to a patent battle with NTP, Research in Motion (maker of the BlackBerry) president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis (pictured left) seemed incredibly undistracted in his discussion of the company's more recent innovations as I interviewed him by phone yesterday morning. Sure, he's legally embargoed from discussing the case as long as it remains unresolved.
I was reading The Register's coverage of a talk given by Creative CEO Sim Wong Hoo who claims that implementations of side-scrolling hierarchical menus such as those found on Apple's iPods are infringing on his company's recently awarded patent (US patent 6,928,433). Apparently, the first appearance of such a user interface showed up on one of Creative's early generation MP3 players in 2000.
I'm in the process of writing up my review of an interview with Research in Motion (RIM) president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis. It appears as though RIM, maker of the infamous BlackBerry wireless mobile messaging devices, is near the end of its legal rope in a patent infringement case that was filed against it by NTP.
Note: We had a problem with the audio bit rate that has been corrected. In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, we check out Sun's UltraSparc T1, the processor that the company claims blows away the competition on several fronts.
For the record J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) is no longer the acronym that Sun and Java licensees are using to describe the server-side implementation of Java -- otherwise known as a Java-based application server (Java isn't your only choice for an app server; there's .NET too).
At the When 2.0 conference I had a video chat with Brian Dear, CEO of EVDB Inc.
As I've mentioned before, Baseline Magazine is one of my favorites. I love their detailed case studies because they are long enough to provide real meat.
I blogged at When 2.0 on Chandler, calendaring interoperability and sharing and Google's calendar.