The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision this morning, ruled that "One who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright ... is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties using the device, regardless of the device's lawful uses.
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Sun is conducting daily previews of the announcements it will be making on each day of the JavaOne 2005 conference being held in San Francisco. The audio version of the conference call is available as an MP3 that can be downloaded or, if you’re already subscribed to ZDNet’s IT Matters series of audio podcasts, it will show up on your system or MP3 player automatically.
Reuters has a story this morning about how the GSM/GPRS-based wireless carrier Cingular is considering the addition of Motorola's iTunes-compatible phone to its lineup. Apparently, the decision hasn't been made yet.
Later today, the Eclipse Foundation -- the organization responsible for the oversight of the Eclipse integrated development environment (an IDE for deploying Java applications) is expected to make a series of announcements according to the organization's vice president of marketing Ian Skerrett.
Looking to catch a ride on the Eclipse train -- a train that appears to be taking off and going right past its rival NetBeans -- Sybase is, at JavaOne, introducing an integrated bundle of tools called WorkSpace that will plug into the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE).
For several years now, Oracle, with its own Java-based J2EE application server and integrated development environment (JDeveloper), has been trying to play in the same league as Java application server heavyweights IBM and BEA.
I am in Seattle at Gnomedex 5.0, a gathering of the blogospherati, exploring everything from RSS and citizen journalism to podcasting and the future of media.
In an interview this week with News.com, Sun CEO Scott McNealy was asked to define his company's strategy.
Chris Stakutis, IBM's CTO for emerging storage software, says all businesses are confronting three major tech trends: the phenomenal growth of data; the proliferation of wireless connectivity; and the rise of XML, or self-describing data. He's coined a term for the result.
If you ask me, there could be a bit more to Microsoft's announcement that it will be supporting RSS in the next version of Windows (code-named Longhorn) than meets the eye. For starters, to hear all about it, you should give a listen to my 12 minute interview with Microsoft's Windows Group Product Manager Megan Kidd.