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Will lame hardware cripple Vista?

I've been reading lots of Vista articles recently -- especially those from my colleague, Ed Bott (see Ed Bott's Microsoft Report).  I was particularly intrigued by his first article in his 'mythbuster' series (Vista Mythbusters #1: It's not a hardware hog).

September 15, 2006 by Marc Wagner

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PatriciaGate, iTV, Zunes, open specifications and more...

This week on the Dan & David Show, we discuss the latest from PatriciaGate, HP's foolhardy effort search to identify leaking board members. The latest news is that a House Commerce and Energy Committee congressional subcommittee asked  Patricia Dunn and general counsel Ann Baskins to appear at a hearing on Sept.

September 15, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Keys to successful startups

At a Churchill Club event on August 17, a group of experienced entrepreneurs discussed the current climate for startups. Unlike the pre-bubble days, startups are far leaner and meaner, requiring less capital to get on the radar.

September 14, 2006 by Dan Farber

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24 hours: The time it takes to crack the newest DRM from Microsoft or Apple

It was only a week ago that hackers proved that Microsoft may be unable to win the game of cat-n-mouse that it's in with hackers who are determined to neutralize the software giant's digital rights management (DRM) technology (a technology with a nasty side effect of keeping people from using legitimately acquired audio and video where they want, when they want, on the device they want).

September 14, 2006 by David Berlind

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PatriciaGate worsens for HP

While HP's stock flutters near its 52-week high (apparantly unscathed by PatriciaGate), other forces are conspiring to blow a dark cloud over the company with the biggest "kick me" sign on it's back.  The dust had barely settled from the California Attorney General's  office having announced yesterday that it could be filing charges within the week when more news news about the affair came to light.

September 14, 2006 by David Berlind

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Thursday's Mobile Review Roundup

Our reviews team was very busy with a bunch of new mobile products in the last day.  Here's some of what our reviews team published in the last 24 hours:The big screen of handhelds?

September 14, 2006 by David Berlind

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IBM's Sutor, Sun's Phipps give lukewarm reception to Microsoft patent covenants

In yesterday's post regarding Microsoft's remarkable step in the right direction (with regards to its issuance of some patent non-assertion covenants), I mentioned that silence on behalf of the normally quick-to-respond-to-such-news Bob Sutor (IBM's open source and standards veep) and Simon Phipps (Sun's chief open source officer) might have been a good sign that there were no major gotchas in those covenants. Well-known open source lawyer Larry Rosen gave Microsoft good marks on the news.

September 14, 2006 by David Berlind

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