The D: All Things Digital (blog posts here) put on by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher (with help from WSJ) was a rare event. Of course, the venue (Four Seasons, Carlsbad) and food were good for those who cared, and the attendees included a strange assemblage of well-heeled personalities.
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It was just last week that I wrote about a scary list that you can only hope doesn't include you....a public list of all of the recent compromises to personal data that's being stored by banks, merchants, universities, and most recently (the biggest breach of all), the Veteran's Administration (a breach that included over 26 million names and that may end up costing $500 million).
For more coverage of D beyond Between the Lines, here are some of the bloggers/writers on the scene. Wall Street Journal D blog Paidcontent.
Walt Mossberg has a dream. His computer will not make him feel like he is a part-time systems administrator.
... is risky business, at best. After all, back in 1981, how many of us would have guessed that a twenty-something from Seattle, with a second-hand OS, would end up getting the best of IBM, let alone running the largest software company in the world.
Included in the Windows Update that Microsoft pushed out to XP users at the end of April is a piracy checker that double checks the authenticity of your XP installation. For some odd reason, the update didn't take place on my system until yesterday.
Former Vice President and almost President Al Gore discussed his new venture Current TV and global warming with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at D this evening. Asked about why he chose cable TV over a more pure Internet content play for his content venture, Gore said that television is dominant (Americans watch on average 4.
In a move that may make his life easier, Redmonk's Stephen O'Grady has published an interview that he did of himself regarding the issue of open sourcing Java. If he covered all the questions that people have already asked him, and anticipated others, he can forever point to the interview-cum-FAQ instead of carving out another answer with his keyboard every time a question about open sourcing Java comes his way.
Nicholas Negroponte showed off the latest prototypes of the fabled $100 PC. It's not longer a $100 PC, however.
Disney CEO Robert Iger said he doesn't want to repeat the mistake of the music industry by ignoring the clout of more empowered consumers. "Consumers have more power in how they access media," Iger said.