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How to open source Java? That is THE question

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.

May 31, 2006 by David Berlind

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D: Comcast's portal ambitions

"People are absolutely committed to getting what they want when they want it," said Steve Burke, president of Comcast, during an interview at D with Kara Swisher. However, unlike Bill Gates who predicted the end of the current broadcast model in about five years, Burke thinks that it will thrive for much longer and has big ambitious to widen the footprint of comcast.

May 31, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Gates forgoes reality distortion for reality acquisition

During his Q&A at D with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Bill Gates came up with a new term--or at least one I hadn't heard before. He pulled out a Motorola Q (still not shipping officially), which runs the Windows mobile operating system, calling it a multipurpose device (like a PC) and an example of what will be a "reality aquisition device.

May 30, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Bill Gates kicks of the "D" conference

Updated 11:50 PM PST: Bill Gates held court at the D (all things Digital) conference at the Four Seasons in Carlsbad, Calif., touching on the usual topics (Vista, Office, Google, Xbox) during a Q&A with hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.

May 30, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Desperately seeking: an API for TinyURL

Dave Winer notes that everybody loves the way TinyURL takes long URLs and converts them into much shorter ones. It's an awesome service that I frequently use because of how often longer URLs get truncated by the automatic line-wrapping found in many emails and discussion forums; truncated to the point that they're unusable.

May 30, 2006 by David Berlind

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Could more Eolas-like open source benefactors hurt Microsoft, others?

Whenever Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz ends up talking about his company's open source strategy, the word "indemnified" invariably crops up. Schwartz, who is always on-message, never forgets to slip in a reminder that when Sun open sources something -- like Solaris -- that users of that open-sourced-something are using software that is fully indemnified.

May 30, 2006 by David Berlind

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Another real world example of why DRM is evil

One of the lesser discussed but equally troubling evils of digital rights management technology is what I call the "DRM switcheroo."  The DRM switcheroo is where the person or company sitting at the DRM controls over the content you've accumulated under one set of rules switches to a new set of rules.

May 29, 2006 by David Berlind

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