Last week, on the heels of Amazon's Unbox video download service launch, I did a little digging (didn't have to dig far) to find out what digital rights management platform it was relying on to make sure (a) the videos don't get pirated and (b) rentals (essentially downloads that last a certain time) are expired.
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This weekend, I had a chance to drop in on PodCamp at Bunker Hill Community College on the edge of Charlestown, MA (see my Flickr Set of photos for a few pics I took). I led two discussions, both of which were pretty well attended.
I recently met with Eurekster CEO Steven Marder for an update on swicki, the company’s community-influenced search service. Rather than the chewing through the worldwide index and link structures, swicki combines several elements to create more finely tuned search results for online communities.
Worth reading: David Kaplan of Newsweek tells the all too human tale of how HP board members Patricia Dunn and legendary VC Thomas Perkins ended up at opposite ends of the table. The story is still incomplete--HP board members met this morning, but apparently didn't finish their discussion, which could result in Dunn's resignation.
Shai Agassi, president of SAP's Product and Technology Group, came to our CNET offices last week to meet with News.com reporters and myself.
This week on The Dan & David Show, David returns from vacationing with family, and we dig into the story of the week--HP's witchhunt in search of leaking board members. It's not just a question as to the legality of HP's private investigation agency tricking phone companies into giving up phone records of board members and reporter, it's an issue of integrity.
I just got off the phone with Chris Brogan who is busy putting the finishing touches on PodCamp (Podcasting Camp) which starts tomorrow at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. I signed up to attend a while back but until now, had neglected to volunteer to lead some discussions.
It's now evidently clear to me why Mark Cuban was poo-pooing the idea of downloading videos from the Net. It was a timely pre-emptive strike aimed at undermining yesterday's launch of Amazon's Unbox video download service.
Relying on Microsoft's digital rights management technology (DRM), which was recently hacked, may not be the only challenge Amazon ends up facing now that it has launched its Unbox video download service. Another one could be technical support since the service involves the installation of Amazon-specific software on customer's systems (not to mention the fact that DRM technologies have proven fallible in the past).
Computer scientists have created a digital artwork that changes based on the mood of the viewer. The system uses a camera to track eight facial features and then changes a digital image in response.