My colleague, David Berlind, has railed on for months now about the evils of DRM and, in particular, the 'anti-competitive' practices of Apple regarding their flavor of DRM, which they currently seem to be unwilling to cross-license. (Never mind that if Apple were not in the game, Most consumers are used to paying for the same content over and over again as the format changes.
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I covered Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's visit to the Churchill Club last week, where he was interviewd by Roger McNamee. Here is the complete podcast of the event.
Ray Kurzweil responded to various critiques and questions, and stuck to his PowerPoint slides of datapoints that convey his Singularity theory. He emphasized that because of the accelerating pace of change, technology will be able to solve all problems, from the practical problems of climate change and energy efficiency to cutting poverty and disease On the software side, 10 to the 16th calculations per second should be sufficient to reach human level intelligence.
Saturday morning at the Singularity Summit at Stanford University. All 12 panelists for the day are seated in order of their scheduled presentations, with an audience of at least a thousand seated in the Memorial Auditorium on campus.
When most people think about Google and wireless, they're probably thinking about how Google is setting up free Wi-Fi networks in cities like San Francisco. As a side note, both eWeek's Ben Charney and News.
Dana Blankenhorn (my fellow ZDNet blogger who one year ago saw promise in T-Mobile's Web N' Walk service), eat your heart out. The walled-garden is back.
After his interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at a Churchill Club event (video here), I hooked up with Elevation Partners co-founder and Flying Other Brothers guitarist Roger McNamee for a post-interview analysis and look into his investment portfolio. In this podcast, Roger offers his incisive take on Microsoft's future-- competition; issues of culture and scale; getting traction with an advertising business model; building content platforms; and making acquisitions.
Black Box Voting issued a report on the security of Diebold voting machines The investigation revealed security holes at the bootloader, OS, and application levels. The recommendations of the report were (quoting the report): Because there is no way of having chain of custody or audit trail for machines, the machines need to be reflashed with a known good version (assessing the risks potentially inherited).
We have three video clips from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's interview at the Churchill Club event yesterday. The moderator was Roger McNamee, co-founder of Elevation Partners.
Wednesday, during my interview with LinkedIn's Konstantin Guericke, we talked a bit about how the company is now profitable despite the fact that most of the 5.7 million+ users are taking advantage of the free service rather than the paid parts.