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Latest Posts

Demo China: Mobifare and MobiTicket

We have some video coverage via Christy Andrade from Demo China, which showcases some of the new products that hope capture the hearts and minds of users in the Asian markets. The event took place in Tianjin from September 5 through 8.

September 12, 2006 by Dan Farber


Summary of today's Apple announcements (no iPod phone)

I'm sitting here in my home office in northern Massachusetts trying to find out what Steve Jobs is saying at his product roll-out (taking place right now) and my first choice of sites to visit was Engadget.  But I'm apparently not the only one who thinks Engadget is going to have the best blow-by-blow coverage.

September 12, 2006 by David Berlind


EFF: Obscure bill could turn cache into cash for music biz

Since earlier this summer, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is putting out the equivalent of a red alert about some language that it says has been snuck into an obscure copyright bill -- language that the EFF says could smash Internet fair use.  According to the warning:The entertainment industry has sneaked language into an obscure copyright bill that could smash Internet fair use.

September 12, 2006 by David Berlind


Location and identity are a powerful team

I'm at Digital ID World this week, along with Dan Farber, so you'll probably get a spate of identity related posts in the next few days. In Phil Becker's annual "State of Digital Identity" this morning, he mentioned that where "location" was a crutch that computer security leaned in in the past, in the future it will be a critical part of the identity data returned about a user.

September 12, 2006 by Phil Windley


Red Hat Linux 5 Beta gets Xen'd. But support for PHP5 rates too!

If you become the subject of controversy, then you get all the glory too. In hindsight, perhaps the folks at XenSource should be happy about the little soap opera that recently bubbled up around a certain Red Hat senior executive's opinion that XenSource's open source virtualization solution isn't ready for prime time.

September 12, 2006 by David Berlind


Dunn is done (as HP's chairwoman) but stays on Board’s Scott Ard and Ina Fried: Hewlett-Packard Chairman Patricia Dunn, who launched an investigation into a media leaks that resulted in a firestorm of controversy, has agreed to resign her post following a meeting of the company's board of directors….

September 12, 2006 by David Berlind


Bill Ziff: In Memoriam

Bill Ziff, who was chairman and chief executive officer of Ziff Communications Co. from 1953 to 1994, died on  Sept.

September 11, 2006 by Dan Farber


The question no one is asking (the answer no one wants) about pre-texting

I just finished reading Robert Scoble's electric rail analogy when it comes to the line that was recently crossed (in terms of privacy violation) and started to think about how, HP board chairwoman Patricia Dunn is trying to draw her own line between the investigation she ordered and the methods that were used to get the results she was asking for.

September 11, 2006 by David Berlind


Amazon Unbox criticized for Internet chattiness (amongst other things)

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.

September 11, 2006 by David Berlind