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.
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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.
The first question lobbed at Yahoo CEO Terry Semel by Walt Mossberg at the D conference was why Yahoo was providing China's government with information about its subscribers. Semel gave the standard Yahoo response.
"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.
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.
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.
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.