Larry Dignan

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Is Virgin Records destined to repeat Sony's rootkit history?

Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing (thanks to ZDNet reader Bruce Fryer for the link): Coldplay's latest CD X&Y comes with an insert that discloses all the rules enforced by the DRM they included on the disc. Of course, these rules are only visible after you've paid for the CD.

January 3, 2006 by David Berlind

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The Google PC...why not?

The rumors have been flying around that Google will introduce a low-cost PC sold through mass market retailers like Wal-Mart.  According to the sources-said report from the Los Angeles Times, the PC would run Google's Linux-flavored operating system and be tuned for online services.

January 3, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Intel's next big leap--new logos

Tomorrow Intel is unveiling its new logos at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's not a big change, but it's part of the psychology of staying fresh--refurbishing the image in the new millenium and driving awareness.

January 2, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Peter Quinn's resignation

Peter Quinn, the Massachusetts State CIO who led the charge to make public documents in Massachusetts truly open with ODF announced that he will resign on Jan 9th.  In an interview with Groklaw, Quinn's former boss, Eric Kriss said that Quinn was uncomfortable with the personal attention surrounding the controversy: Peter is an IT professional who is not accustomed to the rough-and-tumble world of politics.

January 2, 2006 by Phil Windley

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Looking back and peering into the future

I've been surfing around this morning, checking out various lists of top stories in technology for this year and predictions for next year.   Technology Review includes municipal Wi-Fi, silicon photonics, social machines (social media/Web 2.

December 30, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Setting the record straight on the WMF vulnerability

It's seems normal that the year in technology ends with a critical Windows vulnerability. George Ou is setting the record straight on the critical WMF vulnerability, including the worthless fixes and the real fix, which results in Explorer being unable to display thumbnail images.

December 30, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Why your music collections will bite the DRM dust

I was really glad to see Dave Winer say that, in his opinion, the problems that he and other people are having with their iPods and iTunes are DRM-related.  Dave: It is the real culprit and your issues are real evidence of why the "R" in DRM stands for "restrictions" and not "rights.

December 26, 2005 by David Berlind

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A subtle big brother

While doing a little last minute Christmas shopping last week, I noticed a book called Spychips.  The subtitle of the book is "How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID.

December 26, 2005 by Phil Windley

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