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IBM's Sutor zings ZDNet blog entry

In responding to Marc Wagner's blog (see Don't sacrifice innovation in push for standards), IBM's vice president of open standard and open source Bob Sutor writes: ...I think we need to ask two important questions.

January 4, 2006 by David Berlind

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Cybercrime outgrows drug trade?

From CNN/Money:The Treasury Department says that cyber crime has now outgrown illegal drug sales in annual proceeds, netting an estimated $105 billion in 2004, the report said. At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security's 2005 research budget for cybersecurity programs was cut 7% to $16 million.

January 4, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Update on Mashup Camp

In response to my announcement of Mashup Camp (the unconference about the uncomputer), the inundation of email -- most of which arrived over the holidays -- has been overwhelming and I'm still trying to catch up.  So, please accept my apologies if I haven't gotten back to you.

January 4, 2006 by David Berlind

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Google pooh poohs the cube

Google puts to rest reports of a low-price device, dubbed by someone the Google Cube, that would interface with PCs, TVs, set-top boxes, media players and cell phones."We have many PC partners who serve their markets exceedingly well and we see no need to enter that market; we would rather partner with great companies," is the official Google statement on the subject.

January 4, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Stranger than IT fiction

Over the holiday break, Ashlee Vance reported: [Overstock CEO Patrick] Byrne held an August conference call with financial analysts about this cabal that has since gone down in Wall Street history as perhaps the single most bizarre CEO moment of all time....During the session, Byrne admitted to making up stories about being gay and a coke-head in the hopes of uncovering a mysterious group short-sellers led by a "Sith Lord.

January 4, 2006 by David Berlind

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Where there's a bill, there's a way

Via ZDNet reader Steven Ackerman who saw it on FurdLog which links to the LATimes story on Congressional Copycats who said "Interestingly, even the industry’s hometown paper doesn’t think it’s a good idea": The [Analog Hole] bill aims to prevent pirates from slipping through the analog hole to copy movies or television programs, then converting them into digital files that could be swapped on the Internet or burned onto DVDs....

January 4, 2006 by David Berlind

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