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Microsoft cryptographer: There are no back doors into Vista

By way of ZDNet reader Derek Flickinger comes VNUNet's Iain Thompson's report: A senior cryptographer working for Microsoft has vehemently denied that the firm is planning to compromise the encryption functionality incorporated in its forthcoming Vista operating system by adding a backdoor.

March 7, 2006 by David Berlind


Intel's DRM by any other name is still DRM

In calling a spade a spade, Cory Doctorow refers to Intel's DTCP-IP technology for what it really is: Digital Rights Management Technology.  Only I wish he'd start using my acronym for DRM: CRAP (see the video for why I call it that).

March 7, 2006 by David Berlind


IBM's Sutor takes gloves off on MS ODF comment

IBM's vice president of standards and open source Bob Sutor appears quite peeved by an article in eWeek:In an eWeek article just published ("Microsoft to OpenDocument Alliance: Where's the Choice?"), Microsoft is accusing the supporters of the OpenDocument Format, a true open standard from the OASIS standards organization, of somehow limiting choice.

March 7, 2006 by David Berlind


Cut and paste Web

I am still thinking about Ray Ozzie's introduction of Live Clipboard at ETech. Having a clipboard wired into the Web is simple, and so obvious.

March 7, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Inteligami device debuts today

Now that Microsoft finally released details behind its secretive Origami mini-tablet project,'s Ina Fried reports that Intel is poised to take the wraps off of its contribution to the project (Inteligami is just my mashup of the two words) today at the Intel Developer Forum.

March 7, 2006 by David Berlind


The future of interfaces--Multi-touch

Jeffrey Han showed off a gestural user interface at ETech in which the user hands manipulate object on a desk. It's based on Han's multi-touch interaction research, which applys a form of biometric input.

March 7, 2006 by Dan Farber


Ray Ozzie proposes universal Web clipboard

At O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie demoed a way to bring the clipboard concept from the PC to the world of the Web. The Web clipboard is implemented as a clipboard on the clipboard, taking the text format of the clipboard and putting in more structured data, XML schemas.

March 7, 2006 by Dan Farber