ZDNet reader Charly Prevost spotted Digital Music News' coverage of some increased support for watermarking as an alternative to the traditional DRM approach. A few weeks back, I described how watermarking works and why I like it.
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From ZDNet reader Russ Lighton via email, a new explanation for the acronym DRM: The Digital Repossession Manifesto (DRM): "By purchasing this product you understand and agree you are actually purchasing a rental of the digital content and do not actually own the content. The rental length is totally at our discretion and you will not interfere with any and all methods we will use to terminate the rental period once we decide what it is.
A lot of people ask me what equipment is used to record ZDNet's podcasts. The last request came from Bob Swofford who wrote: I'm listening right now to your podcast, "Next-gen RSS reading platform (Attensa) demos power of Attention.
In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show we look into the Apple mystique and the announcements, especially the first wave Intel Duo Core Macs, from Macworld. We also assess the new Oracle/Sun partnership, with Oracle extending its Java license for another ten years and Sun bundling Oracle's database with higher-end Solaris 10-based servers.
Harvard Law School Berkman Center research fellow Rebecca MacKinnon has the details on Congressional moves to address the Net censorship undertaken by companies like Yahoo and Microsoft who find themselves filtering content (at the request of the local authorities) in order to do business in a market that many American technology companies see as their hottest prospect for growth: China.
Worth reading: ACM Queue has an interview with Phil Smoot, who manages Microsoft's MSN/Hotmail communications platform. Smoot provides some insight into how Microsoft manages a large scale Web service using its own software and about the challenges in managing millions of mailboxes.
The veep of software engineering here at ZDNet just pinged me to let me know we're looking for a senior software engineer and that Java and LAMP (Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP) skills are a must. The person who takes this job will undoubtedly be providing some of the technical muscle ZDNet needs to continue growing its blogging operation (amongst other duties).
In the same week the Apple became Intel's best friend and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison gave strokes to Sun over Dell (at least for that day), Dell CEO Kevin Rollins made a comment that seems to suggest that his company is now "open" to selling AMD-based systems. Dell likes to keep its supply chain as simple as possible (and is Dell's largest customer), but the combination of AMD's well regarded technology and having a better negotiating position must be changing the company's thinking.
Adam Green: I made my pitch to get David [Berlind] to use the term copy protection instead of DRM. He was sympathetic to the issue, but not too interested in making the change.....
Rollyo just launched a customer search tool that lets you create search engines (with up to 25 sites) that are accessible via the search toolbar in Firefox. Since its October 2005 launch, Rollyo has accumulated about 15,000 personalized search "engines.