First came the way Yahoo's music store only sells music that's copy protected by Microsoft digital restrictions management (DRM technology. In other words, it only plays back on Microsoft PlaysForSure-compliant products.
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While I often dabble in application development and have crafted some pretty neat applications, I don't by any stretch of the imagination consider myself to be a software engineer. Particularly since my software development training (one way in one way out structured programming in COBOL, C, etc.
Sooner or later, it was bound to happen -- a Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) management technology that, by design, often keeps you from consuming that content on devices that use other DRM technologies actually ends up keeping you from consuming content that's protected by it as well. Talk about a trainwreck.
Web 2.0 explorer Richard MacManus rounds up info about Microsoft leaping into hosted applications, with SharePoint, CRM and ERP (Dynamics?
Singer-songwriter Fiona Apple's new CD ("Extraordinary Machine") arrives on shelves some time this month. Which is odd because "primitive" versions of 11 of its tracks appeared on music-sharing systems in 2004.
According to a paper by two researchers, Oracle's password scheme has a weak protection mechanism that puts corporate data at risk. News.
News.com's Michael Singer has a report that reminds us of why there can be a hidden toll of patents on standards.
At a Churchill Club event on October 26, 2005, Jonathan Schwartz, president and COO at Sun was interviewed by Quentin Hardy, Silicon Valley bureau chief as Forbes. You can download the audio of the one-hour interview here.
Gartner makes a prediction that by 2015, over 100 leading companies will have made or saved at least $10 million due to networked creative intelligence, which leverages virtual communities to create new sources of information and value. Quality and trust ratings, folksonomies and tagging, prediction markets and open source coding and content development (Wikipedia) are examples of applying networked, creative intelligence, Gartner said.
ExxonMobil's third quarter profit surged nearly 75 percent to $9.92 billion, based on skyrocketing oil and natural-gas prices.