Regarding BellSouth's alleged attempt to charge Google blood money so that the telco's customers could access Google's Web sites, Doc Searls writes: BellSouth wasn't thinking. They were doing what big carriers always do, which is look for ways to make big money with tiered service to big customers.
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Worth reading: In the wake of the DOJ's quest for search logs from Google (and the other personal information data banks), Om Malik echoes Scott McNealy's remark from 1999 ("You have zero privacy anyway… Get over it.") in his post about living a cached life.
In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show we look into Google's refusal to provide search logs to the government and at the forthcoming (in 2007) version of the GPL version 3. We also discuss the latest moves from Oracle to make its next-generation architecture and applications suite, Fusion, a reality.
On January 12, the Churchill Club held its annual "Top Ten Tech Trends Debate." We have a podcast of the event, which was moderated by Tony Perkins, editor in chief of AlwaysOn.
First, it was in the interests of national security. Now, it's in the interest of childrens' rights (particularly those that could be the victims of child pornography).
The FBI pegs the cost of cyberattacks at $67.2 billion a year.
The First International GPL V3 Conference was an event not to miss. If you missed it, here's the perspective of one attendee.
Microsoft may have more than its share of tie-ups to the whipping post for security snafus but, as George Ou reports, the company isn't to blame for the reports of a new Wi-Fi vulnerability that some say the Redmond, WA-based company is owning up to: Microsoft never acknowledged this as a vulnerability. I checked with a Microsoft spokesperson and they confirmed that Microsoft Security Research Center states that this is not a security vulnerability.
eWeek's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols on the new Intel powered Macs: For XP users, the problem is that Apple uses Intel's EFI (extensible firmware interface) rather than a BIOS.
Electronic News:The two UWB camps, direct sequence-UWB backer UWB Forum and MultiBand Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing UWB supporter WiMedia Alliance, said in a joint statement today that they will continue to move UWB into the market and concur that, at this stage in UWB market development, “a more prudent course of action is necessary to allow the market to move forward with the commercialization of multiple UWB technologies.".......