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As I've already written several times before in our series on Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), every time one of us buys another piece of DRMed content (eg: a song from iTunes), we are securing the legacy of the DRM cartel while giving it carte blanche to arbitrarily decide how we get to use the content that we're legally entitled to use in any way we want, as long as we use it for ourselves.
In an interview conducted by news.com's Ina Fried, Steve Sinofsky, the Microsoft senior vice president in charge of Office, noted that his company had received 120,000 user requests for PDF support, which the company just announced for Office 12, but no demand for the OpenDocument Format (ODF), which represents the idea that Microsoft's file formats need to be more open.
The Web is all agog and ablog about Microsoft's decision to support Adobe's Portable Document file format (PDF) in the next version of its desktop productivity suite: currently called Office 12 (why not Office Vista since there's an Office XP?).
Steven Johnson adds his version to the Web 2.0 definition bucket in this excerpt from his column in Discovery magazine column: "The difference between this Web 2.
Tomorrow, Sun CEO Scott McNealy and Google CEO Eric Schmidt are holding a press conference to discuss a "collaboration effort." Given that Dr.
This past Friday, I wrote my personal Delcaration of InDRMpendence. It scratches the surface of why we must place a citizens' injunction on Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology before it's too late.
In July I wrote about the debut of AttentionTrust.org, a non-profit promoting the basic rights of attention owners.
It seems that a tipping point, or at least an new level of awareness, has been reached about the next Web frontier--a new generation of desktop productivity applications (think Microsoft Office without all the bits on your machine) with rich, interactive client interfaces and low-cost administration. They are built using technologies like AJAX, Flash and Java, with all the logic on the server and using XML and Web service bindings.
Scoble provides the logic behind his personal note to Ballmer or Gates in response to my post. An excerpt from his post:"I say, let's have a little fun working at Microsoft.