TCLP 2007-04-08 News (Comment Line 360-252-7284)

This episode is news cast number 92.

Yet another reminder to make your travel arrangements for BaltiCon 41. It looks like someone beat me to the punch. I’ve been playing with FireGPG and while it’s not 100%, it’s worth installing and following. Also, I am Twitter’s latest victim.

Security alerts this week include the Microsoft animated cursor vulnerability which some claim is the same as a vulnerability from two years ago. Also, the patch appears to break some applications. The other alert is really more of a discussion of the latest development in criminalizing malware, offer it as a subscription.

The biggest news this week, of course, was EMI’s and Apple’s announcements about offering all of the label’s catalog in the iTunes store without DRM. Rumors were popping up Sunday with the announcement early in the day Monday. Details unfolded rapidly along with some skepticism. Ed Felten among others looked more closely at the bundling of no DRM with higher audio quality. The Download Squad snagged an interview with Jeanne Meyer from EMI. Microsoft appears to be hopping on the bandwagon although with no firm timeline.

Also in the news, a Wired piece of neuro plasticity and a related talk about body hacking in general at ETech, and a new, potentially better, image labelling algorithm for better searching.

This week I follow up on the AACS crack with possible evidence the first device key has been revoked and on FairUSE4WM to report that Microsoft is dismissing their claims against Viodentia, apparently because they cannot be located.

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