- Long tail band signs with a label
This shows that if labels are willing to adapt and offer real value to artists they can thrive alongside new models.
- The internet’s effect on journalism
Some surprises, that coverage is narrowing, but otherwise encouraging evidence that traditional news is willing to innovate, experiment.
- WordPerfect antitrust case goes to SCOTUS
Microsoft’s argument that the statute of limitations had been exceeded was rejected. The case is 12 to 14 years old and the players have moved on so I am very curious what Novell, the plaintiff, hopes to gain.
- OH seizes voting machines
Similar to CA’s testing last year, in response to specific irregularities. The state has been plagued with problems and is now considering dumping the faulty touch screens altogether.
- Granting children rights to their data on majority
This is a recommendation augmenting EU’s existing privacy protections. Companies must re-secure permission to private data when children reach majority and new adults can revoke prior consent of their guardians.
- Scientists’ success, failure correlated with beer
Not in a good way, but beer in mind this is a simple correlation. It does not imply causality, the beer consumption may itself be a result of some other factor, cause.
- Review of LimeWire’s DRM-free music store
Will complete with eMusic, Amie Street once it expands its catalog. Probably won’t affect competition at the upper end, with iTunes, Amazon.
- GCC 4.3.0 exposes a kernel bug
The combination of compiler change, kernel bug can lead to memory corruption. No know exploit and there is thankfully a patch already.
- Israel defends its copyright laws from critics
Israel staunchly defends its refusal to ban circumvention and to re-write its existing safe harbors.
- Publisher won’t print articles because authors want to post parts on Wikipedia
American Physical Society basically exerts an exclusive license on its papers, so withdrew its offer to publish two recent studies on hearing the authors wanted to publish some of the material on Wikipedia. APS has promised to reconsider the policy after protests were made.
- DRM-free, BitTorrent video store from Sweden
Very small selection and currently Sweden only, but promising. Hopefully it will attract attention, encourage others.
- MD bill proposed that would criminalize theft of WiFi
The question of using open nodes as theft is far from settled, the owner hasn’t been deprived of the resource. Thankfully the public defender’s office is opposing the bill.
- Reunion of public service PC creators
A fascinating story about computing in the public interest with which I was previously unfamiliar.
- Google Summer of Code accepts Tor project
Fantastic to see this bit of privacy software gets some deserved support. Now they apparently need contributors to do the work as part of the GSoC work.
- Change Congress launch event
Initial steps are conservative, mostly calling people’s attention to what is already being done and asking for high level commitments.
- OLPC security chief resigns over ethical concerns
Saw Krstic at Shmoocon 2007, really impressive. Shame that OLPC seems to be undergoing such problems, despite success in helping invent a new category, opportunities.
- Road coloring problem solved
The solution is apparently simpler than anticipated and could lead to improved routing algorithms for networking.