Microsoft's answer to iPod: a Clunky-looking Zune?
An obesely proportioned digital media player, confirmed to be
Microsoft's upcoming Zune device, has turned up in photos and
documentation filed with the FCC. The filing, published on Thursday,
was made by Toshiba Corp... According to a draft user manual
accompanying the filing, Zune will include a 30GB 1.8-inch Toshiba hard
drive, 3.0-inch low temperature polysilicone TFT LCD display, high
quality FM tuner with RDBS, headphone jack and USB 2.0 connectivity...
Fugitive exec nabbed after Skype call
Kobi Alexander, the founder of Comverse, was nabbed in... Sri Lanka
yesterday by a private investigator. He is wanted by the US government
in connection with financial fraud charges. He is accused of profiting
from some very shady stock-option deals, to the detriment of Comverse
shareholders. Once the deals became public and he was indicted, he
resigned as CEO and fled the US. Alexander was traced... after he
placed a one-minute call using Skype. That was enough to alert
authorities to his presence and hunt him down...
Is Nettwerk reinventing the music business?
To all appearances, Nettwerk is just a midsize music management company
with an indie record label on the side. Many of the artists on its
client roster – which includes Avril Lavigne, Dido, Sarah McLachlan,
and Stereophonics – are mainstream acts. But McBride, the company's
cofounder and creative force, is quietly carrying out a plan to
reinvent the music industry, including legalizing file-sharing and
giving artists control over their own intellectual property...
Enforcing net neutrality with a two-by-four
About ten years ago, as the Internet soared in popularity, consumers
and businesses began to attach new devices and create new services for
the network. The reaction of the broadband carriers was decidedly ugly:
- AT&T warned customers that using Wi-Fi was a 'federal crime'
- Cox Cable disciplined users of virtual private networks
- Comcast blocked traffic, which hampered government telecommuters...
BitTorrent How-to Roundup
Here’s a roundup of some of the how-to articles that appeared on
torrentfreak over the past few months. Might be useful to some of the
Intel says HD should be wired
Current wireless networking standards aren't fit for streaming high-
definition (HD) content between a media centre PC and multiple extender
devices, according to Intel and Microsoft...
Hacker Coalition Releases Lawsuit Proof P2P System
The OFF System does not require storing or transmitting copies of
creative works. This simple bit of mathematical and computer science
wizardry supposedly renders traditional copyright laws moot. The system
relies exclusively on multi-use randomized blocks for its storage and
transmission needs. Each stored OFF block is used to represents
multiple works simultaneously...
Internet Is Seizing the Spotlight in the Live-Music Business
Years after the breakup of the Bogmen, a highly regarded New York
underground band, Billy Campion, the group’s lead singer, still
attracts a core of followers. So when he asked fans planning to attend
a performance at the Boogaloo club in Brooklyn to bring their digital
cameras and camera phones, many listened. Less than two months ago, a
video cobbled together from fans’ films had its debut on YouTube, the
hugely popular video-sharing site. Since it appeared — and landed a
spot as a featured video — the clip for his performance of “Hi on Wade”
has been viewed more than 120,000 times...
Man gets Six Years for Software Piracy
A Florida man who made millions of dollars selling illegal copies of
computer programs was sentenced Friday to six years in prison in one of
the nation's largest software piracy cases... Danny Ferrer, of
Lakeland, Fla., pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy and copyright
infringement charges after an FBI investigation of his Web site,
BuysUSA.com. Ferrer also was ordered to pay more than $4.1 million in
restitution to software makers Adobe, Autodesk, and Macromedia...
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