9/29/2005

Disney’s Mix Sticks - MP3 Players For Preteens

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Disney Mix SticksGoing after a market that includes children as young as 6, Disney on Thursday unveiled a new line of portable digital audio players for preteen consumers.

Disney Mix Sticks are digital audio MP3/WMA players designed to download music files or copy from CDs. They also accommodate memory cards, called Mix Clips, that feature prerecorded music from Walt Disney Records.

Disney Mix Sticks have a storage capacity of 128MB, enough for about 60 songs, and work with a USB 2.0 connector. The MP3 players also feature an SD/MMC card slot for as much as 1GB of storage, or approximately 500 songs.

The Mix Clip memory cards carry full-length albums from Walt Disney Records and are compatible with computers, cellular phones and other devices.

The MP3 players are scheduled to ship in mid-October to major retailers and are expected to sell for about $49.

Source: News.com

U.S. Insists on Keeping Control of Web

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A senior U.S. official rejected calls on Thursday for a U.N. body to take over control of the main computers that direct traffic on the Internet, reiterating U.S. intentions to keep its historical role as the medium’s principal overseer.

“We will not agree to the U.N. taking over the management of the Internet,” said Ambassador David Gross, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy at the State Department. “Some countries want that. We think that’s unacceptable.”

Many countries, particularly developing ones, have become increasingly concerned about the U.S. control, which stems from the country’s role in creating the Internet as a Pentagon project and funding much of its early development.

Gross was in Geneva for the last preparatory meeting ahead of November’s U.N. World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia.

One proposal that countries have been discussing would wrest control of domain names from the U.S.-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, and place it with an intergovernmental group, possibly under the United Nations.

Gross dismissed it as unacceptable.

Source: AP

Kodak EasyShare One Camera Can Wi-Fi Directly To Web

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The Eastman Kodak Company says it has begun shipping the first digital camera with built-in Wi-Fi technology.

Users of Kodak’s EasyShare One camera will be able to wirelessly send pictures from the camera over the Internet from thousands of Wi-Fi “hot spots” around the world.

The cameras can take and store pictures, send pictures with e-mail messages, upload pictures to Internet galleries and allow people to view photos stored on Kodak’s Easyshare Gallery anywhere they can find a wireless Internet hot spot.

Source: AP

Hacker May Got University Of Georgia Student Info

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The University of Georgia said a computer hacker may have accessed the names and Social Security numbers of at least 1,600 current and former employees.

The university was working with state and federal authorities to investigate the breach, which was discovered Sept. 19.

“To this point there has been no evidence, direct or indirect, that any of this information has actually been misused,” said Arnett C. Mace Jr., the school’s provost.

University officials say 2,429 Social Security numbers were exposed, but there was some repetition and the number of affected people is expected to be smaller.

Source: AP

eDonkey Getting Out Of The File Sharing Business

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The company behind eDonkey, MetaMachine, is getting out of the file sharing business according to its boss Sam Yagan.

Yagan disclosed the news in testimony to Congress, Extreme Tech reports. Yagan said he is responding to a cease-and-desist notice served by the Recording Industry Ass. of America to several P2P networks.

“I have personally committed to Mr. Sherman – which I reiterate today – that we are in the process of complying with their request,” said Yagan. “Therefore I am not here as an active participant in the future of P2P, but rather as one who has thrown in his towel.”

Yagan blamed the Supreme Court’s June judgement which suggested that a P2P company’s copyright liability rested on its intent to infringe. As a consequence, small companies were being forced out of business because they couldn’t afford to litigate. As a result, he said, innovation was being stifled and the US economy would suffer.

Source: The Register

Chip Helps Electric Outlet Go Broadband

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The common electric socket will serve as your home’s connection to broadband with a new chip developed by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. - doing away with all the Ethernet cables or the hassle of hooking up to a wireless network device.

Products are still being developed, but gadgets embedded with the chip from the Japanese manufacturer of Panasonic products can hook up to a broadband network by plugging into the common electrical outlet, company officials said Thursday.

That’s because the Osaka-based company has come up with technology to use electric wiring in the home to relay not just electricity but also data.

The technology has been around for some time - including in the United States - but Matsushita’s system is unique in that it delivers fast-speed broadband information at up to 170 megabits per second, which is faster than Ethernet.

Matsushita hopes to eventually sell refrigerators, TVs and other products with the chip already installed.

But for now, an adaptor when plugged into an outlet will allow gadgets with Ethernet connections - even those without the Matsushita chip - to receive broadband.

Source: AP

Google Cracking Classified Market?

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google reportedly has asked classified advertising sites, including Adicio and CareerBuilder, to give the search engine direct feeds of listings, according to the PaidContent.org Web site, which cited an alert from newsletter Classified Intelligence Report. So far, the report says, the sites have not agreed to cooperate. “Analysts, including us, predict that advertisers will move to free sites if they become convinced that they will reach an audience as large–or larger–on a search engine than on a paid advertising site,” CIR wrote.

The report comes on the heels of an article last week in the London Sunday Times that Google and Yahoo had approached Amsterdam’s Trader Classified Media about a buyout.

Source: News.com

Google Ends Boycott Of News.com

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Inc.’s boycott of News.com appears to have ended quietly, less than three months after company executives told the technology news site that they would stop speaking with its reporters for a year.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt granted an interview this week to News.com’s Elinor Mills, the reporter whose article in July about privacy issues raised by Google’s search engine apparently offended the company.

For her July story, Mills went looking for details on Schmidt to illustrate the kind of information available through Google. She noted in the piece that his net worth was $1.5 billion, that he donated $25,000 to the Democratic National Committee and that he had attended the Burning Man counterculture festival.

She also included a link to a site where Schmidt’s home address could be found.

A Google spokesman and Mills declined to comment Wednesday. Jai Singh, editor at News.com, owned by CNET Networks Inc. did not return phone calls.

Source: AP

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