7/31/2006

French anti-iTunes law is ‘unconstitutional’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The controversial French law which would have forced Apple to make music from its iTunes online shop playable on any device has been rejected by the French Constitutional Council. The whole law may have to be rewritten.

Both houses of the French parliament, the Senate and the National Assembly, last month passed copyright legislation which has severe implications for Apple. The law sought to force online shops to sell music that would play on any device and devices that played music from any other shop.

Source: The Register

SanDisk to buy Msystems for $1.55 bln

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

SanDisk Corp., a maker of flash memory used in cell phones and digital cameras, said on Sunday it would buy Israel-based Msystems for $1.55 billion in stock.

SanDisk, based in Milpitas, California, said that under the deal each share of Msystems would be converted into 0.76368 of SanDisk common stock.

Symantec issues faulty antivirus update

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Users of Symantec Norton Antivirus 2006, or any product that contains Norton Antivirus 2006, such as Norton Internet Security 2006, or Systemworks 2006, may have experienced difficulties due to an faulty update sent via Norton LiveUpdate over the weekend.

Users reported getting on screen messages stating that “Norton AntiVirus 2006 does not support the repair feature,” asking that they uninstall and reinstall Norton Antivirus.

Symantec has posted a workaround, detailing how to turn off the messages.

Source: News.com

Dolby to offer 3-D cinema with Infitec technology

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Dolby Laboratories, best known for its movie theater surround-sound systems, on Monday said it has teamed up with German virtual reality company Infitec GmbH to develop a three-dimensional theater projection system for theaters.

Dolby will integrate Infitec’s 3-D technology, designed by Daimler Chrysler for automotive design, with the digital cinema playback system it developed for movie theaters converting to digital projection systems from 35-millimeter film projectors.

Source: Reuters

AOL to test-launch video search service

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

AOL plans to announce on Monday it will test launch a new Internet video service in an attempt to demonstrate how much it has learned from mistakes that cost the once reigning king of the online world its leading position.

The new service, AOL Video, aims to be the one-stop shop for online videos and will let users search for videos across the Web, upload their own, or buy or watch for free thousands of TV shows from any one of 45 video-on-demand channels on nearly any device.

Users will also be able to subscribe and rent videos later this year, executives said.

These channels will include shows licensed from Viacom Inc.’s MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central networks, A&E Television Networks, and corporate sibling Warner Bros.

Source: Reuters

Apple recalls some MacBook Pro batteries

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple Computer has initiated a voluntary recall for some of its 15-inch MacBook Pro batteries, citing performance concerns with the rechargeable batteries.

Under its free Battery Exchange Program, Apple will replace the batteries for 15-inch MacBook Pro systems sold between February and May 2006. The batteries do not pose a safety hazard, so customers are allowed to use them until their replacements arrive.

Source: News.com

CNN to boost citizen journalism initiative

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Time Warner Inc.’s CNN plans to standardize how it solicits and handles user-contributed news amid an industry-wide move to let consumers play a more prominent role in the news gathering process.

The cable news network on Tuesday plans to announce it has created a new program to let users send in digital audio and video from breaking news events in their region. Users can e-mail or upload these so-called “I-Reports” directly from CNN’s site.

Contributions are vetted by seasoned editors much in the same way all news tips are followed up, Susan Bunda, senior vice president of news at CNN/U.S. said in an interview.

The news network also has created a new Web site, CNN Exchange, which will house user-generated audio and video submissions.

Source: Reuters

Verizon Wireless to End Music Download Fee

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Verizon Wireless is eliminating the monthly $15 fee for its music download service in conjunction with the launch of a cell phone featuring an iPod-like click wheel and a memory card that can hold up to 1,000 songs.

The new “Chocolate” handset, made by LG Electronics Inc. of Korea, features software that will let users play their own MP3-format music on the device in addition to songs purchased from Verizon’s music store - avoiding the mini-controversy that accompanied the launch of that service early this year.

Source: AP

7/30/2006

A New Role for Microsoft’s Ballmer

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The decision by Chairman Bill Gates to transition away from working full time at Microsoft to assuming a part-time position has ushered in a new era and a new job for CEO Steve Ballmer.

“When Bill announced his role change, I felt like I was entering a new era and had a new job, given the uniqueness of my relationship with Bill over many years,” Ballmer said at Microsoft’s annual financial analyst meeting at its campus here July 27. “I have never had to be the primary champion of innovation within the company. Bill has always played that role. But, over the next two years, I will have to become the primary champion of innovation at Microsoft.”

Source: eWeek

Microsoft: .Net Beat Java, Who’s Next?

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft is leaving Java in the dust, but the company still has room to grow in the developer arena, a key executive said.

Speaking at the Microsoft FAM (Financial Analyst Meeting) on July 27 in Redmond, Wash., Bob Muglia, Microsoft’s senior vice president of Server and Tools business, said Microsoft’s .Net platform has outpaced Java, particularly the Java Enterprise Edition, over the past five years to become the development platform of choice for enterprise development.

“Five years ago we had problems with J2EE [Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition],” Muglia said. However, “We’ve grown from having a quarter of the market to, now, 60 percent,” he said. Microsoft displayed the FAM presentations via Webcast.

“J2EE has run its course,” Muglia said.

Source: eWeek

Microsoft recalls small-business product

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft said on Friday that it is recalling an update to its Small Business Server product because of a glitch found late in the manufacturing process.

The software maker said it found a problem with Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 after the product was released to computer makers but before it was made broadly available. Small Business Server is a product that combines the Windows Server operating system with the Microsoft Exchange e-mail server and other software. The R2 release is an update to the version that was finished in 2003.

Source: News.com

RIAA conducting “reign of terror”

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is waging a “reign of terror” against “defenseless people” in its efforts to prosecute people for illegal music downloads. So says Ray Beckerman, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the law firm of Vandenberg & Feliu in New York. Best known for his Recording Industry vs the People blog, Beckerman made the comment during a conference call yesterday organized by the Defective By Design campaign.

During the call, whose purpose was to raise awareness and to create a defence fund against the RIAA, Beckerman described what he alleges are the typical tactics used by the RIAA in suing individuals in the United States and other countries, and two of the cases that might become landmarks in the struggles against the RIAA’s actions.

According to Beckerman, the RIAA has brought 19,000 cases against private individuals. “You have a multi-billion-dollar cartel suing all sorts of people who have no resources whatsoever to withstand these litigations,” Beckerman says. His concern is that “due to the adversarial nature of justice, the RIAA will be successful in rewriting copyright law,” particularly if the technological community does not resist.

Source: NewsForge

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