New Copy Protection to Make Playing DVDs on a PC Difficult

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New copy-protection software for DVD publishers from a company called ProtectDisc not only makes it difficult to rip movies that you’ve purchased but also prevents discs from playing in a Windows PC at all.

Source: Slashdot

Vista still not ready for prime time

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The overall quality of this $399 Windows Vista Ultimate edition isn’t deserving of final-release-candidate status, says CNET’s Robert Vamosi. Expect to see at least one more interim build or perhaps even another release candidate soon.

Source: News.com

CEOs swept out by stock options scandal

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Companies sullied by stock option chicanery seem intent on cleaning out their executive suites and boardrooms before regulators and prosecutors do it for them.

On Wednesday, the scandal’s fallout widened when the chief executives of both McAfee Inc. and CNet Networks Inc. stepped aside to atone for stock option shenanigans that will erase some of the companies’ past profits. Santa Clara-based McAfee, a leading maker of computer anti-virus software, also fired its president, Kevin Weiss.

Source: AP

PCI Express 2.0 final draft spec published

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The PCI-SIG has released version 0.9 of the PCI Express 2.0 specification, to all intents and purposes the incarnation that will be ratified as the standard.

PCIe 2.0 doubles the bus standard’s bandwidth to 5Gbps but remains compatible with the current specification, PCIe 1.1. The PCI-SIG also said PCIe 2.0 also features improvements to the point-to-point data transfer protocol and its software architecture.

Source: Reg Hardware

Eudora e-mail client to go open source

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Qualcomm on Wednesday announced plans to release future versions of its Eudora e-mail client software as open source. The company is collaborating with The Mozilla Foundation to base the next version of Eudora on Mozilla鈥檚 Thunderbird e-mail software.

鈥淨ualcomm and Mozilla will each participate in, and continue to foster development communities based around the open source Mozilla project, with a view to enhancing the capabilities and ease of use of both Eudora and Thunderbird,鈥? said the organizations in a statement.

Qualcomm expects the first open source version of Eudora to be released during the first half of the 2007 calendar year. In the interim, the company has released the final commercial versions of Eudora for Mac ad Windows, and is selling them at a reduced price of $19.95 with a six-month tech support period (customers who have already paid will have their tech support commitments honored in their entirety).

Source: Yahoo

Singapore plans free wireless Internet

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Singapore’s government said it plans to cover most of the island with public wireless Internet access by next year and offer nearly 10,000 subsidized computers to low-income students to offer digital opportunities to all its citizens.

The government will increase the number of public wireless “hot spots” from 900 to 5,000 by next year as part of the plan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told an audience late Tuesday evening while launching the Wireless@SG initiative marking 25 years of a drive to boost information technology in Singapore.

Source: AP

Report: Libya to Buy Laptops for Kids

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The government of Libya has reached an agreement with an American nonprofit group to provide inexpensive laptop computers for all of the nation’s 1.2 million schoolchildren, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

With the project scheduled to be completed by June 2008, Libya could become the first nation in which all school-age children are connected to the Internet through educational computers, Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of the One Laptop per Child project, told the newspaper.

The $250 million deal, reached Tuesday, would provide the nation with 1.2 million computers, a server in each school, a team of technical advisers, satellite internet service and other infrastructure.

Source: AP

McDonald’s testing in-store digital media service

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McDonald’s has begun testing an in-store digital media service called m-Venue, offering music and video content from Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and others.

The service, announced September 25, allows customers to browse and download music and video from their mobile phone or Wi-Fi-connected laptop when within a specific area in the restaurant. The pilot restaurant, in the Woodfield Mall at Schaumberg, Ill., features several flat panel displays promoting the content and customer text messages.

Source: Yahoo

US develops software that could track global press

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The US Department of Homeland Security plans to develop software that analyzes and summarizes opinions expressed in articles, providing a possible tool for better monitoring what is written about the United States in the global press.

The department says it will spend 2.4 million dollars over the next three years supporting research at three US universities using computer science to analyze human language in texts.

“The work is really designed to get information extraction that would help the DHS review statements for sentiments or beliefs contained in statements, and to provide intelligence analysts within DHS,” said Homeland Security spokesperson Christophe Kelly.

Source: AFP

Google Docs joins word processor with spreadsheet

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Google Inc. is set to introduce on Wednesday information-sharing software that combines the company’s Web-based Google Spreadsheets with Writely, the word processor it acquired in March.

The combination of Writely and Google Spreadsheets seeks to solve the problem of how people manage and collaborate information stuck in different word processors and spreadsheets by giving individuals or groups Web access to the same data.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets, as the hybrid service is now known, marks the latest step by the Web search leader to apply consumer Internet logic to standalone computer programs, a market dominated by rival Microsoft Corp..

Source: Reuters

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