Saturday, May 07, 2005

Anti-Piracy'Flag'Was Never Popular (AP)
AP - The consumer technology industry never embraced the"broadcast flag."The idea of embedding computer code in video to prevent it from getting loose on the Internet wouldn't just frustrate consumers but also stifle innovation and drive up costs, many in the tech industry say. And that's presuming the scheme is technically feasible.

Jail for'Robin Hoods'who cost Microsoft millions (Reuters)
Reuters - Four Britons were jailed on Friday forbeing part of a global gang described as"Robin Hoods"whostole expensive software from rich companies and gave it awayfor free over the Internet.

Review: Cheaper Laptops Full of Features (AP)
AP - When you're buying something as pricey as a new laptop, it takes courage to stray from the comfort of established names like Dell, IBM and Sony. And it's the sort of courage that can easily lead to"penny-wise, pound-foolish"regrets after the purchase.

Judge: Seizure of Camera Phone a Violation (AP)
AP - Police officers overstepped their authority when they seized a camera cell phone from a man accused of taking compromising photos of an unconscious woman on the beach, a judge ruled.

Bloggers'Conference Emphasizes Reporting (AP)
AP - Bloggers— those Internet-based writers without rules— are fighting back against criticism that their work is unreliable, libelous or just poorly done. More than 300 bloggers traveled to Nashville, Tenn., Friday for a two-day conference that was heavy on teaching techniques used by journalists in what bloggers term"the mainstream media."One class taught students how to access and analyze government statistics.

Review: OpenOffice a Strong Competitor (AP)
AP - It's weird how things can come back to bite you. Microsoft Corp. killed off the competition for office software suites and became a de facto monopoly in the area, with what result? The competition is back and, this time, it's free!


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