Sunday, May 08, 2005


Will Spyware Be Spitzer's Next Big Thing? (AP)
AP - The windowless, cluttered 10-by-15-foot storeroom on the third floor of a Manhattan government building seems an unlikely setting for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's next big thing. But purveyors of spyware and adware and even the major companies that advertise in the surreptitious downloads fear exactly that from the Democrat dubbed the"Sheriff of Wall Street."

Computers Now Grading Students'Writing (AP)
AP - Student essays always seem to be riddled with the same sorts of flaws. So sociology professor Ed Brent decided to hand the work off— to a computer.

'Tiger'Trips Up Some Creative Workflows (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Apple says it will cooperate with developers as they try to update their applications to work with Mac OS X 10.4. In the meantime, some companies offer workarounds.

Court axes FCC's anti-piracy rules (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - A federal appeals court Friday threw out controversial regulations that would require the coming generation of digital televisions, DVD recorders and personal computers to contain anti-piracy technology.

Court Strikes Down TV Anti-Piracy Rules (AP)
AP - People buying the next generation of digital televisions will be able to record and then watch their favorite shows without any interference from Hollywood. A federal appeals court on Friday threw out government rules requiring built-in, anti-piracy technology to let broadcasters and studios prevent digital shows from being copied and being shown on other TVs, computers and video players.

Dave Matthews Band Performing on Web Cast (AP)
AP - The Dave Matthews Band is celebrating the release of their latest album,"Stand Up,"by performing a concert that will be broadcast live on the Web by AOL.

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.

For Some Techies, an Interminable Workday (AP)
AP - The traffic jam ended hours ago, the parking lot is nearly empty and fluorescent lights are dimmed at PortalPlayer Inc., where the nightly brainstorming session is about to begin.

Siebel dogged by talk of takeover (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Siebel Systems on Thursday tried to dismiss recent speculation that it was in takeover talks with Oracle -- or anyone else.

Nokia antes up new wireless player (Reuters)
Reuters - Nokia AB, the world's leadingmobile phone manufacturer, has introduced what is by far themost advanced combination of wireless phone and MP3 player,upping the ante for devices hoping to compete against AppleComputer's iPod.

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