Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Copy-protection gear sneaks into products (USATODAY.com)
USATODAY.com - Controversial copy-protection technology is quietly being added to e-books, CDs, DVDs and other products. This fall, students can buy electronic textbooks. Once students download a book, software permits them just one back-up copy - and causes the books to expire after a year or more.

Nintendo cuts price of DS video game device (Reuters)

"NintendoReuters - Nintendo Co. Ltd. (7974.OS) on Tuesdaysaid it cut the U.S. price of its Nintendo DS portable videogame device by 13 percent to about $130 from about $150.

Kodak Lead Grows in Digital-Camera Market (AP)

"InAP - Eastman Kodak Co. is stretching its lead over Japanese rivals Canon Inc. and SonyCorp. in the U.S. digital-camera market.

Shopping maul: lions for sale on the Internet (AFP)

"AnAFP - Lions are doing a roaring trade, with baboons, giraffes, zebras and chimps also on sale on the Internet, a report said.

McAfee Boosts Wi-Fi Security (PC World)
PC World - New software is designed to ease security setup on home wireless networks.

Apple, Microsoft Duel Over iPod Patent (AP)

"InAP - Given the intense rivalry between Apple Computer Inc. and Microsoft Corp., this recent revelation had a comedic tinge: Apple took too long to file a patent on part of its blockbuster iPod music players, so Microsoft beat Apple to it.

The State's Long Apron Strings (BusinessWeek Online)
BusinessWeek Online - The age of the Chinese multinational is upon us. Companies few Westerners had heard of two years ago now make the headlines almost every day. TCL Corp., a Chinese consumer-electronics manufacturer, controls the venerable RCA brand. Lenovo Group Ltd., China's No. 1 computer maker, owns IBM's PC business. Haier, a white-goods maker, roiled the waters with its ultimately failed bid for Maytag Corp. CNOOC Ltd. riled Washington before withdrawing its$18.5 billion offer for Unocal Corp. ...

Amazon.com Unveils Photo-Mapping Service (AP)
AP - Hoping to become a more popular Internet destination, a small search engine owned by Web retailer Amazon.com Inc. is testing a mapping service that will display street-level photos of the city blocks surrounding a requested address.

Study: Dell customer rating plunges, Apple leads pack (MacCentral)
MacCentral - U.S. consumers lambasted Dell Inc. for poor customer service in a surveyconducted last quarter, sending the world’s largest PC vendor into avirtual tie with the rest of the PC market behind the industry-leadingefforts of Apple.

Feds Urge Delay in'.xxx'Domain for Porn (AP)
AP - Acknowledging"unprecedented"opposition, the U.S. government has asked the Internet's key oversight agency to delay approval of a new".xxx"domain name designed as a virtual red-light district.