In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Guess What, Steve -- I Don't Love It
2. Today's Top Story
- Department Of Energy Loses 20 Classified PCs
3. Breaking News
- Behind The Scenes With Cigna's Chief Security Officer
- Students Sue Turnitin Anti-Plagiarism Service For Copyright Infringement
- Google Adds TV Ads To Dish Network's Lineup
- IBM Donates English-Arabic Translation Devices For Use In Iraq
- Microsoft Sues To Block Gray Market Software Trade
- RadioShack Admits To Dumping Customer Records
- South Korea Free-Trade Agreement A Jolt To Technology
- The Cap On H-1B Visas Could Be Reached Soon
- China's ZTE To Build Massive Wi-Fi Network For Mexico City
- FCC Adopts Tougher Phone Record Privacy Rules
- NEC Says Nasdaq To Put Off Delisting Decision
- European Regulators Move Against Apple's iTunes Sales
4. The Latest Over The Air Blog Posts
- Will The iPhone Allow Apple To Capture All Three Screens?
- Carnival Of Mobilists 67
- Picsel Makes Mobile Browsing Less Painful
- False Words From Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs?
- Mexico City To Launch Municipal Wireless
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
- Top Security Issue For The Integrated File System
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1. Editor's Note: Guess What, Steve -- I Don't Love It
"We think our customers are going to love this," said Steve Jobs in Apple's press release Monday announcing that its iTunes store would sell DRM-free versions of EMI's music catalog. Wrong. I like it, but please, Steve, stop doing me favors that (1) raise music prices 30% and (2) force me to take the extra steps to remove your proprietary AAC encoding.
You got part of it right, Steve. I definitely do not want DRM. I want the music I pay for to play anywhere, on any device. I want to exercise my legal rights to fair use and move it from format to format -- from vinyl to cassette to CD to MP3 to whatever comes next.
But I definitely do not want the music I buy encoded in your AAC format, either, or locked up inside of your iTunes software. My favorite audio player software does not play AAC. My portable music player does not play AAC. I do not use iTunes to manage my music. I do not like it, Steve-I-am.
If you really want to make me a loyal Apple customer, then sell me DRM-free music in an open format at a fair price. Exactly why do you think the 30% premium for DRM-free files is fair, by the way? Why should I, a solid citizen who wants to do the right thing, have to pay a penalty for my honesty?
Google Adds TV Ads To Dish Network's Lineup
Google's aim is to automate ad buying, selling, delivery, and metrics across the 13.1 million-subscriber Dish Network. Intel and E-Trade are said to be among the participating advertisers.
NEC Says Nasdaq To Put Off Delisting Decision
Japanese electronics conglomerate NEC, dogged by accounting problems, said Tuesday that the Nasdaq exchange had agreed to put off a decision on whether to delist the company's American depositary receipts.
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Will The iPhone Allow Apple To Capture All Three Screens?
Bill Day at BillDay.com ponders the possibility that the iPhone will allow Apple to capture all three screens -- the desktop, the TV, and the mobile phone. Right now Apple looks pretty well-positioned for an integrated multimedia platform: The Mac is strong, iTunes is still dominant, Apple has launched Apple TV, and in June the iPhone will complete the offering.
Carnival Of Mobilists #67
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Picsel Makes Mobile Browsing Less Painful
The mobile Internet, while becoming cool and more useful every day, still has a long way to go. Viewing Web pages or documents on tiny screens just doesn't compare to the desktop browsing experience. Web pages are often squashed, elongated, impossible to read, and unusable in the mobile environment, no matter how big the screen or how speedy the data connection. One company is helping to change that.
False Words From Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs?
In a Financial Times article that appeared on Sunday, Paul Jacobs, CEO of CDMA technology developer Qualcomm, was quoted as saying he hopes Armageddon can be avoided between his company and Nokia when their existing patent agreement ends next Monday. On Tuesday, Qualcomm slapped Nokia with yet more patent-related lawsuits. What gives, Paul?
Mexico City To Launch Municipal Wireless
Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard inked a deal with China's ZTE to set up wireless hotspots that will connect municipal services and agencies. Ebrard hopes to expand the network to offer citywide municipal wireless service for the city's residents, even as Mexico City struggles to offer basic services like water and electricity.
Top Security Issue For The Integrated File System
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