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Digital-Rights Management Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Digital-Rights Management Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better
2. Today's Top Story
    - Apple Leaps Ahead With Intel-Based Computers
    - Shift To Intel Chips Likely Bumpy For Some Apple Users
    - LANDesk Extends Support To Macs
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft Fixes Nasty Outlook, Exchange E-Mail Bug...
    - ...And Dubs New WMF Bugs 'Performance Issues'
    - SCO Group Seeks To Add Novell To Unix Infringement Suit
    - Information Security Salaries Rise
    - Indianapolis International Airport Takes Step Toward Registered Traveler Program
    - Last Of 'Million-Dollar' Pixels For Sale On eBay
    - IBM In Drive To Improve Quality Of U.S. Patents
    - Commentary: Windows Vista Gets Harder To Multiboot
    - Last Week Of 2005 Set Record For Digital Music Downloads
    - 'Forehead Guy' Is Ready To Wear Ads Again
    - Anti-Spyware Strategies, Part 1: Clean Out Your System
    - Allen Launches Site Dedicated To DEC
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
    - Verizon's Music Service Hampers MP3 Ability
    - Ultrawideband's Macworld Twirl
    - Apple To Sell 'SNL' Skits For iPod Use
5. In Depth
    - Mercury Interactive To Buy Systinet To Bolster SOA Move
    - Actuate Buys Performance-Management Software Firm
    - CA Acquisition Targets Application Management
    - Internet Moves Drive M&A Among Media Companies
    - Symantec Acquires IM Security Vendor
6. Voice Of Authority
    - For Sale: Your Phone Records
7. White Papers
    - Understanding VoIP
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1. Editor's Note: Digital-Rights Management Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Fresh off the multiple scandals surrounding Sony's use of rootkit-implanting digital-rights management technology, Google is now facing the wrath of some bloggers who are complaining about its foray into this arena.

As part of Google's announcement last week of its online video store, where it will sell content from CBS, the National Basketball Association, and others, the company said it has developed its own DRM software to prevent people from distributing downloads in violation of its partners' copyrights.

But this isn't going over well in some camps. Among other things, people are saying we don't really need another DRM system that doesn't play nicely with anyone else's. And sure, they're right about that--but the need to protect online content isn't going away anytime soon, and that need will grow and morph as different forms of content are delivered by various types of middlemen like Google. Apple, Yahoo, and others will no doubt soon join the DRM party as they gear up to deliver video content.

Most online services and entertainment-related concerns, I'm hoping, learned lessons from Sony about what *not* to do with DRM, sure, but there aren't a lot of models yet about how to do DRM right. I think we're going to have to face a lot more attempts at this--companies like Google that are in the middle of online-content-hungry consumers and the people who create said content and expect to be fairly compensated.

There are going to be more attempts at this DRM business--and it will be different for different movie studios and music companies, and so on--before the industry gets it right. There will probably be a standard at some point, but it may take a decade to get there. In the meantime, if we consumers get sick of it all, there's always the possibility of listening to vinyl records on the old Victrola, as my dad used to call the manual record player.

To read more about this, or to comment, please see my blog entry.

Johanna Ambrosio
jambrosio@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Apple Leaps Ahead With Intel-Based Computers
Steve Jobs showed off a retooled iMac with the new Intel Core Duo processor, the MacBook Pro, and upgrades to Apple's consumer content-creation suite, iLife '06, and its presentation and productivity package, iWork '06.

Related Stories:

Shift To Intel Chips Likely Bumpy For Some Apple Users
Users PowerPC-based machines will have a harder time with the switch than will those of dual-core processor-based machines, one analyst predicts.

LANDesk Extends Support To Macs
The company's security products stop infected or unprotected systems from connecting to business networks.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft Fixes Nasty Outlook, Exchange E-Mail Bug...
Microsoft serves up two more "critical" bug fixes, including one for a bug that allows attackers to hack into any Exchange server or Outlook owner's PC just by sending a malformed E-mail message.

...And Dubs New WMF Bugs 'Performance Issues'
Security company Symantec warned users Monday that three new vulnerabilities could allow maliciously crafted Windows Meta File files to crash and likely compromise computers. Microsoft disputes this characterization.

SCO Group Seeks To Add Novell To Unix Infringement Suit
Motion charges Novell with copyright infringement and breaching the noncompete provisions of a 1995 agreement.

Information Security Salaries Rise
Information security pros with bachelor's degrees don't get any more money than high school grads, but a master's or doctorate is convertible to higher salaries, according to the study. Moreover, communications skills rate more important than technical skills for career advancement.

Indianapolis International Airport Takes Step Toward Registered Traveler Program
Transportation Security Administration guidelines for the program are due Jan. 20.

Last Of 'Million-Dollar' Pixels For Sale On eBay
As of Tuesday morning, bids had topped $160,000 for the final 1,000-pixel block; the auction ends this afternoon.

IBM In Drive To Improve Quality Of U.S. Patents
IBM said it's working with the Patent Office and others to improve the way patent applications are reviewed.

Commentary: Windows Vista Gets Harder To Multiboot
If you have more than one operating system on your system, boot.ini lets you tweak your options under Windows 2000/XP. Vista, however, has changed that, and not for the better.

Last Week Of 2005 Set Record For Digital Music Downloads
The downloads were apparently driven in part by gift cards and one of the most popular gifts of the holiday season, Apple's iPod.

'Forehead Guy' Is Ready To Wear Ads Again
Andrew Fischer, who's already earned more than $50,000 for wearing ads on his forehead, said he's ready to wear another as a temporary tattoo for 30 days.

Anti-Spyware Strategies, Part 1: Clean Out Your System
Do you suspect that your system is infected with adware, spyware, or other malware? Here's how to get rid of it.

Allen Launches Site Dedicated To DEC
Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft, launched a Web site Tuesday that highlights old Digital Equipment Corp. mainframe and minicomputers from his collection.

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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web

Verizon's Music Service Hampers MP3 Ability (AP)
The first edition of a new music service from Verizon Wireless hampers a cell phone's ability to play MP3 songs acquired elsewhere, a handicap the company says is purely temporary and unrelated to larger battles over digital copyright restrictions.

Ultrawideband's Macworld Twirl (Wired News)
Ultrawideband is an ultrafast wireless-networking technology that may lead to amazing products like wire-free flat-screen TVs and handheld radars that see through walls. It's been long hyped, but the first real products are finally on display at Macworld this week.

Apple To Sell 'SNL' Skits For iPod Use (New York Times--reg. required)
Apple is set to announce that it will sell a limited number of archived "Saturday Night Live" skits through its iTunes Music Store for $1.99 each, for viewing on video iPods or PCs.


5. In Depth: Merger Mania

Mercury Interactive To Buy Systinet To Bolster SOA Move
Systinet's technology lets users track, control, and ensure integrity of the various services that comprise SOAs.

Actuate Buys Performance-Management Software Firm
The reporting software maker hopes to deliver more well-rounded performance management capabilities as a result of the transaction.

CA Acquisition Targets Application Management
The $375 million purchase of Wily Technology is expected to provide CA customers with more tools to manage IT environments from applications to infrastructure.

Internet Moves Drive M&A Among Media Companies
Mergers and acquisitions hit a five-year record last year.

Symantec Acquires IM Security Vendor
The two have a history of cooperation, ranging from Symantec's participation in IMlogic's IM Threat Center to already integrated products.


6. Voice Of Authority

For Sale: Your Phone Records
Rack it up as another chink in your already-scuffed and dented privacy armor, J. Nicholas Hoover says. For $110, he could buy records of the last 100 calls made from your cell phone. Somehow, it's (sort of) legal, and the government has known about it for a while.


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