In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Want To Be A Video Star? Learn To Edit
2. Today's Top Story
- eBay Arms Its Site For Security
- Visa Chief: Customer Data Theft Neither Random Nor Unavoidable
- Your Data's Gone, But That Doesn't Necessarily Mean Fraud Will Follow
3. Breaking News
- 3M Sues Consumer Electronic Companies Over Battery Patents
- Business And Tech Leaders Push 'Innovation Proclamation' To Reform Education And Immigration
- Cisco Claims It's Owed $20 Million From Delta Air Lines
- Wikipedia Mulls Proof Of Credentials
- Sony Introduces Its First Wi-Fi Digital Camera
- MessageLabs Service Monitors E-Mail
- Microsoft's New HD Photo Format Could Be JPEG Killer
- Health Care Companies, Governments Jump On Wireless Data Bandwagon
- SEC Suspends Trade On 35 Companies In Pump-And-Dump Crackdown
- Mass. Man Sentenced For Computer Fraud Conspiracy
- Judge Tosses Porn-Loving Gun Convict's Suit Against Microsoft
- Want To Win At Blogging? Promote Your Rivals, Say Yale Researchers
4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
- Get Ripped Without The Drudgery -- It Actually Works
- Want To Feel Smart? Listen To TED
- Get Productive By Using The Mac Keyboard
- Is Best Buy Playing Web Games?
5. White Papers
- Gartner Magic Quadrant For SSL VPN
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"Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home. -- David Frost
1. Editor's Note: Want To Be A Video Star? Learn To Edit
The skill (or, at least, the creativity) reflected by many of the videos appearing on video services like YouTube and Yahoo Video astounds me. Although it really shouldn't; this world is full of talented people, and given an outlet, they'll find a way to use it. Throw a random phrase into a search field -- say, "NYC" -- and you'll come up with a report on building bike lanes or a music video of drummer David Van Tieghem tapping rhythms along the streets of Manhattan. Good stuff.
If you want to be an online video star, one thing that can help you hone your craft (besides a few minutes to consider whether anybody is really interested in your pet frog) is decent editing software. If you want to cut out the less successful parts, splice together scenes from different videos, throw some credits into the beginning -- in other words, make something that looks at least somewhat professional -- you'll need the right tools.
In Four Feature-Filled Video Editors For $100 And Less, Serdar Yegulalp reports on Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0, CyberLink PowerDirector 5 Premium, Pinnacle Studio Plus 10.7, and Ulead VideoStudio 10 Plus -- all of which include a number of professional-level features (such as multichannel audio and support of the MPEG video standard). If you're used to free applications such as OpenOffice or Google Docs & Spreadsheets, the $100 that each of these packages costs may sound like a lot -- but compared to the several-hundred-dollar price tag on most sophisticated video editing software, it's a bargain.
But you'd better be careful what you put online. Microsoft has accused Google of using its Book Search project to violate copyright -- it's only a matter of time before Redmond starts looking at video clips as well. Meanwhile, Viacom is demanding that Google remove more than 100,000 clips from YouTube. The fight over what gets posted, and by whom, is just beginning -- so, just in case, you might want to make sure that everything that you post is completely your own.
Have you created videos and posted them online? Are you strictly original, or do you borrow music or images from other sources? If so, what do you think about the copyright fights? Leave a comment at the InformationWeek Blog and let us know.
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Want To Feel Smart? Listen To TED
I first discovered this annual wallow in intelligence, a conference that brings together leaders in the fields of technology, entertainment, and design, last year. Maybe if I pay close attention to this year's program I'll be smart enough to attend TED in person.
Get Productive By Using The Mac Keyboard
The current Mac OS X, perhaps because of its Unix heritage, has keyboard shortcuts for just about everything. And if that's not good enough for you, just download and install the free Quicksilver utility, which lets you almost avoid the mouse entirely.
Is Best Buy Playing Web Games?
According to an article in the Hartford Courant, Best Buy has confirmed that it has an intranet site that looks the same as its public Web site -- except that some of the prices are higher. In other words, the intranet is used to convince customers not to push for the prices they saw on the Web.
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