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No (DRM) Code For Pearl Jam

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: No (DRM) Code For Pearl Jam
2. Today's Top Stories
    - Microsoft Posts Sample IM, Presence Code
    - New IM Worm Talks In Tongues
    Related Stories
    - Analyzing IE At 10: Integration With Operating System Smart Or Not?
    - Microsoft Mum On Windows 95 10th Anniversary
3. Breaking News
    - Symantec: Zotob Could Be Modified To Attack Windows XP
    - Embattled CA Faces Hungry Shareholders
    - Database That Helped BTK Detectives May See Wider Use
    - Intel Envisions 'User-Aware' Platforms
    - Partners Release First Detailed Specs For Cell Microprocessor
    - Google Releases New Desktop Search Beta
    - Security Expo Showcases Latest In Terror-Prevention Gear
    - Tech Workers Still Trying To Solve Heathrow Computer Outage
    - Whiz-Bang Wireless At The Scene Of A Crime
    - Microsoft Beefs Up Developer Tools For Collaborative Apps
    - Microsoft To Expand Anti-Phishing Tool
    - New Software Makes Podcasts Mobile
4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews
    - Hot Apps: GhostSurf 2005
    - Review: McAfee Secures The Home Wireless LAN
    - Review: JunxionBox Allows You To Mix Cellular And Wi-Fi On The Road
    - Tutorial: Build A Dual-Core System
    - Intel, Matsushita Team To Develop 8-Hour Notebook Battery
    - Review: Flash Player 8 Beta
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Intel, Microsoft, And The Coming DRM Clampdown
6. White Papers
    - The Integrated Contact Center
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: No (DRM) Code For Pearl Jam

When Pearl Jam hits the stage for its upcoming U.S. and Canadian tour, fans will be able to download music from the live shows within hours of the final encore (probably before most of the band's faithful can get their cars out of the arena parking lot after the show). True to its fiercely independent approach to both music and the recording industry, the band will make its work available online without the protection of any digital-rights-management software. This time, however, it's not just a matter of principle. The band is waiting for digital-rights-management technology to catch up with its fans.

Pearl Jam has been offering oxymoronic "official bootlegs" of its concerts since its 2000 tour, when fans could purchase these live recordings from retail stores. In 2003, the band offered links on its site where fans could listen to that year's concert clips as well as order concert CDs delivered by mail.

With this latest incarnation of official bootlegging, Pearl Jam is offering professionally mixed concert recordings via its Web site within hours of a live show. The recordings are encoded at a heady 192 Kbps and cost $9.99 per show. Here's where it really gets interesting: There are no restrictions on how the recordings are shared once they're purchased. In other words, the band has opted to sell its music without digital-rights-management protection.

This time around, maybe Pearl Jam's dissidence will end up promoting change not just in the entertainment industry but in the IT world as well. You can read more on the pioneering band's influence on the thorny topic of DRM in my blog entry.

Another take on this topic can be found in this issue's Voice Of Authority, where Alexander Wolfe complains that it's the mostly honest folks who are penalized by DRM and predicts a clampdown is on the way.

Finally, if you missed the In Depth package of stories on digital-rights management on the InformationWeek home page and in yesterday's Daily Newsletter, you can catch up by going to our new newsletter archive page and clicking on Aug. 25.

Larry Greenemeier
lgreenem@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Stories

Microsoft Posts Sample IM, Presence Code
Throwing more fuel on the instant-messaging fire, Microsoft on Thursday released sample code and new controls to show how IM and presence can be integrated into everyday business applications.

New IM Worm Talks In Tongues
A worm running through Microsoft's instant-message network is dropping spyware bots onto compromised Windows PCs using new multilanguage smarts, security vendors said Thursday.

Related Stories:
Analyzing IE At 10: Integration With Operating System Smart Or Not?

This week marks not only the 10th anniversary of the release of Windows 95, but also the same landmark for Microsoft's browser, Internet Explorer, software that's been, by turns, an underdog, the root of a government antitrust trial, and the cause of more security problems than any other single component of the operating system.

Microsoft Mum On Windows 95 10th Anniversary
Take a look back on the $300 million publicity circus that marked the launch of Windows 95. Microsoft didn't even mark the 10-year anniversary with a press release.


3. Breaking News

Symantec: Zotob Could Be Modified To Attack Windows XP
The current crop of Zotob bot worms could be modified without much trouble to attack PCs running Windows XP and XP SP1, a Symantec executive said Thursday.

Embattled CA Faces Hungry Shareholders
Executives were fired. An accounting scandal unfolded. But it really upset Computer Associates' shareholders when the management-software company failed to feed them at their annual meeting Wednesday.

Database That Helped BTK Detectives May See Wider Use
A lawmaker is seeking funding to expand the technology, which helped whittle the BTK suspect list down to a more manageable number, for other cold cases.

Intel Envisions 'User-Aware' Platforms
Intel has outlined its research in "user-aware" chip and platform technologies that could intuitively respond to the environment.

Partners Release First Detailed Specs For Cell Microprocessor
IBM, Sony, and Toshiba have for the first time released detailed specifications for the Cell microprocessor.

Google Releases New Desktop Search Beta
The new version includes a sidebar designed to personalize the application, with mini apps that return information from news, RSS and Atom feeds, photo sites, and other information sources, based on the user's previous Web activities.

Security Expo Showcases Latest In Terror-Prevention Gear
The International Security Conference East included such exotic fare as synthetic fabric designed to contain explosions, as well as more mundane alarms, home security systems, and surveillance products.

Tech Workers Still Trying To Solve Heathrow Computer Outage
The Flight Data Processing System failed for 20 minutes earlier this week, causing delays and cancellations.

Whiz-Bang Wireless At The Scene Of A Crime
New mesh-networking software from PacketHop lets police and first responders use their mobile devices to set up wireless networks that don't require Wi-Fi access points or routers.

Microsoft Beefs Up Developer Tools For Collaborative Apps
The goal is to make it easier to combine collaborative applications created via Microsoft Office Live Communications Server with line-of-business software.

Microsoft To Expand Anti-Phishing Tool
The tool currently supports only Internet Explorer 7, but within a few weeks Microsoft will make it available for older IE and Windows XP versions, too.

New Software Makes Podcasts Mobile
Pod2Mob software, available now as a free beta version, lets mobile-phone users stream audio files directly from their home PCs onto devices including iPods.

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4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews

Hot Apps: GhostSurf 2005
You want to stay anonymous on the Web? This will make you invisible. GhostSurf does anonymizing in an easy-to-use package, and its Platinum edition adds anti-spyware features.

Review: McAfee Secures The Home Wireless LAN
Even the experts disagree about many elements of wireless LAN security. But one thing about which most experts agree is that home users rarely implement even the most basic wireless security measures. And, if they're using their home network to connect to their work network, this lack of security endangers enterprise data.

Review: JunxionBox Allows You To Mix Cellular And Wi-Fi On The Road
JunxionBox plugs into your cigarette lighter, giving you a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot.

Tutorial: Build A Dual-Core System
Create low-cost, high-end PCs capable of running today's entertainment applications.

Intel, Matsushita Team To Develop 8-Hour Notebook Battery
The collaboration, revealed at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, would leverage Intel's low-power-consumption technology for notebook PCs with Matsushita's lithium-ion battery technology.

Review: Flash Player 8 Beta
Macromedia's free Flash Player has improved more dramatically than the company's for-pay development suite.


5. Voice Of Authority

TechWeb Spin: Intel, Microsoft, And The Coming DRM Clampdown
By now it's becoming pretty clear that the age of digital-rights management is upon us. Thieves, of course, don't have a whole lot to fear from DRM, since they're of a mind to ignore those protections that are weak and hack away until they defeat the stronger barriers against copying. No, it's mostly honest folks who are penalized by DRM, according to Alexander Wolfe.


6. White Papers

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In typical contact centers, a customer-service rep's work is fragmented across multiple applications, with data and application functionality divided among rigid silos of automation. With integrated solutions assembled with Above All Studio, customer-service representatives have instant, timely access to all the information and business functionality they require.


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