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1. Editor's Note: No (DRM) Code For Pearl Jam
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- Microsoft Posts Sample IM, Presence Code
- New IM Worm Talks In Tongues
- Analyzing IE At 10: Integration With Operating System Smart
- 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
- Tutorial: Build A Dual-Core System
- Intel, Matsushita Team To Develop 8-Hour Notebook Battery
- Review: Flash Player 8 Beta
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- Intel, Microsoft, And The Coming DRM Clampdown
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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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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Review: McAfee Secures The Home Wireless LAN
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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.
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