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Recording Industry Fires Back At Apple's Jobs

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Bopping To The Music Of Screeching Brakes
2. Today's Top Story
    - Recording Industry Fires Back At Apple's Jobs
    - Steve Jobs Wants To End DRM, But Apple Develops New Access Control Technology
3. Breaking News
    - Windows Vista Flunks Out At MIT
    - Yahoo Pipes Inaugurates The Recombinant Web
    - Xbox 360 Customers Can't Connect To Apple AirPort Extreme
    - NASA Employees Warned About Windows Vista Security Loophole
    - Grammy Show Will Generate IT Security Problems For Businesses
    - Computing Meets Chemistry In MIT's 'Microfluidic Bubbles'
    - Study: Encryption Is Needed; Few Doing It
    - Disney Says Advertisers Embrace TV Shows On Web
    - Six Firms Partner For 3G GSM Mobile Phones
    - Spansion Takes Top Spot In NOR Flash-Memory Market
    - Microsoft Posts Software-As-Service Code Samples
    - Sophos Unveils Security For Windows Mobile
4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts

    - Using Second Life For Meetings And Collaborations
    - Windows To Mac: A Frustrating Transition So Far
    - UMTS Moto Q Next Week With WinMo6?
    - Steve Jobs On DRM-Free Media: Right Idea, Whatever His Reasons
    - Apple To iPod Users: Stay Away From Vista
5. White Papers
    - Application Optimized Storage For Aligning Business And IT
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Quote of the day:
"It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you." -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


1. Editor's Note: Bopping To The Music Of Screeching Brakes

Occasionally, when driving in NYC, I play a game that works this way: If I have to do a quick maneuver to avoid hitting some fool who isn't paying attention, I award myself a number of points, depending on the danger level of the pedestrian's behavior. That guy strolling out between two parked cars without looking? Six points. That woman who doesn't feel the need to check the traffic light? Eight points. The music lover bopping out into Times Square traffic oblivious to anything but his iPod? Game over.

Apparently, New York state Sen. Carl Kruger is out to ruin our fun: He's about to introduce a bill that would ban the use of any electronic device in a crosswalk. So if you need to cross the street, and you're listening to your favorite band, using your cell to explain to your mom why you weren't home when she called at 11 p.m., or checking your BlackBerry to see if you won that eBay auction—it could cost you a cool $100.

Now, I've got nothing against making such activities illegal while operating a moving vehicle. I get very, very nervous when I see somebody with a cell phone to one ear negotiating a three-point U-turn or moving across two lanes at 70 mph—and if some industrious highway patrol officer issues that person a citation, I'm happy to see it. But that's because the dolts on the phone aren't only putting themselves in danger, but their passengers, the other drivers on the road, and any pedestrians who may accidentally get in their way.

On the other hand, those of us who walk around NYC (and I'm a pedestrian as well as a driver) should already know that you've got to watch out, especially in Manhattan, where you're dealing with cars, SUVs, trucks, and taxis, all in a hurry to get from point A to point B. In fact, being an especially cautious person, I usually listen to my MP3 player using only one earbud when I'm on the move.

Yes, use advertising and word-of-mouth to impress on us how dangerous and deeply idiotic it is to ignore our surroundings, especially when crossing a street. But adding yet another fine to the many that New York residents can already earn (and adding yet another thing that police have to pay attention to) is not the way to go.

What do you think? Do you think folks in NYC (and other cities) who use iPods to ignore street realities should be fined? Leave a comment at the InformationWeek Blog and let us know. (And for another view on this same issue, check out Patricia Keefe's blog entry Digital You, Meet Nanny Government And Terrorism Fears.)

Barbara Krasnoff
bkrasnoff@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Recording Industry Fires Back At Apple's Jobs
The Recording Industry Association of America suggests that Apple should license its FairPlay copyright-protection software.

Related Stories:

Steve Jobs Wants To End DRM, But Apple Develops New Access Control Technology
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a new Apple patent application for securing and controlling access to digital data.


3. Breaking News

Windows Vista Flunks Out At MIT
The reason? Because the software is not yet ready for "productive and safe computing."

Yahoo Pipes Inaugurates The Recombinant Web
Yahoo Pipes offers what amounts to a visual integrated development environment for mixing and managing online data sources.

Xbox 360 Customers Can't Connect To Apple AirPort Extreme
Gamers want to connect the video game player to the router to play games online.

NASA Employees Warned About Windows Vista Security Loophole
Vista Ultimate and Enterprise editions are the greatest risk unless administrators take preventive steps, the agency says.

Grammy Show Will Generate IT Security Problems For Businesses
Security professionals are sounding an alarm: A rush to download free music following the Grammy show will open company networks to security threats.

Computing Meets Chemistry In MIT's 'Microfluidic Bubbles'
The development presages "labs-on-a-chip," which could synthesize compounds, sort cells, or even function as ink-depositing print-heads.

Study: Encryption Is Needed; Few Doing It
While 66% of IT and business managers surveyed have "some type" of encryption strategy, only 16% have enterprise-wide strategies, the Ponemon Institute found.

Disney Says Advertisers Embrace TV Shows On Web
Disney and its ABC and ESPN operations are diving into new territory with an aggressive plan for putting prime-time shows and sports on the Web.

Six Firms Partner For 3G GSM Mobile Phones
Handsets based on the second-generation SH-Mobile G2 platform are slated to appear in the fall.

Spansion Takes Top Spot In NOR Flash-Memory Market
Spansion displaced Intel in 2006 as the No. 1 vendor of NOR flash devices, according to preliminary data from market researcher iSuppli.

Microsoft Posts Software-As-Service Code Samples
Also up are architectural guidelines on how to use Microsoft's .Net Framework 3.0 and SQL Server 2005 to build apps.

Sophos Unveils Security For Windows Mobile
Sophos Mobile Security is designed to protect PDAs and smartphones running Microsoft Windows Mobile from viruses and spyware.

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4. The Latest Personal Blog Posts
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Using Second Life For Meetings And Collaborations
I would have said adding Second Life to a meeting added distractions and brought nothing useful. However, recent conversations with IBM and an executive at an SL consulting firm have given me some things to think about in regard to the value of meeting in virtual reality.

Windows To Mac: A Frustrating Transition So Far
My first couple of days as a Mac user, after a quarter-century using Windows and DOS, have been pretty frustrating. But it's not the Mac's fault. When you're used to working on one platform, you get used to doing things a certain way, and it's maddening to go to another platform that has different ways of doing the same things.

UMTS Moto Q Next Week With WinMo6?
A bit of analysis over on Unstrung is talking up the probability that Motorola will announce a UMTS version of its semipopular Q smartphone. I say don't bother unless it comes with Windows Mobile 6.

Steve Jobs On DRM-Free Media: Right Idea, Whatever His Reasons
Has Steve Jobs been cloned? The Apple chief is being so smart, making so much sense and so many right moves lately that there must be more than one of him.

Apple To iPod Users: Stay Away From Vista
Apple is warning iPod users to stay clear of Microsoft's new operating system, Vista, warning that it could damage their iPods.


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