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Steve Jobs Takes A Sledgehammer To His Own Monopoly

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Steve Jobs Takes A Sledgehammer To His Own Monopoly
2. Today's Top Story
    - Apple's Jobs Calls For DRM-Free Music
3. Breaking News
    - Grand Theft Auto Critic Faces Misconduct Charges
    - Samsung Joins Apple In Vista Troubles
    - Helio Launches Download Music Service
    - IBM Expands Virtual Machines On The Mainframe
    - Sony Ericsson: Back To Basics
    - Safety-Kleen Outsources To ACS
    - Microsoft Claims Popular eBay Merchant Is A Software Pirate
    - President Proposes Funding Boost For Science And Tech Innovation
    - HP's Acquisitions Fuel Its Software Ambitions
    - VMware Offers Management Console To Attract Small Businesses
    - Microsoft Hikes Support Prices For Windows XP, Office XP
    - Action Video Games Improve Eyesight
    - The Trouble With Customers And Their Data
    - The Right Technology At The Right Time And Price
    - Take Risk Management And Compliance To The Next Level
    - IBM CEO Palmisano To Get $1.8 Million Salary In 2007
4. In Depth: Security
    - Websense Offers Software To Protect Against Data Leaks
    - CDC Plagued By Virus Of A Different Strain
    - Worried Consumers Want Biometrics
    - Microsoft Courts OpenID
    - Most IT Managers Expect Major Security Hit Every Year
5. Voice Of Authority
    - First Impression: Switching From A PC To The Mac
6. White Papers
    - The Effects Of Disk Fragmentation On System Reliability
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough." -- Mark Twain


1. Editor's Note: Steve Jobs Takes A Sledgehammer To His Own Monopoly

Apple CEO Steve Jobs struck a blow against his own company's monopoly Tuesday by issuing a public challenge to media companies to start selling their wares without any digital-rights management at all.

Jobs lays out the case that Internet libertarians have been making for years: DRM doesn't work, it's a waste of effort and money, it doesn't help against piracy, and it limits consumer rights. Apple says it's forced to use DRM because the four major media companies require it before licensing their music to Apple. Jobs wants those media companies to let Apple license music DRM-free.

InformationWeek's Antone Gonsalves has the full story. And, to find out more about how Apple's DRM hurts consumers and is bad for business, check out our recent article by Cory Doctorow, Internet anti-DRM activist and co-editor of the blog Boing Boing.

Sometimes it's great to be proven wrong. Over the past few months, it appeared that Apple had, in a sinister fashion, assembled a practical monopoly on the digital music market, forcing media companies to kneel before Apple to get access to iPod-toting consumers and locking consumers into Apple technology to retain access to their iTunes music. It's great to see Jobs make a public commitment to the free market.

What do you think? Should media companies and consumer electronics companies like Apple abandon DRM? Would they make more money that way? Leave a message on the InformationWeek Weblog and let us know.

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Apple's Jobs Calls For DRM-Free Music
Rather than buy music and a player from one vendor, people could buy music anywhere on the Web for any player.


3. Breaking News

Grand Theft Auto Critic Faces Misconduct Charges
A Miami lawyer's tirade included letters to judges, game makers, and the backers of Howard Stern's radio show.

Samsung Joins Apple In Vista Troubles
Smaller Korean manufacturers also have reported similar compatibility problems.

Helio Launches Download Music Service
Boutique wireless carrier features a library of thousands of songs from major record labels.

IBM Expands Virtual Machines On The Mainframe
Marist College is running 600 Linux virtual machines for students on its z9 mainframe.

Sony Ericsson: Back To Basics
A couple of new products are more utilitarian, but others are still stylin.'

Safety-Kleen Outsources To ACS
The three-year deal includes application management, monitoring, and help desk services.

Microsoft Claims Popular eBay Merchant Is A Software Pirate
In the lawsuit, Microsoft accuses a Mount Prospect, Ill., resident, whose eBay name is ChicagoComputerBroker, of counterfeiting and auctioning off a range of Microsoft applications.

President Proposes Funding Boost For Science And Tech Innovation
The plan calls for $640.7 million in funding for NIST in fiscal year 2008, with about $594 million going toward core research and facilities.

HP's Acquisitions Fuel Its Software Ambitions
In addition to Mercury, Bristol, and Knightsbridge, HP has acquired at least 10 software companies since 2003, including Peregrine, OuterBay, Novadigm, and several identity management vendors.

VMware Offers Management Console To Attract Small Businesses
VirtualCenter for VMware Server is a single management console for configuring, provisioning, and managing virtual machines.

Microsoft Hikes Support Prices For Windows XP, Office XP
The per-incident cost for getting help with Windows XP and Office XP problems was boosted by 40% to 51%.

Action Video Games Improve Eyesight
After just 30 hours of playing certain types of video games, players could see figures like those on an eye chart more clearly.

The Trouble With Customers And Their Data
The cost of customer data breaches is increasing, and the financial services industry is trying to reconcile the price of protecting that data with the increasingly disconcerting ramifications of security lapses.

The Right Technology At The Right Time And Price
When Greg Carmichael left the manufacturing sector to join Fifth Third Bancorp as CIO in 2003, he not only had to learn an entirely new set of acronyms, he also had to quickly transition to an environment with high transaction volume that requires the utmost in security and recoverability.

Take Risk Management And Compliance To The Next Level
As insurers face increasingly onerous regulatory compliance demands, they should make enterprise risk management a high priority and consider appointing chief risk officers.

IBM CEO Palmisano To Get $1.8 Million Salary In 2007
He also stands to receive an additional $5 million in incentive pay.

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4. In Depth: Security

Websense Offers Software To Protect Against Data Leaks
Worried your own employees might be accidentally or maliciously sending out confidential information? Websense says it has software to tackle that problem.

CDC Plagued By Virus Of A Different Strain
And in an ironic twist for a government agency focused on monitoring diseases and warning the public about them, this time the agency may have spread the virus itself.

Worried Consumers Want Biometrics
A majority of consumers in the United States and the United Kingdom say physical security checks can reduce identity fraud and better secure airports and border crossings, one study suggests.

Microsoft Courts OpenID
Bill Gates touts collaboration with an open source identity framework to augment Microsoft's Windows CardSpace initiative and Web security standards.

Most IT Managers Expect Major Security Hit Every Year
Symantec's IT Risk Management Report shows that 60% of IT managers expect a disruptive security event every year.


5. Voice Of Authority

First Impression: Switching From A PC To The Mac
Do I look different to you? More genteel? More elegant? Maybe even taller? I just made the switch from using a PC as my primary machine to using a Mac. As a matter of fact, I've spent more time on the Mac in the last day and a half than I've done in the preceding 24 years of using personal computers.


6. White Papers

The Effects Of Disk Fragmentation On System Reliability
This white paper addresses the impact of disk fragmentation on system reliability. Disk fragmentation decreases system reliability, in some cases rendering a system unstable or provoking errors in operation. Learn how running Diskeeper to defragment system files, particularly the MFT and Page File, increases system reliability.


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