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Friday, September 17, 2004
  Internet Explorer losing market share

CNET reports that Firefox and Mozilla use jumped from 8 percent to 18 percent between January and September. The new release of Firefox 1.0 is close to 1 million downloads in its first 10 days. This shows that Open Source products can be compete on the desktop, as well as on the server.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
  Amazon and Netflix hit by patent suit

There seems to be no end to the patents coming out of the woodwork that cover common internet functionality. From Microsoft patenting "tabbed browsing" to this latest suit by BTG over tracking site visitors, it's hard for me to understand how anyone can believe that such patents are for the greater good. 
Monday, September 13, 2004
  Don't ask for whom the patent tolls, it tolls for RFID

The RFID consortium's attempt to create license-free standards hit a bump in the road today. Intermec Technologies announced it would seek royalties for a patent they hold related to the Electronic Product Code Generation 2 standard, an important new protocol that takes care of some compatibility problems and other technical glitches. Up until now, participating companies had been donating intellectual property in order to create open standards from which all could profit. It seems that Intermec decided it was in their own best interests to make a different move.
Sunday, September 12, 2004
  Cap Gemini report on Microsoft vs. Open Source not exacly independent

Microsoft recently hired Cap Gemini to evaluate the relative cost vs. benefits between a Microsoft and an Open Source solution for Newham, a London burough. Not surprisingly, the "independent" report recommended a 100% Microsoft solution. The Newham council ended up signing a ten year, £5 million deal with Microsoft.

Guess what. It has now been reported that Cap Gemini used unverified data supplied by Microsoft to calculate its findings. Hmm. Do you think it's possible that the data wasn't completely objective?

Saturday, September 11, 2004
  RIAA Sued. Turnabout is fair play.

The litigious Recording Engineering Association of America is one of the targets of a suit by Altnet, a P2P technology company. The lawsuit revolves around the RIAA's use of Altnet's patented technology which allows bogus files to be matched with files requested by users of P2P networks.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
  Ruling equates sampling with theft

Straight from Music City, USA, comes a court ruling so restrictive that even a 2 second sample from a reording is considered to be protected under copyright law. This is lunacy!

Play just about any song from the Top 40 pop or country charts, and you can find beats, melodies, chord progressions and rhythms that have been lifted from prior works. Just about every artist collaborates to some degree with those who have come before them. The public benefits by a liberal policy that allows for the maximum level of creative freedom. I don't believe that a case could be made that allowing sampling will hurt the original artist in any way. If anything, a new audience might be attracted to the original content from which the sample was captured.
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
  Top Censored Stories of 2004

Liberal Media? I don't think so. This year's list of the most censored stories was just released. Major media continues to focus its limited attention span on sound bites and ratings instead of substantive issues. 

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