November 15, 2007
New Zunes Getting Positive Press
The Zune version 2 is getting good reviews. No one expects the Microsoft product to supplant the iPod as the essential gadget, but that doesn't mean the product doesn't have any value. Read the reports in USA Today, the San Jose Mercury News, and this one from the Chicago Sun-Times. Ars Technica has a nice review as well, and an article on how demand for the 80 GB hard drive Zune may outstrip supply. Bill Gates must be blushing on that one. It's so Apple-like to introduce a product and not have enough of them on hand at first.
Comcast Sued Over P2P Traffic Blocks
Comcast has been hit with a lawsuit over its network "shaping" tactics for P2P and Lotus Notes traffic. Is anyone surprised? Comcast has steadfastly denied any such thing. It's one thing to allege, and another to prove. There has to be something more than the original report and tests by the AP for this to go forward. Read it in Computerworld. Is AT&T going for the same kind of network management? Read about that here.
November 14, 2007
West Posts Video on New Changes to Federal Civil Rules
Thompson West has posted a 5 minute video on the changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that go into effect on December 1. The presentation is by Steven Baicker-McKee and Professor William Janssen who are the authors of the Federal Civil Rules Handbook.
Free Zone Alarm Spyware Program Today Only
ZoneAlarm is offering its spyware product free today until 8 PM eastern time. The product will allow for 1 year of updates at no charge. The download offer is here, and is available for Windows 2000/XP only. Registration is required.
November 13, 2007
Google Sued Over What It Does Best
Google has been sued in patent over its basic search functionality. Northeastern University patented the process for search through a distributed computer database in 1994. Google is not sweating it according to statements from the company. The landscape changed last year when the Supreme Court said that traditional tests for injunctions apply, even in patent cases. Google may have to shell out some money if the patent holds up, but it's not going to go out of business. I wonder if Microsoft, Yahoo, and the rest have anything to say about this?
Yahoo Settles Dissident Case
Yahoo has settled with plaintiffs who sued it over the jailing of two Chinese dissidents when the company provided documents to the Chinese government that led to their jailing. Yahoo was subject to a hearing in the House a few weeks ago over the incident. The Committee vented against Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and General Counsel Michael Callahgan while the parents of one of the jailed dissidents sat in the first row.
Morton Sklar, the Executive Director of the World Organization for Human Rights was quoted in the Washington Post that the hearings were of tremendous importance to make the settlement happen. Is that what the plaintiffs were seeking? A settlement? Other than Yahoo not admitting to wrong, no other terms were announced. MarketWatch reports that Yahoo has agreed to bear the legal costs for the dissidents and establish a legal fund for other political dissidents and their families. But what has changed? Cash changing hands? A Yahoo policy change? The dissidents are still in jail. What will happen the next time reports surface that the Chinese government is asking for email or other Yahoo account information. Sounds as though the problem has gone from a human rights issue to an accountant's entry.