March 20, 2008
Vista SP1 Has An Ooops Moment
Vista Service Pack 1 won't work with certain drivers for commonly available components such as the Intel 945G chip set, or the Realtek High Definition audio driver. The complete list is here. Microsoft recommends updating drivers before installing SP1. This should be interesting. For example, I attempted to upgrade the Realtek audio driver from version 6.01.5436 to a version later than 6.01.6242 using the "Update Driver" option on the device property sheet. Windows searched online and said the driver was up to date. Really? The Realtek web site was not very helpful either. We'll see if this problem still exists when SP1 becomes available for general download.
More details from InformationWeek.
Verizon Wins FCC Aution - Google Gets Nothing
Verizon is the big winner in the FCC spectrum auction, along with AT&T. Google does not have a successful bid. Was that the strategy all along? They got rules associated with parts of the spectrum that allows for open access for devices. Verizon committed to that condition and is applying it generally to its network.
MarketWatch has the story.
March 17, 2008
Win on Appeal for Craigslist Over Housing Discrimination Case
Craigslist won an appeal at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in a suit that charged the company with housing discrimination by allowing posters to submit ads for housing that were illegal under section 804(a) of the Fair Housing Act. The suit was brought by the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. The District Court (461 F.Supp2d 681 (N.D. Ill. 2006)) gave summary judgment to Craigslist by applying the CDA section 230 safe harbor identifying Craigslist as an ISP rather than as a publisher. The plaintiffs, on appeal, argued that Congress had not considered exempting an ISP from liability when it passed section 230. The Appeals Court stated that Congress was not required to "traipse" through the U.S. Code to look for exceptions when it passed a general statute. Bottom line: ISPs are treated differently from other content publishers. The plaintiffs can identify individual posters and go after them instead. Google and Viacom take note.
The slip opinion is available at the Seventh Circuit web site using docket number 07-1101 as a search key. The docket list with pleadings and other documents for the District Court case is available at Justia.