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October 30, 2008

Windows 7 Appears In Public

Microsoft is showing off Windows 7, in its pre-beta form, at the company's Professional Developer Conference.  Everyone who attends the conference will walk away with a copy of the OS.  Initial reports indicate that Microsoft learned its lesson from the mistakes of Vista's development and roll-out.

Here's what we know so far, gleaned from various press reports:


There are other features worth mentioning, related to troubleshooting, network administration, and other items to be tweaked or added (or removed) before the final release.  Vista's successor could come out in late 2009 or early 2010. 

More information (and screen shots) is here, here, here, here, and here.  [MG]

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October 28, 2008

Google Settles Author Suit

Google has made nice with book publishers upset over Google's book scanning project.  They had sued over copyright concerns given that Google hadn't asked for permission to scan complete titles and place snippets of in-copyright titles in the search engine.  Google countered with the fair use argument and the game was on.  As a side note, Microsoft sanctimoniously entered the fray by licensing titles to scan, only later to get bored with the project and abandoning it completely.

The terms as described in the press call for Google to pay plaintiffs $125 million dollars.  For that Google sets up a rights registry of out of print but in copyright titles with information as to who may own the rights making sure the right parties get paid royalties on book views.  Libraries will be able to buy subscriptions to the entire book library.  Google will sell access to books owned by rights holders to individuals and share revenue with publishers.  Scanning will continue content under this arrangement.  The agreement only covers the United States.

More information is in PC Magazine, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.  [MG]

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CSM to go Native on the Internet

People say that the Internet is killing newspapers.  Poor Sam Zell, buying the Tribune Co. and discovering that cutting staff and a redesign of the flagship paper doesn't bring in the readers for the physical copy.  The Tribune is not the story here.  It's the venerable Christian Science Monitor which is leaving print behind and going strictly online for its operation.  Look for the last edition off the presses coming out next April.

More on this from Howard Kurtz at the still in print Washington Post.  [MG]

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October 27, 2008

Army Fears Twitter As A Terrorist Tool

The army (ours) thinks that Twitter could be used by terrorists to coordinate attacks.  The reason?  Protesters at the Republican National Convention used Twitter to coordinate the protest.  From the report (page 8):

Twitter has also become a social activism tool for socialists, human rights groups, communists, vegetarians, anarchists, religious communities, atheists, political enthusiasts hacktivists and others to communicate with each other and to send messages to broader audiences.

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Twitter was recently used as a countersurveillance, command and control,and movement tool by activists at the Republican National Convention(RNC). The activists would Tweete each other and their Twitter pages to add information on what was happening with Law Enforcement near real time.

More information from ChannelWeb.  Vegetarians?  Won't the government please save us from the meat-avoiders.  [MG]

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