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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
DHS Official Weighs In on Sony  —  A high-ranking Bush administration official weighed in Thursday on anti-piracy efforts domestically and abroad, indirectly chastising Sony BMG Music Entertainment for its digital rights management (DRM) software, which computer security analysis …
Joris Evers / CNET
Sony halts production of 'rootkit' CDs  —  Sony BMG Music Entertainment said Friday that it will suspend production of CDs with copy-protection technology that has been exploited by virus writers to try to hide their malicious code on PCs.  —  The decision by the music label comes after 10 days …
Sony BMG pulls CD software  —  AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Music publisher Sony BMG said on Friday it would stop making CDs that use a controversial technology to protect its music against illegal copying.  —  "As a precautionary measure, Sony BMG is temporarily suspending the manufacture …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
SonyBMG DRM Customer Survival Kit  —  Here's a handy bag of tricks for people whose computers are (or might be) infected by the SonyBMG/First4Internet rootkit DRM.  The instructions here draw heavily from research by Alex Halderman and Mark Russinovich.  —  This DRM system operates only on recent versions of Windows.
Mike / Techdirt:
Sony Finally Stops Producing Rootkits... Temporarily
Discussion: MobHappy
Donna Wentworth / Copyfight:
How You Can Help Stop Sony's DRM Abuse
Robert Lemos /
Sony to stop making protected CDs
Discussion: Engadget
Mitch Ratcliffe / RatcliffeBlog:
Measuring podcasts: The right first step  —  Measuring podcasts: … Jeff Jarvis makes the point that defined Audible's effort to produce a tool that supports a broad range of business models, ignoring the fact that the technology doesn't do what he says it should.
Discussion: and Scripting News
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Audible announces they've got a way to tell how many times a podcast has been listened to.
Discussion: RatcliffeBlog
Liberalcowboy / Jack of All Blogs:
10 Most Powerful Women in Blogging  —  Keeping to our policy of being controversial and well just plain silly.  We rank the 10 most powerful women in the blogging industry  —  1. Ana Marie Cox ( of Gawker Media has done everything right in her blogging career.
Discussion: SearchViews and Joi Ito's Web
Ellie Gibson /
Epic proportions  —  Mark Rein has been in the news more than he'd perhaps like lately.  The Epic Games vice president is a man who likes to talk, and a man who's passionate about games - a combination which can sometimes get him into trouble.  —  First he was accused of saying next-generation games …
Discussion: Joystiq, Cathode Tan, Infendo and Kotaku
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Full Metal Jacket  —  I have, for several years, subscribed to the theory that those who are mostly desk-bound should buy the cheapest laptop they can get by with and the most expensive desktop system they can afford.  One reason is the idea that laptops — slower and more fragile — aren't really worth a big investment.
Discussion: MacSlash and The Tao of Mac
Robert X. Cringely /
Paper War  —  Microsoft Is Leaking Internal Documents to Make Us Think They Have a Plan  —  Oscar Wilde said that the only thing worse than people talking about you is people NOT talking about you, and it must have been with this in mind that Microsoft recently "leaked" …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Gas pipe broadband?  —  Imagine accessing the Internet over the same pipe that provides you with natural gas for cooking.  —  It may sound nuts today, but a San Diego company called Nethercomm is developing a way to use ultra wideband wireless signals to transmit data at broadband speeds through natural-gas pipes.
Walter S. Mossberg /
Tempted by the Apple?  —  Add this column to your News Alerts (New!)  —  APPLE'S MACINTOSH COMPUTERS claim only a tiny share of the overall PC market, but they are getting more consideration from Windows users thinking of switching than at any time in many years.
Ingrid Marson / ZDNet:
Torvalds gets tough on kernel coders … Linus Torvalds has threatened that if developers add 'last-minute things' to the next version of the Linux kernel he will 'refuse to merge, and laugh in their faces derisively'  —  Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux and the maintainer of the development kernel …
Discussion: digg
Jason Silverman / Wired News:
Machinima Marches Toward Amusing  —  Machinima is growing up — finally.  —  This weekend, the Machinima Film Festival and the Mackies — the form's somewhat-annual awards ceremony — will be held at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.  —  Anyone who has watched …
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Charles Cooper / CNET
Perspective: All the news that's fit to blog  —  A few unrelated items for your consideration:  —  • Last spring, an assembly of editors was asked how many of them knew who Craig Newmark was?  A few hands in the audience went up.  And how many had heard of Craigslist?  A few more people added their hands.

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