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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Audible and its consultant  —  I usually don't quote flamers here, but these comments by Mitch Ratcliffe, in a rather longish response to Jeff Jarvis, Staci Kramer, Om Malik, Doc Searls and myself, says everything wrong about who I am and what I do.  I think people might miss this, so here's the quote.
Mitch Ratcliffe / RatcliffeBlog:
More on the future of podcasting  —  You will forgive me recalling that Bill Gates, richest guy in the world, once said that no one would need more than 640 Kb of RAM on a personal computer.  As I read some of the responses to the Audible Wordcast announcements, I am repeatedly reminded of the folly of Gates' view.
The Doc Searls Weblog:
Yo, Libraries: say No to DRM  —  My sister pointed me to this notice about downloadable audiobooks from the Central North Carolina Regional Library.  Here it is: … That last item is the chocolate-coated spider.  No iPods?  "Copyright compliance" problems? wtf?  So I looked around.
Om Malik / The Next Generation Internet:
Audible's unPodcast effort?  —  Audible, the company known for offering downloadable books is now getting into the tracking business.  A report in Wall Street Journal says that the company will charge 3 cents a show to track information such as how many people download the podcast …
Discussion: Scripting News
Michael Hill / Associated Press:   Libraries offering audiobook downloads
Joris Evers / CNET
Microsoft will wipe Sony's 'rootkit'  —  Microsoft will update its security tools to detect and remove part of the copy protection tools installed on PCs when some music CDs are played.  —  The Redmond, Wash., software maker has determined that the "rootkit" piece of the XCP software …
Ryan Naraine /
Microsoft to Zap Sony DRM 'Rootkit'  —  Microsoft Corp. will start deleting the rootkit component of the controversial DRM scheme used by Sony BMG Music Entertainment.  —  The software giant's Windows AntiSpyware application will be updated to add a detection and removal signature …
J. Alex Halderman / Freedom to Tinker:
Sony Shipping Spyware from SunnComm, Too  —  Now that virus writers have started exploiting the rootkit built into Sony-BMG albums that utilize First4Internet's XCP DRM (as I warned they would last week), Sony has at last agreed to temporarily stop shipping CDs containing the defective software:
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft: Sony Anti-Piracy Software Is Spyware
Discussion: Andre
Watching all six Star Wars movies simultaneously  —  I'VE BEEN SLASHDOTTED!  AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!&nbs p; —  So I got on the front page of digg, which I'd never even heard of before this happened but apparently is wicked popular, when a friend of a friend who didn't know this was …
David A. Vise / Washington Post:
What Lurks in Its Soul?  —  The soul of the Google machine is a passion for disruptive innovation.  —  Powered by brilliant engineers, mathematicians and technological visionaries, Google ferociously pushes the limits of everything it undertakes.  The company's DNA emanates from its youthful founders …
David A. Vise / Washington Post:
AOL to Have Reruns on Demand  —  America Online Inc. and Warner Bros.  Entertainment Inc. are planning to put thousands of episodes of once-popular television shows like "Welcome Back Kotter" and "Chico and the Man" on the Web site, where high-speed Internet users can view them for free.
To be released mid-November 2005  —  Check out the flyer  —  ITU Internet Reports 2005: The Internet of Things  —  is the seventh in the series of "ITU Internet Reports" originally launched in 1997 by the International Telecommunication Union.  For previous titles in the series …
Discussion: Smart Mobs and IP Democracy
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Mobility Special: Plugged into it all  —  To listen to a group of students at the University of California's Berkeley campus talking about their obsessive communications habits, you would think you had stumbled into a meeting of recovering alcoholics.  Rich Brown, a graduate student …
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
Audible's Podcast Tool Tallies Listeners  —  Audible Inc. is introducing a tool to help advertisers measure how many people are listening to podcasts, the Internet-based audio shows that are downloaded to listeners' computers.  —  That means advertisers will be able to get a handle on how many people are really listening to shows.
Timothy L. O'Brien / New York Times:
Are U.S. Innovators Losing Their Competitive Edge?  —  WHEN James E. West was 8 years old, he propped himself on his bed's brass footboard one afternoon and stretched to plug the cord of a radio he had repaired into a ceiling outlet.  It was one of his first experiments.
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