Leo Laporte / TWiT.TV:
A Cast By Any Other Name... According to Wired News's Listening Post blog, Apple has sent a cease and desist letter to Podcast Ready claiming that the terms "Podcast Ready" and "myPodder" infringe on Apple's trademarks, and that they cause confusion among consumers.
Dave Winer / Scripting News: My two cents on "podcast"
Rob Hyndman / robhyndman.com: Apple Sends in the Goons
Jon Watson / BizPodcasting: Legal Tip: Avoid Using "Pod"
Paul Colligan / Paul Colligan's Profitable Podcasting: Apple Not Thinking Different
Steve Borsch / Connecting the Dots: "Podcast" is ours. A bonehead move by Apple?
Warner Crocker / Life On the Wicked Stage: Apple Wants "Podcast" All To Itself
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Apple to trademark Podcast? (or "How to fight the good fight") — In perhaps the worst trademark enforcement decision—ummm—ever, it seems Apple is trying to get people to NOT use the term Podcast/Podcasting in the names of their companies. Podcasting for those of my readers who are non-technical, is best defined two ways:
Discussion: Open Gardens
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Will Apple sue PodTech.net? (My employer)
Will Apple sue PodTech.net? (My employer)
Warner Crocker / Life On the Wicked Stage: The Apple Podcast Grab Is Sullying The Orchard
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion: Apple Wants to Own "Podcast" Trademark
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited: Aopple's lawyers attack Podcast Ready and myPodder
Delicategenius / Delicate Genius Blog: Podcast™? — From Wired: … Leo Laporte has a solution:
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
With a Rebtel Yell, Swedish Startup Raises $20 Million — I got a call this morning on my cell phone, which showed a local New York number with a 646 area code. But it wasn't a local call at all. On the other end was Hjalmar Winbladh, CEO of Swedish mobile VoIP startup Rebtel.
Discussion: VoIP Watch, Aswath Weblog and eBay Strategies
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch: Rebtel Raises A Mint
Scot Wingo / eBay Strategies: Rebtel - Skype killer!?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
VOIP - The Details Kill The Fun — A bunch of VOIP services have launched to help people make cheaper calls from normal phones. None of them are compelling for the mass market. — VOIP is great when you initiate calls from VOIP phones or software (Skype, Vonage, etc.).
Discussion: Naked Conversations
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations: Arrington Misses Points on Rebtel & Jajah
Tim Arango / New York Post:
RETAIL-IATION — WAL-MART WARNS STUDIOS OVER — DVD DOWNLOADS — Worried about its massive DVD sales, retail behemoth Wal-Mart has told some of Hollywood's biggest players it will retaliate against them for selling movies on Apple's iTunes. — Last year when Disney announced …
Discussion: Engadget, Geek News Central, robhyndman.com, Slashdot and digg
Rob Hyndman / robhyndman.com: Walmart Sends in the Goons
CliffosakaJapan / digg: Walmart says "Serious Ramifications" if Studios Hopped in Bed with Apple
Rob Hyndman / robhyndman.com:
The HP Saga: Dunn is Indeed Done; Hunsaker Sacked — The WSJ and NYT have now issued their first pieces (AP here) after the news flashes that followed HP CEO Hurd's press conference today (audio). HP Chair Patricia Dunn is resigning as Chair and from the Board effective immediately, at the request of the Board.
Discussion: Valleywag and SharkJumping
Sean Ryan / SharkJumping: HP - Ding Dong, Dunn is Gone
Grace Wong / CNNMoney.com:
HP's Dunn resigns from board
HP's Dunn resigns from board
Discussion: CrunchGear and Alec Saunders .LOG
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear: HP's Chair, Dunn, Replaced Like an Ink Cartridge
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Some VoIP services surpass traditional phones — A large-scale VoIP study from Keynote Systems concludes that VoIP audio quality is improving, and in some cases exceeds that of the traditional phone network—so long as you're making calls within the US. More than 100,000 people a month …
Discussion: Engadget, broadbandreports.com, digg and Slashdot
Darren Murph / Engadget: Cable VoIP calls clearer than landlines?
Namibia: Five in Court Over VOIP Calls — Christof Maletsky — THE case in which five foreign nationals are accused of operating illegal Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services at Walvis Bay has been postponed to October this year. — Shen Yuefei (37) and Qipin Huang (36) …
Discussion: Webtown, Skype Journal and VoIP Now
Tropicaljantie / Webtown: Five Arrested For Selling VoIP. …
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal: Namibia: Sell VoIP, Go To Jail
Esther Dyson / Release 0.9:
Click fraud - here we go again — Yet another piece on click fraud, this time from Businessweek - which of course is an "old medium" itself. What amazes me is the elephant in the room: This is not an intractable problem. (Ask me about intractable: I just came back from the Middle East!)
Discussion: Rough Type and Newsome.Org
Rich Miller / Netcraft:
HostGator: cPanel Security Hole Exploited in Mass Hack — HostGator says hackers compromised its servers using a previously unknown security hole in cPanel, the control panel software that is widely used by hosting providers. "I can tell you with all accuracy that this is definitely due …
Discussion: Security Fix and Slashdot
Brian Krebs / Security Fix: Unofficial Patch Released for IE Flaw
Yahoo pulls a Scrooge with forced unpaid holiday vacation — Several Yahoos confided their frustration to me when the company sent an all-hands memo this week, forcing all employees to take the Christmas-to-New-Year week off, either unpaid or using their allotted vacation days.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
DRM is old and busted, according to BitTorrent cofounder — BitTorrent cofounder Ashwin Navin believes that DRM is not the answer to legal online video services despite his company's getting ready to launch its own DRM-based movie service in the near future.
Discussion: The Technology Liberation … and digg
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New fitness center targets teens with games — Walk through the malls and high school halls in America, and you'll quickly notice that kids in the US could use a few good workouts. A new fitness center opening this Saturday hopes to lure kids in with a combination of a "fitness arcade," …
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget: Overtime Fitness gym for teens includes video games
Richard Ozerman / CrunchGear: Bay Area Fitness Center Gets Fat Kids To Exercise With Games
Wall Street Journal:
Cablevision Gave Backdated Grant To Dead Official — Cablevision Systems Corp. awarded options to a vice chairman after his 1999 death but backdated them, making it appear the grant was awarded when he still was alive, according to a company filing and people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Good Morning Silicon Valley and Valleywag
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley: Stephen King options scary Cablevision story
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Holiday in Harare: part 4 - Zimbabwe's Internet under threat — They turned off the Internet shortly after I left Harare. — I don't think the two events were connected. — And they didn't really turn the net off, despite alarming reports to the contrary.
Discussion: Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen
Scott Hanselman / Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen: The Internet in Zimbabwe is collapsing