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‘What Is the Real Value of Copyright?’ Q&A With BitTorrent CEO Eric Klinker

Once the pariah of the media world, peer-to-peer software has come a long way since the days of Napster and college kids with hard drives stuffed with pirated music. Now, current P2P software provider BitTorrent boasts 80 million users, which, as CEO Eric Klinker is quick to point out, is somewhere...

‘Hypertexting’ Lumped In With Other Risky Teen Behaviors

Once upon a time, the word "hypertexting" referred to the process of linking one page of text to another through a specific Internet protocol. Now, public health researchers are using it to describe the practice of sending mobile phone text messages in the extreme: "hyper," as in lots, and "texting"...

AOL, Yahoo May Cling to Each Other in the Same Small Lifeboat

AOL is considering a play to take over Yahoo, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The deal is being discussed among AOL and a number of private equity firms, including the Blackstone Group, unnamed sources told the paper. Yahoo shares soared this week on the rumored possibilities; they...

Microsoft Wants to Cordon Off Botnet-Infected Computers

Microsoft's vice president of trustworthy computing, Scott Charney, has put the call out for a collective, coordinated approach to protecting the public from, among many other threats, botnets. The worldwide Internet community would do well to apply a public health approach to battling the viruses a...

T-Mobile to Join Windows Phone 7 Bash

With the launch of the new Windows Phone 7 operating system and the devices that run it less than a week away, another mobile carrier has been added to the mix. It has been known for some time that AT&T will carry WinPho7 devices at its Oct. 11 launch. Now it appears that T-Mobile also will anno...

70-Plus Charged in Cybergang Crackdown

In a set of coordinated investigations, federal, state and local officials filed charges this week against more than 70 defendants who allegedly used cybercrime techniques to defraud both individuals and corporations out of millions of dollars. New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., ...

Benioff: ‘The Feed Is the New Desktop’

We've all heard the lines: "blogging is so 2008"; "say that in 140 characters or less," and now, "the feed is the new desktop." This last one is from Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, and he said it in the context of his company's release of the new version of its enterprise social networking tool, C...

Ready for ‘Facebook,’ the Verb?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg came forward to clarify rampant rumors that his company was working with a mobile handset manufacturer to make a Facebook-branded smartphone. The problem is, he didn't address the question. In an interview this week with TechCrunch, Zuckerberg asserted that people can me...

FCC Opens White Spaces for Bigger, Better, Bolder WiFi

The dream of streaming video and audio on the go, without boundaries, is one step closer to reality. The FCC has ruled in favor of releasing "white spaces" -- broadcast frequencies between television channels -- for wireless broadband use. The result could be the emergence of "super WiFi" networks. ...

Nokia, the US Market, and the OS Stickler

ComScore's latest tally of smartphone operating system market shares in the U.S. showed RIM's BlackBerry OS continues to hold a dominating lead in the smartphone arena. Apple's iOS owns the No. 2 spot, but it saw a slight decline. The big story in the ComScore report is the third-place OS -- Google'...

Buddies or Stalkers? Gadgets That Really Know Us Are Coming

The brave new world of technology will include devices that change our whole relationship to them and, perhaps, to the world around us. That's according to Intel CTO Justin Rattner, who outlined the future of "context-sensitive" computing at his keynote address to IDF this week. The new class of con...

E-Skin for Robots Could Lead to Touchy-Feely Prosthetics for Humans

Robots can be made made strong, robots can be made tireless, but a big problem with robots so far is that they can't be made to have a sense of touch as humans do. The same issue challenges designers of prosthetic limbs. Imitating the motor movements of joints and muscles is one thing, but imitating...

Tablet Skirmish Heats Up With Toshiba Entry

Toshiba has announced its own entrant into the tablet market with the Folio 100, which will run on the Android 2.2 operating system. Sporting a screen just over 10 inches, the device will be larger than other early competitors to Apple's iPad tablet computer, such as the Dell Streak. The Folio will ...

India to Give RIM’s Data-Monitoring Solution a Whirl

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has struck a deal with officials in India that will allow it to continue to operate in the country, for now. According to a statement by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, the two parties will conduct a 60-day trial of access methods that RIM has proposed so tha...

IBM’s X-Force: No Telling How Many Unpatched Web Threats Are Out There

During the first half of 2010, more than 4,300 new disclosures of software security issues came to light. That's according to the mid-year report issued by IBM's special X-Force security research team. What's perhaps a bit more disturbing is how many of those vulnerabilities remain unfixed. More tha...

Mastering Places Privacy Can Be Tricky, Facebook Critics Charge

Facebook rolled out its Places feature this week to much fanfare -- so much, in fact, that the official Facebook Blog has an update note posted that users who are unable to access the service should try back soon to see if they can check in. The app, available on the iPhone as part of Facebook for i...

RIM Hankering for Mobile Ad Deal

Research In Motion, maker of BlackBerry mobile phones and the new Torch handset, is looking to make a play in the mobile ad market. RIM reportedly has held talks with mobile ad firm Millennial Media, but they broke down over acquisition price. Millenial was said to be asking between $400 and $500 mi...

OPINION

Facebook and the Scammers: We Know Better

Once again this week, users of the enormous social networking service Facebook have fallen prey to unscrupulous people scamming them for information and money. It's beginning to be a familiar story: A seemingly innocuous link is sent from a friend, a company asks for personal information, and myst...

HBO Spurns Netflix Deal

Cable premium channel HBO has all but come right out to say it intends to compete head-to-head with online streaming video service Netflix. Remaining exclusive has a value of its own, according to HBO co-president Eric Kessler, and it can command a hefty price tag when consumers want the content bad...

Bogus Dislike Button Plagues Hapless Facebook Users

How many times have we all seen comments like this on a Facebook status update: "Not like, but dislike," or "I'd press Dislike if there was a button." It's a common complaint about the social networking site's comment options; one can press the "Like" button to give a thumbs-up to a friend's post, b...

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