This Week in Tech

Sep 10th 2006

This Week in Tech 68

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WIPO considers changing broadcast rules, the HP boardroom self-destructs, and Amazon and Apple go head-to-head...
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WIPO considers changing broadcast rules, the HP boardroom self-destructs, and Amazon and Apple go head-to-head.

  • WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization) is going to meet Monday (9/11/2006) in order to negotiate the "webcasting right" that would give the host of online content a 50-year monopoly over content they distribute.
  • Google is opening up access to 200 years of news.
  • Investigators sought private phone records of board members of Hewlett-Packard while trying to figure out which director leaked confidential information to the media.
  • Amazon has begun its Unbox video download service.
  • Star Trek is 40 years old.
  • Will Apple launch a video store of its own at its "Showtime" event this Tuesday (9/12/06)?
  • Is the iPod losing its steam?
  • Korean Air, Qantas, and according to Alex Lindsay, Virgin Air, are all not allowing Dell and Apple laptops on board.
  • Microsoft released their fastest patch ever...for DRM. No important security updates will be released this patch Tuesday (9/12/06).
  • A hacker got into the Second Life database and has gotten hundreds of thousands of users' personal information. The admins have changed everyone's passwords.
  • Please email gwen@eff.org if you are a podcaster to prevent WIPO from passing the "webcasting right."