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Judge Slashes File-Sharer’s Penalty From 7 Figures to 5

Minnesota federal judge Michael Davis has reduced the fine imposed on Jammie Thomas-Rasset for illegally sharing music on the Internet from $1.92 million to $54,000. Davis, who presided over the trial, said that the original calculations to determine Thomas-Rasset's penalty -- more than $83,000 per ...

Is the Ball in Chinese Netizens’ Court?

The Chinese government issued a series of statements defending the country's Internet censorship policies and accusing the U.S. of having a "double standard" when it comes to online surveillance. The comments, made through the state news agency Xinhua, were in part a reaction to statements made by ...

Video Sites Dip Toes in HTML 5 Waters

Forget about the debate over whether "Avatar" or "The Hurt Locker" will win movie awards this year. The real argument among those who create and share their own Web videos -- DIY James Camerons, as it were -- centers on whether or not they should dump Adobe Flash and other plug-in players for HTML 5...

PRODUCT REVIEW

3M Miniprojector Packs Lots of Versatility Into Small Package

Digital cameras have been around for so long that for some shutter buffs, it's difficult to remember a time when they didn't exist. It's even more difficult to recall the days when a slide projector was a necessary accessory for an image-grabbing hobbyist. Projectors, though, may be poised for a com...

OPINION

Apple’s Mysterious Slate: Betting the Company One More Time

This is an Apple launch week, which means we'll be on pins and needles until we actually know what Steve Jobs is going to have on stage in San Francisco. While there is a lot of drama with any big Apple announcement, there is substantially more with this one, including the unprecedented number of le...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

Open-PC: A Piece of Junk, or Got It Where It Counts?

It's a rare day indeed that doesn't see some new computer technology or other roll out of the starting gates, but when that technology is called the "Open-PC," Linux Girl can't help but sit up and pay attention. Sure enough, the Open-PC is billed as the first PC for everyday use "built by the Linux ...

CRM and the Hospitality Sector: It’s All About Value

Major hotel chains have been wooing travelers for years with CRM tools focused mainly on "loyalty" or rewards programs. The CRM programs help hotels and resorts determine which customers patronize the same hospitality brand on a regular basis. Those frequent customers accumulate points that can be e...

Breaking Into the Security Job Market

Regardless of the state of the economy, information security remains a top concern for consumers worked up about their information, for businesses seeking to protect that information, and for job-seekers looking for the next big thing. Even during the recession, the demand for information security-...

PODCAST

How Smart Can Analytics Get?

New architectures for data and logic processing are ushering in a game-changing era of advanced analytics. These new approaches support massive data sets to produce powerful insights and analysis -- yet with unprecedented price-performance. As we enter 2010, enterprises are including more forms of d...

YouTube Slowly Sundances Into New Rental Territory

The movie industry loves a gala premiere, with red carpets, paparazzi and Klieg lights sweeping a glittering marquee. YouTube's announcement this week of its new movie rental strategy is about as far away from that scenario as you can get. Instead of the commercial first-run features that are popula...

The Byzantine Art of Password Protection

Although news of data breaches and computer hacks make headlines almost daily, individual users and companies too often simply don't protect their passwords strongly enough. Most users tend to select simple or common passwords or leave the default passwords of hardware and software they purchase unc...

THIS WEEK IN TECH

Google and the Freedom Business

We're now in week two of Google's high-profile battle with China, and the stakes have risen high enough to catch the attention of no less than the U.S. Secretary of State herself, Hillary Rodham Clinton. She cheered on Google's stance in a speech Thursday, saying, "Censorship should not be in any wa...

Google-China Skirmish Mushrooms Into Foreign Policy Brawl

American companies need to take a stand against censorship on the Internet, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Thursday in a speech on Internet freedom delivered at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. "Censorship should not be in any way accepted by any company from anywhere," Clinton sai...

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FOSS Feats and Follies: Q&A With Red Hat Fedora Project Leader Paul Frields

Red Hat Linux and the Fedora Project developers will soon introduce core technological improvements to provide better desktop environments and video driver support in the upcoming release of both the commercial and the free open source operating systems later this year. The first weekend in December...

OPINION

The Rise of Digital Maoism

One might guess that a computer scientist who is touted as a pioneer of virtual reality would be a fan of that whole social media thing. After all, Jaron Lanier works as a genius-in-residence of sorts at Microsoft, which is one of several big companies pushing cloud computing, the technological inno...

PODCAST

FOSS Feats and Follies: Q&A With Red Hat Fedora Project Leader Paul Frields

Red Hat Linux and the Fedora Project developers will soon introduce core technological improvements to provide better desktop environments and video driver support in the upcoming release of both the commercial and the free open source operating systems later this year. The first weekend in December...

Sir Tim Unveils Slick UK Government Services Site

Move over Data.gov. The United Kingdom has unveiled its own version of an open source database for its citizens, and the U.S. version pales in comparison. The site, data.gov.uk, which has been running in beta since last September, opened to the public this week to much fanfare. The brainchild of Web...

EXPERT ADVICE

End-to-End Encryption: Beyond PCI Compliance

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard has undoubtedly made a significant improvement to the security of cardholder account numbers and other sensitive information within the payment card infrastructure. The standard lays out a strong set of requirements that merchants, acquirers and proce...

Nokia Headbutts Android With Free Nav App

Harried by shrinking sales and the increasing popularity of Android smartphones, Nokia on Thursday announced that it is now offering a new version of its Ovi Maps mobile navigation app for free. The offering makes detailed maps available for more than 180 countries; it also has turn-by-turn voice na...

Amazon Unlikely to Fire Up Devs With Kindle App Store

Amazon on Thursday announced it will launch a limited beta version of its Kindle software development kit so developers can create applications for its Kindle e-reader. The beta will be available next month, and the SDK will include sample code, documentation and a Kindle simulator that will run on ...

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