anstei writes: "Apparentely the bittorrent tracker demoinoid.com is offline, because the company where they rent their servers was threatened by the CRIA, the canadion version of the RIAA. See http://www.demonoid.com/"
PRC Banker writes: "This week a new social API is being launched: Open Social.
"Open Social is an open web API that can be supported by two kinds of developers: * Containers — social networking systems like Ning, Orkut, LinkedIn, Hi5, and Friendster; * Apps — applications that want to be embedded within containers — for example, the kinds of applications built by iLike, Flixster, Rockyou, and Slide." I think this is pretty big news.
IT071872 writes: "According to PC World, Several weeks after rival Microsoft Corp. rolled out Windows Vista to consumers, Apple Inc. has updated iTunes to run on the new operating system — although "a few" problems still remain, Apple said yesterday.
The company also issued a security update for its QuickTime multimedia player software, patching eight vulnerabilities; According the Apple warning, all could be used to execute arbitrary code, a scenario most researchers equate with a critical threat.
More than a month ago, Apple warned Microsoft Corp.'s Vista users to stay away from iTunes — the software for buying music tracks and loading tunes onto iPods — until further notice."
Anonymous Reader writes: It is very interesting to see a narrative on how software pros in India milk the shortage of qualified manpower in the country. With a lot of software development happening there, good people are in short supply as in any other field in any other country. It is a job seekers market and the writer puts in a funny spin to his poor experience.
scifience writes: "Earlier today the new royalty rates for US-based webcasters were announced by the Copyright Royalty Board. Under the new system, a station with just 1000 listeners will be charged over $150,000 a year in royalties. The worst part? The rates are effective retroactively to the beginning of 2006. The royalties were proposed and will be collected by RIAA-backed SoundExchange. Luckily, the rates are still subject to appeal. More information on the changes and what can be done to stop the RIAA from destroying internet radio here."
cloudscout writes: "The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped over 400 points today. While there were various valid financial reasons for such a decline, some of the blame is being placed on computer systems that couldn't keep up with the abnormally high volume at the New York Stock Exchange and the resulting tremor as they switched over to a backup system. In other words, Dow Jones got Slashdotted."