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Movies

+ - Paramount picks HD DVD over Blu-ray

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WebHostingGuy
WebHostingGuy writes "From the article reported by MSNBC: Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. will offer next-generation DVDs in the HD DVD format and drop support for Blu-ray. "Part of our vision is to aggressively extend our movies beyond the theater and deliver the quality and features that appeal to our audience," said Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc. "I believe HD DVD is not only the affordable high-quality choice for consumers, but also the smart choice for Paramount.""
Censorship

+ - Ads Displayed in Google are Free Speech Issue

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WebHostingGuy writes "In a recent ruling from a U.S. Federal Court ads displayed by search engines are protected as free speech". In the court ruling Yahoo!, Google and Microsoft were sued by an individual demanding under the 14th Admendment that the search engines display his advertisements concerning fraud in North Carolina. The Court flatly said the search engines were exercising their 1st Admendent right of free speech in deciding what ads they want to display."
Businesses

+ - Stock Market Drop Blamed on Computer Error

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WebHostingGuy writes "Today the Dow Jones Industrial Index dropped a little over 3% in value. Stock market swings come and go but it is interesting that the sudden drop in the stock market is the result of a computer glitch. According to MSNBC, the computers running were not properly calculating trades. This led to the switch to a backup system which led to several seconds delay which impacted the Dow. Even now after the close of the market spokesmen for the NYSE Group Inc. could not confirm if all closing share prices were even valid."
Censorship

+ - Is Your Domain Registrar Free Speech Friendly?

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WebHostingGuy
WebHostingGuy writes "In an interesting follow up to the recent censorship performed when GoDaddy shut down a site because of a complaint without a court order, CNET interviewed all major domain registrars concerning their policies about shutting down sites. In the survey CNET found that the French registrar Gandi.net and New Orleans-based DirectNIC offered the most extensive guarantees against unnecessary domain name suspension. The rest refused to respond or left much to be desired."
Privacy

+ - Maine Rejects Federally Mandated ID Cards

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WebHostingGuy writes "The Commonwealth of Maine rejected the federally mandated ID cards passed by Congress. In a non-partison vote the legislature flatly stated that they would not force its citizens to use driver's licenses that comply with digital ID standards, which were established under the 2005 Real ID Act. It also asked Congress to repeal the law."
Privacy

+ - Millions of Voters Private Data Given Away

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WebHostingGuy writes "As reported by MSNBC, voters in Chicago have had their private information (date of birth, SSN, address, etc.) given away by the Chicago Board of Elections. Apparently, the Chicago Board of Elections gave out over 100 CDs with private voter information in 2003 to campaigns. Moreover, at least six other discs have been released since 2003 containing more SSNs and it is believed that this private information is stored all over computers around the city."
Mozilla

+ - Firefox 3 Alpha Available Already

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WebHostingGuy writes "On the heals of the 2.0 release Firefox has made available the alpha release of Firefox 3. A CNET editor reviews the alpha release of Firefox 3 and states that the new version of Firefox has some significant changes. Most notably are the changes to the search engine and its advanced graphics rendering capabilities. Interesting though, Firefox 3 will no longer support Windows 95, 98, and Me, Mac OS X, and all versions 10.2 and earlier."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Exec: I'd rather use a Mac

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WebHostingGuy writes "As reported by CNET a senior Microsoft Executive has found out why you should not save emails (although there are federal rules about saving emails now). In the Iowa antitrust litigation, Comes v. Microsoft, Inc. Jim Allchin stated in an email to superiors, Steve Balmer and Bill Gates, that "if I didn't work here I would buy a MAC". Mr. Allchin attempts to spin this email in his blog by stating Vista is better than ever."
Patents

+ - NTP sues Palm with Patent Infringement Suit

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WebHostingGuy writes "As reported by C|Net NTP filed a patent lawsuit against Palm asserting that Palm's products, services, systems and processes infringe on NTP's patents. Specifically, NTP is claiming that Palm infringes on seven of its patents, five of which it successfully proved RIM had violated. Palm's line of Treo smart phones, the Palm VII, Palm i700 and Palm Tungsten and their associated software applications and services, are each named as infringing on NTP's patents."
Microsoft

+ - Vista: Activate in 30 Days or Your Locked Out

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WebHostingGuy writes "In order to battle piracy users of Vista will be required to activate their new software within 30 days or be locked out of their computer. The new technology is part of Microsoft's new "Software Protection Platform," which Microsoft plans to announce on Wednesday. It will be part of future versions of all Microsoft products, but debuts in Windows Vista and Windows Server "Longhorn."
Patents

+ - Inventors try one disc for two new DVD formats

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WebHostingGuy
WebHostingGuy writes "Three Warner Brother Employess may have ended the HD/Blue-Ray format war by filing for a patent which allows the use of one disc for a CD, HD-DVD and Blue-Ray. From the article:

"The "multilayer dual optical disk" would have one layer of data in the standard CD or DVD format, a second layer able to play one high-capacity format and a third layer for the competing high-capacity format y using reflective films and reading which layer is required for playing the disc.""

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