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+ - The Rise and Fall of Swivel.com->

An anonymous reader writes: The visualization website Swivel.com disappeared from the web this summer, despite thousands of active users and many thousands of data sets and embedded visualizations. Only about a month before that, the visualization startup Verifiable.com had closed as well. To find out what these failures mean for the commercial data visualization space, I tracked down and interviewed Swivel's founders. Among the fascinating (and, frankly, shocking) revelations: despite four million dollars in funding, they ended up with fewer than ten paying users.
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+ - Skype BIOS Access due to DRM, Stops Doing It

ghoti writes: "As reported on /., Skype was recently found to read the BIOS, and there was much speculation as to the reasons. It turns out that it's due to DRM, and Skype blames a their new "Extras Gallery" plug-in manager. They have since upgraded that one to at least not access the BIOS anymore. The bad aftertaste of DRM and big-brothering remains, though."

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