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

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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

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ghoti
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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