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Journal: Philadelphia Requiring Business Licenses for Bloggers

Journal by vmxeo

To Marilyn Bess, her website is a hobby. Between her blog and infrequent contributions to, over the last few years she says she'Âï½Â½ÃÂ(TM)s made about $50. To the city of Philadelphia, it'Âï½Â½ÃÂ(TM)s a potential moneymaker, and the city wants its cut.

In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license. According to Andrea Mannino of the Philadelphia Department of Revenue, in fact, simply choosing the option to make money from ads â" regardless of how much or little money is actually generated â" qualifies a blog as a business.

Technology (Apple)

Journal: New MacBooks include HDCP; Won't let you watch iTunes Movies

Journal by vmxeo
New Macbook users have been introduced to another level of DRM recently when trying to watch some movies downloaded from iTunes. Ars Technica first picked up the story after a teacher complained he couldn't watch Hellboy 2 on a classroom projector. (It was not mentioned whether he intented to watch it by himself or show it to his class). Many users on the Apple Support forums have also reported this same problem. New Macbooks include HDCP, and a number of new and older movies on iTunes are flagged not to play if a non-HDCP compliant display device is attached to the notebook.

Journal: Microsoft Office 2007 Fails OOXML Conformance Tests

Journal by vmxeo

Alex Brown, head of th ISO OOXML standard group, revealed in a blog posting last week that Microsoft Office 2007 fails conformance testing with its own ISO OOXML standard.

In short:

"Word documents generated by today's version of MS Office 2007 do not conform to ISO/IEC 29500"

Alex goes on to wonder at the end of his posting how well most other word processors would fare with ODF.

Groklaw has also weighed in with comments on the not-entirely-surprising reveltation.


Journal: Microsoft's fast track bid for OOXML standarization rejected 1

Journal by vmxeo
Microsoft's push for fast-track approval of its OOXML document format as an ISO standard has failed, according to a news article from PC World. The proposal now must be reworked to address comments made during the voting process and will be up for another vote by ISO members early next year. Details on the voting outcome can also be found at Groklaw, and you can read Microsoft's spin on the outcome here.

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