mikemuch writes: "Huge email attachments should become a thing of the past if these new online file sharing services take hold. A couple, FileCrunch and YouSendit resemble nothing more than online storage with a sharing component. Microsoft's early beta Windows Live Folders is entering the fray, offering a shared folder metaphor, while Tubes is a file-syncing service from mobile platform developer Adesso Systems that keeps files synchronized on the individual sharers' machines. Pando leverages the BitTorrent protocol, but making it private so you can share media with a chosen network of friends and colleagues rather than the whole world. The services all have free levels for file sizes ranging from 50MB to 1GB."
puk writes: MacWorld UK is reporting that Eminem's publisher is suing Apple, alleging that his label, Universal, did not have the right to authorize online sales of digital versions of Eminem's music. Therefore, they argue, Apple is violating Eminem's copyright by selling his songs through the iTunes Music Store.
Of course, if this turns out to be the case, Universal may also be on the hook for the damages, if indirectly. Looks like another case of trying to figure out whether old contracts authorize new activities...
coondoggie writes: "Face recognition as a unique biometric is growing slowly in certain corporate and consumer applications, but researchers at the University of Houston (UH) are trying to make the technology far more ubiquitous and secure: they want it to replace the dozens of personal identification numbers (PIN), passwords and credit card numbers everyone uses every day.
University researchers developed the URxD face recognition software that uses a three-dimensional snapshot of a person's face to create a unique biometric identifier. The UH designed and built a prototype field-deployable 3D face recognition system that consists of a 3dMDTM optical scanner using a 1-pod configuration, which is connected to a PC. A webcam captures a continuous video stream which is used to detect whether a person is facing the 3D camera. When the subject is facing the camera and remains relatively still for more than two seconds, the system triggers the optical scanner and the 3D data of the individual's face are captured. The system can either enroll the subject into the database, or perform a scenario-specific task. In an identification scenario, the system will display the closest 5 datasets to the operator. In a verification scenario, the system will determine whether the subject is who they claim to be, based on a preset distance threshold, UH says.
TheGreatOrangePeel writes: "So, back at the end of January, I took a friend up on his offer to grab some of his unused bandwidth and started up my very first real website. It's been slow going with a false start or two and one incident where I had the joy of being hacked. All that is said and done with; I've plugged my security hole and things have been running smoothly (on my part, at least) for a few months now. Smoothly enough, in fact, I'm about to turn my first, albeit small, profit and my growth continues to exceed my minimum goals. As long as this trend continues, the idea of registering as a business next tax season becomes more and more enticing. But this drops a lot of questions out in front of me. What kind of business is appropriate for a single owner/operator? An LLC sounds like a likely choice to offer myself legal protection, but I'm really not certain what else might be more appropriate for me. There also are a lot of companies and websites out there ready to set me up as business complete with logos, trademarks and copyrights and while, to my own surprise, I feel comfortable with one of them, It wouldn't surprise me if they're some kind of scam and I'm wondering if I wouldn't do better to flip to someplace in the yellow pages. I guess my overall questions are these: At what point does it make the most sense to become a registered business, what kind of business should I be, what kind of legal service should I seek to become a business and handle any future trademarks and copyrights, how much should I be ready to spend on such services, and what am I overlooking?"