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The RIAA Will Die in 2008 – Mashable
I realize lots of folks have been predicting the imminent demise of the RIAA and the music industry since the inception of Napster and yet both are still here and still treating legitimate customers as criminals – or at least as potential criminals. Sure individuals have tried to fight the RIAA`s questionable lawsuits and SWAT like tactics but there has yet to be a smack down of any substance to put them in their place. The clear answer to the question, though, is yes. Somehow, a couple bits of news have gone without much notice in 2007 that have to me signaled that the end is near for the music gestapo.
Up to 70% of files exchanged between Saudi teenagers’ mobile phones contain pornography, according to a study in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom. The study quoted in Arab News focussed on the phones of teenagers detained by religious police for harassing girls. The same researcher also found that 88% of girls say they have been victims of harassment using Bluetooth technology. Saudi Arabia has toughened penalties for misuse of mobile phones which challenge its strict social traditions.
A tiny assembly line that powers the whip-like tail of sperm could be harnessed to send future nanobots or other tiny medical devices zooming around the human body, according to a preliminary research report. Borrowing a page from reproductive biology, the proof-of-principle study offers a peek at how nanotechnology might overcome the problem of supplying energy to the envisioned menagerie of nanobots, implants and smart probes aimed at releasing disease-fighting drugs, monitoring enzymes and performing other medical roles within a patient`s body.
Eased Rules on Tech Sales to China Questioned – New York Times
Six months ago, the Bush administration quietly eased some restrictions on the export of politically delicate technologies to China. The new approach was intended to help American companies increase sales of high-tech equipment to China despite tight curbs on sharing technology that might have military applications. But today the administration is facing questions from weapons experts about whether some equipment â newly authorized for export to Chinese companies deemed trustworthy by Washington â could instead end up helping China modernize its military. Equally worrisome, the weapons experts say, is the possibility that China could share the technology with Iran or Syria. The technologies include advanced aircraft engine parts, navigation systems, telecommunications equipment and sophisticated composite materials.
Wikipedia Founder Brings Search Project – Associated Press
The founder of Wikipedia says taking the online encyclopedia’s collaborative approach into the field of search won’t dethrone Google Inc. or another major search engine – at least not soon. After months of talk and a few weeks of invitation-only testing, Wikia Search is to open to the general public next week. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says his goal is to let volunteers improve search technology collectively, the way Wikipedia lets anyone add or change entries, regardless of expertise.
Extracting the BitTorrent DNA – We Fixed The Glitch
BitTorrent, Inc. describes their DNA as ‘a content delivery service that uses a secure, private, managed peer network to power faster, more reliable, more efficient delivery of richer content. BitTorrent DNA works with your existing CDN or origin servers, seamlessly accelerating your downloads or HTTP media streams.’Source: http://www.bittorrent.com/dna/ I describe the DNA as ‘a figment of their imagination’ …..
Toshiba joins the IBM semiconductor alliance – Heise Online
Toshiba has become the seventh member of IBM’s joint development alliance, which already includes AMD, Chartered, Freescale, Infineon and the world’s second largest chip manufacturer, Samsung. (Sony has now left, and STMicroelectronics has a separate cooperation agreement with IBM). Toshiba has collaborated with IBM before, namely on the development of the 90, 65, 45 and 32nm technology for the Cell Broadband Engine. Here, however, the companies are dealing with silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology, as used by AMD for its AMD64 processors. Toshiba will also be working on a process for manufacturing 32nm CMOS chips on cheaper bulk silicon wafers, although this is an area in which Toshiba also cooperates with NEC. All partner companies are sending some of their employees to the IBM East Fishkill centre in New York state. The NanoTech Institute, not far from the University of Albany, is also involved in developing the process technology. It is possible that AMD’s future Luther Forest plant may be built quite close to here.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has said releasing latest album In Rainbows solely on the internet would have been “stark raving mad”. Yorke told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme that 80% of people still buy physical releases and it was important for the band to have “an object”.
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