The Bush administration has proposed that websites that post sexually explicit material have a mandatory official government warning label on their pages. The proposal states that commercial websites would have to have the labels to be devised by the Federal Trade Comission on each sexually explicit page. Sites that fail to do so could face up to five years of imprisonment.
The Smashing Pumpkins have announced on their website that they have begun writing songs for their new album. Although there is no official word about the band’s lineup, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlain have signed a management deal using the Pumpkins name. This will be the band’s first album since 2000.
Opera Software has rolled out the first public beta of its Opera 9 program. The new program includes support for BitTorrent, widgets, and a customizable ad blocker. The browser has become an increasingly popular alternative to Microsoft’s internet explorer.