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Trouble for Sonic Foundry

Glenn Reynolds reports that Sonic Foundry, maker Acid music creation software and lots of other cool stuff, is in financial trouble: Well, lots of companies are, these days, but they have terrific products in their Acid music software (I did the music for my wife’s documentary, largely using Acid Pro …

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WiFi Could Kill Cellular

Cellular systems may be outdated in five years: Originally a home-and-office product designed to link up personal computers without wires, Wi-Fi is an inexpensive way to send data over the airwaves at blazing speeds. Asia’s fixed-line carriers are capitalizing on that bang-for-the-buck to offer broadband access to the Internet in …

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FCC Teleco Ruling

We mentioned last week that FCC Chairman Powell’s deregulatory agenda was in jeopardy, largely due to the efforts of fellow-Republican and Bush insider Kevin Martin. This has come to pass: With Republican FCC commissioner Kevin Martin staging a palace coup on Thursday and joining with Democrats on a key vote, …

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Very High Surfing

We live in very strange times: on the one hand the world has become a very small place and there are no longer any true terrestrial frontiers. This is the psychological foundation for the space program: we need frontiers or we begin to feel hemmed in like rats in a …

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Peer-to-Peer Takes on New Meaning

Kazaa hooks up with MatchNet for “Love and Dating” service: Dating services company MatchNet has announced it has entered into an agreement to exclusively provide an online dating channel on Kazaa. Kazaa is the leading peer-to-peer file-sharing software with 186m downloads so far, and an active community of 70m users. …

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United

What can bring AOL and Microsoft together? Spam. Since my email is publicly available via this site, I get more than my fair share of electronic diarrhea – I get a lot of wealthy Nigerians who need help moving funds – but I also keep out a lot by not …

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Tracking P2P

They may call it “fingerprinting,” but they are after your ass: For months, the digital equivalent of a postal censor has been sorting through virtually all file-swapping traffic on the University of Wyoming’s network, quietly noting every trade of an Eminem song or “Friends” episode. The technology, provided by Los …

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“Blended Threat”

DK Matai, Chairman and CEO of mi2g, on the unintended global consequences of the war with Iraq re cyberspace: “Disaffected groups are beginning to acquire the means to execute asymmetric attacks on the West through CBRN-DS means blended with conventional physical attacks. Whilst we may think in the local context, …

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Anniversary

Pass the traffic, please. Happy 1-year anniversary to Blogcritic Tom Shugart, a cool guy with a cool blog. One year is a few lifetimes in the blogging world and no small accomplishment. I guess I’ll mention that’s this month is my year anniversary as well – we launched my old …

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Digital Music Forum Update

We mentioned the upcoming Digital Music Forum a couple of weeks ago. Here’s an update: DIGITAL MUSIC FORUM The Impact of Technology on Music Business Today technology►transforming►entertainment March 3, 2003 | 9:00AM – 7:00PM | New York City The Association of the Bar of the City of New York 42 …

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