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August 15, 2005

FAQ Clarifies VoIP

"As the popularity of voice over Internet Protocol surges, and lawmakers put more pressure on Net phone providers to fully support 911 services, many consumers are asking what exactly they need to know about the technology.

"The key to making the most of VoIP is understanding its basic forms and what you might expect to pay for them. Here are the essentials."

Ben Charny. FAQ: Demystifying VoIP. News.com. Aug. 11, 2005.

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August 09, 2005

Cyworld Takes Hold of South Korea

"There's more to online social networks than matchmaking, and South Korea's Cyworld is showing the way.

"The online service blends homepage building and social networking with a host of other online activities, including Sims-like role-playing."

Jonny Evans. Koreans Find Secret Cybersauce. Wired News. Aug. 8, 2005.

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August 08, 2005

FCC Eases DSL Rules, Mandates VoIP Wiretaps

"Federal regulators on Friday eased rules governing high-speed Internet services offered by phone companies, saying they hope it will speed Internet growth.

"Handing a significant regulatory victory to the Bell companies, the Federal Communications Commission said the carriers no longer had to provide rival Internet service providers with access to their lines at reduced rates.

"The commission said the move would foster competition by putting phone companies on an even footing with cable companies and other sellers of Internet service and would provide more incentive for phone companies to upgrade their networks and offerings."

Stephen Labaton. F.C.C. Eases High-Speed Access Rules. The New York Times. Aug. 6, 2005.

See also:
Vikas Bajaj. New Rules on Net Service May Hurt Some Providers. The New York Times. Aug. 6, 2005.

Marguerite Reardon. FCC Changes DSL Classification. News.com. Aug. 5, 2005.

Federal Communications Commission. FCC Eliminates Mandated Sharing Requirement on Incumbents’ Wireline Broadband Internet Access Services. (.pdf) (Press Release.) Aug. 5, 2005.

Related:
Electronic Frontier Foundation. FCC Issues Rule Allowing FBI to Dictate Wiretap-Friendly Design for Internet Services. Aug. 5, 2005.

Federal Communications Commission. FCC Requires Certain Broadband and VoIP Providers to Accommodate Wiretaps. (.pdf) (Press Release.) Aug. 5, 2005.

Federal Communications Commission. FCC Adopts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Communications Assistancefor Law Enforcement Act. (.pdf) (Press Release.) Aug. 4, 2004.

Electronic Privacy Information Center. Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act. No date.

Update: Declan McCullagh. FCC Schizo on DSL, Wiretapping. News.com. Aug. 8, 2005.

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IBM Embodies Corporate Podcasting

"IBM is the latest major company to embrace podcasting, the digital audio craze that allows consumers to take audio programming off the Web and listen to it on portable music players.

"The world's largest computer company said on Friday it plans to introduce a series of occasional podcasts on its investor relations site as part of a broader effort to communicate directly to its investors and the wider public about hot topics."

Editor's note IBM's System & Technology Group offers podcasts with updates on key business and IT topics.

Eric Auchard. IBM Joins Podcast Craze With Audio Think-Pieces. Reuters. Aug. 5, 2005.

IBM. IBM To Start ''IBM and The Future Of ...'' Podcasts on Investor Web Site. (Press Release.) Aug. 5, 2005.

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August 04, 2005

Nevada to Allow Wireless Gambling

"It won't be long before gamblers are shooting dice while queued up waiting to see their favorite comedian. Or playing poker and roulette under a poolside umbrella. Even a trip to the buffet will no longer keep casino patrons from playing slots.

"A law signed last month by Gov. Kenny Guinn made Nevada the first U.S. state to approve the use of wireless, handheld gambling devices at its hotel-casinos."

Associated Press. Casinos Wager on Handhelds. Wired News. Aug. 2, 2005.

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August 01, 2005

Apple Mainstreams Podcasting

"Ever since Steve Jobs returned to Apple Computer in 1997 after a 12-year absence, his company has thrived by executing the same essential formula over and over: Find an exciting new technology whose complexity and cost keep it out of the average person's life. Streamline it, mainstream it, strip away the geeky options. Take the credit.

"So far, Apple has worked this kind of magic on digital video editing, wireless networking, online music selling, RSS feeds (a kind of Web site subscription) and other technologies.

"Its latest attempt, however, will be music to an awful lot of ears. With its release of the free iTunes 4.9 software for Mac and Windows, Apple has just mainstreamed podcasting."

David Pogue. In One Stroke, Podcasting Hits Mainstream. News.com. July 31, 2005.

See also:
Ina Fried. New iTunes Hints at Coming Cell Phone Support. News.com. June 28, 2005.

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July 20, 2005

K. Matthew Dames Gives Virtual Presentation

K. Matthew Dames, managing partner of Seso Group Digital Information Advisors and the executive editor of SNTReport.com and Search & Text Mining Report, is this month's speaker for SLA's Virtual Seminar series. Dames will present the second part of a two-part series on digital collaboration projects for information professionals, "Launching A Digital Collaboration Project." The second session is Webcast live at 2:00 EST on July 20.

(The first session was Webcast on July 6, and can be viewed via an SLA Replay.)

Attendance & Registration
Want to view Dames' presentation live? Check the SLA Virtual Seminar page for more information. If you have any additional questions, e-mail SLA at learning@sla.org or call the Professional Development Center at (703) 647-4925.

This session will be taped and available for viewing within one week of the Webcast.

Description
Whatever you call it – digital collaboration, social software, social networking – working across the Web is about more than technology or devices. Ultimately, it is about developing a community of practice where people readily share their information and knowledge, regardless of distance.

Many clients and end-users will suggest that the trend toward using digital collaboration lessens the need for librarians and other information professionals. Instead, the opposite is true: online information sharing increases the need for librarians as facilitators, researchers, and knowledge managers. With some work and initiative, technology-savvy Info Pros can position themselves inside their organizations as critically important team members at a time when their value is being questioned.

This two-part series looks at the tools and issues involved in creating an effective digital collaboration environment, and shares some ideas on how best to establish a digital collaboration initiative within an organization. The first part of the series, part of SLA's Virtual Learning Series, will explain the tools and terminology of digital collaboration, and how different organizations are using these tools to improve productivity and knowledge sharing.

Slides
K. Matthew Dames. Launching A Digital Collaboration Project. (.pdf, 1.8 MB) July 20, 2005.

Coming in August 2005
Stephen E. Arnold. The Google Legacy (Tetbury, Gloucester: United Kingdom. Infonortics, 2005)

Webliography

The American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Basecamp

Salesforce.com

Google Labs

Google Short Message Service

Google Mobile

Google Code

Blogger

Functioning Form. Battle for the Web OS. July 12, 2005.

Fred Vogelstein. Gates vs. Google: Search and Destroy. Fortune. May 2, 2005.

Charles Ferguson. What's Next for Google. TechnologyReview.com. January 2005.

Relax, Everything Is Deeply Intertwingled. Weblications. Dec. 20, 2004.

Troutgirl. Google Is Good for Web Dev. Dec. 18, 2004.

Kuro5hin. Web-Apps Are the Legacy of the Future. Oct. 25, 2004.

Jon Udell. Under Gmail’s Hood. InfoWorld. Oct. 22, 2004.

Kottke.org. GoogOS, the Google Operating System. April 6, 2004.

Topix.net Weblog. The Secret Source of Google's Power. April 4, 2004.

Tim O'Reilly. Inventing the Future. O'Reilly Networks. April 9, 2002.

Martha K. Heyman. Building Successful Relationships with IT Professionals. Information Outlook. April 2001.

PaulGraham.com. The Other Road Ahead. Sept. 2001.

Adam Bosworth. Microsoft's Vision for XML. Infoloom. No date.

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Gartner: A Billion Cell Phones by 2009

"Sales of cell phones are on pace to reach a billion annually by the end of the decade, when nearly 40 percent of the world's population will own a mobile handset, according to a Gartner report."

"Asian countries will continue to play a major role in increasing the number of cell phones in circulation to 2.6 billion by 2009, the research firm estimated in the report, released Tuesday. Currently, 25 percent of all cell phones are sold in Asian countries; by decade's end, that number will be one in three, Gartner analysts said."

Ben Charny. Gartner: A Billion Cell Phones by 2009. Mobile Pipeline. July 19, 2005.

See also:
Lucas van Grinsven.. Cellphone Sales Seen at Over 1 Bln a Year by 2009. Reuters. July 19, 2005.

BBC News. Mobiles Head for Sales Milestone . July 19, 2005.

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Carrier, Middleware Provider Collaborate to Create Higher Value

"A gale force of new partnerships between carriers and mobile infrastructure providers is beginning to blow away roadblocks that slowed implementation of wire-less as a reliable, secure, and manageable platform for mission-critical enterprise applications.

"Carriers are joining with infrastructure players to extend the value of carriersˇ¦ networks while delivering the deep pockets and varied services the smaller mobile infrastructure solution providers lack.

"With these announcements, enterprise users are noticing that carriers and mobile middleware providers are changing their attitudes toward the enterprise, said Ken Dulaney, principal mobile analyst at Gartner."

Cases are mentioned in this article.

Ephraim Schwartz. Wireless Carriers Ramp Up Data Services. InfoWorld. July 18, 2005.

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July 19, 2005

TV Station Solicits Citizen Journalists

"Got a cellphone camera? You, too, can be a television journalist.

"The news staff of WABC-TV, the ABC affiliate in New York, started soliciting cellphone pictures and amateur video last week from people who witness a news event.

"The requests are being made on air by the station's anchors and on its Web site, 7online.com.

Joyce Cohen. Armed With Right Cellphone, Anyone Can Be a Journalist. The New York Times. July 18, 2005.

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July 18, 2005

Podcasting Attracts Major Media Companies

"The runaway popularity of blogging, which has turned everyday people into online news outlets, caught the media establishment off guard.

"The industry is trying not to make the same mistake with podcasting which lets nearly anyone 'broadcast' on the Internet.

"While profits remain elusive, there's a bigger prize out there the company that manages to become the go-to Web site for podcasts could gain enough leverage to strike favorable deals with proven content providers, and generate cash by charging for subscriptions and advertising."

Associated Press. Podcasting Spurs a Media 'Land Grab'. ABC News. July 16, 2005.

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Multi-Purpose Software for iPod

"Accessories for the iPod are plentiful, and now there's software to make the portable music player even more versatile.

"Roxio's The Boom Box ($50, Mac only) includes five applications that reportedly can do a lot. Windows PC owners, read on because there probably is, or will be, similar software for you, too. Let's take a look."

Linda Knapp. Spice up Your iPod with Extra Applications. Seattle Times. July 16, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Roxio's software suite.

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July 16, 2005

Clear Channel Sees Potential in Podcasts

"The San Antonio, Texas-based radio giant, Clear Channel Communications, the nation's largest with more than 1,200 stations, says the new medium has potential, both as a way to expand its reach and as a possible new source of revenue.

"Thousands of amateurs are getting into the act, with various talk and music formats, and Clear Channel is betting that its expertise in radio gives it a chance to put a large footprint on the new medium."

David B. Wilkerson. Clear Channel: Potential for Podcasts. MarketWatch. July 15, 2005.

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In Taiwan, You Can Pay by Cell Phone

"A Taiwanese government-business alliance has been working on a contactless payment system designed for small purchases. On Thursday, the group announced its first major success: mobile phones made by BenQ that can be used in the capital city of Taipei to pay for public transportation."

"The Taipei Smart Card Corp. is offering 40 people a chance to try out the mobile phones for a test run beginning Sept. 1."

Dan Nystedt. Taiwanese to Pay for Subway, Buses by Mobile Phone . InfoWorld. July 15, 2005.

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TransFlash Is Adoped as MicroSD

"SanDisk's TransFlash memory card format has been adopted by the SD Card Association as microSD, the group said Wednesday."

"SanDisk has promoted TransFlash to date as a memory expansion format for mobile phones. Because of its small size, it's better suited to mobile handsets than are larger cards, the company said.

"TransFlash slots can already be found in phones from Motorola, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics Co., Kyocera, and Sagem Communication, according to a SanDisk statement."

Martyn Williams. TransFlash Becomes MicroSD. InfoWorld. July 15, 2005.

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July 15, 2005

FAA Fights In-Flight Wirless Use

"Lawmakers yesterday urged federal aviation officials to keep a ban in place preventing the use of cell phones on airplanes because it is not clear whether the devices interfere with navigation equipment.

"A Federal Aviation Administration official said the agency won't lift its prohibition on the use of devices including cell phones, BlackBerry devices and two-way pagers, but passengers may be able to use them during flight one day."

William Glanz. Lawmakers Favor In-flight Phone Ban. Washington Times. July 15, 2005.

See also:
U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Bipartisan Opposition Voiced Against Allowing Use Of Cell Phones On Commercial Aircraft. (Press Release.) July 14, 2005.

U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “Cell Phones On Commercial Aircraft - A Nuisance Or Necessity” To Be Focus Of Congressional Oversight Hearing Thursday. (Press Release.) July 12, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior stories here and here on lifting the in-flight ban on cellphone use..

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Project Gizmo Rivals Skype

"There's a new, aptly named VoIP 'Gizmo on the Internet, setting out to compete with the phenomenally successful Skype.

"SIPphone.com Project Gizmo, launched earlier this month, is a SIP based PC-to-PC VoIP application with a basic feature set similar to Skype.

"There are Gizmo CallIn and CallOut features, which connect the application to calls coming from and going to the PSTN, as well as Gizmo-to-Gizmo calls. As a SIP-based application, though, Gizmo also lets users call other SIP-based applications."

Sean Michael Kerner. New Gizmo a Skype Killer?. WiFi Planet. July 14, 2005.

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iPod May Save Books

"At the South Huntington Public Library in South Huntington, N.Y., one of the most popular programs doesn’t involve books (in the strictest sense), or even reading (in the strictest sense). The big hit? Books on iPod.

"That folks can pick up a gadget approximately the size of a cigarette lighter at their local library, programmed with a current bestseller for their listening pleasure, is the realization of countless sci-fi movies and Philip K. Dick novels. Apple’s immensely popular iPod is making consumers more comfortable with the idea of downloading audiobooks and listening on-the-go. So could DABs—which are more accessible, hip and cost-effective than traditional formats like cassettes and CDs—be the next big thing?"

Rachel Deahl. iPod to the Rescue: Can Digital Audio Save Publishing? The Book Standard. June 29, 2005.

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PalmOne Became Palm, Officially

"PalmOne became Palm on Thursday, changing its Nasdaq stock market ticker symbol to PALM.

"PalmOne was formed when the original Palm Inc. was renamed after spinning off its Palm OS PDA operating system software business into a separate company, PalmSource, so that the software unit could concentrate on third part licensing."

Paul Kallender. PalmOne Officially Becomes Palm. InfoWorld. July 14, 2005.

See also:
Peter Rojas. The Engadget Guide to How Palm Became Palm Again. Engadget. July 14, 2005.

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Sony Slices Into iPod's Market in Japan

"Don't call it a comeback yet, but Sony Corp. has a new lineup of digital music players that are slicing into the popularity of Apple Computer's iPod device in Japan.

"While Apple remains the top seller of hard drive players in Japan, there has been a decisive momentum swing in the Japanese market, with Sony securing the top position for memory-type players in both May and June, knocking Apple and its iPod shuffle device into second place."

Nathan Layne. Sony Takes Bite Out Of Apple's iPod in Japan. Reuters. July 14, 2005.

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Congress Suggests 2009 for Digital TV Switch

"Millions of American television sets that receive only analog over-the-air broadcasts could go dark if not upgraded by Jan. 1, 2009.

"That deadline was suggested in a pair of hearings here Tuesday by members of the U.S. Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

"The committee is readying legislation expected this year that would require all American televisions to run on digital signals by the end of 2008. That would free up the analog, or 700 MHz, spectrum for other uses such as broadband services and communications for emergency workers."

Anne Broache. Digital TV Changeover Suggested for 2009. News.com. July 12, 2005.

See also:
Paul Davidson. Broadcasters Accept New Deadline for Digital TV Signals. USA Today. July 12, 2005.

Update: Gigi B. Sohn. Letter in Support of Hard Deadline for DTV Transition from Public Knowledge. Public Knowledge. July 15, 2005.

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July 14, 2005

Technology Improves Mobile Phone Reading Efficiency

"For those who have squinted to read text on their cell phones, Stanford University researchers think they have hit upon a better way: Do it one word at a time.

"The technique, known as Rapid Serial Visual Presentation, or RSVP, makes up for the tiny screens on mobile phones by presenting just one word at a time in the center of the screen for a fraction of a second before moving on to the next word.

"As a result, each word is far easier to read than is the case with standard presentations, in which a sentence or two of much smaller type scroll across the screen at a time."

Ina Fried and Michael Kanellos. Reading Phone Text One Word at a Time. News.com. July 14, 2005.

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Shareholders Approve Sprint & Nextel's Merger Plan

"Shareholders of Sprint and Nextel Communications have approved the two operators' merger plans, which will create the nation's third-largest cell phone carrier.

"About 70 percent of Nextel's shareholders and more than 90 percent of Sprint's shareholders gave the planned deal the thumbs-up during separate votes Wednesday. Sprint's proposed purchase of Nextel for about $36 billion must still be approved by the Federal Communications Commission."

Ben Charny. Sprint, Nextel Shareholders Approve Merger. News.com. July 13, 2005.

See also:
David Twiddy. Shareholders Approve Sprint, Nextel Merger. Yahoo! News. July 13, 2005

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com prior story on Sprint and Nextel's merge.

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Create a Roving Hot Spot

"When the Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., opened its gates last week to a location shoot for 'The Sopranos,' a new fixture was on display in the mobile dressing rooms - a roving Wi-Fi hot spot.

"With a device called the Junxion Box, the production company can set up a mobile multiuser Internet connection anywhere it gets cellphone service."

Johanna Jainchill. For Surfers, a Roving Hot Spot That Shares. The New York Times. July 14, 2005

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July 13, 2005

Mark Cuban Offers Podcasting Advice

"The man who became a billionaire capitalizing on the Internet's ability to deliver radio programs has some advice for the thousands of people producing podcasts: Trying to make a business out of it is a mistake.

"In comments on his Web log, Mark Cuban, the founder of Audionet - which he sold for $6 billion - says all the enthusiasm about podcasting is déjá vu from 1996."

Frank Barnako. Mark Cuban: Been There, Heard That. MarketWatch. July 11, 2005.

See also:
Blog Maverick. Podcasting. July 8, 2005.

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Samsung, LG Bridge Wireless and VoIP Calling

"Internet telephone service tiptoed a few more ssteps into the wireless realm on Tuesday as Skype and Boingo unveiled a service to enable Voice-over-Internet calls over Wi-Fi hot spots, while Samsung and LG announced plans to develop mobile phones that combine cellular and Wi-Fi technologies."

"The new technology, known as UMA for Unlicensed Mobile Access, is designed to provide better call quality indoors, where cellular signals turn weak and short-range Wi-Fi signals are strong. UMA also may lighten the load on crowded cellular networks by allowing carriers to divert phone calls from their towers."

Bruce Meyerson. Samsung, LG Nudge Wireless-VoIP Calling. Yahoo! News. July 12, 2005.

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AZ School Shelves Textbooks for Laptops

"A high school in Vail will become the state's first all-wireless, all-laptop public school this fall. The 350 students at the school will not have traditional textbooks. Instead, they will use electronic and online articles as part of more traditional teacher lesson plans."

Associated Press. Arizona School Won't Use Textbooks. MSNBC News. July 11, 2005.

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Study Proves Danger of Using Cell Phone While Driving

"A study of Australian drivers found that those using cellphones were four times as likely to be involved in a serious crash regardless of whether they used hands-free devices like earpieces or speaker phones that have been perceived as making talking while driving safer.

"The study, which is to appear in The British Medical Journal today, is the first of its kind to use actual crash data and cellphone records to show a link between talking on the phone and being seriously injured in an accident."

Jermy W. Peters. Hands-Free Cellphone Devices Don't Aid Road Safety, Study Concludes. The New York Times. July 12, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com prior story on using cellphone while driving.

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July 12, 2005

Skype & Boingo Wireless to Combine Strengths

"VoIP provider Skype and wireless hot spot operator Boingo Wireless will unveil a new initiative Tuesday that combines each company's respective technologies.

"Skype is among the most popular providers of voice over Internet Protocol software for making inexpensive or free phone calls using the Internet. Boingo Wireless, founded by EarthLink creator Sky Dayton, makes available Wi-Fi technology to dispense high-speed Internet access (it's currently used in about 13,000 locations)."

Ben Charny. Skype, Boingo Tie up in Phone Deal. News.com. July 11, 2005.

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Cell Phone Service Blocked in NY Tunnels

"New York's traffic tunnels went silent last week, figuratively speaking.

"Immediately after the terrorist bombings in London, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey abruptly cut power to the microcells that make it possible to use cell phones in the Lincoln and Holland tunnels under the Hudson River. Cell users in the heavily traveled tunnels, which connect Manhattan and New Jersey, lost service."

Leslie Cauley. NYC River Tunnels Lose Cell Service. USA Today. July 11, 2005.

Update: Reuters. Cell Phone Service Resumed in Two New York Tunnels. July 12, 2005.

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ICANN Agrees to Mobile Top-Level Domain

"Consumers will soon be able to recognize Web sites specially designed for use by mobile phones by the new '.mobi' suffix, which will be introduced alongside the popular '.com' and other top-level domain names.

The new suffix was approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) at a Luxemburg meeting on Monday."

Lucas van Grinsven. New .mobi Suffix Points to Wireless Web Sites. Reuters. July 11, 2005.

See also:
Kieren McCarthy. Mobile Net is Go with .mobi Approval. The Register. July 11, 2005.

BBC News. Mobiles Get Net Home of Their Own. July 11, 2005.

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July 11, 2005

Bloggers Capture First Draft of News

"Even as the last shockwaves of Thursday’s horrible bomb blasts ripped through London, the first photographs and eyewitness accounts had begun to circulate. But it wasn’t through the mainstream media that many of these stories and pictures first gained traction. Through photo sharing Web sites like flickr.com and individual and group blogs, the citizen journalist played as vital a role in disseminating information this week as any brand-name media outlet.

"Take, as a case study, the most instantly iconic photo to emerge from the bombings: a hazy picture of a man in a crowded, eerily lit subway tunnel, holding a handkerchief to his mouth. That picture was taken on a camera phone by Adam Stacey, by no means a professional photographer, who happened to be on the subway train that was hit in a tunnel outside the Kings Cross tube station."

Brian Braiker. History's New First Draft. Newsweek. July 9, 2005.

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Virgin Mobile Predicts Change in Wireless Music Service

"Mobile phone operators need to suspend their fantasies of becoming pay-per-song providers if the wireless music industry is to take off Daniel Schulman, the head of Virgin Mobile USA said.

"As mobile operators look to sell mobile phones with digital music players consumers should be able to freely move songs from their personal computers to these phones, he said in an interview with Reuters late last week.

"Cellphones with digital music players are expected to be the next big thing in wireless, with consumers spending about $1.5 billion within three years buying songs to play on their phones, according to estimates from research firm Ovum."

Sinead Carew. Consumers Want Unrestricted Music Phones-Virgin. Reuters. July 10, 2005.

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Sprint Rivals Blackberry with Goodlink E-Mail Service

"The rush to chip away at BlackBerry's dominance in mobile business e-mail intensifies further this week with Sprint Corp. introducing rival options from Good Technology Inc. and Seven Networks Inc.

"Good, which last month signed on Cingular Wireless to sell its service, also said Monday it is adapting its software to work with corporate e-mail systems based on IBM Lotus Notes and Domino in addition to Microsoft Exchange."

Bruce Meyerson. Sprint Adding GoodLink E-Mail Service. LATimes.com. July 11, 2005.

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What is Workplace Cellphone Etiquette?

"In the great American debate about cell phone etiquette, some of the early turf battles seem to be settled, with winners and losers falling into camps familiar from Western Civ classes. Movie theaters, funerals and libraries appear to have been carried by the cell Rousseauists, who believe the social contract forbids such things as shouting intimate details into a piece of plastic in a room full of strangers.

"Restaurants constitute a middle ground, in a state of detente. Everyone knows it's rude to use a cell phone at dinner, but civilized people do it anyway."

John Leland. Just a Minute, Boss--My Cell Phone is Ringing. The New York Times. July 10, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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July 09, 2005

Cell Phone Users Overwhelm Networks

"Reports that wireless networks became clogged Thursday morning during the horrific bomb attacks in London came as no surprise to people in the United States.

"As Londoners discovered on Thursday, an emergency puts enormous strain on wireless infrastructure.

"The question for governments and wireless companies around the world is: What can be done about keeping these networks up and running during an emergency?"

Michael Grebb. Crises Strain Cell-Phone Networks. Wired News. July 7, 2005.

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July 08, 2005

Web Responds to London Attacks

"News and blogs sites in the United Kingdom were hard hit as word of multiple explosions in London Thursday morning had concerned surfers looking for the latest word.

"The four blasts, which occurred between 8:51 and 9:47 London time, claimed a growing number of lives, and injured scores more. Officials surmised it was an al'Qaeda-style terrorist attack timed to coincide with the start of the G8 summit in the U.K.

"Once again the blogs proved themselves an invaluable resource for first-hand accounts and images of the incident, as well as other blog owners who extended their best-wishes to those involved."

Jim Wagner. Web Traffic Spikes After London Bombing. InternetNews.com. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Vauhini Vara. Bloggers and Photographers Chronicle Chaos in London. WSJ.com. July 7, 2005.

BBC News. Blogs Respond to London Blasts. July 7, 2005.

Libe Goad. Flickr Pics Capture London Terror. PCMag.com. July 7, 2005.

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Yahoo Launches SMS Search

"Yahoo on Thursday is launching more ways for users to retrieve search results from their mobile phones.

"The Sunnyvale, Calif., company is introducing an SMS (Short Message Service) option in which users can send a text message to grab specific search results in areas such as weather, stock quotes and local business information.

"It also is extending its broader Web search feature for mobile-phone browsers by supporting WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) 2.0-enabled devices, company officials said."

Matt Hicks. Yahoo Expands Mobile Search with Text Messaging. eWeek. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Gary Price. Yahoo Now Offering SMS Search Tool; Expands Reach of Mobile Web Search. SearchEngineWatch. July 7, 2005.

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Podcasting Poised for Big Future

"Market researchers and analysts continue to buoy up podcasting's future with latest figures suggesting a US audience alone of 56 million by 2010.

"Podcasts, which are only a year old, are online audio shows by amateurs and professionals which can be sent automatically to digital music players.

"The predictions also match those for growing digital music player sales."

BBC News. Podcasting Set for 'Huge Growth'. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Jack Kapica. Podcasting Audience to Skyrocket: Study. Globe & Mail. July 6, 2005.

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Qualcomm Fights Back on Broadcom's Suit

"Qualcomm on Wednesday described the recent antitrust suit filed against it by communications chip vendor Broadcom as 'meritless,' and suggested that it may fight back with further litigation of its own.

"Qualcomm and Broadcom are already locked in another legal battle. In May, Broadcom sued Qualcomm for alleged patent infringement and filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission in an attempt to ban the import of foreign-manufactured Qualcomm products, which Broadcom alleged infringed its patents. Qualcomm reiterated Wednesday that it believes Broadcom's patent infringement claims are 'without merit.'"

China Martens. Qualcomm Says Broadcom Antitrust Suit Is 'Meritless'. InfoWorld. July 6, 2005.

See also:
Reuters. Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom Claims, Eyes Legal Action. July 6, 2005.

Reuters. Broadcom Files Antitrust Lawsuit against Qualcomm. July 5, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Qualcomm's lawsuit.

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Microsoft, France Telecom Partner for Wireless

"Microsoft Corp. and France Telecom said on Wednesday the first product from their multimedia partnership was likely to be ready within a year and that they were confident of success in the venture.

"The world's largest software maker and France Telecom held a joint news conference in Paris to highlight that the partnership would initially focus on mobile phones using wireless technology and on bringing together voice, video and data over networks."

Reuters. Microsoft, France Tel Upbeat on Partnership Hopes. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Associated Press. France Telecom, Microsoft in Net Phone Deal. MSNBC News. July 7, 2005.

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July 07, 2005

Sony & McDonalds Team for PSP Deal

"McDonald's and Sony Computer Entertainment have teamed for an online/offline PlayStation Portable (PSP) giveaway called 'Only the MAC CODE Knows.'

"The promotion -- aimed at attracting a young, tech-savvy clientele -- centers on a fortune-teller-style Web site and will employ an online advertising campaign."

Pamela Parker & Enid Burns. McDonald's Promotion Offers Sony PSP to Online Entrants. ClickZ News. July 6, 2005.

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Disney, Sprint Plan Mobile Phone Service

"Milestones in a child's development usually include the first steps or a first word, but will the first cell phone call be next?

"Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday it will launch a mobile phone service next year aimed at families based upon its own line of phones, games and other family oriented entertainment.

"Analysts see it as pushing an industry trend to recruit ever-younger customers as cell phone penetration among adults approaches saturation. Disney will operate the phone service itself, buying wholesale network time from Sprint Corp."

Jon Van. Disney to Launch Mobile Phone Service. Chicago Tribune. July 6, 2005.

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LG to Use Palm OS for Smartphone

"Mobile phone manufacturer LG Electronics has agreed to use a version of the Palm OS designed by Palmsource in a future smart phone, which might be the first phone to use a Linux-based version of Palm OS that is currently under development.

"Palmsource interim CEO Patrick McVeigh had referred to a pending announcement of a new licensee last week during a conference call about Palmsource's fourth-quarter earnings results, in which the Sunnyvale, California, company swung to a profit based on a one-time gain.

"Wednesday's announcement solves that mystery, but does not address which version of Palm OS will appear in the phone."

Tom Krazit. LG Chooses Palm Operating System for Future Smart Phone. PCWorld. July 6, 2005.

See also:
Dinesh C. Sharma. LG Signs Up with PalmSource. News.com. July 6, 2005.

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Vast Opportunities for Podcasting

"The word is barely a year old, and already it seems 2005 is the year of the podcast. The marriage of portable audio players and radio broadcasting, podcasting is a kind of radio on demand. People can download audio files from the Internet and listen to them at their leisure from their iPods or other devices. Last week, Apple released its new version of software for the iPod, which includes a directory of podcasts available for download.

"Most downloads are currently free, and advertisers are just beginning to find ways to sponsor them. Even if podcasting is not yet profitable, it is finding its way into many parts of society. The opportunities are vast."

Megan Barnett. Tech Trends: Podcasting Hits the Mainstream. USNews.com. July 5, 2005.

See also:
Podcast Users Expected To Reach 60 Million In Five Years. InformationWeek. July 5, 2005.

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July 06, 2005

K. Matthew Dames Gives SLA Virtual Presentation

K. Matthew Dames, managing partner of Seso Group Digital Information Advisors and the executive editor of SNTReport.com and Search & Text Mining Report, is this month's speaker for SLA's Virtual Seminar series. Dames will present a two-part series on digital collaboration projects for information professionals, with the first live session being Webcast at 2:00 EST on July 6. and the second live session being Webcast at 2:00 EST on July 20.

Attendance & Registration
Want to view Dames' presentation live? Check the SLA Virtual Seminar page for more information. If you have any additional questions, e-mail SLA at learning@sla.org or call the Professional Development Center at (703) 647-4925.

This session will be taped and available for viewing within one week of the Webcast.

Description
Whatever you call it – digital collaboration, social software, social networking – working across the Web is about more than technology or devices. Ultimately, it is about developing a community of practice where people readily share their information and knowledge, regardless of distance.

Many clients and end-users will suggest that the trend toward using digital collaboration lessens the need for librarians and other information professionals. Instead, the opposite is true: online information sharing increases the need for librarians as facilitators, researchers, and knowledge managers. With some work and initiative, technology-savvy Info Pros can position themselves inside their organizations as critically important team members at a time when their value is being questioned.

This two-part series looks at the tools and issues involved in creating an effective digital collaboration environment, and shares some ideas on how best to establish a digital collaboration initiative within an organization. The first part of the series, part of SLA's Virtual Learning Series, will explain the tools and terminology of digital collaboration, and how different organizations are using these tools to improve productivity and knowledge sharing.

Slides
K. Matthew Dames. Digital Collaboration: Tools & Terms. (.pdf, 2.7 MB) July 6, 2005.

Webliography
Covad. "The Ringing" (Flash movie; Flash Player required.)

Salesforce.com: Hosted customer relationship management tool, with contact management, marketing campaign budgeting and analysis, and mobile and wireless capability.

Bloglines: Hosted RSS and news aggregator.

37Signals: Developer of several hosted business tools, including Backpack (a collaborative online planner and to-do list), and the highly regarded Basecamp (hosted project management application).

Thomas Bleha. Down to the Wire. Foreign Affairs. May/June 2005. ("Once a leader in Internet innovation, the United States has fallen far behind Japan and other Asian states in deploying broadband and the latest mobile-phone technology.")

Heather Green and Robert D. Hof. Picking Up Where Search Leaves Off. BusinessWeek Online. April 11, 2005. ("The time-saving trend of "tagging" is luring legions of Web surfers -- and Yahoo! ")

Daniel Terdiman. Folksonomies Tap People Power. Wired News. Feb. 1, 2005. ("The job of tags isn't to organize all the world's information into tidy categories. It's to add value to the giant piles of data that are already out there.")

Technorati: A blog index.

SNTReport.com: Seso Group LLC publication that finds, filters, summarizes important digital collaboration news six days each week.

Search & Text Mining Report: Seso Group LLC publication that finds, filters, summarizes important news about the business, technology, and law of search and search engines. Published five days each week.

Micro Persuasion: Blog of public relations executive Steve Rubel.

GM FastLane: "The FastLane blog is where you can come to read the latest, greatest musings of GM leaders on topics relevant to the company, the industry and the global economy, and -- most of all -- to our customers and other car enthusiasts."

Charlene Li. Blogging: Bubble or Big Deal? Forrester Research. Nov. 5, 2004.

Mark Pilgrim. What Is RSS? O'Reilly XML.com. Dec. 18, 2002.

Jeff Tyson. How Instant Messaging Works. HowStuffWorks. No date.

Robert Kaye. Next-Generation File Sharing with Social Networks. O'Reilly Open P2P. March 5, 2004.

Miriam Rainsford. A Musician's Take on File Sharing, DRM, and Copyleft Licensing. O'Reilly Open P2P. June 10, 2003.

Wikipedia. Founded in 2001, Wikipedia bills itself as "the free-content encyclopedia that anyone can edit."

JotSpot: A Wiki web application development through a " Microsoft Word style editing" interface. For a demonstration of JotSpot's capabilities, please see Jon Udell's Flash movie. (Flash Player required.)

Federal Communications Commission. Voice Over Internet Protocol: Frequently Asked Questions. May 24, 2005.

vSkype: Skype plugin that allows users to see who they are talking to while sharing applications, spreadsheets or photos in real time. (Windows only)

IPDrum. Its IPdrum Mobile Cable connects Skype to a mobile telephone via the mobile telephone network - allowing Skype users true mobility and worldwide calling for local rates.

Heather Wilson. Gaming for Librarians: An Introduction. (.pdf) VOYA. February 2005.

K. Matthew Dames. Commentary on New iTunes Cell Phone. SNTReport.com. July 5, 2005.

Fred Vogelstein. Gates vs. Google: Search and Destroy. Fortune. May 2, 2005. ("Bill Gates is on a mission to build a Google killer. What got him so riled? The darling of search is moving into software—and that's Microsoft's turf.")

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Time for Enterprise IM

"Enterprise instant messaging was one of those topics we thought was a no-brainer. Not only had we seen and embraced the productivity benefits of IM for editorial and management functions in our own (mostly) virtual enterprise. We also came across a few remarkable instances of organizational use of IM. Most notable was a fleet-wide deployment by the U.S. Navy that built operational communities of interest that performed beyond the call of duty.

"That was more than two years ago."

Jim Ericson. Enterprise IM: Needed, Neglected. Line56 News. June 30, 2005.

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Time for Enterprise IM

"Enterprise instant messaging was one of those topics we thought was a no-brainer. Not only had we seen and embraced the productivity benefits of IM for editorial and management functions in our own (mostly) virtual enterprise. We also came across a few remarkable instances of organizational use of IM. Most notable was a fleet-wide deployment by the U.S. Navy that built operational communities of interest that performed beyond the call of duty.

"That was more than two years ago."

Jim Ericson. Enterprise IM: Needed, Neglected. Line56 News. June 30, 2005.

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Time for Enterprise IM

"Enterprise instant messaging was one of those topics we thought was a no-brainer. Not only had we seen and embraced the productivity benefits of IM for editorial and management functions in our own (mostly) virtual enterprise. We also came across a few remarkable instances of organizational use of IM. Most notable was a fleet-wide deployment by the U.S. Navy that built operational communities of interest that performed beyond the call of duty.

"That was more than two years ago."

Jim Ericson. Enterprise IM: Needed, Neglected. Line56 News. June 30, 2005.

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Deutsche Telekom Mulls T-Mobile Sale

"Deutsche Telekom AG is exploring whether to sell its U.S. wireless operation, T-Mobile USA Inc., a move that could fetch as much as $30 billion and alter mobile-phone markets on both sides of the Atlantic.

"As the German telecom titan faces a huge bill to upgrade the technology used by its U.S. unit to keep pace with rivals, Deutsche Telekom's management board has been debating T-Mobile USA's fate, according to people close to the matter. The company has told investors in private meetings recently that it expects to make a decision by December."

Jason Singer, et al. T-Mobile USA Could Go Up for Sale. WSJ.com. July 5, 2005.

See also:
Mark Landler and Ken Belson. A Dilemma for T-Mobile: Invest Heavily or Cash Out. The New York Times. July 5, 2005.

Boris Groendahl. Deutsche Telekom May Sell T-Mobile USA. Yahoo! News. July 4, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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Outlook for Podcast Advertising

"Apple's integration of podcasting into its iTunes software has propelled the grassroots movement into the mainstream, but marketers say there are challenges to overcome before ad dollars begin pouring into podcasters' pockets.

"Among those challenges are finding ways of measuring listening and of efficiently buying ads on a medium that has so far been made up of small, fragmented audiences.

"Since podcasting uses RSS feeds for distribution -- the same mechanism popularized by blogs -- FeedBurner and other RSS-centric technology companies are at the forefront of helping podcasters build the format into a monetizable business. FeedBurner's technology measures the number of people who are subscribed to a blog's feed, reading the content of a post, or clicking through on any links. It is applying the same technology to podcasts."

Kevin Newcomb. Podcasting Ads Face Challenges. ClickZNews. July 5, 2005.

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July 05, 2005

New iTunes Cell Phone

Commentary by K. Matthew Dames, executive editor

Over the weekend, Engadget published pictures of the new iTunes-enabled cell phone that Motorola will offer soon to the public. A few thoughts occur to me. First, I am glad that Engadget was the source to break this story instead of a mainstream press outlet.

I could wax poetic here about the viability and legitimacy of the blogosphere, but I will not waste my breath nor your time. It should be settled by now that good blogs are as viable and legitimate as a good broadsheet in breaking and providing news.

Second, I thought about a keen comment Stephen E. Arnold made to me the other day, namely that he is amazed at the extent to which Apple seems to be eating Sony's lunch in the consumer electronics arena.

While it is too early to tell how well or poorly Sony's new NW-HD1 digital music player will do on the market, one cannot argue that Apple has dominated this space since it introduced the iPod in 2001. Further, Apple has been able to galvanize some level of consensus on digital music where previously there was none.

Additionally, by galvanizing the music industry on digital music, it beat Sony at its own game, on its own block: converging consumer electronics with consumer entertainment.

The reason Sony bought Columbia Records in 1988 was so that the Japanese company would control both the hardware and software ends of the home entertainment spectrum. That Apple -- a company that was written off for dead as recently as 1997 -- has trumped Sony in this area is an amazing story.

My third and final thought is, "Why would anyone want to listen to music from a sound source so awful sounding as a cell phone?" Just as I am amazed at the speed with which Apple has come up with a palatable solution in the digital music space, I am similarly amazed that the consuming public has settled for such awful sound quality.

The sound quality of AAC, Apple's proprietary sound format with which it encodes tracks in iTunes, is better than that offered by MP3. Making that comparison, though, is like comparing the horror you might feel if you dipped your new pair of Alden loafers into freshly chewed gum instead of a Labrador's curbside dump. Neither option should be reasonably acceptable.

Now, we're being offered the chance to move our compressed music from the iPod to a cell phone, an instrument on which James Earl Jones can sound hollow and feeble. I will concede that I am probably in the minority on this issue, but I'd like the digital music evolution to provide me ways in which I can improve the way my music sounds at an affordable price, rather than paying less for the sonic equivalent of the Labrador's curbside dump.

Engadget. Say Hello to the Motorola E790 Apple iTunes Phone. July 3, 2005.

See also:
Yuki Noguchi. Moving Beyond Ringtones. Washington Post. July 2, 2005.

Martyn Williams. Sony's Walkman Ready to Rival the iPod. PC World. July 1, 2004.

Alec Hanley Bemis. The Digital Devolution. Wired. July 2005.

Olga Kharif, et al. iTunes Phones: Finally, Some Noise. BusinessWeek Online. June 30, 2005.

Ina Fried. New iTunes Hints at Coming Cell Phone Support. News.com. June 28, 2005.

Arik Hesseldahl. Get Ready To Call iTunes. Forbes.com. December 16, 2004.

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Motorola Readies Linux Based Mobile Phone

"Motorola announced a new step this week in its plan to remake most of its mobile phone line with Linux, expanding use of the open-source operating system to midrange phones.

"The E895 is a flip-phone design that uses a version of Linux from MontaVista Software, said Cheryln Chin, vice president for Motorola mobile phone marketing. Motorola expects to begin shipping it in Asia in the fourth quarter of the year and in other parts of the globe after that.

"Motorola began selling Linux-powered mobile phones in 2003 but, until now, has used the OS only in high-end phones. Motorola expects to change that as software makers slim down Linux and hardware makers bulk up cell phone computing power, Chin said."

Stephen Shankland. Linux Moves Into Midrange Motorola Phones. News.com. July 1, 2005.

See also:
Linux News. Motorola Readies Tri-band Linux/Java Phone. June 27, 2005.

Stephen Shankland and Ben Charny. Linux to Power Most Motorola Phones. News.com. Feb. 23, 2003.

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Gates: Search Still Needs Improvement

"Describing a future where everyone and every system is highly connected through wireless devices and Web services, Bill Gates said Friday there is still room for improvements in search engines and the Internet.

"Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect was speaking before a conference hall here packed with over 7,000 IT professionals, government officials and students. Gates is in Singapore for the day, following a trip to Thailand.

"'We have the availability of information wherever you go, delivered by the breakthrough of wireless networks' in the office and in public areas, he said."

Eileen Yu. Gates Calls for Better Search Technology. News.com. July 1, 2005.

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Survey: Replacements Will Drive Mobile Phone Market

"Mobile phone production will continue to grow but the drivers of the business will shift from purchases by new subscribers to replacement handset purchases, a market research survey said Thursday.

"iSuppli looks for 3G phones using CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and W-CDMA as well as digital cameras and MP3 music playback phones to drive the replacement market."

TechWeb News. Replacements Will Soon Drive Mobile Phone Market. TechWeb. June 30, 2005.

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July 02, 2005

Vodafone Connects to MSN Messenger

"Vodafone Group and Microsoft have partnered to connect Vodafone's mobile phone customers with Microsoft's instant messaging service, the companies announced Thursday.

"The service will bring together more than 165 million customers of Microsoft's MSN Messenger and nearly 155 million Vodafone customers who will be able to see each other online and exchange instant messages from their PCs to mobile phones and vice versa. It is slated to go live in several European markets before the end of the year."

John Blau. Vodafone to Link Mobile Phones to MSN Messenger. InfoWorld. June 30, 2005.

See also:
Reuters. Vodafone, MSN Plan PC-to-Mobile Messaging Service. June 30, 2005.

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July 01, 2005

Blinkx Unveils Podcast Search Tool

"Search provider blinkx on Wednesday debuted a service to find podcasts and video blogs across the web, addressing the rapid proliferation of these new forms of content.

"blinkx has already introduced a search engine that finds video content, and the video blog and podcast search facilities add to its multimedia and desktop search capabilities. Users can also upload their own video blogs and podcasts to the search site.

"Like other companies, blinkx is recognizing the growing importance of podcasts as a way to bring their message to users of iPods and other portable MP3 players."

Red Herring. Blinkx Debuts Podcast Search. June 29, 2005.

See also:
Gary Price. Blinkx Now Offering Podcast Search. SearchEngineWatch. June 29, 2005.

Keith Regan. Blinkx Carves Out Niche With Podcast Search Tool. E-Commerce Times. June 29, 2005.

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June 30, 2005

T-Mobile Choose Google As Mobile Portal

"Deutsche Telekom's mobile arm T-Mobile will use Web search leader Google as the starting point for surfing the Internet on its mobile phones to promote Internet usage, T-Mobile said on Wednesday.

"T-Mobile, Europe's second-largest mobile operator, is moving to provide full Internet access on its phones, abandoning the unpopular 'walled garden' concept in which operators give access to their own choice of Web sites."

Boris Groendahl. T-Mobile Teams Up with Google For Mobile Internet. Reuters. June 29, 2005.

See also:
Mobile Pipeline Staff. T-Mobile To Use Google As Mobile Portal, Dumps 'Walled Garden'. Mobile Pipeline. June 29, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Google's mobile solution.

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Motorola Buys Sendo's Patents

"Motorola is buying U.K.-based competitor Sendo's patents and 200-employee research division in an effort to strengthen its cell phone sales in Europe and elsewhere.

"The deal, announced Wednesday, will add 50 existing Sendo patents, plus 40 that are pending, to Motorola's intellectual property portfolio. The researchers will be reassigned to a Motorola division 'while preserving the team's focus,' the company said in a statement.

"Because of 5-year-old Sendo's European roots, Motorola believes the acquisition will improve sales of Motorola handsets on the Continent, where the market is dominated by No. 1 handset maker Nokia, Motorola Mobile Devices President Ron Garriques said."

Ben Charny. Motorola Buys Sendo's Brains. News.com. June 29, 2005.

See also:
Mobile Pipeline Staff. Motorola Buys Phone-Related Assets From Sendo . Mobile Pipeline. June 29, 2005.

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June 29, 2005

New Haven for P2P Music Service

"While the technology has been vilified for making it easier to swap illegally copied music over the Internet, peer-to-peer software is increasingly being embraced by cellular phone manufacturers and service providers to help their nascent music businesses.

"Handset maker Nokia has reportedly developed peer-to-peer software that would allow sharing of text documents, photos and, eventually, music between its 6600 model phones.

"It's not just Nokia. Electronics maker Mitsubishi says it too has developed a prototype peer-to-peer phone. And three weeks ago, Canadian cell phone operator Rogers Wireless started using peer-to-peer software as a marketing tool for its music download service. Rogers lets users send the first 30 seconds of a song to a friend's cell phone. If the friend likes it, he or she can buy the rest of the song."

Ben Charny. Wireless: A Peer-to-Peer Music Asylum. News.com. June 28, 2005.

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Apple Launches iTunes 4.9 with Podcast Support

"Apple Computer today unveiled a new version of its iTunes music software and its companion online store to incorporate podcasts, a move that could bring this nascent form of personal broadcasting to a mainstream audience.

"The new iTunes contains a directory of more than 3,000 free audio programs with an eclectic mix of content, from MTV veejay Adam Curry's pioneering Daily Source Code to ESPN sports to programming from National Public Radio stations such as KCRW in Los Angeles.

"The software removes the technological hurdles that have kept podcasting a largely early-adopter phenomenon, making it easy for anyone to find and subscribe to a podcast. And every time there's a new episode, it's automatically downloaded to their Mac or PC and automatically synchronized to their iPod."

Dawn C. Chmielewski. Apple Puts Podcasting on New iTunes. San Jose Mercury News. June 28, 2005.

See also:
Charles Arthur. Apple Pushes Podcasts Through iTunes. The Register. June 28, 2005.

BBC News. Apple Brings Podcasts Into iTunes. June 28, 2005.

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Nokia, Sun Lay Out Next Step For Handsets

"At the Sun Microsystems JavaOne Developer Conference this week both Sun and Nokia laid out their plans to enhance the Java environment for the next generation of handsets."

"Code-named the Star Project, Sun appears to be focusing on consumer content with the announcement that it will work closely with NTT DoCoMo to define next-generation data services and content for consumers.

"Nokia also announced that its Series 60 Platform handsets will be upgraded from its current CLDC (Connected Limited Device Configuration) to a more capable CDC (Connected Device Configuration) in preparation for improvements to Sun's MIDP (Mobile Information Device profile) Java profile for handsets."

Ephraim Schwartz. Nokia And Sun Prep Java For Handsets. InfoWorld. June 28, 2005.

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June 28, 2005

Sun Microsystems Extends Open Source Initiatives

"Sun Microsystems flung open the doors to its code with an extension of its open sourcing initiatives.

"Monday's announcements here at JavaOne, Sun's annual developer conference, included the open-sourcing of its application server and enterprise Java technologies, along with the introduction of a new spec for business integration. Executives promised still more code to come.

"Sun announced the release of code for Java System Application Server Platform Edition 9.0 and the Java System Enterprise Server Bus (ESB). John Loicano, Sun executive vice president for software, said the two projects would let developers help create the next generation of app servers."

Susan Kuchinskas. Sun Goes Large For Open Source. Internetnews.com. June 27, 2005.

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iAnywhere's New Software Upgrades Mobile Devices

"Sybase Inc. subsidiary iAnywhere Solutions Inc. in late June will launch a new version of its Afaria mobile device management and security software that offers increased device support, better integration with Microsoft Corp.'s Systems Management Server 2003 and improved patch deployment capabilities.

"The latest version of Afaria is more tightly integrated with SMS 2003, allowing enterprises to manage PCs and mobile devices from a single console. The integration extends SMS 2003 support not only to devices based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system but also to units from Symbian Ltd. and PalmOne Inc. and to Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry devices."

Shelley Solheim. iAnywhere Tool Improves Management, Security of Mobile Devices. eWeek. June 27, 2005.

See also:
Mobile Pipeline Staff. iAnywhere Updates Mobile Device Management Product . Mobile Pipeline. June 27, 2005.

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June 27, 2005

Blackberry Battle Gets Ugly

"After months of negotiation, Research In Motion and NTP seem miles apart in figuring out a suitable deal for the BlackBerry maker to license NTP's wireless e-mail technology.

"The two have been locked in one of the largest patent infringement cases in history. But the sudden collapse of the talks still took investors and users of RIM's e-mail service by surprise. RIM lost more than $1 billion in value in two days, as many investors abandoned the stock amid the uncertainty."

Marguerite Reardon. Sending a Message to RIM. News.com. June 24, 2005.

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Group Creates Fuel-cell Guidelines

"An industry standards group that includes chip makers Intel and STMicroelectronics has published a document detailing the requirements a fuel cell technology would need to power a mobile PC, the group said in a Thursday statement.

"The new guidelines from the Mobile PC Extended Battery Life Working Group should help speed the development of longer lasting fuel-cell power sources for notebooks and other mobile computers, a development viewed as important for the growing popularity of Wi-Fi and other wireless Internet technologies."

Dan Nystedt. Group Creates Fuel-cell Guidelines for Mobile PCs. InfoWorld. June 24, 2005.

See also:
Michael Kanellos. Group Concocts Fuel Cell Notebook Guideline. News.com. June 24, 2005.

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Cingular to Offer iTunes Phone

"Cingular Wireless, the No. 1 U.S. mobile service, is considering selling a Motorola Inc. cell phone that can play music using Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes music service, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

"Apple and Motorola said last summer they were working on bringing the popular iTunes service to mobile phones but Motorola has delayed unveiling its iTunes device so far amid analyst speculation about a lack of interest from operators."

Sinead Carew. Cingular Considering iTunes Phone - Sources. Reuters. June 24, 2005.

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June 25, 2005

Audible to Podcast N.Y. Times

"Digital audio publisher Audible plans to release podcasts of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the company's other periodic content via syndicated feeds.

"The podcasts--audio recordings that can be uploaded to an MP3 player--will be delivered through the Web publishing standard Really Simple Syndication, or RSS.

"Audible customers will be able to automatically schedule delivery of programming to their computers or to compatible handheld devices, the company said. Initially, the tool will be available only to Audible customers and content partners."

CNET News.com Staff. Audible to Offer New York Times Podcasts via RSS. News.com. June 24, 2005.

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June 24, 2005

VoIP Services Shift to Mobile Phones

"Jayson Jepson pays 29 cents a minute to call London on his cell phone. Wouldn't it be great, the founder of Mint Telecom asks rhetorically, if it were more like 2 cents a minute?

"Now it is, courtesy of Mint and a growing corporate coterie selling cell phone versions of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software, which is used to transform Internet connections into inexpensive home or office phone lines.

"Mint began offering a $7-a-month cell phone service two weeks ago. Skype, Vonage, IP Drum and other operators using VoIP software have caused tectonic shifts in the traditional phone-service industry. Now these same interests are dialing into cell phones, primarily because a growing number have high-speed Internet connections rivaling the performance of broadband operators, whether it's over a third-generation cell phone network or based on Wi-Fi wireless connectivity."

Ben Charney. VoIP Cozies Up to Cell Phones. News.com. June 23, 2005.

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Radio on Mobile Phones

"A small deception is being practiced in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. In those cities, 300 people who might look like typical headphone-wearing commuters are listening to the radio while stuck in traffic or holding on as their overcrowded train chugs along in the morning rush hour. But they carry a secret.

"They aren't listening to music on their portable radios, nor playing podcasts of homebrewed radio programs on their iPods. They're grooving to the radio, all right, but it's flowing from an unexpected source: their cell phones."

Olga Kharif. Dial R for Radio on Your Cell. BusinessWeek Online. June 22, 2005.

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June 23, 2005

India Portal Launches New Services to Extend Reach

"India's top portal has its eyes on a much larger audience--at home and around the world.

"Rediff.com, based in Mumbai, is launching three new services aimed at expanding its local base of 35 million registered users and boosting its international audience.

"The company, which is listed on the Nasdaq exchange, is expanding its offerings to include voice over instant messenger geared for low bandwidth connections, a social networking site, and a news site with computer and human-generated listings."

Elinor Mills. India Portal Rediff.com Branches Out. News.com. June 22, 2005.

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Wish List for Mobile Phones

"PC World's Grace Aquino has come up with a list of 10 things she believes manufacturers should do to make handsets work better. They are:

10. Improve the Design
9. Label Phones With the Model Name
8. Enable Every Aspect of Bluetooth
7. Add a USB PortˇXand Supply a Cable
6. Simplify the User Interface
5. Enhance the Speaker and the Microphone
4. Make It Easy to Unlock GSM Phones
3. Allow Data Backups on Carrier Servers
2. Improve Network Coverage, Especially for Voice Calls
1. Improve Overall Performance"

Grace Aquino. Top 10 Cell Phone Wish List. PCWorld. June 22, 2005.

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June 22, 2005

CellPhone Takes Up Driver's Attention

"Using a cellphone -- even with a hands-free device -- may distract drivers because the brain cannot handle both tasks, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday."

"Imaging tests show the brain directs its resources to either visual input or auditory input, but cannot fully activate both at the same time, the team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found.

"'Our research helps explain why talking on a cell phone can impair driving performance, even when the driver is using a hands-free device,' said Steven Yantis, a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences who led the study."

Reuters. Cellphones Take up Driver Attention, Study Finds. June 21, 2005.

See also:
John Hopkins University. Can We Really Multitask?. (Press Release.) June 21, 2005.

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Microsoft to Release PeaBody

"A low-cost smart phone from Microsoft code-named Peabody is nearing completion and will run on the recently released Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, an executive from the software giant said Tuesday.

"When the phone platform was first discussed in February, Microsoft planned to aim it at emerging markets such as India and China.

"But the company has since decided to offer it in all parts of the world, since 'everyone is interested in low costs,' said Ya-Qin Zhang, corporate vice president at Microsoft's mobile and embedded devices division."

Dan Nystedt. Microsoft's Peabody Smart Phone Nearing Completion. InfoWorld. June 21, 2005.

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Skyhook's WPS Tracks Lost Mobile Device

"Skyhook Wireless Inc. rolled out a wide area positioning system today that uses Wi-Fi networks to locate the whereabouts of laptops, smart phones, and other mobile devices. The vendor claims that its product is the first positioning system to use Wi-Fi rather than satellite or cellular-based technologies.

"The technology, which Skyhook will market to device manufacturers and application developers, could be used to help companies locate stolen or lost mobile devices that contain sensitive information such as customer data."

"Skyhook's Wi-Fi Positioning System is a reference database of more than 1.5 million private and public access points located across 25 metropolitan areas in the United States. Skyhook's software client uses the database to locate devices within 20 to 40 meters."

Elena Malykhina. Another Use For Wi-Fi: Finding Stolen Laptops. Yahoo! News. June 20, 2005

See also:
Carmen Nobel. Startup Rolls Out Wi-Fi Alternative to GPS. eWeek. June 20, 2005.

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Telemarketers Reach Out to Cell Phones

"After years of impunity, the United States' 190 million mobile telephone subscribers are now more likely than ever to encounter telemarketers - and they are finding there is not a lot they can do to stop this plague of unwanted calls.

"There was a rash of complaints to federal regulators 18 months ago when telemarketers were confused by new rules allowing people to transfer their home telephone numbers to cell phones, which then started ringing with telemarketing calls.

"Just about the only recourse a consumer has is to subscribe to the National Do Not Call Registry."

Ben Charny. The Curse of Telemarketing Plagues Mobiles. SiliconValley.com June 22, 2005.

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Unsend Embarrassing Message

"Samsung has been awarded a patent on a method of sending an SMS to a handset then being able to later send a 'delete' command to the same phone to erase the SMS from the handset memory.

"Unfortunately, the patent states that if the recipient had read the message, then hungover and presumably, panicky people cannot send a delete message and hope the recipient puts the message down to their imagination."

Cellular-News. Deleting Those Embarrassing SMS's. (Press Release.) June 21, 2005

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Marc Perton. Samsung Patents Method to Unsend SMS Messages. Engadget. June 21, 2005.

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Prepaid Wireless Plans Gain Popularity

"Prepaid wireless plans, once dogged with a reputation for targeting people with poor credit histories with extortionate calling rates, are getting a new look from some of the biggest US carriers.

"Reviving an old AT&T; Wireless brand name, Cingular Wireless late last month launched a revamped 'GoPhone

"In conventional prepaid, instead of having to sign a one- or two-year contract and pass a credit check, subscribers buy a phone and pay for calling minutes ahead of time, buying more minutes as needed or when paid-up calling time reaches its expiration date."

Peter J. Howe. Wireless Carriers Rethink Prepaid. Boston Globe. June 20, 2005.

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June 21, 2005

Podcasts Come Early to iTunes

"A new company called BadFruit has anticipated Apple Computer's plans to add podcasting support to iTunes with a software plug-in called "BadApple" that does the trick itself.

"As yet, the programmers behind the BadFruit site are remaining anonymous, although several clues point to a corporate identity. Unlike most basement-hacker projects, the software comes with a sophisticated privacy policy and terms of use that may indicate bigger plans for the future.

"For now, the plug-in provides seamless access to hundreds of podcasts inside the iTunes shell, with downloads functioning in much the same way that the iTunes music store itself works."

John Borland. 'BadApple' Podcasts First in iTunes. ZDNet.com. June 20, 2005.

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Google Comes Out with Friendly Search Mobile Device

"Google has had a site specifically geared towards the small screens on handhelds and smartphones for quite some time. However, until now, the sites that came up as a result of a search weren't necessarily ones that were very easy to display on a small screen.

"To deal with this problem, Goggle has added a new option to its mobile site. This allows users to specify that the sites that result from their searches must be mobile device-friendly.

"The Google mobile site can be found at http://www.google.com/xhtml."

Ed Hardy. Google Improves Mobile Search Site. Brighthand. June 20, 2005.

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June 20, 2005

Intercasting Launches Personal Publishing Solution

"The trouble with blogging is that bloggers are forced to think and compose at their desks.

"That is one view held by proponents of the latest twist on those Internet-based publications: mobile blogging.

"A handful of companies have begun offering software that allows people to read and write blogs on cellular phones. The concept, known in some circles as moblogging, lets bloggers take pictures, record sound and type in text while on the go."

Matt Richtel. Software Lets Bloggers Post via Cellphone. The New York Times. June 20, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Rabble software.

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Use Your Cellphone to Pay

"Already a device of multiple disguises, from camera to music player and mini-TV, the cell phone's next trick may be the disappearing wallet."

"This is already a reality in Japan, where NTT DoCoMo Inc. says 3 million cell phone subscribers use its Mobile Wallet service to buy things at 20,000 stores and vending machines."

"Similar services may be on the way in the United States and Europe. MasterCard International Inc. has been testing phone-based versions of its PayPass contactless payment technology since 2003, and may conduct a significant market trial next year."

Bruce Meyerson. Cell Phones Now Playing Role of Wallet. Yahoo! News. June 18, 2005

See also:
Michael Sciannamea. It’s A Cellphone! It’s A Wallet! It’s Both!. The Wireless Weblog. June 18, 2005.

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PalmOne Patches Treo 650

"PalmOne Inc. and Sprint Corp. have released a software update for the Treo 650 smart phone that enables Bluetooth Dial-Up Networking, so that users can use their smart phone as a modem with a Bluetooth-enabled laptop."

"The update also includes a fix to reduce the delay between when a user dials and a call is connected; new SMS sending options; and an upgraded VersaMail client, said officials."

Shelley Solheim. Sprint's Treo 650 Gets a Tuneup. eWeek.com. June 17, 2005.

See also:
Ed Hardy. Significant System Updates Released for Treo 650. Brighthand. June 17, 2005.

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June 18, 2005

Labels Introduce Copy-Protected Music in U.S.

"The record labels are in pursuit of a new class of music pirates -- not the millions who download bootlegged songs over the Internet but those who copy music CDs for their friends.

"The music industry considers the seemingly innocuous act of duplicating a music CD for someone else 'casual piracy,' a practice that surpasses Internet file-sharing as the single largest source of unauthorized music distribution. After fits and starts, the industry's largest players are taking measures to place curbs on copying."

Dawn C. Chmielewski. Music Industry Eyes 'Casual Piracy'. SiliconValley.com. June 15, 2005.

See also:
Mercury News Research. How the Protections Work. San Jose Mercury News. June 15, 2005.

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Study Identifies Work/Life Trends

"In the future, you may not have to work at the office, but that doesn't mean you won't have to work as much.

"That's the upshot of a report released on Wednesday by staffing firm OfficeTeam. The firm's 'Office of the Future: 2020' study concluded that the future office will be increasingly mobile, with technology enabling employees to perform their jobs from virtually anywhere.

"But 42 percent of executives polled in the report said they believe employees will be working more hours in the next 10 to 15 years. Only 9 percent said employees would be working fewer hours."

Ed Frauenheim. Wireless Tech May Hinder Workers' Breaks. News.com. June 15, 2005.

See also:
OfficeTeam. Office of the Future: 2020. (Press Release.) June 15, 2005.

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June 17, 2005

Podcasters Seek Legal Compromise for Music

"On Sunday, Brian Ibbott will post his 100th 'Coverville' show, a significant milestone for a home disc jockey who is serious about the future of podcasting.

"But like other music disc jockeys producing podcasts, which are radio-like shows that can be downloaded from the Internet to a computer or digital music player, he has been operating with one foot squarely in a gray area of the law.

"Most of the cover songs he programs on his show are from independent labels and bands, from whom he usually seeks and gets permission. Even Warner Bros. Records gave him a green light once last month. Yet he posts a few songs from major labels without asking, lacking the time or resources to even track down the right people to ask."

John Borland. Hopes for Legal Music Podcasts Rise. News.com. June 16, 2005.

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RIM Creates Blackberry 'Workaround'

"Research In Motion has come up with a "workaround" to skirt patents at the center of its legal battle with NTP , and the technology could be used with all existing BlackBerry email devices, the firm's co-chief executive said on Thursday.

"'We've completed the workaround,' RIM chairman and co-CEO Jim Balsillie told CNET's News.com. 'We've tested it and we have a legal opinion on it. We have it as an option.'"

"The Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM, which helped popularize mobile e-mailing with its thumb-operated BlackBerry, rattled investors earlier this month with news it failed to finalize a $450 million patent dispute settlement with closely held U.S.-based patent holding company NTP."

Michael Singer. RIM Creates Patent Workaround. News.com. June 16, 2005.

See also:
Jeffrey Hodgson. RIM NTP Workaround for Use in All BlackBerries-CEO. Reuters. June 16, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Blackberry's settlement.

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Google Launches Mobile Web Search

"Aiming to make search easier for users on the go, Google released Google Mobile Web Search on Thursday.

"The new service points users of Internet-enabled mobile devices to a special index of Web pages that have been optimized by their publishers for the small screen.

"The XHTML-based service takes advantage of the alignments of text, graphics and tables that mobile-aware publishers have created to make them easier to navigate on a mobile phone."

Susan Kuchinskas. Google Search For Tiny Screens. InternetNews.com. June 16, 2005.

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Gartner: Security Flaws in Windows Mobile 5.0

"A pair of analysts who work for market research firm Gartner say that the email system for Windows Mobile 5.0 that was unveiled last week isn't secure enough to be used safely by large companies without the addition of third-party software.

"In a research note on the Gartner web site, the analysts, Dion Wiggins and Nick Ingelbrecht, say this system doesn't do enough to protect secret information if a device is lost or stolen."

Ed Hardy. Gartner Says Microsoft's New Mobile Email System Is Not Secure. Brighthand. June 13, 2005.

See also:
Dion Wiggins and Nick Ingelbrecht. Security in Windows Mobile 5.0 Messaging Pack Disappoints. Gartner. June 9, 2005.

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Passengers Oppose In-Flight Cellphone Proposal

"Gayle James doesn't want the Federal Communications Commission to lift its in-flight ban on cellphones in airplanes, and here's why:

"'I was seated next to a very loud man who was explaining his next porn movie on his cellphone,' wrote James, of Shelton, Wash. ''Everyone on that plane was subjected to his explicit blabbering. Should cell use during flight be allowed, we had all better be prepared for a whole lot of air rage going on.'

"James's comments echo how many people -- from passengers to pilots -- feel about the FCC's proposal to allow the use of cellphones during flights."

Keith Reed. In-Flight Cellphone Proposal Hits Static. Boston Globe. June 16, 2005.

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June 16, 2005

Swindlers Defraud Companies with iPods

"Apple iPods have become the tool of choice for some fraudsters who use them to download vast quantities of corporate information either to sell to rivals or to support their own start-up operations.

"Anti-fraud experts warned yesterday that the machines, along with other music players, that boast hard drives with up to 20Gbytes of memory, could become widely used by employees to fool security officials and breach data security rules.

"In one case a recruitment agency found much of its client database had been copied to an iPods's memory and used to defraud the firm."

Phillip Inman. Fraudsters Use iPods to Steal Company Information. Guardian Unlimited. June 14, 2005.

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Samsung Combines Bluetooth and Voice Recognition

"Samsung Electronics is marrying Bluetooth wireless with voice recognition technology in a new cell phone for the European market, it said Wednesday.

"The main feature of the SGH-E620 will be the ability to place calls by saying the receiver's name into a Bluetooth headset. Voice recognition software in the phone will match this with entries in the user's phone book and proceed to place the call.

"Samsung is launching the phone in Italy, France, Germany, and Russia in June and will expand sales based on market demand."

Martyn Williams. Samsung Handset Couples Bluetooth, Voice Recognition. InfoWorld. June 15, 2005

See also:
Business Wire. Samsung Unveils Bluetooth Voice Recognition Phone. (Press Release.) June 15, 2005.

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BT Bridges Mobile and Fixed-Line Networking

"BT Group is to launch a pioneering internet phone service that allows users to switch between mobile networks and fixed-lines using a single handset.

"The service, called BT Fusion, uses a specially-equipped mobile phone to access BT's fixed-line network when making calls at home or in the office."

"Customers subscribing to BT Fusion will receive a clamshell Motorola v560 mobile handset. An access point installed in the home, called a BT Hub, will switch the mobile phone to a broadband line using Bluetooth wireless technology."

BBC News. BT to Launch Fixed-Mobile Service. June 15, 2005

See also:
Cath Everett. BT Launches Combo Fixed-Mobile Handset. News.com. June 15, 2005.

Guy Kewney. BT 'BluePhone' Fusion is better than Skype because...?. The Register. June 15, 2005.

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Ericsson, Napster to Develop Music Downloading System

"The world's biggest telecommunications equipment provider has teamed up with popular Internet music service Napster LLC to make it simpler for mobile phone operators to open up online music stores for their customers. The two companies have developed a music downloading system that operators can use to deliver full songs to their customers' mobile phones, Ericsson and Napster said Wednesday.

"Although pricing has not yet been decided, the companies will use Napster's current pricing model as a starting point, a spokesman for Ericsson said.

"The deal highlights how popular music downloads have become, fueled by better digital music quality and the ability to store ever greater amounts of songs, pictures and other data on increasingly smaller devices."

Dan Nystedt. Ericsson, Napster Team Up for Mobile Phone Music. InfoWorld. June 15, 2005.

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June 15, 2005

EMI to Launch Copy Protected CDs

"Music fans who copy CDs for all their pals, take note: It may be time to shed some friends.

"Executives at EMI Group on Monday said they planned to begin rolling out CDs with technology designed to limit copying. The technology allows buyers to burn onto CDs only three full copies of a disc's songs, and the burned discs cannot be copied.

"Sony BMG is heading even faster down the same road. About half the discs it releases in the United States today have the three-copy limit, and it plans to have a similar restriction on all its U.S. releases by the end of the year, said Thomas Hesse, president of the company's global digital music business."

Jon Healey and Charles Duhigg. CDs to Restrict Copying of Songs. LATimes.com. June 14, 2005.

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Now You Can Use Skype by Cellphone

"An invention by a Norwegian start-up company allows consumers to use their everyday mobile phones to make free long distance Skype calls over the Internet, for the price of a local call.

"The company, called IPdrum, said on Tuesday its software enables consumers to call their own personal computer (PC) from any standard mobile phone and set up a Skype call over the Internet. Skype calls can also be received on that cellphone."

Reuters. Norwegian Start-up Opens Skype to All Mobile Users. June 14, 2005.

ArriveNet. IPdrum Will Bring Skype to Mobile Phone Users Worldwide. (Press Release.) June 14, 2005

See also:
Barb Dybwad. IPdrum Bridges Skype and Cellphones. Engadget. June 14, 2005.

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Sprint, Sirius Team for Mobile Music

"Sirius Satellite Radio announced on Tuesday it signed a deal with Sprint to offer music to its cellular phone customers, marking the latest effort to turn the phone into an all-in-one communications and entertainment device.

"Sirius will distribute its music content nationwide over Sprint's cellular network, rather than as a satellite feed, said Jim Collins, a Sirius spokesman. Sprint is currently evaluating which music formats it will carry and what the service will cost its customers. The service is expected to be available later next year.

"Sirius will be available to Sprint customers who have signed up for its $15-a-month PCS Vision, an Internet service that uses Sprint's higher-speed wireless network."

Dawn Kawamoto and Ben Charny. Sprint Gets Sirius About Music. CNET News.com. June 14, 2005.

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Reuters. Sirius to Supply Music to Sprint Phones. June 14, 2005.

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N.Y. Public Library Starts Digital Library

"The New York Public Library announced Monday that it is making 700 books — from classics to current best sellers — available to members in digital audio form for downloading onto PCs, CD players and portable listening devices."

Associated Press. New York Library Offers Audio Downloads. MSNBC. June 13, 2005.

See also:
N.Y. Public Library. Kafka or Clancy for your Headphones: The NY Public Library Offers Digital Audio Books for MP3 players and Computers. (Press Release.) June 13, 2005.

Update: Reuters. N.Y. Library Audio Book Project Snubs iPod. News.com. June 14, 2005. (The files are based on Microsoft copyright protection software and will not work on Apple's iPod.)

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Digital Hospital Shows Success

"Less than two years ago, cows grazed on the Jacksonville, Fla., site of Baptist Medical Center South (BMCS). Today, physicians at the brand-new hospital make their rounds toting wireless devices to check lab results, view X-rays, update charts, order prescriptions and send and receive e-mail.

"At bedsides, nurses use wireless devices on wheels, or WOWs, to record progress notes and check doctors' orders. If they administer medicine or change a bandage, the supplies they use are electronically tracked and matched by bar code to individual patient records, enabling more accurate patient billing and automatic inventory replenishment.

"What's conspicuously absent everywhere is paper. And for a busy hospital whose staff has just a few weeks of experience working in a totally electronic environment, the overall atmosphere is strikingly tranquil."

Julia King. The Paperless Hospital -- Really!. ComputerWorld. June 13, 2005.

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June 14, 2005

Singapore to Launch 3G Drama Series

"A Singapore television station will air a romantic drama series on third-generation mobile phone handsets this month in what will be a first for Asia."

"The 30-episode Chinese drama series, produced by state-owned television firm Mediacorp and media regulator Media Authority of Singapore, will be released in three-minute episodes on 3G mobile phones at the end of June before being aired as a 90-minute television program by the start of 2006."

Reuters. Singapore to Air Asia's First Phone Drama Series. Reuters. June 14, 2005.

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Ericsson Tailors Cell Network for Planes

"Wireless device manufacturer Ericsson is putting out a new base station for in-flight usage, allowing air travelers to use their GSM cellphones on planes. The RBS 2708 base station avoids interference with the aircraftˇ¦s electronic systems, routing the calls to satellite to establish the wireless connection. The base stations will be available in 2006 at a price of about $131,000 per plane"

Barb Dybwad.
Ericsson Debuts In-flight GSM Cellphone Base Station
. Engadget. June 13, 2005

See also:
Ben Charny. Ericsson Touts Cell Network for Planes. CNET News.com. June 13, 2005.

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As Mobile Computing Rises, So Do Risks

"We prize mobile computing devices for the flexibility and convenience they provide, but mobility presents significant challenges for IT administrators charged with keeping their companies' data and networks secure—particularly as mobile devices and networks have grown more sophisticated and ubiquitous. What's more, the regulatory climate in which companies must operate is placing a greater demand on the control of corporate data.

"While these challenges make managing security on mobile devices a trickier proposition, there are ways administrators can help plug the holes that mobile devices have a way of opening in your company's security infrastructure.

"However, there's no one-size-fits-all solution, and administrators will have to take a long, hard look at each and every user—and device—accessing corporate data to ensure that all the gaps are filled."

Jason Brooks. Mobile Computing Risks Are Rising. eWeek. June 13, 2005.

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June 13, 2005

Will Social Networking Lose Its Appeal?

"Super-hyped social networking is exploding, with new ways to link up to others being added daily.

"Online social networking sites are offering a multitude of ways -- IM, e-mail, Web-based calling and video -- for members to get in touch with one another.

"It's not enough to allow people to contact one another, however. What many social networking sites are struggling with is, How do you facilitate social interactions without annoying users, big time?"

Olga Kharif. Is Social Networking Broken?. BusinessWeek Online. June 12, 2005.

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Radio Stations Seek to Exploit Podcast Buzz

"Less than a year after podcasting caught the public imagination, the radio industry is beginning to wake up and smell the money.

"Earlier this month, talk-show host Rush Limbaugh began offering podcasts of his shows for $50 a year, and competitors like The Dr. Laura Schlessinger Program may follow his lead. Meanwhile, commercial and public radio stations are trying to figure out where they fit in the podsphere and how they can make a buck by filling up your MP3 player."

Randy Dotinga. Radio Sets Eyes on Podcast Profit. Wired News. June 11, 2005.

See also:
Antony Bruno. Podcasting Lures Wary Music Biz. Reuters. June 11, 2005.

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June 11, 2005

Blackberry Settlement At Risk

"The settlement of the long-running patent infringement lawsuit between Research in Motion (RIM) and NTP appears to be coming apart.

"NTP started this suit in 2001, charging that the RIM's BlackBerry line of wireless handhelds used technology that infringed on several patents held by NTP. Earlier this year, the two companies reached a settlement. They agreed that NTP will grant RIM and its customers an unfettered right to continue its BlackBerry-related wireless business without further interference from NTP or its patents."

Ed Hardy. RIM, NTP Settlement in Jeopardy. Brighthand. June 10, 2005.

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In-Flight Cell Phones Concern Astronomers

"Using cellphones on aeroplanes could drown out faint radio signals from space, astronomers are warning. They told a US agency considering lifting in-flight restrictions on cellphones that special devices should be installed on planes to limit damage to research if the regulations change.

"US law currently prohibits aeroplane passengers from using cellphones because they may interfere with critical aircraft electronics. But the dramatic use of cellphones by passengers on the planes hijacked on 11 September 2001 spurred many people to petition the government to change this policy.

"Now two government agencies - which would probably both have to agree to lift the ban - are reviewing the issue."

Maggie McKee. Astronomers Criticise Plans to Allow Cellphone Use on Planes. New Scientist. June 2005.

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June 10, 2005

Web Services Connect Mobile Users, Online Magazines

"Two companies are combining online-only glossy magazines with mobile short message texting services to link mobile handset users to Internet publications even when they are not online.

"The companies -- Norwegian publisher Fast Forward Media Group and Belgian technology company Allisblue -- presented their new ways of connecting consumers to publications on Thursday at a conference of European publishers.

Reuters. New Services Link Mobile Users to Online Magazines. June 9, 2005.

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Roxio launches iPod Software Suite

"Digital media company Roxio is offering a software suite designed to let iPod owners fine-tune their song collections and other audio files.

"Boom Box, announced Thursday, comprises five applications, including some geared for people who want to tinker with more than just music. It's priced at $49.95.

"For those who want to delve into the trendy area of podcasting, the iPodderX application directs podcast subscriptions to a desktop from which those audio files can be transferred to Apple Computer's digital music device."

CNET News.com Staff. Roxio Software Targets iPod Users. News.com. June 9, 2005.

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Survey: Post-It Notes Win Over Technology

"In an age where computers and contact management software are prevalent,you'd expect most people to manage their contacts electronically. Then again, maybe not.

"According to Plaxo, a significant percent of people still use pen and paper to manage their contacts. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company found that 37 percent of respondents claimed that they managed their contacts with Post-It notes or a Rolodex."

Sean Michael Kerner. Can I Borrow a Pen?. InternetNews.com. June 9, 2005.

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June 09, 2005

Yahoo, Sprint Launch Mobile E-Mail Service

"Bidding to offer a low-cost alternative to the dominant mobile e-mail platform, Yahoo has teamed with mobile carrier Sprint Communications to offer mobile messaging for around US$3 per month.

"The two companies said the service would be available immediately in all markets where Sprint offers coverage. Yahoo's Web-based e-mail will be pushed to subscriber's mobile phones after they download software to their handsets.

"Customers will pay Sprint for the service as an add-on to their monthly subscription plans. The service will work with a range of phones that Sprint offers."

Keith Regan. Yahoo, Sprint Team on Inexpensive Mobile E-Mail. E-Commerce Times. June 8, 2005.

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June 08, 2005

TiVoToGo Expands Service to Microsoft Devices

"TiVo Inc. on Wednesday said it extended its TiVoToGo portable video service to pocket computers and mobile phones running Microsoft software, as the television recording company beefed up its offerings in an effort to differentiate from its rivals.

"TiVo said TiVoToGo is now available on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile-based Portable Media Centers -- paperback-sized devices that can play digital music and videos -- as well as certain Windows Mobile-based Smartphones and PocketPCs handheld computers.

"The move improves on TiVo's TiVoToGo initiative, announced earlier this year, that allows users to shift recorded TV programs to a personal computer in the same home."

Franklin Paul. TiVo Mobile Video Service Now on Microsoft Devices. Reuters. June 8, 2005.

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Jack-FM: Radio's New Frontier

"In the tradition-strangled world of commercial radio, all eyes are on that rarest of breeds: a bold new idea.

"From Seattle and San Diego to Baltimore and Buffalo, more than a dozen big-city radio stations have converted to a format known as Jack-FM over the past two months. On Friday, even legendary New York City oldies station WCBS-FM dumped '60s rock and joined the 'Jack' parade.

"Boasting they're 'like an iPod on shuffle,' the new stations typically dump their disc jockeys in favor of huge song playlists that mimic a well-stocked portable music player."

Randy Dotinga. Radio Industry Hits Shuffle. Wired News. June 6, 2005.

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BBC's 'Go Digital' to Podcast

"The BBC World Service's flagship technology radio programme, Go Digital, will be available as a podcast from today as presenter Gareth Mitchell explains."

BBC News. Go Digital Turns to Podcasting. June 6, 2005.

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June 07, 2005

Microsoft to Rival RIM With Mobile E-Mail

"Microsoft will give away software upgrades to give Outlook users access to wireless corporate email on mobile devices, in a move that could unseat mobile email leader Blackberry from Research In Motion.

"The Redmond, Washington-based software giant will make free upgrades available for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 that will lift business email and other Outlook data from corporate computers, and automatically send it to mobile phones running on Microsoft Windows software."

Lucas van Grinsven and Reed Stevenson. Microsoft Takes Aim at Blackberry with Mobile Email. Reuters. June 6, 2005.

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Apple Promises Easier Podcasting

"Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs called podcasting 'the hottest thing going in radio' on Monday and promised to make it easier for audiophiles to create and distribute the digital recordings.

"At a technology conference on Monday, Jobs previewed iTunes version 4.9. The software allows users to click on and subscribe to different podcasts, then automatically delivers the shows to any connected iPod -- far less cumbersome than the third-party applications many listeners now need.

"The newest iTunes will include a directory of podcasts, and creators will be able to register their shows with Apple's iTunes Music Store."

Rachel Konrad. Apple Vows to Make Podcasting Easier. BusinessWeek Online. June 6, 2005.

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United Gets OK to Install Wi-Fi Equipment

"United Airlines plans to announce today that it is the first domestic airline to receive approval from regulators to install wireless Internet networks on its planes.

"United passengers will not be able to take advantage of the service just yet. The airline is still at least a year away from having its in-flight Wi-Fi service up and running. When it does, sometime in mid- to late 2006, passengers will be able to check e-mail, send instant messages and surf the Web at 30,000 feet.

"Similar services are already available on international flights operated by Lufthansa and Japan Airlines, among other carriers Wi-Fi is also available in terminals across the country. Many airports, like LaGuardia in New York, charge a flat daily rate to use a wireless Internet connection, while JetBlue Airways offers free Wi-Fi at some of its gates."

Jeremy W. Peters. United Airlines Approved for In-Flight Internet Service. The New York Times. June 6, 2005.

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June 06, 2005

Virgin & BT Test Mobile TV Service

"Virgin Mobile and BT Livetime announced a partnership yesterday to pilot live digital mobile TV. The duo will work with Microsoft, Sky, Argiva and GCap Media to do a four-month trial run over the DAB digital radio network.

"The television service offers Virgin Mobile's customers access to live digital TV 24 hours a day, and features the UK's first mobile Electronic Programme Guide, so customers can see what's on now, what's on later, and even set an alert to remind them when a favorite program is about to start, up to a week ahead.

"Ultimately, Virgin Mobile TV will also let customers record their favorite programs to watch later on their mobile."

Jennifer LeClaire. Virgin Tests Mobile TV. TechNewsWorld. June 3, 2005.

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June 04, 2005

Will Sony's PSP Play Books?

"Sony Computer Entertainment may be planning to bring digitized texts to the PlayStation Portable. The company recently filed trademarks for 'PSP Comics,' 'PSP Books' and 'PSP Magazine' with the Japan Patent Office.

"These trademarks could foretell future products, or they could simply be a cautionary measure to head off possible property poachers."

Hirohiko Niizumi. E-books Coming to PSP?. News.com. June 3, 2005.

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Intel Finds Cell Communication Chip's First Customer

"More than two years after introducing its first chip for cellular phone communications, Intel Corp. finally has a customer.

"The world's largest chip maker said on Thursday that mmO2 Plc. will begin selling a music phone that uses Intel's Manitoba chip, which was originally released in February 2003.

"Intel's Manitoba chip has been widely considered a failure, having attracted no customers amid heated competition with established players like Texas Instruments Inc.."

Daniel Sorid. Intel's Cell Communications Chip Finds a Customer. Reuters. June 2, 2005.

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Newspapers Embrace Podcasting

"Desperate to reach a more mobile audience, some newspapers are turning to podcasting. A growing number now offer Internet radio programs, sending stories from their pages to iPods and other players."

National Public Radio. Papers Turn to Podcasting, the Newest of Media. All Things Considered. June 2, 2005.

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June 01, 2005

Mobile Gaming Poised for Growth

"One of the hottest-selling video games today doesn't feature photorealistic graphics, multiple plotlines or a Hollywood cast of characters. It's 'Tetris,' an old-fashioned puzzle game that has sold more than 2 million copies via downloads on cellphones.

"Mobile games like 'Tetris' are poised for rapid growth after years of being a novelty business.

"Jupiter Research estimates that U.S. sales of cellphone games will grow from just $72 million in 2004 to $430 million in 2009. IDC, which pegged sales at $345 million last year, projected that the figure would top $1.5 billion by 2008."

Alex Pham. Cellphone Game Industry Is Poised to Ring Up Big Sales. LATimes.com. May 30, 2005.

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BBC to Offer Beethoven Podcasts

"BBC Radio 3 is offering downloadable live performances of all of Beethoven's nine symphonies from next month, part of the corporation's Beethoven Experience.

"The symphonies, which were performed by the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will be available to download as MP3 files here from June 7."

Staff Brand Republic. Download to Joy as BBC offers Nine Beethoven Symphonies for Free. Digital Bulletin. May 27, 2005.

See also:
Clive Akass. BBC Offers Free Beethoven MP3 Recordings. VNunet.com. May 27, 2005.

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BCE Slams Canadian VoIP Ruling

"The head of BCE Inc., Canada's No. 1 phone company, slammed the country's telecom regulator on Tuesday for its decision this month to limit what big phone companies can charge for calls made using Internet protocol technology.

"BCE chief executive Michael Sabia said the decision would mainly help big cable companies who don't need the protection, adding the regulator failed to appreciate how much voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) phone service will shake up the industry."

Jeffrey Hodgson. BCE CEO Slams Canadian Regulator on VoIP Decision. Reuters. May 31, 2005.

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May 27, 2005

Copyright Crashes Podcast Party

In April, Chicago radio personality Steve Dahl started podcasting his afternoon show from WCKG-FM. But within weeks, his station's parent company, Infinity Broadcasting, pulled the plug. A division of Viacom, Infinity says it wants to wait until it launches companywide podcast plans by yearend before going ahead with Dahl's project.

Bloggers across the Web speculated that Infinity closed down Dahl's podcast of talk and music in part because of potential copyright violations. The Recording Industry Association of America says that while it supports new technologies, podcasters need to obtain appropriate copyright permissions.

Cathy Yang and Burt Helm. Podcasters Hit the Copyright Wall. Business Week Online. May 25, 2005.

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May 24, 2005

Jobs Promises Podcast Support in iTunes

"Apple Computer Inc. is working on a new update of its popular iTunes music software that will accommodate podcasts, Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs said Sunday night.

"The new version of iTunes will let users of Apple's music management program and integrated online music store find and download podcasts, which are homemade radio-style shows that have become a grassroots phenomenon on the Internet.

"Jobs gave a preview of the software at D: All Things Digital, an annual technology conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal. He later said the new version of iTunes won't be released for a 'few months.'

Benny Evangelista. Jobs Announces iTunes Will Accommodate Podcasts. San Francisco Chronicle. May 23, 2005.

See also:
Jim Louderback. Apple's Jobs Announces iTunes Podcast Support. eWeek. May 23, 2005.

Related:
John Shinal. The Shot Phoned Round the World. MarketWatch.com. May 23, 2005.

National Public Radio. Come One, Come All: The Rise of Podcasting. Morning Edition. May 23, 2005.

Bill Thompson. Podcasting Could be a Revolution. BBC News. May 20, 2005.

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New Arrivals to Digital Music Market

"Napster Inc. should dump its 'Do the Math' ad campaign before it gets embarrassing. By any calculation, its all-you-can-download Napster To Go service can't compete with the subscription plans just launched by RealNetworks Inc. and Yahoo Inc.

"These new offerings remedy the glaring flaw of Napster To Go -- the way it seems to serve the record labels' interests a little too well. Napster To Go's $14.95 monthly fee permits subscribers to collect all the music they want and listen to it on some Windows Media-compatible digital music players. But if they stop paying, the music stops playing -- and getting a permanent copy that can be burned to CD requires purchasing it anew at the full list price of 99 cents."

Rob Pegoraro. Music Subscription Services Reach for an Edge. WashingtonPost.com. May 22, 2005.

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May 23, 2005

The Rise of Mobile Citizen Media

"Cranking out a column after a presidential debate or publishing a prize-worthy photo of the next catastrophe just got a whole lot easier -- no matter where or who you are.

"Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and others have started to offer simple-to-use tools that let anybody with a digital camera or personal computer create blogs and produce homemade news.

"When twinned with new technology like camera phones and handheld computers, it's now possible to publish pictures or jot notes from anywhere: the street, a beach, a restaurant. Seconds later the information is posted to a Website for the world to read -- and suddenly you've got a mobile web blog, or moblog."

Paul Thomasch. PluggedIn: Homemade News Hits the Road with "Moblogs". Reuters. May 20, 2005.

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Businesses Slow to Adopt Wi-Fi

"Wi-Fi hot-spot services are popping up everywhere, and wireless carriers say they're seeing steady increases in subscription and usage of Wi-Fi hot-spots. Yet even with tens of thousands of hot-spots available to mobile workers, analysts say adoption of the technology among businesses has been slower than expected.

"Last week, Nextel Communications Inc. joined the market with a new Wi-Fi hot-spot service designed especially for mobile businesspeople. The carrier teamed up with Boingo Wireless Inc. and Wayport Inc. to provide businesses with access to more than 7,000 hot-spots in airports, hotels, convention centers, retail stores, and other locations in North America.

"More than 80% of wireless carriers now offer hot-spot services, according to research firm Gartner, and some wonder whether the market needs another provider at this time."

Elena Malykhina. Businesses Have Lukewarm View Of Wi-Fi Hot-Spots. Advanced IP Pipeline. May 20, 2005.

See also:
Mobile Pipeline Staff. Nextel Launches National Hot-Spot Service. Information Week. May 13, 2005.

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May 21, 2005

Gaming Joins Mobile Entertainment Trend

"A host of gaming developers are using the Electronic Entertainment Expo to herald the widespread availability of direct-download games for mobile phones, a sign that gaming could join digital music and other services at the forefront of the mobile commerce trend.

"Electronic Arts, which is touting eight new game titles at E3, as the gaming show is known, said it was working with major mobile phone carriers, including Verizon, to enable users to download the games and other titles to their mobile devices.

"Yahoo, meanwhile, sealed a deal with carrier Sprint to offer multiplayer, Internet-style games to mobile devices, where Yahoo's instant messaging platform will be used to enable up to 10 players to connect and play against one another."

Keith Regan. Gaming Industry Sees M-Commerce Opportunities. E-Commerce Times. May 20, 2005.

See also:
Robert MacMillan. The Video Game Industry's Strategy Guide. Washingtonpost.com. May 20, 2005.

3G Forum. Mobile Games Industry Worth US$ 11.2 Billion by 2010. May 19, 2005.

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Orange UK Launches Mobile TV Service

"Mobile phone operators should perhaps prepare themselves for a spate of lawsuits from subscribers bumping into lamp-posts after Orange yesterday became the first UK provider to announce that it would provide live television to its customers' handsets.

"Orange TV, which will run over the company's 3G network, will from Monday offer subscribers with a compatible handset an initial lineup of nine channels for a monthly fee of £10 on top of their normal bill."

Owen Gibson. Mobile Phones Become Mobile TVs as Orange Unveils New Service. Guardian Unlimited. May 20, 2005.

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May 20, 2005

More Employers Use Technology to Monitor Productivity

"Is it a crime to read me?

"No, really. Does it violate your company's Internet policy?

"Twenty-six percent of U.S. companies have fired employees for misusing the Internet on company time, while 25 percent have done the same for e-mail abuse, according to a report released Wednesday (.pdf) by the American Management Association and the ePolicy Institute."

Robert MacMillan. My Cubicle, My Cell. WashingtonPost.com. May 19, 2005.

See also:
AMA/ePolicy Institute Research. 2005
Electronic Monitoring & Surveillance Survey
. (.pdf) May 18, 2005.

Related:
Jared Sandberg. Monitoring of Workers Is Boss's Right But Why Not Include Top Brass?. WSJ.com. May 18, 2005.

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Cellphedia: A Mobile Encyclopedia

"When you need a quick fact at the office, you can always lift your head above 'the cubes' and broadcast your request to your fellow workers -- or you can reach for your cell phone and send a message to Cellphedia.

"Inspired by Wikipedia, the all-volunteer, online community encyclopedia, and Dodgeball, a cell phone-based social networking service, Cellphedia allows its members to broadcast questions to its community and receive answers, all through a mobile phone.

John P. Mello Jr. Cellphedia Melds Facts with Mobile Smart Mobs. E-Commerce Times. May 19, 2005.

See also:
Rachel Metz. Put Some Wisdom in Your Pocket. Wired News. May 11, 2005.

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May 19, 2005

Adam Curry: Everyone Wins with Podcasting

"Adam Curry's name rings a bell for a lot of people who came of age in the 1980s watching the former video jockey, who was a mainstay on MTV.

"But Curry, who left the music channel in 1994 and moved to Europe, may be remembered by even more people for his pioneering work in the emerging field of podcasting.

"Podcasting is more than a hobby for Curry, who has used it to launch a return to the airwaves this week with 'PodShow,' a new program he's hosting on Sirius Satellite Radio. The show, which is designed to showcase the best from the podcasting universe, is also Curry's own personal attempt to shake up what he sees as the homogenized landscape of corporate radio."

Alorie Gilbert. The Man Who's Got Mainstream Radio Quaking. News.com. May 18, 2005.

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Amber Alerts Available on Cellphones

"The Amber Alert system is going mobile.

"Major wireless phone companies said Tuesday that they will begin relaying the bulletins about abducted children on phones with text-messaging capabilities.

"That means the alerts -- which already reach hundreds of thousands of motorists by way of electronic highway signs -- can potentially reach millions of additional sets of eyes out of the estimated 182 million wireless subscribers nationwide."

Sam Diaz. Amber Alerts Coming to Cell Phones. San Jose Mercury News. May 18, 2005.

See also:
Tracy Ford. Wireless carriers Partner on Amber Alert Text Messages. RCRNews.com. May 17, 2005.

CITA. Wireless Industry and The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children Team Up for Child Safety. (Press Release.) May 17, 2005.

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May 18, 2005

Yahoo! Unveils New Version of Instant Messenger

"Yahoo late Tuesday will introduce a test version of instant messaging software that promotes VoIP communication and the Internet media company's new social network.

"Yahoo, whose No. 2 instant chat service has an estimated 65 million users, will offer a free update to Yahoo Messenger during its test phase. In addition to letting people send standard instant text messages, the new version is designed to make it easy to call friends free via computer, send a short text message to a mobile device, share photos or post content to a personal Web log."

Stefanie Olsen. Yahoo Tests New IM Software. News.com. May 17, 2005.

See also:
Elena Malykhina. Internet Companies Dial Into VoIP. InformationWeek. May 16, 2005.

Update: Ryan Naraine. Yahoo's 'Voice Over IM' Targets Skype. eWeek. May 18, 2005.

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Nintendo Announces Miniature Game Boy

"Nintendo, once the unrivaled king of the home video game business, released details of its planned new game console and unveiled a new mini-portable device called the Game Boy Micro.

"Nintendo's crowded event at the Kodak Theater here was aimed at taking back some of the buzz captured by Microsoft and Sony, each of which unveiled powerful next-generation game consoles within the past week. But Tuesday's display of the tiny new game player, smaller than an iPod Mini, took many by surprise. (Click here to listen to News.com reporter Rick Shim's audio report from E3.)

"The mini-console is aimed at a generation of game players increasingly accustomed to carrying tiny cell phones loaded with games in their pockets--something that's nearly impossible to do with the larger and more powerful PlayStation Portable from Sony."

Richard Shim and John Borland. Nintendo's Big E3 Surprise Comes in Little Box. News.com. May 17, 2005.

See also:
Engadget. The Game Boy Micro: What We Know. May 17, 2005.

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Radio Station Adopts All-Podcast Format

"San Francisco radio station 1550 KYCY-AM began airing programming on Monday created exclusively by listeners with podcast technology, as new and old media start to collide.

"KYOURadio may well be the first station in the nation to adopt an all-podcast format, according to Infinity Broadcasting, the station's owner."

Alorie Gilbert. S.F. Radio Station Starts Airing Podcasts. News.com. May 16, 2005.

See also:
Seth Sutel. Infinity Tries All-Podcasting Radio Format. ABC News. April 27, 2005.

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Free Mobile Service to Deliver TV to Phones

"One of the first advertising-supported television stations capable of delivering programming to cell phones is set to debut soon.

"An estimated 10 million cell phones with Windows' Media Player software inside will be able to receive and display programming from the Digital Music Video Network when it debuts in mid-June with Top 40 music videos, organizers said Tuesday.

"Rather than paying a monthly fee for the programming, all viewers need to do is wait through 15-second advertisements sandwiched between the music videos, and pay the data-service fee for downloading all those bits onto their cell phone."

Ben Charny. 'Free' TV for Your Cell Phone. News.com. May 17, 2005.

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May 17, 2005

XM Satellite Radio Surpasses 4 Million Subscribers

"XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. on Monday said it boosted subscribers to its pay- radio service by 33 percent in about 5 months to over 4 million and expects to have 5.5 million customers by the end of the year.

"Washington-based XM Satellite, No. 1 ahead of rival Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. as a provider of satellite nationwide talk, news and music stations, also said it is holding discussions with wireless carriers about offering some form of its radio service on mobile telephones."

Franklin Paul. XM Satellite Tops 4 Million Subscribers. Reuters. May 16, 2005.

Related:
Judy Artunian. Traditional Radio Fighting Wave of Competition from Digital Rivals. Chicago Tribune. May 16, 2005.

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Napster Sells Ringtones

"Digital music service Napster has unveiled a new store aimed at selling ring tones for mobile phones.

"Created in partnership with Dwango Wireless, the Napstertones service offers most ring-tone downloads for prices between $1.99 and $2.99. For now, the service is available to Cingular and T-Mobile subscribers, but the companies hope to make it more easily accessible through phone carriers' networks later this year."

John Borland. Napster Opens Ring-tone Download Store. News.com. May 9, 2005.

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May 16, 2005

Cities Uncover New Source of Revenue: Cellphone Taxes

"Last year, the City Council in Baltimore faced a budget shortfall so bad that it considered laying off 186 city police officers, reducing some fire department operations and scaling back trash collection. Then it found an untapped honey pot: cellphones.

"Starting in August, the city began collecting $3.50 a month from each of Baltimore's 238,000 mobile phone subscribers. The extra income has helped to strengthen the city's finances and is expected to help the city fix up schools and trim the property tax.

"Dozens of other cities and states have already passed cellphone taxes. Many other states and municipalities, including some in Louisiana and Missouri, are debating similar measures as they compile their budgets for the next fiscal year."

Ken Belson. In Cities Facing Budget Deficits, Cellphone Becomes a Taxpayer. The New York Times. May 14, 2005.

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Competitors Set Sights on the iPod

"Is Apple Computer's iPod headed for a fall? Microsoft seems to think so, as Bill Gates waxed pessimistically about his rival's chances in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung magazine this week.

"Sure, you have to consider the source. Microsoft is trying to get its own fledgling digital music store off the ground and it's been working with wireless handset makers to help make a dent in the portable music player market. So it's only natural to be a little suspicious.

"Then again, if you follow the Macintosh lifeline, it's easy to see how Apple's pride cost it crucial market share in its battle against IBM and its personal computer clones. Although Apple is experiencing a resurgence of popularity with its desktops right now, it obviously commands a much thinner slice of the overall computing market these days."

Rick Aristotle Munarriz. Gates Takes a Bite Out of Apple. The Motley Fool. May 13, 2005.

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May 14, 2005

Microsoft Acquires MessageCast

"MSN has bought MessageCast in a move that will give MSN Messenger more access to MessageCast's technologies and will help expand MSN alert services to new content channels, Microsoft announced this week.

"MessageCast develops broadcast messaging systems that work with real-time networks and RSS (really simple syndication) content feeds, and its technology notifies customers about information services, blog and podcast updates, and updates to MSN's alert service."

Paul Kallender. MSN Snaps Up MessageCast. PCWorld. May 13, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. MSN Buys MessageCast for Real-Time Alerts. eWeek. May 11, 2005.

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Gates: Cell Phones Will Beat Others for Music

"Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates sees mobile phones overtaking standalone MP3 players and views the raging popularity of Apple Computer's iPod player as unsustainable, he said in an interview published Thursday.

"'As good as Apple may be, I don't believe the success of the iPod is sustainable in the long run,' he said in an interview published in Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung."

Reuters. Gates Says Mobile Phones will Overtake iPods. News.com. May 12, 2005.

See also:
Ina Fried. Gates Sees Big Dollars in Little Devices. News.com. May 10, 2005.

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May 13, 2005

Google Acquires Dodgeball.com

"Google has acquired social-networking service Dodgeball, as it continues its expansion beyond search.

"Dodgeball posted a notice on its site, saying it was acquired on Wednesday. The note did not reveal financial details but did say that Dodgeball's two co-founders are 'Google superfans.'"

Margaret Kane. Google Buys Social-Networking Service. News.com. May 12, 2005.

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Stacy Cowley. Google Learns How to Play Dodgeball. PCWorld. May 12, 2005.

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IDC: PDAs Continue to Lose Ground

"Shipments of handheld computers declined for the fifth straight quarter amid growth of so-called smart phones and other devices combining organizer functions with cell phone capabilities, the research firm IDC said Wednesday.

"Worldwide shipments of personal digital assistants, or PDAs - which lack telephone capabilities - decreased to 1.9 million units in the January-March period. That's a 12.1 percent decline compared with last year's first quarter, and a 30.6 percent drop from last year's fourth quarter, Framingham-based IDC said."

Associated Press. PDAs Keep Losing Ground to Smart Phones. Forbes.com. May 11, 2005.

See also:
IDC. Handhelds Continue Decline As Converged Mobile Devices Surge Ahead, According to IDC. (Press Release.) May 11, 2005.

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RealNetworks Enters Mobile Gaming Business

"RealNetworks is entering the mobile gaming market with its $15 million acquisition of a European-based firm, executives said Wednesday.

"Seattle-based Real said it finalized its purchase of Mr.Goodliving on May 6. The Helsinki-based company distributes the Playman Sports series and the European-distribution rights for the mobile edition of Trivial Pursuit."

InternetNews.com Staff. RealNetworks Buys Into Mobile Games. InternetNews.com. May 11, 2005.

See also:
John Cook. RealNetworks Buys Finnish Mobile-Game Distributor. SeattlePI.com. May 11, 2005.

Associated Press. RealNetworks Buys Mr. Goodliving for $15M. Forbes.com. May 11, 2005.

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May 12, 2005

Tech Industry Experiences 'Work Creep'

"The traffic jam ended hours ago, the parking lot is nearly empty and fluorescent lights are dimmed at PortalPlayer Inc., where the nightly brainstorming session is about to begin.

"Instead of gathering the few remaining souls from their cubicles, three managers move into a conference room to dial India, where engineers 12 1/2 time zones ahead are just arriving in Hyderabad.

"As colleagues on opposite sides of the globe discuss circuit board configurations and debugging strategies for a project code-named 'Doppelganger,' it's just the start of another endless day for the company. Within twelve hours, Indian workers will end their day with calls and e-mails to California, where managers in the Santa Clara headquarters will just be waking up."

Rachel Konrad. For Some Techies, an Interminable Workday. Associated Press. May 10, 2005.

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W3C Launches Mobile Web Initiative

"The Web's leading standards body has launched a ground campaign to promote its mobile Web protocols in the real world.

"The W3C, or World Wide Web Consortium, on Wednesday announced its Mobile Web Initiative, a new kind of working group that will concentrate on the application of the consortium's existing recommendations for Web content written for mobile devices."

Paul Festa. W3C Launches Mobile Push. News.com. May 11, 2005.

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Overview of Podcasting

"What do the pope and Paris Hilton have in common? They're both podcasters - and you can be one too.

"Ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, podcasts are essentially do-it-yourself recorded radio programs posted online. Anyone can download them free, and, using special software, listeners can subscribe to favorite shows and even have them automatically downloaded to a portable digital music player.

"Despite what the name suggests, podcasts can be played not just on iPods but on any device that has an MP3 player program, including PC's and laptops."

John R. Quain. Now, Audio Blogs for Those Who Aspire to Be D.J.'s. The New York Times. May 12, 2005.

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May 11, 2005

Microsoft Releases Windows Mobile 5.0

"Microsoft launched its next generation Windows Mobile platform as it attempts to elevate its standing in the mobile space and tread into lucrative niche markets dominated by RIM's Blackberry and Apple's iPod.

"The platform, developed under the code name 'Magneto,' is the successor to Windows Mobile 2003 and offers more stability and reliability, as well as rich access to office applications and multimedia data from Windows-based handhelds, Gates said."

Paula Rooney. Microsoft Launches Windows Mobile 5.0. CRN. May 10, 2005.

See also:
Ina Fried. Gates Sees Big Dollars in Little Devices. News.com. May 10, 2005.

Shelley Solheim. Gates: Windows Mobile 5.0 Will Make Your Phone Smarter. eWeek. May 10, 2005.

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Yahoo to Launch Online Music Service

"Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday said it was launching a new online music subscription service, aggressively competing against providers such as RealNetworks Inc.'s Rhapsody and Napster Inc. with lower pricing.

"Yahoo said it was offering the service with an introductory price of $4.99 per month for an annual subscription, or $6.99 on a monthly basis. The service, available May 11, lets fans play tunes from a catalog of more than one million songs, transfer tracks to portable devices and share music with friends through Yahoo! Messenger."

Sue Zeidler. Yahoo Launches Music Subscription Service. Reuters. May 10, 2005.

See also:
Lisa DiCarlo. Yahoo! Takes On iTunes. Forbes.com. May 10, 2005.

Associated Press. Yahoo Readies Cheap Music Service. Wired News. May 10, 2005.

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Digital Media Holds Promise for Stakeholders

"Still using your cell phone just to make phone calls? How passé.

"If the seers are correct, within a year your cell phone will be capable of live television, music downloads and playback, videogames, storing movie clips and viewing everything from photo albums to digital home movies. In short, more than you may have ever thought possible.

"Of course, there are high hurdles to clear before all this great stuff happens--complex rights agreements, conflicting technology standards and the sometimes fractious relationship between carriers and content providers--but everyone involved has a stake in making it work.

"How big a stake? It's almost too big to put a number on."

Lisa DiCarlo. The Only Exciting Thing In Tech?. Forbes.com. May 9, 2005.

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Tiger's iSync Changes Affects Mobile Devices

"Apple recently released Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4), which includes significant changes to iSync. This affects users of The Missing Sync, Mark/Space's synchronization software for various types of handhelds.

"The changes to iSync mean that The Missing Sync for Pocket PC no longer works. This was Mark/Space's original application for Pocket PCs, and is being phased out. Development has stopped on this application, and therefore it is not compatible with Tiger."

Ed Hardy. What Mac OS X Tiger Means for Handheld Users. Brighthand. May 5, 2005.

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May 10, 2005

NYC Candidate Leverage Collaboration Tools

"It was inevitable. At some point one of us -- and by that I mean someone with a clue about technology -- would run for political office.

"I don't count Al Gore or Howard Dean, whose campaign raised vast sums when it discovered e-mail and e-commerce. I mean someone like Andrew Rasiej, one of four Democratic candidates vying for New York City's Office of Public Advocate, which advises the mayor on community relations and investigates complaints against city agencies.

"Rasiej's proposals rely heavily on developing universal Wi-Fi and wiring the subways for cell phones. He looks to the model of open source as a way for the citizenry to identify, report and fix problems -- for example, he says it's a fine idea if New Yorkers could use cell-phone cameras to report potholes to the proper authorities."

Adam L. Penenberg. The Techno Candidate. Wired News. May 5, 2005.

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Gartner: Wireless E-Mail Drives PDA Shipments

"The continuing popularity of wireless e-mail applications drove a 25 percent jump in first-quarter PDA shipments, according to new research from Gartner.

"All told, 3.4 million PDAs were shipped in the first three months of the year, up from 2.7 million during the same period last year. In addition, the average selling price (ASP) of $406 was 15 percent higher. PDAs are at their highest ASP since Gartner began calculating the metric in 2000."

Sean Michael Kerner. E-Mail Apps Power PDA Shipments. InternetNews.com. May 9, 2005.

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May 09, 2005

Copyright Issues Halt Podcast

"A local radio pro has found out that distributing his program like an amateur isn't as simple as it sounds.

"Chicago's Steve Dahl thought he could be at the forefront of the so-called podcasting trend, which was virtually unknown a year ago.

"Last month he began making his WCKG-FM 105.9 afternoon show available online as a digital audio file, so those with iPods and other portable media devices can download them and listen at leisure around the world. He used the same new technology that enables computer users to make and distribute homemade programs.

"But this re-purposing of Dahl's show has come to an abrupt halt because of copyright and royalty issues."

Phil Rosenthal. Dahl's Podcasts Halt Amid Stream of Legal Issues. Chicago Tribune. May 6, 2005.

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May 07, 2005

Podcasting Changes Broadcasting Model

"Just the other week, a San Francisco radio station — KYCY AM, owned by Infinity Broadcasting — announced that it was going to become "the world's first-ever podcasting radio station." It would broadcast (and make available online) listener-created content.

"It's an interesting idea, although one that will likely fail. You don't hear of a lot of people tuning in to late-night public access TV for a reason. And radio stations cost a lot to upkeep compared to Web sites, so it's unlikely KYCY will make enough money to keep the station going.

"But that's fine. First efforts often fail, but smart people will learn from the arrows in the pioneers' backs."

Andrew Kantor. Podcasting a Noteworthy Alternative to Plain Ol' Radio. USA Today. May 6, 2005.

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Hackers Bypass PSP Copy Protection

"It was never going to take very long, of course, but hackers have at last worked out how to bypass the copy protection scheme used by Sony to lock down content on the PlayStation Portable's Universal Media Disc (UMD).

"Piracy doesn't appear to be an issue yet, since there's no way of copying games pulled from an official 1.8GB UMD onto a fresh disc, UMD being, for now, a read-only medium."

Tony Smith. PSP Disc Protection Cracked. The Register. May 6, 2005.

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May 06, 2005

Gartner Reports Wireless E-Mail Drives PDA Increase

"The first quarter of 2005 has seen healthy growth in shipments of personal digital assistants, fueled by the rising popularity of high-end wireless gadgets, according to market researcher Gartner.

"In the January to March period, global shipments of PDAs hit 3.4 million units, a rise of 25 percent over the same period last year, Gartner said. The average selling price also rose by 15 percent in this period compared with the first quarter of 2004. At $406, the average price was the highest since 2000, when Gartner began releasing price information.

"The research firm attributed the increase to the popularity of high-end wireless models."

Dinesh C. Sharma. PDA Shipments Rise Steadily in 2005. News.com. May 5, 2005.

See also:
Gartner. Gartner Says Wireless E-Mail Applications Drive Worldwide PDA Shipments Increase 25 Percent in First Quarter of 2005. May 4, 2005.

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DRM Costs Effect Mobile Music Services

"A tussle over antipiracy technology is looming over the young mobile phone content business, with big phone companies claiming that new music and video services could be derailed as a result.

"At issue is a set of technologies aimed at protecting music and other content from being indiscriminately copied after being sold through mobile phone networks, a critical component of the new content services if record labels and movie studios are to sign on."

John Borland. Anticopying Fight Mars Mobile Music. News.com. May 5, 2005.

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May 05, 2005

A Guide for VoIP in the Home

"A few years ago, a buzz began spreading about Internet telephony, a technology allowing telephone conversations to be made across the Internet rather than exclusively over regular phone lines.

"Such calls, made at little or no expense to the caller, were portrayed as a threat to the established phone companies. More recently, Internet phone technology - also known as voice over Internet protocol, or VoIP - made inroads into businesses using heavy-duty equipment from companies like Cisco.

"Now, thanks to providers like Vonage and others, it has found its way into the home."

Daniel Terdiman. Internet Phones Arrive at Home (and Some Need No Computer). The New York Times. May 5, 2005.

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Newspapers Launch Podcasts

"Recently, I noted our modest initial podcasting effort. We're in good company: More and more newspapers and newspaper-run sites are jumping on the bandwagon all the time."

Brian Chin. Papers That Podcast. SeattlePI.com. May 4, 2005.

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May 04, 2005

Apple & Google Top Wired's Innovative List

"They're masters of technology and innovation. They're global thinkers driven by strategic vision. They're nimbler than Martha Stewart's PR team. They're The Wired 40.

"1. Apple Computer: As the world moves toward open standards, the last true believer in closed systems refuses to capitulate. Funny thing: No one is asking Apple to change.

"2. Google: The Internet's librarian turns out to be its biggest power broker. A recent post on Slashdot.org puts it neatly: "In a few years, you'll be driving your Google to the Google to buy some Google for your Google."

Duff McDonald. The Wired 40. Wired. May 2005.

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Web Searches via Mobile Phones

"A few months ago, a group of friends in Austin, Tex., were dining out when the talk turned to the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament. Someone asked, When does the first round start? No one knew.

"So Mohit Goyal, a business analyst with a software company, opened his phone and typed in a few keywords. Mr. Goyal found the answer in seconds, and the group made plans to get together for the first-round game. 'I love the fact that no matter where I am, I can get this information,' he said.

"Mr. Goyal is an early adopter of technology, and his experience is most likely to sound too good to be true to most cellular users."

Lisa Guernsey. The Cellphone's Potential as a Search Tool Gets Tapped. The New York Times. May 4, 2005.

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Forrester: Online Ad Spending to Increase

"Nearly half of U.S. marketers plan to spend less this year on newspapers, magazines, direct mail and other traditional advertising channels, so they can spend more online, a study released Tuesday showed.

"The cause for the shift is the change in consumer behavior, according to Forrester Research Inc., which published the study, 'U.S. Online Marketing Forecast: 2005 to 2010.' An increasing number of consumers are using the Web to get news, sports and entertainment reports and to buy products and services."

Antone Gonsalves. Marketers Shift Ad Spending To Online. TechWebNews. May 3, 2005.

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Pamela Parker. Study: Online Ad Budgets to Swell to $26 Billion by 2010. Click Z News. May 3, 2005.

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May 03, 2005

Engadget Grills Gates

"We couldn’t pin him down for as long as we’d have liked, but Bill sat down with us at last week’s Windows Hardware Engineering Conference for a one-on-one. The clock ran out before we were able to ask him about Portable Media Center, what smartphone he uses, and of course, getting knighted (among other things), but we were able to rap with him about the launch of the next Xbox console, whether or not Microsoft is going to come out with a competitor for the PlayStation Portable, and the future of Windows Mobile."

Engadget. The Engadget Interview: Bill Gates, Pt. 1. May 2, 2005.

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Bam! Emeril Puts Peas on Pods

Emeril Lagasse, the New Orleans chef whose Emeril Live long has been one of the most popular television shows on the Food Network, has made 1,000 of his recipes available for download onto Apple's iPod. The series, called ReciPods & Recipods Too, follows two previous dining download series: mFinder and podMeals.

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Duke Student Newspaper Criticizes iPod Giveaway

"The University’s decision to continue the iPod program is a poor one—this year has clearly shown the limited academic use of the expensive devices, the selective distribution of iPods will create undesired incentives for students to enroll in certain classes, and the timing of the announcement shows that the program is nothing more than a marketing scheme."

Editorial. Continuing iPods a Mistake. The Chronicle Online. (Duke University). April 11, 2005.

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ABC to Offer News on PSP

"In a one-two punch for PSP owners, ABC News and AtomFilms have both said they will offer free downloadable video content for Sony's new handheld.

"ABC News will soon offer video snippets on its Web site that can be downloaded and viewed on demand, similar to podcasted content popular with bloggers and owners of MP3 players. There is no word yet on exactly when ABC News will make its content available."

GameSpot Staff. ABC News, AtomFilms Offer PSP Video. News.com. May 2, 2005.

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Disneyland to Podcast 50th Anniversary Celebration

"Could podcasts one day replace broadcasts?

"The Walt Disney Co. will give the new techno-trend a boost today when it starts podcasting festivities that will lead up to Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration, which kicks off Thursday.

"'This all goes back to Walt's legacy,' said Duncan Wardle, a spokesman for Burbank-based Disney. 'Walt is the first person to put sound on animated film. And we are continuing Walt's legacy by pushing the boundaries of innovation.'"

Evan Pondel. Disney Courts the Pod People. L.A. Daily News. May 3, 2005

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May 02, 2005

Six Apart Goes Mobile With Nokia

"Six Apart, the leader in weblogging software and services, and Nokia today announced that the users of Six Apart's LiveJournal online community can easily post text to their diaries using Nokia Lifeblog, an application solution that effortlessly keeps an organized multimedia diary of items collected with your mobile phone.

"LiveJournal users with paid accounts can also enhance their diaries by uploading photos with text to their LiveJournal entries."

Mobiledia. Six Apart LiveJournal Users Can Post With Nokia Lifeblog. April 26, 2005.

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Study: TV Phones Common By 2010

"About 125 million consumers will be watching television on their mobile phone in five years from now, a new survey found on Thursday.

"Mobile television is not yet commercially available, but trials are carried out around the world, and consumers are expected to be able to pick up the first TV phones by the end of the year. Handset makers will sell 130,000 TV phones this year, rising to 83.5 million by 2010, research group Informa said."

Reuters. Survey: TV for Mobile Phones Set to Reach Masses. April 28, 2005.

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April 30, 2005

Podcasting v. Online Radio

"The sun is setting, and Mark Cuebas and Walter Anaruk are chilling in the garage, sipping Negro Modelos and talking Bucs football.

"Okay, fine, but the fact remains, they've got two question marks at quarterback," Anaruk says. 'Griese is not a question mark!' Cuebas retorts.

"This goes on for nearly 20 minutes. Then the brothers-in-law edit a recording of their debate down to 16. Within hours, the whole thing is up on Anaruk's Web site, where others can download it onto digital music players.

"It's called 'podcasting,' and it may be the first big cultural breakthrough of the iPod era."

Jay Cridlin. Podcasting: The Radio-free Radio Experience. St. Petersburg Times. April 28, 2005.

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April 29, 2005

Wiretaps Jump: Target Mobile Devices

"The number of court-authorized wiretaps jumped 19 percent last year as investigators pursued drug and other cases against increasingly tech-savvy suspects. Every surveillance request made by authorities was granted."

Devlin Barrett. Wiretaps in U.S. Jump 19 Percent in 2004. SFGate.com. April 28, 2005.

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Survey: Smart Phone Users Aware of Viruses

"Most people with smart phones are aware of emerging security threats to the devices, but many of them still keep sensitive data on them, according to a new study.

"In a survey of 300 American adults published Thursday, security company Symantec found that 73 percent of smart phones users knew about viruses and other attacks that target the devices, which marry PC-like features such as e-mail and Internet access to a mobile handset.

"In addition, more than 70 percent of respondents expressed some concern over the possibility of hackers stealing or corrupting confidential information stored on their smart phones."

Matt Hines. Smart Phone Owners are Savvy About Viruses. News.com. April 28, 2005.

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FCC To Mandate VoIP-911 Plan

"The Federal Communication Commission said it will move ahead with developing a plan to require emergency 911 calling capability on VoIP phones.

"The FCC's announcement to have 911 in place for all phones comes after Verizon and SBC already have stated that they will speed the process of providing VoIP access to 911.

"Despite such movement within the industry, FCC chairman Kevin Martin said he still will propose requirements for providers to ensure that the actions are going forward."

Elizabeth Millard. FCC To Require 911 for VoIP. NewsFactor. April 28, 2005.

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April 28, 2005

Nokia Launches Multimedia Phone

"Nokia on Wednesday announced a trio of new phones, including one that can store up to 3,000 songs.

"The N91 has an integrated 4GB hard disk and supports digital music formats including MP3, M4A, AAC and WMA, Nokia said.

"Additionally, the handset comes with a stereo headset with remote control. The N91, expected to ship by the end of the year, will also feature a 2-megapixel camera, e-mail support, a Web-browser and video-sharing capabilities, the device maker said."

Dinesh C. Sharma. Nokia to Launch Phone that Stores 3,000 Songs. News.com. April 27, 2005.

See also:
Lucas van Grinsven. Nokia Takes Aim at IPod with Premium Line of Phones. Reuters. April 27, 2005.

Sascha Segan. Nokia's N91 Targets iPod. PCMag.com. April 27, 2005.

BBC News. Nokia Offers New Range of Phones. April 27,2005.

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April 27, 2005

Two Years After iTunes, Improvements Needed

"Two years ago this coming Thursday, the online music business stopped being a joke. When Apple Computer Inc. opened its iTunes Music Store for business on April 28, 2003, people finally had a song-downloads destination that didn't treat them like crooks but did provide a fair value for the money.

"Millions of people still get their music online from a file-sharing service or site -- and in the process, put up with an often dubious selection, spyware-ridden software and the unpleasant reality that the artists who made that music won't make a cent off each such download. After two years of progress, what's still missing with the legit online stores?"

Rob Pegoraro. 5 Ways to Unleash the Music. WashingtonPost.com. April 24, 2005.

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Municipal v. Private Wi-Fi

"What if a wireless computer user could access high speed Internet anywhere -- for free? It would be just like turning on a radio and receiving a signal. That's what's happening in some areas, and others are exploring it across the nation."

National Public Radio. The Internet as a Public Utility. Talk of the Nation. April 25, 2005.

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April 26, 2005

VIsually Impaired Shut Out of Mobile Revolution

"As technology has evolved, it's become lighter, smaller and more portable. For most people, that makes it more convenient. For millions of blind and vision-impaired people, it's anything but. Blind people need a way to communicate with the machines that surround them from automated tellers to ticketing machines at train stations and airports.

"Jay Leventhal, editor in chief of AccessWorld: Technology and People with Visual Impairments, and other experts on assistive technology say there's no reason that can't happen."

Vicki Smith. The Blind Struggle As Gadgets Proliferate. WashingtonPost.com. April 23, 2005.

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Jay Leventhal. Do the iPods Have It? A Review of Apple's iPod. AccessWorld. March 2005.

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Blackberrys Become Painful

"Sandy Boyd's BlackBerry had become her passion. Now it has also become a source of pain.

"About three months ago, the National Association of Manufacturers vice president noticed that, as she started to type, the area between her thumb and wrist would begin to throb.

"Orthopedists say they are seeing an increasing number of patients with similar symptoms, a condition known as 'overuse syndrome' or 'BlackBerry thumb.' In some patients, the disability has become severe."

Amy Joyce. For Some, Thumb Pain Is BlackBerry's Stain. WashingtonPost.com. April 23, 2005.

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DRM Restrictions Frustrate Music Lovers

"UK music lovers are getting frustrated with restrictions placed on digital music tracks once they buy them from online stores, says PC Pro magazine.

"The magazine reported that people are also being turned off net music stores because of pricing and disappointing sound quality compared to CDs."

BBC News. Online Music Lovers 'Frustrated'. April 25, 2005.

See also:
Alun Williams. PC Pro Online Music Exposé: UK Public Pays Too Much for Too Little. PC Pro. April 22, 2005.

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RealNetworks to Unveil Portable Music Service

"Digital media company RealNetworks Inc. plans to unveil on Tuesday a new portable music service for digital music players as part of its subscription service portfolio, a source familiar with the plans said on Monday.

"The Seattle-based company, which operates the Rhapsody subscription music service, will now let listeners rent music on a monthly basis that can be stored on a range of supported digital music players."

Kenneth Li. RealNetworks to Launch Music on the Go - Source. Reuters. April 25, 2005.

See also:
John Borland. RealNetworks Readies New Music Service. ZDNet. April 25, 2005.

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A Portfolio of Digital Footprints

"Like many chatty, on-the-go college students, Tara Hasselbarth, 20, loves her cell phone and uses it constantly. She also is big on e- mailing pals and surfing the Net for research and shopping.

"Like many tech-savvy young people, however, the University of Tampa student has an inkling there could be a dark side to these and other convenient high-tech services that are webbed to the daily regimen of many Americans."

Richard Mullins. In Digital World, Privacy Is Being Eroded For Commercial Gain. Tampa Bay Online. April 24, 2005.

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CTIA Opposes Oregon Cell Phone Tax

"Major cell phone lobbyists have launched a campaign opposing a proposed law for Oregon municipalities to collect a 5 percent cell phone tax.

"Late last week, the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association sent letters to major Oregon lawmakers urging they defeat the tax. The proposed tax had been introduced earlier this year."

Ben Charny. Oregon Proposes Local Cell Phone Tax. News.com. April 24, 2005.

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April 23, 2005

Yahoo, Target Partner for Online Photo Service

"Yahoo on Thursday announced a new digital photo service in partnership with retail chain Target.

"The service, called Target Yahoo Photos, is designed to let people store, share and print their digital and camera-phone photos."

Dinesh C. Sharma. Yahoo, Target Team Up for Digital Photo Service. News.com. April 21, 2005.

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Laurie Sullivan. Target And Yahoo Team Up To Offer Photo Sharing And Printing. InformationWeek. April 21, 2005.

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The Missing Sync Now Available

"Software maker Mark/Space announced on Thursday the availability of The Missing Sync software for the T-Mobile Sidekick cellular device and Apple Computer's Mac OS X operating system."

Richard Shim. T-Mobile Sidekick, Mac OS X Sync Up. News.com. April 21, 2005.

See also:
Mark/Space. Mark/Space Ships The Missing Sync for Hiptop. (Press Release.) April 21, 2005.

Peter Cohen. Missing Sync comes to T-Mobile Sidekick. MacWorld. April 20, 2005.

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iTunes Mobile to Launch Soon

"Motorola CEO Ed Zander hailed a solid quarter for the phone maker and promised that the long-awaited, oft-delayed iTunes phone will debut soon.

"In a conference call to discuss the company's first-quarter results on Wednesday, Zander said the company has had 'another bang-up quarter' and will be looking to new technologies to drive growth."

Jo Best. Motorola CEO: iTunes Phone Coming Soon. News.com. April 21, 2005.

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Paul Taylor. iTunes Phone in Motorola Lineup. MSNBC News. April 21, 2005.

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Rresearchers to Help Blind Access Web

"A three-year project to improve blind access to the internet has started at Queen's University in Belfast.

"Researchers at the university are working to devise ways to guide the blind and visually impaired through the web, as part of the Enabled initiative.

"As well as schemes involving tactile display screens and audio cues, there is also the potential to use mobile devices as audio guides for the blind."

BBC News. Project to Open Internet to Blind. April 19, 2005.

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April 22, 2005

Local Search Goes Beyond Google

"Google's new local search for mobile devices is garnering a lot of press, but there are a lot of other alternatives that are worth a look.

Google's SMS service has offered local info since it launched last summer. Two other services that I've used also offer local info via SMS. They are 4info.net and Synfonic. Vazu.com allows you to cut and paste material from any web page and send the content via SMS."

Gary Price. A Roundup of Local Mobile Search Tools. Search Engine Watch. April 18, 2005.

See also:
Chris Sherman. Google Debuts Local Mobile. Search Engine Watch. April 12, 2005.

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Coldplay Goes Cellular

"Fans of British rock band Coldplay take delight in the group's lush, full sound and the keening vocals of front man Chris Martin. Fans of mobile smart phones, though, take great pleasure in personalizing their mini-machines.

"This week, the two met, thanks to an exclusive deal between the band and Cingular Wireless. Even though it may be hard for music fans of a certain vintage to believe that rich-sounding music can be channeled through the tiny, tinny speaker of a cell phone, the $209 million market -- which has nearly doubled since last year -- suggests that the mobile masses have few qualms with the sound quality."

Eric Hellweg. Coldplay Calling. TechnologyReview.com. April 15, 2005.

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Mobile Phone Providers Stalk iPod

"Mobile phones that rock, jam, thunder, and swing are on the way. Wireless operators around the globe are working with music studios, phone makers, and artists such as Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs in a sweeping effort to turn the mobile phone into a go-anywhere digital jukebox.

"Foreign carriers such as Vodafone and SK Telecom are leading the way, and U.S. wireless players are following fast. Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and Cingular Wireless are expected to unveil services for downloading music directly to wireless phones later this year.

"With innovative services and snazzier phones, the telecom players figure they can swipe a chunk of the digital music market that Apple Computer Inc. cracked open with its iconic iPod."

Roger O. Crockett, et al. iPod Killers? Business Week Online. April 25, 2005.

See also:
Business Week Online. P. Diddy Sees Bling in the Ring. April 25, 2005.

Tom Lowry. Ringtones: Music To Music Moguls' Ears. Business Week Online. April 25, 2005.

Moco.News. Death Of iPod — My Two Cents. April 19, 2005.

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April 21, 2005

Ads Coming Soon to Mobile Devices

"Sprint sees many new opportunities emerging in mobile data services in the coming years, among them the chance to sell advertising on its mobile entertainment offerings.

"Sprint offers games, TV and other mobile content today that is fully supported by customer fees. It's not clear yet what form advertising might take, whether commercials inserted into shows and games or some other delivery method, said Paul Reddick, vice president of business development, strategy and planning at Sprint PCS.

"The carrier, which agreed late last year to acquire mobile operator Nextel Communications, also sees strong potential for location-based services and the use of handsets as electronic wallets."

Stephen Lawson. Sprint Sees Advertising-Supported Mobile Services. InfoWorld. April 19, 2005.

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VoIP & Wireless Coming Together Soon

"What do you get when you combine Voice over Internet telephony, Wi-Fi wireless access and cell phones? Aside from an acronym-induced headache, you get yet another new telephone technology with the potential to concuss an industry already whipsawed by tectonic change.

"That may sound a tad dramatic, especially coming from a business known for tall predictions. Skeptics say it remains entirely unclear how and when VoIP, or Voice-over-Internet-Protocol phone service, will intertwine with cell phones and wireless Internet access _ or whether any part of the business will suffer as a result.

"And yet the appeal is obvious."

Associated Press. VoIP And Wireless: Destined To Converge. Advanced IP Pipeline. April 20, 2005.

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Verizon Launches Iobi Enterprise Tool

"Verizon Communications Inc. has unveiled tools to allow enterprise users to get their phone calls, e-mails and instant messages through a single Web-based portal.

"In an announcement yesterday, New York-based Verizon debuted its iobi Enterprise tools, which allow users to link voice and messaging services and to have real-time remote control of phone traffic, messaging alerts and other services.

"Iobi Enterprise can be accessed through a PC client, Web browser or voice portal. Workers can retrieve voice mails via their PC, forward them using e-mail and organize them with their e-mail service. Mobile workers can link their voice services with their daily schedules, enabling voice features to follow them as they travel."

Todd R. Weiss. Verizon Debuts New Iobi Enterprise Communications Tools. ComputerWorld. April 19, 2005.

See also:
Elena Malykhina. Verizon's Iobi Enterprise Lets Businesses Link Voice And Messaging Services To Numerous Devices. InformationWeek. April 19, 2005.

Verizon Communications. Verizon Simplifies Business Communications With iobi Enterprise. (Press Release.) April 18, 2005.

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April 20, 2005

Skype Goes Mobile

"A desire for wireless access will help drive the market for voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, according to speakers at the Voice on the Net Canada conference.

"Niklas Zennstrom, founder and chief executive officer of Skype, who spoke Tuesday to about 150 people at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, said Skype is working on VoIP clients that will operate on platforms like Symbian, Windows Mobile and Embedded Linux, adding dual-mode wireless handsets that work on both Wi-Fi networks – originally designed as local-area data networks using the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ 802.11 protocol – and cellular networks."

Greg Meckbach. Skype Reaches Out to Mobile Users. ITBusiness.ca. April 19, 2005.

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Increasingly, Tech Opinions Are Bought

"Corey Greenberg, tech editor for NBC's Today show, appeared last July to praise Apple's iPod as 'a great portable musical player . . . the coolest-looking one" and suggested a compatible device to "share your music with other people.'

"'Let's cut the Apple commercial here right now, okay?' co-host Matt Lauer interjected.

"Lauer was onto something. Greenberg, an NBC contributor, confirmed yesterday that he has received payments from Apple as well as Sony, Hewlett-Packard, Seiko Epson, Creative Technology and Energizer Holdings, charging $15,000 apiece to talk up their products on news shows. The contracts were first disclosed by The Wall Street Journal."

Howard Kurtz. Firms Paid TV's Tech Gurus To Promote Their Products. WashingtonPost.com. April 20, 2005.

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Coreygreenberg.com. I, iPod.

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Users Expect More From Search

"There was a time when every search site aspired to be Google. Success seemed to demand a vast, well ordered index that people could query quickly. It made finding information so easy that searching has become central to the way we use the web.

"To get inside the tin and take a look at the ingredients, a lot of users are turning to other search sites and even stand-alone programs that do a better job than the giant indexing machines of Google and its rivals in specialised areas."

Mark Ward. How to Look Beyond Search Sites. BBC News. April 18, 2005.

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April 19, 2005

Microsoft Moves Into IM

"Microsoft is betting it's not just teenagers who want to send instant messages to each other via cell phone.

"The company is working on software to allow devices that use Windows Mobile to connect to a corporate IM server running Microsoft's Live Communications Server 2005.

"In addition, rival Research In Motion plans to develop messaging software for devices that link to servers using software from both RIM and Microsoft. Other partners are building Microsoft-compatible instant-messaging clients that will run on mobile gadgets using the Palm or the Symbian operating system."

Ina Fried. Microsoft Buddies Up for Business IM. News.com. April 18, 2005.

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Music Labels Chafe at Jobs' Gospel

"Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs is given undeniable credit for jump-starting what is now a fast-growing digital music market, but some music executives complain that his company, with 70 percent of the digital download market, is setting the ground rules for their own business.

"While iTunes is designed to propel the sales of iPods--more than $1 billion worth in the last quarter alone--the labels complain that Apple's policies are insensitive to their goals and limit their ability to grow their digital business even faster.

John Borland. Music moguls trumped by Steve Jobs?. News.com. April 15, 2005.

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Steve Jobs' resume.
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Gaming Retailers Merge

"Video game retailer GameStop has agreed to buy rival Electronics Boutique Holdings for $1.44 billion in cash and stock. The acquisition, announced Monday, is meant to help GameStop enter new international markets."

Reuters. GameStop to Buy Rival Electronics Boutique. News.com. April 18, 2005.

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TheStreet.com. Electronics Boutique Snapped Up. April 18, 2005.

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Adobe to Acquire Macromedia

"Desktop publishing specialist Adobe Systems is buying multimedia applications maker Macromedia in a $3.4 billion deal geared toward building a software powerhouse.

"The all-stock deal, announced Monday, is designed to create a better-stocked source of tools for building and distributing multimedia content across a range of operating systems and devices, the companies said.

"They also stressed that the merger will enable them to expand more rapidly into the market for audio and video applications for handhelds and other gadgets."

Matt Hines. Adobe to Buy Macromedia for $3.4 Billion. ZDNet. April 18, 2005.

See also:
Clint Boulton. Adobe to Buy Macromedia for $3.4B. InternetNews.com. April 18, 2005.

Russell Shaw. What Adobe Buying Macromedia *Could* Mean for VoIP. ZDNet. April 18, 2005.

Paul Festa. Developers React to Adobe's Macromedia Buy. News.com. April 18, 2005.

Paul Festa and Martin LaMonica. Macromedia, Adobe Make Peace for Bigger Fight. News.com. April 18, 2005.

Adobe Systems Inc. Adobe -- Macromedia Acquisition Announcement Frequently Asked Questions. (.pdf) April 18, 2005.

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Wireless Popularity to Spur Mobile Device Growth

"BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. may just be in the early stages of its growth even though its wireless e-mail device is now the world's most popular, its co-chief executive said on Monday.

"Co-CEO Jim Balsillie said he believes growth prospects are strong because wireless data is by far the best way for companies to improve productivity."

Reuters. CEO: RIM's Growth May Just Be in Early Stages. eWeek. April 18, 2005.

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Canadian Press. RIM Chief Bullish on Wireless. The Globe & Mail. April 18, 2005.

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New Cell Phone - Just for Spies

"Just by looking at it, you'd think that the Meganet VME Spy phone XP was just your like a typical Siemens or Nokia cell. It uses the exact same case. It acts just like a regular mobile phone, too--you make and receive calls and send text messages in a normal fashion.

"All's normal, that is, until the intelligence agent across town calls it, using a special code. You won't feel it vibrate, you won't hear it ring, in fact, you're not even using it. But now your phone is a bug, and the agent who called you can listen in on anything you say--on the phone or off-- to anyone."

Erik Larkin. Is Your Cell Phone Ratting on You?. PC World. April 14, 2005.

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April 18, 2005

Video Games Struggle with Ad Integration

"As the nascent medium of video game advertising begins to gain increased attention from marketers, a debate is bubbling up over the lack of standards in the space.

"At yesterday's well-attended Advertising in Games Forum in Manhattan, there was little consensus on what in-game advertising should look like or how it should be measured. Agencies, marketing vendors and game publishers even disagreed on whether standards are desirable."

Zachary Rodgers. In-Game Ads Face Debate Over Standards. ClickZ News. April 15, 2005.

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U.S. Cell Phones to Get Visual Radio

"'Visual radio' is coming to the United States--and no, that's not just a newfangled name for a TV set.

"Radio giant Infinity Broadcasting is working with Hewlett-Packard to bring a kind of Net-enabled FM radio to U.S. markets, sending information such as album art, concert dates and buy-this-album buttons alongside broadcasts.

"The broadcasts will be aimed at a new generation of FM radio-enabled phones, as well as the digital information carried over cellular phone carriers' airwaves, rather than on the one-way FM broadcasts. The companies hope to turn the service into a new advertising and revenue source for traditional radio, which is facing increasing competition from satellite radio and Internet Webcasts."

John Borland. 'Visual Radio' Headed for U.S. Cell Phones. News.com. April 18, 2005.

See also:
Sue Zeidler. Infinity Plans to Broadcast to Cellphones in U.S.. Reuters. April 18, 2005.

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April 16, 2005

Skype Enhances VoIP Services

"Skype has enhanced its popular voice-over-IP application with today's official public beta launch of two new paid-for features: SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail.

"Both have been available in limited tests but are now ready for widespread use for the Windows, Linux, Pocket PC and Mac OS X versions of the VoIP software, which has just reached the 100 million download mark and boasts 35 million registered users."

Sylvia Carr. Skype Spruced Up with Paid-for Services. Silicon.com. April 15, 2005.

See also:
Reuters. Skype Adds New Services for Internet Phoning. April 15, 2005.

Associated Press. Skype Nears 100M Downloads for Software. Forbes.com. April 15, 2005.

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Motorola to Test iRadio for Cell Phones

"Motorola Inc. is betting consumers will pay to have it both ways, gaining control over the content on their car radios and the flexibility of taking their music with them on their cell phones when they turn off their engines.

"Motorola, the No. 2 maker of mobile telephones, is set to unveil a service called iRadio that will let users download preselected audio content from a range of providers on their home computers, dump it on their cell phones and listen to it on their car stereos."

Deborah Cohen. Motorola Set to Unveil iRadio for Cell Phones. Reuters. April 15, 2005.

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April 15, 2005

Did Blackberry Maker Settle for No Reason?

"Research In Motion, maker of the ubiquitous BlackBerry, last month paid $450 million to settle a furious legal battle over five patents held by NTP. The markets welcomed RIM's decision to settle, boosting its stock 8% overnight, to $64.85. But RIM might soon regret that it ever made a deal.

"On Apr. 6, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office rejected one of the five patents NTP had accused RIM of infringing and gave a strong indication that the other disputed four might soon be rejected upon reexamination as well. The agency has been taking a second look at more than 2,000 claims made on a total of eight NTP patents, including the five that RIM allegedly infringed, ever since Arlington, Virginia-based concern sued RIM in December, 2002. After more than two years, the officials have rejected all 523 claims NTP made on three of those patents."

Lorraine Woellert. Did RIM Pay Too Soon? BusinessWeek Online. April 8, 2005.

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Online Music Store Roundup

ExtremeTech, "a thriving community of users and experts seeking to answer the unanswerable questions of technology" that bills itself as "a one-stop-shop for serious technological needs," has published an informative comparison of the leading digital music services, including Apple's iTunes, MusicMatch, and Rhapsody.

ExtremeTech. Which Online Music Service is Best? No date.

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Stay in School

"Aomori University has started using mobile phones in what it calls a system to thwart attendance record cheats.

"Students attending classes must use a mobile phone to e-mail a college administrators's site a number their teacher will show them as the lesson begins.

"Administrators then randomly select five to 10 students who have claimed attendance and send them a reply."

Mainichi Daily News. College Uses Mobile Phones to Monitor Attendance. April 13, 2005.

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April 14, 2005

Learn While Playing

"The students in Tim Rylands' class at the Chew Magna Carta School in Bristol, England are playing computer games.

"Far from punishing his pupils for surreptitiously button-bashing Nintendo GameBoys under their desks, Rylands is encouraging them to play out in the open. Some would argue that this kind of tom-foolery with potentially-dangerous interactive entertainment is an irresponsible use of classroom time.

"The results of Rylands' game-related efforts, however, are positive: his students are gaining top SAT scores and are excelling in creative thinking."

Aleks Krotoski. Game for Learning. TechnologyReview.com. April 7, 2005.

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Wireless E-mail on Smartphones by 2008

"Wireless e-mail connectivity will be a built-in feature on all smartphones by the end of 2008, according to a new report from Gartner that underscores the shift in the hand-held device market and portends massive future changes.

"Gartner said wireless e-mail is on its way to becoming a mainstream mobile application as common as voice communications among end users, but that several factors are hampering uptake of wireless e-mail for the time being."

Keith Regan. Report: E-Mail Coming to All Smartphones Soon. E-Commerce Times. April 13, 2005.

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April 13, 2005

Forrester Predicts Digital Audio Growth

"Satellite radio subscriptions are likely to climb to more than 20 million in the next five years, driven by early adopters of the technology with above-average incomes, according to a study released on Tuesday.

"After that, however, the industry will have to consider price reductions or other measures to sustain rapid growth, the study concluded."

Paul Bond. Digital Audio's Future Loud, Clear. Reuters. April 13, 2005.

See also:
Dinesh C. Sharma. Study: Digital Audio to Surge. ZDNet. April 12, 2005.

Forrester. Forrester Research Defines The Future Of Digital Audio — New Report Forecasts Growth Of Satellite Radio And Podcasting. (Press Release.) April 12, 2005.

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April 12, 2005

Computers in Libraries' Presentations Available Online

"This page features links to World Wide Web sites, PowerPoint slideshows, and other electronic resources used in support of presentations at Computers in Libraries 2005. Links are provided at the discretion of presenters. Additional links will be provided as they become available."

Information Today. Computers in Libraries 2005: Presentation Links.

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Google Unveils Mobile Local Search

"Google has added a new service that enables cell phone users in the U.S. use a remarkably robust version of Google Local directly from a mobile handset.

"The new service, available now at local.google.com/local, is very similar to the local search service available via personal computer. "There are some differences between cell phone and [personal computer] results, but not enough in this particular instance to impact users," said Georges Harik, director of product management for Google."

Chris Sherman. Google Debuts Local Mobile. SearchEngineWatch. April 12, 2005.

See also:
Ben Z. Gottesman. Google Local Results Go Mobile. PC Magazine. April 12, 2005.

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UK DJs Launch Podcast Shows

"DJs Paul Gambaccini and Tony Blackburn are backing a new website offering radio shows for digital audio players.

"Podshows will offer shows to download to iPods and other players for between 49p and 99p each.

"The BBC and Virgin Radio already offer shows via 'podcasting', but only using shows which have already been broadcast on radio."

BBC News. UK DJs Backing Podcasting Outfit. April 11, 2005.

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April 11, 2005

Service Transforms Cell Phone into Payment Device

"When customers step into a cab from the Hello Taxi company in Brookline, Mass., they don't have to worry about fumbling in their pockets for cash, or about swiping their credit card in a moving vehicle, or even about finding their wireless fob to wave in front of a reader. To pay and tip the driver, passengers just say the last four digits of their cell phones, and then they can run.

"Hello Taxi is one of about 80 merchants in the Boston area working with a creative means of payment processing from a company called MobileLime. MobileLime CEO Bob Wesley says the service is much more than a payment method, as it also gives retailers real-time marketing, a cardless loyalty program and a CRM (customer relationship management) package.

Evan Schuman. Service Lets Customers Buy with a Phone Number. eWeek. April 7, 2005.

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April 09, 2005

Google Adds Natural Language Q&A; Feature

"Google Inc. on Thursday began delivering factual answers for some queries at the top of its results page, to save users from having to navigate over to other sites and look for the information.

"For example, if a user enters the query 'Portugal population,' Google returns the answer -- 10.5 million -- along with a link to the Web page where the information came from, which in this case is the population page of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's Factbook.

"A small percentage of queries currently trigger these factual answers, but the service, called Google Q&A;, is in its early stages, said Peter Norvig, Google's director of search quality."

Juan Carlos Perez. Google Intros Q&A; Service. MacWorld. April 7, 2005.

See also:
Susan Kuchinskas. Google Adds Answers, Augments Maps. InternetNews.com. April 7, 2005.

Jonathan Betz. Just the Facts, Fast. Google Blog. April 7, 2005.

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Congress Mulls Mandatory DRM

"US legislators are debating whether to force Apple's products to interoperate with Microsoft's.

"The Congress have been considering a plan that would outlaw music protected by proprietary digital rights management (DRM) technology, such as Apple's FairPlay, which stops iTunes downloads being played on Microsoft digital music players and vice versa.

"However, yesterday's Congressional subcommittee hearing on 'Digital Music Interoperability and Availability', which included debate on mandating interoperability for digital music, received a 'hands off' message from industry representatives."

Jo Best. Law to Make iTunes Compatible with Microsoft?. Silicon.com. April 7, 2005.

See also:
Silicon.com. Leader: Apple Work with Microsoft? Let the People Decide. April 7, 2005.

Erika Morphy. Congress Holds Hearings on Digital Music. CRM Daily. April 7, 2005.

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Cellphones Capture Spiritual Memento

"The body of Pope John Paul II has lain in state this week in St. Peter's Basilica. But it has hardly been peaceful with 18,000 people shuffling by each hour - especially when the majority were Italians wielding cellphone cameras.

"The funeral rites for popes stipulated by John Paul in 1996 specifically prohibited photographing the pope on 'his sickbed or after death,' except for specially accredited photographers. Signs in St. Peter's Basilica also prohibit photography.

"But this week, the heavy air around the pope's bier has not been filled with prayer so much as with tiny popping flashes and clicking shutters."

Elisabeth Rosenthal. The Cellphone as Church Chronicle, Creating Digital Relics. The New York Times. April 8, 2005.

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April 08, 2005

Duke Curtails Free iPod Program

"Dude, not everybody's getting a free iPod next year.

"Duke University, which handed out Apple iPod digital music players to all incoming freshmen last fall, has altered its program, saying it will dole out iPods across the undergraduate student body, but only for classes in which the teacher has requested it."

Jefferson Graham. Duke's Free iPods Will go Just for Classes. USA Today. April 7, 2005.

See also:
Ina Fried. Duke Puts Restrictions on Free iPod Program. News.com. April 7, 2005.

Michael Felberbaum. Duke Students will Have to Buy Their Own iPods Next Year. Chicago Sun-Times. April 7, 2005.

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April 07, 2005

Phling! Enhances Mobile Lifestyle

"There’s a new player in the mobile social software sphere: Phling! is a service for your cellphone that allows you to relay multimedia between your phone, your IM buddy list, and your home computer."

Barb Dybwad. Phling! takes P2P Approach to MoSoSo-ing. thesocialsoftwareweblog. April 4, 2005.

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Hacking for PSP has Begun

"Sony Corp.'s new PlayStation Portable is turning into a great tool for Web browsing, comics reading and online chat -- and it also happens to play video games, movies and music, if you prefer that sort of thing.

"The $249 PSP handheld video game player went on sale in the United States on March 24, and it took very little time before techies added the kinds of functions to the PSP that Sony did not include -- and may never have intended."

Ben Berkowitz. Hackers add Web, Chat to PSP. Reuters. April 5, 2005.

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Advice for VoIP Migration

"While VoIP may be the best thing since sliced bread, its best to start slow and have a back up plan, writes CIO Update guest columnist John Babcock of RTS.

"In T.H. White's 'The Once and Future King,' a young, pre-king Arthur is turned into various animals by Merlin to learn the ways of those species. One of those visits is to an ant colony, where Arthur learns that ants have only two points of view when it comes to a task: done or not done. There is no partially done in their minds.

"Many of us in the IT world often find ourselves falling into the same trap. We spend so much time working with zeroes and ones that we tend to think of everything as being an all-or-nothing proposition. That particularly holds true with rollouts of new, disruptive technologies such as voice over IP (VoIP)."

John Babcock. Integrating VoIP. CIO Update. April 1, 2005.

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WiFi Projects to Serve Mobile Workforce

"As more workers discover the joys of becoming connected and, simultaneously, untethered, IT execs are expanding WiFi projects to better serve this growing constituency.

"To accommodate a growing mobile workforce, more companies are installing wireless LANs (WLANs). While organizations initially deployed wireless on a trial basis or to meet the needs of just a few users, now they are making it a standard part of their IT infrastructure."

Drew Robb. Coping with a Mobile Workforce. CIO Update. March 30, 2005.

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April 06, 2005

Movie Industry to Follow Apple's iTunes Lead

"Michael Arrieta, senior vice president of Sony Pictures, said at a US Digital Hollywood conference that it wanted to create an "iTunes" for films.

"Films will be put onto flash memory for mobiles over the next year, said Mr Arrieta, and it will develop its digital download services for films.

"Movie studios are keen to stop illegal file-sharing on peer-to-peer nets and cash in on digital the download market."

BBC News. Sony Wants an 'iTunes for Movies'. March 31, 2005.

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April 05, 2005

Yahoo Moves Toward Multimedia

"Five years ago, a handful of companies with names like Pop, Pseudo and Icebox promised a future when original shows produced for the Internet would replace traditional TV viewing. The dot-com bust deflated those grand ambitions.

"But the vision of creating unique, interactive multimedia programming for a generation weaned on video games is very much alive at Yahoo Inc.

"The giant Internet portal isn’t talking about its plans for content. But analysts suggest a profound shift may be at work, with Yahoo using its enormous reach to force Hollywood studios, among other video creators, to produce programming with the Internet in mind."

Associated Press. Yahoo Raises Eyebrows with Hollywood Push. MSNBC News. April 3, 2005.

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Pew Study: 6 Million Have Heard Podcasts

"According to new research from The Pew Internet and American Life Project, 29 percent of Americans over the age of 18 with iPods or other MP3 players have listened to podcasts. Pew had predicted the growth early this year after studying sales of portable MP3 players.

"Pew estimates over 22 million American adults own an MP3 or iPod player, and more than 6 million of these owners have listened to podcasts. The study surveyed 2,201 people, 208 of whom were MP3 or iPod owners. Pew did not survey anyone under age 18."

Sean Michael Kerner. Podcasting Grows In Popularity. ClickZNews. April 4, 2005.

See also:
Lee Rainie and Mary Madden. Podcasting. (.pdf) Pew Internet & American Life Project. April 2005.

Updates:
Robert MacMillan. Podcasting in the Dark. WashingtonPost.com. April 6, 2005.

Erika Morphy. Six Million Podcasters and Counting. NewsFactor Network. April 4, 2005. (Despite the survey results, Pew research director believes numbers of people actually using the Internet to broadcast and/or download pods is smaller than the 6 million figure.)

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Pope Embraced Modern Technology

"While Pope John Paul II will largely be remembered for his influence on social issues ranging from euthanasia to AIDS, he also earned a place in history as the first pontiff to embrace computer technology."

CNET News.com Staff. Pope's Influence Includes Technology Firsts. News.com. April 2, 2005.

See also:
Ben Charny. Pope to Ping the Faithful. News.com. April 6, 2004.

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MSpot Unveils Multimedia for Phones

"Start-up MSpot hopes to take on the fledgling satellite radio industry with a new service that delivers streaming news, talk and music programming to mobile phones.

"Palo Alto, Calif.-based MSpot is set to launch its MSpot Radio service on Monday, initially targeting customers of Sprint's PCS Vision mobile phone service."

'David Becker. New Service Brings Radio to Phones. News.com. April 3, 2005.

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April 04, 2005

SMS, E-mail Used to Announce Holy Father's Passing

"It took just minutes for the Vatican to alert the world's media of Pope John Paul's death -- using text messages and email so the 2,000-year-old Church could meet the new demands of real-time news.

"Just a quarter of an hour after the Pope was pronounced dead Saturday at 9:37 p.m., the Vatican sent journalists an SMS message alerting them to a pending statement."

Phil Stewart. Vatican Used SMS, Email to Announce Pope's Death. Reuters. April 3, 2005.

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College Students: Early Adopters of Legal Downloading

"College junior Kyle Taylor is downloading hundreds of songs by No Doubt, Bruce Springsteen and others onto the Compaq laptop in his cramped dormitory room.

"With a few more clicks of his mouse, Taylor is watching commercial-free 'Seinfeld' episodes on his computer. In just minutes, he then downloads the entire movie 'A League of Their Own.' The 20-year-old is not breaking any laws. Nor is he at risk of expensive lawsuits by the entertainment industry over copyright violations."

Ted Bridis. Students Using New Generation of Downloads. BusinessWeek Online. April 3, 2005.

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April 02, 2005

Smithsonian Enters Download Party

The Smithsonian Institution is entering the highly competitive world of music downloads by offering the Smithsonian Folkways collection of ethnic and traditional music in an online music store.

Smithsonian Global Sound, the new project, will be formally launched during the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in June. The enterprise is in the same vein as Microsoft's MSNmusic, Apple's iTunes Music Store and Sony's Connect.

Jacqueline Trescott. Smithsonian Folkways to Open MP3 Music Store. WashingtonPost.com. March 31, 2005.

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Software Links iPod & PSP

"A small California software maker has developed a program designed to bring at least part of Apple Computer's iTunes experience to the new Sony PlayStation Portable.

"The software, the latest in Information Appliance Associates' series of PocketMac tools to link handheld devices with PCs and Apple computers, allows consumers to sync music from iTunes playlists directly onto the PSP's memory cards. The software also syncs the devices with Apple's iPhoto and address book and contacts databases."

John Borland. iTunes meets Sony's PSP. News.com. March 31, 2005.

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Podcast for I.T. Industry

"Scrolling through the master playlist on an iPod, one could come across the following selections: The Beatles, Duran Duran, Foghat, I.T. Conversations, The Police, Frank Sinatra ... Wait a second. I.T. Conversations? Never heard of them.

"And to date, very few people have. But it's not because the band has yet to crack the Top 40."

No author. CIOs Getting Vocal about iPods. Health Data Management. March 28, 2005.

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GuruNet Tests Search Engine for Mobiles

"The company behind Answers.com, the fast-rising Internet reference guide, has started testing a version for mobile devices. GuruNet, based in Wesley Hills, N.Y., on Tuesday introduced Mobile.answers.com, a fact-based search engine for use on browser-enabled phones, Treos, BlackBerrys and Windows-CE devices."

Stefanie Olsen. Questions on the Go? Answers go Mobile. News.com. March 29, 2005.

See also:
GuruNet Corporation. Answers.com Goes Mobile. (Press release.) March 29, 2005.

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PocketMac Syncs iTunes to PSP

"A small California software maker has developed a program designed to bring at least part of Apple Computer's iTunes experience to the new Sony PlayStation Portable.

"The software, the latest in Information Appliance Associates' series of PocketMac tools to link handheld devices with PCs and Apple computers, allows consumers to sync music from iTunes playlists directly onto the PSP's memory cards. The software also syncs the devices with Apple's iPhoto and address book and contacts databases."

John Borland. iTunes Meets Sony's PSP. News.com. March 31, 2005.

See also:
Mark Hachman. Update: PocketMac Pushes iTunes To The Sony PSP. ExtremeTech. March 30, 2005.

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April 01, 2005

'Ramble' Allows Blogging from Cell Phones

"A new technology expected to launch in April promises to turn cellular phones into mobile blogging tools.

"The application, called 'Rabble,' streamlines the now-cumbersome process for publishing text or images from a cell phone to a Weblog. It also creates a way to search mobile blogs for items of interest -- from homes for sale in a particular neighborhood to updated tour information for a favorite band."

Dawn C. Chmielewski. Mobile Phones as Blog Tools. San Jose Mercury News. March 31, 2005.

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Sony Plans iTunes for Movies

"Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment is trying to develop and own the next iTunes--but for films.

"We want to set business models, pricing models, distribution models like (Apple Computer CEO Steve) Jobs did for music, but for the film industry," Michael Arrieta, senior vice president of Sony Pictures, said at the Digital Hollywood conference here."

Stefanie Olsen. Hollywood Seeks iTunes for Film. News.com. March 30, 2005.

No author. Sony Wants an 'iTunes for Movies'. BBC News. March 30, 2005.

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Microsoft Unveils Video Download Service

"Microsoft has launched a video download service that offers daily television programming, entertainment clips, and other digital content for viewing on Windows Mobile-based devices, it says.

"The MSN Video Downloads service draws on content from Microsoft partners such as CinemaNow, MSNBC.com, and TiVo, allowing subscribers to watch video on their smart phones, Pocket PCs, and Portable Media Centers."

Scarlet Pruitt. Microsoft Launches Mobile Video Downloads. PC World. March 30, 2005.

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Cellphones: Platforms for Services & Features

"Larry Azlin, a software engineer in El Cerrito, Calif., considers himself one of the lucky ones. His aging clamshell cellphone, a Motorola V60, seems to work just fine. But once he gives it some thought, it occurs to him that he does have a few complaints.

"His biggest complaint is that the phone insists on making noise at every opportunity.

"Mr. Azlin is hardly alone in being confused and confounded by his cellphone at times. Gone are the days when the most one expected from a mobile phone was to place or to receive a call."

Michel Marriot and Katie Hafner. It's Not Just a Phone, It's an Adventure. The New York Times. March 31, 2005.

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March 31, 2005

Skypecasters Turn Net Phones into Broadcasting System

"Calling all music players.

"A growing number of people are sharing the digital music on MP3 players and other music devices using freely available software and Skype, a free Internet phone service.

"The enthusiasts are borrowing heavily from another personal broadcasting phenomenon called podcasting, in which digital recordings are posted on a Web site for download to a variety of music players, including desktop PCs and portable gadgets like Apple Computer's wildly popular iPod. 'Skypecasters, as they call themselves, use Skype's peer-to-peer telephone network to distribute recordings over the Internet directly to each other for free."

Ben Charny. VoIP Calls Get Podcast Treatment. News.com. March 29, 2005.

See also:
John Borland. A Novel Podcast. News.com. March 24, 2005.

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DirtyHippo Comes to U.S. Cell Phones

"A new Internet site for downloading cell phone software, DirtyHippo.com, could be the latest example of how U.S. operators are loosening their famously draconian control over what subscribers can download.

"London-based cell phone software vendor DirtyHippo, unveiled Monday, is owned and operated by Buongiorno Vitaminic, a European wireless data heavyweight. Its downloads, using the DirtyHippo brand name, are now available to Cingular Wireless and T-Mobile USA subscribers."

Ben Charny. DirtyHippo Wallows in Muddy US Mobile Waters. Silicon.com. March 29, 2005.

See also
Buongiorno. Buongiorno Expands to U.S. to Meet Demand for Personalized Mobile Content. Yahoo! Finance. (Press Release.) March 28, 2005.

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March 30, 2005

Patent in Blackberry Settlement in Play

"NTP Inc. has settled its wireless e-mail push patent disputes with Research In Motion Ltd. and Good Technology Inc., but that doesn't mean the licensing battle is over.

"NTP is in discussions with several other wireless e-mail push players, according to attorneys for the Arlington, Va., patent holding company.

"RIM, the Waterloo, Ontario, maker of the popular BlackBerry devices and enterprise server software, earlier this month said it will pay NTP $450 million to settle its patent disputes, while RIM rival Good Technology, of Santa Clara, Calif., struck a patent deal with NTP the week before that."

Shelley Solheim. RIM Settlement Doesn't End NTP's Patent Battles. eWeek. March 28, 2005.

See also:
Shelley Solheim. RIM, NTP Settle Patent Suit. eWeek. March 16, 2005.

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Sending RSS Feeds to Your PSP

"This how-to serves a few functions: to piggy-back off the excellent work already done by roto to sniff out and untether the browser feature inside the PlayStation Portable’s Wipeout Pure game, to serve as a step-by-step graphical walk-through for PSP owners who are unfamiliar with dabbling in the ways of DNS settings, and to provide another portal DNS server option for PSP users who don’t have need or desire to set up their own DNS. Our portal includes a handy link to the Bloglines web-based RSS reader service, to add in some RSS reading functionality to the PSP."

Engadget. HOW-TO: Get RSS Feeds on Your PSP. March 29, 2005.

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Forrester: Usability Problems Curb Doctor Handheld Usage

"U.S. physicians are five times as likely as general consumers to use handheld computers, but less than a third of physicians who have mobile electronic medical records actually use them. That's the conclusion of a new report by Forrester Research that surveyed 1,331 physicians."

M.L. Baker. Doctors Using Handhelds, But Not for Medicine. CIO Insight. March 27, 2005.

See also:
Brian Fonseca. Medical Records' Digitization Offers a Quick Cure. eWeek. March 1, 2005.

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Software Searches VoIP Calls

"For the price of tailored advertisements, an Internet ad company is peddling free add-on features, including search capabilities, for conversations on Skype and other voice over Internet Protocol services.

"Privately held United Virtualities, based in New York, on Monday introduced downloadable software for recording and searching phone conversations via voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP--a relatively new technology for placing phone calls over a broadband connection.

"The application, called HotRecorder, also allows people to create a voice mail box for VoIP calls and to forward messages to e-mail in-boxes or cell phones."

Stefanie Olsen. Software Lets People Search VoIP Chitchat. News.com. March 28, 2005.

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March 29, 2005

Grafedia Connects the Web and Offline World

"What if the internet extended beyond computers and high-speed connections, with web pages expanding down city streets and onto the sides of buildings?

"This is the vision behind an interactive new media project called grafedia, which enables folks to make the world their canvas by publicly posting e-mail addresses or keywords that, when punched into certain mobile phones or an e-mail account, retrieve corresponding images.

"Created by John Geraci, a graduate student in New York University's interactive telecommunications program, grafedia is part public art, part advertisement and part subversion. It's also a newfangled take on old-fashioned graffiti.

Rachel Metz. It's Not Graffiti, It's Grafedia. Wired News. March 25, 2005.

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Commercial Podcasting Gains Momentum

"Nasa is doing it, 14-year-old boys in bedrooms are doing it, couples are doing it, gadget lovers - male and female - are definitely doing it.

"It is podcasting - DIY radio in the form of downloadable MP3 audio files. They can done by anyone who has a microphone, simple software, the net, and something to say.

"Some liken them to talking 'audioblogs' because many complement text-based weblogs - diary-like sites where people share their thoughts."

Jo Twist. 'Podcasters' Look to Net Money. BBC News. March 25, 2005.

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Pez Dispensers Go Digital

"Rap impresario 50 Cent may be riding atop the Billboard charts on the strength of his hit single 'Candy Shop,' but music lovers of all kinds will soon be able to mix their passions for beats and sweets if one gadget maker's plans come to fruition.

"That's right, the candy market's best-known handheld device, the iconic Pez dispenser, is about to go digital. Under a recently granted licensing agreement with Pez Candy, a gadget design company Lincoln West Studios will soon begin selling MP3 players modeled after the big-headed plastic treat sleeves."

Matt Hines. Pez to Dispense MP3s Instead of Candy. News.com. March 25, 2005.

See also:
Pez MP3. No Longer Invisible. March 24, 2005.

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March 28, 2005

Will PSP Replace Your Handheld?

"Sony has just introduced the Playstation Portable in the United States. This is a very impressive device with plenty of features any Palm OS or Pocket PC user would envy. But the Playstation Portable just isn't the device most current handheld users want, and they shouldn't waste their time thinking it is.

"I'm not down on the PSP, as it's usually called. It's a device that has a lot going for it. But, at the same time, it's focused on a target market quite different from the one that typically buys handhelds."

Ed Hardy. Why the Playstation Portable Isn't Going to Replace Your Handheld. Brighthand. March 25, 2005.

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2005 Technology Trends

"Wouldn't it be great to have a good handle on what will happen this year to make sure you could plan around it? asks Mitchell Levy, CEO and executive editor of Happy About, a US publisher of books for corporations.

"In his latest book, Knowing What to Expect in 2005: Predictions from Over 50 Executives, Levy offers ten trends that he says software vendors need to factor into their business plans for the year ahead."

NevOn. Ten Trends to Watch. March 25, 2005.

See also:
Mitchell Levy. Ten Trends for 2005. Sandhill.com. March 21, 2005.

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World's First Podcast-Only Novel Released

"At three miles below the surface of the Earth, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting ... and guarding.

"That's part of the description of what is being billed as the world's first 'podcast' novel, 'EarthCore,' written by Scott Sigler of San Francisco.

"Mr. Sigler, who narrates his novel, which was first published in 2001, plans to release an hour of audio each week, creating a format similar to weekly television suspense shows with continuing storylines, such as '24' and 'Battlestar Galactica.'"

No author. 'Podcast-only' Novel Released. San Jose Business Journal. March 24, 2005.

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March 26, 2005

Radio Still Trumps iPod

"IPods and TiVos and MP3s may get lots of buzz, but it's old-fashioned radio that has the audience, according to a Edison Media Research report Wednesday.

"The average listener spends 2 hours and 48 minutes a day with radio, while those who own iPods and MP3 devices or subscribe to satellite and Internet-based services listen to traditional radio 2 hours 33 minutes a day, according to the report.

"The lesson for advertisers and media programmers? Stay calm."

Frank Barnako. Old Media's Not Dead Yet. Marketwatch.com. March 23, 2005.

See also:
Edison Media Research. Internet & Multimedia 2005: The On-Demand Media Consumer. (.pdf). March 23, 2005.

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ICQ Reaches Version 5

"America Online has introduced a new version of its ICQ instant messaging service that adds a host of new capabilities, including an industry-leading voice chat service.

"ICQ 5, released Monday, provides many features customers have been asking for, including more customization, upgraded security and a simpler interface."

Karen D. Schwartz. AOL Unveils ICQ 5. eWeek. March 21, 2005.

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March 25, 2005

PSP Begins Challenging iPod for Handheld Supremacy

"Hope you enjoyed your 15 minutes, iPod. Sony, the company that invented the modern handheld entertainment industry 20 years ago, moves to reclaim the throne with the Sony PSP, a media device that plays music, movies and games and looks great.

"Flat, encased in black plastic and metal and highlighted by a pair of clear plastic shoulder buttons the PlayStation Portable exemplifies the Sony's aesthetic: a savvy combination of state-of-the-art circuitry and techno-design that screams, 'Buy me!'"

Tom Loftus. Sony Gets it Right With New PSP. MSNBC News March 24, 2005.

See also:
David Becker. Game Fans Clamor for PSP. News.com. March 24, 2005.

Andrew D. Arnold. First Look: The PSP. Time.com. March 24, 2005.

Mike Musgrove. Sony Begins Handheld-Game Adventure. WashingtonPost.com. March 23, 2005.

IGN.com. Sony PSP: The Gadget. March 23, 2005.

Arik Hesseldahl. Sony PSP Great For Games, Not Much Else. News.com. March 23, 2005.

Jesse Antonio Vargas. PSP, I Love You: For Gamers, The Date Has Finally Arrived. WashingtonPost.com. March 23, 2005.

Susan B. Shor. PSP: Great for Gaming, Mediocre for Multimedia. TechNewsWorld. March 21, 2005.

David Becker. PSP No One Trick Pony. News.com. March 21, 2005.

Rob Pegoraro. Sony's PSP Wows, but Only if You Stick to the Games. WashingtonPost.com. March 20, 2005.

Update: Robert MacMillan. PSP: A Real Life Pause Button. WashingtonPost.com. March 24, 2005.

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Study: P2P Usage Declines

"About 36 million Americans—or 27% of internet users—say they download either music or video files and about half of them have found ways outside of traditional peer-to-peer networks or paid online services to swap their files, according to the most recent survey of the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Mary Madden and Lee Rainie. Music and Video Downloading Moves Beyond P2P. Pew Internet and American Life Project. March 23, 2005.

Mary Madden and Lee Rainie. Music and Video Downloading Moves Beyond P2P (.pdf) March 2005.

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March 24, 2005

PyMusique Opens iTunes Again

"A group of underground programmers has posted code online they say will reopen a back door in Apple Computer's iTunes store, allowing Linux computer users to purchase music free of copy protection.

"The release comes just a day after Apple blocked a previous version of the program, called PyMusique, in part by requiring all iTunes customers to use the latest version of Apple's software.

"In a blog posting, Norwegian programmer Jon Johansen, who was previously responsible for releasing software used to copy DVDs online, said he had been successful at reverse engineering the latest iTunes encryption."

John Borland. 'DVD Jon' Reopens iTunes Back Door. News.com. March 22, 2005.

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New Music Video Download Services

"Fans will be able to build libraries of their favorite music videos because of deals set to be announced Wednesday (March 16) involving digital entertainment companies CinemaNow and MediaPass Network.

"CinemaNow announced agreements with Warner Music Group, Epitaph Records and TVT Records to sell music videos on a download-to-own basis.

"This marks the first time music videos will be made available specifically for Microsoft's Windows Mobile-based secure devices, a category that includes Portable Media Centers, Pocket PCs and Smartphones from many different manufacturers."

Chris Marlowe. Download Deals Play Music Videos. Yahoo! News. March 20, 2005.

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UK to Equip Lampposts with Wi-Fi

"In what sounds like a tale from the heady days of the dot-com boom, a British company plans to roll out high-speed wireless networks and location-based services using street lampposts.

"Last Mile Communications says the humble lamppost can be used to provide broadband Internet access and also to store useful information about their location.

"On Tuesday, Last Mile announced that it will work with security company Qinetiq to commercialize its plans. Trials are scheduled for later this year at an undisclosed location, and Last Mile said it is confident that its service can be rolled out on a large scale."

Graeme Wearden. Lampposts to Provide Location-based Services?. News.com. March 23, 2005.

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March 23, 2005

Apple Seeks Royalties for iPod Accessories

"As part of a "Made for iPod" logo program, Apple Computer has been angling for a slice of the revenue from the growing array of third-party add-ons that connect to the iPod, sources said.

"For the right to display the logo, Apple was at one point looking to get 10 percent of an add-on's retail selling price. More recently, the company has been seeking 10 percent of wholesale pricing, according to people familiar with the situation.

"Apple announced its intention to start the 'Made for iPod' program at January's Macworld Expo. However, the company has refused to discuss most of the details of the program. Apple has said it applies to gear that connects electrically to the iPod--things like car adapters, power cables and remote controls, but not to cosmetic items such as cases.

Ina Fried. Apple Seeks 'Tax' on iPod Accessories. News.com. March 16, 2005.

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Disney to Release Films for Sony PSP

"Sony's PlayStation Portable gained more support as a multimedia gadget, with Disney announcing plans on Wednesday to sell movies formatted for the sought-after device.

"Disney's Buena Vista Home Entertainment division said in a statement that it plans to release movies on the Universal Media Disc, or UMD, format used by the PSP shortly after the device goes on sale in North America next week."

David Becker. Movie Support Grows for PSP. News.com. March 16, 2005.

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March 22, 2005

Religious Podcasting Takes Hold

"Godcasting is the latest advancement in online religion, in which preachers convert their sermons to audio to be heard on portable digital audio devices.

"Using iPods or any portable MP3 player, 'podcasting' lets people download audio programs that can be listened to whenever they like. It's a form of audio syndication that musicians, businessmen, tech talk show hosts and political commentators like Al Franken have already adopted."

Kathleen Murphy. Godcasting May Be Portable Players' First "Killer App". The Baptist Standard. March 18, 2005.

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Sprint Introduces Video Ring Tones

"Sprint is offering music video ring tones to customers who use some multimedia phones, the company said this week.

"The service is available now on Sanyo's MM-5600 multimedia phone and will be released for other multimedia handsets later.

"Customers will be able to download music videos and store them on their phones. The videos then play when subscribers get calls, Sprint said."

Dinesh C. Sharma. Sprint: Forget Audio Ring Tones, Try Video Ringers. News.com. March 16, 2005.

Sprint. A First in the United States: Music Videos Now Rock Sprint PCS Vision Calls. (Press Release.) March 14, 2005.

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Matsushita Treads on iPod Territory

"Matsushita unveiled four new portable digital-audio players on Thursday, aiming to boost its presence in a market dominated by Apple Computer and its popular iPod.

"Matsushita, owner of the Panasonic brand, currently has a tiny share of the fast-growing digital-music player market but hopes it can win over consumers by marketing ultra-small devices that do not use hard drives and are easy to operate."

Reuters. Matsushita Targets Digital-music Market. News.com. March 17, 2005.

See also:
Tony Smith. Matsushita Readies iTunes-friendly Music Player. The Register. March 17, 2005.

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Sony's PSP Focuses on Gaming

"Sony has often won big by thinking small. Portable gizmos such as the Walkman, the Discman and the Handicam helped make this company the consumer electronics power it is today. But until now, it hasn't tried to run that play with its most successful product of the past decade, the PlayStation line of video-game machines.

"That changes Thursday, when Sony introduces the PlayStation Portable -- PSP for short. This $250 device is Sony's answer to Nintendo's Game Boy and DS handhelds. It also represents yet another try by Sony to get into the portable-media market Apple's iPod owns."

Rob Pegoraro. Sony's PSP Wows, but Only if You Stick to the Games. WashingtonPost.com. March 20, 2005.

Related:
Tom Ham. With a New Toy, Plenty of Titles to Play. WashingtonPost.com. March 20, 2005.

See also:
Matthew D. Sarrel. Sony PSP. PC Magazine. March 17, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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Survey: Cell Phone Porn to Rise

"Mobile phone users around the world spent $400 million on pornographic pictures and video in 2004, an amount that is expected to rise to $5 billion by 2010, despite the tiny screen sizes, a survey found on Thursday.

"The adult entertainment sector was one of the first media industries to take advantage of the World Wide Web, and its customers were the among the first to get high-speed Internet access for downloading X-rated films.

"In mobile communications, however, pornography might not do as well as on the fixed-line Internet, because the screens are small and download prices charged by telecommunications operators are high, research group Strategy Analytics said in a report."

Reuters. Cell Phone Porn Set for Sales Spike. News.com. March 17, 2005.

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Motorola Postpones iTunes Phone Debut

"Motorola Inc. did not show upcoming phones designed to work with Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes digital music service at a recent tech show because of the pair's differing approach to launching new products, executives from Motorola said on Tuesday.

"Motorola, the world's No. 2 mobile phone maker, also revealed its plans for delivering phones to Sprint, and its hopes for selling its popular RAZR phone to more U.S. companies.

"In response to a question about why Motorola did not show its upcoming iTunes phone at the Cebit technology fair in Germany Motorola said it tends to display its products before they go on the market but Apple's Chief Executive Steve Jobs does not."

Sinead Carew. Motorola Cites Apple for Non-Show of ITunes Phone. Reuters. March 16, 2005.

See also:
Tony Smith. Motorola: iTunes Phone No-show Due to Apple. The Register. March 16, 2005.

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March 21, 2005

BlackBerry Maker Settles Infringement Lawsuit

"Shares in Research In Motion Ltd. moved up sharply Wednesday after the company agreed to settle a potentially ruinous American patent lawsuit by paying $450 million US.

"The maker of the BlackBerry mobile e-mail device said that under the settlement of the three-year-old litigation, NTP Inc. of Arlington, Va., is granting RIM "an unfettered right to continue its BlackBerry-related wireless business without further interference from NTP or its patents."

Gary Norris. Research In Motion Stock Surges After BlackBerry Lawsuit Settled for US$450M. National Post. March 17, 2005.

See also:
Richard Shim. RIM Settles NTP Patent Suit. News.com. March 16, 2005.

Research in Motion. Research In Motion And NTP Agree To Resolve Litigation. March 16, 2005.

Michael Singer. RIM's BlackBerry Cleared For U.S. Markets. InternetNews.com. March 16, 2005.

Eric B. Parizo. Courts, Competition Can't Stop RIM's Dominance. SearchMobileComputing.com. Aug. 18, 2005.

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Programmers Hack iTunes Store

"A trio of independent programmers has released new software that allows people to tap into Apple Computer's iTunes music store and purchase songs free of any anticopying protections.

"Joined by Jon Johansen, the Norwegian programmer responsible for distributing DVD-cracking code in late 1999, the programmers say their PyMusique software is a "fair" interface for iTunes, primarily aimed at allowing people who use the Linux operating system to purchase music from Apple's store."

John Borland. Hackers Build Back Door into iTunes. News.com. March 18, 2005.

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Japan's Cell Phone Users Turn Pages

"Your eyes probably hurt just thinking about it: Tens of thousands of Japanese cell-phone owners are poring over full-length novels on their tiny screens.

"In this technology-enamored nation, the mobile phone has become so widespread as an entertainment and communication device that reading e-mail, news headlines and weather forecasts -- rather advanced mobile features by global standards -- is routine.

"Now, Japan's cell-phone users are turning pages."

Yuri Kageyama. Japan Cell-phone Users Turn to Literature. Boston.com. March 18, 2005.

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March 19, 2005

New iPodder 2.0 Available

"The nascent market of podcasting got a boost this week with the latest release of iPodder 2.0.

"The new version of the popular podcasting client sports a slicker look among its long list of feature improvements, which developers argue is proof positive that podcasting technology is now mature and ready to be taken seriously.

"Podcasting, a term derived from Apple's iPod, makes use of RSS enclosures to allow users to listen and subscribe to audio content much the same way they can with a text blog. The technology can be played on any MP3-capable device."

Sean Michael Kerner. iPodder 2.0 Release Elevates Podcasting. InternetNews.com. March 17, 2005.

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Mobile Internet Requires Better Web Design

"A mass market exists for the mobile Internet, but it will remain untapped until designers make simpler Web pages that can be viewed properly on handsets, the inventor of the World Wide Web said.

"'(The mobile Internet) will be a huge enabler for the industry ... and for big profits,' Tim Berners-Lee told a seminar on Thursday on the future of the Web. "

Daniel Frykholm. Web Design Hampers Mobile Internet, Pioneer Says. Reuters. March 17, 2005.

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March 18, 2005

K. Matthew Dames' Presentation on Social Software

On Thursday, K. Matthew Dames, SNTReport.com's executive editor, co-chaired the "Communities & Collaboration" track at Computers in Libraries 2005. Dames also gave the first presentation in that track, "Social Software 101," which is available in .pdf format below.

Editor's Note: I was very excited about this conference because I believed that the program Steven Cohen and I created contained some of the most valuable material in the entire conference. From the feedback I have received thus far, it seems that the attendees left each session with a lot of fresh ideas about using digital collaboration tools in their workplaces. If today's organizers and speakers were able to spur some of our audience to begin testing these tools for personal use, seek to implement them in the workplace, or merely spur enough curiosity to warrant further investigation, the track was a success.

I would like to thank all the people that attended Computers in Libraries 2005, and I also would like to congratulate Information Today on its 20th year as organizer of CIL.

There are some people, however, for which I reserve a special thanks. Thank you to Will Richardson (editor of Weblogg-ed), Aaron Schmidt (editor of Walking Paper), Michael Stephens (editor of Tame the Web), Megan Fox, and Blake Carver (editor of LISNews.com) for contributing a wealth of rich content and ideas to Thursday's sessions.

Thank you to Nancy Garman, Information Today's Director of Conference Program Planning, and Jane Dysart, CIL 2005 program chair, for their organizational guidance.

And a huge thank you to Steven Cohen, editor of Library Stuff. It was an honor working with you, a pleasure to finally get to know you, and I sincerely hope we can work together again to advance the information sciences and the profession called librarianship.

K. Matthew Dames. Social Software 101. (.pdf). March 17, 2005.

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FAST Launches Search for Mobiles

"Searching from a mobile device is about to get a whole lot easier, thanks to a new mobile search service from FAST. Called 'amsearch,' the service promises to provide mobile users relevant search results from within their carrier's networks, including applications such as ringtones.

"The msearch initiative is based on FAST's Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP) and empowers mobile carriers to deliver search results from within their own network's content as well as going outside of their network when appropriate to deliver relevant results."

Sean Michael Kerner. FAST Into New Mobile Search. InternetNews.com. March 15, 2005.

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March 17, 2005

Mobile Phone Makers to Embrace VoIP

"With cost-saving voice over Internet telephony taking off and replacing wired phones, makers of cellular phones are taking notice. Cell phone heavyweights Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Nortel Networks and others are incorporating VoIP into the cell phones, chips and wireless network equipment they manufacture or design, executives said here at CTIA Wireless 2005, a major North American wireless trade show.

"VoIP is the basis for Internet phone services, popularized by commercial VoIP provider Vonage and free peer-to-peer phone service provider Skype. VoIP calls are digitized and routed over networks using the Internet Protocol (IP), which is the backbone of the Internet. So far, VoIP calls are unregulated, a major factor that can keep VoIP calling plans at half the cost of traditional phone services.

"Major cell operators--many of which already make extensive internal use of VoIP to cut down on the cost of their own operations--are now making plans to extend VoIP calls from the network core to the handsets. This push coincides with wireless broadband networks the operators are now building, which can transmit the data bits fast enough, and with more accuracy, to make VoIP calling on cell phones a reality."

Ben Charny. Cell Phone Makers to Adopt Internet Calling. News.com. March 15, 2005.

See also:
Maribel D. Lopez. Commentary: Net calls? Not So Fast. News.com. March 8, 2005.

CNET News.com Staff. Overload for the Wireless Industry?. News.com. March 15, 2005.

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March 16, 2005

BlackBerry to Include AOL, Yahoo IMs

"BlackBerry maker Rearch In Motion is broadening its menu of instant-messaging options.

"New services for the iconic handheld communications device include instant-messaging offerings from Yahoo and America Online, the companies announced on Monday in conjunction with the CTIA Wireless show in New Orleans. RIM also announced software deals with Sybase and High Tech Computer.

"The BlackBerry will be preloaded with Yahoo's IM software 'in the coming months,' the companies said, without getting more specific. Yahoo Messenger users will have full wireless access to their contacts and be able to carry on multiple chat sessions."

Dinesh C. Sharma. RIM to Bring AOL, Yahoo IMs to BlackBerry. News.com. March 14, 2005.

See also:
Tony Smith. RIM Signs IM Pacts. The Register. March 14, 2005.

CNET News.com Staff. Overload for the Wireless Industry?. News.com. March 14, 2005.

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Search Hits the Phone

"Using a mobile device and SMS, or Short Message Service, wireless customers can now get directions to nearby restaurants and other information from the curb. Analysts say that's a potent combination, not only for consumers, but for the fast-growing Web search business.

"Mobile search has been around for several years, largely through WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) or browser-enabled devices. But those services have yet to take off with consumers, largely because of technology limitations, fees or lack of widespread adoption of enhanced phones."

Stefanie Olsen. Local Mobile Search? Hold the Phone. News.com. March 10, 2004.

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March 15, 2005

VoIP's Hidden Charges

"I am a huge fan of all-you-can-eat buffets. Quite shamelessly, I'll pile up my plate with an embarrassing mound of various foods--talk about heaven.

"However, I do get ticked off when I find that I'm being charged for things I wasn't expecting--soft drinks, multiple mugs of coffee, and dessert, for example. It's not that I mind paying for these extras; I just like to know what's included and what isn't.

"In the world of Voice over IP phones, you'll face a similar situation. You'll find lots of terrific all-you-can-eat monthly plans, but almost all have hidden extra charges."

Aoife McEvoy. The Hidden Costs of Cheap Phone Service. PC World. March 8, 2005.

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March 14, 2005

RIM Rivals Sign Patent License Agreement

"NTP and Good Technology have reached a patent-licensing deal, turning up the heat on rival Research In Motion, which is embroiled in an infringement suit with NTP.

"NTP, a patent-holding company, and Good Technology, a wireless communications specialist, announced the licensing agreement Friday. The deal gives Good access to certain of NTP's patents for the life of those patents, which begin to expire in 2012. The arrangement 'covers certain products and equipment but excludes network communications services,' the companies said in a statement."

Richard Shim. RIM Rivals Ink Licensing Agreement. News.com. March 11, 2005.

See also:
Good Technology, Inc. Good Technology and NTP Enter Into License Agreement. Yahoo! Finance. March 11, 2005.

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March 12, 2005

Yahoo! Offers Mobile RSS

"Yahoo Inc. on Thursday launched a service that allows mobile phone users to access news and other information either from the portal's personalized news and information service or from websites that offer RSS content syndication.

"The new service extends the Sunnyvale, Calif., company's My Yahoo desktop service to mobile devices, which the company has targeted as a growth area for its Internet services. In addition, users can access content from websites that the support really simple syndication, or RSS, a lightweight format based on extensible markup language that's designed for sharing headlines and other Web content, such as weblogs."

TechWeb News. Yahoo Launches Mobile RSS News Feed. InternetWeek.com. March 10, 2005.

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March 11, 2005

Gamers Salivate for PSP

"The earliest adopters in America already have theirs, those black slabs of glistening black plastic and metal.

"The object of desire is Sony's PlayStation Portable, a hand-held video gaming device aimed at redefining entertainment on the go - and not just for young gamers. The company often refers to the PlayStation Portable, the descendant of the original PlayStation, born 10 years ago, as the first truly integrated portable entertainment system."

Michel Marriott. Changing the Game, PlayStation Goes Mobile. The New York Times. March 10, 2004.

Engadget. Sony PlayStation Portable/PSP Hands-On Review. Dec. 20, 2004.

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Napster Offers Consumers Free Digital Music 'To Go'

"Digital music download service Napster is launching its 'Napster To Go Cafe Tour' in four U.S. cities to promote its new subscription service.

"Napster will visit coffee shops and clubs in New York, Austin, Los Angeles and Nashville, where it will give away a thousand MP3 players and Napster subscriptions. Napster will take over the locales for a night with signs, t-shirts, Napster coffee cups, and an old-fashioned jukebox. It's promoting the giveaways as 'free fills & refills' of digital music and coffee, getting the word out via radio promotions and flyers."

Kevin Newcomb. Napster Takes Its Show on the Road. ClickZNews. March 8, 2005.

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March 10, 2005

Social Aspects of Wireless Computer Gaming

"A new generation of handheld games machines is expected to do for gaming what the iPod did for music: take our favourite digital pastimes away from the computer and out into the everyday world.

"Where computer games were once a solitary affair, restricted to the home and prone to stifle social skills, the new handsets are about to take button-mashers and inter- active entertainment on the road.

"Train carriages, bus stops and the workplace are the new battlegrounds, where players can now compete against one another. There are even lessons for the schoolroom. Welcome to the mobile games club, which can convene anywhere, at any time.

Stuart Andrews. Welcome to the Mobile Social Club. Times Online. March 6, 2005.

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March 08, 2005

Digital Revolution Reaches the Airwaves

"From satellite to podcasts, programming is exploding -- but the fight for profits will be ferocious.

"How fast is technology turning radio upside down? Ask Brian Ibbott. Last September, when the wannabe Denver deejay started playing music on the Internet, the term for what he was doing -- podcasting -- had been around for two weeks. These days the 35-year-old produces a half-hour show of popular songs called Coverville. Some 9,000 devotees download it three times a week to play on -- what else? -- their iPods.

"For all the hullabaloo it's generating, podcasting is not even close to being a business yet. While startups such as Odeo and The Podcast Network are providing technological support and creating a podcasting network, right now Ibbott has barely enough ads to cover expenses, and most podcasters work for free."

Heather Green et al. The New Radio Revolution. BusinessWeekOnline. March 3, 2005.

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Yahoo Starts Up Mobile Game Division

"Yahoo has launched a studio to develop video games for mobile telephones, marking the search giant's most aggressive step yet into the multibillion-dollar gaming market.

"Yahoo Games Studio has already developed games for Verizon Wireless and will soon make games available for other wireless carriers, the company said on Friday.

"Yahoo also said it has acquired a company called Stadeon to enable people to play games on their phones online against those playing through the Web. Compatible games include titles like 'Chess' and 'Poker.'"

Reuters.Yahoo Launches Mobile Video Game Studio. News.com. March 4, 2005.

See also:
Keith Regan. Yahoo Launches Studio To Produce Mobile Gaming. E-Commerce Times. March 4, 2005.

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Infinity Will Stream Radio on Web

"Radio broadcaster Infinity is making 11 of its news and news-talk stations available online and will have its existing national and local sales forces sell commercial spots on the streams. Infinity Broadcasting is a unit of Viacom.

"'We have a very aggressive sales strategy that we'll be rolling out in the next couple of weeks as we move toward launch,' said David Goodman, president of marketing at Infinity. 'We really believe that we have a tremendous opportunity to dominate the at-work audience.'

"Industry-watchers have painted the move as an acknowledgement of the competitive environment that could be dragging audience away from radio broadcasting."

Pamela Parker. Infinity to Stream, Sell Ads Online. ClickZNews. March 3, 2005.

See also:
Heather Green et al. The New Radio Revolution. BusinessWeek Online. March 3, 2005.

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March 07, 2005

Recipe for Podcasting

"Podcasts are reinventing talk radio on the Web. These homemade audio downloads have become popular since they were introduced last year. Pontificate on your political opinions, praise your favorite bands, interview your hero -- the possibilities are limitless.

"Podcasts were created by fans of the Apple iPod, but you don't need an iPod or a Mac to make your own. Properly configured, the average Linux distribution can podcast with the best of them. Here's how."

Johnathon Williams. Podcasting from Linux. Newsforge. March 2, 2005.

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March 05, 2005

Oscar Surprise: Unsafe Mobile Phones

"According to a Los Angeles security consulting firm that went skulking outside the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday, as many as 100 people who walked the red carpet were carrying cell phones vulnerable to the kind of privacy invasion that recently gained Hilton a new round of unwanted notoriety.

"Three employees of the company, Flexilis, positioned themselves in the crowd of more than 1,000 people watching celebrities arrive at the Kodak Theater.

"The Flexilis researchers said they were able to detect that 50 to 100 of the attendees had smart cell phones whose contents--like those of Hilton's T-Mobile phone--could be electronically siphoned from their service providers' central computers."

John Markoff and Laura M. Holson. An Oscar Surprise: Vulnerable Phones. News.com. March 1, 2005.

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Gizmodo.com. IMterview With Bluetooth Hacking Flexilis's John Hering. Aug. 4, 2004.

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Library Offers Audio Books on iPod Shuffle

"Checking out a new iPod now applies to more than shopping trips or web browsing. This week the South Huntington Public Library on Long Island, New York, became one of the first public libraries in the country to loan out iPod shuffles.

"For the past three weeks, the library ran a pilot program using the portable MP3 devices to store audio books downloaded from the Apple iTunes Music Store. They started with six shuffles, and now are up to a total of 10. Each device holds a single audio book.

Cyrus Farivar. Library Shuffles Its Collection. Wired News. March 3, 2005.

See also:
National Public Radio. iPod Shuffle at a Public Library. Talk of the Nation. March 3, 2005.

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March 04, 2005

Mobiles Weave Into Social Fabric

"Mobile phones are the essential accessory most of us never leave home without. At 3GSM, Europe's premier mobile phone show, Stephen Cole assesses the real role they play in our lives, and the problems users face.

"What exactly do mobile phones mean to us in this day and age?

"The short answer, it seems, is more than ever."

Stephen Cole. Mobiles 'Part of Social Fabric'. BBC News. Feb. 28, 2005.

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March 03, 2005

Qwest Hedges Its Bets with VoIP Game

"To save money, some Minnesota government agencies are discarding their Qwest telephones and switching to new ones that convert calls into data packets that travel over computer networks.

"The new phone service, called Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) , saves money for big users by eliminating the need for separate telephone networks, as well as by providing more workplace flexibility with simpler call routing. Hennepin County is embracing the technology, and the Minnesota Department of Revenue is the first large state agency to make the switch.

"The state and county projects will result in Qwest losing 15,000 phone lines, or more, over the next two years."

CRM Daily. Switch to VoIP Is Saving Taxpayers Money. Feb. 25, 2005.

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March 02, 2005

Everyone Wants to Be A DJ

"It's 9:20 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. P.Vo, known by day as Paul Vodra, is the first of 21 DJs who will play at this city's version of an iPod DJ party. On this night, the iPod serves as the lounge's source of music, roughly three songs at a time. No turntables. No vinyl. Bring an iPod. Be the DJ. Please sign your DJ name on the white board in the front.

"The iPod Jukebox night attracts mostly white-collar types in their twenties and thirties who heard about it from a friend of a friend, or read about it in a link to a blog. It's perhaps the most public manifestation of how the iPod has gone mainstream, spawning an entire iPod culture that goes far beyond wearing those distinctive white earphones."

Jose Antonio Vargas. Downloaded and Ready to Rock. WashingtonPost.com. Feb. 25, 2005.

See also:
Leander Kahney. With iPod, Who Needs a Turntable?. Wired News. July 18, 2002.

Methodshop.com. The iPod DJ Revolution.

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Skype Adds Messaging

"A free feature that lets users send short text messages to mobile phones from internet phone service Skype is now being made available. Prior to last week, people downloading the Skype software could only receive short message service (SMS) messages, which are text-only and a maximum of 160 characters.

"By closing the message loop, Skype has outdone Yahoo!, AOL and Microsoft, which make the most popular instant-message software. AIM, Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger only allow the sending of SMS, according to Marcus Williamson, managing director of Connectotel, which is providing Skype with the short-message service."

Ben Charny. Skype Launches Free SMS Service. silicon.com. Feb. 25, 2005.

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March 01, 2005

Wireless Mail Will Rescue the Handheld

"For several years, handheld sales were weak. This is because they were in need of a new killer app.

"When handhelds were first introduced, most people bought them for personal information management. Millions of people gave up their Day Runners and bought a Palm Pilot.

However, just about everyone who wants to keep track of their schedule and address book with a handheld has already bought one. This is why the handheld market leveled off -- and even declined a bit -- for a couple of years. Most of the handhelds being sold were going to people who were upgrading.

Then something came along that gets people in droves to go out and get handhelds: wireless email.

Ed Hardy. The New Handheld Killer App Found at Last. Brighthand. Feb. 24, 2005.

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February 28, 2005

Palm Soon to Ice HotSync

"Since the first Palm Pilot, handhelds running the Palm OS have communicated with desktop computers via HotSync, its self-developed method of information synchronization. This will soon come to an end.

"PalmSource is going to switch to SyncML, a widely used, open standard for information synchronization."

Ed Hardy. PalmSource Moving Away from HotSync. Brighthand. Feb. 22, 2005.

Related:
Daniel Robinson. PalmSource Sees Future on Phones. Computing. Feb. 17, 2005.

See also:
Ed Hardy. PalmOne May Be Committing Itself to Wi-Fi. Brighthand. Feb. 23, 2005.

Uwe Hansmann, et al. SyncML Applications. Informit.com. Dec. 12, 2003.

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World Bank Report: Digital Divide Closing Fast

"The 'digital divide' between rich and poor nations is narrowing fast, according to a World Bank report.

"'People in the developing world are getting more access at an incredible rate - far faster than... in the past,' said the report.

"But a spokesman for the UN's World Summit on the Information Society said the digital divide remained very real."

No author. Global Digital Divide 'Narrowing'. BBC News. Feb. 25, 2005.

See also:
Thomas Atkins. 'Digital Divide' Narrowing Fast, World Bank Says. Reuters. Feb. 24, 2005.

Global Information and Communication Technologies Department. World Bank Highlights Role of Private and Public Sectors in Closing Digital Divide. (.pdf) (Press Release.) Feb. 28, 2005.

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February 25, 2005

Kurzweil's Law of Accelerating Returns

"Which will have a greater impact on the history of humanity--Friendster or penicillin?

"I bring it up because I've been hearing more references lately to Kurzweil's Law, otherwise known as the Law of Accelerating Returns. Coined by futurist Ray Kurzweil, the theory states that building on past accomplishments, the pace of technological change doubles every decade--leading to a Moore's Law vision of progress.

"'Early stages of technology--the wheel, fire, stone tools--took tens of thousands of years to evolve and be widely deployed. A thousand years ago, a paradigm shift such as the printing press took on the order of a century to be widely deployed. Today, major paradigm shifts, such as cell phones and the World Wide Web, were widely adopted in only a few years time,' Kurzweil wrote in the original essay outlining the theory."

Michael KanellosThe Future of the Future. News.com. Feb. 23, 2005.

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Charles Cooper. Ray Kurzweil: Don't Fear the Nanofuture. News.com. March. 19, 2001.

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February 24, 2005

Airbus Proposes In-Flight Cell Phone Use

"European aircraft manufacturer Airbus plans to include in its new Superjumbo A380 planes an optional voice and data system that can allow passengers to use their mobile devices in flight, the company says.

"The service, including onboard mobile telephony and Internet access for passengers, will be offered through the OnAir joint venture to airline companies purchasing the A380. The system could be fitted on other models from Airbus as well as on planes from U.S. rival Boeing, OnAir says.

"Airbus last year successfully completed an in-flight trial of mobile phones and infrastructure equipment based on GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) technology using an Airbus A320 flight-test plane. Tested services included GSM telephony, Web browsing, e-mail, and connectivity to a VPN. The trial, announced last September, also tested several wireless computing services."

Laura Rohde. Coming Soon: Cell Phones in Flight?. PC World. Feb. 16, 2005.

See also:
John Blau. Mobile Phones Cleared for Takeoff. PC World. Sept. 26, 2004.

Bradley S. Klapper. Cell Phone Use Coming for Airbus Fliers. SeattlePI.com. Feb. 16, 2005.

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February 21, 2005

Podcasting: A New Voice in Media

"From a chenille-slipcovered sofa in the basement of their friend Dave's mom's house at the edge of a snow-covered field, Brad and Other Brad, sock-footed pioneers in the latest technology revolution, are recording 'Why Fish,' their weekly show.

"Clutching a microphone and leaning over a laptop on the coffee table, they praise the beauty of the Red River, now frozen on the edge of town, and plug an upcoming interview with a top-ranked professional walleye fisherman. Then they sign off.

"Their show, mostly ad-libbed, is a podcast, a kind of recording that, thanks to a technology barely six months old, anyone can make on a computer and then post to a Web site, where it can be downloaded to an iPod or any MP3 player to be played at the listener's leisure.

"Since August, when Adam Curry, a former MTV video jockey, and David Winer, an early Web log writer, developed the podcasting technology, 3,075 podcasts have sprung up around the world, according to a Web site, Ipodder.org, that offers downloads of podcasting software."

Kate Zernike. Tired of TiVo? Beyond Blogs? Podcasts Are Here. The New York Times. Feb. 19, 2005.

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IBM Pledges $100 Million for Linux

"IBM is spending $100 million over the next three years beefing up its commitment to Linux software.

"The cash injection will be used to help its customers use Linux on every type of device from handheld computers and phones right up to powerful servers.

"IBM said the money will fund a variety of technical, research and marketing initiatives to boost Linux use."

No author. IBM Puts Cash Behind Linux Push. BBC News. Feb. 18, 2005.

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Jennifer LeClaire. IBM To Invest $100 Million in Linux Support, Technology. TechNewsWorld. Feb. 17, 2005.

Dennis Callaghan. IBM Pledges $100 Million to Workplace on Linux. eWeek. Feb. 17, 2005.

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Patent Infringement Suit Over Color Orange

"As a noun, it is the bane of rhyming poets. As a fruit, it is a widely enjoyed source of vitamin C. But as a color, orange could one day become the legal property of Orange, the British mobile phone company.

"Orange said yesterday evening that it would sue easyMobile, a wireless start-up founded by the entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou, who also founded the easyJet discount airline. Orange wants to keep easyMobile from ever using its signature color in advertisements.

"The crux of the argument is that ads for Orange prominently feature its namesake color. Its shade of orange is similar to the one used by all the easyGroup brands, and to the one that easyMobile plans to use in advertisements of its own."

Heather Timmons. In a British Mobile Phone Suit, the Color of Money Is Orange. The New York Times. Feb. 19, 2005.

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February 19, 2005

The Rise of Viral Marketing

"During the early days of Internet advertising, skeptics often argued that Web ads would never sell prosaic packaged goods effectively.

"As more Americans become comfortable with the Web, though, major marketers are increasingly asking agencies to produce elaborate, interactive online campaigns - even for grocery store goods that hardly anyone researches or buys online.

"One of the shiniest lures online is the developing field of viral advertising, in which companies try to create messages so compelling, funny or suggestive that consumers spontaneously share them with friends, often through e-mail or cellphone text messages. The goal is the exponential spread of ads that are endorsed by consumers' own friends."

Natives. Interactive Viral Campaigns Ask Consumers to Spread the Word. The New York Times. Feb. 18, 2005.

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February 18, 2005

Next Generation Web Searches

"In less than a decade, Internet search engines have completely changed how people gather information. No longer must we run to a library to look up something; rather we can pull up relevant documents with just a few clicks on a keyboard. Now that 'Googling' has become synonymous with doing research, online search engines are poised for a series of upgrades that promise to further enhance how we find what we need.

"New search engines are improving the quality of results by delving deeper into the storehouse of materials available online, by sorting and presenting those results better, and by tracking your long-term interests so that they can refine their handling of new information requests.

"In the future, search engines will broaden content horizons as well, doing more than simply processing keyword queries typed into a text box. They will be able to automatically take into account your location--letting your wireless PDA, for instance, pinpoint the nearest restaurant when you are traveling. New systems will also find just the right picture faster by matching your sketches to similar shapes. They will even be able to name that half-remembered tune if you hum a few bars."

Javed Mostafa. Seeking Better Web Searches. ScientificAmerican.com. Feb. 2005.

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3G Linux Phone Boasts New Features

"Several leading mobile technology players are cooperating on a project to explore Linux's potential as the major software component in smart phones of the future.

"At the 3GSM World Congress taking place here this week, Infineon Technologies, Samsung and embedded-Linux specialist Trolltech said they have created a 3G, or third-generation, smart phone built around the Linux operating system.

"The prototype uses Linux software from MontaVista Software, a company that creates versions of the open-source operating system that can be embedded into special-purpose computing devices such as telecommunications equipment. The prototype features services such as video calling and streaming, Web browsing, stereo speakers and Java-based 3D gaming."

Andrew Donoghue. 3G Linux Phone Allows Video Calling, Web Browsing. News.com. Feb. 15, 2005.

See also:
CNET News.com Staff. Cell Phones Sound Off with New Skills. News.com. Feb. 16, 2005.

Stephen Shankland. MontaVista Aims to Simplify Cell Phone Linux. News.com. Feb. 7, 2005.

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Siemens Tests Mobile Phone Encryption

"Voltage Security is expected to announce on Monday that cell phone maker Siemens is putting its encryption technology to the test.

"Ten corporate customers of Siemens' communications group will take part in a beta of Voltage's identity-based encryption, or IBE, toolkit, set to be unveiled Monday. The technology takes identity information--such as an e-mail address, phone number or IP address--and uses that for the public key for a cryptographic system, said Matt Pauker, company co-founder."

Dawn Kawamoto. Siemens Tests Crypto for Cell Phones. News.com. Feb. 13, 2005.

See also:
Voltage Security, Inc. Voltage Security Announces Secure Email Solution for Siemens. (Press Release.) Feb. 14, 2005.

Voltage Security, Inc. Voltage Security Announces Growing Support from Industry Leaders for Securing Applications and Content with Identity-Based Encryption. (Press Release.) Feb. 14, 2005

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February 17, 2005

Cell Phone Industry Eyes Entertainment Downloads

"With a covetous eye on the success of portable music players, mobile phone makers are going after would-be iPod buyers by building high-quality players into their handsets.

"Sony Ericsson announced Monday it would soon market music-player mobiles under its parent's Walkman brand, drawing on the music catalogue of a sister company, Sony BMG, the world's No. 2 record company.

"And Nokia Corp., the world's leading phone maker, announced an alliance with Microsoft Corp. to allow mobile subscribers to load music from a PC onto their phones - much the way that a digital music player works."

Laurence Frost. Mobile Phone Industry Eyes Music Downloads. WashingtonPost.com. Feb. 14, 2005.

See also:
Chris Marlowe. Ring-a-Ding Ding for Mobile Music. Reuters. Feb. 15, 2005.

Sony Ericsson. Sony Ericsson to Offer Exciting Mobile Music Solution in Collaboration with Sony Group Companies. (Press Release.) Feb. 14, 2005.

Nokia. Microsoft and Nokia Collaborate to Help Ensure Consumers Can Enjoy Digital Music Anywhere. (Press Release.) Feb. 14, 2005.

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Microsoft, Flextronics Unveil New Mobile Platform

"Microsoft announced a partnership Sunday with phone maker Flextronics to market a new cell phone platform running Windows Mobile to phone makers and service providers.

"The two companies said they have jointly developed a new phone platform called Peabody--a blueprint that cell providers can customize and which is designed to cut production costs.

"Peabody runs on GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) networks, which is the world's most widespread wireless standard, and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), the data delivery arm of GSM networks."

Steven Musil. Microsoft, Flextronics Partner on Cell Platform. News.com. Feb. 13, 2005.

See also:
Associated Press. Microsoft, Flextronics in Smartphone Venture. MSNBC News. Feb. 14, 2005.

Microsoft Corp. Flextronics and Microsoft Announce Windows Mobile-Based ODM Phone Platform for OEMs. (Press Release.) Feb. 14, 2005.

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MasterCard Fights Fraud With Cell Phones

"If you've ever had a credit card purchase mysteriously rejected only to discover later that the bank thought you were a fraudulent user, you may appreciate an effort by MasterCard International to use SMS (short message service) to streamline the process of clearing up card-usage questions.

"MasterCard has joined with mBlox, a service provider of mobile messaging infrastructure, to add an SMS option to its Aristion fraud detection system and is making Aristion Communicator available to banks beginning Wednesday.

"MasterCard, in Purchase, New York, and mBlox, with primary locations in both London and San Francisco, are first rolling out Aristion Communicator in Europe due to the high use of mobile phones across the continent and in the U.K. One bank in the U.K. and another in Italy have expressed an interest in using the service, Gerber says, declining to name any customers."

Laura Rohde. MasterCard Uses Cell Phones to Fight Fraud. PC World. Feb. 9, 2005.

See also:
Jo Best. MasterCard Turns to Text to Foil Fraudsters. Silicon.com. Feb. 10, 2005.

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February 16, 2005

McAfee Launches Wi-Fi Security Service

"Security vendor McAfee, Inc. this week launched an on-line Wi-Fi security scanning service and said that it is developing a standalone WLAN security product that will be released later this year.

"The company's free online WiFiScan product was launched this week on the company's Web site. It downloads an ActiveX control that scans your wireless network and warns about potential security breaches and describes how to fix them. It can detect, for instance, the presence of an Evil Twin threat, as well as what networks and network-enabled devices are near-by.

"The standalone product will proactively provide security. For instance, if it detects there is lax security, it could directly change settings in either a router or on a desktop or laptop computer."

David Haskin. McAfee Launches Online Wi-Fi Security Service. MobilePipeline. Feb. 11, 2005.

See also:
Gregg Keizer. Hackers Snatch Data From Bogus Wireless Access Points. MobilePipeline. Jan. 20, 2005.

Mike Outmesguine. McAfee Launches Wi-Fi Security Scanner. thewirelessweblog. Feb. 11, 2005.

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February 15, 2005

The Next Music Format

"Classic-rock fan George Petersen doesn't need another copy of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" or Cream's "Disraeli Gears." He has spent the past four decades buying and re-buying his favorite music in a succession of new formats: vinyl, 8-track, cassette, compact disc, Super Audio CD, DVD-Audio.

Enough is enough. The basement is full.

"With tonight's 47th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles drawing attention to the ever-shifting world of the recording arts, Petersen and many other music-biz insiders agree that, in the next decade or so, the CD will very likely be surpassed as the album format of choice.

"'The new format is no format,' predicted Petersen, a 24-year industry veteran who also owns a record label, a recording studio and a music-publishing company. 'What the consumer would buy is a data file, and you could create whatever you need. If you want to make an MP3, you make an MP3. If you want a DVD-Audio surround disc, you make that.'"

Sean Daly. 10 Million iPods, Previewing the CD's End. WashingtonPost.com. Feb. 13, 2005.

See also:
Dinesh C. Sharma. Study: Fee-based Music Gains on Swapping. News.com. Feb. 10, 2005.

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Napster Plans Marketing Campaign Against iPod

"Napster has revealed that it's planning an aggressive marketing campaign against Apple's iPod as part of its plans for a full launch of the Napster To Go portable subscription service later this quarter.

"The service, which soft-launched in the US in November, is likely to roll out in the UK in March. It's one of the first services enabled by Microsoft's Janus technology, which for the first time allows music files bought via subscription services to be transferred from a PC to a portable device."

New Media Age. Napster To Go Campaign Will Challenge Apple iTunes' Lead. Forbes. Feb. 10, 2005.

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House of Commons Bans Blackberry Use

"Michael Martin, the House of Commons speaker, has declared that anyone using BlackBerrys or other 'electronic devices' in the chamber can be thrown out.

"The decision comes shortly after Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell used his BlackBerry to send a profanity-laden tirade to BBC flagship program 'Newsnight,' believing he had sent it to a Labour public relations agency.

"Martin also revealed that some members of Parliament were found to be using the devices during debates. U.K. politicians also have been banned from wearing earpieces that could allow them to communicate with the outside world when the House is in session."

Jo Best. U.K. Parliament Squashes BlackBerry Use. News.com. Feb. 11, 2005.

See also:
Tania Branigan. Ear, Ear ... Leave It Out. The Guardian. Feb. 11, 2005.

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Ignite Eases Digital Content Delivery

"A collaboration tool launched on Monday is designed to ease the distribution of large files for enterprises.

"Ignite Technologies Inc. of Dallas introduced its Ignite Communicator service, which aims to deliver any type of digital content such as video, graphical presentations and software to users regardless of their networking or computer capacity.

"Ignite Communicator, for example, could help an enterprise reach mobile users connecting over less reliable networks or to partners or customers with varying levels of access, Ignite officials said."

Matt Hicks. Service Aims to Ease Digital Content Delivery. eWeek. Feb. 7, 2005.

See also:
Jason Meserve. Ignite Helps Deliver Big Files. NetworkWorldFusion. Feb. 7, 2005.

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February 14, 2005

Surround Sound for Cell Phones

"Are those tinny ring tones making you jumpy? How about a new kind of phone that can make it sound like you're literally in the middle of a soothing forest stream?

"A new line of multimedia phones has hit the streets in Japan over the past few weeks that incorporates three-dimensional sound technology from British start-up Sonaptic. As yet, the content for it is slim--a fishing game, a handful of sound and video clips--but the technology promises a substantial advance for mobile-phone audio.

"The company's developers previously created the 3D audio technology for the Xbox, and they are now aiming to create a similarly compelling experience even with the constraints of a little mobile phone, they say."

John Borland. Cell Phones Get Surround Sound. News.com. Feb. 11, 2005.

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February 12, 2005

FBI Publishes Cell Phone Spam Sites

"The Federal Communications Commission on Monday published a list of Web sites that the agency says transmits unwanted e-mail and text messages to cell phones.

"Sites on the list have 30 days to stop transmitting unwanted e-mail messages, unless the recipient has given permission to receive the message."

Associated Press. FCC Lists Sites That Send Cell Phone Spam. San Francisco Chronicle. Feb. 7, 2005.

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February 11, 2005

Wi-Fi Phone's Sales See Slow Growth

"A new study suggests it will be a number of years before Wi-Fi phones, supposedly a revolutionary telephone technology, manage to fulfill expectations.

"Analysts at Infonetics Research say portable phones using Wi-Fi, the popular technology that creates 300-foot zones of high-speed wireless connectivity, are taking hold in hospitals and businesses, but worldwide sales were negligible last year.

"The results are disappointing. After years in development, the much-anticipated devices were supposed to take off in 2004. But with just 113,000 such handsets sold last year, or $45 million in total sales, it's apparent the prognosticators were wrong. Rather, the sales 'represent a market at its birth,' as Infonetics analysts put it."

Ben Charny. Wi-Fi Phones Don't Add Up to Much. News.com. Feb. 7, 2005.

See also:
Ben Charny. Wi-Fi Phones Make a Splash. News.com. Aug. 4, 2004.

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February 10, 2005

A New Game Plan for Sony

"At the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas last month, Sony Electronics executives feasted at a five-star restaurant, toasting their businesses' double-digit growth and hoping the profits would lift the fortunes of the ailing conglomerate.

"But the boom in electronics wasn't enough to offset weak results for Sony's other properties, when the company reported its quarterly earnings a few weeks later. For the company's top brass, the disparity underscored the need for Sony to go double time with a convergence strategy that it has been incubating for nearly a decade.

"The strategy: Make its movies and games accessible on its gadgets, to help it beat Panasonic, Samsung Electronics and Royal Philips Electronics in an increasingly competitive consumer electronics market."

Richard Shim. Sony Hits Play for New Game Plan. News.com. Feb. 7, 2005.

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Podcasting Allows More Voices to be Heard

"After getting a taste of the radio business in college, software designer Craig Patchett never lost his interest in broadcasting. But without a job in radio, it seemed likely to remain one of those unfulfilled passions - until something called 'podcasting' came along.

"Now, Patchett's creating shows and sending them out to the masses every day - not over the airwaves to radios but over the Internet, from his personal computer in Carlsbad, Calif. His listeners download his shows to their iPods and other digital music players.

"Patchett, 43, is among a growing number of people getting into podcasting, which is quickly becoming another of the Internet's equalizing technologies."

Matthew Fordahl. 'Podcasting' Lets Masses Do Radio Shows. Boston Globe. Feb. 7, 2005.

See also:
National Public Radio. 'PodCasting' to Music, Talk Fans Online. Day to Day. Feb. 1, 2005.

Steve Rubel. Pondering Podvertising Possibilities. iMediaConnection. Feb. 8, 2005.

Cindy L. Chick. Invasion of the Podcasters. LawLibTech. Feb. 2, 2005.

On the Media. Podcasting. Jan. 7, 2005.

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Macromedia Goes Mobile with ColdFusion

" Macromedia Inc. announced the availability of the next version of its ColdFusion MX server, with new support for mobile devices and rich forms, and new reporting and printing capabilities.

"Dave Gruber, product manager for Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7, formerly code-named Blackstone, said the new version enables developers to build Internet applications for the mobile user, including the ability to support SMS (short message service) text messaging.

"ColdFusion MX 7 is a very significant release of ColdFusion, probably more significant than any since it was released 10 years ago," Gruber said. ColdFusion can now be used to serve devices outside the world of HTTP. It has a new gateway to the Internet with mobile devices, for SMS, instant messaging JMS (Java Message Service), serving all Internet-connected devices."

Darryl K. Taft. Macromedia Adds Mobile Support to ColdFusion. eWeek. Feb. 7, 2005.

See also:
Martin LaMonica. Macromedia Cold Fusion Goes Mobile. News.com. Feb. 7, 2005.

Michael Singer. Macromedia's ColdFusion Looks Beyond the Web. InternetNews.com. Feb. 7, 2005.

Macromedia. Macromedia Announces Immediate Availability of Coldfusion MX7. (Press Release.) Feb. 7, 2005.

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February 08, 2005

Rand McNally Offers Traffic Data to Phones

"A new service from publisher Rand McNally will provide real-time traffic information to mobile phone users.

"The new service, Rand McNally Traffic, lets people download information on traffic flow, congestion, weather conditions and accidents in about 90 cities nationwide, the company said Wednesday. Subscribers can either get information on routes they usually take or do a search based on ZIP codes of their destination and then check for incidents by roads, it said."

Dinesh C. Sharma. Rand McNally Drives Traffic Data to Phones. News.com. Feb. 2, 2005.

See also:
Wayne Rash. Rand McNally, TCS Bring Traffic Warnings to Cell Phones. eWeek. Feb. 2, 2005.

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February 05, 2005

True Freedom of Mobility

"I love the Internet because I can plug anything I want into it. No ISP tells me what computer I can use or what software it can run. Contrast that with the phone networks. Until 1968, it was illegal to even attach a non-Bell phone. Even today, phone companies charge for services like Caller ID. Imagine if your ISP charged you for seeing the 'From' line in your e-mail.

"Mobile-phone companies have inherited this arrogance, building their business models around nickel-and-diming customers. They sell you phones that can play musical ringtones and then force you to buy the song snippets you want to use, even if you already own the CD.

"Yet I’m a net-head who learned to love phones again—specifically, smartphones such as the Sony Ericsson P900, the Nokia 6620 and the Treo 650. All come with operating systems ready to run software of your choosing because they’re made by manufacturers who treat you, not your carrier, as the real customer."

Cory Doctorow. Take Back Your Cell. Popular Science. Feb. 2005.

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Report: Telework Participation Lags Behind Interest

"Interest in telework continues to run high for federal employees, but just 51 percent of workers are eligible to work away from the office, according to a report from a Herndon, Va.-based technology distributor.

"The report found that 36 percent of the federal workforce has been given the option to work away from the office and 45 percent of workers say their managers view telework favorably. Nineteen percent telework, the report stated.

"'The benefits of telework are simply too great to delay any longer,' said Jim Shanks, CDW Government president. 'With a clear understanding of what the real problems are, federal policymakers and industry leaders now have a real opportunity to resolve them.'"

Daniel Pulliam. Telework Participation Still Lags Behind Interest. GovExec. Jan. 31, 2005.

See also:
Jason Miller. CIOs Need to Get Behind Telework, GSA says. GCN. Jan. 31, 2005.

CDW Government Inc. CDW·G Federal Telework Report Reveals Roadblocks To Broader Telework Adoption. (Press Release.) Jan. 31, 2005.

Update: Daniel Pulliam. Telework Centers Offer Free Month to Federal Workers. GCN. Feb. 11, 2005. (The General Service Administration is funding a promotion for federal workers to receive a one-month trial membership at fourteer Washington-area telework centers.)

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February 04, 2005

The Mobile Area Code Dilemma

"Thanks to cellular and internet phones, anyone can make a call from anywhere -- and use any area code in the country.

"But the added mobility doesn't always bode well for businesses trying to operate in a messy world of multiple personal phones, calling numbers and area codes that differ from a person's home address. Some companies may ask what's the point of even having an area code? If anything, the invention of the mobile has been a headache for Domino's Pizza.

"The fast-food delivery chain has an internal group of people looking for a technical solution for accepting cell-phone orders. Right now, most Domino's restaurants accept orders only from land-line telephones tied to a local address, to ensure that drivers make deliveries to legitimate homes."

Elisa Batista. Area Codes Blur Boundaries. Wired News. Jan. 31, 2005.

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February 03, 2005

DRM Applied to the Mobile Industry

"A word of warning to DRM-crazed companies, says the outspoken Cory Doctorow: somewhere out there is a competitor who will steal your customers with more open products.

"Cory Doctorow is a popular figure in Internet culture. He's an award-winning science-fiction author whose work explores the social implications of digital communication, and he recently moved to London to be the European Outreach Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization created in 1990 to defend our 'right to think, speak, and share our ideas, thoughts, and needs using new technologies.' As you might expect, Doctorow's an outspoken critic of digital rights management, which he believes is an impediment to the rights the EFF was established to protect.

"More interestingly, he believes that DRM is bad for business, too. Doctorow shared his views on DRM as it applies to the mobile industry with TheFeature."

Mark Frauenfelder. Closed Systems = Closed Opportunities Closed Systems = Closed Opportunities. TheFeature. Jan. 25, 2005.

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Library Allows Users to Copy E-Books

"For audio-book addicts, the King County Library System has something for you and you don't even have to set foot in a library.

"Last November, the county library became the first in the nation to allow people to download audio 'e-books' to home computers.

"An e-book can be downloaded from the library's Web site onto a computer and either burned to a CD or transferred to an MP3 player.

"For free."

Susan Gilmore. King County Library Lets You Copy its E-books. The Seattle Times. Jan. 31, 2005.

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February 02, 2005

Mobisode Makes Debut on Cell TV

"The scene veers abruptly from seduction to murder. In one of the shortest, smallest television premieres ever, a woman deftly snaps her lover's neck, then steals his identity to access secret government data.

"The miniature version of the TV show '24' lasts just 60 seconds, and it unfolds on a two-inch cell phone screen.

"The 'mobisode' (short for mobile episode), adapted from the Fox series, makes its debut Tuesday as part of a new push by Verizon Wireless Communications Inc. to sell mobile-phone video service to subscribers for a fee of $15 a month."

Yuki Noguchi. Gone in 60 Seconds. WashingtonPost.com. Jan. 30, 2005.

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SBC to Acquire AT&T;

"AT&T; Corp., the matriarch of the modern telephone business, is selling itself to one of its progeny, SBC Communications Inc., as part of a $16 billion deal that would create the nation's largest telecommunications company.

"SBC announced that documents authorizing the acquisition were signed early today after AT&T;'s board approved the deal in meetings that continued past midnight. The SBC board approved the transaction Sunday evening.

"The agreement caps weeks of negotiations and ends AT&T;'s 128-year reign as the nation's best-known phone company. If the deal meets with regulatory and shareholder approval, the combined companies would eclipse Verizon Communications Inc., with 60 million residential consumers, millions of business customers and more than $70 billion in combined annual revenue."

Yuki Noguchi. SBC to Acquire AT&T; for $16 Billion. WashingtonPost.com. Jan. 31, 2005.

See also:
Justin Hyde. SBC to Buy AT&T; for $16 Billion. Reuters. Jan. 31, 2005.

Paul Travis. SBC To Buy AT&T; For $16 Billion. Information Week. Jan. 31, 2005.

Reuters. SBC to Cut Nearly 13,000 Jobs in AT&T; Deal. News.com. Feb. 1, 2005.

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January 31, 2005

2004: Record Year for Cell Phone Industry

"Worldwide mobile-phone shipments totaled 194.3 million in the fourth quarter, a jump of 18.1 percent compared with the third quarter, market researcher IDC said this week.

"Compared with the 2003's fourth quarter, the jump represented growth of 24 percent. For the full year, shipments increased by 29.3 percent compared with 2003, IDC said."

Dinesh C. Sharma. IDC: Phone Shipments Surged in '04. News.com. Jan. 28, 2005.

See also:
IDC. 2004 Worldwide Mobile Phone Shipments Up 18.1% in the Fourth Quarter and 29.3% for the Year, According to IDC. (Press Release.) Jan. 27, 2005.

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January 29, 2005

Take-Two Wins Exclusive Baseball Contract

"After being locked out of the football market, game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software threw a curveball at the video game industry Monday by snagging semi-exclusive rights to Major League baseball.

"The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), the union representing players, announced it had reached a tentative agreement with Take-Two granting the publisher a seven-year license to portray Major League players in video games. Take-Two still needs to reach a separate agreement with Major League Baseball for the rights to portray teams and stadiums.

"The MLBPA license gives Take-Two exclusive rights among third-party game publishers. That means game console makers Microsoft and Sony could continue to make baseball games for their respective Xbox and PlayStation 2 game consoles, but companies purely in the software business could not. Most notably, that shuts out leading game publisher Electronic Arts, whose 'MVP Baseball' was one of the top-selling baseball games last year."

David Becker. Take-Two Out to the Ball Game. News.com. Jan. 24, 2005.

Update: Curt Feldman. Take-Two Bulks Up on Baseball. News.com. Jan. 31, 2005. (Take-Two announced Monday that they have entered into a long-term licensing agreement with Major League Baseball Properties, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media for exclusive rights to publish and distribute officially licensed games for consoles, PCs and handhelds.)

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Yahoo Offers Local Search Via Cell Phones

"Yahoo began offering on Thursday a new tool that allows users of its local search service to send restaurant or business information in the form of a text message from a computer to a mobile phone.

"Yahoo said its new service is available across all the major wireless carriers at no charge for consumers. However, wireless carriers may charge fees for receiving text messages on a mobile handset.

"For example, a user could search for information about San Francisco's Slanted Door restaurant on a PC and then click on a link to send the address and telephone number to a mobile phone. The message goes via SMS--or short message service, a form of text messaging offered by all major mobile phone carriers in the United States and in most other countries.

Reuters. Yahoo tool sends local info to cell phones. News.co. Jan. 27, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. Search Engines Go Mobile. eWeek. Jan 27, 2005.

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January 28, 2005

Ask Jeeves Plans Mobile Search

"Looking to provide yet another way for users to tap its search capabilities, Ask Jeeves is developing new wireless search services to be launched this year, according to a company executive.

"Unlike competitors such as Google and Yahoo, Ask Jeeves currently doesn't offer a way for users to access its search engine via mobile devices, but that will change at some point before the end of 2005, said Daniel Read, Ask Jeeves' vice president of product management."

Juan Carlos Perez. Ask Jeeves Developing Wireless Search. InfoWorld. Jan. 21, 2005.

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Wireless E-mail Service Expands Support

"As wireless access to E-mail grows more popular among mobile professionals, vendors such as Research In Motion, Sybase, and Extended Systems are offering technology to provide wireless access to more enterprise applications.

"Wireless E-mail vendor Good Technology Inc. joins that market this week with GoodAccess, which lets businesses wirelessly access CRM, ERP, supply-chain management, business intelligence, and Microsoft Outlook.

"GoodAccess supports a variety of devices, including Hewlett-Packard's iPaq PDAs, smart phones such as the PalmOne Treo, and ruggedized handheld devices like Symbol's MC50 Wi-Fi Pocket PC. Customers can use cellular or Wi-Fi networks to make the wireless connection, the company says. GoodAccess pricing starts around $30,000."

Paul Travis. Good Technology Mobilizes Enterprise Apps. Information Week. Jan. 24, 2004.

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January 27, 2005

Samsung Unveils 3G Multimedia Phone

"Samsung has unveiled a cell phone that supports multimedia service for third-generation networks.

"Samsung is teaming up with Verizon Wireless--which will debut its Vcast multimedia service next month--to market its new SCH-a890 phone."

CNET Staff. Samsung Phone Supports 3G Multimedia. News.com. Jan. 21, 2005.

See also:
PR Newswire. Verizon Wireless and Samsung Announce VCAST-Enabled SCH-a890 Wireless Phone. (Press Release.) Jan. 20, 2005.

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January 26, 2005

2010 Plans for High-Tech Census

"Census Bureau officials plan to issue a request for proposals in the coming months for a contract to equip between 500,000 and 600,000 census counters with handheld computers for the 2010 head count.

"Arnold Jackson, the assistant director for the decennial census, said bureau officials have been meeting with vendors for more than a year to talk about their needs for the biggest high-tech census they have ever attempted.

"Officials have not decided whether the devices would use modems or wireless technology to transmit encrypted data into the system, Jackson said."

Judi Hasson.Census to Spend $300M on Handhelds. FCW.com. Jan. 19, 2005,

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January 25, 2005

Velasco Worms Its Way Into Cell Phones

"Marcos Velasco, a 32-year-old Brazilian software developer, enjoys movies with special effects, maintains a vast collection of antique computers in his home and is the proud father of two young children and one mobile phone virus, which he named after himself: Velasco.

"Mr. Velasco's creation is essentially a piece of computer code that takes advantage of the short-range radio frequency technology called Bluetooth, which is installed on many common handheld devices, especially cellphones. If a person carrying an infected phone passes someone carrying a Bluetooth phone on the street, Mr. Velasco's worm can jump the gap, infecting the second phone.

"He does not spread the virus - technically a worm, according to some computer security experts, that has the ability to reproduce itself and does not need a host program - but he is evidently happy to share his work. 'This worm for cellular phones is the first one with available source code in the world,' his Web site declares."

Tom Zeller Jr. A Virus Writer Tests the Limits in Cellphones. The New York Times. Jan. 24, 2005.

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Toshiba Develops Remote Mobile Access to PCs

"Electronics giant Toshiba said this week it has developed software that lets cell phones use programs stored on most home computers, a breakthrough that further erases the divide differentiating the two devices.

"Phones with the 'Ubiquitous Viewer' software can read e-mail stored on a PC, open a document or even use the PC's Web browser to view Web sites. The only requirement is that the PC uses Microsoft's Windows operating system.

"Japanese carrier KDDI will debut the software in March. The company said other wireless operators have expressed interest, but did not disclose further details."

Ben Charny. Phones Dial in Personal Computers. News.com. Jan. 19, 2005.

Paul Kallender. Toshiba Software Will Remotely Control PCs by Cell Phone. ComputerWorld. Jan. 18, 2005.

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January 24, 2005

Powell's Successor Faces Brave New World

"Throughout his four years as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Michael K. Powell zealously touted a future filled with technologies competing to provide new ways to communicate and get information, from souped-up wireless devices to online access via power lines.

"Some of these are now coming to pass. As a result, whole industries are being upended. Cable companies are now also phone companies, phone companies want to provide video, and an entire regulatory scheme is in flux.

"But many analysts say Powell -- who yesterday announced his resignation -- is leaving before many crucial details have been worked out. Those details will affect the choices consumers are likely to have and the prices they will have to pay."

Jonathan Krim. FCC Chief Must Work Out Details. WashingtonPost.com. Jan. 22, 2005.

See also:
Frank Ahrens. Powell To Resign As Head Of FCC. WashingtonPost.com. Jan. 22, 2005.

Update
Declan McCullagh. Can Howard Stern Now Relax? News.com. Jan., 24, 2005. (McCullagh reviews Powell's chairmanship and reviews the issues the new chairman will face upon confirmation.)

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Online Music Stores Go Mainstream

"Online music stores broke into the mainstream in 2004, with more than 200 million tracks sold in the United States and Europe, a tenfold increase from the previous year, according to data released Wednesday.

"Among well-known brands like iTunes and Napster, the number of online music stores quadrupled to more than 230 in 2004, according to the report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) trade group. The number of songs available online has doubled to about 1 million songs.

"The IFPI said research firm Jupiter expects the $330 million online music market to double in 2005."

Reuters. Online Music Stores Break Into Mainstream. News.com. Jan. 19, 2005.

See also:
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. IFPI Report Sees the Digital Music Market Taking Off in 2005. (Press Release.) Jan. 19, 2005.

IFPI:OS. Digital Music Report. (.pdf) Jan. 2005

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January 22, 2005

Video Game Sales Increase in 2004

"U.S. sales of video games in 2004 kept pace with the previous year, according to a report released Tuesday, even though aging game consoles have yet to be replaced by their successors.

"Total U.S. sales of video game hardware, software and accessories last year hit $9.9 billion, according to researcher The NPD Group, compared with $10 billion in 2003.

"Software accounted for the bulk of the spending--$6.2 billion--with holiday hits leading the way. The top-selling games were 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,' with sales of 5.1 million units, and 'Halo 2,' with sales of 4.2 million. Both pulled well ahead of last year's No. 1 seller, 'Madden NFL 2004.'"

David Becker. Video Game Sales up 8 Percent in 2004. News.com. Jan. 18, 2005.

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New Dell CEO Remains Confident

"Dell CEO Kevin Rollins is just now starting to step out of Michael Dell's shadow and into the limelight.

"It has been six months since Rollins took the reins at the PC giant after its namesake founder stepped aside as chief executive. In that short span, IBM has more or less bowed out of the PC business ('waving the white flag,' Rollins said), Hewlett-Packard has realigned its PC business, and Apple Computer has reignited public attention with budget-minded Macs and iPods.

"We caught up with Rollins last week and asked about his views on everything from the Chinese technology market to Apple and the iPod to the Republican Party."

Andy McCue. Dell's Rollins: Unfazed by iPod, IBM. News.com. Jan. 18, 2005.

See also:
CNET Staff. Dell Chief Unperturbed by iPod, Mac Mini. News.com. Jan. 18, 2005.

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January 21, 2005

Canada Files Brief in RIM Case

"The federal government has stepped into the middle of a high-stakes patent infringement battle between Research in Motion Inc. and a U.S. company, claiming a recent U.S. court ruling against the creator of the iconic BlackBerry communications device threatens to chill innovation by Canadian firms and give extra-territorial reach to U.S. patent law.

"At stake are not only millions of dollars worth of royalty payments on the sale of BlackBerry handhelds in the U.S. every month, but also issues of how old laws for guarding intellectual property are applied in a new era when technology is increasingly blurring national boundaries and economies.

"In what legal experts say is an unusual move, the Canadian Department of Justice filed an amicus curiae brief (.pdf) with a U.S. federal appeals court on Jan. 13, urging it to grant RIM's request for a re-hearing before all 15 judges of the federal appeals circuit."

Simon Avery. Ottawa Intervenes in RIM Patent Infringement Battle. The Globe and Mail. Jan. 17, 2005.

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A Roundup of Photo Sharing Services

"These days, nearly everyone has a digital camera or camera phone. And many new online services offer varying features for people who want to share their pictures, post them to blogs, or tag or comment on others' photos.

"Here's a roundup of four of the best of these services."

Daniel Terdiman. Photo Sites Share and Share Alike. Wired News. Jan. 17, 2005.

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NFL Game Broadcasts Coming to IPods

"Audio content provider Audible on Tuesday struck a deal with the National Football League to offer recordings of games on portable music players.

"Under terms of the agreement, Audible.com will offer MP3-compatible audio broadcasts of the Super Bowl and conference championship games. Listeners can download the entire broadcast, or selected highlights, the morning after the game.

"Consumers can download the games, from NFL.com, Audible.com and other online retailers, onto their MP3 players, including Apple Computer's iPod, Audible a said."

CNET Staff. NFL Games Heading to Your iPod. News.com. Jan. 18, 2005.

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January 20, 2005

Google Uses Services to Promote Services

"A new version of Picasa, Google Inc.'s digital photo software, is due for release today, offering additional ways to edit, print and share pictures. It also has a feature that Web surfers have come to expect from Google: It's free.

"Google acquired the company behind Picasa in July and immediately slashed the price of its software from $30 to nothing. When Picasa co-founder Lars Perkins asked Google executives how the software would make money, he recalled, they told him, 'Don't worry about it.'

"In fact, Google has eliminated or slashed the price of every service it has acquired, including Web log software Blogger and online mapping program Keyhole. And many of the services its own engineers created feature no ads or subscriptions; these include social-networking software, a program for conducting queries through text messaging on cellphones, and services for searching through computer hard drives, scholarly material and university websites."

Chris Gaither. Free-for-All Could Pay Off for Google. LA Times. Jan. 18, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. Google Updates Picasa Photo Software. eWeek. Jan. 18, 2005.

Reuters. Google Touches up Photo Service. News.com. Jan. 18, 2005.

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January 18, 2005

AirPlay Brings iPod Music to FM Radio

"XtremeMac on Tuesday released a gadget designed to let users listen to music stored on their iPods via any FM radio.

"The transmitter, dubbed the AirPlay, also works with the iPod Mini, Xtreme Mac said. The device transfers audio wirelessly from the music player to any FM radio, making it an attractive add-on, the company said, for people who don't have casette or CD players in their cars.

"The gadget features a digital display that shows which frequency you'll be transmitting on, and it does not require navigation of iPod menus. The display turns off after tuning to conserve the iPod battery, XtremeMac said. When the iPod begins to play, AirPlay automatically transmits on the last used radio frequency. The device costs $39.95, the company said."

Dinesh C. Sharma. Device Brings Your iPod Music to Any Radio. News.com. Jan. 12, 2005.

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MSN India Partners for Mobile IM & E-Mail

"Microsoft on Thursday signed deals with two Indian cell phone companies to deliver e-mail and instant messages via SMS.

"BPL Mobile, owned by Indian electronics maker BPL, offers cell phone services in five Southern and Western Indian states, and has around 2.4 million subscribers. Airtel, which has a presence in 20 Indian states, has around 9.5 million subscribers.

"The companies, together with mobile data services firm Mobile 365, on Thursday launched two new services-–Mobile-mail and MSN Messenger over SMS. However, they did not say whether the service will carry a fee or be offered for free."

CNET Staff. Hotmail Goes Mobile in India. News.com. Jan. 13, 2005.

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January 17, 2005

Amazon Reveals Sony PSP Launch Date

"Sony won't say for sure when the rest of the world will get its hands on the PlayStation Portable, but Amazon will.

"The British arm of the online retail giant has begun taking advance orders for the handheld game machine, citing a delivery date of March 18.

"Questioned Thursday, a Sony Computer Entertainment America representative said that the PSP was on track for a March launch in North America, with a specific date and price to be announced later."

David Becker. Amazon Sets Delivery Date for PSP. News.com. Jan. 13, 2005.

See also:
Peter Rojas. Sony Planning PlayStation Portable Upgrades?. Engadget. Jan. 15, 2005.

Reuters. Samsung to Supply Chips for Sony's PSP. News.com. Jan. 13, 2005.

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January 15, 2005

Is That A Bunny in Your Pocket?

"'Call Girl' is getting a whole new meaning.

"Playboy has found a new way to peddle its nudie pictures to gawkers on the go: over their cell phones. Last month Playboy joined the growing legion of porn purveyors marketing to handheld devices when it launched iBod, nude photos sized for the iPod Photo.

"The company won't say when the cellular centerfolds will be available or how customers will be charged, only that they're on the case."

David Epstein. Playboy Goes for Hard Cell. Daily News. Jan. 12, 2005.

See also:
Richard Shim. Playboy's Free Come-on Turns iPod into iBod. News.com. Dec. 17, 2004.

Ben Charny. Barely Legal? Strip Poker Hits Cingular Phones. News.com. Jan. 6, 2005.

Evan Hansen. XXX, on a Small Screen Near You. News.com. Dec. 30, 2004.

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January 13, 2005

VeriSign to Acquire LightSurf

"VeriSign on Monday announced it plans to acquire multimedia messaging company LightSurf Technologies in a $270 million stock deal designed to bolster its wireless efforts.

"With the acquisition, VeriSign plans to offer carriers a range of wireless data and content technology, from picture messaging capabilities to interoperable messaging.

"LightSurf was one of the first companies to offer picture messaging on cell phones, debuting the service with Sprint in mid-2002. Initially derided as just another useless cell phone feature, photo messaging has proven to be a success over the last two years."

Dawn Kawamoto and Ben Charny. VeriSign to Buy Messaging Firm LightSurf. News.com. Jan. 10, 2005.

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Verizon to Offer TV-on-Demand Service

"Verizon Wireless has expanded its wireless broadband network to a dozen more cities and next month will begin selling a TV-on-demand service featuring content from Fox, Comedy Central and NBC--moves meant to re-establish the carrier as the largest U.S. cell phone operator.

"Verizon's BroadbandAccess wireless Web service, whose performance matches a slow wireline broadband connection, is now available in 32 markets, having been expanded Friday to Chicago, Boston and 10 other cities. By year's end, the operator expects the network to be available to 150 million Americans, making it the largest third-generation, or 3G, network in the United States.

"Verizon's new service will challenge one offered by rival Sprint, the nation's third-largest carrier, which recently announced its intention to merge with Nextel Communications. Sprint began selling a mobile TV service a year ago."

Ben Charny. Stay Tuned for Verizon Wireless TV. News.com. Jan. 7, 2005.

See also:
Colin C. Haley. Verizon Wireless Flicks Content Switch. InternetNews.com. Jan. 7, 2005.

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January 12, 2005

ITunes User Sues Apple Over iPod

"Lawyers filed a 10-count lawsuit against Apple earlier this week, claiming the ties between the company's iTunes music download service and its iPod violate state and federal antitrust law.

"Slattery v. Apple, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California in San Jose, is a plea to allow the case to become a class action lawsuit on behalf of anyone who has used the iTunes service or bought an iPod from Apple since April 28, 2003, the day iTunes first opened shop.

"The suit claims Apple broke the law when it altered the industry standard Advanced Audio Codec (AAC) file format and used it to restrict the music's usage outside the iPod. Songs sold to the public on iTunes use the AAC with Fairplay Digital Rights Management (DRM), called AAC Protected."

Jim Wagner. Apple Hit by Lawsuit. InternetNews.com. Jan. 6, 2005.

See also:
Andrew Orlowski. Apple Music Store Smacked With Antitrust Suit. The Register. Jan. 7, 2005.

Peter Cohen. ITunes User Sues Apple Over FairPlay. PC World. Jan. 7, 2005.

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January 11, 2005

Text-Messaging Teens Rack Up Debt

"In the last two years, text messages - which cell carriers generally limit to 160 characters - have become a rage among teenagers, who embrace the technology as yet another way to escape a boring class or stay in touch with friends.

"But text-messaging, or texting for short, has a downside. It can be expensive. Although phone companies offer relatively inexpensive packages - like Verizon Wireless's $9.99 for 1,000 messages a month - industry experts say that carriers sometimes fail to draw customers' attention to the cost-saving deals, and that customers themselves, especially young people, often exceed the number of messages allowed. In those cases, sending a text message usually costs 10 cents; the cost of receiving one ranges from 2 to 10 cents.

"But text-messaging, or texting for short, has a downside. It can be expensive. Although phone companies offer relatively inexpensive packages - like Verizon Wireless's $9.99 for 1,000 messages a month - industry experts say that carriers sometimes fail to draw customers' attention to the cost-saving deals, and that customers themselves, especially young people, often exceed the number of messages allowed. In those cases, sending a text message usually costs 10 cents; the cost of receiving one ranges from 2 to 10 cents."

Lisa W. Foderaro. Young Cell Users Rack Up Debt, a Message at a Time. The New York Times. Jan. 9, 2005.

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Video54 Unveils Video Over Wi-Fi Technology

"A new start-up says it has developed antenna technology that can steer signals around obstacles, improving reliability in wireless home networks.

"Video54 Technologies, based in Mountain View, Calif., will be showcasing its BeamFlex technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. On Wednesday, the company announced that Netgear, a maker of home networking gear, will be the first company to integrate the BeamFlex antenna into a new line of wireless-access products. Netgear is branding the products under the name RangeMax.

"Video54's technology uses software to adjust signal paths of wireless devices to steer them around obstacles. The product is composed of antenna arrays that generate hundreds of unique beam patterns. The software continuously learns the environment and reconfigures the antenna to adapt to changing radio frequency, network and user conditions."

Marguerite Reardon. Start-up Pictures Video-Ready Wireless Networks. News.com. Jan. 5, 2005.

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January 10, 2005

Sony, Matsushita Release Electronic Book

"They have fought over DVDs, digital cameras, MP3 players and flat-screen televisions. Now Japan's gadget makers have chosen a new battleground for 2005: the electronic book.

"Technology companies and science-fiction writers have been predicting the death of paper for decades, and they have always been wrong. Until now, people have happily stuck to books despite the digital age because books still represent the cheapest and easiest-to-read medium for words.

"But Sony and Matsushita, the two largest consumer electronic companies, believe they may have turned the corner in driving the humble book to extinction."

Leo Lewis. Latest Thing in Hi-Tech: A Book. Times Online. Jan. 1, 2005.

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iPods as Storage Device for Images

"Radiologists are turning to iPods to deal with the hassles of managing medical images. They're not listening to music, though; they're looking at pictures.

"Medical images are increasingly important in diagnosing everything from cancer to heart disease to sports injuries. And they are used extensively for research, including brain function and experimental treatments, but they also require large data sets, making storing and transferring images problematic.

"Two radiologists recently developed open-source software, called OsiriX, to display and manipulate complex medical images on the popular portable devices called iPods. The most current version of OsiriX, which speeds up some processes and fixes crash-causing bugs, was released on Tuesday."

M.L. Baker. iPods Store Medical Images. eWeek. Jan. 5, 2005.

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January 08, 2005

Macworld Conference to Feature New Products

"IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today provided a preview of Macworld Conference & Expo(R) in San Francisco, to be held next week at the Moscone Center. Hundreds of new products are expected to debut at next week's event, which will feature an exhibit hall filled with over 275 of the most innovative companies serving the Mac community.

"Macworld will also include five days of world-class educational content, with conference sessions appropriate for Mac users of all levels and backgrounds. In addition, concerts by six different music stars will take place during the week.

"The Macworld exhibit hall will feature the newest products and applications for the Mac platform from companies such as Apple, Adobe, Aspyr, BlackBerry, Canon, FileMaker, Harman Multimedia, HP, Intuit, Microsoft, MYOB, Nikon, Oxford Semiconductor, Quark, Roxio, Sonos, Xerox, X-Rite and many others."

Business Wire. New Products Ready to Make their Debut at Macworld Conference & Expo 2005 in San Francisco. CBS MarketWatch. Jan. 4, 2005.

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January 07, 2005

Vonage Offers Net Users Wireless Phones

"Vonage Holdings will be the first Internet telephony provider to offer a new portable Wi-Fi phone that can make calls over any Wi-Fi hot spot.

"UTStarcom on Tuesday announced that later this year, it will release the F1000, a portable phone that uses high-speed wireless hot spots. The handset uses voice over Internet Protocol--VoIP--technology to complete the call.

"UTStarcom said the phone will be sold through service providers and operators, just like cell phones. Vonage will be the first operator to incorporate the new phone into its broadband service. Pricing was not released."

Dinesh C. Sharma. Vonage to Take VoIP on the Road. News.com. Jan. 4, 2005.

See also:
Paul Davidson. Wireless Net Calling Targets Masses. USA Today. Jan. 3, 2005.

No author. Mobile VoIP’s Vegas Act. Red Herring. Jan. 4, 2005.

No author. Vonage Offers Internet Users Wireless Phones. Reuters. Jan. 4, 2005.

Ben Charny. Wi-Fi Goes (West) Hollywood. News.com. Jan 4, 2005.

Martin Brampton. Devil's Advocate: Who Will Win the Mobile War - Microsoft or Nokia?. San Jose Mercury News. Jan. 4, 2005.

Dean Takahashi. CES Preview: Think Wireless. San Jose Mercury News. Jan. 2, 2005.

Todd Wallack. Cellular Subscribers Impatient With Dropped Calls. San Francisco Chronicle. Jan. 5, 2005.

Cindy Carlson. Voice over IP: Finally, a Workable Option. LLRX.com. Dec. 27, 2004.

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January 06, 2005

CES Begins Today

"As the runways of Paris and Milan are to the garment trade, so will the hallways of the Las Vegas Convention Center be this week to the world of digital gadgetry. All things audio and video have become so woven into the fabric of everyday American life and commerce that the show, once a sleepy merchant fair for TV and stereo dealers, is now, in terms of exhibit space, the nation's largest annual trade show. It has held that position since 2001, according to Tradeshow Week, a trade publication.

"The show and the $124-billion-a-year industry it represents have become primary in technology circles, so much so that computer industry luminaries now feel compelled to attend. Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, will be a keynote speaker. So will Craig R. Barrett, chief executive of Intel, and Carleton S. Fiorina, chairwoman and chief executive at Hewlett-Packard."

Saul Hansell.
For the Digerati, the Only Place to Be
. The New York Times. Jan. 5, 2005.

See also:
Richard Shim and David Becker. CES to Spotlight Digital Evolution. News.com. Jan. 4, 2005.

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FCC to Auction 3G Wireless Licenses

"New U.S. wireless airwaves for advanced, or 'third-generation', services like high-speed Internet will be auctioned off as early as June 2006, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday.

"Some of the airwaves are used by federal government agencies but a new law signed by President George W. Bush last week would reimburse them for a move to other spectrum using the proceeds from the sale of the wireless licenses.

"U.S. wireless companies, like Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, are typically hungry for additional airwaves to serve additional customers as well as offer new advanced services, which could one day include video on mobile phones."

Reuters. 3G Wireless Licenses Likely in 2006. News.com. Dec. 30, 2004.

See also:
Federal Communications Commission. FCC to Commence Spectrum Auction That Will Provide American Consumers New Wireless Broadband Services. (.pdf) (News Release) Dec. 29, 2004.

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January 05, 2005

EMI, Sony BMG Partner for New Music Formats

"In a bold move to pave the way for more widespread licensing of music publishing rights, EMI Music Publishing and Sony BMG Music Entertainment have entered an umbrella agreement that sets working guidelines for clearing rights to new digital music delivery opportunities on phones, PCs, digital cable systems and emerging physical configurations.

The pact, announced Dec. 17, which pairs the world's top publishing house and the second-largest record company globally, promises to drive the clearance of thousands of copyrighted works for new distribution formats.

"The deal covers North American rights for master ring tones and ringbacks; DualDisc, the new two-sided music format that combines CD and DVD functionality; digital video distribution, including video-on-demand services and video downloads; multi-session audio discs like copy-protected CDs; and 'locked' content for hard drives and storage media that consumers may 'unlock' by purchasing the tracks or albums online."

Reuters. EMI, Sony BMG Ink Digital Music Pact. News.com. Dec. 20, 2004.

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January 04, 2005

2004 Search Engine Trends

"So, 2004 turned out to be a very exciting search engine year, after all. For a moment, one could believe that we were moving into an era with a virtual Google monopoly, and monopolies are seldom good for innovation.

"Instead there has grown up new alternatives. Competition is as fierce as ever, and given that both users and stockmarkets reward innovation, there has been a large number of refinements, new services and new products."

No author. Search Engine Trends in 2004. Pandia. Dec. 31, 2004.

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Tsunami Debate Rumbles in Cyberspace

"As the horror of the South Asian tsunami spread and people gathered online to discuss the disaster on sites known as Web logs, or blogs, those of a political bent naturally turned the discussion to their favorite topics.

"To some in the blogosphere, it simply had to be the government's fault.

"The interplay between the sites, left and right, is typical of the rumbles in cyberspace between rivals at different ends of the political spectrum. In many ways, Web logs shone after the tsunami struck: bloggers in the regions posted compelling descriptions of the devastation, sometimes by text messages sent from their cellphones as they roamed the countryside looking for friends and family members. And blogs were quick to create links to charities so that people could help online."

John Schwartz. Myths Run Wild in Blog Tsunami Debate. The New York Times. Jan. 3, 2005.

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Cell Phone to Play iTunes on Schedule

"Apple Computer and Motorola could soon show us the mobile phone they are developing to play music purchased from Apple's iTunes online music store.

"'We've said we have something coming on this in the first half of 2005 and we're definitely on schedule for that. Hopefully you'll be able to see more about it soon,' says Eddy Cue, vice president in charge of applications at Apple.

"If the phone is as far along as Cue suggests, then Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs would be likely to announce it during his annual keynote speech at MacWorld Expo, scheduled for Jan. 11, 2005 in San Francisco."

Arik Hesseldahl. Get Ready To Call ITunes. Forbes.com. Dec. 16, 2004.

See also:
Elizabeth Corcoran. Ringing And Singing. Forbes.com. July 27, 2004.

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HMV, Microsoft Partner for Music Service

"British music giant HMV on Wednesday announced plans to launch a digital music service next year, using software being developed by Microsoft.

"Music downloads from the service will be compatible with the Windows Media Audio standard and usable by more than 75 portable players currently on the market, HMV said. Portable players, as well as the service software, will be sold in the company's stores and online. The service is slated to launch in the second half of 2005.

"Microsoft applications under development for the service include a customized jukebox that will let users select, purchase and manage their music online--all in one place. HMV said it intends to spend about $19 million (10 million pounds) on the download service and initial marketing."

Dinesh C. Sharma. HMV Taps Microsoft for Help With Music Service. News.com. Dec. 22, 2004.

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Opera Software Releases Talking Browser

"Opera Software released a test version of a major update to its Web browser software, intensifying its efforts, along with open-source rival Firefox, to cut into Microsoft's market share.

"The new, as-yet-unnamed software adds stronger support for RSS (Really Simple Syndication)--a technology widely used for automatic access to blogs and other material--and technology that allows users to navigate through voice commands and have Web pages read to them.

"The company said it has made enough improvements to turn the final version of this beta download into a major new release, instead of an ordinary incremental upgrade."

John Borland. Opera Releases New Talking Web Browser. News.com. Dec. 23, 2004.

See also:
No author. Opera Releases New Talking Web Browser. Search Engine Journal. Dec. 23, 2004.

Matt Hicks. Opera Tackles Voice Browsing and RSS in Latest Beta Release. eWeek. Dec. 23, 2004.

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January 03, 2005

Air Force Launches New IM Tool

"The Air Force has launched an instant messaging service for enlisted people stationed abroad to communicate with their families and loved ones.

"The new program, called 'Friends and Family Instant Messenger,' will let airmen chat with anybody with an Internet connection. It was launched earlier this week. Airmen must first send an invitation to family members and friends--limited to five--to register on the Air Force's Web portal to begin chatting. The service is a departure from the military body's former policy of keeping instant messaging for internal use only."

Jim Hu. To Airmen, From the Air Force: New IM Tool. News.com. Dec. 23, 2004.

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December 23, 2004

Broadband Age Has Arrived

"In 2004, broadband reached its tipping point.

"In August, a study conducted by Nielsen/NetRatings shows more Americans accessing the Internet through a high-speed connection than through slower dial-up by a ratio of 51 to 49. The gap will only increase as providers entice the U.S. dial-up base. DSL offers cheaper subscriptions than cable, which promises higher speeds.

"This study only concluded that Americans want their broadband. Americans want their broadband by any means necessary. The events of the past year also show they are willing to look beyond their phone or cable company to get it."

Jim Hu. Year in Review: Dawning of the Broadband Age. News.com. Dec. 20, 2004.

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December 22, 2004

Sprint Cell Phones Stream Songs

"Sprint on Monday plans to launch a new service for streaming music over the airwaves to cell phones, powered by a company that provides digital music to cable and satellite TV subscribers. Under the terms of the deal, Music Choice is providing a range of six streaming music channels organized by genre, as well as some music videos and artist interviews for Sprint subscribers.

"The deal is part of a broader drive by mobile phone companies and record labels to turn the humble mobile phone into a kind of iPod on steroids. This trend is particularly strong in Europe and Asia, where mobile phone operators have more advanced data networks and are eager to recoup the tens of billions of dollars they spent for rights to their mobile spectrum."

John Borland. Sprint Offers Streaming Mobile Music. News.com. Dec. 19, 2004.

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Cell Phones Leap From Luxury to Necessity

"Cellphone use in US triples in 10 years, to 172 million, changing lifestyles from the campus to the highway.

"The notion of the cellphone as necessity may not be universally agreed, but if you're in doubt about whether the device is transforming American life just try wresting one away from a teenager you know.

"With a popularity and versatility that spans continents and generations, the cellphone may be on its way to becoming mankind's primary communication interface and a lifestyle tool that exceeds the personal computer in ubiquity, say watchers of technology culture."

Daniel B. Wood. Cellphones: Once a Status Symbol, Now a Necessity. Christian Science Monitor. Dec. 13, 2004.

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December 21, 2004

Yahoo Maps Adds Traffic Info

"Yahoo Inc. is set to offer an online service that lets users view live U.S. local traffic conditions on custom-created maps, the first site to do so nationally, the company said late on Wednesday.

"In a milestone for Internet-based traffic services, Yahoo has beefed up its existing mapping services to allow customers to plot a route from one local destination to another, and overlay traffic data such as road speeds and potential delays

"The traffic mapping feature, which will be available across Yahoo's search, local content and map sections of the site, is the latest move to enhance Yahoo's local information push and follows rival Google's own recent push into online mapping."

Eric Auchard. Yahoo Maps Offer Live U.S. Traffic Conditions. Reuters. Dec. 16, 2004.

See also:
Juan Carlos Perez. Yahoo Adds Traffic Information to Maps Service. The Industry Standard. Dec. 16, 2004.

Arik Hesseldahl. Yahoo! Adds Traffic Conditions To Search. Forbes.com. Dec. 15, 2004.

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December 20, 2004

Apple iTunes Sells 200 Million Songs

"Apple Computer on Thursday said it has now sold more than 200 million songs through its iTunes Music Store--and it has new plans to keep the sales trend continuing upward.

"It took the company 11 months to sell its first 50 million songs and then another four months to get to 100 million songs. Three months later, the company hit 150 million, and it took just two months to get to 200 million.

"Apple has not only kept its sales growing, but it has maintained a commanding share of the online sales market, despite stepped-up competition from stores using Microsoft's Windows Media file format. The company also faces an uphill battle to convert those still using free file-swapping services such as Kazaa."

Ina Fried. iTunes Hits 200 Million Download Mark. News.com. Dec. 16, 2004.

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December 18, 2004

U.S. Cell Phone Users are All Talk, Little Action

"One of the most popular new cellphones this holiday season is the Razr, an ultrathin model that stresses style over services. That is good news for Motorola, which makes the Razr, but bad news for wireless carriers that are spending billions of dollars to build high-speed networks in the hopes that their customers will do more than just talk.

Carriers like Cingular Wireless and Verizon Wireless are hoping that faster speeds will entice customers to use more data services - trading photos, downloading songs and surfing the Internet on their handsets. Users in the United States, however, continue to think of a cellphone as a device for talking, not text messaging. The Razr from Motorola, as well as popular models from Nokia and others, focus more on slim good looks and less on functions like Web browsing and e-mail, although the handsets are capable of handling data services.

Ken Belson. In U.S. Market, Cellphone Users Are Often All Talk. The New York Times. Dec. 13, 2004.

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FCC to Examine Airborne Cell Phone Use

"Air travelers moved one step closer to being able to talk on cell phones and surf the Internet from laptops while in flight, thanks to votes by the Federal Communications Commission yesterday.

"Cell phone use is banned on airplanes by two federal agencies for separate reasons. The Federal Aviation Administration fears the wireless signals could interfere with an airplane's avionics and communications equipment.

"The FCC bans in-flight use because cell phones can communicate with more than one cell tower when in the air. This could lead to disruption of service for cell phones on the ground, which use only one tower at a time.

"But the commission thinks cell phone technology has advanced far enough in recent years to minimize such disruption of ground service."

Frank Ahrens. FCC Considers Cell Phone Use On Airplanes. WashingtonPost.com. Dec. 16, 2004.

National Public Radio. FCC Considers Cell Phone Use on Planes. Morning Edition. Dec. 15, 2004.

Federal Communications Commission. FCC To Examine Ban On Using Cellular Telephones On Airborne Aircraft. (.pdf) (Press Release) Dec. 15, 2004.

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2004: Review of Mobile & Wireless Technology

"Mobile and wireless technology is still hot, only its application is going through teething problems. Tony Hallett looks back on a busy 12 months and sticks his neck out on what to expect in 2005 - sort of…

"In all things mobile and wireless it has been a year of consolidation, launches, wireless everywhere and some familiar battles between well-known standards and companies.

"But 2004 was also 12 months where some of us became a little more sophisticated in how we use mobile devices and even the higher-ups learned - sometimes the hard way - that this remains one of tech's most exciting areas, one that can make a real difference to the bottom line."

Tony Hallett. Re:Viewing 2004: Mobile and Wireless. Silicon.com. Dec. 14, 2004.

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Nintendo Handhelds to Add Music & Video

"Nintendo will begin selling an adaptor for its DS and Game Boy Advance handheld game players to allow them to play music and video, the company said, matching a popular feature on Sony's portable game machine.

"Nintendo is in a heated battle to defend its dominant position in the lucrative handheld market against new competitor Sony, which launched the PlayStation Portable (PSP), its first ever mobile game device, on Dec. 12 in Japan.

"Nintendo's DS, launched in the United States on Nov. 21 and in Japan on Dec. 2, has been flying off the shelves. The PSP has generated an equal level of buzz among game fans, in large part because it can also play back music and movie files"

Reuters. Nintendo Plugs Video Into Game Handhelds. News.com. Dec. 15, 2004.

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December 17, 2004

Court Rules RIM Infringed on NTP Patent

"A U.S. appeals court upheld a patent infringement finding against BlackBerry e-mail device maker Research In Motion Ltd. on Tuesday, but struck down part of the ruling and sent it back to a lower court for further proceedings.

"Shares of Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM soared more than 10 percent on news that a decision had been reached, but erased those gains after the court released details of the decision. Trading was then halted. Analysts offered widely divided opinions on whether the decision was mainly positive or negative for RIM.

"The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said a lower court had 'correctly found infringement' in the case that pitted RIM against patent holding company NTP Inc."

Jeffrey Hodgson and Peter Kaplan. BlackBerry Maker's Patent Suit Upheld. WashingtonPost.com. Dec. 14, 2004.

See also:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. NTP, Inc., v. Research In Motion, LTD.. (.pdf) Dec. 14, 2004.

John Shinal. Appeals Court: RIM Violated Patents. CBS MarketWatch. Dec. 14, 2004.

Roy Mark. Court Rules RIM Infringed. InternetNews.com. Dec. 14, 2004.

Mike Dano. Mixed Ruling in RIM Patent Suit Could Affect Entire Wireless E-mail Market. RCR Wireless News. Dec. 15, 2004.

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Verizon Holds Off on Naked DSL

"Verizon Communications is backing down from plans to sell early next year high-speed Internet service without requiring a local phone line from the company.

"A mass market launch near the start of 2005 seemed plausible last February when the carrier apparently mired launch highlights how Verizon and the three other major local phone companies are reeling from defections to cellular and Internet-based phone services. Traditionally, the so-called Bell companies sold DSL as part of a package with local phone service, and customers who switched local phone providers risked losing their DSL service."

Ben Charny. Verizon DSL Not Ready to Go 'Naked'. News.com. Dec. 12, 2004.

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Mobile Games Include Social Networks

"Who says 'Solitaire' must be a lonely endeavor? Games tailored for cell phones are increasingly adding community-oriented elements, such as tournaments for top scores, head-to-head combat or chatting with other players.

"After all, the ubiquitous gadget is meant to connect people. 'The mobile phone is really turning into a social computer,' said Trip Hawkins, founder of Digital Chocolate Inc.

"The San Mateo-based startup is one of more than 300 companies developing games for U.S. cell phone users. Its offerings includes 'Solitaire', in its so-called mobile league, in which players can post scores and compete for rank and glory."

Associated Press. Mobile Games Get Fancier, More Social. CBS MarketWatch. Dec. 12, 2004.

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Text Messaging Relayed Death Sentence

"Much of the online world was glued to computer screens Monday to hear the jury in the Scott Peterson double-murder trial call for the death penalty.

"A number of news organizations broadcast live audio of the sentencing recommendation, including a live report from inside the courtroom delivered via short text messaging.

"Peterson's death penalty sentencing was covered live via a wireless device, adding a new dimension to TV news coverage. A reporter from KCRA-TV in Sacramento used a laptop to send reports from inside the courtroom back to the TV station's newsroom, using an existing wireless network inside the courtroom."

Ed Frauenheim and Ben Charny. Peterson Death Sentence Relayed Via Messaging. News.com. Dec. 13, 2004.

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December 16, 2004

Sprint, Nextel Deal Focus on Wireless

"When Gary D. Forsee took over as chief executive of Sprint Corp. 20 months ago, the phone company was reeling from the telecom bust, burdened by debt and grappling with bigger competitors on three fronts: local, long-distance and wireless calling.

"Forsee demanded change, cutting more than 11,000 workers, consolidating Sprint's disparate operations and betting the Kansas company's future increasingly on its wireless offerings, analysts say.

"Now, Forsee, 54, is making his boldest move, pushing a merger with Reston-based Nextel Communications Inc., while also preparing to jettison Sprint's poor-performing local telephone business to focus more intently on wireless and long-distance service. The combined company, to be named Sprint-Nextel, would still be only the country's third-largest, behind Verizon's and Cingular's wireless units, but it could be a more formidable competitor given Nextel's prized customer base. Its subscribers are a loyal group, spending more on average than any other wireless company's."

Ellen McCarthy and Ben White. Sprint's Planned Nextel Deal Builds on Wireless Strength. WashingtonPost.com. Dec. 14, 2004.

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December 15, 2004

EA and NFL Sign Exclusive Licensing Deal

"The video game maker Electronic Arts announced an exclusive five-year deal with the National Football League and its players yesterday to design games using the N.F.L. brand, stadiums, player names and uniforms.

"The deal could be a boon for Electronic Arts, industry analysts said, particularly given what has turned out to be surprisingly intense competition in the sports video game market in recent months.

"Since September, Electronic Arts has been forced to cut prices nearly in half, to $29.95, to compete with a new line of low-cost sports games introduced by its two chief rivals, Sega and Take Two Interactive."

Matt Hicks. Electronic Arts Gets an Exclusive N.F.L. Deal. WashingtonPost.com. Dec. 14, 2004.

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Reuters. EA Signs Exclusive NFL Video Game Deal. News.com. Dec. 13, 2004.

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iTunes Music Store Accepts PayPal

"Apple Computer Inc. on Friday said customers of its iTunes online music store can now use eBay Inc.'s online payment service PayPal to buy songs and audiobooks, becoming the second major online music store to do so.

"Starting Friday, purchases from Cupertino, California-based Apple's online music store can be funded via PayPal, using a credit card, bank account or a stored account balance.

"Until now, the Apple store accepted credit cards, gift certificates and account balances as forms of payment."

No author. Apple Says ITunes Music Store Now Accepts PayPal. Reuters. Dec. 10, 2004.

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Wireless Network Sets New Speed Record

"A new world record has been set for transmitting data across a wireless network, claim researchers in Germany.

"A team at Siemens Communications research laboratory in Munich, have transmitted one gigabit (one billion bits) of data per second across their mobile network. By contrast, the average wireless computer network can send only around 50 megabits (50 million bits) of data per second.

"The researchers used three transmitting and four receiving antennas and a technique for boosting the amount of data that can be sent wirelessly, called Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM), to set their record."

Will Knight. Wireless Network Smashes World Speed Record. NewScientist.com Dec. 4, 2004.

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December 14, 2004

Feds Crack Down on Camera Phones

"Camera phones may make great Christmas gifts, but people better not use them for peeping-Tom photos on federal property.

"In one of its last moves of the year, Congress passed a bill that would levy heavy fines and prison time for anyone who sneaks photos or videos of people in various stages of undress, a problem lawmakers and activists called the new frontier of stalking.

"The legislation would apply only in federal jurisdictions, such as federal buildings, national parks or military bases, but it carves out exceptions for law enforcement, intelligence and prison work."

Associated Press. New Bill Targets Some Peeping Toms. CNN. Dec. 10, 2004.

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December 13, 2004

Cell Phones Off-Limits to Telemarketers?

"The e-mails, often forwarded by friends, vary in wording, but the underlying message is always ominous: Soon, all cell phone numbers will be made public to telemarketing firms. That means, according to one version, that 'your cell phone may start ringing off the hook with telemarketers' and your precious, limited cell phone minutes will be eaten up with calls you don't want.

"It's not clear where the e-mails originated, but industry and government officials say they are an urban myth; they are not true. There is no list of cell phone numbers being turned over to telemarketers, and telemarketers are barred from calling cell phone numbers."

Caroline E. Mayer. Bogus E-Mail Worries Users Of Cell Phones. WashingtonPost.com. Dec. 10, 2004.

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December 11, 2004

A Clever Way to Promote Mobile Marketing

"The Incredibles has so far racked up over $200 million in U.S. ticket sales, gathered another $60 million overseas, and broken into the top 50 all-time-domestic blockbusters.

"But what's really incredible about this animated superhero movie isn't just the box office. It's the way co-creators at The Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation Studios have marketed the film over mobile devices. Pick up your phone or log onto Disney Mobile, the company's cell-centric Web site, and you can download two dozen Incredibles wallpaper graphics, two new video games and three dozen custom-made ring tones--including one of villain Syndrome growling, 'What, you expected a cute little ring?'

"It's a clever way to promote the movie--but perhaps just as importantly, it's a strong new revenue stream for both content and service providers. As the cell phone companies have expanded their presence among youth markets, other businesses are discovering that the mobile format is a great way to reach kids, and that these young consumers are willing and able to spend serious money over the phone."

David M. Ewalt. An 'Incredible' Marketing Ploy. Forbes.cm. Nov. 30, 2004.

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Philadelphia Alarmed Over New Legisation

"Pennsylvania has been hit by a torrent of criticism over a new law restricting cities from offering Internet access.

"The law, signed by Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell last week, says that a municipality generally 'may not provide to the public for compensation' any kind of Internet service. This has alarmed Philadelphia, which dreams of blanketing 135 square miles of downtown with Wi-Fi signals.

"Many no doubt find the principles behind Pennsylvania's legislation to be entirely sensible. Their argument: Governments should not be in the business of providing Internet service."

Declan McCullagh.Wi-Fi for Everyone?. News.com. Dec. 6, 2004.

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NOAA Issues New Partnership Policy

"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has updated its policy on sharing weather-related information. The agency still plans to make the data easily accessible on the Web.

"The policy update follows a year of debate over how vigorously NOAA should work to disseminate its weather information, and how much it should leave to industry.

"It is a reworking of a 1991 policy that defined how the National Weather Service should work with the private sector in collecting and disseminating weather information to the public. Released as a draft for comment in January, the proposed policy received 1,473 comments, at least 1,190 supporting the policy and 176 opposing it."

Joab Jackson. NOAA Updates Policy on Weather Info Dissemination. GCN.com. Dec. 7, 2004.

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Kimberly Palmer. NOAA Pledges to Better Disseminate Weather Information. GovExec.com. Dec. 9, 2004.

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Mobile Phone Subscribers Double Since 2000

"Mobile phone subscribers around the globe totaled nearly 1.5 billion by the middle of this year, about one quarter of the world's population, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said on Thursday.

"The figure reflected a sharp surge in the mobile telephony business, especially in developing countries, over the first half of the decade, with subscribers doubling since 2000, according to the United Nations agency's annual report.

"The ITU said the growth in mobile phone subscribers had outpaced that for fixed lines, who totaled some 1.185 billion today against 1 billion at the start of the century, and was also outstripping the rate of increase in Internet users."

Robert Evans. Mobile Phone Users Double Since 2000. Reuters. Dec. 9, 2004.

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December 09, 2004

Wi-Fi Enables Creative Applications

"Wi-Fi networks can help companies dependent on older technologies leapfrog intermediate steps and go right to the cutting edge.

"Some companies and industry sectors are finding the use of Wi-Fi to be a helpful way to leap ahead to cutting edge technology while skipping intermediary steps saving time and money.

"Just ask Robert Israel, the CIO at the two John C. Lincoln hospitals in Phoenix, Ariz. Thanks to a Wi-Fi network he installed last year in one of the two hospitals, the CIO feels like he's leapt forward several thousands of centuries -- from using an over-head paging system to using voice-activated portable communicators that run off a wireless network."

Jeanette James. Wi-Fi: From the Stone Age to Star Trek. CIO Update. Dec. 1, 2004.

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Tech Gadgets for the Holidays

"This week, online shopping is set to hit its peak traffic as consumers put in their orders early enough to ensure they'll be shipped before Christmas.

"If the Monday after Thanksgiving is any indication, this week should ring up the biggest sales on the Web during the holiday shopping season. On that day, consumers spent $400 million, up 30 percent from last year, according to comScore Networks.

"Why not? The convenience, the easy checkouts, the selection -- there are 377,000 Web sites devoted only to shopping, according to Websense -- the bargains, the price-comparisons, are reasons consumers go online."

Bambi Francisco. My Christmas Wish List. CBS MarketWatch. Dec. 7, 2004.

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U.K. Telecom Provider Launches 3G Handsets

"Orange has taken the wraps off 3G aimed mainly at consumers four days before handsets are due in stores, claiming to have the best network and set of devices available yet in the U.K.

"Despite an attempt by rival mmO2 to spoil the party with a press release outlining plans to start using a faster technology next summer, Orange was in a bullish mood this morning. The France Telecom-owned operator is launching services in Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain as well as the U.K., with roaming from the outset.

"Applications of the technology will include video calling and voicemail, online gaming, rich content such as Star Wars clips and surfing via the Orange World portal and across the wider Web."

Tony Hallett. U.K. Cell Provider Launches 3G Handsets. News.com. Dec. 6, 2004.

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December 08, 2004

China's Tenuous Relationship With the Internet

"As the number of people online in China has quintupled over the last four years, the government has shown itself to be committed to two concrete, and sometimes competing, goals: strategically deploying the Internet to economic advantage, while clamping down - with surveillance, filters and prison sentences - on undesirable content and use.

"Both trends, experts say, are likely to continue.

"China is already the largest mobile communications subscriber market in the world, with more than 320 million subscribers. Internet users - who numbered fewer than 17 million in 2000 - are now estimated to be somewhere near 90 million, according to the China Internet Network Information Center, the government's clearinghouse for Internet statistics. China is second only to the United States in the number of people online, and the 90 percent of its total population around 1.3 billion who are not online still represents a vast, untapped market. "

Tom Zeller Jr. Beijing Loves the Web Until the Web Talks Back. The New York Times. Dec. 6, 2004.

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Nextel & RIM Introduce New Blackberry

"Nextel Communications Inc. (NXTL) and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the availability of the BlackBerry 7520 Wireless Handheld(TM). The BlackBerry 7520(TM) features Bluetooth(R) technology for hands-free, wireless communications using Bluetooth-enabled headsets and car kits. It also incorporates GPS technology with E911 support.

"The BlackBerry 7520 provides a true mobile office experience, enabling phone, Direct Connect(R), email and data applications in a single integrated device. It operates on Nextel's guaranteed all-digital network to provide mobile professionals the freedom to access information and communicate while away from the office.

"The BlackBerry 7520 also includes the features that have made the BlackBerry 7510 from Nextel so popular and functional, including wireless access to email and email attachments, phone, Nextel Online(R) Wireless Web, intranet and organizer applications, speakerphone and Direct Connect(R), the powerful coast-to-coast and country-to-country digital walkie-talkie service."

Business Wire. Nextel and RIM Introduce New BlackBerry 7520; BlackBerry 7520 First to Combine Bluetooth, Speakerphone and Cross Border Walkie Talkie Services. CBS MarketWatch. Dec. 6, 2004.

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Digital Space: Another Dimension to Physical Space

"Thanks to Wi-Fi networks, cellphones and global positioning locators, there's a new sense of place in the city.

"In November 2003, New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger penned a diatribe in Metropolis magazine against the isolation and dissolution of place wrought by the pervasive use of cellphones on city streets. 'The mobile phone renders a public place less public,' he wrote. 'It turns the boulevardier into a sequestered individual, the flâneur into a figure of privacy. And suddenly the meaning of the street as a public place has been hugely diminished.'

"Goldberger's critique of mobile communications technology capped over a decade of analysis revolving around the ability of global communications networks -- for better and for worse -- to release people from the constraints of time and place."

Linda Baker. Urban Renewal, the Wireless Way. Salon. Nov. 29, 2004.

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December 06, 2004

New Survey Links Mobility with Productivity

"Greater mobility is associated with higher productivity, according to a Cisco-sponsored survey published today by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Those who are away from their desks most of the time say they're more productive than their stationary colleagues.

"But while mobility looks to be the future - only 11 percent of respondents said they will spend more time at their desk two years from now - the survey found that many are troubled by the impact mobile technologies are having on their lives. Three-quarters said the blurring of personal and work time was a key negative aspect of mobile technologies, commenting that they felt 'on call' 24 hours a day, had less 'thinking time' and had 'nowhere to hide'.

Twenty-six percent said more access to corporate communications would increase their daily work hours. Another 20 percent said more access would reduce their work hours."

Matthew Broersma. Mobility Means 'Nowhere to Hide'. TechWorld. Nov. 29, 2004.

See also:
Economist Intelligence Unit. Communications, Mobility and the Working World. (.pdf)

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RFID Watch to Assist Memory

"Human memory is imperfect, so an RFID-enabled smartwatch that keeps track of the easily lost items in your world could be a boon. The tricky part is making sure the watch doesn't remember everything.

"At his lab in Seattle, Gaetano Borriello and his University of Washington team have built a working prototype of a smartwatch that operates using radio frequency identification tags to help people keep track of their stuff. The device is destined to become an application for the memory-challenged but is being designed with privacy rights in mind.

"Here's how the smartwatch works. When a tagged item passes a reader, the reader recognizes the item and sends radio energy to a personal server that checks it off the list of items present. If the item is missing and is part of a group of items programmed to be present at a given location, the watch will beep a warning that the item is not present, reminding the user to retrieve the missing item.

Michael Bradbury. Dumbing Down a Smartwatch. Wired News. Nov. 29, 2004.

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December 04, 2004

Microsoft to Offer Blogging Service

"Microsoft is looking to take on Google's Blogger and other blog-creation and hosting services.

"Microsoft's MSN division is expected to take the wraps off its MSN Spaces blogging service this week, according to sources close to the company.

"MSN is expected to tout MSN Spaces as a direct competitor to blog-creation and hosting tools, such as Blogger, Blog*Spot, LiveJournal and TypePad. Microsoft also will position MSN Spaces as a way to allow users to more easily share photo albums and music lists, too, insiders said."

Mary Jo Foley. MSN Readies New Blogging Service. Microsoft Watch. Nov. 30, 2004.

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Matt Hicks. MSN Launches Blog Service with IM Ties. Dec. 1, 2004.

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December 02, 2004

Ringtones Drop Like They're Hot

"Why are ringtones taking off now? Because, whether they are irritating or funny or odd, they satisfy something that iPods and other MP3 players cannot. With an iPod, no one knows what you are listening to. But with a ringtone, the anti-iPod, everyone within earshot hears what you hear.

"And, sure enough, phones that play ringtones and music are now chasing down the iPod market.

"Already a number of countries have found ways to make ringtones sound more musical. Some have learned to embrace the irritation, turning it into a kind of art."

Sarah Boxer. Hip-Hop's New World to Conquer: Your Phone. The New York Times. Nov. 30, 2004.

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December 01, 2004

Wireless Research's Largest Hurdle & Opportunity

"Ramesh Rao, a director of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology, aims to get wireless networks on talking terms.

"Formerly the director of UCSD's Center for Wireless Communication, Rao now runs the San Diego side of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology. A massive joint venture between UCSD and UC Irvine, the institute's multidisciplinary wireless research ranges from smart antennas and RF integrated circuit design to a wireless testbed and new protocols for cellular multimedia applications such as telemedicine.

"According to Rao, the future potential of mobile technology won't truly be realized until the wireless spectrum's Tower of Babel is toppled."

David Pescovitz. Wireless Research's Biggest Hurdle and Largest Opportunity. TheFeature. Nov. 25, 2004.

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Hackers Target Cell Phones

"Early this month, several Web sites began offering software promising ringtones and screensavers for certain cell phones. But those who downloaded the software found that it turned every icon on their cell phones' screens into a skull-and-crossbones and disabled their phones, so they could no longer send or receive text messages or access contact lists or calendars.

"Security experts named the malicious software 'Skulls' and consider it an early warning of the damage hackers could do as they turn their malevolent talents to cell phones from computers.

"Mobile phones are a tempting target because they have become a part of everyday life. In addition, consumers are buying more sophisticated "smart phones" with Internet connections that provide an easier pathway for cell phone infections. Few phones come equipped with protection against malicious software, though some companies are starting to install it. Most cell phone users aren't on guard for attacks like those that periodically bring down computers worldwide, and at this point there is little they can do to protect themselves."

Yuki Noguchi. Cell Phones Increasingly Attractive To Hackers. WashingtonPost.com. Nov. 26, 2004.

See also:
Ryan Naraine. Cell Phone Security: New 'Skulls' Mutant Comes with Virus Extras. eWeek. Nov. 29, 2004.

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November 30, 2004

Net Music Thrives on Brand Recognition

"U2 singer Bono strode onto stage at Apple Computer's iPod release party last month with his trademark swagger and sunglasses, along with words of praise for the company and its music products.

"In the online music business, where top artist exclusives are the subject of bitter competition, this was a singular coup. On the eve of a major record release, U2 was freely giving Apple the rights to use its first single in an iPod commercial, was lending its brand to a new version of the music player, and giving the company first crack at selling its new single and album online.

"This combination of idealism, fear and hunger for publicity is driving a cozy new relationship between the music business and young online music services, which insiders say is likely to define the online music industry for years to come."

John Borland. For Net Music, Exclusives are King. News.com. Nov. 26, 2004.

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November 29, 2004

Radio Invades the Handheld

"Earlier this year I went a little nuts over Internet radio. I had just discovered a fascinating little application the Mac called Audio Hijack.

"Using Audio Hijack, I was able to use Apple Computer's iPod to listen to recorded radio broadcasts. I loved the application, but I realized that it wasn't consumer friendly. However, I think a combination of software that can record streaming audio and store it on a portable device is powerful, which could in time turn the radio business on its ear the same way TiVo did TV.

"I'm glad to say I wasn't the only one thinking about it. This week I tried a new application for Microsoft Windows PC users called AudioFeast."

Arik Hesseldahl. Internet Radio Made Easy. Forbes.com. Nov. 22, 2004.

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Arik Hesseldahl. Internet Radio When You Want It. Forbes.com. March 17, 2004.

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Video Conferencing Goes Mainstream

"When Melody Wilt made the 10-hour drive from her home near Reading, Pa., to her daughter's house in Chapin, S.C., for Thanksgiving, she took along more than a 20-pound smoked turkey.

"She went bearing a U.S.B. Web camera, sophisticated teleconferencing software and an Internet-inspired vision that will allow her to continue visiting even after she returns home.

"There are no definitive numbers on how many people use Web-based videoconferencing. But there is anecdotal evidence that face-to-face electronic communication is gaining a foothold beyond the executive suite, and that the typical home users are no longer the stereotypical geeks straining to see each other over crude Webcams connected by sluggish modems."

Michel Marriott. Waving Hello, From a Distance. The New York Times. Nov. 25, 2004.

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November 20, 2004

Creative Technology Declares 'MP3 War'

"Digital music player maker Creative has pledged to spend $100m to out-market Apple in a bid to take the market away from the iPod.

"And not just Apple. Speaking in Singapore this week, Creative CEO Sim Wong Hoo bullishly pronounced: 'I'm planning to spend some serious money - I intend to out-market everyone.'

"The company's goals are undoubtedly ambitious. Sim said Creative is looking to take 40 per cent of the worldwide digital music player market in 2005. During the Q3, it managed a mere ten per cent. Apple stood at 17 per cent. Those figures show there's plenty to play for, and indeed, Creative is on track to sell over 3m devices this quarter, Sim said."

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Tony Smith. Creative Declares 'War' on Apple's iPod. The Register. Nov. 17, 2004.

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November 18, 2004

As Gaming Grows, Fun Fades

"'The love of my life comes home late at night complaining of a headache that will not go away and a chronically upset stomach,' wrote 'ea_spouse,' the finacé of an overworked programmer at gaming giant Electronic Arts she wrote. 'My happy supportive smile is running out.'

"Within 48 hours, ea_spouse had received more than 1,000 sympathetic responses — from her finacé's EA colleagues and from men and women across the fast-growing $25-billion video game industry.

"Links to her plaint rocketed through in-boxes at game studios nationwide and touched a nerve among the young, mostly male programmers whose engineering prowess brings ever more elaborate monsters and car chases to television screens and computer monitors."

Alex Pham. Working Too Hard in an Industry of Fun and Games. LATimes.com. Nov. 17, 2004.

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Blackberry Reaches Two Million Subscribers

"Research in Motion today announced that its award-winning BlackBerry(R) wireless platform has passed another major industry milestone by exceeding two million active wireless subscribers.

"BlackBerry continues to lead the industry and becomes the first integrated wireless data platform to reach the two millionth subscriber mark. This rapid growth illustrates the widening popularity of BlackBerry and the increasing market potential for converged devices and wireless data connectivity."

Business Wire. BlackBerry Subscribers Pass The Two Million Mark. CBS Marketwatch. Nov. 17, 2004.

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Gates and Jobs Battle Over Entertainment

"Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chairman, boasted that the iPod has become the 'Walkman of the 21st century.'

"It dominates its market in a way that no Apple product has done in a generation, raising the possibility that the company is becoming more than just a purveyor of computers with high design and low market share. If Apple continues to ride the wave of digital consumer electronics products, it may become the Sony of the 21st century.

"For that to happen, however, Mr. Jobs must do what he failed to do last time: prevail over his old nemesis, Bill Gates, who sees entertainment as Microsoft's next great frontier. Microsoft is working hard to make sure that the iPod is less like the Walkman and more like the Betamax, Sony's videocassette format that was defeated in the marketplace by VHS."

Saul Hansell. Gates vs. Jobs: The Rematch. News.com. Nov. 14, 2004.

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November 16, 2004

Can a Cell Phone Replace a Wallet?

"Cellphones already play music, scan the Internet, send and receive text messages, and snap photos. Are they going to take the place of our wallets too?

"Some big players in telecommunications and finance, including Motorola, Nokia, Sony, and MasterCard, think the answer will be yes, that people will rush to make their phones into a kind of magic wand that effortlessly makes purchases or retrieves information for them.

"Americans are already starting to wave a card or key-chain fob near a receiver to do things like travel on a bus, buy gasoline, or unlock a door. But the real shift will happen, some observers say, when mobile phones, with their additional capacities, can do the same thing."

Gregory M. Lamb. Using your Cellphone as Your Wallet - Priceless.. Christian Science Monitor. Nov. 15, 2004.

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November 15, 2004

Microsoft Now Leads PDA Market

"Microsoft has a firm grip on the handheld software market, winning the lead in shipments for the first time, a new report from Gartner shows.

"Shipments of handhelds that use Microsoft's Windows CE operating system rose by about 33 percent to about 1.4 million in the third quarter, compared with the same period last year. Meanwhile, shipments of handhelds that use the Palm operating system shrank by 26 percent to 851,000. Research In Motion showed huge growth, with shipments jumping more than 356 percent to 565,000 to round out the top three, the research company said.

John G. Spooner. Microsoft Grabs Lead In Handheld Market. News.com. Nov. 12, 2004.

See also:
Associated Press. Microsoft Takes Lead in PDA Shipments. CBS MarketWatch. Nov. 12, 2004.

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November 13, 2004

Google Makes Gmail Portable

"In what it is billing as 'e-mail portability,' Google Inc. is opening access to its Gmail e-mail service from desktop clients and mobile devices.

"On Wednesday, the company began providing free POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3) access on Gmail accounts. The rollout is expected to reach all users over the next two weeks, said George Harik, director of Googlettes, the name of the Google group overseeing its startup services.

"'This [access] is an important part of e-mail because of all the things not enabled by Web-based e-mail,' Harik said."

Matt Hicks. Google Brings E-Mail Client Access to Gmail. eWeek. Nov. 10, 2004.

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TV Series for Mobile Phones

"The Twentieth Century Fox studio, a veteran of the big screen and the TV screen, is about to break into an entirely new realm: the really little screen, the kind that comes on a cell phone.

"In what appeared to be the first arrangement of its kind, Twentieth Century Fox said Wednesday it would create a unique series of one-minute dramas based on its hit show '24' exclusively for a new high-speed wireless service being offered by Vodafone PLC, the world's biggest cell phone company.

Vodafone will begin offering the one-minute epidosdes in January in the United Kingdom. The 'mobisodes,' as they're being called, will be introduced later in 2005 in up to 23 more countries where Vodafone operates, mainly in Europe, as well as in the United States through the company's Verizon Wireless joint venture."

Associated Press. Fox to Create TV Series for Cell Phones. MSNBC News. Nov. 10, 2004.

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November 12, 2004

Mobile Professionals Use 'Smart Phones'

"While most executives on the hoof probably aren't yet quite brave enough to eschew their trusty notebook computers and forsake them in the docking station at their desks, they are also becoming more apt to slip one of the hottest new gadgets into their pocket: a so-called smart phone.

"Smart phones combine voice and data functions into a single device, allowing traveling workers to carry out some of their most common tasks in the palm of their hand without losing time waiting for a notebook to power up.

"The devices, which are available from manufacturers in conjunction with various cell-phone service providers, have come a long way from their predecessors that stored simple data like addresses and appointments."

Michael Paige. Savvy Travelers Have Smarter Phones. CBS Marketwatch. Nov. 11, 2004.

See also:
No author. E-Plus Introduces BlackBerry in Germany. CBS Marketwatch. Nov. 10, 2004.

Reuters. RIM Stays Mum on Patent Fight. News.com. Nov. 10, 2004.

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November 11, 2004

FCC Ruling Limits Regulation of VoIP

"The Federal Communications Commission seized regulatory control over Internet-based telephone services on Tuesday by issuing an order that sharply limited the role of state regulators.

"In a unanimous ruling, the commission said that Minnesota could not impose regulations on these services. That included a requirement that one of the leading companies in the field, Vonage, must offer to all Internet phone customers emergency 911 service similar to that offered by the traditional phone companies.

"The decision, if upheld by a federal appeals court considering the matter, would set the precedent of limiting state regulators to issues of consumer fraud, general commercial law and state taxes."

Stephen Labaton. F.C.C. Takes on Oversight of Internet Phone Services. The New York Times. Nov. 10, 2004.

See also:
Federal Communications Commission. FCC Finds that Vonage Not Subject to Patchwork of State Regulations Governing Telephone Companies. (.pdf). Nov. 9, 2004.

Caron Carlson and Ryan Naraine. FCC: VOIP Is Not Subject to State Rules. eWeek. Nov. 9, 2004.

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November 10, 2004

Unsettled Patent Shakes Blackberry Parent

"Research In Motion shares have been fluctuating amid anticipation that a ruling over a hotly contested patent infringement case may be near--and that it could be bad news for the BlackBerry maker.

"Analysts attributed the stock shifts to speculation that a decision will be made soon on RIM's appeal to invalidate NTP's patents. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments from both companies' attorneys on June 7.

"The two companies have been embroiled in a patent infringement case for a number of years. NTP claims that RIM violates its patents covering the use of radio frequency wireless communications in e-mail systems."

Richard Shim. RIM Shares Atwitter Amid Case Concerns. News.com. Nov. 5, 2004.

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Stuart Weinberg. Rumor of Court Ruling Weighs on Research In Motion. San Franciso Chronicle. Nov. 5, 2004.

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November 09, 2004

New Twist on 411 Information Services

"Name, address and a free phone call? Dialing 411 may never be the same again.

"Beginning sometime Friday or Monday, San Francisco-based upstart UpSnap says, it will launch a 411 service for cell phones that costs a few pennies per inquiry (paid to one's wireless carrier) and will make it possible to call, for free, some of those businesses whose listings you've requested.

"Rather than talk to an operator, users of UpSnap's Merchant Call Back service will be able to send text messages from their cell phones with the specifics of their search, and will be messaged back with the usual full names, addresses and telephone numbers."

Ben Charny. (Almost) Free 411 on Cell Phones. News.com. Nov. 5, 2004.

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FoneShare: World’s First Mobile Content Sharing Application

"Cell phones are learning to share files, but the earliest efforts don't nearly resemble the peer-to-peer renegades like Napster and Kazaa that the designers have in mind.

"FoneShare, an application introduced two weeks ago by NewBay Software, does let people share their collections of ring tones, graphics, games, songs, movie trailers and other wireless extras with strangers. FoneShare will debut next year as a subscription service, running over privately owned and operated cellular networks, and the sharing will be done via Web sites controlled by a wireless operator, said NewBay Chief Executive Paddy Holahan.

"That's a far cry from Napster, which was free, let people choose from digital music libraries stored on untold millions of personal computers, and relied heavily upon the anonymity of the public Internet."

Ben Charny. P2P for Cell Phones: Reach out and Share Something. News.com. Nov. 3, 2004.

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Rocky and Bullwinkle Headed for Cell Phones

"The company that sells vintage Atari games for cell phones is planning to introduce another American pop-culture classic to the cell phone-savvy: Rocky & Bullwinkle.

"Britain-based iFone has inked a deal with Bullwinkle Studios to develop ring tones, games and screen graphics for mobile phones, the companies said this week. The companies' plans call for wireless content that's based on the flying squirrel and his moose sidekick, villains Boris and Natasha, Canadian Mountie Dudley Do-Right, as well as Sherman and Peabody.

"iFone is banking on the deal to help it attract a bigger following in North America, where it has already introduced 'Monopoly' and 'Clue' for mobile phones."

Alorie Gilbert. Rocky & Bullwinkle Headed for Mobile Phones. News.com. Nov. 5, 2004.

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November 08, 2004

Universal Google

"Most of us use Google many times a day for many different things: Phone-book lookups, word definitions, news searches, and, of course, ordinary Web searches.

"Most of the time, we do this sitting at our computers looking at our browsers. That's fine, but you're not in front of your PC all the time, and even when you are, you have other things to do than keep up with searches.

"Happily, both Google and third parties offer alternatives for getting Google information without using your browser. Some of them don't even require a computer!"

Tara Calishain. Google Everywhere. PC Magazine. Nov. 16, 2004.

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Apple Store Takes Reviews, Except Their Own

"Customers visiting Apple Computer's online store can now post their own reviews of the products they buy--unless it's the latest iPod.

"That's because, though users can offer their takes on a variety of Mac and iPod gear from other companies, Apple automatically gives its own products a top '5-Apple' rating.

"Apple allows customers to assign their own ratings, from one to five stars to products from other companies, such as iPod cases and speakers. In a frequently asked questions page, Apple explains its thinking."

Ina Fried. Apple Store Takes Reviews--But Not of Its Own Stuff. News.com. Nov. 4, 2004.

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Richard Shim and Ina Fried. PalmOne Ponders Microsoft, Linux Ooptions. News.com. Nov. 4, 2004.

Alorie Gilbert. At Posh Hotels, iPod a High-Tech Mint on the Pillow. News.com. Nov. 4, 2004.

Ina Fried. Apple Blocks Music Sales to Older iTunes. News.com. Nov. 3, 2004.

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November 06, 2004

New Standards Help Secure Wireless Networks

"Robert West, the Homeland Security Department’s chief information security officer, made the rounds at an after-hours social event during a conference last summer. He met a federal air marshal eager to show him what was running on his wireless personal digital assistant.

"This is how they send me orders; this is how they tell me what airplane to get on,' the marshal told West, illustrating how wireless communication lets air marshals respond quickly to changing plans and last-minute threats. West was impressed but had a simple reply: 'That’s great, but our wireless policy right now is no wireless' because of security risks.

"DHS has since changed its policy to permit certified and accredited wireless networks. It also formed a wireless security working group to assess risk and identify secure methods of deploying wireless networks."

Brad Grimes. Secure at Last?. GCN.com. Oct. 25, 2004.

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AOL to Personalize Search

"America Online's plans to improve and expand its search offerings include moving into personalized search, says Gerry Campbell, vice president and general manager of AOL Search.

"'We're very focused on search as a company,' Campbell says. 'We're moving very aggressively in defining new ways for people to search, interact with and store information. It's a gigantic part of the company's focus. There's lots more to come.'

"One logical area for AOL to move towards in search is personalization, or giving users the capability to customize their search activities, save queries, and manage, manipulate, and store results, he says. 'Personalization is on the horizon. That's a given,' he says."

Juan Carlos Perez. AOL Eyes Personal Search. PC World. Nov. 2, 2004.

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November 05, 2004

Smart Web Offers Opportunities

"A smarter internet and a host of cheap, web-enabled mobile devices will allow access to a whole range of services on the move, research group Gartner Dataquest said on Sunday, ahead of its ITXpo symposium.

"A smarter internet means consumers can collaborate to pay for services costing just a few cents, making a whole range of new offerings viable.

"Navigation systems that now offer only a rudimentary selection of road services such as fuel stations and tourist sites are just a beginning. Mobile users will one day be shown the way to the nearest doctor on weekend duty."

Reuters. Smart Web Changes World. Wired News. Oct. 31, 2004.

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November 04, 2004

Youth Chose IM Over Voice Mail

"Progress has little respect for innovation or technology. From their position of near ubiquity, fax machines are on a long slow decline.

"Pagers are about to go the same way, with phone firm O2 due to turn off its paging system at the end of 2004.

"And voicemail could be next, not least because it is a technology that a generation is simply not using."

Mark Ward. Voicemail Message is Getting Lost. BBC. Nov. 1, 2004.

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PalmSource Shares Dip After Investment Report

"Shares of PalmSource, the handheld operating system developer, dipped Monday on an investment bank's report that said key licensee PalmOne will--in addition to using PalmSource's product--begin using Microsoft's operating system for handhelds in its Treo line of devices.

"PalmOne representatives disputed the contents of the research note, from Needham & Co. The note said that PalmOne 'tacitly admitted' it was working to make Microsoft's operating system available on the popular Treo line of phones. The devices currently use PalmSource's Palm OS, and PalmOne is PalmSource's biggest customer.

"The two companies used to be one firm but recently split from each other, in order to be more flexible."

Richard Shim. PalmSource Takes Hit on Investment Report. News.com. Nov. 1, 2004.

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November 03, 2004

Avaya, Polycom Announce New Videophone

"Avaya, a communications software, systems and services company, has announced a new Internet Protocol-based video-conferencing offering for businesses. The Avaya Video Telephony Solution, Desktop Edition, (.pdf) stems from a partnership with conferencing technology specialist Polycom.

"The offering integrates the Avaya IP Softphone, an application that works as an office phone on a computer, with the Polycom ViaVideo camera and microphone. It also ties in instant messaging and presence features.

"Avaya and Polycom aimed for simplicity. Callers log on the business network (via a broadband or wireless LAN connection) and make video calls that can be muted, forwarded, transferred or placed on hold."

Colin C. Haley. Avaya, Polycom Dial in Videoconferencing. InternetNews.com. Nov. 1, 2004.

See also:
Ben Charny. New Videophone Highlights Dropping Prices. News.com. Nov. 1, 2004.

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November 02, 2004

Microsoft Launches Live Communications Server 2005

"Microsoft plans to release in December new software designed to secure instant messaging and other communications within big companies.

"Microsoft said Tuesday that its Live Communications Server 2005 software will let companies encrypt their instant-messaging communications internally and link IM systems between companies so that suppliers and other business partners can share secure IM connections.

"Live Communications Server, or LCS, will include an option for letting companies link to public instant-messaging networks from Microsoft, America Online and Yahoo, so that employees can chat with users on the Big Three IM services."

Mike Ricciuti. Microsoft Logs On to Secure Corporate IM. News.com. Oct. 26, 2004.

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Blog Search Engine, IceRocket Feature MoBlog Search

"Blog Search Engine and IceRocket Search have partnered to bring cell phone pic blogs, or MoBlogs, into the search engine world with a new search feature which produces image results of the latest MoBlogs images available.

"Blog Search Engine has over 10,000 blogs indexed in its blog directory and this new feature gives them a jump on other cutting edge search engines in the blogging world.

"The partnership between the two companies utilizes IceRocket search technology to serve search results from TextAmerica blog entries - a MoBlog only blog hosting service."

No author. Blog Search Engine Adds MoBlog Search. Search Engine Journal. Oct. 29, 2004.

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November 01, 2004

Possible Shift in Online Music Pricing

"Since the launch of Apple's iTunes store in April 2003, the price of digital music has gravitated, with few exceptions, to 99 cents per song, following the Mac maker's unwavering lead. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been adamant that a consistent price is important to help consumers understand the new world of online music.

"But even as they have been pleased with Apples' iTunes successes, record label executives have chafed at the fixed prices. They're used to the retail world, where some albums can be priced higher than average, and some lower, in order to take advantage of demand.

"In announcing the U2 package, Apple executives stopped well short of saying that the flat-rate pricing era was over. But they did say that more experimentation might be on the way."

John Borland. Apple's U2 'Box Set' a Sign of Shifting Music Pricing?. News.com. Oct. 26, 2004.

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Billboard to Rank Ring Tones

"Billboard magazine now sees ring tones as worth including in its venerable top-seller listings.

"The music industry magazine will soon be publishing a list of best-selling ring tones, alongside its more traditional categories, like best-selling album.

"Ring tones are among the biggest hits in the market for cell phone services and content.

Ben Charny. Billboard Chimes in on Ring Tones. News.com. Oct. 26, 2004.

See also:
National Public Radio. Cell Phone Ring Tones Top the Charts. All Things Considered. Oct. 28, 2004.

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Yahoo Launches Mobile Web Search

"Yahoo added a search feature for cell phones Wednesday, just a few weeks after rival Google launched one of its own.

"While Google SMS (Short Message Service) uses text-only messages to deliver its results, Yahoo's new mobile service offers localized search results, maps and Web site icons that let people point, click and make a call.

"The two companies took their most significant steps yet into the cell phone market within a few weeks of each other, showing just how eager the Web search industry is to expand its reach."

Ben Charny and Jim Hu. Yahoo Battles Google For the Cell Phone. News.com. Oct. 27, 2004.

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October 30, 2004

ESPN Tests Video for Mobile Devices

"ESPN is testing new video services for wireless devices, taking a page from the playbook of its popular Web download service, a company executive said Tuesday.

"John Zehr, ESPN Mobile's vice president of product development, said the sports news site is experimenting with several wireless providers to preload video onto handhelds--rather than streaming the entertainment--much as it already does with ESPN Motion, an application that preloads sports highlights onto millions of PCs daily.

"Download versus live streaming media is a needling dilemma for entertainment and content providers that are looking to build new services for the PC or for Internet Protocol-connected devices."

Stefanie Olsen. ESPN Testing Video For Handhelds. News.com. Oct. 26, 2004.

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October 29, 2004

Yahoo Unveils Local Search

"Yahoo expanded its search empire to the mobile arena with the launch of some additional services.

"The company was one of the original content providers for mobile devices running on the Palm or Win CE platform, a decision Yahoo COO Dan Rosensweig admits was a 'premature start.' This is the first time, however, that mobile users can use the Yahoo search engine to find stuff.

"The rollout includes access to Yahoo Local, Image and Web search, as well as quick links to stocks, sports scores and weather. The platform also includes a modified Yahoo Instant Messaging client and Yahoo Mobile Games. The software works on any color screen handset and automatically adjusts itself to QWERTY or numerical keypads."

Michael Singer. Yahoo Sends Search Aloft. Internet News. Oct. 27, 2004.

See also:
Matt Hicks. Yahoo Takes Search Mobile. eWeek. Oct. 27, 2004.

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Delphi, XM Deliver Handheld Satellite Radio

"XM Satellite Radio and radio manufacturer Delphi yesterday introduced the Delphi XM MyFi, a portable, handheld satellite radio receiver the companies hope will lure more consumers to a medium currently limited to car and home units.

"Along with giving its subscribers the convenience of a traditional transistor radio, the MyFi also offers a five-hour recording capacity to let listeners download favorite programs and songs.

"The MyFi is the latest entry in the highly competitive battle over digital music, a fight that pits XM against its immediate competitor, Sirius Satellite Radio, but more broadly against on-line music sources like Napster, and the makers of small, highly portable MP3 and other devices.

Annys Shin. Delphi, XM Unveil Handheld Satellite Radio Receiver. WashingtonPost.com. Oct. 27, 2004.

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Are We Ready for Podcasting?

"Every so often someone comes up with a new idea that depends upon another not fully developed new idea. So the two ideas get put together and also get a cool name. This is followed by a manic period where the new idea is extolled as the next big thing.

"In this fashion, we have been introduced to podcasting—the next big thing. Too bad it's a kludge that doesn't work as advertised unless you have a Macintosh and an iPod.

"The podcasting concept, in its most boiled-down form, is as follows. You attach a simple audio stream to an RSS feed (typically from a blog) and distribute audio feeds as they are created. With the original concept, an audio feed is designed to be grabbed in such a way that it will queue itself in iPod audio format and download itself to the iPod.

"But since the world consists of 95 percent PC users, how does all this really work?"

John C. Dvorak. Podcasting: Not Ready for Prime Time. PC Magazine. Oct. 25, 2004.

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October 28, 2004

New iPod Holds Photos and Music

"Apple Computer introduced its next generation iPod music player, which has the ability to display digital images as well as play songs.

"The new iPod Photo will be able to store up to 25,000 wallet-size digital images and display them on a television via a cable. It comes with 40-gigabyte or 60-gigabyte disk storage, capable of storing up to 15,000 songs.

"Apple also introduced a special black edition of the iPod, which has the signatures of members of the rock band U2. The company said it would begin selling a complete collection of U2's music for $149 next month from the iTunes Internet music store.

John Markoff. Newest iPod From Apple Holds Photos and Music. The New York Times. Oct. 27, 2004.

See also:
Ina Fried and John Borland. Apple Unveils Color iPod, U2 Edition. News.com. Oct. 26, 2004.

Sebastian Rupley. New iPod Plays Photos. PC Magazine. Oct. 26, 2004.

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October 27, 2004

HDTV for Cell Phones

"Miniature mobile phones, which already double as cameras, Internet devices and music players, are poised to merge with the largest of home appliances, the television.

"The cell phone industry is working to build phones able to receive high-definition television signals over the air, even though HDTV has yet to make its way into most American living rooms.

"Texas Instruments, the largest maker of computer chips for mobile phones, announced Thursday that it is developing technology that will allow wireless handsets to receive hundreds of high-definition channels. The phones will not be marketed until 2007."

Matt Richtel. Coming Soon to Your Pocket: HDTV Phones. News.com. Oct. 21, 2004.

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David Koenig. TI Says Chip Will Allow TV on Cell Phones. USA Today. Oct. 22, 2004.

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Palm Introduces Treo 650

"PalmOne this week is announcing the Treo 650, a hybrid PDA/cell-phone device that addresses many of the shortcomings of its hugely popular predecessor, the Treo 600.

"Treo 650 boasts a high-res display, an improved keyboard and camera, a removable battery, and more.

"Among other improvements, the Palm OS-based Treo 650 boasts a sharp, 320-by-320 color screen that should be readable in sunlight. The new model also has nonvolatile flash memory, meaning you don't lose important data if the battery runs down."

Yardena Arar. PalmOne Unveils Treo 600's Successor. PC World. Oct. 24, 2004.

See also:
Ina Fried. PalmOne Pushes Out Treo Update. News.com. Oct. 25, 2004.

Tom Krazit. PalmOne Packs Treo Smart Phone With New Chip. InfoWorld. Oct. 25, 2004.

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UpSNAP Gives the 411

"Consumers no longer have to fork over $1.25 or more for directory assistance, as a host of free alternatives are emerging, including a new service announced today.

"UpSNAP will allow cell phone users to send a request for a business or residential listing via a cellular phone text message that includes the city, zip code, area code or airport code and the name of the person or business, the company announced today. Upsnap will then send the phone number within 10 seconds.

"At home, consumers can also get free directory assistance via Optimum Voice, Cablevision's telephone service."

Richard J. Dalton Jr. Getting the Info But Not the Invoice. Newsday. Oct. 20, 2004.

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Chris Sherman. A New Mobile Phone Search Service. Search Engine Watch. Oct. 25, 2004.

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Multimedia Craze Hits U.S.

"Mobile operators, content providers and other participants at the CTIA Wireless IT and Entertainment trade show this week in San Francisco will be gearing up for an expected boom in mobile multimedia in the U.S.

"The country is far behind Europe and Asia in using mobile phones for more than talking, but it's already begun to catch up, according to IDC analyst Lewis Ward.

"Messaging is still the most popular mobile data service in the U.S., but downloadable ringtones have already caught on and graphics are just starting to take off, according to Ward. Games are next in line, he said, and their higher price tags can drive a lot of revenue."

Stephen Lawson. Multimedia Goes Mobile at CTIA. InfoWorld. Oct. 25, 2004.

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October 26, 2004

Click and Search

"As our hard drives fill up with thousands then tens and hundreds of thousands of digital snapshots, we're all going to face the same basic challenges as the Bettmann Archive. A digital camera is an enticement to take more snaps than you can keep track of. With the price of digital storage plummeting even as our time seems to become ever more valuable, it's cheaper to store the lot of them than to weed out the clunkers.

"But having thousands of photos on a hard disk or DVD-ROM is the equivalent of throwing Bettmann's images into the air and letting them flutter to the ground. Our only hope is that the army of engineers laboring in labs around the world can come up with a better way."

David Weinberger. Point. Shoot. Kiss It Good-Bye. Wired. October 2004.

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October 25, 2004

Digital Entertainment Takes a Road Trip

"Your digital home entertainment system is about to take a road trip.

"Consumer electronics makers are racing to find new offerings, from wireless music downloads at gas stations to digital TV, to entertain American families when they're stuck in traffic, driving home for the holidays, or just out for a ride.

"Some of the efforts to transplant digital media technology from PCs and home entertainment centers are still on the drawing board, companies said at a technology conference. But other changes are likely to start appearing in new cars and SUVs as early as next year."

Declan McCullagh. Digital Home Entertainment Hits the Road. News.com. Oct. 19, 2004.

See also:
Declan McCullagh. Car Crazy: Microsoft in the Driver's Seat. News.com. Oct. 21, 2004.

David Becker. TVs, Cameras Top Holiday Plans. News.com. Oct. 18, 2004.

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October 23, 2004

AOL Teams Up With Major League Baseball

"Staging a sort of a late-inning rally, America Online and Major League Baseball are teaming up in an instant-messaging deal.

"AOL and baseball's interactive media and Internet company, MLB Advanced Media, announced an AOL instant-messaging feature that will give baseball fans real-time access to baseball scores, headlines, standings and fantasy game links, as well other baseball information, when they add the screen name 'MLB' to their Buddy List.

"The announcement comes with just a handful of games left to be played in the championship series and the World Series, which begins later this week."

Dawn Kawamoto. AOL Pitches Baseball for IM. News.com. Oct. 20, 2004.

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Jim Hu. Sox Comeback Takes Web by Storm. News.com. Oct. 21, 2004.

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Super-Duper PDAs Hit Market

"PDA? No, EDA. Mobile-solutions provider Symbol Technologies announced the MC50 family of handheld PCs, which it dubbed 'enterprise digital assistants' because of their barcode-scanning and VoIP features.

"The combination of barcode/image-capture capabilities and built-in voice-over-IP technology is ideal for mobile workers who need real-time access to people and information, Symbol said.

"For example, a retail manager could monitor and manage merchandise pricing and availability from the sales floor. An IT manager could oversee the maintenance of enterprise technology assets, such as server farms and data-storage facilities."

Rick Broida. PDAs Incorporate Barcode Scanning, VoIP. ZDNet. Oct. 19, 2004.

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October 22, 2004

Turning Parks into Public Hot Spots

"Mohit Santram, a student at New York University, happily shares his high-speed Internet connection with whoever taps the wireless signal available within about 300 feet of his apartment in the East Village.

"But Mr. SantRam offers more than just the opportunity to piggyback anonymously on an Internet connection. People picking up his signal are first directed to a bulletin board where they can post and read neighborhood information and gossip.

"This arrangement comes courtesy of Neighbornode, a project created by John Geraci that is part of a bare-bones software package provided by NYCWireless, a volunteer advocacy group instrumental in turning places like Bryant Park into public hot spots. The group is encouraging people to set up their own hot spots and electronic bulletin boards to let communities of otherwise anonymous urbanites find one another."

Ian Keldoulis. Where Good Wi-Fi Makes Good Neighbors. The New York Times. Oct. 21, 2004.

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October 21, 2004

Starbucks Launches Digital Music Service

"Starbucks announced it will add computer kiosks in stores in Austin, Texas and Seattle where customers can burn music CDs for about US$10 while waiting for their Frappuccino.

"Initially, the company will install the self-service touch-screen kiosks at 30 stores in Austin and 15 stores in Seattle by the end of the month. Willie Nelson is scheduled to headline a concert for the Austin kickoff on November 14.

"But the Seattle-based coffee retailer eventually plans to add the new 'music bars' nationwide as part of its plan to leverage its well-known name and chain of more than 8,300 stores to reach beyond coffee beans for profits."

Bob Keefe. Starbucks To Add Kiosks Where Customers Can Burn CDs. E-Commerce Times. Oct. 15, 2004.

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October 20, 2004

Sshhhh! (21st Century Style)

"It was the reporters who noticed first. Unable to call their editors while covering the weddings of the rich and famous, they asked the priest why their cell phones never worked at Sacred Heart. His reply: Israeli counterintelligence.

"In four Monterrey churches, Israeli-made cell phone jammers the size of paperbacks have been tucked unobtrusively among paintings of the Madonna and statues of the saints."

Olga R. Rodriguez. Churches Installing Cell Phone Jammers. eWeek. Oct. 17, 2004.

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Is iPod a Worm in the Apple?

"Apple now makes more from its top line from iPod sales than from any single line of its computers. By revenue, the PowerBook notebook line is Apple's second most important product, accounting for $419 million, or just less than 18%, of sales for the quarter.

Now don't get me wrong. I love the iPod. Two of those 7.3 million units are mine. But as much of a success as it has been for Apple, the iPod could also turn out to be an Achilles heel."

Arik Hesseldahl. The IPod In Perspective. Forbes.com. Oct. 15, 2004.

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Health Care Firm Communicates by Chat

"Through a network of medical contact centers and telecommuting nurses, the company offers medical phone support for some 250 clients, such as hospitals, health insurance companies and doctor group practices. For example, a group of doctors may hire Intellicare to handle their patient calls after business hours.

"Instant messaging (IM) has helped Intellicare create a sense of virtual community among its employees, facilitated the provision of remote training and boosted real-time communications within the company, improving the flow and availability of information needed to provide services."

Juan Carlos Perez. IM Boosts Health Care Company. InfoWorld. Oct. 15, 2004.

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October 19, 2004

Palm Syncs to MS Exchange

"PalmOne has licensed technology from Microsoft to make its devices work directly with Microsoft's Exchange e-mail server.

"With the support for Microsoft's Exchange Server ActiveSync protocol, users of PalmOne devices will no longer need to install third-party client and server software to be able to access e-mail, calendar and contact information on a server running Microsoft's Exchange Server 2003 software, said Steve Janiak, a senior product manager at PalmOne."

Joris Evers. PalmOne Licenses Microsoft Exchange for Mobile E-mail. InfoWorld. Oct. 5, 2004.

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Microsoft Corp. palmOne Licenses Microsoft Exchange Server Synchronization Protocol for Integration With Next-Generation Treo Smartphones. Oct. 5, 2004.

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October 18, 2004

Social Software History & Timeline

"The term 'social software', which is now used to define software that supports group interaction, has only become relatively popular within the last two or more years. However, the core ideas of social software itself enjoy a much longer history, running back to Vannevar Bush's ideas about 'memex' in 1945, and traveling through terms such as Augmentation, Groupware, and CSCW in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

"By examining the many terms used to describe today's 'social software' we can also explore the origins of social software itself, and see how there exists a very real life cycle concerning the use of technical terminology."

Life with Alacrity. Tracing the Evolution of Social Software. Oct. 13, 2004.

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MP3 Withers Under iPod's Weight

"After years as the unrivaled king of the digital-media world, the venerable MP3 music format is losing ground to rival technologies from Microsoft and Apple Computer.

"MP3 is still the overwhelming favorite of file traders, but the once-universal format's popularity has been going quietly but steadily down in personal music collections for the last year. According to researchers at The NPD Group's MusicWatch Digital who track the contents of people's hard drives, the percentage of MP3-formatted songs in digital-music collections has slid steadily in recent months, down to about 72 percent of people's collections from about 82 percent a year ago."

John Borland. Is MP3 Losing Steam?. News.com. Oct. 15, 2004.

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PC Goes Mini

"In the last few years, the biggest breakthroughs in personal computing haven't had much to do with personal computers. Instead, many of the most exciting and popular inventions have been designed to let you carry a copy of the data that's on the PC you already have.

"Thanks to some of the very advances in miniaturization that make hand-held gadgets possible (bright indoor-outdoor screens, two-inch hard drives), a couple of former Apple laptop designers have devised the OQO, the world's smallest Windows XP computer: 4.9 by 3.4 inches and less than an inch thick. The unit poses an intriguing question: why would you buy a bunch of gadgets designed to liberate the data from your PC if you could just shove the entire PC into your pocket?"

David Pogue. Fitting Your PC in a Pocket. The New York Times. Oct. 14, 2004.

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October 16, 2004

iPods Fueling Apple's Profits

"For Apple Computer, will 2004 be remembered as a transformative year?

Yes, according to The Wall Street Journal, which said the company's fourth-quarter earnings 'show how the company continues to change from a traditional computer maker to a digital-entertainment company, with a particular focus in digital music.' USA Today concluded that 'Apple has clearly become more than a computer company,' while industry analysts told The New York Times that 'Apple was transforming itself from a computer company into a digital music and entertainment company.'

"Fueling those declarations is that fact that Apple's iPod portable music player helped the company log $2.35 billion in revenue for the quarter -- the highest amount in nine years.

"Apple said yesterday that it sold 500 percent more iPods compared with last year's fourth quarter.

Cynthia L. Webb. iMac, iPod, iConquered. WashingtonPost.com. Oct. 14, 2004.

See also:
John Pallatto. Apple Revenue, Profits Soar. eWeek. Oct. 13, 2004.

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October 15, 2004

Microsoft Launches Windows XP Media Center

'PC makers, working with Microsoft, set course for consumers' living rooms on Tuesday, launching a slew of new Media Center PCs.

"Dell, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, Sony and Toshiba all introduced their latest Media Center PCs, wrapped around Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center 2005 operating system. The latest version of the multimedia-oriented OS features a special user interface for tasks such as playing movies.

"While the latest Media Centers are PCs at heart, the manufacturers say the machines will function more like entertainment devices that can record, show TV programs, and play DVD movies or music CDs. However, unlike before, the machines will be more adept at acquiring and sharing files with other devices around the home."

John G. Spooner. Media Centers on parade. News.com. Oct. 12, 2004.

See also:
Microsoft. Microsoft and Partners Announce New Era of Digital Devices Enabling Consumers to Take Entertainment Throughout the Home and On the Go. Oct. 12, 2004.

Jennifer LeClaire. Gates Launches New Era with XP Media Center 2005. E-Commerce Times. Oct. 12, 2004.

Harry McCracken. Digital Entertainment Anywhere. PCWorld Techlog. Oct. 12, 2004.

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October 14, 2004

Experts Ponder if Telecom is Dead

"There was one question on the minds of technology leaders attending the Etre conference in Cannes on Tuesday: 'Is telecom dead?'

"Paradoxically however, whether they answered yes or no, they pointed to the same reason: Skype.

"Skype Technologies SA, provides software that allows users to make free phone calls worldwide over the Internet, is changing the landscape of the traditional telecom market, experts agreed.

"Whether Skype was killing the traditional telecom industry or forcing it to reinvent itself to survive were matters of contention, however."

Scarlet Pruitt. Experts Wonder: Is Telecom Dead?. InfoWorld. Oct. 12, 2004.

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October 13, 2004

Do Mobile Phones Create False Sense of Security?

"First in phone-company marketing, and now in popular culture, the cellular phone has taken on the aura of an amulet of safety, an indispensable lifeline: wherever you are, you can always reach help.

"The new movie 'Cellular' is all about the cellphone as savior. Kim Basinger plays a woman who is abducted and taken to an attic, where there is an old rotary-dial phone that her captor proceeds to smash with a bat.

"Though the surfer must overcome weak cellular signals and dying batteries along with the more generic sorts of movie-plot crises, the mobile phone is clearly meant to be the hero of the piece, trumping fusty old fixed-line telephony in nearly every way.

"But the notion is stretched so far in the film that it raises some contrarian questions: Is the sense of security engendered by a cellphone as much illusion as reality? Does carrying one make people better at coping with the world, or worse? Is it a lifeline or an apron string?"

Ken Belson. Saved, and Enslaved, by the Cell. The New York Times. Oct. 10, 2004.

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Maverick's Owner Says No to WiFi

"Mark Cuban, the billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner, wouldn't think of surfing the Internet from his seat during Mavericks home games. 'Hell no,' he declares.

"And thanks to him, neither will anybody else attending Mavericks games at the American Airlines Center.

"The people running the center, where the Mavericks and the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars play, have just installed a Wi-Fi network. The center wants to become, in essence, an Internet service provider for fans other than those attending Mavs games, whether it's to check e-mail or watch specially prepared video highlights from their seats."

Ben Charny. Wi-Fi Not A Slam Dunk for Basketball Maverick. The New York Times. Oct. 11, 2004.

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U. S. Earns Gold Metal at World Cyber Games

"Amid fanfare fit for actual world-class athletes, five Americans with really quick fingers took home the gold medal in the popular 'Counter Strike' competition of the World Cyber Games championships, capping five days of intense gaming by the world's elite.

"In addition to 'Counter Strike: Condition Zero' and 'WarCraft III: Frozen Throne,' players competed in 'FIFA Soccer 2004,' 'Need For Speed: Underground,' 'StarCraft: Brood War,'Unreal Tournament: 2004,' 'Halo' and 'Project Gotham Racing 2.'

"Winners at this year's event, which took over the streets near San Francisco City Hall, took home a combined $400,000, according to organizers. The video game industry rakes in $10 billion annually in the United States alone."

Associated Press. U.S. Wins Gold at World Cyber Games. CNN.com. Oct. 11, 2004.

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BBC Announces Open Source Video Technology

"The British Broadcasting Corp. has announced an open-source video compression project that it hopes could one day give Windows Media Player a run for its money.

"The BBC didn't make a particularly big show of the project at LinuxWorld in London, but if the codec lives up to expectations, it could soon be challenging proprietary video technology.

"The codec, called Dirac--after physicist Paul Dirac--is still in the early stages of testing. But developers say when it goes into beta in the fall of 2005, there's a good chance it will be as good, if not better, than anything else out there."

Matt Loney. BBC Reveals Open-Source Video Technology. News.com. Oct. 7, 2004.

See also:
John Leyden. BBC wants Help Developing Open Source Video Codec. The Register. Oct. 6, 2004.

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October 12, 2004

Google Launches Mobile Short Message Service

"Google on Thursday announced a new test service that allows people to use mobile phones or handheld devices to tap Google's Web search via text messages, or short message service.

Called Google SMS, the service is the newly public company's broadest push yet in the mobile market and comes as Google and its rivals in the hotly competitive Web search industry race to expand their reach.

"Google SMS delivers business and residential listings, product prices and dictionary look-up. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company is not taking a percentage of the 5-cent to 10-cent per-message charge levied by mobile carriers, nor will advertisers influence results."

Reuters. Google Tests Short Message Service. News.com. Oct. 7, 2004.

See also:
Jay Lyman. Google Goes Mobile with Free Text Message Searches. TechNewsWorld. Oct. 8, 2004.

Juan Carlos Perez. Google Introduces Wireless Service. ComputerWorld. Oct. 7, 2004.

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Podcasting Brings Convenience to Internet Audio

"For anyone who loves listening to the wide variety of internet audio programming, but can't always listen to their favorite shows when they're scheduled or take the time to download them manually, help has arrived.

"Known as podcasting, the technology is a new take on syndicated content feeds like RSS and Atom. But instead of pushing text from blogs and news sites to various content aggregators like FeedDemon and Bloglines, podcasting sends audio content directly to an iPod or other MP3 player.

"'It's aggregating audio content, but it's taking one extra step, in that it's putting it on your device,' said Adam Curry, who built the first podcasting aggregator, known as iPodder. 'Not only do these devices play it, but you don't have to put it there yourself. It just happens automatically.'"

Daniel Terdiman. Podcasts: New Twist on Net Audio. Wired News. Oct. 8, 2004.

See also:
Phillip Torrone. How-To: Podcasting (aka How to Get Podcasts and Also Make Your Own). Engadget. Oct. 5, 2004.

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Skype to Offer Business Service

"Skype plans to offer a business telephone service for 'individuals and work groups, not CIOs' that the free Internet phone service provider says will shake up another major telephone market.

"Winning over business will not be an easy task, Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom said Wednesday. Incumbent suppliers of business phone services and equipment fiercely protect customers, who in turn are extremely loyal.

"Winning over business will not be an easy task, Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom said Wednesday. Incumbent suppliers of business phone services and equipment fiercely protect customers, who in turn are extremely loyal."

Ben Charny. Skype Readies Business Telephone Offering. News.com. Oct. 6, 2004.

See also:
David M. Ewalt. Can Skype Cash In On Free?. Forbes. Oct. 6, 2004.

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Pulver App Combines IM, VoIP and Social Networking

"Pulver Communications Corp. is introducing a new SIP-based application to enhance the usability of IP communications, company founder Jeff Pulver said.

"The offering, pulver.Communicator, will launch at this month's Fall VON show in Boston. It melds elements of instant messaging, VoIP and social networking.

"The application uses the Free World Dialup network (which Pulver founded) for VoIP and provides access to: AOL, MSN, Yahoo and ICQ as Instant Messaging networks. Users can share buddy lists in real-time if they choose to."

Colin C. Haley. Pulver App Melds VoIP, IM, Social Networking. InternetNews.com. Oct. 8, 2004.

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October 11, 2004

Nintendo DS Includes Wireless Download Capability

"Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed on Thursday that the company's dual-screen DS handheld gaming console can download game data wirelessly, then play it back.

"The Nintendo DS's greatest features are its revolutionary control schemes, such as the touch-sensitive screen and the microphone input," Iwata said during a press conference at CEATEC, a large technology conference taking place here this week. "And its other major feature is the wireless connection. With it, we're going to revolutionize the way that games are played."

Hirohiko Niizumi. Nintendo Handheld to Feature Wireless Downloading. News.com. Oct. 7, 2004.

See also:
Yuka Obayashi. Nintendo Says 12 DS Games to Debut in Japan. Reuters. Oct. 7, 2004.

David Smith. Nintendo DS American Launch Lineup. PC Magazine. Oct. 8, 2004.

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Study Shows Major Increase in Household Use of VoIP by 2009

"More than 12 million U.S. households could switch to Internet phone service by 2009, though younger people may be hard to sign up, according to a new market research report.

"JupiterResearch says that Internet phone service is likely to expand from just 400,000 customers now to nearly 10 percent of U.S. households within five years as prices fall, quality improves and new features are added.

"While startups like Vonage have gained early momentum, the research firm said that the established companies are likely to dominate the Internet phone market because of their brand strength, marketing clout and large customer base."

Scott Goldstein. Internet Phone Service Seen Booming. TechNewsWorld. Oct. 8, 2004.

See also:
JupitermediaResearch.
JupiterResearch Forecasts Voice Over IP Telephony Services to Reach 12.1 Million U.S. Households by 2009
. Oct. 7, 2004.

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October 09, 2004

Microsoft CEO Claims iPod Music is Stolen

"It's official. All iPod users are music thieves - according to Microsoft CEO Steve 'Monkey Boy' Ballmer.

"The most common format of music on an iPod is 'stolen'," he told reporters in London today, according to a Silicon.com report.

"Ballmer conveniently ignores not only that there are many non-Apple music players out there, on which there are probably as many, if not more 'stolen' songs."

Tony Smith. Most Songs on iPods 'Stolen' - Microsoft CEO. The Register. Oct. 4, 2004.

See also:
John Lettice. iPod Owners Very Honest, Not Thieves At All, says MS. The Register. Oct. 8, 2004.

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Instant Messaging Going Mobile

"Although it grew up on desktop PC's, instant-messaging software has gone mobile. The software, which lets you send short text messages to a list of designated contacts, works virtually in real time, and increasingly it lets you see who is online and available for a chat no matter what they are using to log into the service.

"It's that young audience that AT&T; Wireless is eager to capture with the Ogo, a $100 device that includes special navigation keys for messaging and carries unlimited IM service and e-mail from the three big IM providers, AOL, MSN and Yahoo.

"It looks more and more as if IM has outgrown its exclamatory roots in teenage chatter and mobile IM is finding a role in business."

Heather Clancy. Flip Open That Cellphone: It's IM on the Move. The New York Times. Oct. 7, 2004.

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October 08, 2004

Could CALEA Extend to the Internet?

"The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) was passed in 1994 to make it easier for the feds to listen in to everyone's phone calls. The law forced phone companies to design their digital networks with special backdoors for government surveillance.

"There was a single saving grace - CALEA did not apply to the Internet.

But now, all of that could change. Under pressure from the Department of Justice (DoJ) and federal law enforcement, the FCC is gathering comments on a proposal to expand CALEA to cover broadband Internet access providers and Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony companies."

Electronic Frontier Foundation. A Government-Mandated Backdoor For Every Network. Deep Links. Oct. 6, 2004.

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Sony Ericsson Predicts Slow Growth for Mobile Devices

"Japanese-Swedish mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson said on Tuesday it expects slower growth in the global handset market next year.

"Replacement sales in rich markets, which has powered the market this year as consumers are trading in their old phones for new models with color screens and built-in cameras, may not be such a major force next year, said Miles Flint, president of the three-year-old joint venture between Sony and Ericsson.

"The phone market will be dominated by current models, although 2005 will be the first year of volume sales of handsets that can work on third generation (3G) networks, for fast multimedia services like video telephony and song downloads."

Santosh Menon. INTERVIEW: Sony Ericsson Chief Sees Slower Growth. Reuters. Oct. 5, 2004.

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An Alternative to iPods

"As the trading of MP3 files ate into music sales, Damon Dash, the 33-year-old entrepreneur behind Roc-A-Fella Records, turned his hip-hop music company into a platform to sell other, more profitable products.

"Now Mr. Dash is taking his celebrity and music-infused marketing approach to a product line closer to the source of his troubles: MP3 files. In November, he will introduce a line of MP3 players under the name Rocbox, including one aimed squarely to compete with Apple Computer's iPod.

"Mr. Dash hopes to distinguish the Rocbox players from other players on the market by weaving images of them into videos for artists of his label, and put tags promoting them on his clothing. While details haven't been worked out yet, buyers of the player will have access to exclusive bits of Roc-A-Fella music."

Saul Hansell. Battle of Form (and Function) in MP3 Players. The New York Times. Oct. 4, 2004.

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October 07, 2004

SBC Offers Mailbox for Faxes, E-mail, and Voice Mail

"SBC Communications on Monday announced a new service that integrates voice messages, faxes and e-mails into a single mailbox that can be accessed from anywhere by phone or the Internet.

The service, called Unified Communications, has an e-mail-like interface and uses text-to-speech technology to read e-mails over the phone and voicemails over computers.

Consumers can get alerts via e-mail and cellular or landline phones when new e-mails, voicemails or faxes arrive, the company said. Alerts also can be received on pagers or wireless phones."

Dinesh C. Sharma. SBC Links E-mail, Voice Messages, Faxes. News.com. Oct. 4, 2004.

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October 06, 2004

Coral Seeks to Corral Copyright

"A consortium of technology companies hopes to create a common antipiracy language, ending the Babel of copy-proofing technologies that has rendered much digital content and hardware incompatible.

"The Coral Consortium, to be announced Monday, will initially draw on support from giants such as Hewlett-Packard, Matsushita Electric Industrial, Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony and Twentieth Century Fox, along with digital rights management (DRM) company InterTrust Technologies."

John Borland. Tech Powers Seek Antipiracy Accord. News.com. Oct. 3, 2004.

See also:
Coral Consortium. Coral Call to Action. No date.

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October 04, 2004

In-Flight Phone Calls May Be Allowed

"You're on the red-eye from Los Angeles to New York, soaring over the Nevada desert and preparing for an uncomfortable, partial night's sleep in your aisle seat. All of a sudden, the passenger on the other side of the armrest whips out her cell phone and begins yakking away.

According to purveyors of wireless communications technology for the airplane industry, such a scenario is probably less than two years away, as airlines and telecom service providers press federal regulators to lift a 13-year-old ban on the use of most personal wireless devices during flights.

"Last year, U.S. airlines began allowing passengers to use cell phones onboard after planes land and are taxiing to the gate.

"Now it appears that in-flight cell phones are next."

Joanna Glasner. Mobile-Phone Ban May Be Near End. Wired News. Oct. 1, 2004.

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Mobile Devices Miss the Mainstream

"BlackBerrys and Bluetooth share an embarrassing trait -- these two uses of wireless technology have remained stubbornly irrelevant to many mainstream users, despite the benefits they might offer and the hype they often get in the press.

"Many busy executives have become utterly dependent on the always-on e-mail access provided by Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry handhelds, but these devices' high costs and business-oriented features haven't constituted an attractive bundle for people who mostly use their cell phones to talk."

Rob Pegoraro. BlackBerry, Bluetooth Miss a Shot to Move Into More Hands. WashingtonPost.com. Oct. 3, 2004.

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October 01, 2004

Connections: Gary Roberts, 21st Century New Librarian Award Winner

Editor's Note: For this edition of Connections, we are pleased to feature an interview with Gary Roberts, the Information Systems Librarian at the Herrick Memorial Library at Alfred University in upstate New York. Earlier this year, Syracuse University's School of Information Studies named Gary the winner of its second 21st Century New Librarian Award. Gary received the award for his outstanding contributions to Herrick, including the use of library database-driven Web sites and the library's comprehensive Journal Locator.

Gary succceeds SNTReport.com Executive Editor K. Matthew Dames as the 21st Century New Librarian Award winner.

Gary joined Herrick's staff after graduating in 1999 from the School of Informatics at the University at Buffalo. His professional research has focused on how smaller libraries can fully-utilize technology through collaboration, publication and resource sharing. Gary also has researched the benefits of combining online information literacy tutorials with course management systems to support comprehensive information literacy programs.

As he will reveal in the interview below, Gary is a strong proponent of using social software to improve how and where librarians provide services to their customers.

Gary will receive his award in a brunch ceremony in Syracuse on Sunday, October 10. Recently, SNTReport.com writer Carol Schwartz interviewed Gary to discuss several topics, including how he uses social software tools to improve work and digital collaboration efforts between Herrick's librarians and the University's students, staff and faculty.

SNTReport.com: What type of research have you been conducting involving social software?
Roberts: I have been focusing on information literacy, which is the ability of people to identify when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information. It is an essential skill in a technology-based world where the library and traditional publishing model is no longer the only source of credible information dissemination.

SNTReport.com: How has your library been incorporating technology?
Roberts: We are focusing on the use of technology to leverage the abilities of the library to meet the needs of the students and effectively use personnel to get where the students are, which is online. Librarians have traditionally been comfortable with asynchronous software, not synchronous software such as instant messaging or chat -- which requires them to speak on the spot. Students are more comfortable with using "technology on the fly" and do not necessarily want or need detail. It is a challenge to move toward the student's level.

Librarians are information sharers by profession, and it is part of our culture to document as much as possible and demonstrate best practices. We have to be careful about keeping the students coming back, we try to go with what they think they need. Ultimately with higher broadband, Internet II, VoIP, and streaming video, we may see an increased comfort and ability [to serve] another generation.

Additionally, we are using the tools to help out with information literacy. A lot of tools become essential when working with a small school. Budgets are decreasing and we have to work smarter using technology. We have a lot of resources on campus and we are leveraging existing knowledge without going out and spending lots of money.

SNTReport.com: What types of tools do you use for information literacy?
Roberts: We are using both personal management tools and course management tools. We use Outlook Exchange for a personal management information system. It is a client-server model and combines a calendar for scheduling and email contacts. We also have an Intranet that it is web-based containing archival knowledge. For course management, we use web-based Blackboard for storing knowledge about courses and specific projects. Literacy is time intensive; it takes time to set up tools. We utilize existing tools that are commercially available.

Small institutions are able to leverage their investment in available course management systems without having to implement technology-intensive authentication systems. Many librarians have expanded and are using personal digital assistants (PDAs) that feature the Palm operating system. The PDA becomes an extension to handle details, and can be used to connect via a USB connection and sync with the information management system. For example, my PDA buzzed to remind me that you would be calling at this time for this interview. I had the interview scheduled in Outlook Exchange and downloaded my schedule information to my PDA for when I was not at the library.

The PDA facilitates efficiency utilizing knowledge of 100 years of collaboration. All of the tools that we use facilitate communication and workflow allowing us to do more with less.




Social software is revolutionary for libraries. We are seeing smaller staff achieving larger goals. At this point, I think librarians are at a crossroads with external forces demanding change using social software. If we fail at this transformation, we could be extinct, marginalized at best.





SNTReport.com: What type of impact has social software had on your library?
Roberts: Social software is revolutionary for libraries. We are seeing smaller staff achieving larger goals. At this point, I think librarians are at a crossroads with external forces demanding change using social software. If we fail at this transformation, we could be extinct, marginalized at best.

Alfred University is thinking about using Vonage and using broadband for chat and synchronous communication. Synchronous communication is more friendly and the 'human touch' is still very important. Communication would involve one-to-one or one-to-several. Inquiries are typed into the computer, making for formalized communication. Chat is not formalized. We cannot use the same rules in chat that we use for email because the communication is not being archived.

Further, librarians are becoming more comfortable with video conferencing. The up-front time saves down the line since it is available inexpensively. Five years ago videoconferencing was either too expensive or the technology was impossible without the infrastructure in place; now it is much more commonplace.

SNTReport.com: Do you find your students turning toward the Web more often for information?
Roberts: There are commercial venues available such as Google, Amazon, News, and Entertainment portals. Librarians do not see them as competitors. Libraries beat them at their own game because we have content; we are the ones with the collections. Google does a better job with delivery, going where the patrons are. We have to look at the design and indexing methods that Google is using since students are attracted by the delivery methods.

SNTReport.com: Could you tell me about your Library IT Blog?
Roberts: My blog is an area to share "nuts and bolts" for other plans. It contains a little more content than listserv. Ultimately, I use it to post content for collaboration, but I don't necessarily post daily. It is an area to build an archive of what I am doing and what others are doing. Blogs take less time than publishing. I post when I have something to help others. The use of blogs depends on how you use the tool, at first they were cool, now they seem cheesy.

SNTReport.com: How does your library and IT department coordinate activities?
Roberts: Our university librarian is also the Vice President of Information Technology. We are able to keep the information flow going between both departments. More and more there is less of a distinction between IT and the library. As the knowledge base grows, the areas overlap. IT people have a better understanding of the hardware. We have a similar understanding of how thing work together and utilize core competencies. We collaborate and do not build walls.

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Yo, Adrian!! We Got Wireless!!

"Forget cheese steaks, cream cheese and brotherly love. Philadelphia wants to be known as the city of laptops.

"The city recently announced a two-year effort to string a free wireless network across its 135 square miles, potentially giving Philadelphia an entirely new identity as the most wired - or unwired - municipality on the planet. But skeptics said this initiative, as well as similar efforts elsewhere across the United States, could also run aground on its own ambitions."

Bob Tedeschi. Big Wi-Fi Project for Philadelphia. The New York Times. Sept. 27, 2004.

See also:
Corey McKenna. An Interview with the CIO of the City of Philadelphia. Government Technology. Sept. 27, 2004.
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September 30, 2004

Schools Relax Cell Phone Ban

"Hundreds of high schools have reluctantly agreed to relax their rules about cellphones in schools. Rather than banning the phones outright, as many once did, they are capitulating to parent demands and market realities, and allowing students to carry phones in school - though not to use them in class.

"The reversal is a significant change from policies of the 1990's, when school administrators around the country viewed cellphones as the tools of drug dealers. In Florida, carrying a cellphone in school could be punishable by a 10-day suspension. In Louisiana, it was deemed a crime, with a potential penalty of 30 days in jail.

"But now the phones have become tools used by parents to keep in touch with, and keep track of, their children. And schools are facing a more basic reality: it is no longer possible to enforce such bans."

Matt Richtel. School Cellphone Bans Topple (You Can't Suspend Everyone). The New York Times. Sept. 29, 2004.

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Wireless and Mobile Applications Present Compliance Risk

"Making enterprise applications and data available to mobile and wireless users is becoming a strategic initiative in an increasing number of enterprises.

"However, wireless and mobile applications also open up a beehive of security concerns that didn't occur when using traditional networks. These concerns not only could compromise enterprise data but also threaten compliance with regulations like HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountablility Act), Sarbanes-Oxley and Gramm-Leach-Bliley.

"Wireless transmission is inherently less secure than standard wired network transmissions because it involves data flying through the air where it is easier to intercept. As a result, enterprises have been wrestling with WLAN security since the technology first emerged several years ago."

David Haskin. Wireless Compliance. CIO Update. Sept. 23, 2004.

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AOL Launches Mobile Developer Program

"America Online is putting out a call to developers to bring its instant-messaging software to more cell phones.

"The AOL Mobile Developer program, announced Monday, is meant to reduce the time manufacturers spend creating AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) software for their handsets, a spokeswoman said.

"By creating such a program, AOL hopes to mobilize developers for its mobile instant-messaging efforts, as well as boost sales of its IM products to handset makers."

Ben Charny. AOL Wants Developers to Get the Message. News.com. Sept. 27, 2004.

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September 29, 2004

Forget the Commute: Log In to Work

"Top-level employees -- chief executives included -- are beginning to take on teleworking. At one Cloumbus, OH, company, four of the company's seven top executives work from home or from remote offices, including in New York and Washington, DC. Teleworking is considered an asset. If an executive or employee asks to work from home in San Francisco, that's just another market in which the company is available in person to potential clients.

"According to a study released this month by the International Telework Association & Council, more companies are going the way of Pathlore. The number of people who performed any kind of work from home, from as little as one day a year to full time, grew from 41.3 million in 2003 to 44.4 million in 2004, a 7.5 percent increase."

Amy Joyce. Executives Leave Corner Offices Behind. WashingtonPost.com. Sept. 26, 2004.

See also:
International Telework Association & Council. Work at Home Grows In Past Year By 7.5% in U.S.. Sept. 2, 2004.

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September 28, 2004

What Price PlayStation Portable?

"Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Portable, which goes on sale in Japan later this year and overseas next spring, boasts the superb image quality of its home-console counterpart. But the big question on everyone's minds is: How much will the handheld gaming machine cost?

"The pricing question is crucial as competition heats up in the game machine market ahead of the holiday season, when video game hardware makers rake in as much as half their annual profits.

Yuri Kageyama. Price at Issue With PlayStation Portable. WashingtonPost.com. Sept. 25, 2004.

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September 25, 2004

Wal-Mart Pulls A Redmond

"What do you call it when a company announces a multibillion-dollar technology initiative with no preexisting infrastructure, no software code and an 18-month deadline to delivery?

"In most cases you'd call it a recipe for disaster. In the case of Wal-Mart, a company with the power to force others to follow its technology agenda, you'd simply call it 'tough love.'

"That two-word description, according to a January article in Computerworld Magazine, is exactly how Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott summed up his company's philosophy on radio frequency identification (RFID) in a speech to suppliers last winter."

Sam Williams. The Wal-Mart Supremacy. Salon. Sept. 20, 2004.

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Verizon Broadens Wireless Data Network

"Verizon Wireless said on Wednesday that it would expand its wireless high-speed data network into 14 additional cities, including New York and Los Angeles, starting on Monday.

"The move is part of an acceleration by wireless companies to expand the reach of their broadband Internet services.

"Verizon Wireless, which currently offers the network in three cities, has said that it expects to spend $1 billion through 2005 to upgrade its cellular network to carry data at faster speeds. Users of broadband cellular networks typically download and send data through a laptop computer or other devices configured to communicate with the network, rather than with a cellphone."

Matt Richtel. Verizon Wireless Expands High-Speed Data Network. The New York Times. Sept. 23, 2004.

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September 24, 2004

T-Mobile Introduces Sidekick II

"T-Mobile is now offering the Sidekick II, the latest version of Danger Inc.'s cellular-wireless handheld. T-Mobile is the first carrier to offer this device.
What's New?

"The Sidekick II is similar to its predecessor, but there have been some changes, most of which are external. They include a smaller form factor and a built-in camera."

Ed Hardy. Sidekick II Now Available from T-Mobile. Brighthand. Sept. 21, 2004.

See also
Danger Inc. America Flips its Lid for the T-Mobile Sidekick II. Sept. 22, 2004.

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Senate Holds Hearing on Wireless 411 Privacy Act

"Representatives of wireless telephone carriers planning a telephone directory service told a U.S. Senate committee Tuesday that legislation to protect their customers' privacy isn't needed, because their plan already does.

"Privacy advocates and some senators questioned, however, whether wireless carriers would protect customer privacy in the long term, without rules in place about how they handle the release of customer phone numbers.

"Six of the seven largest wireless carriers in the U.S. are moving forward with a plan to band together to offer a wireless directory, or 411, service, backers of the plan told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Tuesday. The directory could be available as early as 2005.

Grant Gross. Wireless carriers: Privacy Bill Not Needed. InfoWorld. Sept. 21, 2004.

See also:
U. S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. S. 1963-Wireless 411 Privacy Act. Sept. 21, 2004.

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'Minority Report' Come to Life

"A version of Info-Cop is now available for Microsoft's Windows Mobile for Smartphones OS. Info-Cop is an on-the-street tool that provides immediate access to vital criminal background information.

"Law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and Washington, along with national security agencies, have been running Info-Cop on the Samsung i700 cellular-wireless Pocket PC since June of 2003."

Ed Hardy. Police Fight Crime with Samsung Smartphones. Brighthand. Sept. 22, 2004.

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September 23, 2004

Interview with "Father of the Web"

"Perhaps for some, being credited with inventing the World Wide Web would be more than enough as far as life accomplishments go. But for Sir Tim Berners-Lee, it's merely the beginning of something even more fulfilling.

"The man who was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest minds of the 20th century is now busy channeling his energies into the work of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a standards body he founded and now directs.

"Moments after delivering a keynote address at the SpeechTek Conference in New York earlier this week, Sir Tim sat down with internetnews.com to discuss the state of the Web browser market, the growth of the Semantic Web and some of the challenges facing the W3C."

Ryan Naraine. Tim Berners-Lee, Director, W3C. internetnews.com. Sept. 17, 2004.

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September 22, 2004

Nintendo Debuts DS

"In a shift in strategy, Nintendo is expected to announce on Tuesday that it plans to begin selling its next generation of hand-held video game devices in the United States in time for the coming Christmas season.

"The company is also hoping that by selling the new device, the Nintendo DS, for adults and older teenage video game players first in the United States, it can avoid a direct confrontation with Sony, which is about to enter the hand-held game market in Japan with a device of its own."

John Markoff. Nintendo's Newest Product Aims for Adults. The New York Times. Sept. 21, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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Multiplayer Video Games Coming to Cell Phones

"As millions buy increasingly powerful cell phones, many companies are racing to develop video games to take advantage of the newfound portability.

"The newest twist is multiplayer: You can face real people in space battles or fishing tournaments.

"Until recently, multiplayer on cell phones game meant at most posting high scores on a leader board."

Matt Slagle. Multiplayer Games Coming to Cell Phones. WashingtonPost.com. Sept. 19, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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September 17, 2004

Airbus Successfully Tests In-flight Mobile Phones

"Plane maker Airbus reported progress Wednesday in plans to enable passengers to use mobile phones in flight, beginning in 2006.

"Test equipment aboard an Airbus A320 plane demonstrated that mobile phones can be used without interfering with navigation systems, according to Airbus.

"Cell phones onboard were used to send and receive calls and texts, the Toulouse, France-based company said in a statement."

Reuters. Airbus: In 2006, Keep Your Cell Phone On. News.com. Sept. 15, 2004.

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September 16, 2004

Let Your E-mail Follow You (If You Must)

"Taking time off from your email responsibilities can result in big problems down the road. Vacations, business travel, or just a trip across town can make it difficult to monitor your email inbox. Spam piles up and messages from Mom or the boss languish unanswered. Low-volume email lists seem to explode in activity the minute you leave town. You eventually return to an inbox where urgent messages are camouflaged by the latest spam hawking prescription drugs."

"Checking email on a regular basis when I'm away from my home computer is a necessity. But how can you be two places at once? When it comes to email, it can be done!"

Cindy Chick. Managing Your Email Remotely. LawLibTech. Sept. 14, 2004.

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NASA Uses IM as BlackBerry Backup

"With Florida facing the possibility of its third hurricane in a month, NASA is putting together a backup plan for its message system based on Research in Motion Ltd. BlackBerry devices.

"Last week, NASA officials turned off networks at Kennedy Space Center rather than have Hurricane Frances bring them down. This time, officials hope to have a PIN-to-PIN system based on personal identification numbers that would allow workers to communicate directly with one another if NASA has to shut down networks again."

Aliya Sternstein. NASA Prepares BlackBerry Backup. FCW.com. Sept. 8, 2004.

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September 14, 2004

Mobile Blogging Moves Ahead

‘Moblogging’ takes a step forward as the companies announce the integration between Six Apart's TypePad and Nokia's Lifeblog software at DemoMobile.

"Cell phone giant Nokia on Thursday teamed up with blogging powerhouse Six Apart at the DemoMobile show here to unveil an integrated phone and blog product that lets mobile phone users easily and quickly blog photos while on the go, or from a PC.

"Both the phone and PC version of Nokia's Lifeblog software now work directly with Six Apart's TypePad to enable easy mobile blogging, or moblogging."

Jim Louderback. Nokia and Six Apart Team on Mobile Blogging. eWeek. Sept. 9, 2004.

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Cell Phones As Computing Extension

"Have you ever gone online to get driving directions, only to leave the printout behind? Have you made movie plans, but forgot to jot down the show times? Or do you simply need an easy way to feed phone numbers to your cell phone?

"A trio of entrepreneurs believe they have a solution.

"With cell phones becoming more like computers and people carrying them wherever they go, the founders of Vazu Inc. have developed what they consider an easy way to transfer phone numbers and other data from PCs and the Internet onto handsets."

May Wong. Startup Aims for Easy Transfers of Web Snippets to Cell Phones. Technology Review. Sept. 10, 2004.

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September 13, 2004

Broadcast News on Mobile Phones

"Imagine turning on your mobile phone to watch breaking news or an entertainment program. The idea could soon become reality following an announcement Friday that five of the world's largest mobile phone makers are collaborating on specifications to deliver broadcast services to wireless handsets.

"Motorola Inc., NEC Corp., Siemens AG and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB have launched the Mobile Broadcast Services initiative.

"The initiative is organized under the umbrella of the Open Mobile Alliance, a group of nearly 200 companies that are establishing mobile service specifications to ensure interoperability of services across countries, operators and mobile terminals."

John Blau. Manufacturers Hope to Turn on Mobile TV. The Industry Standard. Sept. 10, 2004.

See also Reuters. Phone Firms Rush to Get TV on Mobile Phones. Sept. 10, 2004.

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AIM Now Shares Photos

"America Online Inc. on Wednesday released an update to its instant-messaging service for Windows with an eye on digital-photo sharing and personalization features.

"AOL Instant Messenger 5.9 integrates AOL's 'You've Got Pictures' service so users can store photos through AIM and then share them through instant messages and e-mail.

"The full release of AIM 5.9 follows the release last month of security hole in AIM that had the potential to open users to remote attacks."

Matt Hicks. AIM Update Focuses on Image Sharing. eWeek. Sept. 8, 2004.

See also:
Matt Hines. AOL Updates Instant Messenger. News.com. Sept. 8, 2004.

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September 11, 2004

New Multitask Cell Phones

"Does your cell phone just make calls? Didn't you get the memo that your cell phone should double as a personal assistant – a micro PC that can dial numbers, zap text messages from a fancy keyboard, take pictures and serve as a digital Rolodex?

"The cell phone industry keeps banking on these bells and whistles to help boost sales. T-Mobile and Nokia are among the telecom players unveiling new high-powered phones that serve double- and triple-duty tasks. Wireless company T-Mobile plans to sell a BlackBerry-centric phone developed by Canadian firm Research in Motion Ltd. that has a sleek keyboard for people to send text messages and e-mails.

"Meanwhile, Finnish cell phone giant Nokia today has raised the curtain on its Nokia 9300 phone, which sports a full keyboard and aims to be a mobile miniature PC of sorts."

Cynthia L. Webb. Cramming Features Into Phones. WashingtonPost.com. Sept. 8, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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September 09, 2004

Social Networking via Mobile Social Software

"Ed Choi is just leaving The Delancey Bar when his cell phone tinkles with a new text message. "Dodgeball.com says: Dens @ The Magician (Essex & Rivington) at 9:03 p.m. Reply w/ @ venue name to check-in!"

"A social networking service called Dodgeball is telling Choi where he can find his friend Dennis Crowley.

"Dodgeball takes Friendster's social networking model and applies it to the relatively new realm of 'geographically relevant mobile messaging,' creating a new category of service: Mobile Social Software, or MoSoSo."

Jay Dixit. Dodgeball.com Gives Serendipity a Nudge. Newsday.com. Sept. 7, 2004.

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Area Code 056 for UK Net Phones

"In the UK, the telephone area code for cyberspace will be 056.

"Government regulator Ofcom has picked the prefix for customers who sign up to make calls via the internet. Users can also opt for geographic numbers.

"The decision on numbers comes as Ofcom reveals how it plans to regulate services that use the net rather than the old fashioned telephone network."

No author. Net Calls Get Their Own Area Code. BBCNews. Sept. 6, 2004.

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September 08, 2004

For Students, iPods Replace Soda

Remember the big controversy a few years ago about high schools and school districts signing revenue deals with Coke, Pepsi and other soft drink companies? The current wave of tech sponsorship may be the natural extension of that trend.

"It's no secret that college campuses are hotbeds of technology innovation, so it shouldn't be surprising that universities are among the first to try out new gadgets and applications. Many of these have direct educational benefits--for example, high-speed wireless video offers students the chance to watch a lecture that they couldn't attend in person.

"But campuses are also beginning to resemble consumer technology marketing labs, with school-backed programs pushing gadgets and services that may have only a tenuous connection to the classroom."

Marguerite Reardon. Big Tech on Campus. News.com. Sept. 6, 2004.

See also:
CNet. Tech Specs of the Top 50 Universities.

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September 07, 2004

More People Keeping Numbers While Switching Providers

"The number of U.S. wireless subscribers who are switching providers while keeping their telephone numbers is accelerating, the Federal Communications Commission said on Friday.

"Since November, 5.4 million customers have switched, but over half of those, about 2.8 million, jumped to another carrier in the three months from May to July, said FCC spokeswoman Lauren Patrich.

"That's compared to the 2.6 million who moved in the five months between November 2003 and April. There are about 168.5 million U.S. wireless subscribers."

Jeremy Pelofsky. Pace for Wireless Number Switches Quickens. Reuters. Sept. 3, 2004.

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China Cracks Down on Internet Porn

"China has intensified its battle against Internet and mobile phone pornography by threatening distributors with life in prison, Xinhua news agency said.

"Beijing has stepped up its battle against smut in recent weeks, saying it is worried that the easy access to such material on the Internet and elsewhere will have a bad effect on youth and society."

No author. China Threatens Internet Porn Merchants with Life. Reuters. Sept. 5, 2004.

Xinhua News Agency. Porn Producers Face Severe Punishment. China Through A Lens. Sept. 6, 2004.

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September 06, 2004

Copyright Office Drafts New Version of P2P Bill

"A hotly contested wrangle in Congress over how to outlaw file-swapping networks just took a new twist.

"The U.S. Copyright Office has drafted a new version of the Induce Act that it believes will ban networks like Kazaa and Morpheus while not putting hardware such as portable hard drives and MP3 players on the wrong side of the law.

"The Copyright Office's four-page 'discussion draft,' appears to back away from the broad sweep of the original Induce Act by making it more difficult for companies to be found liable for copyright violations. It says anyone who 'intentionally induces' copyright violations can be found liable, with 'induce' defined as one or more 'affirmative, overt acts that are reasonably expected to cause or persuade another person or persons' to violate copyright law."

Declan McCullagh. Copyright Office Pitches Anti-P2P Bill. News.com. Sept. 2, 2004.

See also:
Mike Godwin. Sept. 3 Letter to Copyright Office Regarding S2560. Public Knowledge. Sept. 3, 2004.

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Wi-Fi Alliance Updates Security System-Prepares for Multimedia

"The Wi-Fi Alliance formally began issuing WPA 2 certificates yesterday, as eight products received the right to use the organisation's second-generation wireless security brand. WPA 2 is derived from 802.11i, the wireless security standard finally ratified by the IEEE in July.

"The WFA will next introduce its Wireless Mulitmedia (WMM) marque, which is expected to begin issuing certification for later this month. A subset of the 802.11e quality of service standard, WMM essentially provides wireless traffic a range of priorities, depending on the kind of data they contain. Time-dependent information, like video or audio, for example, will get priority over, say, email traffic."

Tony Smith. Wi-Fi Group Updates Security System. The Register. Sept. 2, 2004.

See also:
Mark Hachman. Wi-Fi Alliance to Announce Interim Multimedia Spec. eWeek. Sept. 2, 2004.

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Hypertasking: Multitasking on Speed

"Hypertaskers. Chances are you are one or you know one, and you're almost certain to spot a few this weekend.

"Fueled by workplace pressures, an expanding workweek and technogadgets that have allowed people to take their offices and homes anywhere they go, hypertasking is multitasking on speed.

"The burgeoning number of WiFi hotspots and popularity of handheld electronics that allow us to stay connected on the go may give us more freedom - but there's a cost. Research shows that our brains aren't equipped for this much activity. When we try to do more than even one simple task at a time, quality of work diminishes and tasks take longer to complete. When we try to do this for long periods, the result can be forgetfulness, sleeplessness, irritability and stress."

Susan Felt. Hypertaskers Do Things Faster But Not Better. AZCentral.com. Sept. 4, 2004.

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September 04, 2004

Philadelphia Plans to be World's Largest Internet Hot Spot

"For about $10 million, city officials believe they can turn all 135 square miles of Philadelphia into the world's largest wireless Internet hot spot.

"The ambitious plan, now in the works, would involve placing hundreds, or maybe thousands, of small transmitters around the city, probably atop lampposts. Each would be capable of communicating with the wireless networking cards that now come standard with many computers.

"Once complete, the network would deliver broadband Internet almost anywhere radio waves can travel -- including poor neighborhoods where high-speed Internet access is now rare."

David B. Caruso. Philadelphia May Provide Wireless Internet For All. Yahoo! News. Sept. 1, 2004.

See also:
Associated Press. Update 4: Philly Considers Wireless Internet for All. Forbes.com. Sept. 1, 2004.

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Designing for the Handheld

"Among the few websites that are truly standards-compliant, only a handful sport style sheets adjusted to the needs of handheld devices. Of those which do offer styling for handhelds, not all will fit the smallest, lowest-resolution screens without presenting the user with the ultimate handheld horror: namely, horizontal scrolling.

"The Opera browser runs on handheld devices of all screen sizes and resolutions, some of them only 120 pixels wide. In this article, we’ve prepared a set of general suggestions for creating a handheld-friendly style sheet, along with a few Opera-specific pointers that you may find useful."

Elika Etemad and Jorunn D. Newth. Pocket-Sized Design: Taking Your Website to the Small Screen. A List Apart. Aug. 31, 2004.

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September 03, 2004

Sssshhhhh!!! (Or Pay Up)

"City leaders in Huntington Beach, CA have adopted an ordinance, which takes effect Sept. 15, that bans all cell phone use in libraries, including talking, text messaging and ringing tones of any kind.

"First-time violators will be warned, then fined $250 if they don't comply. A second offense gets a $500 fine and a third offense gets a $1,000 fine."

Associated Press. Cell Phone Use In Huntington Beach Libraries Could Cost $1,000. The Mercury News. Aug. 27, 2004.

See also:
Katie Fehrenbacher. Talk On A Cellphone, Pay A Grand. Engadget. Sept. 2, 2004.

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Microsoft Battles Apple On the iPod's Turf

"If you're trying to figure out if somebody is a gadget freak, try this simple test: work the phrase "video iPod" into a sentence. If the subject hyperventilates, salivates or passes out, you'll know.

After all, surely the only thing more divine than a shiny, pocket-size trinket that plays music (like the iPod and its brethren) would be a shiny, pocket-size trinket that also plays TV and movies.

Prepare ye. Today marks the dawning of the age of the Windows Mobile Portable Media Center, a Microsoft software design for hand-held audio-video-photo players. In the next month or two, Creative Labs, Samsung and iRiver will all release players that run the little operating system with the very big name.

David Pogue. From Microsoft, a First Take. The New York Times. Sept. 2, 2004.

See also:
Michael Marriott. Is Portable Video Ready for Its Close-Up? The New York Times. Sept. 2, 2004.

Laurie Flynn. Microsoft Challenges Rivals With New Online Music Service. The New York Times. Sept. 2, 2004.

Philip Torrone. Review of Creative’s new Zen Portable Media Center. Engadget. Sept. 2, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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September 02, 2004

Wireless Technology Aids Republican National Convention

"New communication technologies are getting an airing by federal agents and protesters alike at the Republican National Convention in New York City.

"While surveillance cameras are standard in security, the Federal Protective Service has taken the concept one step further for this week's convention. It has mounted tiny video cameras onto agents' helmets to give commanders a real-time view of what is happening around federal buildings throughout New York City.

"Footage is transmitted over a wireless network back to a mobile command center. Each camera enables the commanders there to observe a situation just as the officer on the street sees it."

Marguerite Reardon. Wireless Tech Gets Workout at RNC. News.com. Aug. 30, 2004.

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September 01, 2004

Hewlett Packard Introduces iPod

"Hoping to make a big bang in consumer electronics, Hewlett-Packard plans to unveil its long-awaited HP-branded iPod, along with its first televisions, an entertainment hub and the usual array of new printers and cameras, sources said.

Also among the dozens of new gadgets that HP CEO Carly Fiorina will introduce is the company's first digital projector for consumers, a product the company has been developing for some time. HP has been working on the projector, already a business staple, for more than a year.

"The iPod, while expected to be similar to Apple Computer's version, is important both as the company's entree into the music market as well as a part of HP's strategy to become cool enough to be allowed in the living room."

Ina Fried. HP's iPod to Lead Consumer Push. News.com. Aug. 26, 2004.

See also Michael J. Miller. An HP iPod and More. PC Magazine. Aug. 27, 2004.

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August 31, 2004

Cell Phone Numbers to Become Available

"Sterling Wilson cannot find his old friends. He figures that the ones he has not tracked down must have cellphones, but he has no idea where to look up their numbers.

"It is not like the old days. 'They're not listed in the 411 directory,' Mr. Wilson complained.

"Some people would like to change that. In October, most major cellphone carriers plan to start compiling a publicly accessible listing of wireless phone numbers."

Matt Richtel. For Now, Unwired Means Unlisted. That May Change. The New York Times. Aug. 30, 2004.

Editor's note: See also SNTReport.com's prior story on cell phone directories.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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Sprint Backs Apple for Multimedia

"Apple Computer, making headway for its media player technology in the mobile industry, will help content creators make streaming multimedia available over Sprint's cellular network.

"The companies announced on Thursday the certification of Apple's Xserve G5 server and QuickTime software to deliver multimedia content over Sprint's streaming video and audio service, called PCS Vision Multimedia Services.

"The agreement means that content providers can use Apple's QuickTime technology to encode audio and video for Sprint's media service, which was announced earlier this month."

Richard Shim. Sprint backs Apple tech for video streaming. News.com. Aug. 26, 2004.

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Does iPod Shuffle Have a Mind of its Own?

"While Bob Angus was presiding over a summer dinner party at his Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan, his Apple iPod decided to reveal its softer side.

"Angus had selected the Shuffle Songs mode on his iPod, which was connected by an adapter cable to his stereo receiver. By doing this, he relinquished control of his 1,300-song music library--and, as he would soon find out, of his party.

"The Guns N' Roses song 'Paradise City' blared from his speakers. It was followed by the melodic piano solo at the beginning of Elton John's 'Your Song.' Angus' 10 guests burst into laughter.

"Such are the perils of using Shuffle, a genre-defying option that has transformed the way people listen to their music in a digital age. The problem is, now that people are rigging up their iPods to stereos at home and in their cars, they may have to think twice about what they have casually added to their music library."

Rachel Dodes. When iPod is the DJ, Watch Out. News.com. Aug. 26, 2004.

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Cell Phone Film Festival

"As filmmaking and digital technology grow ever more intertwined, scores of internet-related film festivals are creating forums to celebrate the marriage. But now one of the pioneers of such events is taking the film festival onto altogether new ground: the cell phone.

"This month, Zoie Films, an Atlanta producer of independent films and festivals, began accepting entries for what it says is the world's first cell-phone film festival.

"And while it might be difficult for some to imagine films that would work on 1- or 2-inch screens, Zoie's founder, Victoria Weston, thinks the medium offers filmmakers -- who are already used to creating films for computer screens -- a rich palette with which to work."

Daniel Terdiman. A Celebration of Cell-Phone Film. Wired News. Aug. 30, 2004.

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August 30, 2004

Technology Aiding Protesters at GOP

"Technology has changed how protests are organized.

"Activists are using the Internet to arrange housing for out-of-towners, organize a mass-flash of underwear emblazoned with anti-Bush messages and tell protesters what to say if they're arrested ('I am going to remain silent. I would like to speak with a lawyer.').

"Cell phones work well for on-the-fly mobilizations, and text messages add to their power. Some protesters are signing up for 10 p.m. daily text updates telling them where the next day's events will be.

"Mobile bloggers, or mobloggers, are expected to show up in droves and quickly post on the Web photos, text and even video chronicling events as they happen."

Ellen Simon. Technology Playing Role in GOP Convention Protests. eWeek. Aug. 27, 2004.

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Electronic Books Becoming More Popular

"After more than a decade of false starts and empty promises, publishers may finally be starting to understand what consumers want from electronic books.

"Although revenues remain tiny, industry surveys show encouraging signs of growth in e-book sales over the past year.

"Publishing executives and analysts say the industry is finally coming to grips with the most significant issues that have stalled e-book adoption to date."

David Becker. Have e-books Turned a Page?. News.com. Aug. 27, 2004.

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August 26, 2004

Linksys and Netgear Provide VoIP Devices

"Linksys and Netgear, two competing providers of home networking equipment, announce today that they are entering the business of making equipment used to place telephone calls over the Internet, according to industry executives

"In both cases, Linksys and Netgear announce that they are selling equipment designed specifically for use by Vonage, a start-up company that has become a pioneer in providing so-called Internet telephony.

"The announcements underscore the continued growth of Vonage, more generally, the development underscores the idea that Internet calling is slowly beginning to creep out of the fringes and into the mainstream."

Matt Richtel. 2 Companies to Make Gear for Phoning Over Internet. The New York Times. Aug. 24, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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Business Travelers Stay Connected

"Business travelers will be able to surf the Web securely on long-distance flights by combining services from Boeing and iPass, the companies plan to announce on Monday.

"The companies are betting that business travelers, who already connect their laptop computers wirelessly in hotels, cafes and airports around the world, want to stay connected on the plane."

Reuters. Travelers Could Soon Log on From 30,000 Feet. News.com. Aug. 23, 2004.

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August 25, 2004

Download Before You Buy

"In June 2003, Best Buy transferred ownership of the Musicland Group to a private investment company, asking for nothing but the investors' assumption of Musicland's debt and lease obligations.

"Just over a year later, Musicland, of Minnetonka, Minn., has named Zimmerman Partners in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to handle its account, with billings estimated at $50 million. The two companies are poised to execute the next step in a turnaround plan: makeovers for the 900 stores that Musicland runs under the Sam Goody, Media Play and Suncoast Motion Picture brands, which collectively sell CD's as well as entertainment products ranging from DVD's to movie posters to books.

"The strategy envisions stores that embrace the Internet's role in music sales and emulate the loungelike atmosphere of chains like Barnes & Noble and Starbucks."

Nat Ives. Musicland Looks to the Internet. The New York Times. Aug. 24, 2004.

See also Richard Shim. Starbucks, HP Queue Up Music Coffeehouses. News.com. March 16, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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August 24, 2004

Developing VoIP Wiretap May Stifle Innnovation

"Wiretapping Internet phones to monitor criminals and terrorists is costly and complex, and potentially a big burden on new businesses trying to sell the phone service.

"The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to move forward with rules that would compel the businesses to make it possible for law enforcement agencies to eavesdrop on Internet calls. The commission's preliminary decision (.pdf) is a major step in the long process of deciding how Internet-based conversations could be monitored.

"But developing systems to wiretap calls that travel over high-speed data networks - a task that the companies are being asked to pay for - has caused executives and some lawmakers to worry that helping the police may stifle innovation and force the budding industry to alter its services."

Ken Belson. The Call Is Cheap. The Wiretap Is Extra. The New York Times. Aug. 23, 2004.

Editor's note: See also SNTReport.com's prior story on federal wiretapping.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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August 21, 2004

VoIP Company Struggles With Telephone-Numbering Plan

"A dispute between SBC IP Communications and state utility agencies over how to distribute phone numbers promises to shape regulations that are key to the future of the fledgling Net telephony industry.

"SBC IP Communications, a subsidiary of SBC, wants to sidestep the usual procedures and get telephone numbers directly from the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), without first obtaining a state telephone operator's license.

"Last month, SBC IP asked (.pdf) the Federal Communications Commission for a temporary waiver of the licensing requirement.

"Without an unfettered supply of phone numbers from NANPA, SBC IP argues, it and other carriers' rollouts of Net phone service will be hampered."

Ben Charny.VoIP Firm Tussles With States Over Phone Numbers. News.com. Aug. 19, 2004.

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August 20, 2004

Managing VoIP Effectively

"Many CIOs will be keeping a close eye on Boeing Company's efforts to roll out Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) voice, video and data services to more than 157,000 employees worldwide and Verizon's July 22 announcement to launch a similar phone service for consumers.

"These recent announcements could be just the tip of an iceberg of pent-up demand among corporations for a seamless network of digital capabilities.

"But the complexity of getting real value from a VoIP initiative could also put companies on a slippery slope towards a multi-million dollar mistake if they simply race to keep pace with innovation without managing the effort effectively."

John Sviokla. VoIP: Tip of the Iceberg or Slippery Slope?. CIO Update. Aug. 10, 2004.

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Local WiMax By 2006?

"US telecom operators are only 18 months away from offering local WiMax communications to their customers, according to research released on Monday.

"The Meta Group says that falling costs and increased mobility will ensure WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) can be a viable communications option.

"However, BT has said that the technology is unlikely to make much headway unless there is joint funding between different network operators."

James Sherwood. WiMax: Coming your way soon?. ZDNet UK. Aug. 17, 2004.

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August 19, 2004

Rock the Vote Uses IM to Reach Voters

"MTV's nonpartisan partner, Rock the Vote, is turning to instant messaging to further its role as a player in this fall's presidential election.

"All year, Rock the Vote has been trumpeting its goal to get 20 million 18- to 24-year-olds to the polls.

"Along the way, it has unveiled initiatives like Rock the Mobile Vote, using mobile phones and text messaging to spread the word to young would-be voters about political issues, voter registration and the importance of voting.

Daniel Terdiman. Rock the Vote Goes IM. Wired News. Aug. 16, 2004.

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August 14, 2004

Text Messaging and the Evolution of the Thumb

"You can glimpse them in malls or school hallways, or even on the road, pumping a thumb (if not both thumbs) with speed and aplomb.

"They are text messagers, a rapidly growing breed who use the cell phone to tap out and send short electronic missives.

"Having initially boomed in Europe and Asia, text messaging has now invaded the United States with full force. In the first quarter, 2.6 billion text messages were sent on cell phones in the United States, an increase from 1.2 billion in the comparable period a year earlier, according to the Yankee Group, a market research company."

Matt Richtel. All thumbs, Without the Stigma. The New York Times. August 12, 2004.

See also Matt Richtel. You, Too, Can Join the Text-Messaging Masses. The New York Times. Aug. 12, 2004.

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'Push to Talk' Over WiFi

"Cellular carriers are creating 'push to talk' services that travel over Wi-Fi networks, federal regulators say--a move that could expand the one-push cell phone calls to VoIP systems.

"The technology development was disclosed by the Federal Communications Commission in a notice of proposed rulemaking on the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), a 160-page document released last week that discusses how to regulate Internet services.

"In the same document, the FCC reiterated its belief that push-to-talk calls are subject to federal wiretapping requirements."

Ben Charny. 'Push to Talk' Meets Wi-Fi. News.com. Aug. 11, 2004.

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TxtMob Could Move From Political to Business Arena

"In the history of political protests, police have long had the technological upper hand when it comes to monitoring protesters' movements and actions. But a new tool is giving activists at this year's two major political conventions a chance to stay one step ahead of the police.

"Known as TxtMob, the new service from the Institute for Applied Autonomy was unveiled last month at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. There, TxtMob allowed more than 260 subscribers to automatically blast text messages to the mobile phones of every other subscriber.

"According to Emily Turrettini, author of Textually.org, TxtMob could well prove to be a crucial tool for anyone trying to organize groups of people amid rapidly evolving circumstances."

Daniel Terdiman. Text Messages for Critical Masses. Wired News. Aug. 12, 2004.

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August 11, 2004

The New is Still Based on the Old

"The Internet revolution that began in the early 1990s frequently generated exhortations to 'go digital,' join the 'digital economy' or enter the 'digital age.' Proselytizing digital technology with such fervor lent the 'other' kind of technology -- analog -- a has-been status. Analog, the consensus view maintained, was yesterday's news.

"But it turns out that analog technology not only has its place in the digital age, but that the world still can't do without it."

Robert MacMillan. New Economy, Old Technology. WashingtonPost.com. Aug. 9, 2004.

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Opposition to Cell Phone Directory

"Darlene Mickey is among a minority of cell phone users: She actually wants her wireless number listed with directory assistance. 'I live by my cell phone.' 'It's my lifeline for my business. I'd like my clients to be able to find me.'

"Almost 90 percent of the 160 million U.S. cell phone consumers have another opinion. They don't want their numbers listed, according to a survey by a market research firm. Nonetheless, the cell phone industry plans to launch a database to list numbers at customers' request.

"Consumer groups say that such a directory would open a door to unwanted marketing and other harassing calls that not only would hassle cell phone users but also cost them valuable minutes for incoming calls."

Yuki Noguchi. The Wireless Industry and the 411. WashingtonPost.com. August 7, 2004.

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August 10, 2004

Apple Really Blindsided

"RealNetworks' RealPlayer program once defined digital multimedia online -- it was the only way to listen to scratchy Web radio or watch grainy Web video. Today Apple's iPod holds a similar role in the MP3-player market -- it's the gadget everybody seems to want.

"Both of these products were recently updated: Apple's newest iPod adds the best design features of the iPod mini, while RealPlayer 10.5 adds the unprecedented feature of iPod compatibility."

Rob Pegoraro. RealPlayer's iPod-Compatible Update 'Stunned' Apple. WashingtonPost.com. Aug. 8, 2004.

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