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posted in April 2007

Sometimes Steve Ballmer Just Takes Your Breath Away

In a USA Today interview Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is asked if he wishes consumers would get as passionate about Microsoft as they do when Apple comes out with something new. "It's sort of a funny question," he answers. "Would I trade 96% of the market for 4% of the market? I want to have products that appeal to everybody." Steve, I've got one word for you: iPod.

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The Museum of Modern Betas? Del.icio.us!

So this friend of mine wants to tell me about his new company, new product. But he's suave, he doesn't just email me, "Hey, Mr. Ur-So-Kool Press Bigshot, write me up." Instead he invites to me to connect to him on LinkedIn. Very subtle. He knows I'll backtrack his email address. I do. I find his company Web site. Product's still in the oven. Hmmm. But I also find it's listed on the
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FON Dials It Up With Software-Only Hotspot For Mac, Linux

FON, the Spanish share-your-Internet-connection company, is moving fast this week. On Monday it announced a deal with Time Warner Cable that will officially let broadband customers do what some of them have already been doing unofficially -- set up FON routers that redistribute their Internet service via Wi-Fi. Today, FON announced software for Intel Macs and Linux boxes that does the same thing, no router required.

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A 'Most Likely to Succeed' List from the Web 2.0 Hypefest

Tim O'Reilly, who gets credit for coining "Web 2.0," has taken several whacks at defining it, and he took another one this week at his own Web 2.0 Expo this week in San Francisco: "We are talking about persistent computing in which we are becoming part of a great machine." Thanks, but if that's it, I'll pass. If you, gentle reader, on the other hand, want to plug into whatever Web 2.0 means, a ratings company called Hitwise used th

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Copyright Royalty Board Puts Internet Radio On Death Watch

The Copyright Royalty Board has quickly and completely affirmed its own decision on performance royalties, set in accordance with recording-industry wishes, that will be assessed against Internet music-streaming and radio station sites. Because the rates, which were more than a year overdue, were much higher than the Internet radio industry expected, and retroactive for 2006, one possible result is that many small Internet radio operators will cease operations immediately and wait to see if Cong

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What Evil Lurks In Your Backed-Up Files? Shadow Copy Knows

Dave Methvin at PC Pitstop has an interesting -- and disturbing -- article in his company's monthly newsletter for April: Vista's slice-and-dice approach to carving its features into multiple versions has produced one presumably unintended side effect, he says: the less expensive Home Basic and Home Premium versions make backups of older versions of your files as you create new ones -- but you can neither access them, nor delete them.

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Guess What, Steve -- I Don't Love It (Remix)

Over the years I have received my share of e-mail calling me an idiot, but I never got more than I've gotten for yesterday's blog entry titled "Guess What, Steve, I Don't Love It." And guess what? In this case I deserve it. I try, as a personal goal, to reply to all the e-mail I get from readers that doesn't contain obscenities, and the more mail I answered today about my commentary on Apple's announcement of DRM-free music, the more trouble I had defending it.

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Guess What, Steve -- I Don't Love It

"We think our customers are going to love this," said Steve Jobs in Apple's press release yesterday announcing that its iTunes store would sell DRM-free versions of EMI's music catalog. Wrong. I like it, but, please, Steve, stop doing me favors that (1) raise music prices 30% and (2) force me to take the extra steps to remove your AAC encoding.

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