10.23.09

Links 23/10/2009: CentOS 5.4 and TrueCrypt 6.3 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 10:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU/Linux

  • Raytheon unveils Linux ‘Insider Threat’ rooter-out routers

    US armstech mammoth Raytheon has announced that its “government insider threat management solution” for information security will be powered by Linux. Penguin-inside crypto modules to be used in Raytheon’s mole-buster tech have now passed tough federal security validation, apparently.

  • Raytheon Insider Threat Solution receives federal validation

    Raytheon Company’s Linux cryptographic module embedded in its government insider threat solution has been awarded federal validation.

  • Apple and Linux Forces Rain on Windows 7 Parade

    Apple and Linux advocate IBM both tried hard to cramp Microsoft’s style this week before the Windows 7 rollout even got under way. On Tuesday, Apple launched a new iMac, MacBook, and Mac Mini line, while IBM joined with Linux distributor Canonical to introduce a new “cloud-and-Linux-based” offering called IBM Client for Smart Work.

  • IBM Teams With Ubuntu For Windows 7 Alternative

    IBM Client for Smart Work is similar to solutions IBM has already been offering in other parts of the world, including Europe and Africa, where Linux is better accepted as an alternative to Microsoft Windows for desktop PC use, said Antony Satyadas, global marketing strategist for desktops at IBM.

  • What if you had a launch party and nobody came?

    IBM chose to announce a tie-up with Canonical to punt an Ubuntu and Lotus cloud offering that might appear, maybe sometime next year. Who knows. They were quite explicit that they were aiming to steal Microsoft’s thunder.

    Red Hat chose yesterday to meet journalists and declared “Microsoft was untouchable – until recently”. Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff is making appearances all over London, including one at a Google conference on cloud computing.

    Meanwhile the tide of Fedora, Mozilla and Open Office betas continues unabated.

  • Aardman Gets on Tweak’s RV

    Aardman Animations has integrated Tweak Software’s RV image and sequence viewing application into its Linux-based CG animation pipeline.

  • Norwegian Industrial Electronics specialists turn to Zuken for Design Software Solution

    Norbit has seen the benefits in using Linux both embedded in Norbit products as well as on their business servers. Based on this, Norbit wanted to make the transition of their PCB layout environment to Linux. This was another reason why they turned to CR-5000, as the Linux version of the solution has been widely adopted by some of the leading electronics companies, giving Norbit the confidence that this would deliver the cutting edge design capabilities at the same time as the security of an open-source operating system.

  • Linux in an age of austerity

    In the web services and data farm sector we see the most action. Electricity and bandwidth are the two major costs for service providers. Virtualisation technologies have really hit the data farms and are now moving into the business and the public sector. Virtualisation can reduce electricity consumption of server side services by 60%.

    In this area Linux-based virtualisation using KVM has a great story. If you want cool make the VM host a lovely blade and maybe turn off the air con?

  • Desktop

    • A new desktop Linux pitch

      2.) Economic conditions are driving reassessments of all enterprise and smaller business IT and planning, including desktop, laptop, netbook and other PCs. This does not mean that desktop Linux will necessarily benefit, but if the server side is any indication, it will gain considerably more interest and use.

    • Ryan Gordon Brings Universal Binaries To Linux

      What Ryan has achieved so far with FatELF is the file format specification along with documentation and then patches to the Linux kernel, file, binutils, and gdb. The patches still to be written are for module-init-tools, glibc, and elfutils. Support for non-Linux platforms right now is just one of the goals.

      Ryan has also constructed a proof-of-concept virtual machine that demonstrates FatELF.

    • FatELF
    • Unigine Heaven On Linux In A Month Or Two

      Unigine Corp’s CEO, Denis Shergin, told Phoronix this afternoon that Heaven for Linux should be available in one to two months. According to Denis, the Linux build of Unigine Heaven is done, but they are waiting for new drivers to be released before pushing out this impressive tech demo.

    • Linux ‘not failed’ to take advantage of poor Vista uptake on enterprise desktops

      Red Hat has seen some stronger than expected quarters this year, as companies look for ways to stretch their diminishing budgets. The downturn, said Mayer, has given Red Hat a foot in the door, as CIOs try to balance the need of delivering to the business, but doing so with less money. The answer has often been that they cut costs where it impacts least, which includes where the end user will notice.

    • Relax, kids…Windows 7 is just another OS

      Two million businesses using Google Apps is nothing to sneeze at. Latin American adoption of Linux is quite high, as is anti-Microsoft sentiment. Our students today will be interacting with those “world’s offices” in a myriad of ways, all of which are focused on the web, rather than Windows.

    • The best thing about Microsoft Windows 7

      For the average Linux user, I would imagine that there is no better time to invest in new hardware and install their OS of choice. And with the release of Ubuntu 9.10 just around the corner, the timing of the Windows 7 release could not be better!

    • Our Windows 7 Special Offer

      Ubuntu is a modern, stable, reliable and secure computing platform that includes most of the applications we all use every day, such as a compatible office suite (Word-processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations) OpenOffice.org, email and calendaring, web browsing and image manipulation tools.

    • A Linux Users Look at Windows 7 Ultimate

      When comparing Linux and Windows 7, it’s really amazing to see how far Linux has come. There are some paradigms in Linux (such as contextual browsing, scalability, fast boot times, and netbook-specific releases) that Windows just cannot compete with anymore. That is not to say that Windows is a bad OS (though it is ridiculously expensive) it just means that Microsoft will have a harder battle going forward to stay relevant.

      If anything, 2010 is going to be a great and exciting year. Here we are near the end of 2009 and the stage has already been set for a great battle. Windows 7 has been released, Ubuntu 9.10 is about to be out in the wild, and Google’s Chrome OS is in development. Also in 2010 the next generation of GNOME will be released, and KDE will also up the ante with version 4.4. Times like these make me extremely happy to be a geek!

    • Takin’ Care of Business

      Many people have never heard of the Linux operating system. Linux is a free operating system that is a perfect fit for laptop and desktop computers. Linux’s popularity has increased with the spread of Netbooks and several Netbook manufacturers ship their machines with Linux as the default operating system. The attractive price and availability of Linux has been bringing a lot of attention to this alternative operating system.

      I use Linux on my personal Netbook computer. I bought the Netbook about two years ago for $249. My Netbook is very small, extremely portable, and provides all the computing power I need when I am on the road. Linux is the perfect fit because it is a “small” operating system that uses very little memory and other machine resources. My Netbook is small enough that I use an old hard drive carrying case to hold the Netbook when I travel and find this much more portable than my bulky old laptop case.

  • Server

  • Kernel Space

    • Autonomously Finding Performance Regressions In The Linux Kernel

      Last weekend a few Phoronix benchmarks were underway of the Linux 2.6.32-rc5 kernel when a very significant performance regression was spotted. This regression caused the PostgreSQL server to run at about 18% of the performance found in earlier kernel releases. Long story short, in tracking down this performance regression we have finally devised a way to autonomously locate performance regressions within the Linux kernel and potentially any Git-based project for that matter. Here are a few details.

    • [RFC] Cooperative Polling – an alternative for real time scheduling and deadlines

      The good folks at lwn.net have recently published a nice article about deadline scheduling and Linux.

    • Let’s give PulseAudio a chance

      Poettering is concerned the in the upcoming Ubuntu release Canonical has “again” done “some genius thing” to make PulseAudio on Ubuntu perform worse than it could.

    • Ubuntu doesn’t get it

      So in the past Ubuntu packaged PA in a way that, let’s say, was not exactly optimal. I thought they’d gotten around fixing things since then. Turns out they didn’t. Seems in their upcoming release they again did some genius thing to make PA on Ubuntu perform worse than it could. The Ubuntu kernel contains all kind of closed-source and other crap to no limits, but backporting a tiny patch that is blessed and merged upstream and in Fedora for ages, that they won’t do. Gah.

    • AMD Catalyst 9.10 Linux Driver Released

      Catalyst 9.10 also contains a major advancement too, which will be exposed in the near future.

    • NVIDIA Releases 190.42 Display Driver

      Yesterday evening NVIDIA pushed out the 190.42 Linux driver update (and also updates to their OpenSolaris and FreeBSD drivers too), which is to serve as a release candidate.

    • S3 Graphics Linux Driver Supports OpenGL 3.1

      This new S3 Graphics Linux driver has numerous bug-fixes, x86_64 Linux support, “API support”, support for Ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10, and now it supports OpenGL 3.1 too.

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

    • GNOME 2.28.1 released !

      This is the first update to GNOME 2.28. It contains the usual mixture of bug fixes, translations updates and documentation improvements that are the hallmark of stable GNOME releases, thanks to our wonderful team of GNOME contributors!

    • The Semantic Desktop Wants You

      As explained on Userbase, Nepomuk is a promising new technology which aims to make the user’s data easier to find. Not only through the now common search and indexing, but also by making use of more complex relationships between documents, contacts and all sorts of data. While the full potential of Nepomuk is still shrouded in mystery for most of us, for developers it is an exciting area of work where academic research and Free Software development come together.

    • Simple KDE Trick #2: using remote desktops with avahi, krfb and krdc

      Most people nowadays have more than one computer. Often, you are using one, and would like to do something in another. In this video, I will explain how trivial it is to do that without leaving your seat in a modern Linux using KDE.

      We will use the following:

      * Avahi, a zeroconf implementation to let you find your computers in your network without worrying about IP addresses, DNS, etc.
      * krfb, the KDE Remote Frame Buffer. This is a program to share your desktop over the network.
      * krdc, the KDE Remote Desktop Client, a VNC, RDP client, which is what you use to see a desktop shared via krfb.

  • Distributions

    • xPUD: Floating On The Cloud

      If personal computing is moving to the web, then where are all the lightweight Cloud focused distributions? Meet xPUD, a brilliant little distro that boots straight to a fullscreen browser. It uses a simple, unique interface, and includes everyday software such as a media player and more! We talk with the lead developer about what makes this operating system unique.

    • Red Hat Family

      • Emirates Group Standardizes On Red Hat’s Solution Portfolio To Simplify And Reduce Costs

        Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that the Emirates Group IT, operating under the brand name Mercator, a global provider of business technology solutions, delivering business transformation, process improvement and return on investment to more than 100 customers in over five continents, has standardized its IT operations on a combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Enterprise Middleware after a three month pilot program..

      • How will KVM virtualization affect RHEL Xen users?

        At the Red Hat Summit in September, Red Hat released Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) v5.4, the fourth update to RHEL 5. This release marks a notable change in the open source OS leader’s virtualization direction.

      • Red Hat fights open source corner

        Red Hat, which sells subscriptions to an open source server operating system based on Linux, posted positive results for the financial quarter ending 31 August 2009, with software subscription revenue up 15 per cent year on year to $156.3m (£94.4m), and net income totalling $28.9m (£17.5m) compared with $21.1m (£12.8m) in the same period last year.

        Werner Knoblich, vice president and general manager of the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region, tells Computing about successful open source subscription models, ongoing battles with proprietary vendors for a level playing field, and opportunities for open source software in cloud computing.

      • Fedora

        • A Few Of Fedora 12′s Coming Features

          Fedora 12′s public beta is now out — what timing, right? — and while a cursory glance at the feature list as a whole doesn’t sport anything revolutionary, there’s more than a few goodies worth singling out.

        • Ars takes a first look under the hood of Fedora 12

          This week the Fedora community announced the availability of the Fedora 12 beta. We took a look under the hood and explored some of the important technical features, including significant improvements to virtualization and netbook support.

          [...]

          Fedora 12 has a lot of compelling technical improvements under the hood. The new virtualization features and netbook-related enhancements are particularly impressive and will bring a lot of value to the distro.

      • CentOS

        • CentOS 5.4 released

          The CentOS developers have announced the availability of version 5.4 for i386 and x86-64 architectures. CentOS 5.4 is a free Linux distribution based on the source of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 (RHEL), which was released at the beginning of September. The 5.4 release includes several changes over version 5.3 including both new and updated packages based on RHEL 5.4 and custom changes by the CentOS developers.

        • Centos 5.4 is out! Upgrade centos 5.3 to 5.4
    • Debian Family

      • Ubuntu’s Encrypted Home Directory: A Canonical Approach to Data Privacy

        How can users protect themselves from the loss of important data when a computer goes missing? Well, the latest release of Ubuntu makes this not only possible, but frighteningly easy!

      • Announcing the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 9.10
      • Ubuntu 9.10 RC Release

        The Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Release Candidate has been released and is available for download. In addition to the GNOME version of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and Mythbuntu versions have also been released. Anticipation continues to build for next weeks’ release of the Ubuntu 9.10 stable version which will provide significant improvements and updates to the popular Ubuntu Linux desktop.

      • Canonical Takes on Win 7 With Ubuntu 9.10 RC

        Canonical on Thursday made available the Release Candidate of its latest Linux-based operating system, Ubuntu 9.10, on the same day Microsoft launched the long-awaited Windows 7.

      • Download Ubuntu 9.10 Release Candidate

        What’s new in Kubuntu and Xubuntu 9.10 RC? Kubuntu 9.10 Release Candidate is built on top of the KDE 4.3.2 desktop environment and it includes the following applications and features:

        · Konqueror Web Browser;
        · Amarok 2.2;
        · KPackageKit 0.4.2;
        · K3b 2 (Alpha 3);
        · Userconfig 0.9;
        · QtCurve 0.68.0;
        · kcm-gtk 0.5.2;

      • Eight Ubuntu 9.10 Questions for Mark Shuttleworth

        7. How is the Ubuntu partner ecosystem growing?: When IBM and Canonical launched a joint Ubuntu desktop initiative in North America on Oct. 20, 2009, IBM claimed that “hundreds” of partners would back the effort in 2010. Sounds promising.

        I also know training partners like Fast Lane and Bridge Education are helping to educate Ubuntu VARs and IT managers. But what other steps is Canonical taking to grow the Ubuntu channel partner ecosystem?

      • nUbuntu flavor in Ubuntu

        nUbuntu was born as a security testing xUbuntu flavor. However, due to the too big effort needed to keep a whole distribution up to date, despite it being based on the work by Ubuntu teams, it is seldom updated.

      • What’s New In Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala”

        The previous version of Ubuntu, version 9.04, offered the ext4 filesystem as an option, but not as a default. After six-months of testing and stabilization I am also happy to announce that ext4 will be enabled by default in Ubuntu 9.10.

        I have been very happy with the ext4 filesystem. I have seen impressive speed improvements over ext3, and now use ext4 on each of my systems that supports it. Again, another impressive step toward a faster and more performance-driven Ubuntu experience.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Soft radio middleware supports Linux

      Wind River and PrismTech announced a jointly developed “Spectra SDR” software-defined radio (SDR) middleware platform for both military and public sectors, compatible with Wind River’s Linux and VxWorks distributions. Meanwhile, Wind River launched a blog feature, starting with President Ken Klein explaining how Wind River is a “firewalled subsidiary” of Intel, committed to independence.

    • Wind River’s Klein on Intel , multicore, embedded Linux

      Klein stresses Wind River has a three-pronged approach to the mobile and embedded Linux sectors: The Open Handset Alliance’s Android work, LiMo and Intel’s Linux-based Moblin strategy, which, he stresses, is coming on strong.

    • EE Times Interviews Wind River’s Ken Klein on Intel, Multicore and Embedded Linux
    • Green up: Strategies for dynamic power management using embedded Linux

      Device makers are facing a challenge as consumers are demanding full functionality in their devices and mobile devices are becoming more complex and feature-rich. In addition to full functionality, consumers want the convenience of long-lasting battery life. Unfortunately for device makers, these two design goals can only be achieved at the expense of one another. As developers are being pulled in these two separate directions, what can be done to ease their pain?

    • Performance analysis of Linux-based embedded systems: Part 1 – Available tools

      With the advent of the new computing architectures such as multicore processors and Intel’s Atom in embedded systems, developers who want to use the Linux operating system are presented with a dilemma. On the one hand, in embedded applications good performance is essential. But at the same time, Linux is becoming established as an embedded operating system option.

    • Performance analysis of Linux-based embedded systems: Part 2
    • Timesys Delivers a Comprehensive, Low-cost Linux Solution for Altera’s Nios II Embedded Processor

      Timesys® Corporation (http://www.timesys.com), provider of LinuxLink, the first commercial software development framework for building custom embedded Linux® based products, today announced the availability of a suite of Linux products and services supporting Altera Corporation’s Nios® II embedded processor. The Timesys LinuxLink software development framework gives Nios II processor users access to a low-cost, intuitive environment for developing a wide range of Linux-based products.

    • Phones

      • Android e-reader boasts dual netbook-like displays

        Entourage Systems announced the third Android-powered, dual-display e-reader of the week. The Entourage Edge opens up like a book, with one inside panel devoted to a 9.7-inch E Ink display, and the right panel offering a 10.1-inch touchscreen that provides WiFi (or optional 3G) based web browsing and media playback.

      • Google to Launch Self-Branded Android Phone

        In order to spur further growth in the mobile market Google has dedicated a lot of resources to Android, the open-source Linux-based operating system for mobile phones, and the results are starting to be felt with a flurry of new Android-based smartphones hitting the market recently or in the short term future. But it now looks like the company isn’t content with letting others build Android phones, as it is apparently close to launching its own device, which should be available at retailers as early as this year.

      • Browse Anonymously on Your Android Phone With Tor

        Many people use the open source application Tor on the desktop for anonymous browsing sessions. Thanks to a grant from the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center Mobile Challenge and the team behind The Guardian Project, now Android mobile phone owners can use Tor to browse privately on their handheld devices, too.

      • The latest iphone challenger is something Else

        There are plenty of questions still to be answered such as cost and how the Else can compete with the iPhone or Android app stores. The phone is a showcase for the Access Linux Platform, an implementation of the LiMo standard, which is a rival version of Linux for mobiles to Google’s Android.

      • LiMo phone sports fan-like interface

        It was unclear whether Edge Intuition supports some or all of the next-generation LiMo R2 specification, which underlies the Vodafone’s 360 H1 phone. However, an ALP 3.0 subset was said to have been one of two R2 “Reference Implementations” available to LiMo members. The other was the Azingo Mobile 2.0 stack, which appears to have been used by Vodafone for its 360 H1 phone.

      • Nokia N900 Becomes More Desirable

        For those who’ve missed the vast coverage of the Nokia N900 it’s a new Linux based handset that uses the latest in Internet Tablet technology.

      • Videos and details reveal features of the Nokia N900 Internet Tablet

        As you can see the Nokia N900 is a very capable device, even with this early software build currently loaded on it. I plan to post many more videos and thoughts on other areas of the device so stay tuned for more coverage. Please do let me know if you have any questions on the N900 and I will try to answer those as well. I am working on a post related to the N900 and enterprise usage for posting here.

    • Sub-notebooks

      • Asus Eee PC 1008HA could make return to Linux

        There is no word on the type of distribution of the OS, but with the move back to Linux as some might perceive it to be might very well be the start of moving back to SSDs instead of hard drives for netbooks.

      • Easy Peasy Linux 1.5

        The interface has been redesigned to work better for netbook users that might not need or want a more traditional desktop interface.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Open source to reset IT expectations

    The Neochange, et al, survey also asks, “What is the most important factor for realizing value from enterprise software?” The answer “Gaining user buy-in and ensuring effective usage to deliver business impact” garnered a 71.7 percent vote. That’s more easily achieved with open-source software, in particular, which allows enterprises to evaluate and use software long before they opt to purchase support or add-on services/software (if, indeed, they ever elect to do so).

  • Cloud Computing: Good or Bad for Open Source?

    Ideally, what we need is a completely open source cloud computing infrastructure on which applications providing people with things like (doubly) free email and word processing services could be offered. Now, it’s clearly not possible to create the kind of huge facilities that Amazon, Google and Microsoft are building around the world. Not even Mr Shuttleworth, with all his millions, could sustain that for long without charging somewhere along the line. So simply running open source programs like Eucalyptus is not going to work. The trick here is not to fight the battle on the opponents’ terms, but to come up with something completely different.

  • The Co-Creation Landscape

    The current co-creation landscape is broad and varied. The diagrams below outline several different models of collaborative creation that have been employed to help develop products and services. Below each diagram you will find a link to an organisation that represents an example of co-creation.

  • Booting the Open Database Alliance… Stage 2

    The Open Database Alliance was announced in May this year, after which we have put in some months of frantic activity to get all the essential pieces into place that allow an organization to function and be filled with life. Among other things we needed to decide on the country to choose and the seat, which ended up being Zürich, Switzerland.

  • At the Edge of Open Source Communities and Companies

    For example, OSS vendors can increasingly include community members in discussing and executing the marketing strategy. Furthermore, a vendor could initialize a community board where the vendor discusses release cycles and development issues with community members. Both efforts could later lead towards a community-owned association that holds the trademark and decides upon the development roadmap.

  • CeBIT Open Source 2010: Call for Projects

    To follow up on the big success of CeBIT Open Source 2009, the theme focus will get an especially attractive location at the trade show site in Hanover, Germany in 2010. The conference organization and Linux Pro Magazine are now calling for open source projects to apply for free exhibit space at CeBIT Open Source 2010.

    The largest IT trade show on earth will take place from March 2 through 6 in Hannover, Germany. The Deutsche Messe organization that runs the trade show initiated Open Source as a theme focus for the first time in 2009, and the surge of visitors into a constantly packed hall exceeded all expectations. It’s clear that Open Source will play a major role again at CeBIT in 2010. As an incentive, the theme will get a prominent new location in Hall 2, where exhibitors, the Open Source Forum and the Open Source Project Lounge will find a new home. As in 2009, commercial enterprises as well as free projects will have the opportunity to present their work to the general public.

  • Firefox Mobile on the way

    The current version of Fennec – which is available in an early alpha form for Maemo devices such as Nokia’s latest N900 smartphone – is based on the Firefox 3.6 rendering engine, which is a step ahead of the engine used in the current desktop release of the browser. This technology means that when Fennec finally hits ‘phones, it will offer the a complete browsing experience – in Lilly’s words, “a browser that [does] everything – JavaScript, CSS, Flash, SVG [Scalable Vector Graphics], video and audio.”

  • TrueCrypt 6.3 released

    The TrueCrypt developers have released version 6.3 of their open source, cross platform, disk encryption tool.

  • Free: The New MSP Strategy?

    But at some point, you need to convert many of those free folks into paying clientele. Some businesses have done a remarkable job converting free audiences into paying customers — the prime examples including Google (free search to paid search) and Red Hat (free Linux to subscription Linux). But free can also kill a company (prime example: Netscape).

  • New full-time Blender developer: Matt Ebb

    The Blender Foundation have received sponsorship to hire a full-time Blender developer for 9 months to work on Blender 2.5. If the project goes well, they will pay for another period to work on other Blender projects. Ton just announced that Matt Ebb (Blender coding/animation guru) has agreed to fill the position. The sponsoring party remains undisclosed (“but it’s not Steve Jobs, don’t worry!”).

  • Sun

  • Programming

    • Proposal: Moratorium on Python language changes

      The main goal of the Python development community at this point should be to get widespread acceptance of Python 3000. There is tons of work to be done before we can be comfortable about Python 3.x, mostly in creating solid ports of those 3rd party libraries that must be ported to Py3k before other libraries and applications can be ported. (Other work related to Py3k acceptance might be tools to help porting, tools to help maintaining multiple versions of a codebase, documentation about porting to Python 3, and so on. Also, work like that going on in the distutils-sig is very relevant.)

    • Moratorium for Python 3

      Guido von Rossum, author of the Python programming language, has proposed freezing the grammar and semantics of the language for a “period of several years”. By doing so, von Rossum is hoping to facilitate the move from Python 2 to Python 3.

Leftovers

  • Halloween Horror! Seven CEOs to Face Paycuts

    The seven companies are Citigroup, Bank of America, General Motors, Chrysler, GMAC, Chrysler Financial and AIG.

  • Bank claim that is out of this world

    US bank customer Dalton Chiscolm could learn on Friday if he is one step closer to becoming the world’s first ever billion-trillionaire.

    Mr Chiscolm sued Bank of America in Manhattan’s federal court in August for “$1,784 billion trillion”, in a complaint that boiled down to poor customer service.

  • AstroTurf

    • Congressmen, Senators and Minority Groups Getting Paid by AT&T, Verizon and the Cablecos to Block Net Neutrality?

      In the last week, the FCC was questioned by three different letters representing a group of 72 Democrats, a group of 18 Republicans, and a group of minorities — blacks, Hispanics and even Asians who are against Net Neutrality. Could it be that they receive funding from AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, etc. and they are just spouting the public line? Sure looks that way. Follow the money and its clear this could be a put on job.

    • Pranksters stage Chamber of Commerce climate change event

      Environmental activists held a hoax press conference Monday morning, pretending to be the business group — and pretending to announce that the chamber was dropping its opposition to climate-change legislation now in Congress.

    • Foot soldiers square off in health-care battle

      Rick Berman could not agree more. Berman operates a Washington-based consulting business that manages grassroots and advertising campaigns for a host of business interests – although nothing, he says, to do with insurance this time. In union circles, he is particularly well-known (and vilified) for his antilabor work.

      “Money and lobbyists have checkmated each other” in Washington, bringing both sides to a draw, he said.

      “Now it is a contest not for money, but for votes,” he said. “If you can get [people] to write, urge the senator to take a position and promise to remember it when they vote, that’s the new currency of lobbying.”

    • EXCLUSIVE: Satellite TV to use sports fans to fight cable

      A former top lobbyist for a satellite television company is seeking to mobilize sports fans to further the interests of the industry he once served.

      David Goodfriend, a former lobbyist for Dish Network, is forming a coalition that claims to give sports fans a voice on Capitol Hill. But the initial funding would come from satellite television and other companies that compete with the rival cable industry.

    • Ninth Circuit Grants Stay in EFF Case Seeking Telecom Lobbying Documents

      The order comes after three unsuccessful attempts by the government to delay disclosure of the documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) pending the Solicitor General’s decision whether or not to appeal.

    • Administration Succeeds In Delaying The Release Of Telco Lobbying On Immunity

      It seems pretty obvious that the telcos would lobby for immunity, so that’s not revealing much. So what’s so important to keep secret?

    • Bloggers, Advertisers Alike Have Obligations under New FTC Guides

      When the Federal Trade Commission released its new guidelines on using testimonials and endorsements in advertising, it wasn’t clear how the rules were going to be enforced or what bloggers who did product reviews and the like needed to do, other than informing their readers when they are being compensated to talk about products or events on their blogs.

      [...]

      Though Talcott focuses on the advertisers, he does not neglect bloggers/reviewers entirely. He cautions that they should not blindly pass on advertiser statements about the products or services.”Internal procedures can require that published reviews be based not solely on advertiser-supplied copy, but also on the author’s independent evaluation of the product…a blogger [can] be liable for the misstatements of an advertiser,” he says.

  • Internet/Censorship/Web Abuse/Rights

    • FCC launches war of net ideologues

      The US Federal Communications Commission has voted unanimously to begin the formal process of listening to a pair of modern-day religious factions howl at each other over proposed rules for an open internet.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Free vs. Paid: The Wrong Debate

      Can you frame this conversation as free vs. paid? No. Not if you are trying to get someone to pay you cash directly for something that is ubiquitously available for free. Free vs. Paid is not the great debate, it’s a no-brainer — free wins! Valueless vs Valuable, Scarce vs Ubiquitous, Demanding of attention vs Commanding of attention are the debates and the winners will be the individuals and organizations that can most effectively translate the value of content into wealth.

    • Why Fabchannel.com died – and the reasons haven’t changed!

      10 years after Napster 1.0, the music industry is still asking for utterly impossible rates, free equity, and all kinds of veto rights as far as the use of content is concerned. Someone out there, please: tell me how this is going to be different with Spotify, MOG, iMeem, rdio etc?

    • How labels are cashing in on music piracy

      Since offering several albums for free via digital download in late July, Mr Majerczak has noticed a surge in physical sales; not just CDs but T-shirts and vinyl as well.

      “Sales have definitely increased, which I’m sure in part has been a result of our new digital model,” explains Mr Majerczak, 22, who started the label from his Ivanhoe bedroom in 2006.
      vvv

    • NewsNow tells newspapers: Lay off the legal action

      News aggregrator NewsNow.co.uk has told British newspapers to lay off the legal threats and accept that linking to news stories is good for their business.

    • France Agrees To Kick File Sharers Off The Internet Again; Lobbyists Call It ‘Consumer Relief’

      What’s much more entertaining is seeing how entertainment industry lobbyists are cheering this on. I’m beginning to think that they actually believe that kicking people off the internet will make people buy more of their content. Incredible. First up, the MPAA’s Dan Glickman (who’s being pushed out of his job for being woefully ineffective):

      “Today’s decision is an enormous victory for creators everywhere. It is our hope that ISPs will fully honor their promise to cooperate and that the French government will take the necessary measures to dedicate resources to handle the enormous task ahead.”

      A victory for creators? Really? By kicking fans off the internet for promoting their works? Yikes. Someone’s out of touch.

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