Today’s top tech tales…
- Forget Wi-Fi, here comes UWB: ultrawideband, low-power wireless data networks offering as much as 400 megabits per second. The IEEE is meeting this week in Albuquerque to settle on a UWB standard, 802.15.3a. Intel and Motorola are battling over the standard, and that’s holding things up. Intel says, “We don’t want to see a standards war, but it’s conceivable that it will happen.”
- A new Senate copyright bill would put you in jail for up to three years for sharing pre-released movies. The Artists’ Rights and Theft Prevention Act would make it a federal offense to offer any movie for download before its release, even if no copyright violation has occurred. You could also get five years for wielding a camcorder in a movie theater. The bill has the support of Jack Valenti, Dianne Feinstein, and Bo Derek.
- Sharman Networks, distributors of Kazaa, is planning to sell a movie through its peer-to-peer network. The low-budget Bollywood thriller, Supari, will sell for $2.99. Sharman is also launching its first print ad campaign next week urging users to defend P2P file sharing.
- No more anonymous love letters if a presidential commission has its way. The commission is pressuring the US Postal Service to implement a system that would track the identity of everyone who sends mail. The Postmaster General doesn’t want to do it citing privacy concerns.
- Philips has demonstrated 16x DVD burning in the lab. That’s 10,000 RPM – very likely the physical limit for the media. An actual consumer product may be years off, though.
- “Playlistism” is emerging on college campuses thanks to iTunes music sharing. According to Wired, students are shunning those with terrible taste in music. Your music says a lot about you, apparently.
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