What time is it, kids? It’s news time!
Make sure to pick up your Microsoft security posters, the perfect way to jazz up your bedroom.
Bill Gates got a pie in the face on this day in 1998.
- The music industry was back in court yesterday trying to convince the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court decision that Morpheus and Grokster were not responsible for illegal activities on their networks. The judges seemed unsympathetic. Sidney Thomas, considered the most technologically sophisticated member of the court, asked “aren’t we chasing the wind here?” Senior Judge John T. Noonan reproached record company attorneys who said the services were “trafficking in pirated goods.” Noonan told them to “curtail that use of abusive language.” You go, your honor.
- The first commercially funded moon mission will be accessible via the Internet. HP is providing technology that will let Earthbound users communicate with Trailblazer as it hurtles towards the moon. Mission planners hope to launch this fall.
- Google was voted the highest impact brand of 2003 by 4,000 branding professionals. The runners-up: Apple, Mini (!), Coke, and Samsung (!!).
- C|Net news says Yahoo is eyeing an entry into the online music biz.
- The growth of spam on the net may be scaring users away, according to experts gathered at an anti-spam conference in Brussels yesterday. Brightmail says that half of all email traffic is now junk mail, and a survey conducted by Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, a consumer group, says that 52% of respondents are shopping less online. 21% didn’t even know whether their email program had anti-spam filters.
- Tickets for The Gathering sold out in hours last night. The Gathering 2004 will be held at the Vikingship Arena in Hamar, Norway, April 7-11. According to SlashDot it’s the world’s biggest computer party. The event, which consists of demoscene and gaming competitions, attracted over 5000 geeks last year.