Thursday News Watch

All the news that's fit to rant about

BASIC turns 40 on Saturday. Beginners’ All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code was created by Dartmouth math professors Thomas Kurtz and John Kemeny who hoped to make a language anyone could learn and use.

  1. Google did it. It filed today for an IPO – a stock offering expected to value the company at $2.7 billion (actually it’s $2,718,281,828 or e x 109). In the filing Google revealed some of its financials for the first time. Google generated $961.9 million in revenue in fiscal 2003 and posted $105.6 million in net profit. In the quarter ending March 31, Google earned $64 million on revenues of $390 million. Sounds like a good buy.

  2. The first arrests under the CAN-SPAM act went down Wednesday. Two men were arrested and charged with huge email campaigns marketing fraudulent weight loss products. The men were released on bond of $10,000 apiece. Two others are being sought.
  3. Windows XP Service Pack 2 is being delayed until the third quarter of this year. The long awaited service pack fixes bugs and holes and greatly improves Windows security model. Microsoft wouldn’t say why the update has been delayed, but there’s speculation that there were still serious security flaws in the update.
  4. Apple’s iTunes Music Store turned one-year-old on Wednesday. The store has sold 70 million songs – fewer than the projected 100 million this year, chiefly due to a disappointing results from the Pepsi bottle cap promotion. Only five percent of the 100 million winning caps were redeemed.
  5. Meanwhile Apple has update iTunes to version 4.5. Among many new features the software changes the encryption technology it uses to authenticate songs purchased at the iTunes Music Store. The original authentication scheme had been cracked. Within a day the new technique has been cracked as well.
  6. Meanwhile the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has sued 477 more alleged file swappers. Including 69 college kids in 11 states.
  7. Two officials of the FTC testified in Congress today that the spyware industry should be allowed to regulate itself. Representative Joe Barton of Texas responded, “You like this stuff? You’re the only person in this country that wants spyware on their computer.”

12 Replies to “Thursday News Watch”

  1. Maybe Apple should team up with someone to produce bottles off apple juice (I’m sorry, iJuice) with free itunes songs. 🙂

  2. Did anyone actually see an iTunes cap on a Pepsi bottle? My college campus has sold our souls and its soda machines to Pepsi and I haven’t seen a single iTunes cap. I was excited when it was announced, but I have yet to see a single cap in any part of central Arkansas, including Little Rock, from which I could possibly win a free song.

  3. Greg, I actually got around 5 or 6 caps in the time they were out. That’s the only reason I ever got iTunes to begin with.
    Leo, it’s great to see you back on TechTV, I just wish you were back on The ScreenSavers.

  4. I got 5 caps from the vending machines @ Marquette. Plus, I swear the iTunes caps were only out for 2 weeks.

  5. Two for two winners. No, I didn’t use the tipper cheat. Pepsi good, coke bad. They have been giving out free tunes this week. Nothing I found worth a broadband download, however. Where can I buy iJuice? -g-

  6. for those interested Apple is giving away a song a day for a week to celebrate the one year anniversay. after that they are going to be giving away a song a week.

  7. The caps didn’t show up in southern Arizona until last week and only on the Sierra Mist bottles. I got 6 out of 7 bottles .

  8. I am sorry to see the pepsi itunes giveaway end. Last night was the deadline. Although I started late I managed to download 81 “free” songs. Funny thing was they all were winners. Imagine that.
    Itunes is on the forefront of a revolution. My stereo in my car quit working two years ago and I never fixed it until recently. When I did I made sure the new deck had a jack for the ipod. What the music industry doesn’t realize is they’ve made it too hard to listen to music. If I listen in my car I have to sit through countless commercials and songs I don’t like. That or change cds every three songs. Once I have four or five hundred downloads I’ll hit random play and never change the station again. Even with 80 I’m amazed why no one ever thought of it before. Music is back in a big way. And now that I can listen to it the way I want I’ll be buying and playing it again.
    the pity about the caps is most people threw them away. I went through an average of two to get one. four lines was a winner and there were many left in the stores I just couldn’t drink anymore. perhaps now I’ll get some decent sleep.

  9. I’m all in favor of regulating spam, but Congress needs to stay out of spyware. People who install software with this “feature” need to do their own due diligence and decide whether the trade-off is worth it.

  10. I never saw a single iTunes bottle. 🙁
    As far as spyware goes, I shouldn’t have to check my computer every other day because I surfed the net. Spyware sucks.

  11. I travel all over the US and was able to get three i-tunes pepsi caps in Albuquerque, NM all in the same week but none in Texas, New Jersey, Detroit or Baltimore. I think that someone at pepsi must have royaly screwed up this promotion.

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