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I’m counting down the minutes until that autographed ZDTV t-shirt gets sold on eBay.
- Francis Crick, discoverer of the structure of DNA, has died at the age of 88.
- Apple is calling Real Networks reverse engineering of the iTunes DRM “breaking and entering.” “We are stunned that RealNetworks has adopted the tactics and ethics of a hacker to break into the iPod, and we are investigating the implications of their actions under the DMCA.” They also say that it’s highly unlikely that Real’s technology will work with future firmware updates.
- Microsoft demonstrated its “google killer” today, an all-in-one search that can find things on your hard drive as well as on the Internet. Maybe it can find the Longhorn engineers whose jobs are going to India.
- Intel has pushed the launch date for the 4GHz Pentium IV ahead to early 2005. Speculation is that CEO Craig Barrett was upset about missed deadlines for the Dothan and Prescott chips and wanted to make sure engineers set a date they could live with. Better to underpromise and overperform than vice versa. Meanwhile there are severe shortages for the 3.6GHz Prescott.
- Hackers are going after RFID tags. The tags which will be widely used in stores in place of the UPC codes, store information about the product and its price. Some experts think hackers will attempt to get better prices by modifying the tags.
- Get ready to spend some bucks. HardOCP’s Doom III hardware guide is out. If you want Heat Haze you’ll need a DirectX 9 capable card, otherwise a GeForce 4 MX-440 or better will do. Kyle and the gang say the game looks surprisingly good on even low-end equipment.
Listen in tomorrow at 8:35a Pacific for my weekly news commentary on KFI 640 AM in Los Angeles.