8127972 writes "Apparently iMessage and FaceTime are down for 'some' users according to Apple, but judging by the Twitter rage, it's more than "some" users who are affected. No clue when things will be back up, but it's the third time in three months that this has happened." Link to Original Source top
Parallels Asking For Beta Testers To Write Reviews
8127972 writes "I just saw this blog posting about Parallels asking for it's beta testers to write reviews praising its Parallels Desktop virtual PC product via e-mail. The blogger argues that while this isn't another Belkin mess, it might considered "distasteful." It sure seems to have a certain aroma to me." top
8127972 writes "A federal appeals court just granted Vonage a permanent stay in its attempts to continue to sign up customers while a patent lawsuit launched by Verizon is ongoing. From the press release: "Vonage will continue to serve existing customers by paying into escrow a quarterly royalty of 5.5 percent throughout the appeals process and by posting a $66 million bond as required by the court. The company's current cash position allows it to pay these fees to secure the stay as it continues to make progress on and pursues its legal appeal over the coming months." Could this mean that they have a lifeline?" top
8127972 writes "According to The Inquirier, the RIAA and the movie industry are lobbying lawmakers in a bid to be excused from the tough laws on pretexting. The RIAA and the MPAA say the law should not apply to them as they need to use subterfuge to deal with pirates. Methinks they've officially gone too far." top
8127972 writes "In a shockingly enlightened piece, Apple CEO Steve Jobs calls for a DRM-free world. FTA: "Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats," Jobs wrote. "In such a world, any player can play music purchased from any store, and any store can sell music which is playable on all players. This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat." Is this a cheap ploy to shift blame?" top
8127972 writes "I came across this compelling list of ten reasons why audio learning website LearnOutLoud.com doesn't bother with digital rights management (DRM). The piece offers an interesting look at a retailer's decision to not lock down their content. Reasons for the decision, as the piece explains, include hidden costs, cumbersome restrictions and the inevitability of the DRM being broken anyway. Perhaps the music industry should read this?"