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Newswatch 11.15.07: Looking for the Blue Cloud

Sun grabs the spotlight at Oracle OpenWorld

[VNUNet] A new distribution agreement will see the Solaris operating system officially supported on Dell PowerEdge servers for the first time. Dell will also be able to offer support packages to Solaris users.

Apple patches 41 bugs in monster patch

[CW] "Typically, the third-party applications are open-source projects; examples represented here include BIND, bzip and Kerberos. It's good to see Apple put forth these fixes as many of these updates fix critical security flaws."

IBM's Blue Cloud

[Reuters] "I think Google and Amazon are on to something," IBM's Bill Zeitler said. "Our particular focus is taking these standards of Internet computing and bringing them to the mainstream in the commercial world."

Warner chief: Music industry screwed up

[MacUser] "We used to fool ourselves,' Edgar Bronfman said. "We used to think our content was perfect just exactly as it was. We expected our business would remain blissfully unaffected even as the world of interactivity, constant connection and file sharing was exploding. And of course we were wrong. How were we wrong? By standing still or moving at a glacial pace, we inadvertently went to war with consumers by denying them what they wanted and could otherwise find and as a result of course, consumers won."

Comcast sued over P2P blocking

[AP] "What the AP report did was just confirm to him that it wasn't just him who was suffering from the problem," the plaintiff's lawyer said. "There was this confluence of events where everyone seemed to reach the same conclusion, which was that Comcast was engaging in this activity."

Bebo launches Open Media

[paidcontent] Today it’s launching Open Media, a system letting content owners publish videos from their shows using their own players and advertising, from which they keep all ad revenue. The platform lets users become “fans” of series in the same way they add individuals as friends; shows also get blogs, reviews, forums and polls on a custom-branded, “channel profile” page. Users can send videos to friends.

Craigslist as creative writing workshop

[NYT] Across the country, aspiring writers are using Craigslist not just as a place to offload their futons, but as a pixeled writing workshop where they test their stabs at social satire on some of the more than 30 million visitors that the site draws each month. Their personal ads ostensibly seek a soul mate, but what they’re really looking for is an audience.