Newswatch 8.9.07: Jobs, censorship, online video
AT&T censors Pearl Jam over anti-Bush lyrics
[Reuters] While performing "Daughter" during the annual Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, the band segued into a portion of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall," during which frontman Eddie Vedder sang, "George Bush, leave this world alone" and "George Bush, find yourself another home." Those lyrics were missing from the broadcast.
Novell: Apps are Job One for Linux
[TopTechNews] In order for Linux to grow into the computing mainstream, the open-source OS needs more applications and a standardized approach to software certification, Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian said.
Netflix DRM hacked
[PC World] A hacker has posted instructions for how to save streamed movies from the Netflix Inc. service, undermining Microsoft Corp.'s copy protection technology designed to prevent people from saving the content.
AMD to launch Barcelona at Lucas
[News.com] An AMD spokesman wouldn't explicitly confirm whether the event, to be held at the Letterman Digital Arts Premier Theater at the headquarters of Lucasfilm, will see the debut of Barcelona. But AMD has said it plans to ship Barcelona "for revenue" in August.
DUI defendant wins access to breathalyzer source code
[News.com] When Dale Lee Underdahl was arrested on February 18, 2006, on suspicion of drunk driving, he submitted to a breath test that was conducted using a product called the Intoxilyzer 5000EN. During a subsequent court hearing on charges of third-degree DUI, Underdahl asked for a copy of the "complete computer source code for the (Intoxilyzer) currently in use in the state of Minnesota." The state supreme court granted that request.
Facebook advertisers can opt out of parts
[FT] Facebook advertisers will be able to opt out of parts of the social networking website following the discovery that some campaigns were running close to content promoting the British National Party, the far-right political party.
Take-Two lawyer sentenced in backdating
[Bloomberg] Take-Two Interactive Software’s former general counsel, Kenneth I. Selterman, was sentenced yesterday to three years of probation for falsifying a letter to regulators. He is the third former executive from the video game company, the maker of the Grand Theft Auto series, to be sentenced in a stock option backdating investigation.
Blockbuster buys MovieLink
[Bloomberg] Blockbuster is also acquiring rights to show the films of Movie- link’s owners, which include Warner Brothers Studios, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount Pictures, it said. Financial terms were not disclosed. “It immediately puts us in the digital download business,” Blockbuster’s chief executive, James W. Keyes, said. “Clearly, our customers have responded favorably to having other convenient ways to access movies and entertainment.”
Valley payrolls: Movin' on up
[Reuters] The high-tech hub is adding the kind of jobs that signal an extended and steady recovery, according to a report released on Thursday. "These are the kinds of jobs that are very hard to create and very expensive to pay for," the report's author said. "But obviously business is so good they're being created."