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June
2009
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04:55 AM
America/Los_Angeles

Newswatch: Java Apps; Facebook Credits; YouTube Exands to Boob Tube

Wednesday 8am Silicon Valley news report:

Oracle CEO wants more Java on netbooks, devices -Reuters


"You'll see us get very aggressive with Java, and developing Java apps for things like telephones and netbooks," he told programmers attending a Java users conference in San Francisco. "There will be computers that are fundamentally based on Java."



Facebook brings in payment system -FT.com


Facebook hopes that by offering a site-wide currency it will encourage more commerce on the website. By serving as the payment provider, it will capture a percentage of every transaction.



US grapples with how to retaliate in cyber attacks -MercuryNews


"In the face of our almost universal reliance on untrusted systems, the United States currently is facing a grave national security challenge in the form of exploitation of our government and private-sector networks and information," said Steven Chabinsky, assistant deputy director of cyber issues for the Obama administration's director of national intelligence.



Publishers look to music lessons on digital content -Reuters


"It's clear now that there's going to be enough demand for books distributed as digital content, that there is going to have to be a digital distribution mechanism for books," he said. "If we handle the transition correctly the electronic model may actually monetize better than the print model."



Google courts business customers with new products -Reuters


The Internet search giant unveiled a pair of new products on Tuesday aimed at large corporations with strict technology requirements and at small businesses that may not even have Web sites, respectively.



YouTube Moves Closer to the Boob Tube -NYTimes


YouTube’s move is the latest in a string of developments that aim to bring Internet content to television screens and to allow users to interact with that content from their couch. It comes just a week after YouTube’s top online rival, Hulu, unveiled a desktop app that can be controlled through a remote.



Ex-Fed: Privacy Advocates Should Go After China, Lay Off NSA -Wired


Speaking on panel at the Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference here, one-time NSA general counsel Stuart Baker raised the specter of Chinese government spying, focusing in particular on the so-called GhostNet findings reported by security researchers at the University of Toronto in March.



Dept. of Justice: Cablevision remote DVR should stay legal -ars technica


The result is that a Supreme Court ruling on the case would only address the question of whether the RS-DVR made Cablevision a direct infringer of copyright; it would not settle the general issues. If the networks won at the Supreme Court and started suing other RS-DVR users, those firms could just claim "fair use!" and we would need a whole new trial to generate precedent on the issue.



IBM on Sustainability: Time For Real Time -ZDNet


Relative to their CSR ambitions, the businesses surveyed are ill prepared with the management information essential to managing their strategic sustainability goals. In turn, we in society risk not seeing the improvements that we need to rapidly realize in order, for example, to arrest climate change.



The Obama Administration’s Silence on Privacy -NYTimes


Peter Swire, an Ohio State law professor who served on the Obama transition team, offered one reason it might be difficult for the administration to find its voice on privacy. There is a split, he told the conference, between the typical view of privacy among technology experts and the emerging view of people brought up in the social networking, Web 2.0 world.



Windows 7 confirmed for holiday season PCs -AP


Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that Windows 7, the next version of its computer operating software, will go on sale Oct. 22, in time to possibly give the slumping PC industry a lift in the holiday season.



PC Touch Screens Move Ahead -NYTimes


The PC industry wants to make touch functions more sophisticated and widespread. On-screen objects could be twisted and turned with several fingers, mimicking the action used in real life. The next version of Windows from Microsoft, Windows 7, will usher in a new era of touch technology when it appears on PCs later this year






NASA Uses Semantic Web to Help Power its Constellation Program -ReadWriteWeb


Semantic technology company TopQuadrant announced today that NASA is using its semantic application platform, the TopBraid Suite, to "model, organize, integrate and exchange data" within the NASA Constellation Program.



Online advertising spend rises on back of innovation -zero strategy


“Market conditions are tough, yet online is continuing to innovate and emerging formats such as mobile advertising and online video advertising look set to become big players in the next few years as brands see the benefit of cross-platform marketing campaigns,” she added.