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Thursday, March 04, 2004
 


Wasn't gonna blog today, cause I am extremely busy - but Eric Raymond has obtained and released a memo blowing the lid of MS's funding of SCO (via third parties). Read it (and note how bad this guy is at spelling. Jeez).

-- umair // 5:07 PM //


Tuesday, March 02, 2004
 


Dot Com 2.0 and Evil Google

The NYT on the rebirth of the domain-name market. Interesting, if the data from Verisign is more than a little suspect.

What's far more interesting, though, since this was bound to happen, is this tidbit:

"... Google is also helping a growing number of domain name owners earn money on their Web sites without publishing any information at all. Through its DomainPark service, users who, for example, type in "airlinetickets.com," a Web address that has only a "placeholder" page, will see text ads provided by Google. The site's owners, who must gain 750,000 monthly visits to maintain a spot in the program, earn a share of the ad revenue."

-- umair // 6:43 PM //


 


MP3 is getting a DRM plug-in, by Thomson and Fraunhofer, who are the standard owners. The tech media is going nuts over this - I suggest you don't worry about it too much. How do I know this? Just say the words 'protected MP3' to yourself and feel the tectonic shift in the value equation.

-- umair // 5:19 PM //


 


Link of the day

If I had a free couple of hours, I would spend them at whynot, which is collaborative open-source problem-solving. By Barry Nalebuff (and Ian Ayres)- if you don't know Nalebuff, buy his books and read them. Absolutely brilliant stuff. Thanks to (of all people) my Dad for the link.

It's even got an RSS feed... :)

-- umair // 5:14 PM //


 


Thanks for the interest - I added an Atom feed. If you can let me know a quick and painless way to add RSS, I will do that as well, despite my earlier stubborn insistence never to do it!

I'm not entirely sure who is supporting Atom by now, so this might be completely useless - let me know.

-- umair // 5:12 PM //


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