Monthly Archives: September 2000

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Stealing? Not Us, Say Music Downloaders

The message is a little confusing, but three-quarters of Internet denizens who download music files don’t think they’re stealing, and they don’t care if the music is copyrighted, according to a new report from the Pew Internet Project. “Those who … Continue reading

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Supremes Punt, Microsoft Wins

If there was ever a time for the Supreme Court to do what’s specified in law — that is, hear an antitrust case of major importance without letting it go to the Appeals Court first — this should have been … Continue reading

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The Boundaries of Privacy

Journalists are getting more attuned to the privacy issue, but our coverage is begging a difficult question. Some of the tools of our trade are being used to invade privacy. More in my Sunday column. Weekend Reading Ed Foster (Infoworld): … Continue reading

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What Passes for Journalism Today

The Reuters wire service doesn’t have enough real journalism to do these days, apparently. Today it put out a pathetic “news story” about two utterly meaningless polls. These surveys are the typical Web-jobs, those click-through numbers that are totally unscientific … Continue reading

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This Cat Should Stay in the Bag

News.com: “Cat” scanning device may track users online. Researchers say the scanner, produced by DigitalConvergence, makes use of an identifying serial number that could trace the actions of an individual user and create a detailed database on a specific device’s … Continue reading

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Joel Klein, Public Servant

Joel Klein, who has headed Justice Department antitrust efforts for the past several years, is leaving government service at the end of the month. He’s done, on balance, a first-rate job. More in my Wednesday column. Apple and Amazon Salon: … Continue reading

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Hatch to Napster Judges: Not So Fast

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter (Reuters) to the federal appeals court hearing the Napster case after the Clinton administration said the government believed Napster Inc. was violating the copyright law. “I thought it … Continue reading

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Peer to Peer: Hype and Reality

The peer-to-peer phenomenon, which has been brought to the forefront by the amazing rise of Napster, is also attracting its share of hype. But anything that pushes the notion further into the public consciousness is a good thing, I tend … Continue reading

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