RIAA issues 750 more writs to University users
The US music industry pressure group the RIAA (Record Industry Association of America) has fired off over 750 lawsuits against students and others who have been downloading music for free from P2P networks.
The suits accuse 757 individuals of engaging in copyright infringement, including computer network users at 17 different colleges throughout the US. RIAA says that the people concerned not only used P2P networks such as Grokster, Kazaa and eDonkey but also used the student run i2hub p2p network to distribute music. ...more
CeBIT 2007: Hybrid hard disks will be flash in the pan, says Sandisk
Sandisk has launched a 32GB solid-state hard disk for laptops - and a withering attack on the new breed of hybrid hard disks.
The company claims that enterprise customers are 'banging on the door' for its new 2.5in 32GB flash drive, which will initially be sold only to OEMs, but will be made available in retail later this year. ...more
The EC backs broadband over the electricity grid
The European Commission is recommending that member states investigate the possibility of delivering broadband connections over the existing electricity grid.
It urges EU nations to come up with clear and balanced regulations that will create competition and attract companies to the field. They must also remove any 'unjustified regulatory obstacles' that could impede development of the market and ensure energy companies get a fair crack at offering such services over the power line network. ...more
UK office workers suffering chronic ill-health - survey
If you are reading this story in a UK office then perhaps you had better take a break. But not just yet. A report entitled '@Work @Risk' suggests that millions of British office workers are suffering what it terms chronic 'poor desk health'. ...more
Motorola plays iTunes
Motorola has unveiled its highly anticipated iTunes-playing 3G phone, the E1060, at the 3GSM Congress in Cannes, France
With up to 512MB of additional storage via a removable card, the phone will have the same capacity as the smaller of the iPod shuffle models, though whether it will match Apple's device for sound quality remains to be seen.
Although iTunes will be the default media player, it will not be the only one.
'We're committed to have iTunes as the default music client, but we'll also continue to support other music players such as RealPlayer,' said Amer Husaini, vice president for Motorola's mobile devices group in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. ...more