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There are a lot of, shall we say, challenges facing the Internet as we know it--and before your eyes start to glaze over because you take the Net and the Web for granted and you don't think anything will ever really change, think about this. What if we ended up with a whole bunch of Internets? It could happen. Here's how.
This week, the news came out that Sony's been secretly installing Trojan-horse-like technology with its digital rights management (DRM) software--and doing it when you're just innocently playing a CD. We wish we could say we're shocked, but DRM's been creeping toward unacceptable for a long time now. Is it too late for consumers?
On October 8, robotic history was made: five fully autonomous vehicles completed a 132-mile desert course, turning a new page in the development of robotic vehicles that will help protect our soldiers and, possibly, you. How? By wresting the steering wheel out of your hot little hands. Are we ready?
So, ICANN was this close to approving .xxx as a top-level domain, when suddenly the politicians got involved. Seems like a pretty straightforward story of sex, politics, and the Internet, right? But why were Republicans (and the porn industry) singing a different tune five years ago? Molly investigates.
Bongs are not illegal. In fact, if you're one of the many consumers who prefer to smoke their tobacco through a water pipe, you can pick one up here, all over the Internet. How is that related to P2P software? Read on.
I've been reading all week about how Microsoft is going to crush RIM and single-handedly destroy the BlackBerry, thanks to its superfabulous announcement that Windows Mobile 5.0 will now include Windows Mobile Direct Push Technology.