CNET News Daily Podcast: RIAA recruits Comcast, AT&T to monitor file sharing

CNET News reporter Greg Sandoval stops by to talk about his scoop on how ISPs will begin to monitor their own customers to prevent illegal file sharing.


When the RIAA said in December it would stop pursuing individual illegal file sharers, it wasn't clear exactly why. Now, CNET News' Greg Sandoval says the industry group is just switching tactics. Several sources close to Comcast and AT&T say that they, along with several other Internet service providers, will agree to monitor their networks for illegal file sharing by its customers.

Also on today's podcast: The fourth quarter is a good news/bad news story for SAP; AT&T profits sink; Acer gets into the smartphone biz; and clickfraud skyrockets.


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Today's stories:

Sources: AT&T, Comcast likely to help RIAA

SAP plans job cuts despite solid earnings

AT&T earnings dip 23.6 percent

Acer smartphone launching Feb. 16

Clickfraud closed 2008 at all-time high

Nvidia names Stanford scientist its research chief

How to get your Davos fix on the Web

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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