Microsoft's board of directors met Wednesday to
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says he knows exactly what Yahoo is worth and
Essentially, the software giant still has the same options it had last week. Microsoft is said to be weighing whether to go directly to Yahoo shareholders and at what price, whether to just nominate its own slate of directors, or whether to walk away from its bid.
Microsoft doesn't want Yahoo's employees abandoning the ship. Redmond plans to
Software is hard
The glitch also exists between Microsoft Dynamics RMS and Windows Vista Service Pack 1, though that product has already been broadly released. Microsoft started pushing out Vista SP1 last week via Automatic Updates, but
Microsoft finalized the code for Windows XP SP3 last week and had planned to make it broadly available starting Tuesday.
Dynamics RMS is the software that
Another challenge facing Microsoft is
But looking at that figure alone ignores the continued lackluster response that Vista gets from media and analysts as well as the continued demand from businesses for Windows XP. Microsoft is going on the PR offensive this week, with Mike Nash, a Microsoft corporate vice president, trying to make the case to the press that Vista is getting a bad rap.
"The perception of Vista is a lot better for the people that have used Windows Vista than (for) the ones who haven't," Nash said. "At some level a little seeing is believing."
Stay green, Pony boy
Green and clean technologies are becoming a big business in Silicon Valley. Enough so that Valley VC veteran Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is
Kleiner Perkins established a $100 million green-technology fund in 2006 for start-up seed funding. This Green Growth Fund will make investments of $10 million to $50 million to ramp up existing companies. To make a mark commercially, clean-tech companies often need a substantial amount of capital to either develop the technology or demonstrate that their technology can work on an industrial scale.
Washington lawmakers aiming to green both the Capitol dome and the laws made beneath it are
One way that clean-tech start-ups hope Congress will help is by extending renewable-energy tax credits rejected by the Senate in the Energy Act of 2007. A growing priority among tech firms is to green data centers, which consume 4 percent of the nation's energy, by 2012, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Congressional offices, on the other hand, have not yet overhauled their server systems to improve efficiency.
Indeed, greenhouse gas emissions from data centers rank higher than the countries of Argentina and the Netherlands and right behind airlines, shipyards, and steel plants. Those comparisons were compiled by consulting firm McKinsey and the Uptime Institute, which published a report on the worsening picture--environmentally and economically--of energy consumption from data centers.
With a similar goal in mind, IBM is ramping up its business of selling power-saving technologies with
The song remains to blame
The recording industry filed a lawsuit charging that Project Playlist, a company that provides an embeddable music player used at MySpace.com and Facebook, has violated its copyright. According to the complaint, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed suit on behalf of nine record labels and
Representatives from Project Playlist could not be reached. On the company's Web site, Project Playlist said it is "committed to copyright protection" and does not support illegal copying of music files.
Companies that allegedly facilitate the distribution of pirated content have tried to argue that because they don't host unauthorized files they don't violate copyright. That hasn't stopped the RIAA or the motion picture industry from filing suit.
However, the recording industry's music piracy fight was dealt a setback when a federal judge
In Atlantic v. Howell, Judge Neil V. Wake denied the labels' motion for summary judgment in a 17-page decision, allowing the suit to proceed to trial. The argument--that merely the act of making music files available for download constituted copyright infringement--has been the basis for the RIAA's legal battle against online music piracy.
While the couple lacks legal representation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said it filed an amicus brief on behalf of the pair. The EFF argued against the RIAA's "making available" position, saying in a statement that it "amounts to suing someone for attempted distribution, something the Copyright Act has never recognized."
The judge agreed, saying that "merely making an unauthorized copy of a copyrighted work available to the public does not violate a copyright holder's exclusive right of distribution."
The EFF weighed in on another music usage issue, saying that Microsoft has
A federal district court in New York ruled that the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is
Consumers may be made to share some of that pain. If the final fee structure looks anything like what is prescribed in the judge's written opinion, RealNetworks, Yahoo, and AOL would
Also of note
Google has assembled an advisory group of oceanography experts and invited researchers from institutions around the world to the Googleplex to discuss plans for