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  • Opinion: PlayStation Vita UMD Passport Program Is Not Coming To North America

    Sony has officially announced that North America will not take part in the UMD Passport program, which allows PlayStation Vita owners to buy digital copies of physical PSP games they already own in order to play them on their Vita.

  • Opinion: Too Big or Too Expensive To Fail?

    It is talked about everywhere. From the HBO film Too Big To Fail, to a recent article in the New York Times. Will we ever see one of the big four US banks fail? The smallest of the big 4 is Wells Fargo, and they have over three and a half times the assets of the fifth largest bank, US Bank. The trends in bank shut downs by the FDIC seem to indicate that they are more concerned by the smaller banks with capital issues than the larger ones. In addition, can our economy really handle a mega bank failure?

  • Opinion: Why the Payments Industry Should be Opposed to SOPA

    On January 18, 2012, several of the most prominent websites on the Internet, including Wikipedia, suspended operations in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), currently under consideration in the House of Representatives. While the main arguments against SOPA have been focused on free speech and fair use, I have not seen any discussion of a provision that bears directly on the payment industry: the requirement that payment networks refuse to settle transactions with foreign websites alleged to have infringed on copyrights.

  • Opinion: DMARC Aims to Reinforce Financial Critical Infrastructure

    Rarely do updates to pure tech standards get a lot of attention by the press and media, but the financial and tech firms behind the recently announced DMARC organization and the work of the IETF make this weeks announcement a little different. Why so, you ask?

  • Opinion: Oracle Financial Services GBU Reports 1H 2012

    Last week, the Oracle Financial Services Global Business Unit (GBU) released operating results for the first half of FY2012. Frank Brienzi, Senior Vice President of the GBU, S. Ramakriskhnan who leads OFSA Analytics and Don Russo who runs the Insurance sector all spoke enthusiastically of its performance, key wins in core banking, analytics, and insurance sectors, and recent innovation in OFSA/Exadata integration.

  • Opinion: Apple Scraps Controversial Terms in iBook Author EULA Agreement

    Some controversial provisions in the agreement governing the use of Apple's iBook authoring software has been modified after coming under intense criticism from authors and publishers.

  • Opinion: MegaUpload's Kim DotCom Denied Bail Again: Third Time's a Charm?

    Three weeks — that's how long larger-than-life MegaUpload founder Kim DotCom has to stay in jail, after his bail was denied a second time. Why twice? Because the prosecutors (and the court) apparently fear he might attempt to flee New Zealand, where he's currently being held before his extradition hearing.

  • Opinion: 4 Principles of Smart Social Campaigns for Business

    There's no shortage of talk about engagement in marketing circles, but really honestly engaging with people (not just customers, but any target audience) is a lot harder than most of us are willing to admit. It takes real work. It takes creativity. It takes a sincere desire to understand the people whose influence can elevate your brand. And, critically, it takes a commitment to create social content that resonates with the personalities you're trying to reach.

  • Opinion: Megaupload User Data Could Be Wiped Out Thursday

    Fifty million Megaupload customers stand a good chance of being ticked off Thursday when two hosting companies will likely begin deleting user data - including legitimate, non-copyright infringing files - from Megaupload's leased servers, according to court documents. The move is part of the ongoing criminal copyright infringement case against the file-sharing site Megaupload.

  • Opinion: Good News: Tech Salaries Are on the Rise Again

    After two straight years of nearly flat salaries, tech professionals have begun to see significant pay increases at last.

  • Opinion: Jailbreaking Waivers Set to Expire in 2012

    If you plan on jailbreaking your iPhone 4S using the new greenpois0n Absinthe software, you better hurry because there's a chance jailbreaking smartphones could become illegal again in the United States. Two exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that allow you to jailbreak and unlock your phone are set to expire in 2012. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, is hoping to have both exemptions renewed. This time around, the foundation is also hoping to legalize jailbreaking for tablets and video game consoles such as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. If the jailbreaking exemptions are not renewed, the foundation says, jailbreaking could carry some stiff penalties including hefty fines.

  • Opinion: MPAA's Dodd Shelves SOPA Tough Talk at Sundance Film Festival

    The head of Hollywood's chief lobbying arm ratcheted down his rhetoric Tuesday on two controversial bills before Congress aimed at combating the pirating of movies and music on the Internet.

  • Opinion: New RIM CEO Staying the Course--Time to Jump Ship?

    RIM has shaken up the executive leadership. At face value, that seems like a step in the right direction, but the initial indication from RIM’s new CEO, Thorsten Heins, is that he plans to double down on the failed strategies that got the company where it is today. It might be time for organizations that rely on RIM to start exploring their options.

  • Opinion: Megaupload Legal Troubles Send Shudders Through Cyberlocker Community

    The shutdown of the massive file-sharing website Megaupload and the arrest of its founder and three of its executives have some members of the cyberlocker community looking over their shoulders, wondering who will be next.

  • Opinion: How MegaUpload Got To Be A Pirate Poster Boy

    MegaUpload, a file sharing site taken down by the FBI Thursday, has had a history of being in the sights of government enforcers around the world. Here are some milestones from the Website's checkered past.

  • Opinion: MegaUpload Takedown Proves SOPA / PIPA Are Unnecessary

    It has been a huge week when it comes to protecting intellectual property, and defending the freedom of the Internet. Following a massive blackout on Wednesday to oppose pending SOPA legislation, the United States government took down MegaUpload.com – demonstrating why we don’t need SOPA in the first place.

  • Opinion: Without Action, SOPA Online Protests are Just Preaching to the Choir

    The Web has gone dark. OK, maybe not the entire Web, but a good portion of the Web is joining its symbolic hands today in solidarity to oppose the SOPA and PIPA legislation currently being pushed in the United States Congress. Turning off websites sends a message, but hopefully that message reaches the right audience – Congress.

  • Opinion: CES: a hundred devices to rule them all

    What struck me most about this year's CES was the sheer variety of products on show. Far from consolidating, personal tech grows ever more diverse. And that's a good thing.

  • Opinion: Why the Netflix UK launch is such good news

    Music download and streaming services have shown how copyright and user choice can coexist; it’s finally happening for video too

  • Opinion: 2012 tech predictions: From IDG's editors worldwide

    Consumerization of IT is the consensus choice of the new year's major technology force, one that will manifest itself in several forms.



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