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  • Opinion: The $8 Billion iPod: Entrepreneur Rob Reid Ridicules Music Piracy Claims

    Rob Reid, co-founder of Listen.com, the company that started music service Rhapsody, delivered one of the most popular talks at the TED conference I attended recently. Launched in the late ‘90s, Rhapsody, along with Napster and other services, revolutionized the music industry. At TED, Reid explained something he called Copyright Math, a way of explaining the sometimes inexplicable numbers cited by both the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America as arguments against piracy.

  • Opinion: Why CFOs and Cloud Computing Have a Love-Hate Relationship

    Cloud computing offers a value proposition that can be both appealing and unsettling to the CFO. However, CIO.com columnist Bernard Golden explains why freeing up capital investment should more than make up for the uncertainty of variable monthly pricing.

  • Opinion: Browser Firm Opera Talks HTML5, Successes, and Challenges

    Norwegian browser maker Opera took me out to dinner last night, and we talked about what the company has been up to. In a nutshell, Opera - the only browser maker located outside the US - says it's doing well.

  • Opinion: Apple's Spaceship-Like Headquarters to be Shrouded by Trees

    Apple likes to cloak its new products in mystery, so it seems fitting that visitors to its new energy-efficient headquarters won't be able to see much of the building from the road.

  • Opinion: Giving the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Some Teeth

    President Obama unveiled a blueprint for a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. The initiative is long overdue, and has been received favorably, but protecting consumer privacy may take more than a framework of principles for companies to voluntarily follow.

  • Opinion: When Is a Cybercrime an Act of Cyberwar?

    There is growing talk of cyberwar, as opposed to run-of-the-mill cybercrime. There are also terms that lies somewhere in the middle called cyber espionage, and cyber hacktivism--which is sort of like cyber terrorism for good guys. At the heart of the debate is an attempt to define the scope of an appropriate response to each type of threat.

  • Opinion: How to Break Down the OpEx vs. CapEx Cloud Computing Debate

    Cloud computing is too often reductively branded as an economic calculus that would trade a CapEx model for an OpEx model. But it's a little more complicated than that. Bernard Golden explains what we talk about when we talk about cloud computing.

  • Opinion: Windows 8: ARMed & ready for Apple & Google

    Windows 8 may be something of a point upgrade for existing Windows PC users, but it could herald the birth of PCs in all shapes and sizes.

  • Opinion: Anti-Piracy Concerns Spread to Europe

    Anti-piracy legislation has more than just Americans up in arms. Europeans are showing their distaste for such government intrusion, too.

  • 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.



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