Online IP Courses

GROKLAW

WIPO is offering free online courses starting next week in what lawyers like to call “intellectual property

CALI has thought of doing this sort of thing, but as a serious of lessons, not so much as a complete course.

Podcasting Attracts Startups

The New York Times > Technology > For a Start-Up, Visions of Profit in Podcasting
The primarily amateur Internet audio medium known as podcasting will take a small, hopeful step on Friday toward becoming the commercial Web’s next big thing.

That step is planned by Odeo, a five-person start-up that is based in a walk-up apartment in this city’s Mission District and was co-founded by a Google alumnus. The company plans to introduce a Web-based system that is aimed at making a business of podcasting – the process of creating, finding, organizing and listening to digital audio files that range from living-room ramblings to BBC newscasts.

The guys behind Odeo are Evan Williams and Noah Glass, responsible for Blogger and AudioBlogger respectively. Seems like they may be up to something that looks to tie the various pieces of podcasting together, at least that’s what Dave Winer thinks. It is intersting to see all of this energy in this space even as I managed to push out ClassCaster.

Oh, but wait, I haven’t exactly explained ClassCaster yet. Well here’s the pitch: grab a phone, dial a number, record a lecture or an analysis of something for your class, hangup, go to your blog and listen to it. All done with Asterisk, VoicePulse DID, MetaWeblog API, and 67 lines of PERL. It is nice and it works. No it needs a pretty dress:) We’ll tie it to our database and offer it up to CALI members and release the idea into the wild…

IBM, Zend Team-up on PHP Development

InfoWorld: IBM, Zend lift PHP in development deal: February 25, 2005: By Ed Scannell : APPLICATION_DEVELOPMENT : APPLICATIONS : NETWORKING : WEB_SERVICES
Hoping to spur its open source development strategies, IBM (Profile, Products, Articles) has announced a deal with Zend Technologies (Profile, Products, Articles) to create what it believes is the first integrated programming solution using the Web-based PHP language. IBM also committed to delivering at least 30 existing software projects to open source developers.

The agreement with Zend calls for the integration of two open source technologies, namely IBM’s Cloudscape database and Zend’s PHP development environment. The combined technologies will create Zend Core for IBM, which will serve as an “out-of-the-box” PHP development and production environment that allows corporate users to develop, deploy, and manage open source applications.

Firefox Goes to 1.0.1 With Security Update

Firefox Gets Major Security Makeover
The Mozilla Foundation last Thursday rolled out a major security update to fix several known cross-site scripting and domain-spoofing vulnerabilities in the upstart Firefox browser.

The nonprofit foundation said the new Firefox 1.0.1 was rushed out to provide a temporary fix for the IDN (International Domain Name) bug that was first flagged earlier this month.

MSFT to Unveil IM, VidConf Tools

InfoWorld: Microsoft to unveil new IM, video conferencing tools: February 24, 2005: By : APPLICATION_DEVELOPMENT : APPLICATIONS
Company Chairman Bill Gates will attend a live event in San Francisco, along with Anoop Gupta, Microsoft’s vice president of RTC, according to a Microsoft representative in the U.K.

The executives will lay out their strategy for the division and show off new technologies, the representative said. Simultaneous launches will take place in London and other cities, with Gates and Gupta broadcast over a live link, possibly demonstrating Microsoft’s new video conferencing tool, the representative suggested.

New Flaw in IE6

Microsoft Confirms IE Phishing Flaw
“Software engineers at Microsoft Corp.’s security research team have confirmed the existence of a bug in the Internet Explorer browser that opens the door to URL spoofing attacks.
The flaw, which has been widely reported on public mailing lists, can be exploited by a malicious attacker to spoof the URL of a pop-up advertisement and has been confirmed on a fully patched system with Internet Explorer 6.0 and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.”

New, Less Expensive iPods.

Apple Refreshes iPod Mini and Photo
“Apple updated their iPod lineup today. They added a $249 6GB iPod Mini and reduced the price of the 4GB model to $199. They’ve also dropped the gold color from their line up and made the remaining three colors more vibrant. The “silver” iPod Mini remains unchanged – it still matches the aluminum used in Apple’s other products.”

The IE dev team blogs on…

What have you guys been doing since IE6?

The IE dev team at MSFT is blogging in response to questions raised after the announcement of IE7. This is a great thing.

No Joy for MSFT Speech Server

InfoWorld: Bumpy start for Microsoft’s Speech Server: February 22, 2005:

This MSFT offering has not set the world on fire. Maybe “speech recognition for the masses” isn’t a very catchy slogan.