Ten years ago Slashdot was founded by Rob Malda, also known as CmdrTaco. Wired has published a nice interview summing up some of his memories from these 10 years. Congratulations Slashdot!
Microsoft unveiled that they will start broadcasting their new beta service tomorrow called Internet TV for all US users with Windows Vista Home Premium edition and Windows Vista Ultimate edition. I have an american version of Vista Ultimate, so I just might be included in this beta program. They also announced three new extenders, the Niveus featured above and two others. Full information inside.
Today Amazon launched a public beta of a new service where they sell DRM-free mp3 music files. They currently offer 2 million songs from more than 180 000 artists – pretty amazing. The good news is that the files are encoded in 256 kilobits per second and the fact that you can don’t have to mess with any copy protection schemes. Good job Amazon. How long do you think it will take until Apple removes all DRM-crap from iTunes?
A couple of years ago Google released really cool and new impressing services every months, and it feels like that happens very seldom nowadays (do you agree?). But today they announced a really cool service – Google Presentations. I was attending Web 2.0 in San Francisco when Eric Schmidt presented the service but it took until now to get the service finally up and running. Basically it’s a simple online Powerpoint applications that works really well. I really like it and I plan to use it during the next month to try it out for real.
It looks like the bandwidth usage in Turkey has shrunk dramatically in the last couple of days – the government in Turkey has forced the major ISPs to block all access to the Swedish torrent service. Full story over at Torrentfreak.com
On the 10th of October Winamp will turn 10 and to celebrate their anniversary they will launch a new 5.5 version (5+5=10?) that includes two quite controversial features; you will be able to stream your entire mp3 collection to anyone, and Winamp’s new media monitor can be used to keep track of mp3 blogs and download them to your library.
A new Swedish company, Headweb.com, is about to launch a service where you can download legal, burnable DVD isos – without any DRM protection. There was a big interview with the brain behind the company in a big Swedish newspaper today. Here’s a quick and dirty translation from Swedish to English.
As we wrote earlier in August Suprnova.org is waking up from a long sleep due to legal problems. This time the Swedes behind Pirate Bay are running the show. How long do you think the site will be up – the bet is on in the comments!
The trustworthy magazine Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is showing a phone prototype to vendors. The phone could be out within a year.
Google Inc. has developed a prototype cell phone that could reach markets within a year, and plans to offer consumers free subscriptions by bundling advertisements with its search engine, e-mail and Web browser software applications, according to a story published Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.
The Swede Joakim Jardenberg applied for new license plates for his car with a pretty unsual text: ‘GOOGLE‘ – and strangely enough he got them approved. (he has no connection to Google whatsoever). He said he did it just to see if it was possible to get them and it sure was. He bought them for 10 years and paid $850 – I wonder for how long he can keep them?