MP3 – iTunes Rupert Murdoch says his News Corp. plans to charge people to read its news sites. News Corp. properties include the New York Post, the Times of London, and the Wall Street Journal, which already requires a subscription fee. Murdoch says the ad-supported news model is “malfunctioning.” Guest: Robert Andrews, paidContent:UK
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The research division of General Electric says it’s developed a holographic data storage technology that will enable 500 gigabytes of data to fit on a single disc. GE plans to license to the technology to other companies that would make the discs and players — and hopes products based on the technology will be available by 2012.
Computer science researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara earlier this year managed to infiltrate the Torpig botnet, a vast zombie network of infected Windows computers designed to steal identities and money from its victims. Torpig infects machines with malware, then monitors keystrokes to steal user names and passwords for logging into online banks and other sites.
Library groups are urging “rigorous oversight” of Google’s agreement with authors and publishers that would allow it to put millions of books online.
Google reached an agreement last year with the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers to pursue the project. The lawsuit settlement It is awaiting a judge’s approval.
The American Library Association and Association of Research Libraries say they’re concerned Google will not safeguard readers’ privacy, and are worried Google would be the only online source for many books and academic journals.
The United States has no clear policy on the use of digital weaponry to attack communications systems, financial networks and power grids, or to defend its own systems, according to a National Research Council panel of scientists and policy makers.
Facebook executive Chris Kelly, former eBay C.E.O. Meg Whitman, former eBay executive Steve Westly, former tech startup C.E.O. Steve Poizner, and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina have either announced their candidacies for statewide office in California, or at least have expressed interest. What’s the with the rash of Silicon Valley luminaries enterting politics? I put that question to Owen Thomas of Valleywag.