Computers and Society: 
Current Issues


17.   "3rd World Computers--60 Minutes"


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"Blah, blah....

                 Contributed by: Jim, on Tuesday, May 23, 2007 11:00 am

16.   "Site to give data on sex offenders"


          http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-myspace22may22,1,1091135.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

"MySpace, the social networking website owned by News Corp., is providing state attorneys general with information on registered sex offenders who created pages on the site before they were identified and removed..

                 Contributed by: Jim, on Tuesday, May 23, 2007 11:00 am

15.   "First fame, now cash for stars on YouTube"

          http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/business/la-fi-youtube5may05,1,648895.story?coll=la-headlines-business-enter

"The website says it will share ad revenue with contributors of top-rated amateur videos as a thank-you."  Now is your chance, make a great short movie for your groups movie project, submit it to YouTube and make some $.

                 Contributed by: Jim, on Sunday, May 06, 2007 9:00 pm

14.   "Google shrugs at possible rival deal"

          http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-yahoo5may05,1,1454463.story

"The New York Post reported Friday that Microsoft was urging Yahoo to enter into formal takeover discussions for a deal worth as much as $50 billion, while later reports said Yahoo was interested only in an alliance of online efforts. The companies declined to comment."

                 Contributed by: Jim, on Sunday, May 06, 2007 9:00 pm



13.   "Secret sauce' to juice up IBM chips"

          http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ibm3may03,1,17149.story

"BM plans to announce a breakthrough in chip-making technology Thursday that the company said would solve a vexing problem — how to keep the 27 miles of copper wiring that are wedged into a thumbnail-sized piece of silicon from generating interference, which slows the processing speed and creates heat...IBM said its new process would spur the development of chips forward by two years, enabling them to run 35% faster or consume 15% less energy than other advanced chips. IBM expects chips that take advantage of the new process to be manufactured in a range of products, starting in 2009." Moore's law continues on. see 6 below.

                 Contributed by: Jim, on Sunday, May 03, 2007 8:30 pm Incline Village Nevada


12.   "Joost strikes TV deals with Sony, Time Warner, NHL and Hasbro"

          http://www.latimes.com/search/dispatcher.front?Query=Joost&target=blendedsearch&first-page-size=5

TV on demand from your computer? "Joost, the Internet TV outfit started by the team behind the Kazaa file-sharing program and Skype Internet phone service, said Tuesday that it had struck deals for shows and shorter clips from Time Warner Inc., Sony Corp., the National Hockey League and Hasbro Inc."

                 Contributed by: Jim, on Sunday, May 03, 2007 8:30 pm Incline Village Nevada


11.   "Sony spins Web to pitch Spidey"

          http://www.calendarlive.com/movies/cl-fi-spidey3may03,0,4294178.story?coll=cl-movies

The internet as a platform for selling movies..."Resources are directed to the new medium to market 'Spider-Man 3...The digital campaign — ads on MySpace, studio-sponsored blogs, free online Spidey games, downloadable trailers — heralds the Internet's arrival as a bona-fide promotional tool for Hollywood and represents a shift in the allocation of dollars."

                 Contributed by: Jim, on Sunday, May 03, 2007 8:30 pm Incline Village Nevada


10.   "Technology and Mourning at Virginia Tech"

          http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9645324

"Online communities and photo-sharing sites have played a prominent role in coverage of the recent Virginia Tech tragedy. Internet consultant Gary Dauphin talks to Farai Chideya about the benefits and pitfalls of weaving Internet media into conventional news coverage." Click Listen for complete story.

                 Contributed by: Jim, on Sunday, April 21, 2007 2:10 pm Incline Village Nevada


9.   " Will Unlocking Online Songs Spur Sales Growth?"
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9750955

"Weekend Edition Saturday, April 21, 2007 · Next month, Apple's iTunes store will start selling music files from the label EMI that are not protected by digital locks, or digital rights management software.

Those locks are intended to prevent unauthorized online file sharing. But many technology enthusiasts say that the locks can prevent consumers from listening to the music they've paid."  Click Listen for complete story.

Contributed by: Jim, on Sunday, April 21, 2007 2:20 pm Incline Village Nevada

8.   "Network Fear: the Net as a Copilot"

          http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/business/la-et-goldstein27mar27,1,1184650.story?coll=la-headlines-business-enter

Old lines differientating between organizations and power continue to be challanged by computer technology. 
“ THE Internet is giving Hollywood a nervous breakdown.

Way, way back in prehistory — let's say, 2004 — if you made a TV pilot and the network didn't pick it up, the judge's decision was final.

But now you have a savior, an ally, a friend with millions of other friends. You have YouTube".
Contributed by: Jim, on Sunday, April 15, 2007 8:20 pm Bakersfield time

7.   "U.S. protests step up global warming"
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/International/2007/04/15/4023123-sun.html

Political issues and the internet: Sun, April 15, 2007 “Americans worried about climate change gathered yesterday on ski slopes and in cities for a countrywide day of demonstrations aimed at drawing attention to global warming." How was this organized? On the internet:! This was similar to the John Dean and Moveon.org 2004 political campaigns
http://stepitup2007.org/
Another example of the effect the internet can have on political issues is the recent Don Imis "What’s Next ?"  issue which was greatly effected by the  You Tube video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF9BjB7Bzr0

Similarly the voting on American Idol has reportedly also been effected in this manner and Chocolate manufactures are trying the same.

Contributed by: Jim, on Sunday, April 15, 2007 8:20 pm Bakersfield time

6.   "IBM Stacking Chips Pringles Style"
http://www.gizmocafe.com/blogs/gizmo_cafe_blog/archive/2007/04/12/ibm-stacking-chips-pringles-style.aspx

“IBM is calling the new technology “through-silicon vias”. It’s a method of processors in a three dimension to allow them to communicate and share processes with greater efficiency. Conventional chip technology has separate processors laying side by side on a silicone wafer." Moore's law continues on.
Contributed by: Jim, on Sunday, April 15, 2007 8:20 pm Bakersfield time

5.   "Vonage is cut off in its prime"
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/telecoms/article1625967.ece

“Voice over internet protocol” (Voip) promises a new world of telephony, cheap, sometimes free calls and a host of other new services."  As has been the case with many computer applications spreadsheets (Lotus 123) operating systems (Macintosh) the game does not always go to the innovator but to the winner of the legal decision.
Contributed by: Jim, on Sunday, April 08, 2007 8:10 am Hawaii time

4.  "Standoff over Video Ends with Blogger's Release"
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9345717

New technology creates questions about current laws.  Blogger Josh Wolf is free after 226 days in federal prison. He had refused to give up videotape of a violent July 2005 San Francisco protest, citing First Amendment protections.  Click the Listen button to hear the story.
Contributed by: Jim, on Sunday, April 08, 2007 7:56 am Hawaii time

3.  "Tech Q&A: The domain name system and the bid for '.xxx'"
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07095/774547-96.stm

Domain names and their current ststus.  The .xxx proposal was recently rejected, interesting clash between technology and culture.
http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,2049768,00.html
Contributed by: Jim, on Sunday, April 08, 2007 7:45 am Hawaii time

2. "YouTube Campaign Videos Get a Critique"
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9091455

The presidential primary race is on and already the web is an important part.  Check this and the related links on this page.
Contributed by: Jim, on Satuarday, March 24, 2007 11:10 am

1. Child Online Protection Act : Rejected by Supreme Court"http://www.toptechnews.com/news/COPA-Block-Raises-Porn-Filter-Debate/story.xhtml?story_id=113003MWU749
Lawmakers in Paris last week approved a bill that would require Apple Computer to make songs sold on its hugely successful iTunes Web site playable on all music devices, not just Apple's hugely successful iPods. 
Contributed by: Jim, on Satuarday, March 24, 2007 5:50 pm