Week in tech: first sale fail, DRM fail, adult services fail


Intel’s walled garden plan to put A/V vendors out of business: In a keynote at IDF, Intel’s CEO tipped the company’s plans to turn the x86 ecosystem from an open free-for-all into a world where code must first get permission from someone other than you before it can run on your machine.

No, you don’t own it: Court upholds EULAs, threatens digital resale: Those onerous EULAs that govern software? They’re valid, and they can keep you from reselling a program or even letting the discs leave the country. Thanks to a new court ruling, only Congress can save us from a world where “first sale” no longer applies and all the media you “own” is merely “licensed.”

Claimed HDCP master key leak could be fatal to DRM scheme: A piece of secret information critical to the security of the HDCP scheme used to protect digital video has apparently been leaked. The claim is true, so HDCP will no longer be able to protect digital video against pirates.

Disruption: how one webcomic welcomes the future that so many fear: Content producers and copyright holders have complained for decades that the sky is falling on their business model. A noted copyright scholar argues from history that it’s unlikely the sky is actually falling… but it might be changing color.

Nokia takes on Android, iOS with new Symbian^3 smartphones: Nokia revealed three new Symbian-based smartphones, including an impressive QWERTY slider, during its annual NokiaWorld conference this week.

Intel shows off what’s left of Larrabee ray-tracing Wolfenstein: Intel is running a demo of its “Knight’s Ferry” product, which is just the former Larrabee GPU, but aimed at supercomputing.

Musopen raises $40,000 to set classical music “free”: Musopen sought $11,000 to hire professional orchestras, whose recordings of major classical works would then go in the public domain. After raising four times that amount from small Internet donors, the site’s founder tells Ars about his ambitious plans to free classical music.

Skeptics discount science by casting doubts on scientist expertise: Researchers find that, when faced with expert scientific opinions that disagree with their cultural biases, the public will simply decide that the individual presenting the opinion isn’t an expert.

“Questionable” whether lawyers can sue 14,000 P2P users in 1 court: A federal judge handling the Far Cry file-swapping lawsuit shows sympathy with defendants from across the US, says it’s “questionable” whether they fall under her jurisdiction after they’ve been named.

Craigslist: adult services dead; good luck with other guys: Representatives from Craigslist told Congress that its adult services section is closed for good. The popular classified site is taking its ball and going home, wishing law enforcement luck as they attempt to work with other, far-less-helpful sites.

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