Daily DigVid Review: To copy-protect or not, that is the question?
As reported by CNET’s Ina Fried, neither Microsoft nor NBC is considering including blocking technology in the Zune that would keep people from playing shows they had downloaded – um, less than legally, shall we say – off services like BitTorrent or Pirate Bay. At least that’s what Microsoft is now saying in an official statement: “Microsoft has no plans or commitments to implement content filtering features in the Zune family of devices as part of our content distribution deal with NBC," the software maker said in a statement. Interesting, since all of that is in direct opposition to what Saul Hansell wrote in his NYTimes blog that appeared yesterday (see previous post for link).
Perhaps adding that copyright-infringement blocker isn’t such a bad idea, considering that the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles just slapped peer-to-peer search site TorrentSpy with $111 million in damages.
Meanwhile, Gizmodo reports that Apple iPhone and iTouch users can download NBC’s The Office and 30 Rock for free without commercials. Perhaps a return to the iTunes store isn’t out of the question if all these other outlets (Amazon Unbox, Zune, Hulu, NBC.com) don’t work out for NBC U.
MySpace still king of social networking: MySpace receives nearly three-fourths of all social-networking hits, reports Hitwise.com via MediaPost. Facebook is in distant second with nearly 15% of market share, followed by MyYearbook at a paltry 1.33%.
Speaking of MySpace, the Google of the social-networking world has launched a “Data Portability” effort that will allow MySpace users to automatically port their information to other sites, such as Yahoo!, eBay, Twitter and Photobucket. I have to agree that I get really sick of creating a new profile, username and password for myself every time I hit a new Web site.
What recession? News Corp. joined Disney and Viacom in offering healthy third-quarter financial results, even though the corporation’s digital division, Fox Interactive Media, will miss its lofty goal of $1 billion in annual revenue by 10%.