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We have just posted up Episode #2 of Weekly Tech Update.  Below are the show notes and some details on how you can more free stuff.

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FCC Takes On Apple and AT&T over Google Voice
Apple and AT&T want Google Voice off the iPhone.  I can understand what AT&T has to lose (long distance charges), but I don't understand what Apple has at stake.  Betanews asks "What is Apple Afraid of?"
To get around this, you can always Jailbreak your iPhone, but that could crash cell towers says Apple.

Firefox breaks the One Billion Download mark.  It's no small feat, and to better help you understand how much a Billion is, take a look at the site OneBillionPlusYou.

Google slams MS Office
Google typically plays nice, but they are gunning for the Online Office Space against Microsoft.  I think they are trying to get a leg up before Office 2010 goes online.  Google also plans to actually make money with Google Apps.  Good luck.

Lawsuit filed against Kindle & Amazon
The lawsuit is meant to pay back the students for the notes they had added to the book, but with the books value at $0.99 to $3.20 it probably isn't worth it.  Amazon is actually covered by the Kindle Terms of Use.

RIAA Wins $675,000 from file swapper
Out of that $22,500 per song, I wonder how much the artist will get.  I'm guessing less that $10, if they see any money at all.

Discussion of Blu-Ray, DRM and Streaming Media - the real competition to disk formats.

Canadian Copyright Review
It's no secret that copyrights here in Canada are messed up.  The government is reviewing the Canadian Copyright Laws and you can have your say.  Go stand up and speak out if you're a Canadian.

Windows 7 Cracked & Activated with OEM Key
Windows 7 isn't even released yet, and hackers are having a field day with it.  It has been cracked and activated with an OEM key.  Microsoft has since fixed this issue and killed the key, but it shows that no OS is impenetrable.

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Re: Episode #2 - FCC vs Apple & AT&T, Firefox Hits 1 Billion, Windows 7 Cracked
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2009, 03:52:41 PM »
Concerning Windows 7 getting cracked, I am surprised hackers didn't crack it sooner :lol:

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Re: Episode #2 - FCC vs Apple & AT&T, Firefox Hits 1 Billion, Windows 7 Cracked
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2009, 10:09:23 AM »
Yup, I wasn't surprised at all.

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RE: Kindle
I find it hilariously ironic that of all books, 1984 by Orwell would be the one deleted. lol.
Recently, Google lost a lawsuit in France regarding their Google books as well.  At this point, I don't even see the e-book reader market being more mainstream than it is now.  I think most unviersity/college students would still prefer a laptop/netbook than just having a dedicated e-book reader (can they save money on ebooks?)

I'm sure most of that money is just ending up in lawyer fees rather than to the artists.  It will pass through several hands before it even reaches their accountant.