Weekend news picks (10.21)

By on October 21, 2007, 3:43 PM
Windows gets a 'Mini-Me': It's rare that anyone at Microsoft talks publicly about Windows 7, the next version of Windows. It's even rarer that anyone provides actual information about what might be inside the operating system, which is still in the planning stages. News.com.

Firefox 3's Visual Makeover (depending on the OS you run): Rather than a single look across all platforms, which is the way Firefox currently ships, Firefox 3 will feature different skins for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X and various Linux distributions. Wired. More screenshots.

iPhone excels in US customer satisfaction: A mobile phone customer survey conducted by ChangeWave Research earlier this month shows the iPhone now leads the pack in terms of customer satisfaction among its US customer base. Macworld.
Bonus: Hacked iPhone Screenshots

Free? Steal It Anyway: On the first day that Radiohead's latest became available, around 240,000 users downloaded the album from copyright-infringing peer-to-peer BitTorrent sources, according to Big Champagne, a Los-Angeles-based company that tracks illegal downloading on the Internet. Forbes.

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gbe300 said:
Ref: "Free? Steal it anyway" The last person interview states:"Lichtman speculates that users may have interpreted Radiohead's offer as a giveaway and so felt more comfortable downloading the album from other free sources. Fans may also have been turned off by the band's requirement that users register by providing their name and e-mail and postal addresses.The ultimate lesson may simply be that it's hard to compete with free, Lichtman says. "Registration is a small barrier," he says. "Sadly, even that little bit of cost might be too much." " Yes in this day and age of bulk advertising requiring someone to give you their contact details is a big step, one that most ppl know will add them to an onslaught of junk mail / spam.I for one have no issue with buying records I like but if they are offering it free anyways is alternate distribution really a crime ?
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