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Solving SOPA

Monday January 23, 2012 – Stewart Wolpin Wikipedia, Google, Reddit, Wired, et al, all have had their say about SOPA – the Stop Online Piracy Act, officially H.R.3261, and the Senate version, PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act), officially S.968 with their Web blackouts and/or protests on January 18. In the wake of the blackouts and White House opposition, […]

It’s 10:00, Do You Know Where Your Intellectual Property Is?

Monday August 22, 2011 – Greg Scoblete Intellectual property (IP) is the lifeblood of any technology business. It is a source of innovation, of new products and services, and, failing that, a means of extracting lucrative settlements in court. It’s safe to say that without IP, there isn’t much of a technology industry. It’s also […]

Death Knell for FireWire in STBs?

Monday October 19, 2009 – Antonette Goroch Back when the conventional wisdom was that lots of HDTVs would include speedy FireWire connections the consumer electronics and cable industries hammered out an agreement (that the FCC formalized) that all digital HD cable STBs for distribution in U.S. must have a FireWire connector. Since FireWire, for a […]

DTAs: Friend or Foe to Advanced Cable Services?

Tuesday September 8, 2009 – Antonette Goroch There’s been a lot of controversy in recent months over DtA STBs, but is it really much ado about nothing? Cable operators, led by Comcast, are looking to DtAs (Digital-to-Analog adaptors) as a low cost way to transition networks to all digital, thereby reusing spectrum currently allocated to […]

A Missed Deadline?

Monday January 26, 2009 – Myra Moore With the “date certain” for ending analog terrestrial TV transmissions officially uncertain, the person in charge of inventory management for an electronics retailer or a converter-box maker is probably flipping a coin to decide whether or not to order or to make more digital-to-analog converter boxes. Those inventory […]