- Access to the internet is a human right. So said France‘s constitutional council, striking down a controversial law that would have given officials the power to block the internet access of persistent copyright violators. The government of Nicolas Sarkozy had sided with content creators in backing the idea.
- Palm completed its Apple make-over. Jon Rubinstein, the former Apple wizard brought in to mastermind the well-received Pre, was named chief executive officer, taking over from Ed Colligan.
- Microsoft is to stop selling its Money personal finance software, according to Cnet. Money has never achieved the same popularity as Quicken from Intuit, a company it once tried to buy. Microsoft had signalled its fading interest in the product by failing to take it online as Quicken has done, to compete with newcomers such as Mint.com.
- Google tried to strike a conciliatory tone with regulators over its controversial settlement with book publishers and authors, though it stopped short of conceding that it might have to back down. The day after it emerged that the Department of Justice had stepped up its interest in the case, Google chief legal officer David Drummond said the company might be prepared to amend some of the terms, though he had yet to hear a “compelling argument” for why it should.
- It certainly takes a willing suspension of disbelief to accept (as claimed today) that “Web 2.0″ has become the millionth word in the English language. Even ignoring the fact that it is a phrase, not a word, it’s impossible to establish exactly when something new enters common useage, or exactly how big the popular lexicon really is. Still, there’s one good thing about attempts like this to memorialise pieces of jargon: it’s usually a sign that they are past their prime and are soon destined to become historic footnotes. Web 3.0 sightings, alas, are on the rise.
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