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Google demotes Coca Cola jingle

Larry Page's "Owner's Manual" for Google shareholders - his preface to the company's S1 document - has been quietly demoted in an amendment published on Monday. The letter defended the proposed company's 'dual class' ownership structure, which concentrates power not with ordinary shareholders but with the current management, and warned investors that Google would disclose only the very minimum of financial information required by law. ("We would prefer not to be asked to make such predictions," wrote Page). The founders also included some cosmic gwana-gwana with headings such as "MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE" and "DON'T BE EVIL".
23 Jun 00:26 |

Microsoft, Apple snub consumer freedom coalition

A new coalition of citizens groups and representatives from the computer and telecommunications industry was launched today, with two big names absent. This new alliance, the Personal Technology Freedom Coalition has fairly modest goals - seeking to restore some fair use provisions that will be lost if DRM is accepted, such as making a backup copy of your software, or burning a CD you've bought. It hasn't expressed any intention to address wider reform of the copyright framework, and wants the DMCA left largely intact. It includes Intel, Sun, SBC, Verizon, citizens' groups such as the United States Student Association and the Consumers Union. So it's safe for the children. And the PTFC has rallied behind Congressman Boucher's attempt to reform parts of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, HR.107, or the Digital Millennium Reform Act first announced in October 2002.
23 Jun 04:07 |

Comdex canned

The ailing Comdex show in Las Vegas is off. The promoter which owns the rights, and which also puts on the JavaOne, Networld+Interop and Seybold events, has decided that the old albatross isn't worth feeding this year. However Media International insists that this is merely a US postponement in 2004 and that Comdex will take place again in Las Vegas in 2005 - it's already booked a telephone booth. In other countries, whose economies haven't slumped quite as dramatically as the United States', Comdex will continue. So it's full steam ahead for Comdex Greece.
23 Jun 22:22 |

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