by John Moe // Posted: 07/27/10 11:13 AM
Yesterday the Library of Congress said that if you own a smart phone, you should be able to run any kind of software that works on that phone even if the company that makes it, Apple for instance, doesn’t approve of that software. It’s your phone, after all. It’s a process called jailbreaking your phone.
This was a pretty significant decision in terms of the future of licensing and the entire concept of ownership (think about all that stuff you get from iTunes that you don’t really own, you just use it with Apple’s permission). But the process of actually jailbreaking your phone is an arduous one and few people are likely to bother. But big picture? Years from now? Huge.
Now Apple says well we may have to go along with that but we don’t have to like it. They’re saying that if you jailbreak your phone, you’re no longer covered under warranty.
09/26/10 11:15 AM
There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.
On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.
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