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[News] New Open Source Movie; Nagware Broadcasting (Forced Commercials)

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News snippets & Big Buck Bunny aka Peach DVD released!

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| The open movie project Big Buck Bunny (BBB) DVD lay in my mailbox (the real 
| one) today! 


Video on page (Flash).

Why Hiro is not my hero

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| On the face of it, Hiro-Media's approach to distributing ad-supported video 
| content without the usual DRM issues seems promising, but there are some 
| major flaws.  
| [...]
| Hiro's approach is to prevent fast forwarding or rewinding during ads. 
| Furthermore, the ads are dynamically inserted along with pieces of the show 
| that were omitted from the original file. Once the Hiro software has 
| collected these items, the file will play locally for a few days, after which 
| a new set of ads fetched from the server before it can be played again.    


They should be careful. Microsoft has a patent on this 'genius' idea.


Microsoft changes video ad tactic

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| Instead of forcing MSN Video visitors to watch an ad before every clip, 
| Microsoft now shows one ad before their first video selection.  


Microsoft patents Tivo for commercial breaks

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| Microsoft has patented the idea of inserting fresh advertisements
| into old recordings on personal video recorders, to ensure you see
| today's ads even if you're watching a recording from last week.


Next version of Microsoft Works will be free but ad-driven

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| With all the hype being gathered up by Microsoft Office 2007, there is a 
| tendency to forget about Microsoft's other office suite known as Microsoft 
| Works.  


Microsoft patents the mother of all adware systems

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| The adware framework would leave almost no data untouched in its quest to 
| sell you stuff. It would inspect "user document files, user e-mail files, 
| user music files, downloaded podcasts, computer settings, computer status 
| messages (e.g., a low memory status or low printer ink)," and more. How could 
| we have been so blind as to not see the marketing value in computer status 
| messages?     



Will Microsoft Put The Colonel in the Kernel?

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| "The kernel meets The Colonel in a just-published Microsoft patent 
| application for an Advertising Services Architecture, which delivers targeted 
| advertising as 'part of the OS.'   


"Microsoft Selling SEX to children!"

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| It advertises “Check out todays top 10 videos” with a picture of
| children watching videos and eating popcorn. SHAME ON YOU MICROSOFT 
| for selling sex to children!


New Microsoft Ad Features Girl's Orgasm

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| The ad shows a teenager asking her dad if she can stay out late on
| a date. The dad agrees on a 10:30 curfew, then answers the door.
| When he sees a cigarette-smoking punk at the door to take out hisd
| aughter, the video flashes to a half-second scene showing a car
| parked in some disreputable section of town, bouncing up and down,


UK advertising authority nixes Xbox 360 spot

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| The UK's Advertising Standards Authority, an industry self-policing
| group, has ruled that an ad for Microsoft's Xbox 360 is out of
| bounds and can't be aired there again.


Viral Marketing Leads to Mock Gunfight

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| The latest in a series of attempts around the world to mimic the
| segment that, according to media analysts, amounts to free "viral
| advertising" for Microsoft Corp.
| The latest incident took place on Tuesday in the cafeteria at
| South Carleton High School when a crowd of students shot finger
| guns at one another and feigned death by either falling or
| slumping to the ground.

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