Let’s see if they allow burning….

BBC NEWS | Technology | Sony wants an ‘iTunes for movies’:

Michael Arrieta, senior vice president of Sony Pictures, said at a US Digital Hollywood conference that it wanted to create an “iTunes” for films.

Films will be put onto flash memory for mobiles over the next year, said Mr Arrieta, and it will develop its digital download services for films.

I don’t see the market for mobile movies being large, but if Sony allows people to download and burn movies in its back catalog it will see a big jump in incremental film revenue.

It’s not just giant market movements that turn a profit

Silicon Valley Watcher: Uncovering the madness of crowds…the flickrliscious effect on research labs:

Spotting potentially large aggregate social behaviors and being the first to monetise them is going to be the name of the game in the consumer digital space.

Yes, and that’s why Persuadio exists. The adjective “large,” however, is a relative one. Being large in one’s own small market is an excellent condition whereas the assumption is that only really large social behaviors that transcend niche markets are visible today.

When the virtual spaces were open and the buffalo roamed

Is an ‘open’ Internet a doomed concept? | Perspectives | CNET News.com:

No one involved seriously disputes the value of Internet “openness.” The issue is whether the government must mandate openness on cable modem and other networks, or whether openness will occur without such mandates.

Despite dire predictions to the contrary, openness has persisted for the last several years–a point correctly noted by cable and other broadband providers. The more content, applications and devices consumers can use with their broadband connections, the more they will value those connections. In turn, increasing consumer value makes cable companies and others more confident about recouping the high cost of building networks or upgrading customers to higher speeds.

Former FCC advisor Kyle Dixon warns that the Net’s fate is slipping into the hands of government instead of remaining a reflection of the people’s will.

Doc, it hurts right there. No, don’t cut that!

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | US seeks battlefield robot medic:

The Pentagon has awarded $12m (£6.4m) to researchers to build a robot to perform surgery in the battlefield.

“The result will be a major step forward in saving lives,” said Scott Seaton, who works for the lead US contractor, SRI International.

The “trauma pod” will be based on the concept of the existing Da Vinci Surgical system in use since 2000.

The battlefield headline is wrong, it’s more like Hawkeye at the MAS*H unit will be a robot. The hype of the technology is way out of line with the amount of money allocated to the project.

The innovators in energy, agriculture and architecture/city design had better get busy….

Guardian Unlimited | Life | Two-thirds of world’s resources ‘used up’:

The human race is living beyond its means. A report backed by 1,360 scientists from 95 countries – some of them world leaders in their fields – today warns that the almost two-thirds of the natural machinery that supports life on Earth is being degraded by human pressure.

The study contains what its authors call “a stark warning” for the entire world. The wetlands, forests, savannahs, estuaries, coastal fisheries and other habitats that recycle air, water and nutrients for all living creatures are being irretrievably damaged. In effect, one species is now a hazard to the other 10 million or so on the planet, and to itself.

Seriously, folks, we’re not leaving much to the kids.