Here's today's tech news:
- This time the RIAA is warning its targets before suing. 204 people will receive letters offering them 10 days to settle before going to court.
- Scientists at Rice University have created nanocell memories, essentially static RAMs made by dunking a sliver of gold treated silicon dioxide in a molecular bath of gold nanowires and organic chemicals. Chemist Jim Tour of Rice says, "Our research shows that ordered precision isn't a prerequisite for computing. It is possible to make memory circuits out of disordered systems."
- Massachusetts is adopting a policy of "open standards, open source," at least partially eliminating Microsoft products from the state's $80 million technology budget.
- A UK teen and admitted member of the Allied Haxor Elite was acquitted Friday of launching a distributed denial of service attack against the Port of Houston, Texas. The teen's defense: it wasn't me, it was a Trojan Horse. He also claimed the prosecution's chief evidence, log files, had been planted on his computer. A computer forensics expert had testified that the logs were unmodified.
- Verisign says it's selling Network Solutions, the domain registrar, to a private investment company for $100 million. Verisign will keep the .com and .net registries, however, and still plans to restore Site Finder.
- Cameras are not allowed in the courtroom during the trial of John Allen Muhammad, the alleged Washington sniper, but the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, VA is using a reporter equipped with a Wi-Fi enabled laptop to file online updates every ten minutes.
- The new Outlook 2003 can send self-destructing emails. Too late for the folks at Enron and Morgan Stanley, alas.
- Google was fined â‚¬75,000 by a French court for linking its text ads to trademarked terms. No more showing ads for Sun when Microsoft is in the search term, for example. Google will appeal.