Hello Americans. Stand by for neeeews. Nothing in particular happened on this day in history. Oh well.
- China is expected to join launch its first manned spacecraft today, becoming the third nation to ever have done so. The commander of the Chinese space program said, "In the 20 years to come, humans will travel in outer space and space tourism will ultimately become an industry." At least the food will be good, the unnamed astronaut will dine on shredded pork with garlic sauce and spicy chicken during his 21 hour, 14 orbit flight.
- Microsoft has a launch of its own planned, a free broadband video service to compete with RealOne.
- And now Microsoft is changing its tune on WinFS. At first touted as a new, databased, file system, now Redmond execs are saying it will co-exist with NTFS . WinFS will ship as part of the next desktop version of Windows, code named Longhorn, due some time in the next century.
- Criticism is heating up for Diebold's touch screen electronic voting machines. Wired News is reporting that workers illegally patched its voting machines with uncertified software just before the Georgia gubernatorial election. This could be serious since the election resulted in an upset that defied the polls and put the first Republican in office in 130 years. Meanwhile Diebold has managed to shut down Bev Harris's BlackBoxVoting.com, a site that has been highly critical of the company, in a dispute over outside linking to Diebold copyrighted information.
- News.com is saying that AOL is planning a new $10/month dial-up Internet service named Netscape.
- The rumor mills are buzzing. Apple's not confirming but even MSNBC is reporting that iTunes for Windows will ship this week. Apple is planning a big press event Thursday saying only "The year’s biggest music story is about to get even bigger." We'll be there.
- Here we go again. A tiny company is suing Microsoft in Europe over its music download service. E-Data, a Long Island company whose main business seems to be patent licensing, claims it patented downloading music to a CD. E-Data's owns rights to a 1985 patent which covers the transmission of information to a remote point-of-sale location, where information is then transferred to a material object. Apple's safe. The US patent has expired, but it's still good in Europe.
- Get your thinking caps on. You have until tomorrow to register for The Google Code Jam. Top prize: $10,000 for the best code. Programmers will compete in half-hour coding heats leading up to the championship round at Google HQ November 14. Last year's winner snagged the best prize of all: a job at Google. Now he needs to write a program to calculate the optimum options strike price for the rumored upcoming IPO.