A company has been awarded a patent for providing episodic media downloads, which essentially gives it a patent on all forms of podcasting. The company, VoloMedia, calls itself the "leading provider of advertising and reporting solutions for portable media, extending the reach of video and audio from the PC to devices such as smartphones (e.g., iPhone, Android, BlackBerry), media players (e.g., iPod, Touch) and set-top boxes (e.g., Apple TV, Vudu) whether connected or offline." The patent was filed in 2003. In a [URL="http://www.volomedia.com/blog/"]blog entry[/URL], company founder Murgesh Navar said it had filed a dozen patents since 2003 and this is …

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Peter Wood admits he walked unchallenged into an insurance company and was able to steal all their data. He is not in trouble though, it was part of a security exercise and he was hired to try and steal that data. Of course, as Wood says, very often companies "unwittingly hire people whose sole purpose is to steal data" without even realizing it. Wood explains how some people in the banking community have "quietly and anonymously said to me" that they have found employees who have "been placed in their company by criminal gangs and they have been operating as …

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Walking around the Digital Summer event in London last week a number of things became obvious. First, everyone wants the sound to come off their iPod and into the world of speakers. Second, people are starting to focus on how to get sounds that aren't prerecorded onto an iPod in the first place. This led inevitably to a selection of devices that allow you to record voice while on the move. This is nothing new. As a jobbing journalist I've been using a very nice Olympus [URL="http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_archived_product_details.asp?fl=2&id=1195"]WS-320M[/URL] (now obsolete but goodness knows why, it's smaller than most recorders and the …

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The End.