Note the last sentence of the article: "Google has developed its own digital-rights-management software to protect downloaded videos from piracy." ---- one can only imagine what that might be.......rf
Google to Offer Video Downloads, Software That Rivals Microsoft's By KEVIN J. DELANEY and NICK WINGFIELD Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL January 5, 2006; Page A9 http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB113643814564838423-lMyQjAxMDE2MzA2NTQw MzU4Wj.html Google Inc. plans to announce Friday that it will begin allowing consumers to buy videos from major content partners through the Google site and will also roll out a new downloadable bundle of software for consumers that could heighten Google's competition with Microsoft Corp., according to people familiar with the matter. Under the major upgrade to Google's video-search service, consumers will be able to pay to download and view videos, such as television shows, on their computers from Google content partners such as TV companies, people familiar with the matter say. Google plans to announce partnerships with some major players tomorrow, including CBS Corp. and the National Basketball Association, these people say. By virtue of Google's huge presence online, the move could place Google in competition with other emerging powers in Internet distribution of video such as Apple Computer Inc. Google co-founder Larry Page plans to make the announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, say the people familiar with the matter. Google in a statement said, "We have a number of exciting announcements that we look forward to sharing in detail on Friday afternoon, during Larry's keynote address at CES." A CBS spokesman declined to comment. An NBA spokesman couldn't be reached for comment. The Mountain View, Calif., search company also plans to announce Google Pack, a bundle of software from Google and other companies that consumers will be able to download and install on their computers, say people familiar with the matter. That software will include the open-source Firefox Web browser, a version of Norton AntiVirus software from Symantec Corp., Adobe Systems Inc.'s Reader software, RealNetworks Inc.'s RealPlayer multimedia software, Trillian instant-messaging software from Cerulean Studios and Lavasoft AB's Ad-Aware antispyware software. Google Pack will also include Google's own desktop search software, Google Earth satellite imaging and maps software, Picasa photo-management software, Google Talk instant-messaging program, its Toolbar add-on for Web browsers and screen saver software. The release of Google Pack comes as the company and Microsoft are battling for users for their online services and see applications installed on users' computers directing them to those online services as powerful weapons. Internal Google documents released as part of a recently settled employee-recruitment-related lawsuit between the two companies indicate that Google executives have been concerned that Microsoft will increasingly try to push consumers toward Microsoft's online services, such as Web search, at the expense of Google. Microsoft could potentially use its coming Vista operating-system software and new version of its Web browser to do so. Google Pack, which could eventually come preinstalled when people buy some new personal computers, is one way for Google to promote alternatives to Microsoft. It doesn't, however, appear to include productivity applications, such as word-processor software, that would compete more directly with Microsoft's core software business. A Microsoft spokesman wasn't able to comment. Google Pack, which will involve a single installer program for all applications, could also ease some of Google's own work providing technical support to users. In some cases, the software in Google Pack could fix problems -- such as viruses or spyware on computers -- that impede consumers' usage of Google services. Some details of Google's online video service remain unclear, such as how much content owners might charge consumers to download their videos. Google last year had said it planned to allow content owners to charge for videos, but it hadn't activated that feature. Interest in delivering video over the Internet has surged since October, when Apple began offering downloads of popular TV shows through a partnership with Walt Disney Co. Google has developed its own digital-rights-management software to protect downloaded videos from piracy. Write to Kevin J. Delaney at [EMAIL PROTECTED] and Nick Wingfield at [EMAIL PROTECTED] You are a subscribed member of the infowarrior list. Visit www.infowarrior.org for list information or to unsubscribe. This message may be redistributed freely in its entirety. Any and all copyrights appearing in list messages are maintained by their respective owners.