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1. In the News
- Sony Launches PSX in Japan
- Microsoft Opens European Front in War on Lindows.com

2. Announcements
- Announcing a New eBook: Content Security in the Enterprise--Spam and Beyond
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==== 1. In the News ====
by Paul Thurrott, thurrott@winnetmag.com

Sony Launches PSX in Japan
This weekend, consumer electronics giant Sony launched its most recent PlayStation 2 version, the PSX, in Japan. Although Sony had promised that the original PlayStation 2, with its DVD playback capabilities and external expansion, would be a hit crossover product, the popular system has seen the most traction in the traditional video game market, where it has dominated rivals such as the Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo's GameCube. With the release of the PSX, however, Sony is finally moving the PlayStation 2 into new functional areas that will attract a much wider range of users. Specifically, in addition to the standard PlayStation 2 capabilities, the PSX includes digital video recording (DVR) capabilities that let users record as much as 100 hours of TV shows on the system's 250GB hard disk.
The PSX isn't cheap, however. In Japan, the device is selling for about $925, although the price should fall before its release in the United States and Europe sometime in 2004. This price is significantly higher than competing products such as the TiVo, although the PSX has more storage capacity than most DVR devices. In addition, the PSX's DVD recording functionality lets users burn their recorded TV shows and movies to disk. Users can also store photos and copy CDs, making the PSX similar to Media Center PCs.
Despite the device's high price, the gadget-friendly Japanese have been snapping up the PSX in record numbers, with some stores immediately selling out of the device. Sony expects to sell more than 1 million PSX devices in 2004, although whether that figure includes US and European sales is unclear.

Microsoft Opens European Front in War on Lindows.com
Faced with a formidable legal challenge in the United States, Microsoft has turned to Europe in its battle against Linux distribution maker Lindows.com. A Swedish court recently granted Microsoft an injunction barring Lindows.com from advertising its OS in Sweden, and Microsoft has warned resellers in Europe not to distribute LindowsOS, citing Lindows.com's debatable infringement of Microsoft's Windows trademark. Meanwhile, in the United States, a court will determine in March 2004 whether that infringement is real and, perhaps more important, whether Microsoft can own a trademark on a generic term such as Windows.
"\[This\] is another example of Microsoft attempting to eradicate all competition through any means," Lindows.com CEO Michael Robertson told a group of European resellers in Amsterdam late last week. "While they say they invite competition, behind the scenes they seem willing to take any actions--including blatant extortion--to squash competition." In a public letter, Robertson asked Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to "call off the dogs" and cease harassing Lindows.com's partners until the March 2004 court case "brings clarity" to the situation.
In the meantime, however, the City Court of Stockholm, Sweden, has ruled that Lindows.com can't market its LindowsOS product in Sweden. This decision hasn't stopped the mercurial Robertson from continuing his war of words against Microsoft or promoting the most recent version of his OS, LindowsOS 4.5. "This is blatant extortion," he said. Robertson published on the Lindows.com Web site a letter that one European reseller sent him after receiving a threat from Microsoft. "Microsoft Netherlands ... are saying that they are preparing a trial here against Lindows and they want to involve my company ... because I sell my computers with Lindows," the letter reads. "They want that I stop selling Lindows OS computers."

==== 2. Announcements ====
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