Pandora Rocks On...For Now
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I arrived in San Francisco late last night, just in time to discover that the fate of Oakland-based Internet radio pioneer Pandora was not headed in the general direction of south.
So far, no earthquakes. But I just got to town, give it time.
Fortunately, it seems that our U.S. Congress wasn't completely preoccupied with the peoples' business of bailing us out of this financial mess.
They also were heads down, headphones on, passing the bipartisan "Webcaster Settlement Act."
Sounds like something out of a John Steinbeck novel, no? I'm certainly in the right part of the country for it.
Except, of course, updated for the O aughts.
This new law will allow Internet radio outlets such as Pandora to negotiate lower, binding royalty payments with music providers.
Whew! I was gonna be Jonesing without my Pandora. The last time I listened to a real radio station was in my car -- and that's because I don't have the Internets (ergo, Pandora) in my car.
Well, here's hoping President George W. Bush is a fan of Internet radio -- it still requires his signature to become law.
While Internet radio lobbyists were buzzing around Washington, IBM security experts have been buzzing away trying to build the better Internet mousetrap for midsize companies.
They've come up with a grand new solution, the IBM Rational AppScan Express Edition.
I'm not an Internet security expert, nor do I play one on TV. But this new product has been getting a lot of buzz inside IBM (I was hearing lots about it during my recent travels in Europe).
Essentially, it's designed to help companies address both external and internal Web security threats before they impact the business, and to do so in a regulation friendly manner.
This Express Edition of Rational AppScan is an automated security testing solution that allows users to test for Web application security vulnerabilities and then provide streamlined advice on how to fix them.f
IBM launched some related security products and services for midsized businesses, which you can read about in full here.
You can also check out the IBM Express Advantage Facebook group here, where you can meet some of my fellow IBMers and learn more about IBM's solutions for midsized businesses.