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Parting Shot

For the future of computer security, the iPod has been critically important from a societal perspective. Apple has made a controversial technology socially acceptable, thereby paving the way for greater capabilities. Putting DRM into the hands (and cars and offices and...) of millions of users, Apple has helped computer security to take a giant leap forward. The iPod has laid the groundwork for Apple to take another giant step—this time with the integration, and ultimate acceptance, of the Trusted Computing Group's architecture. And once Apple gets users onboard with the Trusted Computing Group, the rest of the software and hardware world will follow, allowing completely new uses and applications of computer security.

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