Four short links: 21 December 2011 - Be a Data Hound, Secure Traveling, Secure SMS, Mozilla's Wider Focus

By Nat Torkington
December 21, 2011

AntiMap -- open source Android software to gather arbitrary data and visualize it. This enables you to be a 21C Francis Galton, the man who walked the streets of England using a pin to prick holes on a cross of card in his pocket, all to keep track of the relative average beauty of women in different parts of...

What happens when an old law is updated for the digital age? - Attorney Dana Newman discusses a proposed update to the '80s-era Video Privacy Protection Act.

What happens when an old law is updated for the digital age? - Attorney Dana Newman discusses a proposed update to the '80s-era Video Privacy Protection Act.
By Jenn Webb
December 21, 2011

The '80s-era Video Privacy Protection Act had the unintended consequence of inhibiting consensual sharing of video viewing habits. Attorney Dana Newman weighs in on updated legislation.

Quid pro quo will define the author-publisher relationship - Peter Meyers on HTML5, ebook formats and the evolution of publishers and authors.

Quid pro quo will define the author-publisher relationship - Peter Meyers on HTML5, ebook formats and the evolution of publishers and authors.
By Jenn Webb
December 20, 2011

In this video interview, author and digital book producer Peter Meyers addresses the state of ebooks and book apps and weighs in on the changing relationship between authors and publishers.

Four short links: 20 December 2011 - Maximum MySQL, Digital News, Unbiased Mining, and Congressional Clue

By Nat Torkington
December 20, 2011

How Twitter Stores 250M Tweets a Day Using MySQL (High Scalability) -- notes from a talk at the MySQL conference on how Twitter built a high-volume MySQL store. How The Atlantic Got Profitable With Digital First (Mashable) -- Lauf says his team has focused on putting together premium advertising experiences that span print, digital, events and (increasingly) mobile. Data...

O'Reilly Radar Script & Links: December 20, 2011 - Information related to the 12/20/11 edition of O'Reilly Radar.

O'Reilly Radar Script & Links: December 20, 2011 - Information related to the 12/20/11 edition of O'Reilly Radar.
By Mac Slocum
December 20, 2011

Access the script and associated links from the December 20, 2011 edition of O'Reilly Radar. Featuring: Why Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library is a bad deal for publishers, the arrival of indoor navigation, and Reid Hoffman on how technology can create jobs.

The price of greatness: Three takeaways from the biography of Steve Jobs - Thoughts on the scarcity of great leaders.

The price of greatness: Three takeaways from the biography of Steve Jobs - Thoughts on the scarcity of great leaders.
By Mark Sigal
December 20, 2011

From the moment he got sick in 2003 to when he died in October of this year, Steve Jobs was never fully healthy again. Yet, Jobs led his team to a series of triumphs that have no equal in the annals of business. Mark Sigal explores what this says about Jobs as a leader and the price that greatness demands.

There's a map for that - Can redistricting be opened to the public through open source and the web?

There's a map for that - Can redistricting be opened to the public through open source and the web?
By Alex Howard
December 20, 2011

DistrictBuilder is a web-based redistricting tool that lets citizens draw their own maps, publish them online and submit them to redistricting authorities.

The ethics of the fail - Ben Huh on the responsibilities attached to other people's failures.

The ethics of the fail - Ben Huh on the responsibilities attached to other people's failures.
By James Turner
December 20, 2011

The content you see on Cheezburger, Inc.'s Fail Blog often mixes humor and pain — but not always in equal proportions. Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh discusses the boundaries of a fail.

Six API predictions for 2012 - In the year to come, APIs will continue to transform into core business tools.

By Anant Jhingran
December 19, 2011

Among the key API trends to watch in 2012: enterprise APIs will go mainstream, data-centric APIs will become common, and APIs will need to be optimized for mobile apps and developers.

Big crime meets big data - Data and social media are being used against us in creative new ways.

Big crime meets big data - Data and social media are being used against us in creative new ways.
By Ciara Byrne
December 19, 2011

Marc Goodman, consultant and cyber crime expert, explains how criminals and terrorists can put data, automation, and scalability to effective use.

Four short links: 19 December 2011 - Version Control, Web-based ID, Mobile Design, and Node.js Tools

By Nat Torkington
December 19, 2011

The History of Version Control (Francis Irving) -- concise history of the key advances in managing source code versions. Worth it just for the delicious apposition of "history" and "version control". BrowserID -- Mozilla's authentication solution. BrowserID aims to provide a secure way of proving your identity to servers across the Internet, without having to create separate usernames and...

Top Stories: December 12-16, 2011 - Five data predictions for 2012, a Kindle Single and long-form journalism, and the frustrations of the mobile experience.

Top Stories: December 12-16, 2011 - Five data predictions for 2012, a Kindle Single and long-form journalism, and the frustrations of the mobile experience.
By Mac Slocum
December 16, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Edd Dumbill offered five big data predictions for the year to come, Marc Herman discussed his new Kindle Single and how that platform could help long-form journalism, and Joshua Bixby examined mobile frustrations and expectations.

Visualization of the Week: Mapping traffic casualties - A BBC visualization maps every traffic casualty in the UK between 1999-2010.

Visualization of the Week: Mapping traffic casualties - A BBC visualization maps every traffic casualty in the UK between 1999-2010.
By Audrey Watters
December 16, 2011

More than a decade's worth of traffic accident data is plotted out in a BBC visualization. Locations with a history of accidents are hard to miss.

Publishing News: "Hating Amazon is not a strategy" - Pragmatic responses to Amazon's Price Check, Consumer Reports hits the digital sweet spot and the Kindle Fire can be shelved.

Publishing News:
By Jenn Webb
December 16, 2011

Cooler heads respond to Amazon's latest move, Consumer Reports becomes the envy of news orgs everywhere and Peter Meyers chimes in for a New York Times Kindle Fire evaluation.

Developer Week in Review: HP sets webOS free - HP wraps webOS up with a bow, Oracle lands in court, and one lucky coder escapes justice.

Developer Week in Review: HP sets webOS free - HP wraps webOS up with a bow, Oracle lands in court, and one lucky coder escapes justice.
By James Turner
December 16, 2011

This week, we had heartwarming stories of one corporation's generous donation, one corporation fighting a lawsuit alleging extortion, and one company billing time for the man who wasn't there.

Four short links: 5 December 2011 - Spatial Search, Exposing Your Phone's Perfidity, School Unconference, and Wikipedia Viz

By Nat Torkington
December 5, 2011

VP Trees -- a data structure for fast spatial searching. A form of nearest neighbour, useful for melodies (PDF) and image retrieval (PDF) and poetry. (via Reddit) iYou -- iTunes plugin to show you all the stuff your phone collects about you. Bar Camps in Primary Schools -- NZ teacher deploys bar camps among students. Great things happen. Realtime...

White House to open source Data.gov as open government data platform - The new "Data.gov in a box" could empower countries to build their own platforms.

White House to open source Data.gov as open government data platform - The new
By Alex Howard
December 5, 2011

A partnership between the United States and India on open government has borne fruit: progress on making the open data platform Data.gov open source. With this step forward, the prospects are brighter for stimulating economic activity, civic utility and accountability under a global open government partnership.

The end of social - When you take the friction out of sharing, you also remove the value.

The end of social - When you take the friction out of sharing, you also remove the value.
By Mike Loukides
December 5, 2011

If you want to tell me what you listen to, I care. But if sharing is nothing more than a social application feed that's constantly updated without your volition, then it's just another form of spam.

Why cloud services are a tempting target for attackers - Jeffrey Carr on the significant and escalating risks of hosting data with cloud providers.

Why cloud services are a tempting target for attackers - Jeffrey Carr on the significant and escalating risks of hosting data with cloud providers.
By Jeffrey Carr
December 5, 2011

Before organizations embrace the efficiencies and cost savings of cloud services, they should also closely consider the security repercussions and liabilities attached to the cloud.

Publishing News: One publishing experiment ends, another begins - Seth Godin ends The Domino Project, Marc Herman blazes a journalism trail, and authors get personal on tour.

Publishing News: One publishing experiment ends, another begins - Seth Godin ends The Domino Project, Marc Herman blazes a journalism trail, and authors get personal on tour.
By Jenn Webb
December 2, 2011

The Domino Project published its final book. Elsewhere, Marc Herman took his long-form journalism straight to a Kindle Single and the WSJ looked at the changing roles of authors on book tours.

Top Stories: November 28-December 2, 2011 - Info overload vs. consumption, how big data is shaping business, and why we need the "paperless book."

Top Stories: November 28-December 2, 2011 - Info overload vs. consumption, how big data is shaping business, and why we need the
By Mac Slocum
December 2, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Author Clay Johnson explained why information consumption, not overload, is what needs to be managed. Also, Alistair Croll looked at the relationship between business intelligence and big data, and Todd Sattersten made a case for the paperless book.

Visualization of the Week: Amazon book recommendations - Christopher Warnow's viz app reveals the network of recommendations surrounding a book.

Visualization of the Week: Amazon book recommendations - Christopher Warnow's viz app reveals the network of recommendations surrounding a book.
By Audrey Watters
December 2, 2011

A new tool takes a link from a book on Amazon and creates the network surrounding it. It shows up to 100 recommendations associated with the title.

Four short links: 2 December 2011 - Changing Education, Netflix Open Source, LLVM3, and Open Sourced Transcription Tool

By Nat Torkington
December 2, 2011

Challenges in Teaching Biology -- everything that Alison says about teaching biology is true of teaching computer science. Read, learn, evolve. First Open Source Netflix Projects Released -- Curator makes Apache Zookeeper easier to use. (via Ian Kallen) LLVM3 Released -- these are key tools for reliable development of fast systems. I think of it as JVM without the...

Could closed core prove a more robust model than open core?

By Andy Oram
December 1, 2011

The closed core model requires businesses to determine where their unique value lies and to be generous in offering the public extra code that supports their infrastructure but does not drive revenue. This model may prove more robust and lasting than open core, which attracts companies occupying minor positions in their industries.

Gov 2.0 enters the mainstream on NPR and the AP - NPR and the Associated Press recently focused on civic apps and other Gov 2.0 topics.

By Alex Howard
December 1, 2011

Civic applications recently pushed a bit further into the public's consciousness via a lively discussion on Washington's local NPR station, WAMU, and through an Associated Press article that examined open data and apps.

Strata Week: New open-data initiatives in Canada and the UK - Open data from StatsCan and Whitehall, Dell open sources its Hadoop tool, and what we can learn from old library records.

Strata Week: New open-data initiatives in Canada and the UK - Open data from StatsCan and Whitehall, Dell open sources its Hadoop tool, and what we can learn from old library records.
By Audrey Watters
December 1, 2011

This week's data news includes open-data initiatives in the U.K. and Canada, the open sourcing of a Hadoop deployment tool by Dell, and a database reveals the circa-1900 reading habits of Muncie, Ind.

Commerce Weekly: Cyber Monday lives up to hype - The biggest online spending day ever, observations from a Groupon Now merchant, and RIM's NFC play.

Commerce Weekly: Cyber Monday lives up to hype - The biggest online spending day ever, observations from a Groupon Now merchant, and RIM's NFC play.
By David Sims
December 1, 2011

Cyber Monday 2011 was the biggest online spending day ever. Also, a restaurant owner explains why he likes Groupon Now, and RIM pins its hopes on NFC. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

A young entrepreneur's perspective on Angolan innovation - Angolan entrepreneur Nyanga Tyitapeka on mobile commerce and data's potential.

By Suzanne Axtell
December 1, 2011

Infonauta founder Nyanga Tyitapeka says Angola is on the cusp of a technology explosion. Mobile and data are overcoming low levels of literacy to change the lives of everyday Angolans.

Four short links: 1 December 2011 - DRM Good for Amazon, Arduino Updated, Open Source Foundations, Distributed Search

By Nat Torkington
December 1, 2011

Cutting Their Own Throats (Charlie Stross) -- DRM on ebooks gives Amazon a great tool for locking ebook customers into the Kindle platform. This essay is gold and so very true. Read, believe. v1.0 of Arduino Out -- this is the dev environment, with language additions and lots of features in the libraries. Glad to see the 1.0 stamp...

Strata Newsletter: November 30, 2011 - The rise of Clojure and a look at the design behind data visualizations.

Strata Newsletter: November 30, 2011 - The rise of Clojure and a look at the design behind data visualizations.
By Mac Slocum
December 1, 2011

Highlights from the 11/30/11 edition of the Strata newsletter include: Clojure is a rising star in the data world, a look at the top data news, and a deep dive into data visualization design.

Sometimes one screen isn't enough - A look at 10 multi-screen projects and experiments.

Sometimes one screen isn't enough - A look at 10 multi-screen projects and experiments.
By Peter Meyers
November 29, 2011

Peter Meyers rounds up 10 content projects that span multiple screens. Some involve separate physical displays while others use different virtual windows.

Don't blame the information for your bad habits - Clay Johnson on info overload vs. info overconsumption.

Don't blame the information for your bad habits - Clay Johnson on info overload vs. info overconsumption.
By Mac Slocum
November 29, 2011

Clay Johnson, author of "The Information Diet," says information consumption, not the information itself, is what needs to be managed.

Four short links: 29 November 2011 - Reconstructing People, Digital Preservation Costs, Open Source Everything, and Coding Education

By Nat Torkington
November 29, 2011

Reconstructing My Grandfather (JP Rangaswami) -- this is how libraries will be used in the future, by ordinary people (i.e., not professional researchers) reconstructing their families. See my library essay for more thoughts on this. Physical Conservation vs Digitisation for Preservation (Leeds) -- they chose deliberately compromised paper materials (acid-riddled paper) and found that it still would take 50...

Keeping Safari Books on top - Andrew Savikas on how Safari Books is evolving to meet customers' needs.

Keeping Safari Books on top - Andrew Savikas on how Safari Books is evolving to meet customers' needs.
By Joe Wikert
November 28, 2011

Safari Books Online CEO Andrew Savikas talks about Safari Books' success and how it's incorporating mobile technologies into its business model.

How Twitter helps a small bookstore thrive - Omnivore Books follows a simple Twitter rule: 1/3 personal, 2/3 professional.

How Twitter helps a small bookstore thrive - Omnivore Books follows a simple Twitter rule: 1/3 personal, 2/3 professional.
By Sarah Milstein
November 28, 2011

Learn how Omnivore Books, a cookbook store in San Francisco, uses Twitter to solidify relationships with customers and break through the publisher blockade.

Four short links: 28 November 2011 - Ubicomp Project, Data Volumes, Yahoo! Cocktails, and Fighting Cybercrime

By Nat Torkington
November 28, 2011

Twine (Kickstarter) -- modular sensors with connectivity, programmable in If This Then That style. (via TechCrunch) Small Sample Sizes Lead to High Margins of Error -- a reminder that all the stats in the world won't help you when you don't have enough data to meaningfully analyse. Yahoo! Cocktails -- somehow I missed this announcement of a Javascript front-and-back-end...

Prognosticating the Future of Mobile Audio

Prognosticating the Future of Mobile Audio
By Peter Drescher
November 27, 2011

Seven years ago, at Project BBQ, I predicted a "convergent technology" device that would be a phone, a camera, an iPod, and a web browser -- two and a half years before the first iPhone was released.

Top Stories: November 21-25, 2011 - The danger of SOPA, lessons from a Starbucks social experiment, and why the real world is writable.

Top Stories: November 21-25, 2011 - The danger of SOPA, lessons from a Starbucks social experiment, and why the real world is writable.
By Mac Slocum
November 25, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Alex Howard explored the implications of SOPA and PROTECT IP, Jonathan Stark looked back on his Starbucks card experiment, and Terry Jones explained how APIs can help publishers.

Visualization of the Week: The big chart of money - Randall Monroe's new visualization puts money (almost all of it) in perspective.

Visualization of the Week: The big chart of money - Randall Monroe's new visualization puts money (almost all of it) in perspective.
By Audrey Watters
November 25, 2011

In an audacious new visualization, Randall Monroe of xkcd takes on money — where it comes from, where it goes and what it buys.

Four short links: 25 November 2011 - MIND CONTROL COPTERS!, Better Security, Ratings Systems, and Lightweight Reference

By Nat Torkington
November 25, 2011

Continuous Three-Dimensional Control of a Virtual Helicopter Using a Motor Imagery Based Brain-Computer Interface (PLOSone) -- direct brain control is becoming a reality, tiny step by tiny step. Also: HELICOPTERS! Forward Secrecy for HTTPS -- Google contributed a better HTTPS cipher suite to OpenSSL, one that doesn't share keys between conversations. Yay the Goog for giving back. Ratings Systems...

Four short links: 24 November 2011 - Libraries and the Internet, Cheap Multicore, Online Exceeds Print, Perpetuating Ignorance

By Nat Torkington
November 24, 2011

Libraries: Where It All Went Wrong -- I was asked to provocatively help focus librarians on the opportunities offered to libraries in the Internet age. If I ask you to talk about your collections, I know that you will glow as you describe the amazing treasures you have. When you go for money for digitization projects, you talk up...

Why publishers should build direct sales channels - Allen Noren on ebook sales success and competing in a global market.

Why publishers should build direct sales channels - Allen Noren on ebook sales success and competing in a global market.
By Joe Wikert
November 23, 2011

In this TOC video podcast, Allen Noren, the head of O'Reilly's online and marketing groups, addresses questions about how to succeed in the digital market, dealing with "Walmart world" deep discounts, and learning from fixed-price territories.

Intellectual Property Strategy: a book, a panel, and a movement

By Andy Oram
November 23, 2011

The speakers, who included household names of the free culture movement such as Lawrence Lessig and Eric von Hippel, emphasized the culture shift that is breaking the seemingly iron grip of current policies that favor wealthy companies with portfolios of patents and copyrights. But I think even these speakers failed to convey how huge a sea change in underway.

Ebook refunds and absolute satisfaction - Why no-questions-asked ebook refund policies work.

By Joe Wikert
November 23, 2011

Joe Wikert says if you trust your customers with a generous ebook returns policy, they'll pay you back with loyalty and future business.

Four short links: 23 November 2011 - Inside-Out Libraries, Cleaner YouTube, Kid Tablet, Facetracking Toy

By Nat Torkington
November 23, 2011

Massive Wikimedia Donation -- I missed it when it happened, but the State Library of Queensland made the 4th largest ever donation of high-resolution out-of-copyright images to the Wikimedia Foundation. The image metadata are available through Wikimedia under liberal licensing terms, too. This is what your national and state libraries should be doing! Clea.nr -- strip all the crap...

EPUB 3: Building a standard on unstable ground - Matt Garrish on the work behind the EPUB 3 specification.

EPUB 3: Building a standard on unstable ground - Matt Garrish on the work behind the EPUB 3 specification.
By Jenn Webb
November 22, 2011

"What is EPUB 3?" author Matt Garrish explains how EPUB 3 is shaped by web standards and how it addresses accessibility. He also shares his thoughts on Amazon's KF8 and why EPUB will stay one step ahead of the competition.

Strata Week: 4.74 degrees of Kevin Bacon - Facebook says we're closer than we thought, Gnip targets finance, and eBay grabs Hunch.

Strata Week: 4.74 degrees of Kevin Bacon - Facebook says we're closer than we thought, Gnip targets finance, and eBay grabs Hunch.
By Audrey Watters
November 22, 2011

Facebook research questions the "six degrees of separation" rule, Gnip gets into the real-time financial data business, and eBay looks to put Hunch's recommendation engine to use.

Congress considers anti-piracy bills that could cripple Internet industries - SOPA and PROTECT IP would harm innovation.

Congress considers anti-piracy bills that could cripple Internet industries - SOPA and PROTECT IP would harm innovation.
By Alex Howard
November 22, 2011

In a time when the American economy needs to catalyze innovation to compete in a global marketplace, members of the United States Congress have advanced legislation that could cripple the Internet industry, damage cybersecurity and harm freedom of expression online.

Four short links: 22 November 2011 - Facebook Encircles the Web, Async UIs, SimRedistricting, and Questioning the Flipped School

By Nat Torkington
November 22, 2011

Facebook is Gaslighting the Web (Anil Dash) -- interesting to see the way in which Facebook is attempting to embrace and extend the web, as opposed to AOL's doomed attempt to set itself up in competition and opposition to the web. As Molly's piece eloquently explains, what Facebook is calling "frictionless" sharing is actually placing an extremely high barrier...

VoIP Drupal reaches out to the developing world

By Andy Oram
November 21, 2011

The VoIP modules form a door through which Drupal can move into a vast world of touch tone telephones, smart telephones, and text messaging, and therefore toward integrating a huge range of users in developing regions who use those technologies instead of desktop or laptop computers.


1 to 50 of 2511 Next