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Court Prods FCC in Unexpected Direction in This Week’s Verizon Ruling

By Andy Oram
January 16, 2014

A court ruling this past Tuesday on FCC “network neutrality” regulation closes and opens a few paths in a three-way chess game that has been going on for years between the US District Court of Appeals, the FCC, and the …

Court prods FCC in unexpected direction in this week’s Verizon ruling

By Andy Oram
January 16, 2014

A court ruling this past Tuesday on FCC “network neutrality” regulation closes and opens a few paths in a three-way chess game that has been going on for years between the US District Court of Appeals, the FCC, and the …

Who will upgrade the telecom foundation of the Internet?

By Andy Oram
December 9, 2013

Although readers of this blog know quite well the role that the Internet can play in our lives, we may forget that its most promising contributions — telemedicine, the smart electrical grid, distance education, etc. — depend on a rock-solid …

Rethinking games

By Mike Loukides
March 20, 2013

At a recent board games night hosted by Greg Brown (@practicingruby), we played a game called “Pandemic” that made me rethink the meaning of games. I won’t bother you with a detailed description; it’s enough to say that there are …

Commerce Weekly: Apple excludes NFC, leaves payment pioneering to others

By Jenn Webb
September 13, 2012

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the commerce space this week. So that’s that: No NFC for the iPhone 5 Leading up to yesterday’s Apple event, there was much rumor mongering over whether or not the …

Commerce Weekly: Google Wallet vs Apple Passbook

By Jenn Webb
August 30, 2012

Here are a few stories from the commerce space that caught my attention this week. Google prepares its Wallet to compete with iOS 6 Robin Dua, Google’s head of product management for Google Wallet, participated in a video interview (embedded …

Amazon as friend and foe

By Joe Wikert
July 3, 2012

In this TOC podcast, Greenleaf Book Group founder and CEO Clint Greenleaf shares a unique perspective on working with and competing against Amazon. He also addresses the DOJ lawsuit and offers thoughts on the future of ereaders.

Amazon as friend and foe

Amazon as friend and foe
By Joe Wikert
July 3, 2012

In this TOC podcast, Greenleaf Book Group founder and CEO Clint Greenleaf shares a unique perspective on working with and competing against Amazon. He also addresses the DOJ lawsuit and offers thoughts on the future of ereaders.

Tip for B&N: Don't just follow Amazon

By Joe Wikert
February 8, 2012

Amazon is the clear market leader, but that doesn't mean everyone else should throw in the towel. In this podcast, Joseph Esposito, president of Portable CEO consulting, discusses the current publishing market and how B&N can best compete.

Tip for B&N: Don't just follow Amazon

Tip for B&N: Don't just follow Amazon
By Joe Wikert
February 8, 2012

Amazon is the clear market leader, but that doesn't mean everyone else should throw in the towel. In this podcast, Joseph Esposito, president of Portable CEO consulting, discusses the current publishing market and how B&N can best compete.

A discussion with David Farber: bandwidth, cyber security, and the obsolescence of the Internet

By Andy Oram
January 30, 2012

I pumped Farber for big ideas about where the Internet is headed: how long it can last, slaying the bandwidth bottleneck, and waiting for the big breach.

Winners of the writable API competition

By Terry Jones
May 13, 2011

We ran a developer contest to see what folks could do with O'Reilly's new "writable" API. Today we're announcing the winners.

Winners of the writable API competition

Winners of the writable API competition
By Terry Jones
May 13, 2011

We ran a developer contest to see what folks could do with O'Reilly's new "writable" API. Today we're announcing the winners.

A writable API competition

By Terry Jones
March 21, 2011

We're launching a developer contest to see what folks can do with O'Reilly's new "writeable" API. Find out what you'll need to get started.

What I get and don't get about the Google/Verizon proposal

By Andy Oram
August 11, 2010

I don't see the proposal being adopted in any regulatory context--it's too vague and limited--but it's interesting for what it says about Google and Verizon.

DC Circuit court rules in Comcast case, leaves the FCC a job to do

By Andy Oram
April 6, 2010

The DC Circuit didn't tell the FCC to turn back. It has a job to do--promoting the spread of high-speed networking, and ensuring that it is affordable by growing numbers of people--and it just has to find the right tool for the job.

Staying Competitive in a Tough Job Market - Which O'Reilly books have helped you?

Staying Competitive in a Tough Job Market - Which O'Reilly books have helped you?
By Mary Rotman
February 8, 2010

With so many people searching for jobs, it's important to stay up on the newest technologies, or constantly improve in the areas you're already involved in. At O'Reilly, we publish books that help you zoom in on the details of specific programs and languages, so you can stay competitive in your field. Leave a comment with the name of an O'Reilly book that will make you more marketable for a chance to win three ebooks of your choice.

One hundred eighty degrees of freedom: signs of how open platforms are spreading

By Andy Oram
February 5, 2010

Visualize open networks--and remember how far we've already come from the days before flat-rate long distance phone calls (much less app stores for cell phones).

Innovation Battles Investment as FCC Road Show Returns to Cambridge

By Andy Oram
January 14, 2010

Yesterday's FCC panel show that innovation and investment are not always companions on the Internet. An in-depth look at the current state of the debate over competition and network neutrality.

Four short links: 6 January 2010

By Nat Torkington
January 6, 2010

How Visa, Using Card Fees, Dominates a Market -- (NY Times) two interesting lessons here. First, that incentives to create a good system are easily broken when three parties are involved (here Visa sets the fees that merchants pay banks, so it's in Visa's interest to raise those fees as high as possible to encourage more banks to offer...

Programming Contests, Community, and Business

By Simon St. Laurent
June 10, 2009

Attending the TopCoder Open, the final in-person rounds of an intense programming competition, in support of the TopCoder Cookbook, showed me possibilities that go way beyond programming or books into business models and community I came expecting to see a competition, but found a much more inclusive (and compelling) business model which builds and applies an international community of dedicated developers.

Big fish, little fish: the benefits of cycling between start-ups and established companies

By Andy Oram
June 5, 2009

Tacit understandings among companies to refrain from snatching away each other's staff are illegal anti-competitive behavior. But going back and forth between large and small companies is key to cross-pollination.

Programming as Live Performance

By Simon St. Laurent
June 3, 2009

As I'm writing this, twenty people are watching their peers write code. They aren't looking over anyone's shoulders, or doing peer programming - they're watching mirrors of screens at the TopCoder Open, seeing exactly how competitors work their way through algorithm problems in C++, Java, and C#. Is this something we should be doing more of?

FCC discusses broadband: the job is a big one

By Andy Oram
May 27, 2009

Related to a proposal I submitted for local forums to implement high-speed networks, the FCC released "Bringing Broadband to Rural America: Report on a Rural Broadband Strategy."

Local forums to implement high-speed networks (broadband); proposal open for votes

By Andy Oram
May 24, 2009

I've posted a proposal titled Local forums to implement high-speed networks (broadband) to a forum on open government put up by the White House. Voting is currently underway.

Writing a book by competition

By Simon St. Laurent
May 19, 2009

I've worked on lots of collaborative books before. Now, I'm starting on something different: a book written by competition.

Why Arrington is Wrong about Yahoo!-Google Deal

By Tim O'Reilly
June 14, 2008

I was inspired by Fred Wilson's excellent piece on the subject to add my own two cents to Mike Arrington's rant about how Yahoo!'s deal with Google is bad for the industry. I wrote the following in Arrington's comment stream, and will reproduce it here: Let me weigh in as well on why I don't think Google's dominance in search...


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