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Security After the Death of Trust

By Simon St. Laurent
October 2, 2013

Security has to reboot. What has passed for strong security until now is going to be considered only casual security going forward. As I put it last week, the damage that has become visible over the past few months means …

After the NSA Subverted Security Standards

By Simon St. Laurent
September 11, 2013

I was somewhat surprised, despite my paranoia, by the extent of NSA data collection. I was very surprised, though, to find the New York Times reporting that NSA seems to have eased its data collection challenge by weakening security standards …

Four short links: 24 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 24, 2013

Ubiquity — Sears Holdings has formed a new unit to market space from former Sears and Kmart retail stores as a home for data centers, disaster recovery space and wireless towers. Google Abandons Open Standards for Instant Messaging (EFF) — …

Four short links: 22 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 22, 2013

Design Like Nobody’s Patenting Anything (Wired) — profile of Maker favourites Sparkfun. Instead of relying on patents for protection, the team prefers to outrace other entrants in the field. “The open source model just forces us to innovate,” says Boudreaux. …

Four short links: 14 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 14, 2012

Which Science to Fund: Time to Review Peer Review? (Peter Gluckman) — The study concluded that most funding decisions are a result of random effects dominated by factors such as who was the lead reviewer. In general the referee and …

Four short links: 24 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2012

Open Monograph Press — an open source software platform for managing the editorial workflow required to see monographs, edited volumes and, scholarly editions through internal and external review, editing, cataloguing, production, and publication. OMP will operate, as well, as a …

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing
By Mark Sigal
October 24, 2011

Spurred on by a Googler's rant against his own company and Apple's release of a new phone, a new OS and a new cloud infrastructure, Mark Sigal wonders what the "post-pc" revolution really looks like.

Getting physical with Android, NFC and the ADK

Getting physical with Android, NFC and the ADK
By Bruce Stewart
September 26, 2011

Brian Jepson and Tyler Moskowite discuss Near Field Communication, the Open Android Development Kit, and the role Android can play in hardware hacking.

Amazon's "Prime" challenger to the iPad

Amazon's
By Mark Sigal
September 26, 2011

While conventional wisdom says that to compete with the iPad you must emulate Apple's best practices, Mark Sigal argues that Amazon can do just fine by blazing its own trail.

Five things Android needs to address on the enterprise side

Five things Android needs to address on the enterprise side
By Marko Gargenta
August 25, 2011

Android has the foundation to support enterprise use, but there's a handful of missing pieces that need to be addressed if it's going to fully catch on in the corporate world.

Is your Android app getting enough sleep?

Is your Android app getting enough sleep?
By Bruce Stewart
August 23, 2011

Researcher Frank Maker discusses Android power consumption best practices and the risks of hogging mobile resources.

Mobile metrics: Like the web, but a lot harder

Mobile metrics: Like the web, but a lot harder
By Bruce Stewart
August 8, 2011

Flurry's Sean Byrnes talks about the intricacies of mobile analytics, the metrics app developers care about most, and the problems that stem from Android fragmentation.

3 Android predictions: In your home, in your clothes, in your car

3 Android predictions: In your home, in your clothes, in your car
By Mac Slocum
July 7, 2011

"Learning Android" author Marko Gargenta believes Android will soon be a fixture in our homes, in our clothes and in our vehicles. Here he explains why and how this will happen.

Four short links: 11 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 11, 2011

webshell -- command-line tool for debugging/exploring APIs, open sourced (Apache v2) and written in node.js. (via Sean Coates) sample -- command-line filter for random sampling of input. Useful when you've got heaps of data and want to run your algorithms on a random sample of it. (via Scott Vokes) Yale Offers Open Access To PD Materials in Collections --...

Announcing Android Open

Announcing Android Open
By Brady Forrest
May 10, 2011

This October, O'Reilly is launching Android Open, the first "big tent" Android-only conference. Our goal is to give all the Android players a place to become a community.

Musopen sets classical music free

By James Turner
September 14, 2010

The music of Beethoven and Brahms isn't covered by copyright, but performances and sheet music are. With an assist from KickStarter, MusOpen has raised more than enough money to right that wrong by recording and releasing classics into the public domain.

Musopen sets classical music free

Musopen sets classical music free
By James Turner
September 14, 2010

The music of Beethoven and Brahms isn't covered by copyright, but performances and sheet music are. With an assist from KickStarter, MusOpen has raised more than enough money to right that wrong by recording and releasing classics into the public domain.

Four short links: 13 May 2010

By Nat Torkington
May 13, 2010

Don't Simply Build a More Open Facebook, Build a Better One -- Most people don’t care so much about whether technology is “open” or “closed” so long as it works. (Case in point: iPhone.) Rather than starting your plans by picking which “open” standards you’ll use, start by designing a better social networking service and then determine how “open”...

Obama's Year in Technology

By Sarah Sorensen
January 26, 2010

As President Obama prepares to deliver his state of the union, after a year in office, I thought I would take a quick look at what has been going on with the technology agenda. There have been firsts, a few downright scary incidents and some good progress as the government really enters the Digital Age...

Four short links: 19 January 2010

By Nat Torkington
January 19, 2010

Stack Overflow Data Dump -- all public data in Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and Super User. OpenBTS -- an open-source Unix application that uses the Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP) to present a GSM air interface ("Um") to standard GSM handset and uses the Asterisk software PBX to connect calls. Portable mobile phone basestation that routes calls over the...

Four short links: 23 December 2009

By Nat Torkington
December 23, 2009

Blippy -- Automatically share your favorite purchases from iTunes, Amazon, Zappos, Visa, MasterCard, and more. See what your friends are buying. Interesting premise, and interesting possibilities for buyers to influence each other. Thousands of lost Durham health records spark probe -- not remarkable in itself but rather indicative that the lost USB key is the new vector for data...

Open "ish": The meaning of open, according to Google

By Mark Sigal
December 22, 2009

In 'The Meaning of Open,' Google's SVP, Product Management, Jonathan Rosenberg, simultaneously acknowledges the fuzziness of what exactly "being open" means and owns up to the fact that Google isn't all the way there. At the same time, my simplified net out on this one is that Google's real credo (in practice) is "be open where commoditization is the goal, be closed where proprietary differentiation is the goal," a somewhat self-serving definition of the world.

Open for Business - Designing Social Interfaces

By Christian Crumlish
November 19, 2009

This is an excerpt from Designing Social Interfaces. From the creators of Yahoo!'s Design Pattern Library, Designing Social Interfaces provides you with more than 100 patterns, principles, and best practices, along with salient advice for many of the common challenges you'll face when starting a social website. Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone share hard-won insights into what works, what doesn't, and why. You'll learn how to balance opposing factions and grow healthy online communities by co-creating them with your users.

Four short links: 27 August 2009

By Nat Torkington
August 27, 2009

Second Degree Murder and Six Other Crimes Cheaper Than Pirating Music -- I'm outraged that the Obama administration is supporting the RIAA on the case against Jammie Thomas, a single mother of four who has to pay them $1.92 million for downloading songs. That's more expensive than murder and six other crimes... (via Br3nda) Bill Drummond Talk (MP3) --...

The Dasein Cloud API

By George Reese
August 15, 2009

The Dasein Cloud API is the next step in the drive towards Open cloud programming standards. This Open Source API enables programmers to write cloud management applications in Java against a single API that supports multiple clouds.

Web2Open: An Exciting Experiment

By Sarah Milstein
March 30, 2009

As I've written here recently, we've got some amazing sessions scheduled for Web2Open--the free unconference hosted by Web 2.0 Expo in SF this week. One that I'm particularly excited about is a new experiment, "Practice Your Customer Pitch." We're bringing in five startups who will get two minutes each to give their customer pitch (not their VC pitch), as if...

Web2Open: Great Sessions, Recessionary Pricing

By Sarah Milstein
March 25, 2009

Next week is Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, a four-day mind meld for programmers, practitioners and novitiates. The Expo is co-produced by O'Reilly and TechWeb, who, for the third year in a row, are devoting resources and a row of rooms to Web2Open--a free, two-day unconference that anyone can attend. The Open, April 1 and 2 at Moscone West,...

Consistent With Their "Web 2.0" Philisopical History, Amazon Opens Up Kindle To iPhone; More To Follow

By M. David Peterson
March 4, 2009

In a seemingly bold move by Amazon, on Wednesday support for the Kindle e-book format will become available to iPhone owners via a freely downloadable application. But this shouldn't really come as any shock: Amazon is simply doing what they've always done: Looked to the bigger picture as their guiding light.

Troll Whispering at Web2Open

By Sarah Milstein
March 28, 2008

Earlier today, Teresa Nielsen Hayden posted the guidelines she uses for moderating the comments on BoingBoing. Of course, not everyone agrees with her take-no-prisoners approach, and her post has drawn some fire. But whether you're a fan (which I am, big time), there's no question that Teresa's advancing our collective understanding of online community dynamics. If you're grappling with an...


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