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Hey, We Finally Have A Privacy And Civil Liberties Oversight Board... After Being Left Dormant For Almost Five Years

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With all the efforts to pass cybersecurity legislation, along with all the fears of government violating our privacy (4th amendment? Whazzat?), you might think it would be somewhat useful to have an agency in charge of watching the government -- one which actually has some real power. Well, it exists....
Hey, We Finally Have A Privacy And Civil Liberties Oversight Board... After Being Left Dormant For Almost Five Years
Rackspace readies OpenStack for prime time

Going up? Space Elevator dreams will be alive in Seattle this weekend

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Artist’s rendering of a space elevator. (By Kenn Man, via Museum of Flight.) Space elevators may not be a reality — yet — but if you want to revel in talks about these awesome lifts to the sky and beyond, then this is your weekend. The 2012 Space Elevator Conference...
Going up? Space Elevator dreams will be alive in Seattle this weekend

Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

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Readers react to a proposal for a longer school year and day.    ...
Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

Barry Diller Wants To “Transform Television” With Aereo, A DVR In The Cloud

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Barry Diller always enjoys riling the media industry from which he sprang. A few minutes ago at a press conference at IAC headquarters in New York City, Diller introduced a new startup IAC is backing called Aereo that is building a DVR in the cloud that broadcasts live TV to...
Barry Diller Wants To “Transform Television” With Aereo, A DVR In The Cloud
Samsung And Others Have A New Alternative To Android

Barnes & Noble swipes at Amazon.com, raises objections to DOJ e-book settlement

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Barnes & Noble today jumped into the complex legal battle over the future of electronic book publishing, raising objections to a proposed settlement set forth by the Department of Justice related to alleged price fixing by Apple and several major book publishers. Barnes & Noble — taking a similar stance to...
Barnes & Noble swipes at Amazon.com, raises objections to DOJ e-book settlement
Alleged iPhone 5S assembly line shots show new internal layout, linear motor (Update: clone?)
OpenStack faces the terrible twos

Report: Amazon touting ad space on the Kindle Fire home screen

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We’ve known for some time now that Amazon.com wants to get a bigger chunk of the high-margin advertising business, a counterweight to its low-margin e-commerce business. And here’s one very interesting method to do it. According to AdAge, Amazon.com is currently pitching the home screen on the Kindle Fire to...
Report: Amazon touting ad space on the Kindle Fire home screen

iPad or Not, Amazon Will Still Make a $1 Billion From e-Books

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The countdown to Apple’s iPad, one of the most anticipated gadgets of the year (at least from the media’s perspective), has begun. Many believe that the device will change the content industry in a meaningful way, by being a counterweight to Amazon. The iPad has helped open up fresh wounds...
iPad or Not, Amazon Will Still Make a $1 Billion From e-Books
NASA CIO: We still use OpenStack — and Amazon and Microsoft Azure …

On Hiatus

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On Hiatus Over the past several years, this blog has gone from something that a few patient friends read to something with farther reach than I ever hoped or intended. This has been, alternately, flattering, infuriating, exhilarating, and terrifying. I write for myself. Always have, always will. Writing helps me...
On Hiatus

Instagram and the Age of Upsets

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Mr. Webb. Instagram, Instagram, Instagram! Oooh fun times! OMGPOP was exciting enough, but this! So exciting! What does it mean! What does it mean! A few weeks ago I tweeted that I wanted a nice big juicy acquisition to get all excited about. Chaos! Excitement! Inspiration! Copy cats. Looks like...
Instagram and the Age of Upsets

Could Pirate Romney Win/Have Won the Election?

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What do we know about Romney’s views on intellectual property? Really just two things. We know that he joined the roster of anti-SOPA Republicans last year when that seemed like the thing to do (“I’m standing for freedom”). And we know that he worries about China stealing our IP. And that’s about it. But it’s...
Could Pirate Romney Win/Have Won the Election?

VMware to join OpenStack: Now what?

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If VMware’s application to join the OpenStack Foundation is approved, it could mean several things for the server virtualization kingpin. First, it adds more weight to the argument that VMware “gets” open source. Last month, news of its acquisition of Nicira, an OpenStack contributor, showed that VMware might be more...
VMware to join OpenStack: Now what?
Rackspace gets its OpenStack cloud in order

Why VMware is spinning off Cloud Foundry and SpringSource

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To say VMware and EMC are desperately seeking enterprise cloud credibility with the proposed spinoff of Cloud Foundry and SpringSource along with key EMC technologies into a separate subsidiary might be overstating the case. But not by much. The move shows that EMC and VMware must strengthen their hand in enterprise...
Why VMware is spinning off Cloud Foundry and SpringSource

VMware joins OpenStack? Not so fast

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VMware is not yet an official Gold member of the OpenStack Foundation. Nor is Intel or NEC.  The applications of all three companies to join the open-source cloud coalition were not heard as planned at the Foundation’s first meeting Tuesday. The reason? The confab ran very long — seven hours —...
VMware joins OpenStack? Not so fast

Are Like Buttons Evil? The Open Web Reacts To Facebook’s Not-So-Open Graph

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The tech community is still digesting the implications of Facebook’s plans to spread its “Like” buttons everywhere and take over the Web with its so-called Open Graph. The Open Graph is a hugely ambitious project to build social hooks into every Website. It aims to add a layer of...
Are Like Buttons Evil? The Open Web Reacts To Facebook’s Not-So-Open Graph

Apple Has A Pretty Crazy Idea For Protecting Your iPhone When You Drop It (AAPL)

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Apple has a patent on a really novel way to protect your phone and minimize damage when you drop it, reports Apple Insider. The idea is that an internal sensor would detect when a phone is in freefall before determining its distance from the ground and how quickly it's falling....
Apple Has A Pretty Crazy Idea For Protecting Your iPhone When You Drop It (AAPL)

The Pirate Bay Partners With Academic Researchers to Counter Propaganda

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The Pirate Bay renamed itself to The Research Bay today for a collaboration with the Cybernorms research group at Lund University. The notorious BitTorrent site is encouraging visitors to take part in the survey into people’s file-sharing habits and their views on copyright enforcement. The study is a follow up...
The Pirate Bay Partners With Academic Researchers to Counter Propaganda

Yes, the iPhone 5 does vibrate differently

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If you’re the proud owner of an iPhone 5, you may have noticed something different about the way that it vibrates. Well, you’re not imagining it, because there is something different about it: the vibrating motor. Back when the iPhone 4 was introduced, it was still using the same vibration...
Yes, the iPhone 5 does vibrate differently

Possibly fake Macbook Pro spec sheet: USB 3.0, Ivy Bridge and no Retina Display

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It's hard not to drown in Apple rumors right now, but here comes another one to help things along. As a counterweight to recent reports of MacBook Airs getting Retina Displays, the label above hints that the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro could be stuck with plain-Jane 1280 x 800. There's...
Possibly fake Macbook Pro spec sheet: USB 3.0, Ivy Bridge and no Retina Display
Piston pitches OpenStack, CloudFoundry integration

Yahoo Chief Technologist Sam Pullara Leaves To Become An EIR At Benchmark

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One of Yahoo’s key chief technologists, Sam Pullara, is leaving the company to become an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Benchmark Capital. Pullara was the technologist how headed up the development of the the Yahoo! Open Application Platform, the Yahoo! Query Language and Yahoo! Pipes. His departure follows that...
Yahoo Chief Technologist Sam Pullara Leaves To Become An EIR At Benchmark
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