Friday, December 31, 2010

MIT Launches Phone-Enabled Work Site for Haiti

In time for the one-year anniversary of the destructive Haiti earthquake, a group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's MediaLab have rolled out Konbit, an expansive work database for those effected by the devastation, usable by those with computers and without, by those literate and illiterate. Aaron Zinman, a grad student who, along with Greg Elliott, developed the site, explained the opportunity.

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Carriers and the Mobile Expense Woes! Not!

Earlier this week, I read a piece on CNN Money, which took a rather simplistic view of the mobile data market. The author argued Internet mobile video was costing the carriers billions every year as they try to keep up with the demand for wireless data. Actually it's not video; in reality, it's apps on smartphones and their grown-up siblings — the tablets — along with web in general that are boosting the demand for mobile bandwidth. From the article: But that's an expensive task.

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What lies ahead: Net Neutrality - Tim O'Reilly on the future of smartphones and the realities of net neutrality.

Tim O'Reilly recently offered his thoughts and predictions for a number of areas we cover here on Radar. In this segment he looks at the future of smartphones and he explains why the realities of spectrum capacity will shape net neutrality.

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2010 Trend Watch Update: Web Browser Privacy

At the beginning of this year EFF identified a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we thought would play a significant role in shaping digital rights in 2010, with a promise to revisit our predictions at the end of the year. Now, as 2010 comes to a close, we're going through each of our predictions one by one to see how accurate we were in our trend-spotting.

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2010 Trend Watch Update: Online Video

At the beginning of this year EFF identified a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we thought would play a significant role in shaping digital rights in 2010, with a promise to revisit our predictions at the end of the year. Now, as 2010 comes to a close, we're going through each of our predictions one by one to see how accurate we were in our trend-spotting.

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2010 Trend Watch Update: Online Video

At the beginning of this year EFF identified a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we thought would play a significant role in shaping digital rights in 2010, with a promise to revisit our predictions at the end of the year. Now, as 2010 comes to a close, we're going through each of our predictions one by one to see how accurate we were in our trend-spotting.

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18 Fun Interesting Facts You Never Knew About The Internet

Well, it's official. Pretty much everyone now has broadband and the majority us of use the Internet more than we watch TV. Everyone and their grandmother is on Facebook, and many of us have some kind of embarrassing moment enshrined on YouTube. But how much do you really know about the Internet revolution? Let's take a look at how it all began, with this list of fun facts about the Internet that you probably didn't know already.

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18 Fun Interesting Facts You Never Knew About The Internet

Well, it's official. Pretty much everyone now has broadband and the majority us of use the Internet more than we watch TV. Everyone and their grandmother is on Facebook, and many of us have some kind of embarrassing moment enshrined on YouTube. But how much do you really know about the Internet revolution? Let's take a look at how it all began, with this list of fun facts about the Internet that you probably didn't know already.

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Carriers and the Mobile Expense Woes! Not!

Earlier this week, I read a piece on CNN Money, which took a rather simplistic view of the mobile data market. The author argued Internet mobile video was costing the carriers billions every year as they try to keep up with the demand for wireless data. Actually it's not video; in reality, it's apps on smartphones and their grown-up siblings — the tablets — along with web in general that are boosting the demand for mobile bandwidth. From the article: But that's an expensive task.

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MIT Launches Phone-Enabled Work Site for Haiti

In time for the one-year anniversary of the destructive Haiti earthquake, a group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's MediaLab have rolled out Konbit, an expansive work database for those effected by the devastation, usable by those with computers and without, by those literate and illiterate. Aaron Zinman, a grad student who, along with Greg Elliott, developed the site, explained the opportunity.

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NoSQL Comparison: Cassandra, CouchDB, HBase, MongoDB, Redis, Riak

NoSQL Comparison: Cassandra, CouchDB, HBase, MongoDB, Redis, Riak: Just before the end of year, a brief comparison — bullet style — of Cassandra, CouchDB, HBase, MongoDB, Redis, and Riak: But the differences between "NoSQL" databases are much bigger than it ever was between one SQL database and another. This means that it is a bigger responsibility on software architects to choose the appropriate one for a project right at the beginning.

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Kynetx Keeps Rocking the Twilio Apps

We've previously written about Kynetx during the Twilio + Kynetx contest which was won by Julian Gay. For those that are unfamiliar, Kynetx is a platform for building real-time apps in the cloud. Twilio is one of many integration points you can add to your Kynetx apps. The crew over there has been on fire writing Twilio apps on the Kynetx platform. Here are a couple highlights of the types of apps you can build from the Kynetx blog.

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Why Cloud Computing is so Complicated to Understand

By Brian Gracely, December 16, 2010 This blog was reposted from Brian's blog site called "Clouds of Change". As part of my job, I get the chance to talk to many people about Cloud Computing on a daily basis. Technology vendors, researchers, analysts, press, and customers of all sizes. Inevitably, every conversation reaches a point where somewhat asks, "what do you mean by Cloud Computing?

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IT Managers Predict Widespread Cloud Adoption

By technoloGeekO, December 8, 2010 This press release report was reposted from "technoloGeekO" webstite Cisco announced today the final installment of the Cisco® Connected World Report, an international study about the behavioral trends of workers in accessing  information anywhere, with any device, and the ability of information technology (IT) professionals to address their needs.

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2011 Resolutions for SMBs: Move to the Cloud (If You Haven''t Already)

In 2010, we continued to hear a lot about how the cloud can benefit businesses both big and small, especially when it comes to cutting IT costs. If you haven't yet taken the plunge, the ringing in of 2011 may be the perfect excuse to get started. Gartner recently put cloud computing at the top of its list of top strategic technologies for 2011 and they're far from the only experts extolling the glory of the Web-hosted software these days.

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Cloud Culture: How Cloud Attitudes Differ in Europe and North America

Based on the work I have been doing in cloud computing Europe, Asia/Pacific, and North America, people have been regularly asking me the questions, "How are attitudes towards cloud computing different in Europe? " and "How has cloud adoption differed in Europe from it's adoption in the United States? " In the spirit of attempting to provide some useful insight, I have decided to attempt to write a blog entry and answer those questions as 2010 comes to an end.

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5 Cloud Startups to Watch in 2011 # 5: Tropo

Tropo is a cloud-based API for adding voice, SMS, IM and Twitter support to programming languages. The service runs on telecommunications company Voxeo's infrastructure. You can use Tropo to build voice operated phone menus, automated VOIP applications, voice mashups, SMS applications and more. Tropo is free for development. Once an application moves into production, customers are charged per minute for voice services or per message for SMS services. Customers pay for only what they use.

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Looking Back 2010: Key Cloud Acquisitions

Tweet This is the final post in the Looking Back 2010 Series and, also, for the year 2010. After looking at the three key cloud events in this year (thanks to James Urquhart for kicking up the discussion on Twitter), I want to do a post talking about some of the key acquisitions in the cloud computing space this year. Well, this is not an exhaustive list on this year's acquisitions but about the key ones from my point of view. I will also briefly explain the rationale for my selection.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

5 Cloud Startups to Watch in 2011 # 4: RethinkDB

As 2010 draws to a close we're taking a look at a few cloud startups that show promise and that we haven't covered on ReadWriteCloud. RethinkDB is a MySQL data store optimized for solid state drives. Solid-state drives do away with moving parts and are extremely low-latency. Most database stores are designed for traditional hard drives and assume relatively high-latency. RethinkDB aims to allow database developers to take full advantage of the performance benefits of solid-state drives.

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CouchDB from JavaScript

CouchDB is maybe the only database that talks HTTP. It exposes a REST-like api you can access directly via JavaScript in order to display views or update documents. I had a similar good experience with Solr, which is basically Lucene done right and over HTTP. So I decided to try out CouchDB for an university-related project, and quickly build an Ajax-based user interface.

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Kafka: LinkedIn''s Distributed Publish/Subscribe Messaging System

Kafka: LinkedIn's Distributed Publish/Subscribe Messaging System: Another open source project from LinkedIn: Kafka is a distributed publish-subscribe messaging system. It is designed to support the following: Persistent messaging with O(1) disk structures that provide constant time performance even with many TB of stored messages. High-throughput: even with very modest hardware Kafka can support hundreds of thousands of messages per second.

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Cloud Software Architect Necessities

Tweet Cloud Architecture is becoming more and more relevant in the software industry today.   A lot of efforts are becoming less about software and more about cloud software.   The whole gamut of cloud technology; platform, service, infrastructure, or platforms on platforms are growing rapidly in number.   The days you didn't need to know what the cloud was are rapidly coming to an end.

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Cloud Software Architect Necessities

Tweet Cloud Architecture is becoming more and more relevant in the software industry today.   A lot of efforts are becoming less about software and more about cloud software.   The whole gamut of cloud technology; platform, service, infrastructure, or platforms on platforms are growing rapidly in number.   The days you didn't need to know what the cloud was are rapidly coming to an end.

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2010 Trend Watch Update: Global Internet Censorship

At the beginning of this year EFF identified a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we thought would play a significant role in shaping digital rights in 2010, with a promise to revisit our predictions at the end of the year. Now, as 2010 comes to a close, we're going through each of our predictions one by one to see how accurate we were in our trend-spotting.

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Next On Cyber Command's Agenda: Working With Private Sector : The Two-Way : NPR

All Things Considered continues its conversations today about foreign policy challenges facing the U. S. with a look at the "cyberwar" threat. As NPR's Tom Gjelten explained to ATC guest host Audie Cornish, cyberwar moved way up many people's lists of important foreign policy issues this year when the director of National Intelligence for the first time "identified the danger of cyber attacks on the United States as the single, the number one greatest security threat facing the country.

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8coupons API Offers A Great Deal To Developers

Deal and Coupon sites have garnered a lot of attention this year. Groupon, the most popular of them, has been in the news plenty due to rumors about Google showing an interest for them. Is there any chance for you as a developer to get access to huge dataset of deals and coupons, possibly containing Groupon deals to and offer it to users of your application? 8coupons. com definitely thinks so and it has launched the 8coupons API for exactly that purpose.

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Testing REST services with javascript

In previous article we've reviewed general concept of REST. Now we will implement some basic REST service. And our approach will be - test methods before, implement them later. I'm talking about kind integration tests, the tests that would act exactly as your client, making real calls to storage and return real results. I will use jQuery and qUnit as my weapon of choice. Like in case of FuncUnit it is easy and fun to create those tests. Why should I start from tests?

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Open Source Software in the Cloud | Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. - JDSupra

Here is a fun fact; Facebook is or was based on cloud computing. Cloud computing consists of three types of computing services: (1) software as a service; (2) platform as a service; and (3) infrastructure as a service. Facebook used Amazon. com's EC2 platform to build its social network website.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

WikiLeaks'' Imitators Proliferate But Go Their Own Way: A Catalog of Clones

The contentious whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks has ruffled so many feathers that it's been shut down not just in the countries we think of as repressive, but in those we like to think are open. Because of that, mirror sites have proliferated. But accompanying the mirrors are clones. Clone sites reproduce access to some or all of the material available on the home site or serve a similar function as WikiLeaks but independently of that group.

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What''s the Status of the Verizon iPhone?

At January's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg is scheduled to give a keynote address where he's likely to announce a new partnership between Skype and Apple on a Verizon iPhone. at least that's what the speculation has been for some time. In fact, if the Verizon iPhone is not announced at CES, it may go down as being one of the biggest tech disappoints of all of 2011. So where do we stand with the rumors now? How sure of a thing is this?

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5 Cloud Startups to Watch in 2011 # 3: Loggly

As 2010 draws to a close we're taking a look at a few cloud startups that show promise and that we haven't covered on ReadWriteCloud. Loggly is a cloud-based log management service for system administrators, application developers and data analysts. Loggly can collect logs from multiple servers and aggregate them into one searchable location. The San Francisco based company was founded in 2009 and is funded by Trinity Ventures and True Ventures.

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Leaked: Cuban Government Fears Bloggers More Than Activists

Reporters Without Borders reports that several diplomatic cables that have come out via Wikileaks indicate Cuba is more worried about bloggers than traditional activists. In a cable from April of last year, Jonathan Farrar, chief of mission of the U. S. Interests Section in Havana agrees with a news op-ed that calls the traditional dissidents "old and out of touch.

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BotTorrent? Using BitTorrent as a DDoS Tool

A recent talk at the Chaos Communications Congress revealed how BitTorrent swarms can be exploited to take down large websites with relative ease. A vulnerability in the technology behind so called trackerless torrents makes it possible for someone to trick downloaders of popular files into send thousands of requests to a webserver of choice, taking it down as a result. Basically, this turns BitTorrent into a very effective DDoS tool.

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Why HTML5 Will Really Matter in 2011

Up until roughly about now, HTML5 has been a theoretical debate about an emerging set of standards for defining the next generation of Web applications.

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Can we use S3 and EC2 to host free speech?

As far as I know the issues around Amazon's decision to evict WikiLeaks from EC2 have not been discussed in the tech blogosphere. If I've missed the discussion, please post pointers in a comment on this post. I want to read what has been said. In a previous post here on Scripting News, Matt Terenzio, who works as a system manager at a small Connecticut newspaper, said that basically Amazon can't be used to host independent news.

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Setting Government Data Free with ScraperWiki

Civic minded hackers from all over the world recently organized themeselves for action as a part of the International Open Government Hackathon. The team from Portland, Oregon decided to make use of a platform called ScraperWiki that can grab data from government websites and turn into more consumable formats via the ScraperWiki API. Their work is an excellent example of developer ingenuity at unlocking data that is hard to use but still very useful.

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Setting Government Data Free with ScraperWiki

Civic minded hackers from all over the world recently organized themeselves for action as a part of the International Open Government Hackathon. The team from Portland, Oregon decided to make use of a platform called ScraperWiki that can grab data from government websites and turn into more consumable formats via the ScraperWiki API. Their work is an excellent example of developer ingenuity at unlocking data that is hard to use but still very useful.

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A Year in Review: Top Ten for Government 2.0 in 2010

As I did last year, I have decided to share my personal top ten in the area of government 2. 0 and the likes. Once more, I am following the tradition of much better reputed top tens, by going in reverse order, from number ten to number one. Of course this ranking is my own, and – as such – very personal and totally arbitrary.

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What lies ahead: Net Neutrality

Tim O'Reilly recently offered his thoughts and predictions for a variety of topics we cover regularly on Radar. I'll be posting highlights from our conversation throughout the week. -- Mac Is mobile creating a new digital divide? Tim O'Reilly: Many people are fretting that limited access to smartphones is creating a new digital divide. I think that's a misplaced worry because all phones will be smartphones before long. That problem will take care of itself.

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Americans Don't Want the FCC to Regulate the Internet [STATS]

A new survey from Rasmussen Reports reveals that just one in five American voters want the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet, placing their faith instead in free market competition to protect the Internet's U. S. users. Rasmussen asked 1,000 likely U. S. voters, "Should the Federal Communications Commission regulate the Internet (Internet) like it does radio and television?

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Mashable Predictions: NoSQL Technologies Will Stake Their Ground

Mashable Predictions: NoSQL Technologies Will Stake Their Ground: NoSQL technologies have had some high-profile hiccups this year (remember that MongoDB/Foursquare disaster? [1]), but we've been assured that what doesn't kill NoSQL only makes it stronger and more stable.

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2010 Trend Watch Update: Fair Use of Trademarks

At the beginning of this year EFF identified a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we thought would play a significant role in shaping digital rights in 2010, with a promise to revisit our predictions at the end of the year. Now, as 2010 comes to a close, we're going through each of our predictions one by one to see how accurate we were in our trend-spotting.

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The Dawn of Sensors & Social Media in the World of Fine Art

Wall placards, museum docents and audio tours have all become essential technologies for many peoples' engagement with our collective culture as represented in the world's fine art. Imagine what could happen if your enjoyment of art was augmented further by the kinds of social technologies that you already use on the internet. Thousands of visitors to the STRP art festival in Eindhoven, Holland this Fall got to experience exactly that.

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AWS Import/Export Now in Singapore

You can now use the AWS Import/Export service to import and export data into and out of Amazon S3 buckets in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region via portable storage devices with eSATA USB 2. 0, and SATA interfaces. You can ship us a device loaded with data and we'll copy it to the S3 bucket of your choice. Or you send us an empty device and we'll copy the contents of one or more buckets to it. Either way, we'll return the device to you.

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Peering Out at the Horizon – 7 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2011

Now that I have reflected on what transpired in Cloud Computing during 2010, it's time to do some skywriting and list out some of my thoughts for 2011 and what clouds will blow our way. Do note, these are my personal opinions and thoughts and may not reflect the views of others at GoGrid.

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The future of cloud computing: an HP Labs perspective

HP labs releases a tech report paper on their perspective of the future of cloud computing.

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Benchmarking Amazon EC2

The Phoronix website posted an article on Amazon Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) benchmarking using the Phoronix Test Suite. The Proronix Test Suite is an open-source test suite supporting Linux, OpenSolaris, Mac OS X, Windows and BSD operating Systems, normally used by Phoronix to benchmark hardware, but now used for benchmarking EC2. For the benchmark the following configuration was used: Ubuntu Server 10. 10 64-bit (ami-548c783d) on the m1. large (Large) and m1.

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Amazon Web Services, WikiLeaks and the Elephant in the Room

Yesterday Amazon Web Services sent out a promotional email titled "Amazon Web Services Year in Review. " Understandably, the email didn't mention one of the biggest AWS stories of the year: the company's decision to remove the WikiLeaks website from its servers. Dave Winer noticed something else of note in the email: a paragraph about how the U. S. Federal Government is one of AWS's customers, with over 20 federal agencies taking advantage of the company's services.

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9 Companies That Drove Cloud Computing in ’10

Before Salesforce. com shook up the cloud computing world in late November, and before Red Hat solidified its presence as a legitimate cloud provider, there was nearly a whole year of corporate activity. And, whereas the aforementioned deals won't bear fruit until 2011, many vendors were able to effect paradigmatic shifts in computing or otherwise leave indelible marks on enterprise IT.

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Virtualization and cloud computing predictions for 2011 from leading analysis firms

At the end of every year, industry analysts and reporters are releasing their predictions for the coming 12 months. Jonny Bentwood, Director, Analyst Relations and Strategy at Edelman running the Technobabble 2. 0 blog summarized some of these predictions, giving an overview of the different predictions made by the following firms: Gartner, Ovum, CCS Insight, Nucleus Research, HfS,  Infotrends, Quocirca, IHS Screen Digest, Forrester, Disruptive Analysis, Tech Market View.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Genachowski Wins on Net Neutrality, Sort of

After a down-to-the-wire push, the Federal Communications Commission this week approved by 3-2 its long-awaited regulatory proposal on net neutrality. We haven't finished combing through the actual rules document, all 200 pages of which were just released today, but nonetheless the summary documents gave us some important hints about what the rules contain.

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2010 Trend Watch Update: Social Networking Privacy

At the beginning of this year EFF identified a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we thought would play a significant role in shaping digital rights in 2010, with a promise to revisit our predictions at the end of the year. Now, as 2010 comes to a close, we're going through each of our predictions one by one to see how accurate we were in our trend-spotting.

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2010 Trend Watch Update: Hardware Hacking

At the beginning of this year EFF identified a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we thought would play a significant role in shaping digital rights in 2010, with a promise to revisit our predictions at the end of the year. Now, as 2010 comes to a close, we're going through each of our predictions one by one to see how accurate we were in our trend-spotting.

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Divided FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to adopt new rules of the road for the Internet. The 3 to 2 vote follows years of debate over net neutrality -- the idea that phone and cable companies that deliver broadband to millions of Americans should treat all of the traffic on their networks equally. Those broadband providers favor less regulation, while technology companies and consumer advocates continue to push for more. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del. icio.

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2010 Trend Watch Update: Net Neutrality

At the beginning of this year EFF identified a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we thought would play a significant role in shaping digital rights in 2010, with a promise to revisit our predictions at the end of the year. Now, as 2010 comes to a close, we're going through each of our predictions one by one to see how accurate we were in our trend-spotting.

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FCC to Rule on Net Neutrality Today

(Ping! Zine) – The Federal Communications Commission will vote on official Net neutrality rules today. Reports claim that FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski has gathered enough support to pass the controversial new rules which prohibit phone and cable companies from discriminating against or favoring Internet traffic flowing over their broadband networks.

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HTML5 and Video Streaming

This is Christian Kaiser, VP of Engineering here at Netflix. My colleague John Ciancutti recently posted about our use of HTML5 for user interfaces; I thought I'd add a perspective on HTML5 and video streaming. Since HTML5 includes a facility to embed video playback (the <video> tag), it seems like a natural next step for us to use it for streaming video playback within our HTML5-based user interfaces.

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15 Great HTML5 Website Templates For Your Next Projects

HTML is most popular web design technology/technique among web designers and developers. This is the base language in web designing so every designers starts their designing with this technology. HTML5 is the latest version of HTML. It has multiple new and fresh features to make your website more attractive and alive.

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GetJar Well-Positioned to be the "HTML5 Mobile Web App Store"

This week, GetJar teamed up with Zynga to announce the debut of new mobile games: Mafia Wars and Zynga Poker. Mafia Wars, already a familiar name to Facebook users, is a GetJar exclusive, meaning it's being launched first on the GetJar. com website prior to any other app store. Zynga Poker is an Android-only offering. The announcement of new games, however, is only mildly interesting.

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Announcing HTML5 Labs

As you hopefully know by now, despite the hype, HTML 5 is not a completed specification.   In fact, back in 2008, the author of the specification, Ian Hickson, estimated HTML 5 wouldn't be a Proposed Recommendation until 2022!

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UN Data: the Ultimate Research Tool

The new site at UN Data allows anyone to access the United Nations Data Access System. This online, easy-to-use database was created by the UN in order to provide current, relevant, and reliable statistics to the whole world, for free. Using UN Data, you can access statistical information on populations, demographics, trade, commodities, agriculture, employment, the environment, industry, education, tourism, and much more.

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Data Hacker Pageranks Members of the US Congress

What's the fastest way to evaluate the true behavior of a Senator or Representative in Congress? How about through a ready-made mathematical model and some charts? That's what Josh Tauberer has created as the latest project at congress-tracking site GovTrack. us. (Numerical methods for determining leadership and ideology in Congress) "Bulk access to legislative information makes large-scale statistical analyses possible," Tauberer writes.

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Amazon Web Services Go Mobile with New SDKs

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the leading infrastructure as a service platform is now making it easier for its core platform services to be available directly for use in mobile applications. It has wrapped its Storage, Database and Messaging APIs into easy to use Mobile SDKs for Apple iOS and Google Android platforms, so that mobile developers can easily integrate and invoke those services directly from their applications.

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Study: Women Outnumber Men on Most Social Networks

Online reputation company Rapleaf has released a new study of 49. 3 million people, revealing gender and age data about social network users. On most of the main social networks - including MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Hi5 - women outnumber men by a considerable amount. On Facebook, the 18-24 age group is largest, with 1,685,029 women in that age group compared to 977,753 men. In MySpace, the same age group dominates, with 7,091,214 women and 5,226,788 men.

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Children flock to social networks (Darren Waters/BBC)

Darren Waters / BBC: Children flock to social networks  —  More than a quarter of eight to 11-year-olds who are online in the UK have a profile on a social network, research shows.

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Strata Gems: Three key data trends for 2011

We've published a Strata Gem each day this December through to the 24th. Yesterday's Gem: CouchDB in the browser. To conclude our Strata Gems series, let's take a look at what lies in store for the data world in 2011. The market for data Data marketplaces will come of age in 2011. Startup Infochimps is growing fast, recently having acquired DataMarketplace. com.

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4 Tips for MongoDB Beginners

Senko Rašić has created a list of tips for MongoDB beginners called MongoDB gotchas for the unaware user. All of these "gotchas" are in the MongoDB documentation, but are the sorts of things that you might not remember until it's too late. Taking Rašić's advice early could save you some major headaches later on. Sponsor Rašić's tips: Use the 64-bit version The 32-bit version is limited to about 2.

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Why a Neurosurgeon became a LinkedIn Data Scientist

Ed. note: Data scientists have received a lot of attention these past few weeks. If you found the secrets of LinkedIn data scientists interesting, get ready to hear from our very own Simon Zhang – a neurosurgeon turned data scientist. Here's his story. My experience as a neurosurgeon taught me a lot about dealing with intricate challenges. First, with enough time and hard work, there's no limit to what you can learn.

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Jennifer 8. Lee on raw data, APIs, and the growth of “Little Brotherâ€

Editor's Note: We're wrapping up 2010 by asking some of the smartest people in journalism what the new year will bring. Here, Jennifer 8. Lee gives us predictions, about the growing role of raw data, the importance of APIs, and the need for a break-out civic mobile app. Raw data and the rise of "Little Brother" In 2011 there will be a slew of riffs on the WikiLeaks anonymous dropbox scheme, sans gender drama — at least one of them by former WikiLeakers themselves.

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SQL NoSQL = Yes !

This is a guest post by Frédéric Faure (architect at Ysance), you can follow him on twitter. Data storage has always been one of the most difficult problems to address, especially as the quantity of stored data is constantly increasing. This is not simply due to the growing numbers of people regularly using the Internet, particularly with all the social networks, games and gizmos now available.

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MongoDB Replica Sets and Sharding Question List

I'm seeing many questions asked[1] about MongoDB replication and sharding, so I thought it might be an idea to try to gather the most interesting ones and submit them to the MongoDB/10gen people to get some answers. So, after reading the documentation on MongoDB replica sets[2] and MongoDB sharding[3], what questions would you want answered? Please post a comment with your questions and I'll be adding them to the list.

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CouchDB Use Case: Create offline web applications on mobile and stationary devices

CouchDB Use Case: Create offline web applications on mobile and stationary devices: A short tutorial on how to build synchronized apps allowing offline operations using CouchDB: In this article you learned about the technical viewpoint for offline applications with CouchDB. A prototype of a simple inventory management application demonstrated the CouchDB technology with JSON storage and standard synchronization facilities. It doesn't get into using CouchApp.

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NoSQL Resources: NoSQL groups, NoSQL forums, NoSQL blogs

I was forwarded a LinkedIn question asking about NoSQL groups, NoSQL forums, and NoSQL blogs, or simply put places where NoSQL folks are hanging or sites that are tracking the NoSQL movement. So, here is my short list: NoSQL groups ☞ LinkedIn NoSQL group (nb: LinkedIn lists over 20 NoSQL groups, but this one is the largest. The second one would be the ☞ Cassandra LinkedIn group).

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Notes on CouchDB: Sitting on the couch

Notes on CouchDB: Sitting on the couch: This article described my experience with CouchDB during an university project, after having worked only with relational databases for years. […] This experience has been a spike: it is not test-driven, and will be thrown away once the project is finished. It is incremental, tough, since this is an effective way to learn a new technology.

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A review of CouchDB, the Definitive Guide by Anderson, Lenhardt, and Slater

This is a good introduction to CouchDB. I would like more information about server internals from a book titled "definitive guide. " But it orients the reader well and shows CouchDB's strengths and use cases clearly. The writing is straightforward and well organized. I think it does a great job at helping the reader see the possibilities and the elegance inherent to the data model and conventions built into CouchDB. I ended up feeling very enthusiastic about CouchDB.

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What lies ahead: Data

Tim O'Reilly recently offered his thoughts and predictions for a variety of topics we cover regularly on Radar. I'll be posting highlights from our conversation throughout the week. -- Mac Are companies catching on to the importance of data? Tim O'Reilly: For a long time, data was a secret hiding in plain sight. It became clear to me quite a while ago that it was the key to competitive advantage in the Internet era. That was one of the points in my Web 2. 0 paper back in 2005.

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Cloud Applications Are Evolving into Mission-Critical Applications

"The real-time aspects of performance monitoring and testing become more important as cloud applications evolve into mission-critical applications," notes Vik Chaudhary, VP of Product Management and Corporate Development for Keynote Systems, in this Exclusive Q&A with Jeremy Geelan, Conference Chair of SYS-CON's 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo being held in just two weeks' time in New York City (March 30-April 1, 2009).

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Five Things to Do Before Moving to the Cloud

Before moving an enterprise application to the cloud, you need to be sure that your expectations are realistic and your objectives match what the cloud can deliver. In this post, I'd like to share what we've learned from working with our beta customers, from their initial exploration of cloud possibilities to going live with a specific application they've migrated to the cloud.

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Cloud Computing Economics Part Three

Things are changing fast in the world of Cloud Computing, however one question remains the same. Will it save me money and how much? To follow up on a previous post on Cloud Economics Part One, I looked at a fairly simple example of 5 Servers for a dev/test environment and identified the incremental costs of buying 5 servers and running them on premise or a Colo and then compared that to Amazon EC2.

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Eucalyptus Systems Partners with Red Hat for Hybrid Cloud Offerings

Eucalyptus Systems, creators of the Eucalyptus private cloud platform, has announced a partnership with Red Hat to offer cross-cloud compatibility and expanded platform choice in the cloud. The two companies are working together to provide Eucalyptus support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Eucalyptus compatibility with the Apache Deltacloud application programming interface (API).

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3 Legal Issues to Consider When Going to the Cloud

WikiLeaks surfaced legal issues that are good to consider about cloud computing in general. Like anything else in business, cloud computing poses its own set of legal issues that customers are required to consider before signing with a service. The blog Digital Inspiration reviews some legal questions to ask. It's a good introduction to thinking about the legal issues that cloud computing customers will face. Sponsor Do You Know Where Your Data is Located?

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Latest Tips for Using OpenStack

We've seen a lot of development activity in the last couple of weeks for the OpenStack Compute project. It's a flurry of activity, though no snow flurries appear on the horizon here in Texas. It's tough to keep up with such an active development community, so I thought I'd write up a blog post with some highlights. Hopefully you won't think these are early release notes, but there are enough changes afoot that I wanted to get a head start.

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Green House Data Plans New Green Data Center

(Ping! Zine) – Green House Data, the rocky mountain regions first 100% green data center, announced today their plans to open another green data center facility in 2011 that is focused on cloud hosting and colocation services. This new property will be in addition to their existing data center located in Cheyenne, WY. The Wired Real Estate Group has been tapped to lead the data center real estate search in conformity with the sustainable practices of Green House.

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Dec. 21: What We’re Reading About the Cloud

Everybody's misguided sometimes, and that includes computer scientists and software vendors. Today brings news that Akamai lost its patent-infringement appeal against Limelight, Microsoft's absent hybrid cloud strategy might be affecting Hyper-V adoption and everyone might be wrong that having the fastest supercomputer is so important.

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1&1 Provides Affordable Storage in the Cloud

(Ping! Zine) – 1&1 Internet Inc. , www. 1and1. com, a global leader amongst web hosts, is offering additional storage space for 1&1's Online Office so small businesses can manage important documents more effectively.   If the default online storage (2 GB per account) is not sufficient, users can now order more capacity, for example, an additional 10 GB for only $2. 99 per month. Once purchased, the additional storage is accessible within seconds.

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Transloadit - Realtime Video Encoding on Amazon EC2

Felix Geisendörfer of Debuggable wrote in to tell me about Transloadit. He told me that they now support real-time video encoding using a number of Amazon EC2 instances. Whereas prior transcoding solutions waited for the entire video to be uploaded, Transloadit runs the encoding process directly on the incoming data stream, using the popular node. js library to capture each chunk of the file as it is uploaded, piping it directly into the also-popular ffmpeg encoder.

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Can We Use Amazon''s Cloud for Free Speech?

As far as I know the issues around Amazon's decision to evict WikiLeaks from its cloud hosting service, EC2, have not been discussed in the tech blogosphere. If I've missed the discussion, please post pointers in a comment on this post. I want to read what has been said. In a previous post on my website Scripting News, Matt Terenzio,who works as a system manager at a small Connecticut newspaper, said that basically Amazon can't be used to host independent news.

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Reaching the pinnacle: truly open web services and clouds

Series What are the chances for a free software cloud? Resolving the contradictions between web services, clouds, and open source Defining clouds, web services, and other remote computing Why clouds and web services will continue to take over computing Why web services should be released as free software Reaching the pinnacle: truly open web services and clouds Additional posts in this 5-part series are available here.

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14 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2011 from Chirag Mehta and R "Ray" Wang

Cloud computing blogger Chirag Mehta and Constellation Research Group principal analyst R "Ray" Wang published today a list of their cloud computing predictions for 2011. The pair sees public cloud adoption stalling temporarily, the spread of the app store model in the enterprise, the convergence of Development-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service and an overall simplification of the technology landscape as some of the most important trends in cloud computing in 2011.

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14 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2011 from Chirag Mehta and R "Ray" Wang

Cloud computing blogger Chirag Mehta and Constellation Research Group principal analyst R "Ray" Wang published today a list of their cloud computing predictions for 2011. The pair sees public cloud adoption stalling temporarily, the spread of the app store model in the enterprise, the convergence of Development-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service and an overall simplification of the technology landscape as some of the most important trends in cloud computing in 2011.

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Latest Tips for Using OpenStack

We've seen a lot of development activity in the last couple of weeks for the OpenStack Compute project. It's a flurry of activity, though no snow flurries appear on the horizon here in Texas. It's tough to keep up with such an active development community, so I thought I'd write up a blog post with some highlights. Hopefully you won't think these are early release notes, but there are enough changes afoot that I wanted to get a head start.

View Full Post>>

Transloadit - Realtime Video Encoding on Amazon EC2

Felix Geisendörfer of Debuggable wrote in to tell me about Transloadit. He told me that they now support real-time video encoding using a number of Amazon EC2 instances. Whereas prior transcoding solutions waited for the entire video to be uploaded, Transloadit runs the encoding process directly on the incoming data stream, using the popular node. js library to capture each chunk of the file as it is uploaded, piping it directly into the also-popular ffmpeg encoder.

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Five Things to Do Before Moving to the Cloud

Before moving an enterprise application to the cloud, you need to be sure that your expectations are realistic and your objectives match what the cloud can deliver. In this post, I'd like to share what we've learned from working with our beta customers, from their initial exploration of cloud possibilities to going live with a specific application they've migrated to the cloud.

View Full Post>>

Cloud Applications Are Evolving into Mission-Critical Applications

"The real-time aspects of performance monitoring and testing become more important as cloud applications evolve into mission-critical applications," notes Vik Chaudhary, VP of Product Management and Corporate Development for Keynote Systems, in this Exclusive Q&A with Jeremy Geelan, Conference Chair of SYS-CON's 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo being held in just two weeks' time in New York City (March 30-April 1, 2009).

View Full Post>>

Cloud Computing Economics Part Three

Things are changing fast in the world of Cloud Computing, however one question remains the same. Will it save me money and how much? To follow up on a previous post on Cloud Economics Part One, I looked at a fairly simple example of 5 Servers for a dev/test environment and identified the incremental costs of buying 5 servers and running them on premise or a Colo and then compared that to Amazon EC2.

View Full Post>>

3 Legal Issues to Consider When Going to the Cloud

WikiLeaks surfaced legal issues that are good to consider about cloud computing in general. Like anything else in business, cloud computing poses its own set of legal issues that customers are required to consider before signing with a service. The blog Digital Inspiration reviews some legal questions to ask. It's a good introduction to thinking about the legal issues that cloud computing customers will face. Sponsor Do You Know Where Your Data is Located?

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Dec. 21: What We’re Reading About the Cloud

Everybody's misguided sometimes, and that includes computer scientists and software vendors. Today brings news that Akamai lost its patent-infringement appeal against Limelight, Microsoft's absent hybrid cloud strategy might be affecting Hyper-V adoption and everyone might be wrong that having the fastest supercomputer is so important.

View Full Post>>

Eucalyptus Systems Partners with Red Hat for Hybrid Cloud Offerings

Eucalyptus Systems, creators of the Eucalyptus private cloud platform, has announced a partnership with Red Hat to offer cross-cloud compatibility and expanded platform choice in the cloud. The two companies are working together to provide Eucalyptus support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Eucalyptus compatibility with the Apache Deltacloud application programming interface (API).

View Full Post>>

Green House Data Plans New Green Data Center

(Ping! Zine) – Green House Data, the rocky mountain regions first 100% green data center, announced today their plans to open another green data center facility in 2011 that is focused on cloud hosting and colocation services. This new property will be in addition to their existing data center located in Cheyenne, WY. The Wired Real Estate Group has been tapped to lead the data center real estate search in conformity with the sustainable practices of Green House.

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1&1 Provides Affordable Storage in the Cloud

(Ping! Zine) – 1&1 Internet Inc. , www. 1and1. com, a global leader amongst web hosts, is offering additional storage space for 1&1's Online Office so small businesses can manage important documents more effectively.   If the default online storage (2 GB per account) is not sufficient, users can now order more capacity, for example, an additional 10 GB for only $2. 99 per month. Once purchased, the additional storage is accessible within seconds.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

2010 Trend Watch Update: Congress

At the beginning of this year EFF identified a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we thought would play a significant role in shaping digital rights in 2010, with a promise to revisit our predictions at the end of the year. Now, as 2010 comes to a close, we're going through each of our predictions one by one to see how accurate we were in our trend-spotting.

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2010 Trend Watch Update: Social Networking Privacy

At the beginning of this year EFF identified a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we thought would play a significant role in shaping digital rights in 2010, with a promise to revisit our predictions at the end of the year. Now, as 2010 comes to a close, we're going through each of our predictions one by one to see how accurate we were in our trend-spotting.

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FCC’s New New Net Neutrality Compromise Is Better

The Federal Communications Commission today said it would vote on rules to prevent ISPs from discriminating against the bits flowing across their networks, but it wouldn’t publish the full text of those rules until a few days after its open meeting tomorrow.

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European Cyber Crime Centre Considers Crowd Sourcing

Wout de Natris writes to report: "Millions of internet users across the EU could be encouraged to join the fight against cyber crime if a ground breaking experiment in 'crowd sourcing' goes ahead. The director of Europol told peers he wants to get net users directly involved in catching cyber crime gangs.

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FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules For Better or Worse

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted Net Neutrality rules that have drawn very mixed reviews all across the political landscape.   Rather than sugarcoat it or spin it in anyway, I'll simply embed the statement from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski (Via Brian Stelter), and you can make your own decision about whether it goes too far or doesn't go far enough: Net neutrality statement by Julius Genachowski, the FCC chair, on Dec.

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The major incidents on the Internet in 2010

In what has become something of a yearly tradition, it’s now time for us to present 10 of the most noteworthy incidents on the Internet from this past year. As you’ll see, 2010 has been very interesting. Just like previous years, we have included problems ranging from website outages and service issues to large-scale network interruptions. If you’re an avid Web user, you are bound to recognize several of them. Let’s get started!

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Lawmakers Must Respect Freedom of Expression in Wikileaks Debate

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a broad coalition of advocacy organizations sent an open letter to U. S. lawmakers today, calling on government officials to respect freedom of expression in the debate over the whistle-blower website Wikileaks. In the wake of Wikileaks' recent publications of U. S. diplomatic cables, some lawmakers have attacked newspapers' rights to report on the information in those documents.

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Case Closed? Court Issues Final Judgment in NSA Spying Case, Al-Haramain v. Obama

Yesterday, following on his ruling this Spring that the NSA's warrantless wiretapping of an Islamic charity's lawyers in 2004 violated federal surveillance law, Judge Vaughn Walker in the Northern District of California federal court issued his final order in the case of Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation v. Obama. The order granted the plaintiffs an award of $2.

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Wikileaks Mirror Taken Down: Host Buckles Under Demands from Upstream Provider

Wikileaks isn't the only site struggling to stay up these days because service providers are pulling their support. It appears that at least one person who wants to provide mirror access to Wikileaks documents is having the same trouble. Recently we heard from a user who mirrored the Cablegate documents on his website. His hosting provider SiteGround suspended his account, claiming that he "severely" violated the SiteGround Terms of Use and Acceptable Use Policy.

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Net Neutrality Rules May Signal a Change in Wireless Pricing

The Federal Communications Commission implementation of rules around network neutrality on Tuesday may open up a change in the way carriers price mobile broadband â€" and it’s not going to get cheaper. I’ve written before about how European operators are using innovative pricing plans to charge users based on their applications and the time of day.

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Chilling Effects Supporters Fight Back Against Perfect 10 Challenge

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other founders and participants in the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse urged an appeals court in an amicus brief filed Tuesday to reject an adult entertainment publisher's attempts to block Google's contributions to the online copyright resource. Durie Tangri LLP represented EFF and its co-amici in preparing and filing the brief. Chilling Effects, at www. chillingeffects.

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Sending Money Overseas for the Holidays? The Government Wants to Know.

What do an online donation to the International Red Cross, a bank transfer to family members living in Vietnam, and a payment sent through PayPal for an expensive rug in Turkey have in common? The government wants to know about them. And, if new rules proposed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, go into effect, the government will â€" along with your name, address, bank account number, and other sensitive financial information.

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2010 Trend Watch Update: Books and Newspapers

At the beginning of this year EFF identified a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we thought would play a significant role in shaping digital rights in 2010, with a promise to revisit our predictions at the end of the year. Now, as 2010 comes to a close, we're going through each of our predictions one by one to see how accurate we were in our trend-spotting.

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Genachowski Wins on Net Neutrality, Sort of

After a down-to-the-wire push, the Federal Communications Commission this week approved by 3-2 its long-awaited regulatory proposal on net neutrality. We haven’t finished combing through the actual rules document, all 200 pages of which were just released today, but nonetheless the summary documents gave us some important hints about what the rules contain.

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What is Traitorware?

Your digital camera may embed metadata into photographs with the camera's serial number or your location. Your printer may be incorporating a secret code on every page it prints which could be used to identify the printer and potentially the person who used it.

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2010 Trend Watch Update: Attacks on Cryptography

At the beginning of this year EFF identified a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we thought would play a significant role in shaping digital rights in 2010, with a promise to revisit our predictions at the end of the year. Now, as 2010 comes to a close, we're going through each of our predictions one by one to see how accurate we were in our trend-spotting.

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2010 Trend Watch Update: Hardware Hacking

At the beginning of this year EFF identified a dozen important trends in law, technology and business that we thought would play a significant role in shaping digital rights in 2010, with a promise to revisit our predictions at the end of the year. Now, as 2010 comes to a close, we're going through each of our predictions one by one to see how accurate we were in our trend-spotting.

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Can We Use Amazon''s Cloud for Free Speech?

As far as I know the issues around Amazon's decision to evict WikiLeaks from its cloud hosting service, EC2, have not been discussed in the tech blogosphere. If I've missed the discussion, please post pointers in a comment on this post. I want to read what has been said.   In a previous post on my website Scripting News, Matt Terenzio,who works as a system manager at a small Connecticut newspaper, said that basically Amazon can't be used to host independent news.

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Divided FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to adopt new rules of the road for the Internet. The 3 to 2 vote follows years of debate over net neutrality -- the idea that phone and cable companies that deliver broadband to millions of Americans should treat all of the traffic on their networks equally. Those broadband providers favor less regulation, while technology companies and consumer advocates continue to push for more. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del. icio.

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Wikileaks Exposes Internet''s Dissent Tax, not Nerd Supremacy

Jaron Lanier's recent lengthy essay about Wikileaks is not really about Wikileaks; thus, it is unsurprising that he misses the central lesson of this affair.

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GetJar Well-Positioned to be the "HTML5 Mobile Web App Store"

This week, GetJar teamed up with Zynga to announce the debut of new mobile games: Mafia Wars and Zynga Poker. Mafia Wars, already a familiar name to Facebook users, is a GetJar exclusive, meaning it's being launched first on the GetJar. com website prior to any other app store. Zynga Poker is an Android-only offering. The announcement of new games, however, is only mildly interesting.

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Announcing HTML5 Labs

As you hopefully know by now, despite the hype, HTML 5 is not a completed specification.   In fact, back in 2008, the author of the specification, Ian Hickson, estimated HTML 5 wouldn’t be a Proposed Recommendation until 2022!

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HTML5 and Video Streaming

This is Christian Kaiser, VP of Engineering here at Netflix. My colleague John Ciancutti recently posted about our use of HTML5 for user interfaces; I thought I’d add a perspective on HTML5 and video streaming. Since HTML5 includes a facility to embed video playback (the <video> tag), it seems like a natural next step for us to use it for streaming video playback within our HTML5-based user interfaces.

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Why a Neurosurgeon became a LinkedIn Data Scientist

Ed. note: Data scientists have received a lot of attention these past few weeks. If you found the secrets of LinkedIn data scientists interesting, get ready to hear from our very own Simon Zhang â€" a neurosurgeon turned data scientist. Here’s his story. My experience as a neurosurgeon taught me a lot about dealing with intricate challenges. First, with enough time and hard work, there’s no limit to what you can learn.

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Notes on CouchDB: Sitting on the couch

Notes on CouchDB: Sitting on the couch: This article described my experience with CouchDB during an university project, after having worked only with relational databases for years. […] This experience has been a spike: it is not test-driven, and will be thrown away once the project is finished. It is incremental, tough, since this is an effective way to learn a new technology.

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UN Data: the Ultimate Research Tool

The new site at UN Data allows anyone to access the United Nations Data Access System. This online, easy-to-use database was created by the UN in order to provide current, relevant, and reliable statistics to the whole world, for free. Using UN Data, you can access statistical information on populations, demographics, trade, commodities, agriculture, employment, the environment, industry, education, tourism, and much more.

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Study: Women Outnumber Men on Most Social Networks

Online reputation company Rapleaf has released a new study of 49. 3 million people, revealing gender and age data about social network users. On most of the main social networks - including MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Hi5 - women outnumber men by a considerable amount. On Facebook, the 18-24 age group is largest, with 1,685,029 women in that age group compared to 977,753 men. In MySpace, the same age group dominates, with 7,091,214 women and 5,226,788 men.

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Children flock to social networks (Darren Waters/BBC)

Darren Waters / BBC: Children flock to social networks  â€"  More than a quarter of eight to 11-year-olds who are online in the UK have a profile on a social network, research shows.

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Strata Gems: Three key data trends for 2011

We've published a Strata Gem each day this December through to the 24th. Yesterday's Gem: CouchDB in the browser. To conclude our Strata Gems series, let's take a look at what lies in store for the data world in 2011. The market for data Data marketplaces will come of age in 2011. Startup Infochimps is growing fast, recently having acquired DataMarketplace. com.

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4 Tips for MongoDB Beginners

Senko Rašić has created a list of tips for MongoDB beginners called MongoDB gotchas for the unaware user. All of these "gotchas" are in the MongoDB documentation, but are the sorts of things that you might not remember until it's too late. Taking Rašić's advice early could save you some major headaches later on. Sponsor Rašić's tips: Use the 64-bit version The 32-bit version is limited to about 2.

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SQL NoSQL = Yes !

This is a guest post by Frédéric Faure (architect at Ysance), you can follow him on twitter. Data storage has always been one of the most difficult problems to address, especially as the quantity of stored data is constantly increasing. This is not simply due to the growing numbers of people regularly using the Internet, particularly with all the social networks, games and gizmos now available.

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Jennifer 8. Lee on raw data, APIs, and the growth of “Little Brotherâ€

Editor’s Note: We’re wrapping up 2010 by asking some of the smartest people in journalism what the new year will bring. Here, Jennifer 8. Lee gives us predictions, about the growing role of raw data, the importance of APIs, and the need for a break-out civic mobile app. Raw data and the rise of “Little Brother” In 2011 there will be a slew of riffs on the WikiLeaks anonymous dropbox scheme, sans gender drama â€" at least one of them by former WikiLeakers themselves.

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MongoDB Replica Sets and Sharding Question List

I’m seeing many questions asked[1] about MongoDB replication and sharding, so I thought it might be an idea to try to gather the most interesting ones and submit them to the MongoDB/10gen people to get some answers. So, after reading the documentation on MongoDB replica sets[2] and MongoDB sharding[3], what questions would you want answered? Please post a comment with your questions and I’ll be adding them to the list.

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NoSQL Resources: NoSQL groups, NoSQL forums, NoSQL blogs

I was forwarded a LinkedIn question asking about NoSQL groups, NoSQL forums, and NoSQL blogs, or simply put places where NoSQL folks are hanging or sites that are tracking the NoSQL movement. So, here is my short list: NoSQL groups ☞ LinkedIn NoSQL group (nb: LinkedIn lists over 20 NoSQL groups, but this one is the largest. The second one would be the ☞ Cassandra LinkedIn group).

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CouchDB Use Case: Create offline web applications on mobile and stationary devices

CouchDB Use Case: Create offline web applications on mobile and stationary devices: A short tutorial on how to build synchronized apps allowing offline operations using CouchDB: In this article you learned about the technical viewpoint for offline applications with CouchDB. A prototype of a simple inventory management application demonstrated the CouchDB technology with JSON storage and standard synchronization facilities. It doesn’t get into using CouchApp.

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Let's take a REST

Nowadays, REST is becoming so popular, that any web developer must take it into consideration while architecting new application. REST is acronym for Representational State Transfer and being formulized first by Roy Fielding in his PhD dissertation. What is REST? It is rather style or pattern of development resource-oriented web applications. Beauty of REST is that its really easy to understand and basically you are using REST everyday but may not noticing that.

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A few tips for Web API design

During the iteration in spring 2010 that has lead Lokad to release its Forecasting API v3, I have been a lot of time thinking about how the design proper Web APIs in this age of cloud computing. Designing a good Web API is very surprisingly hard. Because Remote Procedure Call has been around forever, one might think that designing API is a well-known established practice, and yet, suffering the defects of Forecasting API v1 and v2, we learned the hard way it wasn't really the case.

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API Providers Wish for More Third Party Innovation in 2011

Mashery, a provider of API services, recently conducted a survey of attendees of its Business of APIs conferences in London, New York and San Francisco. The survey found that 64% of respondents cite "fostering third-party innovation" through APIs as a high priority for 2011. This was the most popular goal for API providers. The second most popular goal was "getting on as many devices as possible," which 41% of respondents cited as a high priority.

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Apigee’s API Console Gets a Shiny UI/UX Upgrade

Our API Consoles let you view API request/response pairs, view the surface area of an API, dig into errors and share what you are seeing to make learning and coding easier. We currently offer support for the Twitter, Facebook, SimpleGeo, PayPal, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Twilio, SoundCloud and (most recently) Salesforce APIs.   As some of you have already noticed, we've made some changes to improve your experience with the API Console:  It's faster.

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Amazon Web Services Go Mobile with New SDKs

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the leading infrastructure as a service platform is now making it easier for its core platform services to be available directly for use in mobile applications. It has wrapped its Storage, Database and Messaging APIs into easy to use Mobile SDKs for Apple iOS and Google Android platforms, so that mobile developers can easily integrate and invoke those services directly from their applications.

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First we built an API, then we built a CMS - GetHiFi

API design has been a point of discussion on Hacker News recently. The discussion has been focused on the process of adding on an API to your app. With our SaaS product, the HiFi CMS, we approached the problem from the opposite direction: flesh out the API first and then build your application on the API.

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Survey Indicates Key API Trends

TweetMashery, the company that delivers API management solutions for enterprises, today announced the results of a survey which indicates some key trends in the API market. As IT moves more and more towards platform services, APIs are becoming key to the very success of a business. Exposing APIs may be a child’s play for many developers but managing it is a hard problem. Issues like security, analytics, etc. are key to a solid API strategy.

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A few tips for Web API design - Journal - Joannes Vermorel's blog

Designing a good Web API is very surprisingly hard. Because Remote Procedure Call has been around forever, one might think that designing API is a well-known established practice, and yet, suffering the defects of Forecasting API v1 and v2, we learned the hard way it wasn't really the case.

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Twitter API Updates Mean an End to GeoAPI

The Twitter API is one of the widely used APIs in our directory. It is also one of the fastest changing, with updates going out to its developer list on what feels like a weekly basis. Some recent changes are especially big and mean an end to the GeoAPI, which Twitter acquired a year ago. Matt Harris, Developer Advocate for Twitter announced GeoAPI’s end of life because “core functionality and commonly used endpoints of GeoAPI. com have already been migrated to the Twitter API.

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2010 In Web Services: My Top Ten Sites

               As with my top gadgets list for 2010, this year's list is personal. It's what I use, and what I found had the most impact for me in 2010, which I found myself using every day. The services themselves are limited to being Web-based, so I am not talking about those which are primarily iOS or Android apps, but if they do have a mobile equivalent it helps.

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Two Must-View API Presentations from Cloudstock

We have seen an explosion in the number of APIs that are now available to developers. It seems like almost everyone has one and those that don’t are scrambling to get one. The focus now is clearly not on just having an API, but having a “great API. ” Two excellent presentations from Cloudstock, held earlier this month, give you an overview on the current state of the API market and tips on what makes a great API.

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21 APIs Used in 7 Days: Google, Twilio, YouTube and Twitter

This past week 10 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 21 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Google Geocoding, KooKoo and Recurly. The most often used APIs this week are Twilio, Twilio SMS and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (3 APIs, 4 mashups), Telephony (3 APIs, 5 mashups) and Video (3 APIs, 4 mashups).

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Reaching the pinnacle: truly open web services and clouds

Series What are the chances for a free software cloud? Resolving the contradictions between web services, clouds, and open source Defining clouds, web services, and other remote computing Why clouds and web services will continue to take over computing Why web services should be released as free software Reaching the pinnacle: truly open web services and clouds Additional posts in this 5-part series are available here.

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64 New APIs: Real-time Facebook, Twitter Streaming and Google Shopping

This week we had 64 new APIs added to our API directory including a visual CAPTCHA service, genealogy service, user profile service, sentiment analysis for twitter service and cloud storage service. We also covered two of these APIs with full blog posts. We looked into iFixIt, the World’s First Fix-it API and deadpooled Google Base when it was axed in favor of two new shopping APIs. Below is more detail on all 64 of these new APIs.

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