feeds | grep link > Privacy Badges for Mobile Apps, StatusNet’s New iPhone Client, Meego Ported to a Few Android Devices, and More

  • TRUSTe to offer badge for mobile sites, apps
    I may sound cynical for saying so, but does anyone look for verification badge on existing web sites any more? The details at the New York Times are encouraging but I really am curious if TRUSTe’s brand still has cache in this space. Questions of trust and privacy for mobile apps and sites are certainly becoming more and more pressing, both with Apple’s heavy handed curation model and Android’s more liberal one. I just am not sure what stock users will put into the badges.
  • StatusNet releases iPhone client
    I am happy to see Evan and crew thriving. Audrey Watters at ReadWriteWeb has some details of the new app as well as an update on the company’s recent funding. I installed the app on my iPod Touch, it is pretty consistent with the portable desktop application they released earlier. One thing I would like is push support. I am also curious to see how the Android version stacks up once I get a replacement for my iPod.
  • New tablet from RIM reveals what they did with the acquisition of the QNX OS, The Register
  • Mapping the brain on a massive scale, Technology Review
  • Rewiring a damaged brain, Slashdot
  • Meego port for other Android devices
    Make had a story yesterday about a Nexus 1 running Meego, another Linux based OS designed for mobile devices. It makes sense that an Android capable gadget would easily run what could be thought of as a sibling OS. No big surprise, then, that the H expands the story today to point out that Dell’s Streak and HTC’s desire have also been made to run Meego. Sadly, as the H goes on to explain, there are issues with Android’s binary only accelerated graphics drivers for these three devices, so the Meego port is little more than a not very usable proof of concept.

feeds | grep links > Computing with 1 Million Cores, ASCAP War on Free Culture Escalates, Eyeborg to Share Video From Video Prosthesis, and More

  • Computing with 1 million cores
    Via Slashdot, this is a blog post from someone familiar with SpiNNaker. It is a project taking many core computing even beyond the realm of the RAMP project. The sheer density of nodes seems like a natural fit with a model of computation based on the physical architecture of the human brain. Of course, the hybridization also hits my personal sweet spot, intersecting with understanding human cognition, the low level aspects of artificial intelligence, as well as the future of traditional computing.
  • ASCAP war on Free Culture escalates
    Slashdot has a pretty good sum up of this quickly evolving story. I’ve read the further responses by CC and PK and they are rational and reasonable. I am still disappointed that conversation was utterly bypassed for FUD of this kind. Worse news to hear that the National Music Publishers Association has joined the fray, surpassing the inflammatory rhetoric originally spewed by ASCAP.
  • Much more on music publishers attacking public interest groups
    Mike Masnick at Techdirt covers the same story as above but digs much, much deeper into remarks made recently by NAMO CEO, David Israelite. I am also begging to think that “radical extremist” is industry’s preferred replacement term for “pirate”.
  • Creative Commons response to ASCAP’s deceptive claims
  • Canadian film maker replaces eye with video camera
    According to Mark at Boing Boing, he’s also sharing the live feed from his prosthetic. I’d actually heard about “Eyeborg”, what he’s calling himself, in the context of video recording police. That isn’t Rob Spence’s intent, clearly. He seems more interested in the documentary aspect but he is likely to expose some odd, latent ambiguities in laws and norms along the way.
  • StatusNet releases desktop client
    RWW has the news, not much more than the press release from the StatusNet project. I am pretty confident this move doesn’t detract from Evan’s commitment to maintaining a capable and open API for all third party clients. I haven’t had a chance to light it up, yet, nor have I tried any other software built using this particular cross platform toolkit. I expect given the good support for StatusNet in a variety of desktop and mobile clients this has more to do with their business of customizing StatusNet for big clients.
  • Twitter to open source of MySQL to Hadoop data tool

Twitter Doesn’t Love Open Source as Much as StatusNet

Glyn Moody tweeted an analysis by Zonker of Twitter’s recent publication of the open source projects to which the company contribute. In short, Twitter may have done so more as a marketing move and to attract potential developers than as a signal of any deep commitment to being open. Unlike StatusNet, a comparable micro-blogging project and the code that runs Identi.ca, Twitter’s core platform remains closed.

Evan and the fine folks at StatusNet, which is also a for-profit company not just a free software project, set an even higher bar than merely being open. The code is licensed under the Affero GPL license which closes the so-called web service loophole. There are other differentiator’s between the two, most importantly that StatusNet much more actively solicits input from and listens to the criticisms of its users. The commitment to open-ness and this responsiveness probably stem from a deeper set of principles around delivering the most useful and compelling social messaging system possible.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I am an active user of the StatusNet powered Identi.ca and am currently one of its featured users. My admiration of Evan, his team, and the project predates my nomination to that listing, however.)