Quick Links for 8/25/2009

  • Disruptive innovator in college textbooks
    Nate Anderson has the results at Ars of an experiment that Ars covered when it launched last year. I think this aligns well with Clive Thompson’s short editorial over the Summer, that the focus shouldn’t be on the future of publishing but on the future of reading. Now, for one niche at least, we have some encouraging hard data.
  • Wikipedia will require editing approval for some articles
    This NYT piece is actually pretty thoughtful, characterizing the change as part of a trend as the site matures. Noam Choen also explains it as a compromise not a break down, necessarily, of the norms or the systems that drive Wikipedia.
  • Federal circuit overturns SCO loss on appeal
    As Wired notes, this is not a win for SCO. Rather, the lower courts ruling has been overturned and all that SCO gains is the right to a jury trial. As the article notes, the “copyright fight is far from being settled” indeed.
  • Another suggestion of open source as economic stimulus
    I’ve linked to discussions of patent reform and separately implementing open data services both as novel forms of stimulus. Matt Asay suggest that healthcare could derive similar benefits from existing investments in open source, or new ones moving forward.
  • New partnerships for Sony’s forthcoming e-book reader
    According to John Timmer at Ars, these will include public libraries. The article also has some details on the soon to be released hardware. If only it weren’t Sony, who has an abysmal track record with DRM, and they hadn’t just announced their intent to wrap the otherwise open ePub format with such restrictions.
  • Google crowd sources traffic data for Maps
    RWW has the details of what strikes me as a very clever bit of distributed data collection. How better to supplement traffic information than from the figurative particles that make it up. I am glad to see Google speak immediately to privacy concerns as they could be disastrous if mishandled.
  • Three strikes policy back on the table in the UK
    Mike Masnick draws some compelling parallels to what happened with copyright term extension, the reversal from the Gowers report to rampant maximalism. Now the same thing seems to be happening despite the balanced recommendations from the Digital Britain report, ISP policing via the disputed three strikes notion is back in play.

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