Hands on with Retro Computing, Experimenting with eBooks, Facebook Opening Sources Voluntarily and Otherwise, and More

  • Facebook required to hand over source code
    Mike Masnick covers this well at Techdirt. Facebook is being made to hand over their sources as the result of a ruling in a patent infringement suit. Masnick correctly points out the problems with this, that it seems wildly inappropriate given that it is patent, not copyright, and that it is their entire code base for such a narrow claim.
  • Hands-on retro computing show
    John Timmer has the details at Ars. Most notable is that the show is requiring exhibitors to be allowed to touch the machines on display. It really drives home that the focus of the show are the first wave of personal computers that boasted a level of interactivity and access that set them apparent from their time sharing, big iron forebears.
  • Nick Cave and his publisher do more with ebooks
    Mick Masnick of Techdirt describes an example of what I think Clive Thomson was discussing in his piece on the future of reading. Also interesting to note that as much as we bag on publishers, in this instance they were the ones prodding the experimentation with the ebook.
  • Apps for America 2 winners
    Clay Johnson of Sunlight Labs posted this before heading off to the Gov 2.0 Summit. I am guessing these are ranked, so DataMasher beat ThisWeKnow, the latter being my favorite. Otherwise, this list seems to me to be the same as the finalists, so I am a little confused.
  • Linux Foundation asks MS to stop secret attacks
    A good follow up by Ryan Paul at Ars Technica on the heels of the OIN buying up some Microsoft patents. Read yesterday’s post, specifically the link to Matt Asay’s piece. Zemlin of the Linux Foundation clearly agrees that Microsoft’s patent auction was a move similar to their covert support of SCO, an indirect assault on Linux.
  • Facebook releases some FriendFeed code as open source
    RWW hashes the announcement from Bret Taylor, one of FF’s co-founders. What they’ve done seems reasonable given their needs. I’ve worked with and built non-blocking servers before so appreciate the difficulties involved. The license here is Apache, so I could see some of this code potentially making its way into other Python based projects to the betterment of the whole community.
  • Amazon, Copyright office among those dissenting in Google Books hearing
    According to Wired, Google’s attempts to share revenue with other resellers fell flat with at least Amazon. Further, the Register of Copyrights thinks the courts have overstepped what should have been a matter handled by Congress. I am not sure that is realistic, though I think there may be something to perhaps modeling future agreements after this settlement, if it ever reaches any kind of sustainable compromise.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *