FOIA Win for the EFF Finally, An Open Protocol for a Faster Web, and More

  • Is Google building out a phone service?
    This Wired piece builds on some earlier reporting about a rumored acquisition of Gizmo5 by the search giant. The article clarifies identifies the challenge to this notion coming to pass, namely that AT&T is already chumming the regulatory waters for Google over Voice.
  • Grinning EFF lawyers surrounded by secret government documents
    Cory posted this picture of Nate and Marcia from EFF which graphically demonstrates the size of their win in finally getting documents relevant to their wire tap case from the federal government. You can’t blame them for being jubilant given the effort it took just to get these documents, let alone the long hours ahead to read and analyze them.
  • Details on the documents the EFF received
    Straight from the source, here is a quick post from the EFF on the documents pictured in the previous link.
  • How the reputation economy is affecting security
    Some interesting thoughts from Schneier on the subject. It goes a long way to explaining the resistance to data breach laws, though he gives some counter examples as well. The risk of reputation cuts both ways and encourages some providers to increase security regardless of customer demand.
  • Complaints over the name of Google’s new programming language
    I am saving my thoughts on the apparent technical merits or demerits of the language for this weekend’s podcast. In the interim, it appears there is already a bit of a kerfuffle fomenting over the name. Despite clearly having precedent, McCabe and Clark apparently didn’t have a trademark for the language they designed which will complicate defending their position. Hopefully Google does the right thing and changes their name before it gets too much traction to be practical.
  • More from Felten on effective copyright enforcement
    This is shaping up into a fairly compelling series of posts. Infringement happens and rights holders are within their rights to act in the face of it. What Felten is laying out is just how wasteful and foolish big content’s efforts have been along these lines. The implication is following Felten’s reasoning will help steer clear of the issues clumsy enforcement has run into with fair use. I think there is also a subtle challenge, here that if infringement was the top priority, this is the model they’d follow. Since it isn’t, I think it lends weight to the view that big content is acting more to suppress innovation.
  • New open protocol for faster web browsing
    From the details in this RWW piece, there is a lot to like about what seems to me to be an effort by Google to modernize the creaky HTTP protocol without requiring a huge shift away from existing servers, browsers and content. The real test whether this is the case will be in how Apache and Mozilla react in terms of considering the protocol for their own roadmaps.

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