- Broadband access becomes a voting issue in Australia
Nate Anderson at Ars Technica has the details of how the issue shaped the new coalition government. Where majorities are more contentious and often require this sort of alignment, the story makes sense. Here in the US, I still doubt that broadband access or similar tech policy concerns will ever have this kind of impact.
- Android, Linux kernel fight continues
- CERN looking to leverage patents where it hasn’t in the past
I am kind of saddened by this New Scientist article to which Groklaw linked. It mentions MIT actively managing a considerable portfolio, what I would consider a positive example of a regarded research institute balancing the drive to reap the benefits of its efforts directly. The idea of the web being bound up in patents, had CERN taken this approach from much earlier, is troubling to say the least.
- More details on yesterday’s police raids in Europe
TorrentFreak has more on the coordinate efforts by police, of which outages at the Pirate Bay may have been incidental. It is tough to judge as they’ve withheld or redacted some information to protect their sources. Claims are still being made by others, not by TorrentFreak, that the Pirate Bay and WikiLeaks were being targeted.
- Single atom setup acts as transistor for photons, Scientific American
- Civic Commons code sharing initiative looks to lower government IT costs, O’Reilly Radar