- Peer-to-peer cell network
Shareable points to an interesting offering at CES, also covered by Cnet. Mesh networking, the approach Peep is looking to use, is far from new and I even have a dim recollection of someone exploring its use for telephony before. I hope Peep is able to move this even a little bit closer to reality as we need as many alternatives as possible to improve competition and keep opportunities for innovation accessible.
- Wonderful world of early computing
The emphasis in this Neatorama post I found via @gnat’s Four Short Links at O’Reilly Radar is definitely on early. Some of these examples I knew about, some are delightful surprises. If you are as fascinated by computing history as I am, well worth the read.
- Project to build de-centralized chat on top of Tor
I saw this via Hacker News. Looking at the project site it appears like early days but with strong activity. It is also a reminder that Tor can be used to proxy all kinds of traffic and information, not just web pages. TorChat goes beyond just optimizing some existing IM software to run on Tor, utilizing Tor’s hidden services and other capabilities to provide greater anonymity and de-centralized operation.
- State firewall in Iran now attempting to block Tor traffic, The Tor Project
- iDroid dual boot utility for Android on iPhone supports Gingerbread, The Register
- Anonymous moves from DDoS to coordinating worldwide protests, Slashdot