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  • Internet users more likely to participate in groups
    Alex Howard, @digiphile, tweeted a link to this sampling at the Gov 2.0 site of some new data from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and Life Project. I don’t think the correlation between being active online and greater participation in all kinds of groups is all that surprising. It may stem from the same cause, some instinct to learn and do more. It will be interesting to see if this trend holds if we manage to improve internet access and adoption.
  • Appeals court finds attorney-client privilege doesn’t cover work emails
    Audrey Waters at ReadWriteWeb has a write up of this story consistent to the other posts I’ve read about it. What is key to realize here is that this is a very narrow ruling, affecting one local district in California. I am pretty sure it doesn’t read on email privacy in general or alter current debates on interpreting the Stored Communications Act. In general, I’d hazard it is safest to assume an employer owns any resources they provide you and treat them as such rather than be surprised later when something like this case arises.
  • BitTorrent inventor demos new P2P live streaming protocol
    Ernesto’s write up at TorrentFreak isn’t very encouraging, despite Bram Cohen’s own clear enthusiasm. The demo, coming after a year’s development, was entirely hands off so any kind of shoot out with competing efforts was impossible. Welding the resilience and scalability of a P2P protocol with live video streaming is a non-trivial challenge but any viable solution is of extreme interest as the appetite of Internet users for video seems boundless. Hopefully Ernesto’s prediction of more access to this new technology is on the mark and we’ll see this Summer if it advances the state of play.
  • Australia mandates Microsoft’s Office Open XML, Slashdot
  • Amazon courts application developers with new platform offering, ReadWriteWeb
  • Yahoo IPv6 upgrade could shut out 1M users, at least initially, Slashdot

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