- Firebug 1.7.0 released for Firefox 4
The H Open has the news that one of the most useful extensions for web developers working on their applications in Firefox has now caught up with the latest version which just dropped this week. Firefox 4 has included some very nice built in tools, primarily the new web console, but Firebug is the gold standard for inspecting and debugging layouts, scripts and so much more.
- Crowd funded, bit torrent science fiction thriller
Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing has info on the latest such project from highly experimental distributor, VODO. Whereas Pioneer One has been compared, I think accurately, to the older seasons of the X-Files, this latest series, Zenith, is being likened to Bladerunner. The more choices there are, not just at VODO, but with these sorts of innovative funding models, the more successful I think they all will be.
- New WIPO treaty would deputize ISPs to enforce trademark
Over at BoingBoing, Cory has news of some surprising idiocy from the proponents for expansion of intellectual monopoly. Hopefully public interest groups will have more of a say, since this is before WIPO where they’ve been gaining some ground (hence the secrecy of ACTA and TPP.) Trademark is an odd critter compared to copyright in that it doesn’t really stake out a sort of property as such, at least not as originally intended. The goal is consumer protection, that a given mark is trusted to be from the rights holder. The policy laundering here just seems rather disproportionate.
- Bitcoins cost more electricity to produce than they are currently worth, P2P Foundation
- Comprehensive review of newly released Firefox 4, Ars Technica
- The Tor Project receives FSF Award, The Tor Blog