Quick News for 9/1/2009

Alas, after just over a week of breaking my research, comments, and shared links into daily posts, I think the run will at least temporarily end with my departure for Dragon*Con tomorrow. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll manage to find a quiet hour each day to assemble these posts. Definitely, once I return and recover, I will get right back in the saddle.

  • Coca-Cola using CC licenses on Facebook
    Direct from the Creative Commons blog. It’s not any sort of direct adoption by Facebook itself, but a very clever use of the creative control available to larger organizations. If more follow suit, hopefully that will add pressure in combination with the user petition to incorporate CC licenses into the service.
  • Report claims drop in P2P is the result of traffic shaping
    The report in question is from a vendor in the space so requires a grain of salt. I find this a bit difficult to digest, not because I am opposed to reasonable network management but rather that this will be used to support more extreme approaches. I’d rather see cooperative approaches like the features added to the new uTorrent beta, Pando and P4P than unilateral squashing of file sharing.
  • Research into contact lens displays
    RWW has the few details as this project appears to be just getting underway in earnest. Their future goals are ambitious, reading pretty much like a fixture straight out of the earliest cyberpunk fiction.
  • BSA now considering supporting three strikes policies
    It would be very easy to get upset and disturbed by this bit of investigation by TechDirt’s Mike Masnick and rightly so. I think there is a bit of a silver lining. The desperation that drives trade associations to such extreme measures points to the accelerating collapse of scarcity oriented business models.
  • Is Creative Commons harming copyright reform?
    Mike Masnick at TechDirt does a pretty good job of really trying to understand what would superficially seem to be pot stirring. What is encouraging is to even consider the question of how public licenses would need to change if we did have much more reasonable copyrights. I think there is a compromise by always being clear about the role of copyright with any kind of public license. I think it is not as simple as mere contractual ties, as Masnick suggests, and realize the unfortunate challenge this presents in helping the average creator understand the underlying legal mechanics.
  • Advocates seeking new legislate to limit targeted advertising
    We really lack any kind of comprehensive protections against targeted advertising and data collection. As the NYT piece points out, Congress has signaled their willingness to consider new legislation so the usual suspects are gathering to share their ideas and requirements.
  • IBM patents a tweeting remote control
    It updates your social services when you start consuming a new program, huh? Undoubtedly this is novel for a discrete device you can hold in your hand, but it isn’t so distinct from what we’ve had for some time, where software viewers can send updates and messages. I see my Boxee using friends doing this all the time. I am skeptical the patent will be challenged, though, on any basis.
  • Chrome OS to support single sign-in for Chrome browser
    RWW covers the evidence suggesting this feature but quickly moves on to the more interesting question. Will it be possible or feasible to run a different browser on Google’s forthcoming OS?