Quick Links for 8/24/2009

I meant to post these last night. I have been trying to get on top of my reading and research during the week to share things more quickly, in easier to digest chunks rather than with one massive post per week. I am hoping if I can get into the habit of regularly posts, even if not daily, it will also better spread out my production work for the weekly news show.

  • First European ISP to flagrantly break network neutrality
    It’s unclear whether UPC has its own video services that are getting preferential treatment. What I can glean from the article, it looks like they are targeting P2P and newsgroups. They are implying that users of those services are abusive.
  • New open source Python binding for Qt UI library
    Ryan Paul has details at Ars on the bindings being developed by Qt’s new owners. The project, PySide, is too early for much in the way of technical details. Really, the good news is Nokia’s move to roll their own rather than try to hash out a deal with Riverbank on their existing bindings, is the resulting license will be much more liberal.
  • Swiss privacy commissioner blocks street view for inadequateprotections
    Eric Bangeman has the relevant details at Ars Technica. He explains how much of the negotiation with local governments around the privacy aspects of Street View is pretty normal. In the absence of more details around the commissioner’s complaint, I tend to sympathize with Google’s surprised reaction.
  • Legal battle over blogger’s anonymity
    Wired has the detals on another defamation suit that has prompted a counter suit over the outing of an anonymous blogger. While the core facts may seem trivial, the free speech issues are important and as this is appealed, it could set critical precedents for expectations of anonymous speech online.
  • Multitouch support may be coming to Firefox
    WebMonkey has the details as well as a compelling little video demo. The addition of this support makes a huge amount of sense with the latest generation of smart phones and internet appliances. If only I could run Firefox or Fennec on my iPod Touch.
  • Federal court responds to Princeton CITP’s hack of PACER
    Mike Masnick hits the nail on the head, how the federal court is trying to characterize this bit of hacktivism as a security risk. Especially to point out (incorrectly) how the open source nature of the extension may make it more dangerous. Once again, I am disappointed that of the two responses, they chose not to cooperate.