Apple, E-Commerce
UserpicNewspaper Publishers Warn Apple Over iTunes Store
Posted by Sasha

Apple is being warned against trying to squeeze cash out of the newspaper industry by controlling subscriptions for iPads and iPhones.

The European Newspaper Publishers' Association (ENPA) says it is concerned by the company's plans to direct online sales through iTunes.

If that happens, the ENPA warns, a large cut of their profits would go to Apple.

However, the technology giant insists it wants to give customers choice.

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Business, E-Commerce, Internet, Social Web
UserpicHow Wikileaks Matter
Posted by Sasha

Finally, very interesting analsys of Wikileaks fallout and what it means in regards of how corporations deal with the information:

Consider just how moribund yesterday's institutions are when it comes to information collecting and sharing. Take transparency in corporations. It's built on a set of institutions crafted in and for the industrial age — like annual and quarterly reports. Four times a year, boardrooms publish updates to their accounts, and once a year, a hefty report explaining and discussing them.

Now ask yourself: does that make even a tiny sliver of sense in a world where I can trade equities from nearly any beach in the world, hundreds of times a minute, using my iPhone? It's an obsolete institution, where my demand for information — to analyze, synthesize, and integrate — has vastly outstripped the capacity to supply it. Hence, stocks froth up and down before and after earnings report releases. When I can't get new information from the horse's mouth, I rely on your opinion, the latest rumor, or what talking heads are paid to say. Result: boom, crash, rinse, repeat. But the real question is one of institutional obsolescence. Why, for example, can't we have continuously updated earnings releases — that let us see what companies are earning in real-time — for a continuously connected world?

Read more at Harvard Business Review

The latest announcement that blockade of Flash on iPad, iPod and iPhone is almost over fails to distinguish between Flash used in graphics on the site and Flash used in DRM protected streams. It doesn't apply to the later, hence is of no remedy to Hulu viewers, for example.

SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)--Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) App Store now includes a program that can play video made for Adobe Systems Inc.'s (ADBE) Flash technology, a development that may help owners of Apple's mobile products work around a bitter Silicon Valley feud.

Skyfire Labs Inc.'s namesake program, which can be downloaded for $2.99, is an Internet browser that can play specialized Flash video from many popular websites. The browser runs on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Read more

Social Web
UserpicWhy Web 2.0 Companies Decline
Posted by Moxietype

Business Week in the recent article put it dead on calling Web 2.0 companies as a season TV show:

Digg’s collapse has become a cautionary tale for so-called Web 2.0 companies in Silicon Valley, even the current crop of superstars, like Facebook and Twitter. The basic problem is that these new-media companies don’t really have customers; they have audiences. Starting a company like Digg is less like building a traditional tech company (think Apple or HP) and more like launching a TV show. And perhaps, like TV shows, these companies are ephemeral in nature. People flock in for a while, then get bored and move on.

UserpicWhy Facebook Places is a bad idea
Posted by Sasha

MSNBS posted a good article on the very serious privacy violations introduced by the latest Facebook feature called "Places" which is enabled by defalult:

“Facebook has provided an official and automated means of sharing someone’s location, where users can now be systematically linked to a specific set of coordinates. These new check-ins could be potentially logged into a database, archived, mined... This is a significant change from just mentioning someone. The concern here is that locational data needs to be treated differently than just an average status update. This is why Facebook has tried to design the system so that, in their terms, no one can be checked in to a location ‘without their explicit permission’. Unfortunately, they fell short.”

Why would Facebook stubbornly keep this spooky feature in its new tool, and enable it by default, over the wide-eyed objections of privacy advocates?

There are two ways to create a fast-growing new business:

1. Create a new product that's so useful, millions of people rush to use it.

2. Have an existing business that millions of people use, and force them to use your new product.

Here, Facebook has picked technique No. 2.


This value (default 1440 seconds) defines how long an unused PHP session will be kept alive. For example: A user logs in, browses through your application or web site, for hours, for days. No problem. As long as the time between his clicks never exceed 1440 seconds. It's a timeout value.

PHP's session garbage collector runs with a probability defined by session.gc_probability divided by session.gc_divisor. By default this is 1/100, which means that above timeout value is checked with a probability of 1 in 100.


This value (default 0, which means until the browser's next restart) defines how long (in seconds) a session cookie will live. Sounds similar to session.gc_maxlifetime, but it's a completely different approach. This value indirectly defines the "absolute" maximum lifetime of a session, whether the user is active or not. If this value is set to 60, every session ends after an hour.

UserpicHulu Launches Paid Service and Keeps The Ads
Posted by Sasha

Paying subscribers will get the same number of ads as users of the free website. Hulu figured out that $9.99 will not generate enough money to its media company parents.

UserpicOnline Video Trends
Posted by Sasha

Viewing of online video more than doubled during 2009: the number of videos watched rose from approximately 15 billion in january to more than 33 billion in December. The top 10 video sites accounted for more than 56 percent of online views at the beginning of 2009, but by the end of the year, they accounted for only 52 percent.

MIT Technology review, June 2010

Adobe has acknowledged a "critical" security flaw in its Reader, Acrobat and Flash Player software. Adobe says the vulnerability potentially enables hackers to take control of affected computer systems.

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UserpicRolling House
Posted by Sasha

Rolling House

This cyclindrical design is a modular protype that provides flexible space within a minimum housing unit. Three different sections are dedicated to different functional needs: there's a bed and table in section, an exercise cylinder, and a kitchen with a sink. Read more