Let’s hope this does not afflict daily operations of Flickr or bring it down altogether. In my case it’s more than 5.000 pictures I wouldn’t want to lose online. They are not my personal pictures but they are important to a number of people I work with.
After HTC Samsung is the second handset manufacturer to actually roll out an Android-powered mobile phone. Although other manufacturers anounced plans to build Android phones they all have to come up with their first Android models. HTC’s G1 has already sold 1 million times up to now and their next model is under way.
Besides that we’ve seen the first Android netbooks. These are made by some minor manufacturers but bigger players in the market plan to ship Android models soon.
Seems like the Android train is slowly but steadily picking up speed.
400.000 and soon 1 million books ready to be downloaded and printed literally within minutes. OnDemandBooks claim their “library quality paperbacks at low cost, identical to factory made books, printed direct from digital files for the reader in minutes, serving a radically decentralized world-wide multilingual marketplace” are the future. Right now this still does come at a price of 10 p per page which adds up to £30 for a 300 page book.
With the coming of ebooks and the market for printed books will change. Right now it is still hard to fathom how things will change. I’m certain there will always be a market for books as art. Reference works will most likely vanish in print. But what about cheap prints, those throw away mass market novels? Will they still be printed? Much depends on readers and their likes. We have to wait and see.
“The “psyb0t” worm is believed to be the first piece of malware to target home networking gear, according to researchers from DroneBL, which bills itself as a real-time monitor of abusable internet addresses. It has already infiltrated an estimated 100,000 hosts.”—Worm breeds botnet from home routers, modems • The Register
Today five major internet service providers signed agreements with the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) to block access to sites containing child pornogaphy pictures or videos. Lists of sites to be blocked will be provided and updated by BKA. Citizen rights groups criticize that rather than blocking sites providers should take them down completely.
I think that creating these filter lists opens the door for other interest groups such as the recording industry to try having other unwanted sites blocked. Believe me, I’m against child pornography and those who create these pictures and videos should be sentenced for life if caught. But censorship is not the way to go. It’s much more effective to shut down these sites and to prosecute those behind these sites.
“The shutdown of Wikia Search, an attempt to apply Wikipedia-style ideas (ie, free work) to create an open source, commercial search engine, came as no surprise […] collaboration and community has proved no solution to real-world issues.”—
“For more than a century, advertisers have subsidized readers and viewers, and that is changing,” said Mr. Curley. “We are in the beginning of that change. To say that the Internet is fixed and we missed that opportunity is nonsense. We are in the beginning of a transition of what will be a proliferation of models, many of which will include getting more compensation from readers and users.” Digital evangelists rightfully heap scorn on newspapers that leveraged monopolies into huge profits without investing for a day they knew would come, but newspapers have walked back the cat on the cost side as far as they can. Their gaze will inevitably turn toward consumers and the portals that serve them. The reckoning is at hand.”—
Something will happen, that for sure. Not all papers will give up without a fight.
Many papers tried payed access to their news but eventually gave up because readers could get news for free everywhere. There is neverthess a point in making websites that aggregate news from newspaper websites and earn money by placing ads on these aggregation sites pay for the content they use for their own profit.
Last month I read about how Outside.in thinks it can save newspapers. They think tailoring news to neighbourhoods and selling focused ads is the solution. This NY Times article shows examples of companies that try this new business model.
I think people would be interested in news about their neighbourhood, part of the city, village, etc.. The problem though as outlined by Claire Caine Miller and Brad Stone is that there isn’t enough local news. If there is news it’s not in depth and there is always the question of reliability. Patch, a hyperlocal start-up from NY, tries to get content by having reporters gather content.
The future seems bright for hyperlocal news sites: “In many cities, the local blog scene is so rich and deep that even if a newspaper goes away, there would be still be plenty of stuff for us to publish,” said Mr. Holovaty of EveryBlock.
Looks like the Crunchpad as someone named TechCrunch’s go at the web tablet market is nearing its release. Responses from the community are very positive. Pictures at the TechCrunch show pictures which were released early. The prototypes of packaging remind me of the way Apple does packaging.
I wonder if the Crunchpad will be available globally.
Just finished reading The Wikipedia Revolution by Andrew Lih. I first heard about the book when I listened to an interview of Andrew Lih by David Weinberger at MediaBerkmann. The book offers a lot of insight into how Wikipedia started, where it originated, who has been involved, what the challenges have been and might be. Although I have created some entries myself I’ve never been involved in the community. The names Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger weren’t new to me but lots of other things were. Now I see Wikipedia in a different light and understand much more about it. I can recommend this book very much.
“While it’s true that a netbook’s screen and keyboard are too small to get any real work done, a simple docking solution can fix all this. Every netbook on the market comes with a VGA port, which can be connected to any external display when you’re sitting at your desk. Multiple USB ports allow users to plug in an external mouse and desktop keyboard. Meanwhile, companies like Cable To Go, Kensington, and Targus sell USB port replicators (with VGA support) so that a netbook can be completely docked via a single USB port. And if you’re called upon for an off-site meeting, very few business systems are as portable as a netbook.”—
That’s what I’ve been telling people who asked me about netbooks, too. Netbooks are up to most tasks of office work or surfing the web, writing emails, chatting, video conferencing and more. At an affordable price you get a machine which is up to most everyday tasks and which you can carry with you easily.