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Web Widgets

Read/Write Web posts a good survey piece on web widgets. They’re mini-applications that add functionality to your site from another site. Traditionally, if you needed a particular tool, you’d download it and run it on your PC. Then the web…

Downside of Ubiquitous Data

Ars Technica picks up on a paper by Harvard professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger on the dystopian possibilities of ubiquitous data storage. He describes a digital panopticon: If whatever we do can be held against us years later, if all our impulsive…

Mobile Linux Gears Up

As I recently posted, handheld computing is set to take a big step forward, and with the hardware finally becoming suitable, there is a big question: proprietary or open software? Ubuntu is gearing up to make that a real choice…

Search Innovations

Read/Write Web posts: There are an abundance of new search engines (100+ at last count ) – each pioneering some innovation in search technology. Here is a list of the top 17 innovations that, in our opinion, will prove disruptive…

House Bill to Protect Bloggers as Journalists

Ars Technica highlights a new amendment to the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 extending source-protection rights to bloggers. Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) has a good reputation among the freedom of information/open access crowd for siding with users. He…

Harvard Law Prof: "Protect Harvard from the RIAA"

Harvard Law School Professor Charles Nesson writes: The RIAA has already requested that universities serve as conduits for more than 1,200 “pre-litigation letters.” Seeking to outsource its enforcement costs, the RIAA asks universities to point fingers at their students, to…

HD-DVD Encryption Authority Vows to Fight Key Leak

Ars Technica has the latest in the HD-DVD encryption key leak story (see my previous post). The encryption method in question is called AACS and it’s managed by the AACS Licensing Authority. “If the local neighborhood gang is throwing rocks…

Project Honey Pot: New Tools

Project Honey Pot captures the addresses of spam bots it attracts, and allows site administrators to block those addresses. Recently, they have introduced some cool new tools. I just installed the WordPress plugin for Http:BL, which makes it really easy…

Refining Google

Via Digg, I found an interesting article on Google’s attempts to prevent people from “gaming” its search results. Google’s PageRank algorithm, while secret, is known to consider the number and quality of incoming links to a site in its rankings….

Digg Gets Caught in HD-DVD Encryption Fight

As I posted a while back, a method was found for extracting the encryption codes for HD-DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, allowing unauthorized decryption. Basically the problem is that in order to let legitimate users play their movies, you have to…