I know Chrome still loads faster and it has goodies in app forms but I prefer Open Source tools if they are effective enough. And Firefox 4.0 is just fine!
An ambitious release for Mozilla, Firefox 4 promises to be not only faster than previous releases ? but also more streamlined. We?ve already discussed some of the major changes in the venerable browser and will be putting out our own in-depth review later today.
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Hard to believe it?s been five years since Twitter was started as a side project by Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey. From its roots as a spin-off of Odeo to becoming a global communications phenomenon with more than 175 million users, Twitter has become one of the most fascinating, if not the most fascinating social media story.
Creative Destruction and Copyright Protection, a paper by the London School of Economics’ Bart Cammaerts and Bingchun Meng, is an eye-opening look at the economics of file-sharing and music. The authors argue that an overall decline in consumer entertainment spending is to blame for the music industry’s downturn, supporting their assertion with (for example), research showing that entertainment spending declined by 40 percent in households that didn’t own computers (who probably weren’t downloading!) over the period of overall decline for the industry.
On Ars Technica, Timothy Lee has some excellent legal analysis of the Google Books settlement, which was just rejected by a US federal judge. Under the terms of the settlement, Google would get permission to scan, sell, and distribute all the books ever published, in exchange for a modest amount of cash paid in accord with terms set by the Washington-based Authors Guild (a small and reactionary pressure group that represents a minuscule fraction of all authors).
from All Facebook by Jackie Cohen
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I?ve had a little bit of an opportunity to play around with Internet Explorer 9, and I?m still not sure if I like it or hate it. I am excited about the possibility of natively using some CSS3 and HTML5 in Internet Explorer, but I?m also disappointed by the lack of specific CSS3 elements.
Yesterday?s decision rejecting the proposed settlement in the Google Books case, Authors Guild v. Google, got a number of things right. For starters, as we wrote shortly after the decision was announced, we?re glad that the court acknowledged the importance of the privacy concerns we helped to raise.
Iranian hackers obtain fraudulent HTTPS certificates: How close to a Web security meltdown did we get?
On March 15th, an HTTPS/TLS Certificate Authority (CA) was tricked into issuing fraudulent certificates that posed a dire risk to Internet security. Based on currently available information, the incident got close to ? but was not quite ? an Internet-wide security meltdown. As this post will explain, these events show why we urgently need to start reinforcing the system that is currently used to authenticate and identify secure websites and email systems.
Twitter is five years old.
In those few years it has attracted celebrities, politicians and sport stars as well gaining a prominent role in the debate over the future of news. It was named “word of the year” in 2009 and more recently, it played an arguably significant role during events in the Arab World.
Last night ? at 8:50pm GMT ? Twitter turned five years old and it got me thinking.
I openly admit to boycotting Twitter when it was launched (echos of protesting ?I don?t care what Betty ate for breakfast? spring to mind). But I equally admit to being a convert five years later.
Some thoughts on why
Yesterday a US district court judge rejected the Google Books settlement the search giant negotiated with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers. While most news outlets are covering the copyright angle of the ruling, the judge?s opinion had some interesting quotes on whether Google has a monopoly status:
SXSW is easily the most chaotic experience in the music industry. For the 14,000 people that attend the music conference it provides opportunities to immerse themselves in the ecosystem that powers much of the global business. It is one of the best times to tee up deals and relationships that could power significant developments for the rest of the year. As it grows each year, it becomes a more and more complex beast that can overwhelm even the most experienced attendee. If you missed it, haven’t ever been, or just couldn’t cover all the ground this year, here are the things I am still thinking about a few days after the conference ended.