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Bombshell: Google and Facebook Join DataPortability.org – ReadWriteWeb
The DataPortability Workgroup announced this morning that representatives from both Google and Facebook are joining its ranks. The group is working on a variety of projects to foster an era of Data Portability – where users can take their data from the websites they use to reuse elsewhere and where vendors can leverage safe cross-site data exchange for a whole new level of innovation. Good bye customer lock-in, hello to new privacy challenges. If things go right, today could be a very important day in the history of the internet. The non-participation of Google and Facebook, two companies that hold more user data and do more with it than almost any other consumer service on the market, was the biggest stumbling block to the viability of the project. These are two of the most important companies in recent history – what’s being decided now is whether they will be walled-garden, data-horders or truly open platforms tied into a larger ecosystem of innovation with respect for user rights and sensible policies about data.
Torvalds puts support behind GPL 2 licence – ComputerWorld UK
Linux creator Linus Torvalds has used an interview being made public by the Linux Foundation to stress that version 2 of the GPL still makes the most sense for the Linux kernel over the newer GPL version 3. GPL 3, which was released last year by the Free Software Foundation (FSF), reflects the FSF’s goals while GPL 2 closely matches what Torvalds thinks a licence should do, Torvalds said.
Should colleges become media policemen? That’s exactly what would happen if the College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007 were passed. The bill as written deals primarily with federal college grants, loans and scholarships. It also includes, in Section 494, a provision increasing the responsibility of colleges for stopping illegal downloads and peer-to-peer transfers over the Internet of copyrighted material such as music, movies and TV shows.
CNBC, New York Times to share video and news online – Associated Press
CNBC and The New York Times will share business, technology and financial news and video online as part of an agreement announced on Monday. Both news organizations are gearing up for a surge of competition from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which is making a major push into business news with its recent purchase of Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, and the launch of the Fox Business Network cable channel.
Tom Green’s internet chat show moves to TV – CBC News
Ottawa-born comedian Tom Green, who has been broadcasting over the internet for the past 18 months, is taking his Tom Green’s House Tonight show to conventional TV beginning Monday. Tom Green’s House Tonight is a late-night talk show, with celebrity guests turning up or chatting interactively with Green. As the name suggests, the whole thing is broadcast from Green’s Los Angeles home.
U.S. authorities arrested eight people on Monday in connection with a Costa Rica-based online sports gambling operation they said made millions of dollars in profits annually. Twelve men face charges including conspiracy and illegal gambling in an indictment unsealed on Monday in Manhattan federal court for their role in operating a gambling Web site and call center that serviced U.S.-based sports bookies.
Microsoft Lands Deals – the Wall Street Journal
Microsoft Corp. will get to use movies and television programming from several large entertainment companies under new deals that may help it better compete with Apple Inc.’s iTunes online service and rivals such as software maker Adobe Systems Inc. Microsoft said it reached agreements with NBC Universal Inc., Walt Disney Co., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and CBS Corp.’s Showtime Networks Inc. to contribute entertainment content to the software maker’s Xbox Live and MSN online services. The agreements were disclosed last night by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates during the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show, the consumer-electronics industry’s annual conference here.
Net porn filter plan needs facelift – Australian IT
The controversial internet filtering scheme proposed by the federal Government requires a drastic upgrade as it currently would only block a tiny proportion of pornographic websites. In its current form the scheme would block only about 1000 websites containing child and extreme pornography. Industry estimates of child pornography sites range from 100,000 to above 30 million. According to the proposal, first mooted by the Coalition government, the Australian Communications and Media Authority would need to greatly expand its list of banned websites. Local internet service providers would then have to adhere to the list by blocking the websites in question.
TiVo to extend its digital video recording service to Web-based video – Associated Press
TiVo Inc. said Monday its subscribers will soon be able to select video from the Web for playback on televisions through its digital video recording service, building on its strategy to extend its DVR beyond regular TV. The new feature, announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show, will let users apply “Season Pass” recording to video content available on Real Simple Syndication, or RSS, feeds. Such Web-based videos could range from network nightly newscasts to more niche videos culled from blogs or independent Internet sites, such as DiggNation or Ask A Ninja.
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