Category Archives: Technology & IP

Creative Commons, copyright & IP in April

Copyright Criminals documentary: sampling & IP law A documentary titled Copyright Criminals, which examines the messy three-way collision between digital technology, musical collage, and intellectual property law used 400 brief but unlicensed clips. ‘… one of those slapped with a suit was George Clinton—for sampling one of his own records. True story. “Yeah, I got […]

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John Naughton: Cloud computing: the carbon footprint. Greenpeace report Make IT Green: Cloud Computing and its Contribution to Climate Change   Guardian: Scientists cleared of malpractice in UEA’s hacked emails inquiry 14th April   Green ICT projects showcased: Sustainable ICT projects in six universities and colleges JISC   How we built the UK national carbon calculator […]

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Google Wave

A roundup of first reactions Read Write Web: Google Wave hands-on Preview video Cameron Neylon on Wave and Open Science Jeff Jarvis on Wave and News Google Wave Drips With Ambition. A New Communication Platform For A New

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Digital Britain forum

The Digital Britain summit Watch live stream Numerous links to blogs, including Write To Reply. Live Twitter feed @digitalbritain Gordon Brown, Peter Mandelson, OFCOM, cable companies -all the players.

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News: tweet petit

guardiantech Google and PRS in headlock as music videos pulled from YouTube Finally: Oxenford on US webcastcast royalty settlement  US internet radio stations need to file with SoundExchange by 2 April or pay CRB rates Big Picture: London from above at night That’s a lot of lightbulbs. Exhilarating, yes. Sustainable energy use? Big Picture photo journalism: Cambodia […]

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Fast broadband

Think broadband on expected OFCOM announcement Up to 100 Megabits fibre optic BT will have to make its new fibre-optic network, which it intends to build over the next three years, available to its rivals on a wholesale basis, but the regulator’s proposals will ensure that it can make money out of it. Observer […]

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Chrome: who and why

Wired has a piece by Steven Levy on the team behind Google’s Chrome browser. Inside Chrome: The Secret Project to Crush IE and Remake the Web. (Their Capital Letters, Not Mine.) Fascinating glimpse into the development process and an easy introduction to the technologies used in Chrome. Jack Schofield in the Guardian thinks the secrecy […]

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Google Chrome

Google has launched a browser: Google Chrome. Nice documentation. It’s a browser, but it is also a platform for web applications. Uses Webkit (like Safari). Open Source. Maybe you would like to write a blog entry about it. Everyone else will. Update: BBC coverage with a video clip in which Google’s Jessica Powell demonstrates the […]

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Launchpad chicken: Jean Louis Gassée on Mobile Me

Insight from Jean Louis Gassée.  “Simple is hard. Easy is harder. Invisible is hardest. So goes one of the many proverbs of our computer lore. As Apple found out last month with the MobileMe launch misfires, the lofty promise of “Exchange for the rest of us” translated into a user experience that was neither simple […]

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‘Choose open standards’ – EU commissioner

In June this year Neelie Kroes, the European Union’s competition commissioner delivered a recommendation that businesses and governments  adopt open systems. The speech was widely seen as a snub to Microsoft and not unconnected with a four year legal battle which resulted in substantial EU fines for Microsoft. “No citizen or company should be forced […]

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