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  • Gerrit Eicker 18:26 on 20. February 2012 Permalink
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    Messages 

    Apple released a public beta version of its new Messages app for OS X: the final days of SMS? http://eicker.at/Messages

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 18:26 on 20. February 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Apple: “Download Messages Beta and get a taste of what’s coming in OS X Mountain Lion. When you install Messages, it replaces iChat. But iChat services will continue to work. And Messages brings iMessage to the Mac – just like on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 5. Here are the features you can expect with Messages: Send unlimited iMessages to any Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Start an iMessage conversation on your Mac and continue it on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Send photos, videos, attachments, contacts, locations, and more. Launch a FaceTime video call and bring the conversation face-to-face. Messages supports iMessage, AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk, and Jabber accounts.

      Apple: “Mac keeps the conversation going. Messages does everything iChat does, and so much more. For starters, it comes with iMessage. And just like iMessage in iOS, it lets you send unlimited messages to anyone on a Mac or an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5. Send photos, videos, documents, and contacts – even send messages to a group. You can see when your message has been delivered and when someone’s typing a reply. Turn on read receipts, and they’ll see when you’ve read a message. With end-to-end encryption, your messages stay safe and private. And you can start a conversation on your Mac and pick it up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. So nothing is left unsaid.

      VB: “In addition to the announcements about Apple’s next operating system Mac OS X Mountain Lion, the company rolled out a beta edition of its iMessages chat app today. – Apple previously launched its iMessages for the iPhone and iPad as an answer to RIM’s popular BlackBerry Messenger Service. The app lets you send text, pictures, contacts, and video over 3G and Wi-Fi connections to anyone with an Apple ID or one of the other third-party messaging services. One big perk to using Messages is that it doesn’t charge you for each individual message, similar to the way wireless carriers do with SMS. Now, Apple wants to bring this functionality to the desktop in an effort to bridge the gap between conversations on mobile devices. … People who never use instant messenger but frequently send texts will probably end up using this app. It’s also likely that far fewer SMS messages will get sent over the course of time, especially if you consider the rising cost of texting plans. That’s a good thing for Apple and a very bad thing for wireless carriers, who draw a large amount of revenue through texting services.

      GigaOM: “When I tried Messages out this morning, replies to an iMessage chat showed up in Messages on my Mac, but also appeared as notifications on my iPhone sitting next to me on the desk. I could switch back and forth between the two devices and continue the conversation on either one. The entire conversation was visible on both my Mac and my iPhone and the entire experience was completely seamless. … The importance of this seamless transition between devices for me is the ability to keep the context of the entire conversation in front of me, no matter where I chose to pick up and continue with my next reply. I might get some iMessage ‘texts’ on my iPhone, but when I get back to the office, I can open my laptop and continue right where I left off. … One nice detail is that the repeat notifications on the iPhone are muted when you read the message on your Mac. … The area that might require a little more polishing is that, when the message is unread on the Mac, it still appears to mute the repeat notification on the phone. … Overall, I am pretty positive about the new features. I think Messages for Mac will actually be a big help in my professional and personal life and will make text/IM even more convenient. As for the big picture, I think the overall theme of Mountain Lion (including this beta of Messages for Mac on Lion) is not so much that iOS features and apps are coming to the Mac, but that the apps will work across both iOS and Mac in a completely seamless experience.”

      TUAW: “6 cool Messages tips and tricks – It’s just arrived in beta, but Apple’s next chat app is intriguing. Are you looking to spice up your Messages skills? Here are a half dozen tips and tricks for you to start with.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 10:11 on 20. December 2011 Permalink
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    Journalism 2012 

    What will 2012 bring for journalism? Social media bubble burst? Tech criticism? Appification? http://eicker.at/Journalism2012

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 10:11 on 20. December 2011 Permalink | Reply

      NJL: “Predictions for Journalism 2012 – To close out 2011, we asked some of the smartest people we know to predict what 2012 will bring for the future of journalism.”

      NJL, Carrie Brown-Smith: “The social media bubble may burst, and more predictions for 2012In 2012 we will see a growing gap between newsrooms that are innovating and those that are…not. – 2011 saw a number of promising examples news organizations going beyond ‘digital first’ platitudes to actually trying things and making it work, and I’m optimistic we will see this trend continue. … 2012 will be a good year for local television.2012 *might* see a bursting of the social media bubble, or at least convince us that it is harder game to play than we thought. – This might seem odd coming from an avid social media user who developed two new courses on it for our journalism department and who even has been christened with that dreaded ‘social media guru’ title on more than one occasion [ack]. And assuredly, I do think social media is an incredibly important tool for news organizations to use to promote their content, improve their reporting, and engage their audiences… Journalism schools will increasingly step up to the plate to play a leadership role in journalism innovation in 2012.

      NJL, Dave Winer: “We need to improve tech criticism. Here’s how. – At the end of this year I’m thinking about the need for proper criticism of software, alongside other arts like theater, movies, music, books, travel, food and architecture. It’s finally time to stop being all gee whiz about this stuff. Tech is woven into the fabric of our culture, as much as or more so than the other arts. And it’s headed toward being even more interwoven. – We all need this, on all sides of the art. As users and creators. … The goal would be to move away from the lone inventor myth and see tech projects as more like film production or a even more apt, a TV series. Software is a process.

      NJL, Nicholas Carr: “2012 will bring the appification of mediaFor years now, the line between the software business and the media business has been blurring. Software applications used to take the form of packaged goods, sold through retail outlets at set prices. Today, as a result of cloud computing and other advances, applications look more and more like media products. … As traditional media companies have moved to distribute their wares in digital form – as code, in other words – they’ve come to resemble software companies. … The old general-purpose web, where everyone visited the same sites and saw the same stuff, is rapidly being supplanted by specialized packages of digital content geared to particular devices – iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Kindle, Nook, Xbox – or to particular members-only sites like Facebook and Google+. … Apps are as much content-delivery services as they are conventional software programs. Newspapers, magazines, books, games, music albums, TV shows: All are being reimagined as apps. Appified, if you will. – Appification promises to be the major force reshaping media in general and news media in particular during 2012. … Appification opens to newspapers the powerful marketing and pricing strategy that the Berkeley economist (and now Google executive) Hal Varian dubs ‘versioning.’ Long a cornerstone of the software business, versioning is the practice of creating many versions of the same underlying informational product, packaging them in different ways, and selling them at different prices to different sets of customers. … We already see versioning strategies at work in the ‘metered’ programs operated by a growing number of papers… The orthodox view among online pundits has been that paywalls and subscription fees won’t work for general-interest newspapers, that people simply won’t pay for a bundle of news online. … That won’t mean the end of the industry’s struggles, but it does portend a brighter future. And that’s good news.

    • Gerrit Eicker 20:47 on 20. December 2011 Permalink | Reply

      NJL, Robert Hernandez: “For journalism’s future, the killer app is credibility – We know that Content is King. There is no doubting this concept. If you don’t have ‘it,’ no one is going to engage with you. We know that Distribution is Queen. In this modern age, what’s the point of having ‘it’ if no one will find it? My prediction is that this ruling monarchy will be augmented by… a prince. Perhaps a duke? Whatever. And it’s called Credibility.We want to trust journalism. And to do so, we need to trust journalists. – And bypassing the blogger-vs-tweeter-vs-media company-vs-journalist debate, it is going to come down to one thing: Credibility. – Can I reliably trust you to tell me what is going on? If the answer is yes, then I don’t care if you work out of a newsroom or out of your garage.”

      NJL, Dan Gillmor: “2012 will be the year of the content-controller oligopoly – Journalists will start paying serious attention to an issue that will ultimately determine whether they can participate in the digital world: control. – We are moving rapidly from an era of an oligopoly of content providers to an oligopoly of content controllers: new choke points. … This consolidation, to a very few companies plus increasing government intervention, is even more dangerous – and information providers of all kinds are finally starting to grasp what’s happening. … Search engines… wire-line Internet service providers… mobile carriers… Apple… the copyright cartel… government: The forces of control are getting more powerful every day. They are a direct threat to journalism and innovation. Journalists are starting to take note – and we can only hope it’s not too late.

      NJL, Martin Langeveld: “A look back at my 2011 predictions, along with a fresh batch for 2012 – The Eurozone crisis gives way to the dollarzone crisis as Congress continues to deadlock over budget and debt issues. The Dow falters, dropping 10% by mid-year. The prospect of a President Gingrich lifts hopes briefly, but when Obama is re-elected while Republicans retain the House and retake the Senate, it sinks another 5%. Newspaper stocks fail to beat the market, but all the digital giants (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon, AOL and Apple) are all in positive territory well ahead of the Dow.

    • Gerrit Eicker 18:25 on 26. December 2011 Permalink | Reply

      NJL, Amy Webb: “Big data, mobile payments, and identity authentication will be big in 2012 – When Google launched its new social network Plus, it made headlines for requiring users to create accounts with their real names and identities. At the time, Google argued that people behave better when they use their real names – it even went so far as to call Plus not a social network, but a digital identity service. Some are now questioning how and when Google would be using our digital identities. Outside of social media, police departments in the U.S. have started using MORIS, which snaps on to an iPhone and enables officers to scan the irises of alleged criminals. In Brazil, police offers are starting to fit glasses with biometric cameras which can scan 46,000 data points on a face and query a criminal database in real-time. Siri, an application acquired by Apple for the iPhone, can recognize individual voices and infer contextual information based on the user. In 2012, our fingerprints may not matter nearly as much as our eyes, faces, and usernames.

      NJL, Gina Masullo Chen: “Next year, personalization platforms will bring us more choices, not fewer – News has always been about making choices among lots of information; technology just helps us make those choices more smartly. … If I were creating this future, a large component of it would include offering greater customization of news and information for readers. … People choose what they like, what interests them, what gratifies their own needs, and what fits how they see the world. – In 2012, technology may help them make those choices more quickly and easily.

      NJL, Tim Carmody: “Next year, Kindles, iPhones, and tablets will truly grow up – In consumer technology, five year cycles are really interesting. … Why does this matter for 2012? Well, besides five years of iPhone, we’re also looking at five years of Kindle. That’s two five-year anniversaries that really signal the point when mobile reading became mainstream. You could also call it the five-year anniversary of the tablet as a media device, because really, that’s what the Kindle is, form factor-wise. … With e-readers, in general, I don’t think we’ve really figured out how touchscreen reading devices are supposed to work, how to blend what we’ve learned from tablets with what we’ve learned from e-readers. … If I could make an analogy, 2011 for reading devices was like the first color/video iPod. 2012 will be the iPhone year. It seems like we made big leaps forward only because we don’t actually know what the real leap forward looks like yet.”

      NJL, Burt Herman: “In the coming year, social media journalists will #Occupythenews – Social media’s essential role in serious journalism can no longer be ignored. Next year, social media journalism will finally grow up. – Journalism will be more collaborative, embracing the fundamental social nature of the Internet. The story will be shaped by people involved in the news, curated by savvy editors from diverse sources and circulated back again to the audience. This is the new real-time news cycle. … Journalists have always taken masses of information and condensed it into something digestible for readers, adding context and insights. More than ever, journalists will curate sources outside their newsrooms to tell their stories. … It’s up to the new generation of social media journalists to #Occupythenews – and to make sure society doesn’t miss the stories that, diffuse and elusive though they may be, are crucial to understanding our world.

      NJL, Rex Sorgatz: “LA is the future (kill me now) – Let’s get this out of the way: I hate LA. – I hate LA the way that any good New Yorker hates LA, with a passion bordering on paranoid psychosis. I hate the faux culture, I hate the vapid people, I hate the unctuous politics. … But I am here to preach a new sermon: LA is the Future. It pains me to say, but it’s time we all sucked up the fresh sludge spewing from the organic juice pumper. … Let’s start here: Right now, I pay over $200 per month to have 1,600 TV channels pumped into my apartment. How many of those channels do I watch? A dozen, max. – This is clearly broken. Really broken. Stupid broken. – And we all know this has to end, somehow. And we all know it will end, somehow. … But I think we can all agree that this broken system is going to be fixed, somehow. – And when that happens, the fallout for the LA-based television industry will be catastrophic. … When the collapse hits, capital will rush out of the traditional entertainment industry faster than you can say ‘Lehman Brothers.’ … It will be fun, it will be exciting. And I might even hate LA a little less.

      NJL, Vadim Lavrusik: “Curation and amplification will become much more sophisticated in 2012 – A big question for the coming year: How will the right communities get the right kind of news? – Ladies and gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the technology. We have the capability to build a sustainable journalism model. Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster. … For the last year, much of the focus has been on curating content from the social web and effectively contextualizing disparate pieces of information to form singular stories. … Because anyone can publish content today and report information from a breaking news event, the role journalists can play in amplifying – and verifying – that content becomes ever more important. … Curation itself will continue to evolve and become more sophisticated. … The coming year will see a more balanced approach. … Information will, in this environment, inevitably reach the citizenry; at stake is the quality of the information that does the reaching. If content is king, distribution is queen.

      NJL, Steve Buttry: “From a dropped paywall to a social media Pulitzer, expect a year of transformation – We will see more newspaper-company transactions in 2012. … [P]eople with sufficient wealth appear to have bought the companies outright, taking on little or no debt. … The winner of the 2012 presidential election will work harder on reaching voters through social media than through the professional media. …Digital First Media will continue to lead the way in transforming the digital news business. … We will see some major realignment of journalism and news-industry organizations.

      NJL, Paul Bradshaw: “Collaboration! Data! 2012 will see news outlets turning talk into action1. 2012 will be the year we finally move away from the traditional homepage – The ‘stream’ as an interface will move from being the preserve of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to being a serious consideration for news website homepages. We’re all 24-hour news channels now. 2. In 2012, ‘Collaboration Is King’3. News organizations turn talk into action on data – Any news organization that is serious about its fourth estate role is building the skills to interrogate those datasets.”

      NJL, Dan Kennedy: “2012 will bring ‘the great retrenchment’ among newspaper publishers – Paywalls may become more popular in 2012; that doesn’t mean they’ll be enough to save a flailing industry. … The great newspaper retrenchment may prove to be more than a dead-cat bounce. As the economy slowly improves, the newspaper business may well enjoy a semi-revival. But before long, the forces that have been undermining newspapers since the rise of the commercial web in the mid-1990s will come back to the fore. … For the most part, though, you can be reasonably sure that newspaper companies will continue to cut costs, maximize profits (or minimize losses), and do their best ostrich imitations until they find themselves under siege once again. – They’re standing up for traditional values – and what could be more traditional than failing to plan for the future?

      NJL, Emily Bell: “2012 will be a year of expanded ‘network sensibility’ – Making predictions about journalism is a hopeless business: Jay Rosen, who is much wiser than I am, said he never does it, and I salute him for that. … The network sensibility will grow in newsrooms that currently don’t tend to have it as part of their process – it is still seen in the vast majority of places as more of a ‘nice to have’ rather than a ‘must have.’ … While this use of distributed tools and new platforms continues at speed, I think we will also see some much-needed closer scrutiny on what this new reality means for journalism and its constant redefinition of products and services. … Journalists have always been very skilled at stories and projects and fairly awful at thinking about platforms. We need more engineers who want to be journalists, and we need to teach students more about the implications of publishing in a digital environment – whatever the format their journalism originally takes.

      NJL: “Amazon conquers, Patch dies, a Facebook-only outlet is born…and more predictions for 2012 – [P]redictions about the business of, and platforms for, journalism, from and platforms for, journalism, from Brian Boyer, Rick Edmonds, Kevin Kelly, Joy Mayer, Alan Murray, Alan Mutter, Geneva Overholser, Howard Owens, and Sree Sreenivasan.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 08:44 on 8. December 2011 Permalink
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    Diaspora Beta 

    Diaspora: We have come up with a plan to get our beta out the door by early 2012; http://eicker.at/DiasporaBeta

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 08:44 on 8. December 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Diaspora: “The past few weeks have been pretty crazy for us here at Diaspora*. It is unbelievably painful to lose such a close friend and collaborator as Ilya, and we want to thank our countless community members, friends, family, and professional contacts for all of your support as we try to take care of ourselves and plot a course for Diaspora*’s future. We are forever grateful to the amazing community of people who have stepped up to help us get things back in order. – Of course, the next logical question is, ‘where do we go from here?‘ After long discussions with each other, people close to us, and members of the Diaspora* community, we have come up with a plan to get our beta out the door by early 2012. … Currently Diaspora* Inc. consists of Daniel and Maxwell as full-time team members, plus Raphael and our former NYU advisor Evan Korth on our board. We are incorporated as a for-profit C corporation, and we are a mission-driven company first and foremost… Over the coming months, team expansion is one of our top priorities. We are currently looking for interns, and will be hiring full time developers and a community manager next. Interested in working with us? Check out our internship postings We are working on ways to generate additional funds to give us the bandwidth to hire more developers, further engage the community, and match the rapid development of closed networks. We will keep the community posted as this process evolves. – We can assure you that any funding solution we go for will never betray the trust you have placed with us, and our ongoing vision of privacy, openness, and ownership of your data. This vision is why we started building Diaspora*, and it is still our number one commitment. … Diaspora*’s mission as a company is to build tools to help people get control of their data and do fun things with it online. It’s about giving users ownership and control over what they share, and creating amazing things. … This was our vision when we launched our Kickstarter campaign in April 2010, and it remains our vision today.

    • Gerrit Eicker 06:42 on 8. January 2012 Permalink | Reply

      JoinDiaspora.com seems to be on the #Beta stage since several hours. First impressions are: clean and faster! Some minor features are missing.

      Daniel Grippi: “#diaspora just got hella faster. <3 takes a bow with dennis & dan"

      Dennis Collective: “Not officially beta yet, alpha logo coming back soon, but I’m glad you noticed the speedup, we’ve been working on that for weeks.”

      Dennis Collective: “TL;DR Stream re-written, now 3x faster, some features not here yet. Diaspora* is still in alpha, so it’s better to ship this faster (sexier) version sooner rather than later. – Dan Hansen, Daniel Grippi, and I have been working for the last month re-architecting the front-end to do a lot of rendering client side using backbone.js. – This has made the stream 3x faster. – We’ll write a more comprehensive blog article tomorrow, but in brief: We are not at 100% feature parity with the current version yet. We’re working on it. This new version is way faster, which should hopefully be more enjoyable. Users are sure to encounter a bunch of (hopefully small) bugs, but we figured that the benefit of having a stream that goes three times faster, outweighs all the negatives. – Thanks!

    • Gerrit Eicker 08:33 on 9. January 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Diaspora: “Diaspora is Growing and Changing Fast! – Diaspora continues to grow in popularity, this is awesome! Keeping up with this increasing demand on our servers is fun and challenging… Working towards these efforts, Dan Hansen, Dennis Collinson, and Daniel Grippi have spent the last month working on moving the stream over to a more modern architecture. You may have noticed some minor differences in Diaspora today, these are symptoms of a major re-write that’s going on under her surface. Yesterday, we decided that this new version, which uses Backbone.js to render the stream is mature enough to push out to all of you Fabulous Alpha Users. … We will be trimming down and streamlining Diaspora’s code-base in the near-term. This goes in line with our goals of making Diaspora easier to develop, and more performant. If you’re a developer who fancies making code beautiful, we’d love to have you on board!

    • Steffen 18:07 on 10. January 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Gerrit,

      I had been following your comments inside Diaspora. Now I have some problems logged in being user of https://social.mathaba.net.
      It is exactly since these days you are writing here about 8. January 2012 “seems to be on the #Beta … Some minor features are missing. ..” – But I have really problems there and not only missing some features. If I am allowing Java Script for this site now like before then it is running automatically to “https://social.mathaba.net/stream#stream”, nearly not important what I had wanted to be connected to!
      Of course you could answer me into German also because it is my mother tongue.
      And of course I am very interested to get Beta soon and I would like to host it also and being active for advertisement to spread it like I had been written in a comment of your messages once.
      Best wishes, Steffen

    • Steffen 04:11 on 14. January 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Gerrit. I have written now about this problem in blocking Java script because problem is still same like nearly one week ago. It is already if people want sign up it is impossible without blocking Java script to see this window long enough because it is automatically running back also. So I cannot read anything inside “Diaspora Mathaba” now. That’s why I had written there in tag “#bug” that they should use your site here to answer because I cannot read anything there. But because I had to block Java script to make this window usable for writing text and click to send it, because of this I am worrying that it had been send really. Because I cannot ready anything there I cannot write there to Silvia Morgenstern also. Let’s hope and wait for better Diaspora we need very much. Best wishes, Steffen

      • Gerrit Eicker 06:54 on 14. January 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Steffen, I’m not sure if this is about the Diaspora software or about Mathaba’s settings? – PS: Edited your post to make your links work.

    • Gerrit Eicker 10:01 on 25. February 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Content focused templates to emerge on JoinDiaspora.com soon; http://j.mp/z7NGyB

  • Gerrit Eicker 09:37 on 5. December 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , Copyleft, , , , , , , , , , , , , , GNU, GNU Project, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Proprietary Software, , , , , , , , , , , Software, , ,   

    Surveillance 

    Stallman: Facebook and Google Plus mistreat their usersFacebook does massive surveillance; http://eicker.at/Surveillance

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 09:37 on 5. December 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Stallman interview on RT (Russia Today) and video on YouTube: “Facebook and Google Plus mistreat their users… Facebook does massive surveillance. If there is a ‘like’ button in a page, Facebook knows who visited that page. And it can get IP address of the computer visiting the page even if the person is not a Facebook user. So you visit several pages that have ‘like’ button and Facebook knows that you visited all of those, even if it doesn’t really know who you are… Free software literally gives you freedom in the area of computing. It means that you can control your computing. It means that the users individually and collectively have control over their computing. And in particular it means they can protect themselves from the malicious features that are likely to be in proprietary software… This doesn’t automatically give you freedom in some other area of life. To get that you have to fight for it. But human rights support each other. In an age when a lot of what we do, we do with computers, if we don’t have freedom in our computing, that makes it harder for us to defend or fight for freedom in other areas. You loose one set of rights – and it’s harder for you to keep the others…

      VB: “Social networks are under constant scrutiny by their users but also privacy watchdogs as companies add more sharing tools to to connect millions of people from over the world. – Facebook, created by Mark Zuckerberg, hit the headlines over the past week after its co-founder admitted the company had made ‘a bunch of mistakes’, agreeing terms with the FTC to make its networks more transparent and allow users to control their own levels of privacy. – However, there are many that believe companies like Facebook and Google aren’t helping their users, insisting that they are mistreating them. Richard Stallman, creator of the GNU Project and founder of the Free Software Foundation, is one such person, believing that not only do Facebook and Google mistreat users on their social networks, they are putting some people in danger. … Circling back to social networking and the privacy implications involved, many still believe Facebook and Google are working hard to track users across the web, extracting their preferences and information for their own gain. Facebook has said moved to employ two dedicated members of staff to oversee its privacy practices on its website, also agreeing to have its practices audited by the FTC on regular intervals. – Stallman might not believe that Facebook is doing all it can to remain transparent but with the FTC on its back, it is a case of making sure it does to ensure it doesn’t land itself in more hot water. With upwards of 800 million people, Facebook’s growth shows no signs of slowing, suggesting many people simply don’t care about the information they share with third-parties.”

      Wikipedia: “Richard Matthew Stallman (born March 16, 1953), often shortened to rms, is an American software freedom activist andcomputer programmer. In September 1983, he launched the GNU Project to create a free Unix-like operating system, and he has been the project’s lead architect and organizer. With the launch of the GNU Project, he initiated the free software movement; in October 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation. – Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft, and he is the main author of several copyleft licenses including the GNU General Public License, the most widely used free software license. Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time advocating for free software, as well as campaigning against software patents, digital rights management, and what he sees as excessive extension of copyright laws. Stallman has also developed a number of pieces of widely used software, including the original Emacs, the GNU Compiler Collection, the GNU Debugger, and various tools in the GNU coreutils. He co-founded the League for Programming Freedom in 1989.”

      Winer: “Why I stand up for Stallman – But I still see it going on for Stallman, and that makes me feel ill. I think a guy like Stallman should be heard and we should think about what he says. And if you disagree, have the self-respect to express it with dignity. And if people start getting personal about it, there should be moderators around to put a stop to it at least stand up to it. No one should stand alone when being subjected to personal attacks. … What Stallman does is what any good blogger would do. He says what he thinks. And if you really listen to what he says, you’ll learn something. Probably the biggest thing you’ll learn about is your own fear. Because there’s something about Stallman that scares a lot of people. They wouldn’t try to isolate him so much, if he didn’t evoke their fear.

  • Gerrit Eicker 07:54 on 10. October 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , 1984, , , Überwachungssoftware, Überwachungsstaat, Bayern, Bürger, Bürgerrechte, BKA, Bundeskriminalamt, Bundestrojaner, Bundesverfassungsgericht, , , , , Computergrundrecht, , , , , , , , Digitask, , , , , , , Hackerethik, Herkunft, , , , , , LKA, , , , , , Niedersachsen, , , , Piratenpartei, , , , Quellen-Telekommunikationsüberwachung, Quellen-TKÜ, Quellenschutz, , , Sicherheitsrisiken, Software, , Staatstrojaner, , TKÜ, Trojaner, , , ,   

    Bundestrojaner 

    1984 mitten in Deutschland? In Bayern? Der Bundestrojaner: verfassungswidrig im BKA-Einsatz; http://eicker.at/Bundestrojaner

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 07:55 on 10. October 2011 Permalink | Reply

      CCC: “Der Chaos Computer Club (CCC) hat eine eingehende Analyse staatlicher Spionagesoftware vorgenommen. Die untersuchten Trojaner können nicht nur höchst intime Daten ausleiten, sondern bieten auch eine Fernsteuerungsfunktion zum Nachladen und Ausführen beliebiger weiterer Schadsoftware. Aufgrund von groben Design- und Implementierungsfehlern entstehen außerdem eklatante Sicherheitslücken in den infiltrierten Rechnern, die auch Dritte ausnutzen können. … Nicht erst seit das Bundesverfassungsgericht die Pläne zum Einsatz des Bundestrojaners am 27. Februar 2008 durchkreuzte, ist von der unauffälligeren Neusprech-Variante der Spionagesoftware die Rede: von der ‘Quellen-TKÜ’ (‘Quellen-Telekommunikationsüberwachung’). Diese ‘Quellen-TKÜ’ darf ausschließlich für das Abhören von Internettelefonie verwendet werden. Dies ist durch technische und rechtliche Maßnahmen sicherzustellen. … Die Analyse des Behörden-Trojaners weist im als ‘Quellen-TKÜ’ getarnten ‘Bundestrojaner light’ bereitgestellte Funktionen nach, die über das Abhören von Kommunikation weit hinausgehen und die expliziten Vorgaben des Verfassungsgerichtes verletzen. … Der CCC fordert: Die heimliche Infiltration von informationstechnischen Systemen durch staatliche Behörden muß beendet werden. Gleichzeitig fordern wir alle Hacker und Technikinteressierten auf, sich an die weitere Analyse der Binaries zu machen und so der blamablen Spähmaßnahme wenigstens etwas Positives abzugewinnen. Wir nehmen weiterhin gern Exemplare des Staatstrojaners entgegen.

      CCC: “Der Chaos Computer Club (CCC) nimmt den Quellenschutz und die Hackerethik ernst. Dieses Addendum beschreibt die Positionen in der veröffentlichten Version von einem der uns zugespielten Staatstrojaner, an denen Daten modifiziert wurden, um die genaue Herkunft der Programme zu verschleiern.- Wir gehen nach der vergleichenden Analyse der uns vorliegenden Versionen davon aus, daß die Behörden anhand von Ermittlungsfall-spezifischen Bezeichnern (also Trojaner-Binary-interne ‘Aktenzeichen’) die Herkunft des veröffentlichten Programmes nachvollziehen können. … Der veröffentlichte Trojaner ist nicht der aktuellste, den wir besitzen. Wir haben Grund zur Annahme, daß die uns vorliegenden Versionen über einen Zeitraum von anderthalb bis zwei Jahre zusammengebaut und eingesetzt wurden. Es kann also nicht von einer ‘Beta-Version’ gesprochen werden.

      FAZ: “Der Staatstrojaner, dessen Selbstmordprogramm offenbar versagt hat, wurde von Hackern gefunden, wiederhergestellt und dann wieder in seine Bestandteile zerlegt. Das Ergebnis, wenn die Analyse des Chaos Computer Clubs zutrifft, ist eindeutig, und das Ergebnis ist schlimm: Die staatliche Überwachungssoftware verfügt nicht nur über illegale Fundamentalfunktionen, sie scheint auch so fahrlässig programmiert zu sein, dass jeder, der den Trojaner entschlüsselt hat, alle anderen gleichartigen knacken und fernsteuern kann. … Computer sind nicht nur Kommunikations-, sie sind Denkwerkzeuge. Die sekundengenaue und lückenlose Dokumentation des Bildschirminhalts (weitergeleitet in die Vereinigten Staaten und von dort wieder nach Deutschland) überwacht das Denken selbst, als Entstehungsstufen eines Textes: niemals verschickte Mails, digitale Selbstgespräche. Was hier technologisch geschieht, ist wirklich das nackte Grauen. In Zeiten einer ‘Piratenpartei’ kann der Fund des Chaos Computer Clubs die politische Geographie nachhaltig ändern. … Jetzt, seit dem Erfolg der Piratenpartei, besteht die Chance, dass diese Aufgabe zum Gegenstand von Realpolitik wird. Dazu aber ist es nötig zu erkennen, dass die neue Welt nicht nur schön ist und neu, sondern das Zeug dazu hat, den Staat zum Ungeheuer zu machen.

      ZEIT: “Die viel diskutierte Onlinedurchsuchung funktioniert. Ermittler von Landeskriminalämtern, vom Zoll oder dem Bundeskriminalamt können auf fremde Computer zugreifen und sich von ihnen beliebige Informationen holen – und sie tun es auch, obwohl sie das gar nicht dürfen. … Angesichts der nun entdeckten Spähsoftware entsteht der Eindruck, dass sich die Behörden nicht an die vom Verfassungsgericht gesetzten Beschränkungen halten und sogar bewusst dagegen verstoßen. … Ein besserer Schutz wäre klarere Gesetze. Der CCC fordert denn auch zwei Dinge: Erstens müsse endlich sauber geregelt werden, welche Ermittlungsverfahren wann zulässig sind und welche nicht. Es gebe immer noch zu viele Grauzonen, sagt Rieger. Und zweitens müsse verboten werden, illegal erlangte Beweise verwerten zu dürfen. … Und grundsätzlich findet der Club, dass ‘die heimliche Infiltration von informationstechnischen Systemen durch staatliche Behörden’ beendet werden müsse.

      SZ: “Code gegen das Gesetz: Das Verfassungsgericht hatte staatlicher Wanzensoftware zur Überwachung von Kommunikation im Internet enge Grenzen gesteckt. Doch jetzt zeigt der Chaos Computer Club, dass die Spähprogramme womöglich viel mehr leisten als erlaubt – und gleichzeitig mühelos durch Dritte missbraucht werden könnten. Die Justizministerin ist entsetzt, die Hacker spotten, der Trojaner sei die Arbeit von ‘studentischen Hilfskräften’.

      SO: “Der Bundesdatenschutzbeauftragte Peter Schaar hat angekündigt, die von deutschen Sicherheitsbehörden eingesetzte Software zur Überwachung verschlüsselter Kommunikation unverzüglich zu überprüfen. … Heftige Kritik übte Schaar an fehlenden Rahmenbedingungen: ‘Der Einsatz von Überwachungssoftware ist nur lückenhaft geregelt. Während für das Bundeskriminalamt zur Abwehr schwerster Verbrechen eindeutige gesetzliche Vorgaben bestehen, fehlen vergleichbar klare Auflagen für Polizei und Staatsanwaltschaft im Bereich der Strafverfolgung’, sagte er.”

      Danisch: “Weiß jemand, woher der CCC bei diesem anonym zugesandten Trojaner eigentlich weiß, daß es ein Bundes-/Landes-/Behördentrojaner war? Das Innenministerium dementiert, daß das Ding vom BKA stammt. Und bei anonym zugesandten Platten könnte das immer auch ein Täuschungsmanöver/Hoax sein. – Wenn man es nicht klar einer bestimmten Behörde zuordnen kann, woher weiß man dann, daß es überhaupt einer Behörde zuzuordnen ist und gerade einer deutschen? – Der Gedanke, daß jemand das dem CCC untergejubelt hat, wäre nicht so völlig fernliegend. Und das muß nicht mal ein Gegner des CCC sein. Es könnte auch ein Versuch sein, BKA/LKA/Regierungen zu diskreditieren, indem ein bewußt schlecht gebauter Trojaner als Bundestrojaner untergeschoben wird.”

      Welt: “Bevor die Empörungswellen nun hochschlagen, ist zunächst zu klären, wo der ‘Staatstrojaner’ herkommt und ob er eingesetzt wurde. Sollten deutsche Ermittler auf eigene Faust mit einer lausig programmierten Software unterwegs gewesen sein, sind Konsequenzen unvermeidlich. – Handelt es sich bei dem Trojaner aber um eine alte Version, die vor dem Bundesverfassungsgerichtsurteil eingesetzt wurde, sollte die Diskussion über zeitgenössische Werkzeuge der Verbrechensbekämpfung dort weitergeführt werden, wo sie vor den CCC-Enthüllungen aufgehört hat. Und sie sollte endlich zu Ergebnissen führen.”

      NP: “Es ist dieses diffuse Gefühl der Angst und Ohnmacht, dass nach zehn Jahren Ausbau des Überwachungsstaates durch unzählige Sicherheitsgesetze, diese gegen die eigene Bevölkerung eingesetzt werden. Es ist dieser weiterer Schritt, weniger Vertrauen in unsere Sicherheitsbehörden zu haben, weil diese ja (zumindest in den dokumentierten Fällen) offensichtlich machen, was sie wollen. Und das ist gefährlich für einen Rechtsstaat, der davon lebt, dass die Bürger an ihn glauben. – Wer übernimmt eigentlich die politische Verantwortung?

      FR: “Interne Schriftwechsel aus dem Bayerischen Justizministerium zeigen, dass schon vor vier Jahren mit der Entwicklung und dem Einsatz von rechtswidriger Überwachungssoftware begonnen wurde – und dass der Staat die Kontrolle über das Programm der Trojaner in die Hände privater Firmen legte. … Alle jetzt geknackten Trojaner wiesen die Merkmale auf, die im Schriftwechsel genannt wurden – mit Möglichkeit der Live-Ausspähung, Totalkontrolle und unbemerkten Datenhochladens. In Bayern kam die umstrittene Spionage-Software bereits mehrfach zum Einsatz. Der Staat spionierte trotz rechtlicher Schranken offenbar einfach weiter. Umfassend, in Echtzeit, ohne Legitimation.

      NP: “Es gibt einen ersten Spitzenkandidaten unter den Bundesländern bei der Suche, wer den Bundestrojaner / Staatstrojaner illegal eingesetzt hat. Sowohl Erich Moechl bei FM4 als auch die Frankfuter Rundschau von Morgen tippen auf Bayern. Das ist natürlich vollkommen überraschend, wenn man den Hashtag #0zapftis genauer betrachtet. Erich Moechl verweist auf Dokumente der Firma Digitask aus Hessen, die seit 2008 bei Wikileaks liegen. Digitask bietet die passende Software an, die alle Spezifikationen erfüllt, die der CCC entdeckt hat.

      NP: “Alexander Svensson beschreibt den Staatstrojaner und was der CCC über diesen herausgefunden hat: Der Staatstrojaner in dreieinhalb Minuten [Video]

      FDP: “Zu Medienberichten, wonach der Chaos Computer Club staatliche Überwachungssoftware geknackt haben soll, erklärt die stellvertretende FDP-Bundesvorsitzende, Bundesjustizministerin Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger: ‘Es ist mehr als beunruhigend, dass die berechtigten technischen Argumente der Beschwerdeführer in der Klage gegen die Online-Durchsuchung vor dem Bundesverfassungsgericht jetzt bestätigt werden. Wenn die Vorgaben des Bundesverfassungsgerichts in der Praxis durch die Technik nicht eingehalten werden, verschwindet das Vertrauen der Bürger. – Die FDP hat immer vor den Gefahren staatlicher Schnüffelsoftware gewarnt, weil dadurch die Unsicherheit von Kommunikation im Netz zunimmt. Noch beunruhigender ist, wenn staatliche Überwachungssoftware sich nicht an die rechtlichen Grenzen des Zulässigen oder Nicht-Zulässigen hält. Das durch das Bundesverfassungsgericht geschaffene so genannte Computergrundrecht hat Auswirkungen auf alle Ermittlungsbefugnisse im Netz.'”

      Piratenpartei: “‘Das Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) bewegt sich damit klar außerhalb verfassungsrechtlicher Grenzen’, macht Sebastian Nerz, Vorsitzender der Piratenpartei Deutschlands, deutlich. ‘Statt den Kernbereich privater Lebensgestaltung zu schützen, wurden offensichtlich durch den Trojaner zusätzliche Möglichkeiten geschaffen, mit denen weitere, auch unbefugte Personen, Zugriff auf diese Bereiche bekommen können. Der Staat sollte seine Bürger schützen und sie nicht durch Inkompetenz oder gar vorsätzlich weiteren Sicherheitsrisiken aussetzen. … Der Einsatz des Bundestrojaners muss sofort gestoppt werden.‘ … Bernd Schlömer, Stellvertretender Vorsitzender der Piratenpartei Deutschlands..: ‘Die Piratenpartei erwartet, dass alle Verantwortlichen beim BKA sowie beim Bundesministerium des Inneren öffentlich Stellung nehmen. Im Falle eines nachweislich fahrlässigen Verhaltens sollten personelle Konsequenzen folgen. Dieses schließt explizit auch die Amtsleitung des BKA, Herrn Präsidenten Jörg Ziercke, sowie den verantwortlichen Bundesinnenminister Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich mit ein.'”

    • Gerrit Eicker 13:53 on 10. October 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Heise: “Eine der Quellen für die vom CCC analysierte staatliche Spionagesoftware kommt aus Bayern. Insgesamt soll es aber mindestens zwei voneinander unabhängige Quellen des CCC für die Spionagesoftware geben. … Patrick Schladt, Anwalt eines Betroffenen, der mittels Staatstrojaner überwacht wurde, teilte nun mit: ‘Einer der vom CCC dokumentierten Staatstrojaner wurde auf der Festplatte eines meiner Mandanten gefunden, die ich im Einvernehmen mit dem Mandanten an einen öffentlich bekannten Vertreter des CCC habe übergeben lassen. Es handelt sich dabei um den Fall des ‘Screenshot-Trojaners’, der bereits im Frühjahr diesen Jahres Gegenstand der öffentlichen Diskussion war.’ Die Beweiskette von Schladt zum CCC sei lückenlos dokumentiert.Aufgespielt sei der Trojaner bei Gelegenheit einer Kontrolle seines Mandanten durch den Zoll auf dem Münchener Flughafen worden, erklärt Schladt weiter.

      Schladt: “Nachdem ich aufgrund der Aktenlage erkannt hatte, dass Screenshots angefertigt worden waren, war mir bewusst, dass hier durch einen Trojaner der Laptop manipuliert war. Ich bedanke mich bei dem CCC, dass dieser bereit war – quasi als Gutachter – die Fähigkeit des Trojaners zu analysieren. Durch diese Analyse konnte möglicherweise eine starke Kompetenzüberschreitung bayrischer Behörden aufgedeckt werden.”

    • Gerrit Eicker 16:29 on 10. October 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hans-Peter Uhl: “Wer … wie die Bundesjustizministerin eine spezialgesetzliche Rechtsgrundlage für die Quellen-TKÜ verweigert und die Strafverfolgungsbehörden damit zum Rückgriff auf die allgemeine TKÜ-Rechtsvorschrift zwingt, darf nicht beklagen, dass Vorgaben nicht eingehalten würden, die es derzeit noch nicht gibt und für deren Schaffung die Justizministerin zuständig wäre.”

    • Gerrit Eicker 18:16 on 10. October 2011 Permalink | Reply

      BR: “‘Ozapft is’ – so lautet ein Teil des Quellcodes des Trojaners, der seit dem Wochenende die Schlagzeilen beherrscht. Daraus könnte man schließen, dass diese Schadsoftware aus Bayern stammt. Und genau das bestätigte nun Innenminister Joachim Herrmann (CSU). … Der Minister gab am Montagnachmittag an, der vom Chaos Computer Club (CCC) am Wochenende bekannt gemachte ‘Staatstrojaner’ zur Online-Überwachung stamme aus Bayern. Die Erstbewertung des Landeskriminalamts (LKA) habe ergeben, dass die dem CCC zugespielte Software einem Ermittlungsverfahren der bayerischen Polizei aus dem Jahr 2009 zugeordnet werden könne… Der Minister betonte aber, dass das LKA nach Einschätzung des Ministeriums beim Einsatz der Trojaner alle rechtlichen Vorgaben eingehalten hat.

    • Gerrit Eicker 23:53 on 10. October 2011 Permalink | Reply

      FAZ: “Ob der zum Bundesfinanzministerium gehörende Zoll den Staatstrojaner eingesetzt hat, ist noch offen. Beim Bundeskriminalamt, beim Bundesverfassungsschutz und bei der Bundespolizei ist die Spionagesoftware nach Auskünften des Innenministers Hans-Peter Friedrich (CSU) nicht zum Einsatz gekommen. – Seine Amtskollegen aus den Bundesländern hingegen gestehen nach und nach die Anwendung der umstrittenen vom Chaos Computer Club analysierten Software. So bestätigte Bayerns Innenminister Joachim Herrmann (CSU), dass sie einem Ermittlungsverfahren der bayerischen Polizei von 2009 zugeordnet werden kann. … Auch das niedersächsische Landeskriminalamt (LKA) setzt das umstrittene Trojaner-Computerprogamm ein.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 09:21 on 21. August 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , Borders, , Business Advantages, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , FedEx, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Living Social, , , , , , , , New Economy, Online Services, , , , , , , , Software, , Software-powered Business, , Subscribers, , , , , , , , , , , , ,   

    Software 

    Andreessen: Software is eating the world – virtually and in the physical world; http://eicker.at/Software

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 09:22 on 21. August 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Andreessen: “This week, Hewlett-Packard (where I am on the board) announced that it is exploring jettisoning its struggling PC business in favor of investing more heavily in software, where it sees better potential for growth. Meanwhile, Google plans to buy up the cellphone handset maker Motorola Mobility. Both moves surprised the tech world. But both moves are also in line with a trend I’ve observed, one that makes me optimistic about the future growth of the American and world economies, despite the recent turmoil in the stock market. – In short, software is eating the world. … Why is this happening now? … Over two billion people now use the broadband Internet, up from perhaps 50 million a decade ago, when I was at Netscape, the company I co-founded. In the next 10 years, I expect at least five billion people worldwide to own smartphones, giving every individual with such a phone instant access to the full power of the Internet, every moment of every day. … Software is also eating much of the value chain of industries that are widely viewed as primarily existing in the physical world. … Companies in every industry need to assume that a software revolution is coming. This includes even industries that are software-based today. … Instead of constantly questioning their valuations, let’s seek to understand how the new generation of technology companies are doing what they do, what the broader consequences are for businesses and the economy and what we can collectively do to expand the number of innovative new software companies created in the U.S. and around the world.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 14:10 on 15. August 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , Acer, , , Android Licensee, Android Licensees, , , , , , , , Huawei, , , , , , , LG, , , , , Motorola Mobility, Motorola Solutions, , , , Patent Wars, , , , , , , , Software, Sony Ericsson, , , , ,   

    Google Acquires Motorola 

    Page/Google: I am so excited today to announce that we have agreed to acquire Motorola; http://eicker.at/GoogleMotorola

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 14:11 on 15. August 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Page/Google: “Since its launch in November 2007, Android has not only dramatically increased consumer choice but also improved the entire mobile experience for users. Today, more than 150 million Android devices have been activated worldwide – with over 550,000 devices now lit up every day – through a network of about 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers in 123 countries. Given Android’s phenomenal success, we are always looking for new ways to supercharge the Android ecosystem. That is why I am so excited today to announce that we have agreed to acquire Motorola.Motorola’s total commitment to Android in mobile devices is one of many reasons that there is a natural fit between our two companies. … This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. … The combination of Google and Motorola will not only supercharge Android, but will also enhance competition and offer consumers accelerating innovation, greater choice, and wonderful user experiences.”

      Google: “Google Inc. and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. – The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.”

      BI: “Needless to say this is a gamechanger in the mobile world, as Google moves down the stack, and is no longer just an operating system provider meaning it competes directly with Apple as well as the various other handset makers who currently use Android. … Other handset makers, like RIMM and Nokia are both up pre-market on the news as the focus obviously turns to Microsoft: Is it now forced to buy one of them? Or does Microsoft benefit because the remaining handset makers (Samsung, etc.) now turn more towards Windows?

      TC: “Big question now is: how will HTC, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Acer, Huawei, Lenovo and all other Android device makers respond to this news?

      TNW: “Analysts and industry experts have said Google needs to get into the handset business but nobody predicted this. Google has upped its game and is on a collision course with Apple, we can’t wait to see how it pans out.”

      HuffPo: “In January 2011, Motorola announced that it would split into two companies: Motorola Solutions, which would manufacture tech products aimed at businesses; and Motorola Mobility, which would focus solely on handsets.”

      HuffPo: “Motorola, the 82-year-old consumer electronics pioneer responsible for early televisions, cell phones and even the first broadcast from the moon, split into two companies … in a reflection of changing markets. – As separate companies – Mobility, targeting consumers, and Solutions, for professionals – the two will have simpler stories to tell investors and a nimbler approach to developing cutting-edge products such as tablet computers.”

    • Gerrit Eicker 16:59 on 15. August 2011 Permalink | Reply

      GigaOM: “[T]his … gives Google a chance to build very integrated devices that combine hardware and software well, something Apple products are known for. But it will, again, pit Google against its manufacturing partners. – Now, we’ll have to see how if this adds momentum to Android or saps it. Will it be worth it ultimately for Google to get more patent protection and its own hardware maker, or could this slow down the Android Express?”

      GigaOM: “However, purchasing Motorola Mobility isn’t a magic bullet solution to Android’s ongoing patent woes. Apple and Microsoft decided to pursue legal action against Motorola despite its patent portfolio, so it obviously isn’t watertight. But whereas previously Google seemed to have little recourse beyond complaining publicly about the unfairness of the system, now it has some actual weight to throw around in court. … As far as ‘if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’ moves goes, this one by Google is a pretty bold one. It was beginning to look like Android was facing a long, slow death at the hands of licensing fees and patent litigation.”

      TC: “During today’s conference call explaining the deal, Page noted that Motorola’s ‘strong patent portfolio’ will help Google defend Android against ‘Microsoft, Apple, and other companies.’ The first two questions on the call went right to the patent issue as well. With Android under attack on the patent front by Apple, Microsoft, Oracle and others, buying Motorola is very much a defensive move as well.”

      Doc Searls: “At the very least, this is patent play. That’s why Larry talked about intellectual property. In mobile, Motorola (I’m guessing, but I’m sure I’m right) has a bigger patent portfolio than anybody else, going back to the dawn of the whole category. Oracle started a patent war a year ago by suing Google, and Google looked a bit weak in that first battle. So now, in buying Motorola, Google is building the biggest patent fort that it can. In that area alone, Google now holds more cards than anybody, especially its arch-rival, Apple.”

      TNW: “This is a massive twist and major turn in the patent battle, and Google has well and truly upped the game. – It is sad to see innovative companies resort to patent acquisition tactics to get one-up on competitors, but sometimes the only option is to fight fire with fire. – However, let’s not forget this isn’t just about patents. Google now has direct access to mobile phone handsets too, so who knows what other developments we’ll see in the coming months/years.

      pC: “Patents may be why Page also noted that the top five Android licensees showed ‘enthusiastic support’ for the deal. Google was quick to put out a release with quotes from four of them to support that. From Samsung’s Mobile head J.K. Shin: ‘We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners & ecosystem.’ … Meanwhile, the markets and the Internet are now zooming with speculation about what this might all mean for the wider mobile competitive landscape. Nokia’s shares are creeping up, as people wonder if this increases the changes of Microsoft buying it…”

      ATD: “First of all, the deal will give a lot of fresh meat to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which is already investigating several aspects of Google’s business, including its Android mobile operating system business. As The Wall Street Journal reported last week, investigators from the FTC and from the offices of several state attorneys general have been exploring whether or not Google prevents phone manufactures who become Android partners from using the smartphone operating systems of other companies.”

      RWW: “The deal is subject to regulatory approval in both the United States and the European Union. Yet, unlike many of Google’s acquisitions in recent years, this one should go through relatively quickly. That is because of what Apple has done to the ecosystem. … Yet, that is excluding the Android ecosystem itself. If Android is ‘open’ (and many people doubt how open it actually is, even if it is licensed for free), then what is going to happen with Samsung and HTC? … Android lovers should be excited that Google now has Motorola under its thumb. There should be more and better Android devices coming to market. Google lovers should be happy because it means that Google is defending itself in the patent wars and should raise the bottom line of the company. Apple, Microsoft, Nokia and the Android ecosystem should be wary because Google now has the capability of completing disrupting the balance of the environment in the same way that Apple has.”

    • Gerrit Eicker 17:29 on 17. August 2011 Permalink | Reply

      GigaOM: “Our sources say that Motorola was in acquisition talks with several parties, including Microsoft for quite some time. Microsoft was interested in acquiring Motorola’s patent portfolio that would have allowed it to torpedo Android even further. The possibility of that deal brought Google to the negotiation table, resulting in the blockbuster sale.

  • Gerrit Eicker 07:06 on 1. August 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , Adobe Edge, , , , , , , , GIF, , , , , , JPG, , , Motion Design, , , PNG, , , Software, , , , Timeline Editor, , , , ,   

    Adobe Edge: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript 

    HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript interaction design tool Adobe Edge: the beginning of the end of Flash? http://eicker.at/AdobeEdge

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 07:07 on 1. August 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Adobe: “Adobe Edge is a new web motion and interaction design tool that allows designers to bring animated content to websites, using web standards like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3. – Edge will be updated regularly to add new functionality, stay ahead of evolving web standards, and incorporate user feedback to provide the best functionality and experience possible. This is an early look at Edge with more capabilities to come. – This version of Edge focuses primarily on adding rich motion design to new or existing HTML projects, that runs beautifully on devices and desktops.

      RWW: “So does Edge’s launch mean that Adobe caved and ceded the battle to HTML5 over Flash? Adobe doesn’t see it that way. Although battles make for good headlines here in the world of tech journalism, it’s not really an either/or scenario when it comes to the ‘Flash vs. HTML5’ conundrum in the professional world. For today’s Web designers and developers, both technologies are still used. – ‘HTML5 is an opportunity for Adobe,’ explains Devin Fernandez, Group Product Manager for Adobe’s Web Pro Segment, ‘that’s not to say there aren’t opportunities for Flash.’ He contends that Flash will continue to push forward, and, as we have reported previously, it will focus on areas that HTML5 cannot yet address as well – like 3D gaming for example.”

      VB: “Edge isn’t meant to replace Adobe’s existing web design tools like Dreamweaver or Flash – instead it’s just another option for developers. Adobe is making the software free during its initial testing period, and it’s encouraging feedback from developers. The company says it will update the software faster than anything it’s released before to keep up with the rapidly changing world of HTML5.

  • Gerrit Eicker 18:12 on 13. January 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Database Development, , , , , , , , Larry Ellison, , , , Middleware, , , Oracle Database, , SCM, Software, ,   

    Game Changers: Larry Ellison 

    Game Changers series: Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of enterprise software giant Oracle; http://eicker.at/LarryEllison

     
  • Gerrit Eicker 18:42 on 7. January 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , CDS, , , Commodity Data Storage, Computer Networking, Content Delivery Networks, , IaaS, , , Load Balancing, , , , PaaS, , Routing, , , , Service-oriented Architecture, Software, Software Solutions, Utility Computing, , , Windows Azure   

    IaaS, PaaS, SaaS 

    Cloud computing gains mainstream attention, but what exactly do IaaS, PaaS, SaaS mean? http://eicker.at/AsAService

     
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