links for 2010-03-19

  • "From her home in Manitoba, Karen says she is offended that the law labels her and her partners criminals, yet it would have been legal, and more socially acceptable, to disrupt her family life by leaving her husband or having an adulterous affair. As much as she hates the attention, polyamorists have to take a stand in what promises to be a high-profile case, she says. “The irony is we’re really fighting for the right to be left alone.”

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  • The three of us are no spring chickens, and I would venture to say it’s entirely possible that is one of the reasons our polyamorous relationship works as well as it does. I believe that security and self-esteem increase with age. The insecurities of youth, the self-doubts of many people who are still “finding themselves,” and peer and societal pressures, make relationships difficult at the best of times. As we grow older and, one hopes, wiser, it becomes clear that not everything is as cut and dried as we were led to believe when we were much younger.
  • Yes, the Internet media business is much less lucrative than the print side, and may never replace it in terms of the revenues it generates. But Andreessen’s point is that the meteor is on its way and the sooner that media companies start looking for cover, the more likely they are to survive. He is not trying to be an alarmist. He’s just a realist. In the technology industry, similar disruptions happen all the time. The companies that survive are the ones that adapt and jump onto the next wave of technology before the one they are on finishes cresting. So the real question is one of timing. How long will it take that $30 billion print business to go to $20 billion, $10 billion, or zero? No doubt, it will take years, probably decades. But how long do print media companies wait before they leave their old business behind?
  • "When people talk about patriarchy and then it divulges into a complex conversation about the shifting circles of privilege, power, and domination — they’re talking about kyriarchy. When you talk about power assertion of a White woman over a Brown man, that’s kyriarchy. When you talk about a Black man dominating a Brown womyn, that’s kyriarchy. It’s about the human tendency for everyone trying to take the role of lord/master within a pyramid. At it best heights, studying kyriarchy displays that it’s more than just rich, white Christian men at the tip top and, personally, they’re not the ones I find most dangerous. There’s a helluva lot more people a few levels down the pyramid who are more interested in keeping their place in the structure than to turning the pyramid upside down."

links for 2010-03-11

  • "While you may see banner ads on YouTube’s mobile home, search and browse pages, you won’t see ads on the clips themselves. Those will come eventually, Shishir Mehrotra, YouTube’s director of monetization, told Advertising Age, but in the near term, it’s too difficult for the company to pull off. That’s because there are too many handsets, with different standards and requirements, to support."
  • "Today we're posting the "iPhone Developer Program License Agreement"—the contract that every developer who writes software for the iTunes App Store must "sign." Public copies of the agreement are scarce, perhaps thanks to the prohibition on making any "public statements regarding this Agreement, its terms and conditions, or the relationship of the parties without Apple's express prior written approval." But when we saw the NASA App for iPhone, we used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to ask NASA for a copy, so that the general public could see.

    "This "license agreement" is particularly relevant right now, given the imminent launch of the iPad and anytime-now issuance of the U.S. Copyright Office's ruling regarding jailbreaking of the iPhone.

    "So what's in the Agreement? Here are a few troubling highlights…"

  • According to Clyburn, next week's Plan will recommend a three-part National Digital Literacy Program that will consist of
    * a National Digital Literacy Corp
    * a one-time investment to bolster the capacity of libraries and community centers
    * an Online Skills portal for free, basic digital skills training.

    Why? "As political dialogue moves "to online forums; as the Internet becomes the comprehensive source of real-time news and information; and as the easiest access to our government becomes email or a Web site, then those who are offline become increasingly disenfranchised," said Clyburn. "

  • "PON technology is expected to offer 10Gbps downloads in the next year or two, though this will amount to a guaranteed per-user capacity of "only" 160-320Mbps. Verizon is already trialing the XG-PON technology in the field, announcing in December 2009 that it had done its first successful 10Gbps test outside the lab. Standards for XG-PON should be finalized this year, but it won't be in wide use for some time. (Verizon called it a "technology validation" rather than a "product trial.")

    "Somewhere around 2027, PON should offer 100Gbps of download capacity; split between end users, this should guarantee 10Gbps downstream connections."

  • "Part of the new feature will involve the use of Twitter’s link shortener twt.tl, which may now start popping up in some of your emails and direct messages."
  • "Perhaps nobody is as ambitious as PayPal. In November, it further opened up its code, giving anyone with rudimentary programming skills access to the kind of technology and payment-industry experience that Ivey used to build Twitpay. The move could unleash a wave of innovation unlike any we’ve seen since self-publishing came to the Web. Two months after PayPal opened its platform, 15,000 developers had used it to create new payment services, sending $15 million through the company’s pipes. Software developer Big in Japan, whose ShopSavvy program lets people find an item’s cheapest price by scanning its barcode, used PayPal to add a “quick pay” button to its app.

    "Previously, anybody who wanted to create a service like this would have had to navigate a morass of state and federal regulations and licensing bodies. But now engineers can focus on building applications, while leaving the regulatory and risk-management issues to PayPal."

  • "For software developers, selling applications in the marketplace means tapping a customer base of the 25 million users — and 2 million businesses and universities — that already use Google Apps. The store launched with 50 applications, including a payroll app from software veteran Intuit(INTU) and a spate of tools from startups, such as a project-management tool from Manymoon. Developers can make their existing cloud applications compatible with Google Apps using Google's application programming interface tools. There is a one-time fee of $100 to list applications in the marketplace, as opposed to the $99 annual fee that Apple(AAPL) charges iPhone developers in the iStore."
  • "Facebook plans to clone Foursquare's central service — the ability for site members to use their phones to "check-in" from restaurants and bars — and make it a mere Facebook feature. But Foursquare cofounder Dennis Crowley says there's something Facebook can't clone: the real-life friendships between Foursquare users.

    "Facebook used to be who your friends are, now it's everyone," Dennis told us in an interview. "[Foursquare] is more tightly curated to who you want to have as your check-in friends. Facebook is good place for status updates and sharing photos, not to keep tabs on where people are going."

    "Here's the main problem with Dennis's very sound argument: Facebook has 400 million monthly users. Even if "checking-in" with Facebook only catches on with a small percentage of the site's users — such a userbase could easily dwarf Foursquare's half a million users."

  • "The larger goal here is to get managers comfortable with, and conversant in, online communications technology. This comfort can't be outsourced or delegated. As news communication businesses shift from print to online, their managers must become as comfortable and conversant in online communication as they were with the printed word. Otherwise, their leaders are reduced to followers, and their businesses run adrift."
  • Wow, a poly/sexual freedom activist & scholar in China!

links for 2010-03-10

  • "From a news point of view, getting story data from a writer and keeping it in a database is a solved problem. There is excellent free software out there that does this much better than I could ever hope to. What blogware does not do well is arrange stories hierarchically. Where Holovaty is right is that these blobs (and 99% of news on the web now is in blob-form) need to be repurposed, because blogware isn’t designed with news judgement in mind. This is why I wrote Homer. Homer is for news homepages."

links for 2010-03-09

  • "The conclusion of our study is that, summing the conservative, low-end estimates of 11 categories of economic impact yields an aggregate estimate of the current costs of digital exclusion at over $55 billion per year. Furthermore, over time, the costs of digital exclusion are likely to increase, as technological advances in key sectors enhance the efficiencies enjoyed by digitally included populations and therefore magnify the costliness of being excluded."
  • "Snap Groups is a free, web-based service that helps you connect without the chaos of other online communities. Here's what's great about Snap Groups:

    * Snap Groups is faster than other online groups because it lets you send and read messages, called snaps, in real-time
    * No email flooding your inbox – and no spam or viruses!
    * Read replies and conversations without battling unwanted headers, links, graphics, and ads
    * See the public groups your friends are in, and what they are posting about
    * It's easy to unsubscribe from a group – or make groups private – with a single click
    * Automatically Tweet and email your friends from Snap Groups to invite them to your group!
    * It's easy and free to register, so join Snap Groups, and you can start posting in seconds!"

  • Public TV:

    "This 3-part series takes viewers on an in-depth tour of the science of human emotions in an effort to truly understand what makes us tick. Every day, it seems, some new study reveals a previously hidden epidemic of depression, anxiety or other psychological problem. At the root of the confusion lie 3 key questions: what is biological, what is cultural and what can we do when things go wrong?

    "After centuries of assuming that we humans, with our mysterious minds and messy emotions, were just not fit subjects for study, science has developed some startling insights into human nature. Using the latest cutting edge research from neuroscience, startling observations from social science and experts in psychology, the series explores the biological need for social relationships, how to manage negative feelings and the search for greater happiness, unveiling a new understanding of what it means to be human."

  • This probably is mostly smartphones, not feature phones:

    "25.1 million people are accessing Facebook via a mobile Web browser, a growth of 112 percent from January 2009, according to new research from comScore. Twitter use via a mobile browser grew 347 percent to 4.7 million users. MySpace lured 11.4 million users. In total, some 30.8 percent of smartphone users accessed Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites via their mobile browser in January 2010. Apple's iPhone 3GS and Google Android devices such as the Motorola Droid and Nexus One make it easier for users to access applications they would normally only be comfortable using from their PCs and Macs."

  • "Spotty or expensive service can be limiting to users. Societal norms often leave women in charge of raising families and caring for the home, work that does not earn an income for women to afford a cell phone or airtime. In countries where the cost of making calls is prohibitively expensive, users are left to rely on either SMS messaging or beeps – calling other users and hanging up, so that the recipient calls back the original 'beeper' using their minutes.

    "These work-arounds have distinct downsides; SMS requires literacy in a language supported on cell phones, is relatively expensive as a means of communicatins comparied to women's incomes, and beeping requires having contacts that can financially support making phone calls."

  • "A new report, “Women and Mobile: A Global Opportunity,” by the GSMA Development Fund, the Cherie Blair Foundation and Vital Wave Consulting, tackles the issue of the gender gap in mobile phone usage with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.

    "The report gathered its data through field research, and surveys of 2000 women in four countries (Bolivia, Egypt, India and Kenya), in-depth interviews with mobile telecommunications leaders and academics, and statistical analysis of outside data sources (the GSMA’s Wireless Intelligence Database, statistics from the United Nations, and others). The report found:

    "A woman is still 21% less likely to own a mobile phone than a man. This figure increases to 23% if she lives in Africa, 24% if she lives in the Middle East, and 37% if she lives in South Asia. Closing this gender gap would bring the benefits of mobile phones to an additional 300 million women."

  • Great overview/link list from Steve Buttry.