Archive | August 2012

wow. Always thought it was better than picasa/ gplus for photos, just to lazy to load it up. Maybe we will get some new tools.

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Update:I still haven’t heard anything from Yahoo, but we’ve learned that the account was fake — apparently Mayer does have an account, but it’s set to private. We’ve also learned that Mayer is searching for a new head of Flickr.

It looks like Flickr may be getting some much-needed love from its corporate parent Yahoo — Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer just created an account on the photo-sharing site.

That may not seem like a big deal, but neither Carol Bartz nor Scott Thompson, Yahoo’s past two CEOs, had a publicly visible Flickr account, as noted by photographer and early Flickr evangelist Thomas Hawk. Symbolically, at least, that suggested Flickr wasn’t a top priority for them. So even though Mayer’s account only holds a single corporate headshot right now, it still feels like a meaningful gesture.

Hawk was actually the first to spot Mayer’s new account

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(CNN) — A former four-term Democratic congressman from Alabama and one time strong supporter of President Barack Obama will campaign for Mitt Romney Wednesday.

A Romney campaign aide confirms to CNN that Artur Davis will stump for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in the battleground state of Virginia.

Artur Davis appears Wednesday on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” Watch the program from 4 p.m. ET – 7 p.m. ET.

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webOS … reborn.

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Ever since HP killed off webOS hardware, the fate of the webOS GBU (general business unit) was as yet unknown. But according to a flyer that has floated out of the HP office, it would seem that the webOS group, along with Enyo and Cloud services, has branched away from the mother ship to start a brand new company: Gram.

According to a flyer sent out to announce the new brand, Gram is “Potent. Light. Nimble. At the core of all things big and small.” Alright? So what do you guys do at Gram?

“Gram is a new company leveraging the core strengths of webOS, Enyo and our Cloud offerings, as well as the firepower of our partners to create a technology that will unleash the freedom of the web.”

In other words, we have no earthly idea what Gram is all about. What we do know is that…

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Facebook Message Spam?

I have gotten pounded in the last three days with a ton of Facebook message spam. Have you?

Nice.

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Acquia, a commercial open source software company that provides products, services, and technical support for the Drupal social publishing system, is expanding its product portfolio with the acquisitions of Cyrve, a provider of Drupal migration services, and Growing Venture Solutions, a provider of Drupal security services.

Terms of the acquisitions were not disclosed.

As a result of the deals, Acquia is today introducing Acquia Migration Services and Acquia Security Services for Drupal enterprise website owners.

The first includes a suite of software tools, modules and best practices to help organizations migrate content from legacy web content management and social software systems such as WordPress or SharePoint to Drupal.

For more perspective on the Cyrve acquisition, check out co-founder Moshe Weitzman’s blog post.

The Acquia Security Services practice includes tools and services to assess Drupal site security and implement security strategies based on best practices.

Acquia, which…

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Cool.

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It’s early on Monday so you’ll excuse me for getting excited about an HTML5/Javascript-based GameBoy Color emulator that runs entirely within the browser without plugins. While this sort of thing isn’t new – you’ve been able to play NES games in Java for years – and this emulator is a bit old, it’s still a cool proof of concept.

In short, the Javascript emulates a Z80 processor and runs the GameBoy ROMs fast enough that the user experiences no lag. The HTML5 handles the display itself, managing animation speed for the browser. You can even download the source right here. It’s no cure for cancer, but it’s pretty cute.

Who has two thumbs and wants to play some Megaman on a summer morning while you should be working on your TPS reports? All of us.

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Nice. Mollom rocks.

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Today Acquia, the company co-founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert to commercialize the open source content management system, acquired Mollom, a spam filtering service also co-founded by Buytaert. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Acquia CEO Tom Erickson tells me the Mollom service will continue to be available for non-Drupal users and pricing will remain unchanged.

Mollom competes with Akismet, the comment spam filtering service provided by WordPress backers Automattic. But Erickson downplays the role that competing with Automattic plays in the acquisition, saying that Drupal generally doesn’t compete head-to-head with WordPress. He says Drupal tends to be used for large sites while WordPress is used for blogs and small sites.

Erickson cites two key ways Mollom is different from Akismet. First, it’s designed to handle multiple types of user generated content, not just comments. That’s important for Drupal users since many use it to…

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Yea ok and exactly who takes the blame? The pols.

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Political theorist Ivan Krastev believes that we are witnessing a “crisis of democracy.”

There appears to be little dissent in Europe or the United States about whether democracy is the best form of government, Krastev says in a foreboding talk given at TEDGlobal 2012. “Democracy is the only game in town,” says Krastev. “The problem is that many people have started to believe that it is not a game worth playing.”

Over the past 30 years, he says, trust in the efficacy of democracy has begun to erode. People feel less and less like their vote matters—that while they may be able to change who is in power, they are not able to affect what actions their government takes. The consequences? A decline in electoral turnout coupled with a growing sense of distrust of those in power.

To hear Krastev’s fascinating and counterintuitive thoughts on how this crisis…

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One more analyst house, Canalys, has released its numbers on global smartphone sales in Q2, and unlike Strategy Analytics and IDC, it has focused on sales by platforms rather than OEMs. In that light, Google’s Android was the clear, all-out winner: in a market that saw 158 million smartphone shipments worldwide, Android accounted for 68% of them, with its 108 million units an increase of 110% over the same period a year ago. And given that Apple seems to actually be holding its own quite well in countries like the U.S., the strong performance of Android can be largely attributed to how well it’s playing in emerging countries, and in one in particular: the world’s largest smartphone market at the moment, China.

China had “phenomenal” growth this year, Canalys says, and that’s no understatemet. Some 42 million smartphones were shipped in China in Q2, which works out to growth…

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