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Leveraging Free

"Free" has been a founding concept in the Linux world since before there was Linux — or , if you prefer. In his history of the GNU project, Richard M. more>>

Who is in charge of my privacy?

It should concern us that most computer users -- ourselves included -- see themselves as dependent variables in respect to large companies' privacy policies, rather than as independent variables. more>>

What's Next for Open Source and Public Media?

Open Source has won. We've moved into Gandhicon 4. Now what? That's the question that occurred to me yesterday, while sitting in the audience of a tech session at Public Media 2008 in Los Angeles — the big annual conference for what most of us still call public broadcasting. more>>

The Volunteer Economy

How much are Yahoo's volunteers worth? And how much less will Yahoo be worth if Microsoft scares them away? That's the question that should be at the center of talk about Yahoo's value — both as an acquisition for Microsoft and as good company to work for with. more>>

Yahoo's Openness Asset

What if Yahoo's main value isn't its search engine or its advertising business, but the openness that makes it more Net-native and hacker-friendly than Microsoft? Does Microsoft understand that this same kind of openness plays a large role in Google's success as well? more>>

What happens if Microsoft buys Yahoo?

One's head spins thinking about Microsoft's unsolicited bid of $44.6 billion for Yahoo.

Yahoo has been a major figure in the open source world for a long time. It sponsors events, participates in countless development projects, and encourages its own engineers to do open source work. And, of course, it uses countless open source code bases as well. more>>

Some assignments for Social Graph Foo Camp

Free thinking and free code have two things in common: a lot of the best work has already been done, and we can re-use it.

That's my second challenge to ers. The first is getting some clarity about what the "social graph" means in the first place. more>>

Journalism in a world of open code and open self-education

Think about the differences between stories and facts. Between generating interest and pursuing knowledge. Between grabbing attention and building out what we know. Then think about the connections between the freedom to build code and the freedom to inform one's self and others. Because the former is a model for the latter. more>>

What open code developers can teach PR

Is the real challenge for PR just "influence"? Or is it something bigger thatn that? If so, are there ways we can help PR move past its history of spinnage and into a future of usefulness? more>>

Picturing CES, continued

Linux wasn't everywhere at CES, but it was close, making it impossible to see Everything with Linux in it. But we tried. more>>

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