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Open Source Tweeting

Can we liberate tweeting from Twitter? It's an open question. And it's one that Dave Winer hopes we can answer, in response to his post We need: An open source Twitter shell. He begins, It would do more or less exactly what the twitter.com website does. Same prefs, same commands, same user experience. Think Apache for the Twitter user interface. more>>

Rupert Murdoch vs. The Web

Are the fights that matter just the ones between giant companies? Doesn't the health of the Net and the Web matter more than any commercial battles? more>>

Go track yourself

Are you tired of being hunted down by marketers following your digital crumb-trail? more>>

Linux and plethorization

Why is it that Linux distros divide and multiply? And do we have a better name for how and why that's done than, say, "forking"? more>>

Open vs. Fauxpen

Tristan Louis gives weight to new term that I like a lot: fauxpen. Faux in French means "false" or "fake". So fauxpen means fake open. There has always been a lot of that going around, but since the world of tech inevitably contains more of everything, there's more fauxpen stuff than ever. more>>

AP Launches Open Source Ascribenation Project

What sounds like DRM is really a cool open source journalism tool. more>>

Giving the Broadband Census

Drew Clark's Broadband Census is a worthy effort: find out what Internet connection speeds people actually get, vs. what's promised. more>>

Unpacking lock-in, silos and walled gardens

In the Linux and FOSS worlds we've been complaining for decades about vendor lock-in, platform and service silos, walled gardens and other annoyances. So now I'm wondering what scholarship has been devoted to these practices. more>>

What if they gave a DTV transition and nobody came?

Has anybody noticed that TV is no longer an over-the-air medium? more>>

Oracle buys Sun. Now What?

So Oracle bought Sun. Aside from the usual vendor sports stories (IBM lost this one), what's the deal here for Linux and other open source fixtures in both Sun's and Oracle's portfolios? What happens to MySQL? What happens to Java? How about Solaris? You tell us. more>>

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