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Top Stories: December 5-9, 2011

A vote against frictionless sharing, a look at cloud security threats, and why the open sourcing of Data.gov matters.

Here’s a look at the top stories published across O’Reilly sites this week.

The end of social
Mike Loukides: “If you want to tell me what you listen to, I care. But if sharing is nothing more than a social application feed that’s constantly updated without your volition, then it’s just another form of spam.”

Why cloud services are a tempting target for attackers
Jeffrey Carr says before organizations embrace the efficiencies and cost savings of cloud services, they should also closely consider the security repercussions and liabilities attached to the cloud.

White House to open source Data.gov as open government data platform
The new “Data.gov in a box” could empower countries to build their own platforms. With this step forward, the prospects are brighter for stimulating economic activity, civic utility and accountability under a global open-government partnership.

Stickers as sensors
Put a GreenGoose sticker on an object, and just like that, you’ll have an Internet-connected sensor. In this interview, GreenGoose founder Brian Krejcarek discusses stickers as sensors and the data that can be gathered from everyday activities.

What publishers can learn from Netflix’s problems
Wired.com writer Tim Carmody examines the recent missteps of Netflix and takes a broad look at how technology shapes the reading experience.


Tools of Change for Publishing, being held February 13-15 in New York, is where the publishing and tech industries converge. Register to attend TOC 2012.

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