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Top Stories: June 25-29, 2012

William Gibson's apt predictions, why C matters, and a vote against lightweight DRM.

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

William Gibson got some of it right
“Neuromancer,” written 28 years ago, predicted a technological wonderland we’re still waiting for. But its corporate dystopia is already here.

Why learn C?
“Head First C” co-author David Griffith discusses C’s continued popularity and why C and Arduino work well together.

“Lightweight” DRM isn’t the answer
In this open letter to the IDPF’s Executive Director, Bill McCoy, O’Reilly GM & Publisher Joe Wikert explains why a DRM-free approach is far better than any “lightweight” DRM option.

Ten years of Foo Camp
We curate topic areas and interesting people, but Foo Camp is designed to be an idea collider. It’s an intentional serendipity engine that works the seams in between.

Predictive data analytics is saving lives and taxpayer dollars in New York City
A predictive data analytics team in the Mayor’s Office of New York City is finding patterns in regulatory data that can then be applied to law, health and better allocation of taxpayer resources.


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