- The Rapture of the Nerds (Charlie Stoss, Cory Doctorow) — available for download and purchase under a CC-A-NC-ND license.
- Amazon Maps API — if there is an API layer of general use to developers, Amazon will build it. They want to be the infrastructure for the web. Tim identified “the Internet Operating System”, and Amazon figured out how to put a pricetag on every syscall.
- Hoektronics — open source 3d printer queue management. (via Daniel Suarez)
- The Machine Gaze (Will Wiles) — Converging, leapfrogging technologies evoke new emotional responses within us, responses that do not yet have names. (via James Bridle)
"internet operating system" entries
Rapture of the Nerds, Amazon Maps API, 3D Printer Queues, and the New Aesthetic
Microsoft shelled out a lot of cash for Skype. Here's what they'll get in return.
Why would Microsoft pay so much for a company that doesn't have vastly superior technology or great financials? Here's five reasons.
A look at the White House's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.
The U.S. government's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace addresses key issues around identity, privacy and security. Implementation, however, will require significant effort and innovation from the private sector.
The battle for the Internet's points of control requires amassing talent.
Consistent with the recent flurry of articles about hiring wars, many platform companies have increased their number of job postings. Winning the battle for the Internet's points of control requires amassing talent.
Internet leaders discuss "points of control" at Web 2.0 Summit.
Leaders from across the Internet Economy are assembling in San Francisco this week at Web 2.0 Summit. Stay in the loop with a free livestream.
NoSQL Experience, Connected Future, Hacktivism, and Mobile UI Guidelines
- 12 Months with MongoDB (Worknik) — every type of retrieval got faster than their old MySQL store, and there are some other benefits too. They note that the admin tools aren’t really there for MongoDB, so “there is a blurry hand-off between IT Ops and Engineering.” (via Hacker News)
- Dawn of a New Day — Ray Ozzie’s farewell note to Microsoft. Clear definition of the challenges to come: At first blush, this world of continuous services and connected devices doesn’t seem very different than today. But those who build, deploy and manage today’s websites understand viscerally that fielding a truly continuous service is incredibly difficult and is only achieved by the most sophisticated high-scale consumer websites. And those who build and deploy application fabrics targeting connected devices understand how challenging it can be to simply & reliably just ‘sync’ or ‘stream’. To achieve these seemingly simple objectives will require dramatic innovation in human interface, hardware, software and services. (via Tim O’Reilly on Twitter)
- A Civic Hacktivism Abecedary — good ideas matched with exquisite quotes and language. My favourite: Kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight. (via Francis Irving on Twitter)
- UI Guidelines for Mobile and Web Programming — collection of pointers to official UI guidelines from Nokia, Apple, Microsoft, MeeGo, and more.
Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle discuss "points of control."
Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle examined the people, organizations, and chokeholds shaping the Internet Economy during a recent webcast. A video of their discussion is included in this post.
Twitter's URL shortener could give marketers a key tool for off-site engagement.
If Twitter is so inclined, the company could turn the new t.co shortening service into a powerful analytics tool that solves the marketing and tracking issues of off-site engagement.
Internet companies are jockeying for positions that will benefit them for years to come.
In our planning for this year’s Web 2.0 Summit, John Battelle and I have expanded on the metaphor of “the Great Game,” as we explore the many ways Internet companies at all levels of the stack are looking for points of control that will give them competitive advantage in the years to come.
Tamar Weinberg on how shifts in privacy help and hinder social media.
"New Community Rules" author Tamar Weinberg discusses Facebook's relationship with privacy and the broader implications of privacy's adaptation in this Q&A. She also offers privacy tips for businesses entering the social media fray.