Goodbye HP >> Phil McKinney
Chief technology officer and ally of WebOS departs HP. He says: “My passion is to help innovators get better at innovating and I’ve spent the better part of the last dozen years fulfilling that mission. My time at HP started out as an advisor on innovation that turned into a request to join for a year or so to “help grow the innovation culture at HP”. That was 9 years ago. I can honestly say that I’ve done everything that is within my power to fulfill that objective.”
How Groupon Was Founded >> Business Insider
Impossible to tell how much of this is true, but a fascinating insight into what BI calls “the world’s most controversial company” days before its IPO.
The New Gambit, Priority One: get a huge logo on… >> Paul Carr’s NSFW Corporation
Made by the same person who did the Fail Whale for Twitter. Not that that’s a bad omen or anything. It’s meant to be a good omen.
Google Puts A Price On Privacy >> Search Engine Land
Complex but important story relating to Google’s increasing use of SSL: that means that it can’t (or shouldn’t) pass on referrer information. But is that good or bad? And is it going to… charge for access to that information which once was free?
Minecraft – Weeping Angels Mod Spotlight >> YouTube
Don’t blink. Don’t turn around. Yes, they’re in Minecraft as well.
Taking government APIs seriously >> Helpful Technology
“To me, transparency doesn’t get me as excited as open data (and still less than open government in the US sense), so it’s a shame to see transparency and open data used pretty much interchangeably. Of course scrutiny matters – and there are plenty of reasons why it’s good to know how much government spends, and with whom – though I think transparency of those government processes matters less than politicians think it does. “As an illustration of this, take the open data set of civil service jobs. A couple of years ago, the Cabinet Office created an excellent API to their searchable listings, which I used to build a simple proof of concept app, enabling anyone to sign up to an RSS feed or email alert of vacancies at a specific organisation. I built it into a commercial service I’ve run for a few years now – Government Jobs Direct – and built up a database of several thousand jobhunters signed up to alerts. “Then one day a few weeks ago, it all stopped working.”
2011: July – October Political Notes: on Steve Jobs >> Richard Stallman
Richard Stallman has more thoughts: “[Steve] Jobs saw how to make these computers stylish and smooth. That would normally be positive, but not in this case, since it has the paradoxical effect of making their controlling nature seem acceptable.”
HTC takes the lead in the US smart phone market >> Canalys
Apple sales slowed, but it’s RIM which has a particular problem. Data extends to the rest of the world too: Samsung and Apple are expanding fast in China.
Problem in WordPress; bigger problem, doing something about it… >> Kevin Townsend
The Timthumb vulnerability is still around, despite having been reported way back in August.