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Submission + - Is Silicon Valley Over? (techcrunch.com)

HaveNoMouth writes: Paul Carr writes in TechCrunch that Silicon Valley is no longer where the real tech innovation is happening. Instead, the valley has filled up with cargo-cult Zuckerclones. Carr describes a recent party where he struck up a conversation with an entrepreneur who claimed he was creating a billion-dollar company:

It was only then I noticed his outfit. Everyone else was in smart-ish jeans and shirts, but the entrepreneur was carefully dressed in a hoodie and a pair of open-toed flip flops. Later investigation would reveal that his 'billion dollar' app was a social network for people with .edu addresses. The secret sauce? The fact that it gave college kids a way to flirt around campus.
Any of this sounding familiar? All he needed to complete the picture was a couple of embittered rowing twins baying for his blood...

Carr says the real tech innovation is happening in places like New York where old media is dying, where people take risks because they have nothing left to lose.

Social Networks

Submission + - Wikipedia flights with retention of contributors (wikimedia.org) 1

rackeer writes: "According to wikipedia's Editor Trends Study, active contributors are leaving, and new contributors don't stay with the project and make up a continuously smaller share of the total number of contributors. A whitepaper by the wikimedia foundation proposes top priorities based on this study. One of these priorities is the creation of a climate which is positive towards newcomers. What is your opinion of what should change?"
Privacy

Submission + - ACLU's Mobile Privacy Developer Challenge (develop4privacy.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Privacy groups announced a mobile privacy developer challenge today. The competition, Develop for Privacy, challenges mobile app developers to create tools that help ordinary mobile device users understand and protect their privacy. Its sponsored by the ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU of Washington, and the Tor Project, with the assistance of the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner's Office. Submission deadline is May 31, 2011. The winner will be announced in August 2011 at an event in Las Vegas, coinciding with the DEFCON and Black Hat security conferences.

Submission + - Neglecting your privacy to fix software bugs

An anonymous reader writes: I work in the support department of a multinational who make CRM software.

Frequently our customers send us their databases to see if we can figure out why they're experiencing certain bugs. They never randomize the data, so I've had access to millions of credit card numbers, access to people's health records, and even access to sex offender's lists (including the victims' contact details).

What's the point in implementing software security if the database will be shared for the sake of a few bug fixes?

Submission + - Canada Courts Quashes Govt. Decision on Globalive (theglobeandmail.com)

sitkill writes: The Canadian Government has rejected the Tory Cabinet's decision to overturn a CRTC mandate not allowing Globalive (which is more commonly known in Canada as the mobile carrier Wind) to operate in Canada. This is a small vindication to the enbattled CRTC which has been recently in the spotlight for it's recent decision on usage based billing, which has also come under criticism by the Tory Cabinet.

The CEO, Mr. Lacavera, stressed that this would not result in Globalive's Wind Mobile being shut down, simply that it would require another round of wrangling with the regulator over how much foreign influence is acceptable in a Canadian telecommunications company.".

Operating Systems

Submission + - Nokia Urged To Adopt Windows Phone 7 (eweekeurope.co.uk)

jhernik writes: Nokia should demote Symbian and dump Meego, in favour of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, says an investment analyst

An investment banker has called on Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to adopt Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, at the Finnish giant’s investor day next week, on the eve of Mobile World Congress (MWC)

The letter from London-based Berenberg Bank analyst Adnaan Ahmad, also reportedly urged Nokia to abandon its Linux-based operating system MeeGo, which it is developing in conjunction with Intel.

A copy of the tongue-in-cheel letter, dated 2 February, was obtained by the Financial Times and can be viewed here.

Time For Change
Ahmad suggests that if the two companies teamed up, they could mount a stronger challenge to the likes of Android and Apple. Ahmad also warned about the dangers facing “slow moving incumbents”.

Submission + - What's the cost of a Gigabyte? 1

interfecio writes: Bandwidth costs are a hot item currently, with Canada ISPs introducing allowances and charging overages, do you know what you're paying for each Gig transferred? I've looked at my routers transfer stats, and it's quite interesting.

November 2010 (Incoming: 109555 MB / Outgoing: 5825 MB)
December 2010 (Incoming: 119505 MB / Outgoing: 4931 MB)
January 2011 (Incoming: 119884 MB / Outgoing: 4579 MB)

@ $58/mo it comes out to on average 47 cents per GB. I'm not exactly a light user, but I wouldn't consider my household extreme either. With a lot of information now "cloud" based, video, voice, data storage, will we start to see a reversal of cloud services because costs could become more of a factor?

Comment The correct way (Score 1) 376

If you want a internet for emergency situations you make legislation that forces a first page in cases of emergency's you don't close off the whole internet. There really is no way to justify complete control of information other than forcing a certain view of the world on the people. And if the government wants to protect their own network make it so there is a kill-switch for closing of any government website for the outside not every site for everybody.

Government

Submission + - What to ask Congressman regarding Net Neutrality? (bluecollarmuse.com) 1

SonicSpike writes: I have the opportunity to participate in a conference call with a local Congresswoman who has sponsored legislation to restrict the FCC from arbitrarily mandating any form of Net Neutrality. Please list some ideas of intelligent questions to the Congresswoman that can be asked during this conference call .

Submission + - Social Intelligence: Why be an Enginerd? 4

EMB Numbers writes: Social Intelligence: Engineers design things that salesmen sell. Salesmen sell to each other in clubs, on golf courses, and over drinks. Engineers value competence in design. Salesmen value competence in clubs, golf courses, and drinking. College fraternities are surely the best possible training ground for salesmen. I should have joined a frat and studied clubs, golf, and beer :( Why does anybody study engineering? Why do engineers always end up working for salesmen? Is it because salesmen bring in the money and engineers are just a regrettably necessary cost of product development?

Submission + - Paypal alternatives? 6

dotancohen writes: It seems that everything that I used to do with Paypal is gone, and nobody has found a good alternative yet. This month I tried donating to Anki (but Paypal is no longer serving Japan for donations) and Virtual Identity (which stopped accepting Paypal due to the Wikileaks incident). The authors of both software are looking for alternatives. What can we recommend to them? What reliable and inexpensive money-transfer services exist today? What do you use?

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