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Wednesday, September 29. 2010
Amazon is tipped to be preparing its own Android marketplace, challenging the official Android Market with their own developer offering and hoping to lure in coders with the possibility of being features on the retailer’s well-trafficked site. Meanwhile there’s also talk of an Amazon tablet, produced alongside rather than replacing the Kindle, and itself running Android.
Developers will be charged $99 to take part, and receive either 70-percent of the purchase price or 20-percent of the list price (intended, apparently, to stop coders selling their apps cheaper elsewhere). In return they’ll be expected to update the Amazon app store versions of software at the same time as they do for the Android Market and other stores, and they’ll have to accept the retailer’s DRM.
The store will be US only, at least to begin with, and Amazon keeps executive control over how apps are priced; if they don’t like your numbers, they can change them or even pull the app altogether. Details on the tablet, meanwhile, are pretty much a mystery, though TechCrunch’s source has apparently got a reasonable history of accurate tips.
Wednesday, August 11. 2010
At Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station visitors can now select beverages from a 47-inch touch panel.
Smart vending machines in the streets show that Big Brother is being naturally accepted in a pixel consuming society.
Friday, May 14. 2010
Facebook and Mozilla have contrasting visions for the future of your online identity.
By Christopher Mims
The two approaches are fundamentally different. Facebook's Open Graph Protocol uses the oAuth standard, which lets a website identify a user via a third-party site without exchanging sensitive information. Facebook--whose 400 million active users make it the world's largest social network in the world--stands to benefit as other sites come to rely on the information it holds about users and their social connections.
The approach taken by the Mozilla Foundation, which makes the Firefox browser, comes in the form of a suite of browser extensions. One of the extensions, called Account Manager, can replace all of a user's online passwords with secure, computer-generated strings that are encrypted and protected with a single master password. Mozilla's identity extensions can interact with other identity standards, including OpenGraph, oAuth, and OpenID, a standard that allows any website or Web service provider to host a social network-style profile of a user. The goal of the Mozilla Foundation's efforts is to establish a set of open standards and protocols that could be implemented in any browser or website.
As much as possible, identity would be moved out of the webpage itself and into the "chrome" of the browser--the parts around of the webpage. Logging in and out of sites would be accomplished through buttons at the top of the browser that would activate secure protocols--rendering the process of creating and memorizing usernames and passwords obsolete.
"Every user of the Internet today is expected to describe themselves to every site they go to," says Mike Hanson, principal engineer at Mozilla Labs. Inevitably, Hanson says, this leads to confusion and security holes, such as passwords that are identical across multiple sites.
The solution, according to Hanson, is to let the browser itself manage user identity. Weave Sync, another Mozilla extension, is designed to enable that vision. It stores encrypted versions of a growing list of data on a Mozilla-hosted server (or any user-specified server), including a person's history, preferences, bookmarks, and even open tabs, which can be synced across two or more browsers. This allows users to have the same browser workspace on any device that supports Firefox or its mobile equivalent, Fennec. There's even a prototype for the iPhone, built on top of Apple's Safari browser.
Last fall Mozilla Labs also commissioned Chris Messina, at the time a researcher in residence at Mozilla Labs, to design a Web browser that would manage the other half of online identity--a user's social graph. In Messina's mock-ups, a user can interact with people on the Web in ways that go beyond what OpenID or Facebook's OpenGraph currently offer. "The idea of a social browser is important to me because it's the single point of integration for all websites," says Messina. "It's the one thing that knows who you are across all social experiences."
Messina's designs envision a browser that lets users "follow" other users by viewing all of their relevant information streams--Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.--collected into a single browser tab stamped with that user's profile picture. A similar interface could also be used to control exactly what personal information other people and websites have access to. This could allow, for instance, a user to change her shipping address across any number of sites at once, or to control which version of their identity a particular groups of friends can access. "I'm not interested in the [Mark] Zuckerberg approach, where privacy doesn't exist anymore," says Messina, referring to the CEO of Facebook.
Both Facebook and the Mozilla Foundation will face challenges in pushing their own vision of online identity. John Mitchell, a professor of computer science at Stanford, says the most significant barrier will be the adoption of suitable protocols. Before such protocols can be standardized and rolled into, for instance, the next version of HTML, Web developers are going to have to be willing to experiment.
"What I've seen from a lot of companies is an attempt to guess the end solution and build that only," says Mitchell. "It would be better if, instead, we had an open architecture where people could try many different approaches."
If the new Mozilla software and Messina's designs are sufficiently popular with users and developers (not to mention the influencers who sit on the boards of standards committees like the World Wide Web Consortium), then the foundation's technology could find its way into the regular release of Firefox and perhaps, ultimately, into other browsers.
To Messina, just drawing up the blueprints for such technology was an important first step. "We're further away from the death of the password than I'd like to be, but it's a nice goal to aim for," he says.
Copyright Technology Review 2010.
Back in 2003 (and up to 2005), we treated this question of identity, surveillance-monitoring technique and data mining of user's data in the Knowscape Mobile project, or in the AI vs AI in self-space project too. We claimed for a total open approach of online identity considering the web as a public space (open data collected in open space belongs to everybody). Of course, this was a speculative project to address the question. An approach that won't be feasible in reality because we definitely need all type of spaces: public, private, semi-public, semi-private, etc. But the status of "space" and their data should be transparent to all users.
Monday, July 20. 2009
In an amazingly Orwellian twist, Amazon has dekindled George Orwell's works -- 1984 and Animal Farm -- from Kindle "owners" worldwide. David Pogue gets the inherent wrongness involved, but doesn't go far enough into this post-industrial accident, perhaps:
This morning, hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners awoke to discover that books by a certain famous author had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for—thought they owned. 1984A screen shot from Amazon.com The MobileReference edition of the novel, “Nineteen Eighty-four,” by George Orwell that was deleted from Kindle e-book readers by Amazon.com.
But actually its not like that at all, since it would a/ require hundreds of thousands of thieves to break into hundreds of thousands of homes, physically, and then b/ find, and ultimately c/ steal the books. This is logisitically impossible, and even if it were possible, it couldn't be done by one person hitting the delete key on some queen bee server at Amazon. And, of course, d/ this would be a felony, or better, a hundred thousand felonies.
Amazon sort of explains their so-called thinking:
[from Mysterious George Orwell refunds - kindle Discussion Forum]
Since when does pulling a title from a digital store lead to it disappearing from the shelves of those that bought it in the past?
If Amazon markets the Kindle device and the digital content it delivers as a rental service, well, fine. And if the "owners" of these devices go along with it, cool.
But the reality is somewhat more sinister, since the marketing hype is that Kindle is 'your library', which is generally conceived of as comprising the books I possess, not the ones I get from the library:
[from Amazon Website]
Unless, of course, Amazon hits the kill switch.
We've known from the start that Amazon's approach to digital books is all about money, not high fidelity allegiance to the nature of books. You can't loan a Kindle book to a friend, for example, or sell one. It interrupts all the wonderful social fabric that surrounds books and reading.
In a way, we shouldn't be too surprised at the newest infraction of our e-dreams about the Kindle. After all, we've known from the start that Amazon's approach to digital books is all about money, not high fidelity allegiance to the nature of books. You can't loan a Kindle book to a friend, for example, or sell one. It interrupts all the wonderful social fabric that surrounds books and reading.
And, this was their choice, of course. No book "buyer" ever said, "Please free me of the distractions of loaning my books to others: what a bother!" No one ever said they'd like to buy a book they cannot sell.
You can make a case that Amazon had no choice, that the publishers wouldn't go along otherwise. This is just digital music and Apple's iTunes all over again. Although I don't recall Apple ever deleting my Massive Attack discography. And, unlike Kindle, iTunes allows me to bring in my own digital content: I can rip music from CDs, and those tracks are unencrypted. And iTunes at least allows me to share even my encrypted music with five computers -- like my family or close friends. Not a great social model there, but it's at least something.
Amazon's world is hermetically sealed by comparison.
And, since they have gone ahead and built this dekindling doomsday device, couldn't a repressive government use it to degauss questionable books? It goes beyond censorship, to the undoing of history. Our past purchases of books are erased.
A Cheney granted the Messianic control that he desires might have deleted every Paul Krugman or John Rawls book in existence. Or the Chinese politburo -- in a future China, bursting with Kindles -- might delete or block the sale of millions of titles. Would Amazon go along with that?
This is mere conjecture, I grant you. But tools like this have a way of being used, just as Google and Yahoo have worked with the Chinese government in the past, to block searches and track keywords.
The brightest light can make the deepest shadow, and just so, the Web and its myriad shiny objects form a Gahan Wilson silhouette, casting a spectre of frightening possibilities. What Pogue and other take as irony -- the dekindling of Orwell -- portends a darker future than they might want to consider.
Friday, July 10. 2009
L’association RAP (Résistance à l’agression publicitaire) a présenté, hier, une étude sur les panneaux publicitaires animés du métro parisien «coupables d’une quintuple pollution». En attendant l’analyse de la Cnil, l’association met en doute la légalité du dispositif, estimant que ces écrans sont techniquement capables de «déterminer le sexe des passants, leur âge, la couleur de leur peau, le type de vêtements portés», et d’analyser «l’expression faciale» et la «zone de l’image regardée». Cette étude met en avant une pollution à la fois «visuelle, énergétique, mentale, électromagnétique et des libertés publiques». Sans compter les «1 200 watts consommés sans arrêt par ces panneaux». RAP et quatre autres associations ont été déboutées en avril de leur demande d’expertise par la juge des référés du tribunal de grande instance de Paris au motif qu’elles étaient «irrecevables à agir». Quatre des écrans publicitaires incriminés, installés depuis décembre à la station Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, sont actuellement hors service, selon RAP.
Dans la continuité de l'article ci-dessous sur la loi Hadopi, la surveillance marketing, cette fois questionnée pour sa "quintuple pollution". La capacité d'"analyse" du panneau d'affichage me semble surévaluée, reste qu'il est étonnant d'autoriser l'implantation de tels systèmes dans l'espace public (la RATP est bien un organisme public!?), sans autre... Assez inquiétant.
Thursday, June 25. 2009
Are social networks such as Facebook and MySpace doing enough to protect their users’ privacy? In the European Union, they might need to do more. A panel of European regulators has laid out operating guidelines for social networks, which will ensure their compliance with strict – albeit sometimes vague – online privacy laws in the European Union.
These laws mostly stem from the European Union Directive on Data Protection of 1995, which, among other regulations, prohibits collection of personal information without consumers’ permission, forbids employers to read workers’ private e-mail, and doesn’t allow companies to share personal information on users without their permission.
Nevertheless, the guidelines that were laid out will require quite a bit of effort from sites such as Facebook and MySpace, who cannot neglect their European user base and will therefore surely at least try to comply to avoid clashing with the EU regulators.
According to the guidelines, social networks must set security settings to high by default; they must allow users to limit data disclosed to third parties, and they must limit the use of sensitive information (race, religion, political views) in behavioral advertising.
Furthermore, social networks must delete accounts that have been inactive for long periods, as well as discard users’ personal information after they delete their accounts; an interesting regulation in view of the recent Facebook scandal, in which Facebook claimed ownership of all the content you’ve ever uploaded even if you quit the service. Facebook later apologized and restored their previous Terms of Service, even letting users be part of the decision process in creating the new ToS. However, it must be noted that even if this sounds like democracy, it’s a frail one, as Facebook still sets up the stage and has the last word on every decision.
It is therefore good that there’s an overseer, looking over our online privacy and security. These latest guidelines from the European Union will definitely make life harder for social networks such as Facebook and MySpace, but will most likely have a positive impact on user privacy in the long run.
De façon générale, la thématique de la privacité monte dans les médias, l'intérêt du public aussi et la législation tente de suivre...
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