The readers of Time Magazine have spoken. The hacktivist group received the most votes in a Time Magazine poll as the most influential figure among all platforms. The group which is nameless, faceless and leaderless has been causing mischief online all in the name of justice. Should we be surprised?
“While Apple generates more than $575 in profit for every iOS device, and according to estimates in 2007 Apple earned more than $800 on every iPhone sold through ATT, Horace Dediu reports that Android generated less than $550m in revenues for Google between 2008 and the end of 2011, earning only $1.70 per year, per Android device — explaining how Apple is sucking up two thirds of the profit in the mobile phone business. Dediu’s starting point is a settlement offer Google made to Oracle of $2.8 million and 0.515% of Android revenues on an ongoing basis. His assumption is that those numbers represent Google’s revenue from Android to date. ‘If this is the case,’ writes Dediu, ‘We have a significant breakthrough in understanding the economics of Android and the overall mobile platform strategy of Google.’ Of course profitability is not the only reason Google is in the mobile phone business. ‘P&L considerations were not the only (or even at all) factors in investment for Google. Having a hedge against hegemony of potential rivals, having a means to learn and develop new business and having a role in defining the post-PC computing paradigm are all probably bigger considerations than profitability,’ writes Dediu. ‘My guess is that Android is not a bad business. But it’s also not a great one.’”
Think the bullshit with SOPA, PIPA and ACTA is over? Nope. Welcome the new legislation, CISPA to the club of retarded legislations!
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) allows companies to collect information about people and give it to the US government in the name of cyber security. The main problem with the bill is that it is so broad it can even lead to companies and the government monitoring and censoring what people say.
Online activists who helped slow down the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) earlier this year have now turned their sights to a House cybersecurity bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).
A spokesperson for the US based Centre for Democracy and Technology said that what is of major concern is the fact that CISPA is extremely vast in terms of the types of information it will allow the government to receive. She also said that the bill would create a vast hole in all existing privacy laws and could be used as a back door wire tapper of sorts.
Electronic Frontier Foundation says that CISPA uses such sweeping language that it would give companies and the government new powers to monitor and censor communications for copyright infringement. It could also be a powerful weapon to use against whistleblower websites like WikiLeaks. (more…)
Augumented reality glasses, read text messages, google things, watch the news. All without even lifting your hands. Sounds pretty sci fi to me, in other words awesome. But does google think we will all go around with google glasses in the future? Maybe maybe not, either way the idea is cool. (more…)
The VideoLAN Association, which publishes the free media player world famous VLC, just send a referral for an opinion to Hadopi . Best known for its mission to fight against illegal downloading , the High Authority for the dissemination of works and rights protection on the Internet is also responsible for developing legal offers and interoperability is to say the possibility of readthe same file on different media.
However, the VLC developers come up against a problem: their software can not, in the state, read Blu-Ray, protected by an anti-copy technology developed by Sony , which has the effect to prevent playback of discs on a PC.
Sony refused to make public or disclose computer code of these safeguards, lest it be used to circumvent its copy protection, but French law, reminds VLC, provides an exception just for ensuring the interoperability.
“VLC media player can implement use restrictions requested by the MTP [ Media Transfer Protocol] – copy, forced reading, etc.. software so scrupulously respect the wishes of copyright holders, “said the association in its referral, the Monde.fr could see .
Aside from adding a useful feature in VLC, VideoLAN think it is a symbolic event, and wishes “to advance the right of a very complicated issue, ” explains its president at the Point .