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Facebook makes its own 'data portability' move, Google to follow?

Facebook makes its own 'data portability' move, Google to follow?

Not to be outdone by MySpace's "Data Availability" initiative, Facebook announced on Friday its own data portability strategy dubbed "Facebook Connect".Described as "the next iteration of Facebook Platform" the new feature will allow users to "connect" their Facebook identity, friends and privacy to participating sites -- implying that Facebook will expand its current public APIs to enable more of Facebook's data to have a life outside of Facebook. It's not clear, however, if participating sites will need to have formal agreements with Facebook or simply comply with Connect's terms of service.

May 11, 2008 by

The application interface problem

The application interface problem

If you're an IT guy you probably think about development work in terms of the tools available, but what you may not realize is that those tools dictate the interface you can build - and the interface: how the application works; is the only thing the users care about.

May 11, 2008 by

True Server Virtualization

True Server Virtualization

I see that Tony Asaro, Chief Strategy Officer over at Virtual Iron, recently presented some interesting comments about what makes up true server virtualization in his blog. In his post, he points out that "The hypervisor is important and is useful for consolidating servers.

May 11, 2008 by

News to know: Facebook; OpenOffice; Firefox; RIM

News to know: Facebook; OpenOffice; Firefox; RIM

Notable headlines:Paula Rooney: Firefox 3 RC1 code complete, due in late MayJoe McKendrick: Is anyone ready to process a trillion events per day?Tom Foremski: Informatica is on the block say senior sourcesMichael Krigsman: Hosted software development: an emerging market [interview and podcast]Kara Swisher/BoomTown: Facebook's CTO D'Angelo to LeaveJason O'Grady: All USB ports aren't created equal David Morgenstern: Freeze Frame 2.

May 11, 2008 by

RIM officially announces the BlackBerry Bold and a $150 million development fund

RIM officially announces the BlackBerry Bold and a $150 million development fund

There have been rumors of a new BlackBerry design, often labeled the BlackBerry 9000 series, and today RIM posted the official announcement of the BlackBerry Bold smartphone that will be coming this Summer to a carrier near you. RIM also announced a US$150 million mobile applications and services development fund similar to what Apple has done with its developer fund a few months ago. RIM is serious about the smartphone market and isn't about to give up to Apple, Microsoft, or Nokia anytime soon.

May 11, 2008 by

ICANN: IPv4 will run out by 2011

ICANN: IPv4 will run out by 2011

Big businesses need to start planning now to handle changes that will take place when a new version of the Internet's fundamental routing protocol becomes ubiquitous, or risk losing online customers, according to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

May 11, 2008 by

Windows XP SP3 upgrade spells trouble for IE

Windows XP SP3 upgrade spells trouble for IE

Windows XP users who install the operating system's third service pack will not be able to roll back their versions of Internet Explorer, Microsoft's deployment manager for Internet Explorer 8 has warned.

May 11, 2008 by

They died for Reddi-Wip?

They died for Reddi-Wip?

Jon Edwards often manages what appears impossible. He has recovered precious data from computers wrecked in floods and fires and dumped in lakes.

May 11, 2008 by

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