As one of the co-organizers of Mashup Camp, I'm getting a lot of inquiries via email and from the press about what mashups are and why they're getting so much buzz. Invariably, my response begins by evoking their memory of another technology ecosystem that exploded through the stratosphere just after exiting from its embryonic phase -- one that the mashup ecosystem (or what I call the "uncomputer") is virtually identical to: The PC.
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Now that Google has refused to comply with a Department of Justice subpoena, News.com's Declan McCullagh reports that a US District Court Judge has officially set a court showdown date for one month from today: Google's attempt to fend off the government's request for millions of search terms will move to a federal court in San Jose, Calif.
After more than 20 years in high tech, culminating in a four-year stint as executive vice president at PeopleSoft just prior to the Oracle acquisition, Ram Gupta considered himself retired from the industry and happy to sit on a few tech company boards. But, after taking a year off, he has jumped back in with Cast Iron Systems.
Worth reading: News.com digs into what Google censors on its Google.
As part of its Live Labs initiative, Microsoft acquired Seadragon, a Seattle-based startup with technology for viewing and interacting with "high-resolution images, vector graphics, applets and other documents, locally or remotely, at any visual scale, and in an environment that allows fluid navigation in two or three dimensions," according to the Web site.
Stephen Shankland reports that Linux keyholder Linus Torvalds isn't keen on aligning the kernal with a new, and as yet incomplete, GPL license. Torvalds said that it is "insane to require people to make their private signing keys available," referring to the anti-DRM element in the GPL 3 draft specification.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin addresses the China issue with Fortune's David Kirkpatrick while at Davos.We ultimately made a difficult decision, but we felt that by participating there, and making our services more available, even if not to the 100 percent that we ideally would like, that it will be better for Chinese Web users, because ultimately they would get more information, though not quite all of it.
Malcom Gladwell wrote in Blink that we often form snap judgements and they're often wrong. Now, researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa have determined that people decide a Web site's worth in 50 milliseconds--about the length of time that one frame of a TV show is on the screen.
Google's decision to censor results for its China search site has the blogosphere and beyond buzzing. Google's officials justified the decision in saying the getting access to the restricted, limited content is better than nothing.
In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show we cover a variety of timely topics. Google refuses the U.