Larry Lessig made a call for the reform of copyright law this morning at Etech. Remixing culture is nothing new.
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Sun has once again -- this time with Java -- opened the kimono on some of its most coveted code (the last time was with OpenSolaris) but may be falling short of what open source advocates had been hoping for. "One of the new licenses," reports News.
This morning's events were geared more to the social side of emerging technology. Neil Gershenfeld, the Director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT spoke about giving people in developing countries the means of fabricating things as a means of economic development (see Chris Jablonski's write-up as well).
Hakon Wium Lie, CTO at the Olso, Norway-based Web browser maker Opera, has contributed a stinging commentary to CNET Networks that calls Microsoft out for using Internet Explorer 6 to slow down the adoption of Web standards. Lie, known by many as the father of cascading style sheets (CSS), is hypersensitive about Microsoft's failure to fully embrace the most recent W3C CSS recommendations (in W3C-speak, a "recommendation" is the equivalent of a ratified standard).
Etech:Wikis have made their way into the classroom at Lewis Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. Students working on writing projects are accessing their teacher's wiki from their Safari bookmark toolbar on their Macs via Apple's Rendezvous.
If imitiation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the folks at Apple should be feeling pretty flattered now that Google is sprinkling some of its love on one of the trademark features of the OS X operating system: its Dock. To Windows users that have never seen an OS X Dock, it's sort of like the tray in Windows, but a heck of a lot more fun.
Although Motorola and Apple may disagree over when the time is right to show off a new product, there's clearly one thing they don't disagree on: convergence. "The first thing you're seeing here is a merger of two different industries with different ideas of launching products," said Motorola mobile phone chief Ron Garriques according to a Reuters report.
Neil Gershenfeld opened the third day at Etech with a talk about the digitization of fabrication and how...
AT&T is testing out a WiMax wireless broadband service with two corporate customers, joining a host of other companies looking to capitalize on the technology.
ETech has lived up to its reputation for delivering new and interesting ideas. The morning was filled with short lightening talks (what O'Reilly calls "higher order bits) by some of the people making technology, including a talk by Danny Hillis on Applied Minds and an announcement of a new search platform, called A9, from Amazon.