This article titled “The Technology newsbucket: music tolls, Korean tablet wars, Facebook cash and more” was written by Charles Arthur, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 19th October 2010 11.00 Asia/Calcutta
A quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Patent Troll Forces Online Music Sellers, Buyers to Pay a Toll >> The Legal Pulse
"Sharing Sound’s patent, and the litigation arising from it, are a sad commentary on the quality of federal patent examination. As one commentator noted, online selling of digital goods was well underway before the Patent Office issued the Sharing Sound patent."
A radical pessimist’s guide to the next 10 years >> The Globe and Mail
Ah. Douglas Coupland, with these 45 predictions and guides to how to live, you make us feel… uneasy.
Tablet war is about to begin in Korea >> CNET Asia Blogs
"Two local giant carriers KT and SKT will introduce their latest flagship tablets, the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab, in Korea by mid-October. KT is known as a partner of Apple with distributorship for the iPhone 3GS and 4. SKT is focusing on Samsung’s Galaxy series to match up with KT’s Apple."
It’ll be interesting to see how sales and prices compare.
What’s Wrong with "HTML5? >> Katz Got Your Tongue?
Yehuda Katz, a member of the Ruby on Rails core team, says: "The thing is, the core problem isn’t that the name is too fuzzy. It’s what the name implies. HTML5 sounds like a technology which goes through a beta period and is finally complete. Instead, what the tech press calls "HTML5? is really a continual process of improving the web browsers that people use. And honestly, that’s how I’d like to see the tech press cover us. Not as group of people working towards a singular milestone that will change the web as we know it, but as a group that has gotten our groove back."
Stuxnet >> Schneier on Security
Bruce Schneier offers his alternative theories about what the worm was looking to do, which include: "A message. It’s hard to speculate any further, because we don’t know who the message is for, or its context. Presumably the intended recipient would know. Maybe it’s a "look what we can do" message. Or an "if you don’t listen to us, we’ll do worse next time" message. Again, it’s a very expensive message, but maybe one of the pieces of the message is "we have so many resources that we can burn four or five man-years of effort and four zero-day vulnerabilities just for the fun of it." If that message were for me, I’d be impressed."
Testing Videos on Cellphones — With Flash >> David Pogue
"I didn’t conduct battery tests, but Adobe notes with pride that Flash for Mobile is one of the most popular downloads from the Android Market, and it’s highly rated. Adobe’s engineers estimate that you can get 3 to 3.5 hours of video-watching time before your phone is dead (assuming, of course, that you do nothing else).
"Over all, it’s much better to have Flash than not to have it. O.K., it may accelerate battery drain, and mouse/keyboard games are clumsy, and it doesn’t work on absolutely all sites. Even so, shouldn’t it be available for us to use now and then when we need it?"
Couldn’t you have tested the battery life too, David?
The Facebook Money Machine >> Monday Note
‘This year, Facebook will make about .5bn in advertising revenue. On average, this is about three dollars per registered user, a figure that is significantly higher for the 50% of the social network’s population that logs in at least once a day.’
Can the iPhone Thrive in Apple’s Closed Ecosystem? >> NYTimes.com
Usually when a headline ends in a questionmark, the answer is "No", but this one is cleverly twirled round so that the correct answer is actually yes. As the article acknowledges if you persevere to the end: smartphones are not, and can’t be, commoditised in the same way as PCs.
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