Hey IT Manager, We’re Your Friends

Hey IT Manager, We’re Your Friends

You know who you are. You are the employee who ignores mandates from the IT department. You use your own devices and apps to get the job done, company policies be hanged. The IT manager might call you a problem employee, but actually you are part of the solution.

Land Grab! Google & Amazon Stake Claims to .blog, .search, .book

Land Grab! Google & Amazon Stake Claims to .blog, .search, .book

Amazon, Google, L’Oréal and Gucci have applied for basic Internet domain names like .blog, .book, .music and .beauty. In some cases, they don’t intend to share. Unless you use Google’s Blogger service, for instance, you won’t be able to get your-name.blog. Google aims to own that domain and every address in it. 

What You Need to Know About ICANN’s New Generic Top Level Domains

What You Need to Know About ICANN’s New Generic Top Level Domains

Today could be the point in history at which we look back and say, “that was the day the Internet fundamentally changed.” Today is the day the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opens up its new registry for generic Top Level Domains and it will have a profound affect on how people find and consume information on the…

Namecheap Accuses GoDaddy of Delaying Domain Transfers [Updated]

Namecheap Accuses GoDaddy of Delaying Domain Transfers [Updated]

One of the competitors to domain registrar GoDaddy is accusing the service of purposefully delaying domain name transfer requests. Namecheap, which stands to gain a lot of accounts from businesses and consumers switching away from GoDaddy, accuses GoDaddy of withholding WHOIS information to Namscheap, delaying the transfer process.

Update…

Support Web Standards on International Blue Beanie Day

Support Web Standards on International Blue Beanie Day

Today is the Fifth Annual International Blue Beanie Day in support of Web standards. It’s a day to celebrate HTML, CSS, the open standards, languages and protocols that have always formed the backbone of the Web. The movement is spearheaded by the indomitable Jeffrey Zeldman, whose work and writing champions the cause of a compatible, readable…

Take A Look At the Geeky Goodness Cooking Up At the MIT Media Lab

Take A Look At the Geeky Goodness Cooking Up At the MIT Media Lab

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology may be the birthplace of the American geek. Within MIT, its Media Lab drills down to the heart of the next wave of technology from creating buildings with 3D printing to prosthetic limbs to gesture-based user interfaces. For instance, the MIT Media Lab was where the idea for the technology seen in the…

Google Making Open Source Push to Be Leader in Real-Time Communications

Google Making Open Source Push to Be Leader in Real-Time Communications

Google is making a push to be the de facto leader in real-time communications on the Web. The search giant hopes that by developing a new open source Web standard for video and audio communications it can be on the forefront of the next generation of Internet networking.

Google is doing this through a program called WebRTC, a project that was…

How Close Are We To An Adaptive Web?

How Close Are We To An Adaptive Web?

Technologists have spent nearly 20 years now predicting the future of the Web. And while the Web is not dead yet, how we use it and our expectations of it are surely changing. We want what we want exactly when and where we want it. And when we don’t get it, we don’t hesitate taking our business – or eyeballs – elsewhere.
This has led more…

Why Buy the Cow? Open Wi-Fi Networks Slow Broadband Adoption

Why Buy the Cow? Open Wi-Fi Networks Slow Broadband Adoption

We’ve all seen it and we’ve all done it – you’re at a friends house with your laptop, and they don’t have wireless, so you take a look and sign on to the nearest unsecured wireless network. No biggie, but certainly you wouldn’t rely on this open network for all your Internet needs, right?

A report by analyst firm Mintel released this week claims…

Google, Microsoft Offer Broadband Using TV White Space

Google, Microsoft Offer Broadband Using TV White Space

If you’re one of those people (like myself) that hasn’t had cable television in a while, then you remember when everything went digital last summer and rabbit ears became a thing of the past, like rotary phones and modems. The changeover was all part of a larger plan, and part of that plan was to free up some of the broadcasting spectrum for…

Confirmed: Twitter is Saving All Your Tweets, After All

Confirmed: Twitter is Saving All Your Tweets, After All

Forest fires in California, the plane landing on the Hudson river, the Mumbai hotel attacks – these historical events and many more have been recorded by everyday people on the ground, using Twitter. The historic record may be much, much richer as a result – but you can’t access it through search.twitter.com right now.

Many people have worried…

Is This Why Twitter Changed Its Replies Policy?

Is This Why Twitter Changed Its Replies Policy?

Yesterday afternoon Twitter made a fundamental change to the options available to users by eliminating the option to receive messages from our friends sent publicly to people we are not following. We called it a disaster that would seriously disrupt serendipitous discovery of interesting friends of our friends.

Twitter has offered two…

Facebook Shuts Down RSS Feed App

Facebook Shuts Down RSS Feed App

The Facebook Newsfeed: so much juicy information, so little access to it. Last week we wrote about a new Facebook app that turned your newsfeed into an RSS feed you could subscribe to outside of Facebook. It was really useful and now it’s gone.

Even the app’s developer agrees that the app crossed the line, overstepping Facebook’s much celebrated…

Today is the Second Annual Blue Beanie Day

Today is the Second Annual Blue Beanie Day

Today marks the second annual “Blue Beanie Day,” an international online event in support of web design standards and accessibility. Participants post photos of themselves wearing blue beanies, or stocking caps, to their various online accounts in honor of web standards guru Jeffrey Zeldman. Zeldman’s blue beanie dominated the photo on the…

6 Emerging Trends CIOs Should Care About

6 Emerging Trends CIOs Should Care About

According to Forrester Research, we’re in the initial phases of a new 16-year cycle of technology innovation and growth called “IT Everywhere.” This shift comes on the heels of the previous cycle which brought us networked computing technologies for our enterprise applications and the Internet. During this transitional period, CIOs need to be aware…

Beginning to see the light

Beginning to see the light

I’ve always wanted to namecheck
that great Velvet Underground song. I wore my teeth in my hands…So I could mess the
hair of the night. Anyway, Sébastien Paquet has
posted a suggestion to improve the Topic Exchange – which reminded me of my own
efforts to ignite the topics community over a month ago. Here’s Seb’s post:

I believe I have…

Topic Navigation Live

Topic Navigation Live

Topic navigation is up and running on Read/Write Web, including cross-posting
to both K-Collector and Topic
Exchange. You’ll notice on the main menu, it now lists internal topics (or
categories if you prefer – you say tom-ah-to, I say tom-ay-to). And in my RSS
file, I’ve added references to both KC and TE. Here’s basically what I added in
the MT…

Topics: Automatic for the People

Topics: Automatic for the People

Matt Mower’s written a great explanation of
how the K-Collector aggregation process
works.
KC
is
a very clever system and I’m pleased to hear it doesn’t actually require the
KC
client
app
on Radio
or
MT
in order
for
people to participate in the KC community.
What I will do is continue with my own experiments with Movable Type. I already
have…