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European Commission Wants MOOCs Providers To Help Boost Regional Web Skills

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The MOOCs movement has generally lagged in Europe compared to the U.S. But regional providers are being established here in the Old World, such as Berlin-based iversity and the U.K.’s Futurelearn consortium – the latter backed by the veteran distant learning business, the Open University. And now the European Commission is throwing the budding European Massive Open Online… Read More

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Amazon Plans Free Video-Streaming Service, WSJ Reports

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All signs point to Amazon announcing its streaming device at a NYC event next week. Not a lot is known about it, but a report from the WSJ today sheds a little light on Amazon’s overall strategy, which will reportedly include free, ad-supported streaming service. According to this report, this service will not be limited to just Amazon Prime subscribers, but rather open to anyone willing to watch… Read More

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Maxthon Releases Its First Browser For Linux

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Maxthon has launched its first cloud browser for Linux. The release is partly due to requests from Maxthon’s users, but also because the open-source operating system has become speedier, says Karl Mattson, the company’s vice president. Read More

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This Funding Will Disappear In 10 Seconds

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I know that the Ephemeralization of 2014 is generally traced to some privacy potion of Edward Snowden, NSA, and Target credit card leaks, but few seem willing to track its popularity back to its source – Oracle. You see, Oracle’s marketing people are geniuses. Following the continued outrage over today’s perilous state of MySQL, the open-source database acquired through its… Read More

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Google’s 10th Summer Of Code Is Now Open For Applications

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For 10 years now, Google has been bringing together open source software projects and students who are looking for a challenging summer project through its Summer of Code program. Starting today, Google will accept applications for this year’s program. Applications close on Friday, March 21 at 12pm PDT. Read More

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EBay Asks Shareholders To Vote Against PayPal Split While Icahn Claims CEO ‘Incompetence’ Cost $4B

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The war of words between eBay and its new shareholder Carl Icahn continues to rage on. Today, eBay issued a notice of an upcoming annual meeting, in which the company asked shareholders flat out to vote against Icahn’s proposal to spin off PayPal. Meanwhile, Icahn issued yet another open letter against current eBay management, in which he accused CEO John Donahoe of “inexcusable incompetence” that… Read More

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Facebook Has Big Updates To Share, Announces First F8 Developer Conference Since 2011 On 4/30 In SF

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Facebook plans to reveal new ways for developers to grow and monetize their apps. Today it announced it will hold its F8 developer conference on April 30th in San Francisco. It will have been almost three years since Facebook’s last F8 when it unveiled Timeline and the Open Graph platform in 2011. The audience at SF’s Design Concourse will include “More than 1,500 mobile and web… Read More

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Microsoft Open Tech Expands To China

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Microsoft Open Technologies, a fully owned subsidiary of Microsoft, has long been the company’s main vehicle for reaching out to the open source community. Its main mission is to build technical bridges between Microsoft’s products and open source projects. To allow it to more efficiently work with the fast-growing Chinese market, Open Tech is opening its first international office in Shanghai today, which itself is a fully owned subsidiary of Microsoft Open Tech in the U.S.

As Gianugo Rabellino, the senior director of Open Source Communities at MS Open Tech, told me earlier this week, the idea here is to continue the work that the team has always done. This means reaching out to local open source communities and attending and organizing events. “What we have learned over the years is that it’s not just about events,” he noted. “It’s about day-to-day work with the organizations and engaging with the community.”

In Rabellino’s view, China presents a massive opportunity for MS Open Tech. There are quite a few open-source projects around media servers and databases that are very popular in China, for example, that few developers in Europe or the U.S. have ever heard about. There are also others, like the 2D gaming library CocoStudio, that are already used around the world, but that dominate the market in China.

“The open-source work that is happening in China has a great opportunity to impact the market in general,” Rabellino told me, and that’s why MS Open Tech wants to be a part of it.

In the U.S., the Open Tech team works on projects like porting Node.js to Azure and maintaining a library of open source-based virtual machines for Microsoft’s cloud computing service. The team also worked on bringing Pointer Events to Google’s Blink, Apache’s Cordova project and numerous other open-source tools.

It may still seem like a bit of an oxymoron for some that Microsoft would work on open source projects. As long as you “come bearing patches” and focus the discussion on technology, however, most projects are more than happy to work with the company, according to Rabellino.

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Circuit Court Of Appeals Strikes Down FCC’s Open Internet Order, Net Neutrality Threatened

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In a decision that could have far-reaching consequences, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today struck down the FCC’s Open Internet Order. That Order, put into force in 2010 by then-chairman Julius Genachowski, was designed to make it so that broadband service providers couldn’t meddle with specific kinds of internet traffic – in other words, they couldn’t block certain kinds of online data transmission just because it didn’t align with their own goals and financial strategy.

Media watchdog and advocacy agency Free Press released the following statement about the decision via President and CEO Craig Aaron, condemning it while also acknowledging that the Open Internet Order probably wasn’t the best possible solution for enforcing net neutrality:

We’re disappointed that the court came to this conclusion. Its ruling means that Internet users will be pitted against the biggest phone and cable companies — and in the absence of any oversight, these companies can now block and discriminate against their customers’ communications at will.

The compromised Open Internet Order struck down today left much to be desired, but it was a step toward maintaining Internet users’ freedom to go where they wanted, when they wanted, and communicate freely online. Now, just as Verizon promised it would in court, the biggest broadband providers will race to turn the open and vibrant Web into something that looks like cable TV. They’ll establish fast lanes for the few giant companies that can afford to pay exorbitant tolls and reserve the slow lanes for everyone else.

The FCC — under the leadership of former Chairman Julius Genachowski — made a grave mistake when it failed to ground its open Internet rules on solid legal footing. Internet users will pay dearly for the previous chairman’s lack of political will. That’s why we need to fix the problems the agency could have avoided in the first place.

New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently stated that the FCC must have the ability to protect broadband users and preserve the Internet’s fundamental open architecture. In order to do that, he must act quickly to restore reassert the FCC’s clear authority over our nation’s communications infrastructure. The agency must follow its statutory mandate to make broadband communications networks open, accessible, reliable and affordable for everyone.

We look forward to working with Chairman Wheeler and the rest of the Commission to protect and preserve real Net Neutrality.

Basically, the key takeaway for the above is that while the Open Internet Order was far from perfect, it was pretty much the only tattered barrier standing in the way of providers like Verizon decided what can and can’t be transmitted across its broadband data network, and now Free Press foresees providers moving to a model more like that they favor with cable TV, where content types are parcelled out and monetized piecemeal.

Asked what’s next in terms of ensuring net neutrality doesn’t erode away forever, Free Press provided the following to TechCrunch:

First and foremost the FCC must reassert and restore its authority over broadband. Then, we need to make Net Neutrality rules that aren’t riddled with loopholes. With the authority resolved, new rules would be enforceable.

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Give A Hoot, Add Smart Sensors To Your Home With The Owl Platform

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Building a smart home is hard. First you have to install all the hardware then you have to figure out a platform for controlling lights, sensors, and the like. Thankfully the Owl Platform has got your back.

The platform is aimed at hackers who want to experiment with various sensor arrays around their premises. It includes a base station and a number of sensors – door open/close, water level, temperature, etc. – that last for about 10 years and connect wirelessly to the base station and Owl Platform service. They are looking for $50,000 to help build a real base station, (they’ve been using Raspberry Pis so far) and to finalize their open source server software. The system will send email and text alerts when various sensors hit their maximums or minimums or when the open/close sensors are activated.

We have developed compact, reliable, and long life wireless sensors and intuitive software system for your home. Our compact (1 square inch) sensors last up to 10 years on a coin cell battery. With our online service you’ll know immediately if something is happening at home. Keeping simplicity in mind, the whole system can be unpackaged and set up in less than 15 minutes!

For a pledge of $150 you can get a basic sensor package including a water sensor and open/close sensor. The sensors, called Pips, are ready to ship and they will build the final Owl hardware by July 2014. I’ve played with an early edition and was impressed with the size of the Pips and the ease of setup. While this probably isn’t for the casual user, I could see this as being valuable to a homeowner with a more DIY bent. Just as the body is getting all sorts of quantified self hardware, perhaps this is the start of the quantified home?

Article courtesy of TechCrunch

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