Irish bailout protest. Photo by infomatique on Flickr. Some rights reserved
A quick burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
The Irish Bailout and our Dublin-based startup >> 2 Paper Dolls
"This in no way affects our start up, or the Irish government's resolve — and ability — to maintain its policy of supporting innovative companies. Quite the contrary, the Irish government, IMF and ECB all view innovation as a key to driving exports within Ireland. The European press has been filled with reports of the major EU countries "opportunistically" calling for bringing the tax levels in Ireland into alignment with the rest of Europe. The prime minister has rightly called this a "line in the sand" and makes a convincing argument that favorable tax structure is directly responsible for 250 million euros in tax revenues collected this year — revenue completely due to the low-tax's ability to attract major industry layers such as Dell, IBM, Facebook, Zynga, Google, Microsoft, etc.. For this revenue alone, the Irish government is committed to maintaining their low tax status."
Next 7in media tablet review >> PC Pro
"As it happens, the Quick Start Guide is probably the best thing about this tablet. It explains in clear detail how to use the home screen, switch on security settings, set the date and time, and connect to a wireless network. In fact, there's only one statement we'd disagree with: 'Your new tablet is a great new way to experience the web'."
Next is getting no love at all for its tablet. Why is it still bothering to sell it?
Why Isn't #demo2010 Trending On Twitter? « Student Activism
"At around noon London time today #demo2010 peaked at 0.2% of total Twitter traffic, according to this chart — more than triple the volume of any of the current top four." If you can answer this question (and it's not enough to say "@demo2010 is a username and you can't have a Twitter trend that's a username because @dayx is a username but #dayx trended). (Twitter says it's not blocking it.)
What Android Is >> Tim Bray's ongoing
"First of all, as Dan Morrill memorably explained in On Android Compatibility, 'Android is not a specification, or a distribution in the traditional Linux sense. It's not a collection of replaceable components. Android is a chunk of software that you port to a device.'"
Service Level Agreement for TfL data >> The London Assembly
Boris Johnson is asked to deal with this question: "Following the decision by TfL to cut off access to open journey planning data without warning, will you introduce a Service Level Agreement guaranteeing availability and prior notification of any downtime for live open data feeds that are relied upon by London's communities and businesses?"
I was just detained by the TSA >> Errata Security
Bruce Schneier often writes about security theatre, but here's Robert Graham on the whole scanning/airports thing: "The reason I took the pictures was to blog on a typical security issue that, in the industry, is called "security theatre". Screening techniques are chosen to make the public feel safe, not to stop terrorists.
"The 'advanced imaging' machines that see through clothing are a good example.
"First of all, terrorists can get around them pretty easy, but either putting C4 in a body cavity or surgically implanted.
"Secondly, terrorists are not deterred by "random selection". The goal of the terrorist is to blow themselves up. Getting caught means not dying, but still has a (lesser) terror effect because people will get scared from the attempt. It's a win-win for them."
Nokia hires a new exec to save its brand >> Business Insider
How do you solve a problem like Nokia? Hire a new marketing bod – now there's a job and a half. Jerri DeVard, good luck to ya.
SAP ordered to pay biggest-ever copyright damages award of $1.3bn >> Pinsent Masons LLP
"[SAP] claimed, though, that damages should be $41m".
Hurt Locker makers sue lawyer who helped 'BitTorrent' defendants >> TorrentFreak
This could get interesting.
You say you want a revolution… >> Puffbox.com
The idea of pulling many government sites into one isn't going so smoothly. "The Directgov CEO is walking out. So is the government CIO, explicitly named as the one to lead the development of the shared platform. Not to mention the retiring Director of Digital Engagement. So, to whoever finds this landing on their desk... I wish you good luck. And I assure you, there remains a lot of goodwill 'out here'."
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