Optical fibre cephalopod. Photo by Erik Ludwig on Flickr. Some rights reserved
A quick burst of 11 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Ed Vaizey to meet with network operators to discuss fibre tax >> Think Broadband
Intriguing: having gone back on the Conservative manifesto pledge to review the tax on fibre, it seems like Ed Vaizey is heading back that way. Except he's the culture minister, and it's a Treasury topic. Puzzling.
Twitter's Official Analytics Product Has Arrived >> Mashable
"With Twitter Analytics, users will be able to see a plethora of data about their account; for example, information about which tweets are most successful, which tweets caused people to unfollow, and who the most influential users are that reply and retweet their messages." There goes that market for third-party developers.
The Java Crisis : programming >> Reddit
Just in case you needed to read a few more comments about Tim Anderson's article about the struggle between Oracle, Google, IBM, Apple, Apache, Uncle Tom Cobley and all.
Vodafone, France Telecom Struggle to Regain App Edge From Apple >> Bloomberg
"Seeking to avoid being just pipes that carry services and applications from Apple, Google and others, operators are starting to go beyond ringtones and links to radio and television channels to offer apps of their own.
Companies like Apple 'need our investment to exist, but that's not enough for us to grow,' France Telecom Chief Executive Officer Stephane Richard said in an interview in Paris. 'We need to find ways to be more useful to our clients, like through mobile banking and electronic health.'"
Wonder how they get on with the app store approval.
Day 1 - Part 1 | Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners >> MSDN Channel 9
Get on the bus.
Many Eyes Wikified is closing >> IBM
"It's been a wonderful 18 months. Sadly, we've reached the end of the experiment that was Many Eyes Wikified. We'll be discontinuing this service and taking down the website on November 18th, 2010." No explanation, and you need to archive your content. Argh.
Microsoft shouldn't break up but break away from its antiquated business model | Betanews
"Now isn't the time to break up Microsoft. But it is time for Microsoft executives to decide what the company will be." Interesting consideration - after Steve Ballmer was asked why Microsoft doesn't split itself up at the shareholders' meeting - of what would and wouldn't follow from doing that, 10 years after the DOJ told it to do just that.
Hard-Coding Bias in Google "Algorithmic" Search Results >> Ben Edelman
"How do Google's less popular services come to receive such valuable placements? Does favorable pagerank (or other favorable reputation) of google.com spill over onto other Google services to guarantee top position under standard ranking algorithms? (Google has made a similar claim in defending why its house ads systematically enjoy prominent placements.) Or have Google staff manually adjusted ("hard-coded") search results to provide special treatment to other Google services? I believe the latter theory offers the more convincing explanation."
Well, Google does say that it tweaks its algorithms regularly. Perhaps in favour of its own properties?
Deprecating XML >> Norman Walsh
"Someone asked me recently what I thought about XML being removed from the Twitter streaming API. Around the same time, I heard that Foursquare are also moving to a JSON-only API.
"As an unrepentant XML fan, here's the full extent of my reaction:
'Meh'." XML is going the way of SOAP, it seems, at least for API queries.
New Medical Calculators in Wolfram|Alpha >> Wolfram|Alpha Blog
"Over the past couple of months, we have worked to implement over 20 new equations. For example, hematocrit levels outside the normal range are indicative of any number of health concerns ranging from dehydration to kidney disease."
Once you see Gregory House tapping into WolframAlpha, you'll know it's arrived.
Welcome to My World, Mr Zuckerberg >> Challenging Complexity...
The co-creator of the MIME standard has a welcome for Facebook:"From the outside, email seems pretty simple — there's a To, a From, and a few other relevant fields, right? But almost every aspect of email harbors a "gotcha" — some fundamental, some a legacy of email's evolution, but all critical if you want to "play nice" and have your email interoperate well with everyone else's.
"Unfortunately, most of these pitfalls are known primarily through Internet folklore; when old email hands get together at an IETF meeting, it's likely that someone will pass out before anyone runs out of horror stories. If you haven't hired any experienced IETF email gurus, I urge you to do so, or to start sending your newer-to-email programmers to IETF meetings, or — best of all — both. I hope I'm wrong, but the absence of any Facebook attendees (or anyone from their recent Zenbe acquisition) at the last two IETF meetings makes me fear you may not know what a tar pit you are stepping into."
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