Newsbytes: "Lawyers for makers of the file-sharing applications Morpheus and Grokster say that, if their clients can be held responsible for illegal copies of music and motion pictures, then so too should companies such as Microsoft and AOL Time Warner, whose software and Internet connectivity are essential to building networks of file traders."
Until reading this ZDNet article interviewing Don Box, it had not occurred to me that HTTP isn't everything we could want it to be. No sarcasm. People are jumping all over this story, but sheez, he makes some good points.
On the other hand, the fear such a bold idea evokes is quite reasonable too. Any change in the way the Web behaves, authored by Microsoft, the owner of the dominant browser, could remove any possibility of competition with them in this vital space.
Heads-up and a bit of a tease. Last night we released a few parts for Radio 8 that generalize the connection between the desktop and the community server. This will make it easier, in the future, to switch to a new server, with new features for communities. More than one Weblogs.Com? Behind a firewall? Private workgroups? Write your own cloud-apps? All of that, and more. There's even a technical term for this. Federation. Inch by inch.
This might be cool. A facility implemented by Google, Daypop and/or Blogdex that took a pair of weblogs, A and B, and told you how many times A pointed to B, and vice versa. Even more interesting, but impossible for the search engines to do, would be how many hits A delivered to B and vice versa. Whoa. There's more. Google could tell us how much rank A gives to B and vice versa.
Le Monde: Le Web et moi, et moi, et moi.
The FrontPage Weblog explains how to color your scrollbars with (of course) FrontPage. The philosophy of DIY is inclusive. Everyone can do it.
xmlhack covers the W3C's patent policy changes.
Jimmy Guterman reports from the TED conference.
I gotta say this. Having a librarian in our midst is fantastic. I worshipped librarians as a kid. They are so happy to help, and so damned smart!
Adam Curry, who was named an honorary librarian today (see above), says "Links are the only true currency of the web." Amen brother. If you don't link you're still ink-stained.
Amy Wohl: "I don't include recipes (for cookies or anything else) because I have another website for that."
Screen shot of an elusive all-blue site. I've not visited any of the links on this site.
Here's a surprise. I just skimmed this new Dan Bricklin essay on weblogging, and all the links were blue, including the pointer to my site. Nice.
Last night talking with Jake, after working out our plan for the evening, I said Let's Do It! and realized this is the followup to Just Do It (which is kind of bitchy and controlling, but still cool) which followed DIY, which is optimistic and powerful. The beauty of Let's Do It is that it's about working together, where the previous two were about doing it yourself. There's still a Y in Let's Do It, but we both agree to DI, which is more fun.
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