September #1

Cloud Computing
Cory Doctorow: ‘ the main attraction of the cloud to investors and entrepreneurs is the idea of making money from you, on a recurring, perpetual basis, for something you currently get for a flat rate or for free without having to give up the money or privacy that cloud companies hope to leverage into fortunes.’ Guardian

Digital Britain
Open Rights Group, BT, Which?, TalkTalk, Consumer Focus respond to government plans to disconnect internet users
“3.9M or 7M? Behind the UK’s dodgy file-sharing numbers” Radio 4 More or Less investigation

Winning Open Design for Classroom of the Future

Google Google developing a micropayment platform and pitching it to newspapers

Higher Education
Fast Company on free online alternatives to university: Wiley, P2P University, MIT

SSRN Business plans for public WiFi failed to anticipate how residents would use the service.
Victor Keegan on some online start-ups Guardian

Cardiff Future of Journalism Conference: how newspapers use Twitter (mostly badly)
Video: Leading academics’ views on whether there’s a future for journalism
Emily Bell: Proposals For Newspaper Publishers Include Google Micropayments good summary

By 2015, chinese government is planning to have 286 cities digitally mapped reports Beijing Review

FT techblog: Apple allows Rhapsody music streams on iPhone: Spotify, now RealNetworks. FCC taking an interest.

Open ID
OpenID Pilot Program to be Announced by US Government

Open Access
MIT OpenCourseWare Shares Some Stats and Prepares to Make Site Improvements

Simon Garfield on IKEA’s switch from Futura to Verdana: flatpack font
Why does it matter? Illustrated