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This is what the ISPs will face in the near future:
Their precious IPTV model turned upside down!

Now youtube starts to introduce high quality/resolution video, now state television broadcasters use bittorrent to multicast episodes of popular shows (Norway, Canada, …) and some deploy their own player (BBC’s iPlayer), the strain on ISPs raises. Not only is BBC eating their (IPTV-)lunch this way, also it burdens their networks with half a nation watching telly from their PC. And the thing is the IPSs have little leverage to revert to their normal scare tactics.

Case in point: the debacle between Comcast and the Canadian broadcast service. CBS launches a bittorrent version of a popular show, viewers complain because Comcast throttles their bandwith when using peer to peer (like bitttorrent) applications, resulting in degraded viewing experience while their non-Comcats using neighbours enjoy full viewing experience.
Now imagine the outrage would British ISPs trying to throttle or ban all together the iPlayer traffic (which they are technically perfectly capable off). So they are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They will have ot endure the bandwith, but don’t expect them to be albe to raise their prices in a market where internet prices still go down albeit slowly.

Let’s see where this goes …


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As of today you can also enjoy Boing Boing in online TV format. They promise us small TV chunks every workday. First one can be found here.

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First coined at the end of 2005, when even web 2.0 was still a strange sounding name for the new web to come, web 3.0 now really starts to appear in real life and in more manifest forms.

Although I agree we now only see the power of web 2.0 unleashing it’s full potential, web 3.0 starts shimmering through and it’s more than just a powered up version of web 2.0.
Off course, what we see of it is not yet mature and needs a serious portion of work, but it most definitely manifests itself.

But let’ just look back to what web 3.0 stands for (this is just a shortlist of the most known definitions):

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You can keep going on adding definitions, but the basic premisis is that web 3.0 will add another layer of complexity in the archieved tasks while downgrading the difficulty.

For example, getting an article online required in the early days that you could write static HTML (even if in the end there were WYSYWYG editors). Next came the blog and CMS software that enabled web 2.0 and leveraged it due to the easy method for anyone to get text online. Web 3.0 will allow you to assemble you article in any way you want and mold it into any form you want.

The driving force behind this evolution towards web 3.0 is well understood by people like Sramana Mitra who described it well in this readwriteweb article.
Off course the classical group of people tend to see the push behind the move to web 3.0 coming from businesses and the need for business applications where they fail to notice that this collides with the idea of the driving factor behind web 3.0.

But if you look at the above list of web 3.0 definitions you will surely notice in each of these fields we are gaining ground :

  • Evolution: the tendency towards “execute” on the web is growing, think of Google’s list of applications they offer now as well as online applications like Basecamp.
  • Availability: with the iPhone now out the web 2.0 on mobile milestone is now definitely reached and we’re on the way to the next steps. s the tools for extra high speed broadband access increase in capacity while shrinking. See for example the PCMCIA card to connect to Wimax , the 802.11N speed routing gear (same size or smaller than those bulky 802.11A access points and receivers) the concept of wireless grid/meshing embedded in the architecture of the OLPC 100$ laptop. And now you already find some (pimped) fridges with web access, but then again you can now also buy an entire web server on an ethernet plug no bigger than a sugar cube.
  • Content: The earlier mentioned Basecamp/Backpack project supporting framework of online applications, Google’s package of online desktop tools (mail, calendar, contact, spreadsheet, documents, photo’s, …) which also integrate through the Google desktop tool with your desktop. Google gears which brings the notion of “online” to a new level (not necessarily by it’s novelty, but more due to it’s practical use) and not to forget the never-ending list of integration API’s for Facebook.
  • Architecture: Where Google Gears brings off-line and online closer, Bittorrent and the likes bring bandwidth to a new dimension (and help clogging it, off course). But also new concepts arise to intelligently handle traffic and not by throttling it but for example with advanced multi-casting, preliminary caching of data in network nodes and advanced load balancing do arise and bring a more grid like and intelligent aspect to the network. At the same time we notice increased granularity of the network with solutions like FON who support meshed wireless networking a bit like he earlier mentioned OLPC.
  • Driving factor: although the urge to form networks and communities tend to drive people to newer web services (both in consuming as wel as in developing them), the individual aspect increases. Where before people tended to cluster together in communities and hid in their anonimity, you now see more and more explicit individuality. This could be partially attributed to the fact that most people by now have a distinctly developed online personality, either very explicit on MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn or more illicit in the various occurrences like blog posts, replies, del.icio.us bookmarks and Flickr photo’s.
    But people expect their online life to be more personalised. You log into Google once and your profile follows you around on gmail, calendar, reader, blogger. you log on to Yahoo and you are immediately logged on to Flickr. Your WordPress login is now a universal ID that you can use all over the web.
    Although you are part of a community, use an alias, have restricted access sites, … you still want it to be individual.

To finish just have a look at Yahoo’s pipes. It was well constructed, allows a more or less drag and drop method to collect and manipulate online data. both your own as somebody else and blend it together into a dish that you like to consume. the reason however this service is not running rings around the internet is that it is still too complex, requires more intimate knowledge of rss feeds, requires the user to know his or her favourite feeds, …
The day anybody with a bit of brains can manage and manipulate his or her “pipes” the way they want with the result they want we will have reached web 3.0 and others will be dreaming already of web 4.0 or 5.0.

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Once in the store we notice the mysteries and locks of the iPhone are peeled off bit by bit.

First of all there’s the usability aspect. Having no keyboard would kill blind typing, well it doesn’t if you read the reports.

Second, the applications on the iPhone wouldn’t be sufficient and awkward to use. Apparently they are not, after all, it is still Apple we’re talking about. Whether or not you find them sufficient is off course up to your own requirements and will also depend on the number of applications designed by others.

Third it would not sell. Well they did not yet reach the 1 milion pieces predicted for end of this year, but the opening weekend alone already accounted for 500000 to 700000 pieces sold, depending on the sources.

And now for the locks :

First off all, it is possible to use the iPhone without any form of subscription whatsoever, by using DVD Jon’s method.
The other option is to subscribe and then cancel within 2 days, allowing for a refund so basically you nealry don’t loose any money.
Third, an iPhone restore image is in the wild now. Nearly immediately it was found out that there was a naked password file available from the image which could easily be cracked using as mentioned John The Ripper on full disclosure already on sunday. Net result : password cracked in 3 days.

Expect the iPhone to quickly loose it’s simlock too, especially when they show up in Europe where linked sales is not allowed in some countries. As a result, apply will have to sell the phone without ties to a carrier. From then on it’s just a matter of copying an image of an unrestricted phone to unlock yours.

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I‘m “juiced” … eurrrmm … “Joost” now.
Kind of confusing as Joost is pronounced “iowst” in Dutch (well sort of, I’m no good at phonetical spelling).

update : it’s supposed to be [jo:wst] in phonetic spelling, thanks to erika

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Hasan Elahi, US Citizen who happened to end up on the FBI watch list (you know “to watch dem terr’ists”), decided to open up his life completely. Using technology and nifty web 2.0 tools, he documents instantly his online life on TrackingTransience.net.

(via BoingBoing)

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As I mentioned earlier Alcatel-Lucent had a bit of a squabble with Microsoft over MP3 patents. As it goes, Alcatel-Lucent is the parent company of the famous Bell Labs which in its turn started a lot of the MP3 ideas upon which later on the German Frauenhofer Institute and French Thomson SA joined to build the current MPEG1 Layer3.

Yesterday the US San Diego court decided in favour of Alcatel-Lucent and each count amounted up to payable damages of approximately $750 million (times 2 as it covers 2 counts of patent infringement so that’s a whopping $1,5 billion dollars which is an all time record).

The question now remains whether or not Alcatel-Lucent will try to go after the next batch of “infringers” (Apple Corp., Creative, Sony, … just to name a few). Considering the weak first combined quarter as a new company, there is considerable pressure to go forth with litigation.

On the other hand, Microsoft is not willing to bend and probably will seek aid in federal court to fight the decission. As long as that verdict is unspoken, Microsoft is not likely to hand over their money. But once there is a decission in favour of Alcatel-Lucent they would be stupid not to go after the other possible infringers (not only for non-discrimination sake, but also as an obligation towards the shareholders).

Unless off course software turns out not to be patentable, although this dispute mainly covers a technique, more than a software implementation thereoff.

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