Freedom Articles

Google vs. eBay: Round 6?

Here’s the blow-by-blow so far:

2006: eBay owns PayPal. Google starts Google Checkout (June 2006). eBay bans Google Checkout (July 2006).

Variety EIC Attacks Movie Blogs
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Longtime Hollywood insider and Variety editor in chief Peter Bart took on the blogosphere and the rights of bloggers with a decidedly negative take; a pair of movie bloggers took him to the editing room and trimmed him down to size.

Social Networks Safer Than Perceived

Social networking sites are becoming a political lightning rod for politicians and law enforcement. As more children use the sites the belief is that they are at increased risk to be targeted by online predators.

How Not To Give Your Software Away For Free

If you are a startup entrepreneur, at some point, you will need to make a decision regarding your business model.  Many software startups have a strategy to build early market traction by giving away their offering for free with some plan to monetize at a later date.  I’m not going to make a strong argument against this.  So, for purposes of this article, lets assume for a moment that as a software startup, you actually *want* to charge money for your software someday. 

Google, Yahoo, MS Devising Code of Conduct

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Vodafone quietly disclosed they were working together with human rights organizations, investors and legal experts to develop a code of conduct for technology companies to help protect online free speech and privacy. The move is likely in response to proposed legislation that would be much more restrictive.

Socialtext Proposes Attribution Provision

When going through the process of opening Socialtext, we need to choose a license that is a fit for a commercial open source company. Commercial open source strikes the balance between freedom and profit motive, and the license you choose becomes a contract not just for the company, but a community.

State Department Forms Net Freedom Force

The Global Internet Freedom Task Force formed by the US State Department will focus on forming a foreign policy response to governmental threats to Internet freedom.

Pricey Freedom of the Press

BBC News: Danish-Swedish dairy giant Arla Foods says the ongoing boycott of Danish products in the Middle East had so far cost it between 40m and 50m.

Network Neutrality – Itll Make Your Head Hurt

“How ya gonna keep em down on the farm After they’ve seen Paree”

Vint Cerf To Receive Medal Of Freedom

The White House announced President George W. Bush will present Cerf and Robert Kahn with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Freedom To Shine On Sun’s Software

At the AlwaysOn conference, Sun president Jonathan Schwartz says his company intends to make all of its software free.

Freedom Tower To Be Icon And Giant Middle Finger

Exciting news from New York City today as a new design for the city’s Freedom Tower, the successor to the demolished World Trade Center, was made public. For the patriot in all of us, it will stand at 1776 feet, making it the second tallest building in the world, and a symbol of American resolve.

MSN China No Place For Freedom Or Democracy

Chinese users of MSN Spaces, a blog service available through MSH China, find certain terms rejected by the portal.

Wine Project Gets Legal Help

The project, which offers a Windows API implementation that can run on Linux, hasn’t had much participation by big users of open source.

Bloggers Deserve Freedom of the Press Protections

Eugene Volokh, a professor of law at U.C.L.A., who writes the Volokh Conspiracy blog, has a real provocative op-ed in today’s New York Times.

Google, Yahoo Accused of Irresponsible Chinese Censorship
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In what Brett Tabke calls “the China Syndrome” Google and Yahoo! are being accused of censorship. French-based international press freedom group Reporters sans Frontires (RSF), also known as Reporters without Borders, claims both search engines gave into the Chinese government’s demands of controlling search results.

Freedom! The Battle Cry of the Business Owner

“I wanted freedom from a boss so I started my own business. Now I need freedom from my business because it’s running my life.” Sound like you?

Structure + Boundaries = Freedom

No matter what the size of your business, you need to set boundaries and provide structure to your workday. You determine your schedule, not your clients or vendors. If you decide your day starts at 9:30 AM, then don’t answer the phone or turn on the computer until then.

Buying Your Freedom

If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you’re one of millions of people who dream of breaking free of indentured servitude to make it on your own in a business of your own.

Taran Rampersad Answers Open Source Questions
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Practical and theoretical questions related to Software Process Management. These would be general questions; consulting services are available for more in depth analyses.

What is Freedom?

This week we are at war. War is an unfortunate reality of life we too often face.