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Yahoo! – Tumblr, Flickr and then some… ?

If you think Facebooks acquisition of Instagram involved an incredibly large amount of money, think again: As of yesterday, Yahoo! has announced to acquire Tumblr for an amount of money even larger. Things to follow are more or less as expected: Y!’s Marissa Mayer promises to not screw things up and some sites, such as wordpress.com, obviously sees the first users fleeing from Tumblr in course of that. Hmmm. I

instagram on Android. And now?

So, here it is. After being highly anticipated for quite a while, the instagram folks a few days ago finally launched an Android version of their imaging / photosharing app so far only available for Apples iOS platform. As I am pretty much into using my Android phone for imaging, too, I couldn’t help having a look. And, to cut things short and starting out conclusion first: Though Instagram (on

music to code to, #2: Blame and sounds of water

Depending upon the very mood, I am into different kinds of music throughout my (working) days, and for quite a while, all kinds of electronic stuff has been close to top my my list, including both a couple of more familiar names and stuff which might be considered pretty much „unknown“ these days, for whichever reasons. Blame definitely belongs to the latter kind of artists on my list, a band/project

a strange kind of cross-over: Botany Bay – „grounded“

Wow, looking at the timestamp of the last entry, it seems it’s been a while, vacations and project business included, since I wrote anything here. Anyway: As a regular follower / user of jamendo, I am by now pretty much used to stumbling across new and interesting music and average quality on jamendo.com seems pretty high which is a good thing. However, even given this high level of quality, once

[german]’zeitgeisty‘: Community für freie Lizenzen?[/german][english]’zeitgeisty‘: free licenses community?[/english]

[english]Creative Commons licenses have been around for quite a while now, and by now there also is quite a bunch of followers who believe in the idea of using free licenses for publishing self-made content. Unfortunately, the existence of „free licenses“ by now still is next to unknown among „mainstream“ computer users, same as most of the legal aspects of licenses itself, and this is considerably bad given that by

flickr – yahoo = zooomr?

Most people by now knew that flickr, an incredibly popular image-sharing service which I also make use of once in a while has been acquired by Yahoo! quite a while (almost exactly two years) ago. Most of this time, flickr was usable to both those who were „old-school“ flickr members who just had flickr authentication credentials and those who tried logging in there using their Yahoo! account. This now has

The Vision of Mozilla

For all those who like to read papers that range somewhere in between technology and society: Check this draft of an emerging Mozilla Manifesto, focused on pushing forth „the internet“ as an open, accessible environment to be used for both commercial and public interests. Looking at this sort of tools as „cultural technology“ rather than just shiny new gadgets for a society of consumers in dire need of new entertainment

DRM to face its end?

Surprising: Apple’s Steve Jobs has written a lengthy essay titled „Thoughts On Music“, pondering the options and caveats provided by severely criticized DRM technologies in the Apple iTunes shop and elsewhere where people sell and buy music online. Bottom line: Jobs blames the music industry for forcing shops like iTunes into selling DRM-polluted protected music, and he comes to a bunch of different conclusions to get out of the mess

Was nicht passt, wird passend gemacht!

Prinzipiell ist die heutige Entscheidung des BGH, nach der sich die seit einiger Zeit durch die Presse geisternde, viel diskutierte und zu Recht viel kritisierte heimliche Online-Durchsuchung von Nutzer-PCs mittels einer ohne Wissen des Anwenders installierten und wirkenden Schadsoftware per gegenwärtigem Recht unzulässig ist, ja ein Grund zur Freude. Indes, der Knackpunkt ist hier „gegenwärtiges Recht“: … Schäuble hatte bereits angekündigt, dass, sollte der BGH die Zulässigkeit von Online-Durchsuchungen aufgrund