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Google Seeks the “Right Balance” on the Right To Be Forgotten: “Expert Advisory Council” to Hold Meetings in Europe Soon

Friday, July 11th, 2014

The latest from the Google Blog on the so-called Right To Be Forgotten in the First Amendment-free EU:

Searching for the right balance

[So in five words I'm counting two puns and one subtle jab at the possibility of an absence of balance in this latest unappealable edict handed down from the Court of Justice.]

So here’s the wind-up:

“In May, the Court of Justice of the European Union established a “right to be forgotten.” Today, we published an op-ed by David Drummond, senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer, in the U.K.’s The Guardian, Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, France’s Le Figaro and Spain’s El Pais, discussing the ruling and our response. We’re republishing the op-ed in full below. -Ed.”

And here’s the pitch – the final two grafs:

“That’s why we’ve also set up an advisory council of experts, the final membership of which we’re announcing today. These external experts from the worlds of academia, the media, data protection, civil society and the tech sector are serving as independent advisors to Google. The council will be asking for evidence and recommendations from different groups, and will hold public meetings this autumn across Europe to examine these issues more deeply. Its public report will include recommendations for particularly difficult removal requests (like criminal convictions); thoughts on the implications of the court’s decision for European Internet users, news publishers, search engines and others; and procedural steps that could improve accountability and transparency for websites and citizens.”

“The issues here at stake are important and difficult, but we’re committed to complying with the court’s decision. Indeed it’s hard not to empathize with some of the requests we’ve seen—from the man who asked that we not show a news article saying he had been questioned in connection with a crime (he’s able to demonstrate that he was never charged) to the mother who requested that we remove news articles for her daughter’s name as she had been the victim of abuse. It’s a complex issue, with no easy answers. So a robust debate is both welcome and necessary, as, on this issue at least, no search engine has an instant or perfect answer.”

“Posted by David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer

Well played, G!

San Jose and the Bay Area’s Second-Largest City Create the First Large-Scale Municipal “Hotspot 2.0″ WiFi Service

Monday, June 30th, 2014

This is the first I’ve heard of this.

I’ll have to check it out sometime, see how it works…

“San Francisco and San Jose Create the First Large-Scale Municipal Hotspot 2.0 Service with Ruckus Wireless and Global Reach

Landmark Effort Gives Millions of Bay Area Residents and Visitors Secure, Automatic Connections and Seamless Connectivity with San Francisco and San Jose Free Wi-Fi Services

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Ruckus Wireless, Inc., (NYSE: RKUS) today announced a major initiative with the City and County of San Francisco, the City of San Jose, CA and Global Reach Technology to create the first large-scale municipal Hotspot 2.0 service that allows millions of visitors and residents to automatically and securely connect to and seamlessly roam using San Jose and San Francisco free Wi-Fi services. The new Hotspot 2.0 service is now live and operational.

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An innovative approach to providing public Wi-Fi access, Hotspot 2.0 is a new technology specification developed by members of the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) that radically simplifies and automates how users securely connect to and roam between Wi-Fi networks without requiring users to manually select a network or sign-on.

Leveraging new Hotspot 2.0 technology, users in San Francisco and San Jose now can enjoy seamless and secure Wi-Fi data connectivity that mirrors today’s cellular experience, with the added benefit of working on Wi-Fi-only devices such as tablets and laptops. The initial Bay Area Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0 deployment supports Hotspot 2.0 enabled iOS 7 devices (iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad 3, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPad Mini Retina, and iPod Touch 5th Gen) as well as Apple laptops running OS X Mavericks.

“With the adoption of Hotspot 2.0, we are literally transforming the user Wi-Fi experience,” said Vijay Sammeta, Chief Information Officer for the City of San Jose. “Hotspot 2.0 makes our infrastructure smarter by eliminating tedious and cumbersome device configuration. Now people can securely connect to and roam using our networks in a transparent fashion. Things don’t get much easier.”

“People want their devices to automatically connect to trusted Wi-Fi networks whenever they are in range, and to use strong encryption as well,” said Marc Touitou, Chief Information Officer for the City of San Francisco.  ”This is precisely what we have achieved.”

They go an on, after the jump

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San Francisco’s TIZEN Developer Conference 2014 Ends – Here’s the Wrap-Up

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

It’s a wrap, deets below.

Some photos of the second day are here.

“Tizen Developer Conference Culminates With Introduction of New Devices, Device Profiles, Developer Tools and Internet of Things Roadmap

Capacity Number of Attendees Witness the Unveiling of the World’s First Tizen Smartphone, New Tizen IVI System and Tizen Smart Television SDK

SAN FRANCISCO, June 5, 2014 — The Tizen Developer Conference (#TDCSF14), the world’s largest event focused exclusively on the growing developer ecosystem around the Tizen open source operating system for converged devices, today marked the closing of the third-annual TDC event in San Francisco. The event saw a record number of developers and media attendees witness the official unveiling of the world’s first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z, set to launch in Q3 of 2014 in Russia. A number of other new device prototypes, software, device profiles and developer tools were also on display at the event.

Highlights included:

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San Francisco’s Ongoing Tizen Mobile OS Developer Conference 2014: Day Two

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Here it is, down at the Hilton in Union Square:

Get all the deets here.

Look it’s the new Android-free Samsung Z

Coming to a car near you – a Land Rover in this case:

And Intel is on the scene, pushing its very inexpensive NUCs, the so-called Next Unit of Computing:

Do I know what’s going to happen with Tizen or the other newer OSes?

No, not at all.

Anyway, the big show ends today – see you there (again)!

It’s Not Android, iOS, or Windows Phone, It’s TIZEN – Developer Conference Begins in San Francisco, June 2-4, 2014

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Intel + Samsung = Tizen, sort of.

The big developer conference starts today:

All the deets:

Tizen Developer Conference 2014
#TDCSF14
The 3rd annual Tizen Developer Conference is a technical conference for Tizen developers, App developers, ISVs, Platform designers, Operators, OEMs, Hardware vendors, Software vendors, Open source enthusiasts, and anyone engaged in Tizen.

Tizen development has been primarily focused on mobile and in-vehicle infotainment the past few years, at the developer conference last year we focused largely on building our ecosystem and application development around these platforms.

Tizen is expanding beyond Mobile and IVI into a plethora of new devices, join us at this year’s developer event to explore the new opportunities Tizen is creating in this new era of the Internet of Things.

This year’s event will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square from June 2-4. Visit our “Attendee Information” page for more information on the venue.

SCHEDULE

What to expect
Never been to a Tizen Developer Conference? Wondering what to expect this year?

Tizen Developer Conference is all about developer enablement. From keynotes to sessions to developer labs, the goal is to transfer knowledge from the world’s experts in Tizen to you.

The Keynotes:

At a high level, the keynotes help put Tizen into context within the industry. First, representatives from the Tizen Technical Steering Group will talk about the platform and future directions. You’ll also hear from Mark Bryan of iControl, one of the leading home automation, putting Tizen into context within the Internet of Things. In addition, Professor Lam from Stanford University will discuss how compelling apps can be easily created for wearable technologies like the Gear 2.

The Sessions:

CFP, and are excited to share the conference schedule with you. We’ll have a broad variety of topics for app and platform developers alike. At a high level:

Platform development, for those working on Tizen source code.
App development, with sessions on HTML5 and the native APIs.
Tutorials and community, which includes porting Tizen to new devices, how to use the SDK, how to create
Tizen system images, etc.
TV, for more info on the Tizen TV architecture and app development.
IVI, which covers In-Vehicle Infotainment.
Ecosystem, which includes porting from other platforms to Tizen.
Wearables, for those developing apps for wearable devices.
IoT, which covers Tizen for Internet of Things.
This is the single largest gathering of Tizen developers worldwide. It’s a great place to expand your knowledge and refine your skills.

The Developer Lab:

What do you do with what you learned in the sessions? How about some hands-on implementation training?

Near the end of the conference we’ll have a longer session dedicated to Tizen app developers. This will be a hands-on session where you will learn how the Tizen app development process works, from setting up the SDK to developing and deploying an app.

“Warbiking San Francisco?” – RSA Convention Goer Rides a Bike in SF to Show Insecure WiFi Networks

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

What does this teaser video mean to you?

“James Lyne “war-bikes” the city of San Francisco with special WiFi equipment to find out just how much information its citizens are giving away. Join us at RSA Conference booth #2701 to hear a live talk from James Lyne and Chester Wisniewski on their findings.”

An Arresting Ad Campaign for Upwardly-Mobile Software Americans from Diet Coke: “You Moved to SF with…”

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

[UPDATE: Lauryn McCarthy is similarly puzzled - she has the cleaned up version of this ad here.]

So, the tagline sort of looks like “YOU’RE ON COKE?” That’s bold, Coca Cola.

Anyway, as seen on Haight Street near Divisadero:

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Elevator! Going up!
In the gleaming corridors of the 51st floor
The money can be made if you really want some more
Executive decision-a clinical precision
Jumping from the windows-filled with indecision

I get good advice from the advertising world
Treat me nice says the party girl
Koke adds life where there isn’t any
So freeze, man, freeze

It’s the pause that refreshes in the corridors of power
When top men need a top up long before the happy hour
Your snakeskin suit and your alligator boot
You won’t need a launderette, you can send them to the vet

I get my advice from the advertising world
Treat me nice says the party girl
Koke adds life where there isn’t any
So freeze, man, freeze

Koka Kola advertising and kokaine
Strolling down the Broadway in the rain
Neon light sign says it
I read it in the paper-they’re crazy!
Suit your life, maybe so
In the White House-I know
All Over Berlin (they’ve been doing it for years)
And in Manhattan!

Coming through the door is a snub nose forty four
What the barrel can’t snort it can spatter on the floor
Your eyeballs feel like pinballs
And your tongue feels like a fish
You’re leaping from the windows-saying don’t
Ayaiiiiirrrghhh! Don’t give me none of this!

I get good advice from the advertising world
Treat me nice says the party girl
Koke adds life where there isn’t any
So freeze, man, freeze
Hit the deck!

To Entrap a Local Predator: Electricity Parasite, Caught in the Act

Monday, February 24th, 2014

There, but for extremely cheap and powerful backup OEM batteries from the Amazon, go I:

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We had Webvan in 1999 and now in 2014 We have Amazon Fresh – What Will 2029 Bring Us?

Friday, January 17th, 2014

1999

Man, WebVan was crazy – they didn’t last too long.

2014, on Fell Street:

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Of course, Webvan was dead for eight years, only to be resurrected by … Amazon.

That’s the update.

Happy shopping!

Now THIS is a Cell Phone Tower – We Should Have These All Over San Francisco, NIMBYs Be Damned

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

It’s beautiful:

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Hang those who talk of less.

Maybe ATT, VRZ, SPR, and TMO all share this pole, in perfect harmony.