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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Android should no longer be considered open source: a pattern of enclosure by Google

Because Android operates its own Google-controlled fiefdom outside of the upstream stack, its growing popularity doesn’t materially benefit upstream Linux. As more hardware vendors flock to Android, the growing ubiquity of Google’s platform necessarily marginalizes the healthier and more inclusive environment that exists upstream.

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The walling up of Android

Sort of a 'And water is wet' kind of article, but this Ars Technica piece goes into detail about how Google has allowed Android to be closed off from developers, and by refusing to release the source for Honeycomb, is contributing to its closing themselves.

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Android marketshare growing over iPhone, etc

Interesting numbers coming in on Android's success against iPhone and RIM.

"Android now has a third of the US market (33%). RIM's share has plummeted to 29%. Apple is holding at 25%."

"In the "also ran" category, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 did nothing to stop its decline, which fell from 9% to 7.7%. And Palm, which is barely worth mentioning anymore, fell another point to 2.8%."

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Google Wave Developer Blog: Wave open source next steps: "Wave in a Box"

Since the announcement that we will discontinue development of Google Wave as a standalone product, many people have asked us about the future of the open source code and Wave federation protocol. After spending some time on figuring out our next steps, we'd like to share the plan for our contributions over the coming months.

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Status of Google Wave - Google Wave Help

As we announced in August 2010, we are not continuing active development of Google Wave as a stand-alone product, but have been working hard on the open source Wave in a box project and on making waves accessible through Google Docs.

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Is there hope for small bookstores in a digital age?

A profile in USA Today of a small, independent bookstore in New York state. As with earlier articles, the picture here is of new hope for small stores now that an era of big chain dominance is coming to a messy end.

It also notes a partnership with Google:

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Battle over video codecs,2817,2379489,00.asp

"The Windows Media Player HTML5 Extension for Chrome lets Windows 7 users play H.264 videos in a Google Chrome browser. Microsoft already has similar extensions for Firefox and Internet Explorer users.
"We believe that Windows customers should be able to play mainstream HTML5 video," said Claudio Caldato, Principal Program Manager, Interoperability Strategy Team, in a blog post.

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Google's losing war with spam and SEO

Alan Patrick offers a dismal perspective on what he considers Google's losing war with spam and SEO:

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Chrome OS: the 'just enough' computer?

Plenty of talk going on about Google's upcoming Chrome OS, which would move computing from the laptop to the cloud. Big surprise, Stallman has his doubts about this.

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iPad and the two futures of text

Two must-read pieces about the future of text, and a useful follow-up. I'm not even going to try to summarize them, because they both touch on so many issues of central concern to the FFI. So I'll simply list them here, and recommend you make time for them:

Part one: Steven Johnson's The Glass Box and the Commonplace Book

Part two: Jeff Jarvis's iPad Danger: app v. web, consumer v. creator.

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