E-Commerce Times 12/09/13
The United States House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Innovation Act, a bipartisan bill seeking to curb frivolous lawsuits by patent trolls, by a vote of 325-91. Bill H.R. 3309, whose chief sponsor is House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, will go before the Senate where another bill, the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013, was introduced Nov. 18 by Sens. Patrick Leahy and Mike Lee. These bills are the culmination of years of criticism of the U.S. patent system, which is widely considered broken.
Eight major U.S. high-tech companies have called on governments worldwide to reform surveillance practices. Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook, LinkedIn, Apple and AOL want governments to ensure that data collection by law enforcement and intelligence agencies is bound by rules and focuses on targeted suspects. They also want governments to be more transparent about the data they request. "The security of users' data is critical," said Google cofounder and CEO Larry Page.
FOSS fans are no strangers to difficult topics, and for proof one need look no further than the ongoing sexism controversy that has been debated so many times in every bar and watering hole of the Linux blogosphere. Recently, however, one came up that's enjoyed far less prominence -- at least since Linux Girl began keeping track lo these many years ago. "Why Isn't Open Source a Gateway for Coders of Color?" was the title of the post that brought the issue to light last week, and it's generated more than a little discussion among Linux fans.
CRM Buyer 12/09/13
Moxie Software, a provider of enterprise social software, has updated its Spaces by Moxie suite of applications with new features in its Chat Spaces, Email Spaces and Knowledge Spaces modules. Moxie Software's user base tends to be large B2C companies that have high-volume interactions with their customers, said Chief Marketing Officer Tara Sporrer. These companies want to differentiate their service as much as possible, and equipping their social customer service operations with high-end functionality is one of the ways they can achieve that.
Let's get this clear up front: I am not a Twitter expert. I've used multiple accounts for different purposes; I enjoy following a few personalities; I like searching through Twitter.
Until now, I've rarely bothered to tweet or mess with Twitter on my iPhone or iPad, preferring to use the standard browser-based method on my Mac. I know I'm missing out, though, and there is even the possibility that I'll enjoy and use Twitter more if I simply take the time to learn a great new app.
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