If you have been wondering exactly what the significance of ping.fm and RSS Cloud are….and if you have been wondering what in the world ‘Pub Sub Hub bub’ is….you are in luck!
We at The Omni Intelligencer have deep admiration for the wizards who are instrumental in making ‘feed technology’ happen. Anyone working with an internet publication (ranging from simple social networking to publishing a blog or an online news outlet), relies on the ingenuity of our ‘engineer techie’ friends. When an update needs to happen…it magically happens with the click of a mouse.
One of our favorite blogs recently mentioned the following video which is a January 14th, 2010 episode of the popular online podcast, ‘The Gillmore Gang.’ In this episode Brett Slatkin (software engineer at Google on the App Engine team), Robert Scoble (best known for his blog-Scobleizer), and Kevin Marks (VP of web services at BT-formerly British Telecom) discuss some of what is actually happening when the ‘magic’ of RSS is implemented.
Brett Slatkin leads the discussion as he tracks PubSubHubbub's progress as the bridge between RSS and realtime feeds. PubSubHubbub is a server-to-server web-hook-based pubsub (publish/subscribe) protocol as an extension to Atom and RSS. It delivers updated content in real-time from a pinged hub server out to all subscribers that have requested updates. The group explores what some of the more relevant applications are going to be and how it will affect real time news outlets and public updates (as in dot gov information and amber alerts).
Twitter could take many forms, depending on new owner
With speculation mounting that Twitter Inc will soon have a new corporate owner, the 10-year-old social networking service - which has long struggled to define its core purpose -may end up heading in one of several distinctly different directions depending on who ends up paying for it. Companies including Salesforce.com Inc , Walt Disney Co and Alphabet Inc's Google have shown interest in Twitter, which is working with investment banks to evaluate its options, according to people familiar with the matter. With Salesforce.com, Twitter might turn its focus to customer service communications and mining its database of tweets for business intelligence.
Disney, Microsoft among possible Twitter suitors: reports
(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co and Microsoft Corp joined a list of potential suitors for Twitter Inc , according to media reports on Monday. Twitter shares were marginally down at $23.33 in after-market trading. The microblogging service has reportedly started talks with a number of technology companies to sell itself, including Google parent Alphabet Inc and may receive a formal bid soon.
U.S. senator seeks SEC probe of Yahoo disclosure on hacking
By Dustin Volz and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Mark Warner on Monday asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Yahoo and its senior executives fulfilled obligations to inform investors and the public about a hacking attack affecting 500 million user accounts. "Disclosure is the foundation of federal securities laws, and public companies are required to disclose material events that shareholders should know about," Warner said in a letter to SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White. Yahoo has faced pointed questions about exactly when it knew about the 2014 cyber attack announced last week that exposed the email credentials of half a billion accounts, a critical issue for the company as it seeks to prevent the breach from affecting a pending takeover of its core business by Verizon Inc .
New York launches ad campaign to fight anti-Muslim rhetoric, violence
New York City kicked off a social media advertising campaign on Monday to combat negative perceptions of Muslims and counteract increasing instances of threats and violence, officials said. Showing an array of photographs of Muslim men and women, the campaign reads "I am Muslim. Anti-Muslim sentiment has been playing a major role as the U.S. presidential race has heated up.
German minister sets March deadline for fight against online hate
Justice Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday the German government could take legal action against Facebook and other social media groups if they do not intensify their fight against illegal hate speech or Islamist "terror phantasies". Maas said Facebook, Twitter and Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, were removing illegal content from the Internet more frequently and quickly, but more work was needed.
LVMH's digital drive takes time despite Apple hire
By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - When LVMH hired former Apple music executive Ian Rogers to craft a digital strategy, investors may have hoped for some quick results. Almost a year later, aside from drafting in more digitally-savvy people and taking part in a technology start-up fair, his impact on the world's biggest luxury goods group has yet to become visible. Changing mentalities and priorities at LVMH takes time, according to sources close to the 78 billion euro ($88 billion)group controlled by France's richest man, Bernard Arnault.
Online groceries retailer FreshDirect raises $189 million
Online food delivery company FreshDirect LLC said on Monday it had raised $189 million in a round led by JPMorgan Asset Management, as it seeks to expand its geographic footprint. The funding will help Long Island City, New York-based FreshDirect expand its capacity and reach, as it builds on the initial success it has enjoyed in its home area. JPMorgan Asset Management led the fundraising round through its internet and digital media-focused PG Digital Growth Fund.
Exclusive: Thailand considering tougher tax collection rules for internet, tech firms
By Manunphattr Dhanananphorn and Eveline Danubrata BANGKOK/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Thailand is studying plans to toughen tax collection rules for internet and technology firms like Alphabet Inc's Google, the head of the Revenue Department told Reuters, as the tax affairs of these firms comes under growing scrutiny in Southeast Asia. The plans would also cover the mobile transfers and internet payment sector, Prasong Poontaneat, director general of Thailand's Revenue Department, told Reuters.
Tencent to donate 2 percent of profit as Chinese online charity grows
By Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese billionaire Pony Ma Huateng, the founder of internet group Tencent, on Friday said his company would donate 2 percent of its annual profit to charity and flagged growth in the use of mobile internet in China's philanthropy sector. Ma's pledge follows China's introduction of new laws earlier this month that provided a legal framework for approved internet companies to raise and manage funds for charity. It also comes days after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan said they would donate more than $3 billion toward a plan to "cure, prevent or manage" all disease.
Snapchat to offer camera-equipped sunglasses in first hardware push
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Snap Inc, the newly renamed parent company of messaging app Snapchat, plans to start selling camera-equipped sunglasses starting this fall, Chief Executive Evan Spiegel told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. The sunglasses, dubbed Spectacles, will be sold via limited distribution for about $130, said Spiegel, who described the device as a toy. The first hardware to be sold by Snap, the sunglasses will record video from the user's perspective in 10-second increments that can be synched with his or her smart-phone. ...