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).
Tea to tech: China's cybersecurity push sparks a 'gold rush'
By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Zhang Long made his fortune selling Pu'er fermented tea and handcrafted furniture from the mountains of his native Yunnan Province in southwest China. Last November, the 49-year old entrepreneur, who has no technology background, strode into a Beijing ballroom to pitch his latest made-in-China product: SPGnux, a Linux-based operating system he says could replace Microsoft Corp's Windows. "Information security is vital to the interests of China and the interests of the Chinese people," Zhang proclaimed as a marketing video flashed images of former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden on large monitors. Snowden's disclosures in 2013 of U.S. cyberspying and security holes in American technology products have prompted China's government to accelerate a broad campaign to replace foreign technology with Chinese-developed systems.
Uber ceases Kansas operations in face of stricter oversight
(Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Uber on Tuesday said it ceased operations in Kansas after the state legislature decided to override Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that will impose stricter regulations on ride-hailing services. Uber said the bill makes it impossible for it to operate in the state. The Kansas Senate on Tuesday voted 96-25 to override Brownback's veto of the Kansas Transportation Network Company Services Act. The bill requires companies to certify that drivers have comprehensive and collision insurance, and requires new drivers to undergo a background check performed by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Spotify eyes Latin America where growth on pace with parts of Europe
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify is setting its sights on Latin America where the 17 countries it operates in could comprise up to 15 percent of its global business, the company's managing director of Latin America said. Spotify launched in Mexico two years ago, said Spotify's Gustavo Diament, and the country is already among the top five of Spotify's 58 markets. The key to attracting paying subscribers in Latin America lies in the consumer's ability to pay for services such as Spotify and Pandora as part of their mobile phone contracts. Spotify said it has deals in place with telecoms providers in Latin America to include its service within phone contracts, side-stepping the need for consumers to even have to select it.
Sky? Skype? EU court backs Murdoch over Microsoft in name battle
In a clash of corporate titans over naming rights in a fast-changing industry, Microsoft and its Skype phone service came out on the losing side of an EU court battle on Tuesday with Rupert Murdoch's television business Sky. Judges at the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg upheld a complaint that the British broadcaster lodged a decade ago with the EU trademark authority in which it said the Skype name and logo risked being confused by consumers because they sounded and looked too similar to "Sky". U.S. tech giant Microsoft, which owns the Skype service, may appeal.
Tech exec Goldberg died after exercise accident - official
(This version of the story refiled to delete reference to hotel gym in headline and adds line to 6th paragraph to clarify that Four Seasons does not own villa in which the accident happened) By Gabriel Stargardter and Sarah McBride MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - SurveyMonkey Chief Executive Dave Goldberg died Friday from a head injury while exercising at a resort in Mexico, the local prosecutor's office said Monday. Goldberg, the husband of Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, fell off a treadmill at a private villa in Punta Mita and hit his head, the prosecutor's spokesman said. Goldberg's brother found him on the floor of the villa gym showing signs of life, the spokesman said. Facebook declined to comment on behalf of Sandberg.
U.S. probing Islamic State claims it was behind Texas cartoon attack
By Mark Hosenball and Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators were looking into claims by the Islamic State that it was behind a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in which two gunmen were killed, but officials said on Tuesday they doubted the militant group's direct involvement. The Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State (IS) said on its official online radio station that "two soldiers of the caliphate" carried out the attack on Sunday in Garland, a suburb of Dallas.
Telecom Italia agrees broadband test deal with Swisscom unit
Telecom Italia has signed an agreement with Swisscom unit Fastweb to test technologies that can bring ultra high speed broadband connections into Italian households using copper wires. Telecom Italia's current investment plan is centered on upgrading its existing network and the company has been resisting calls by government officials to develop a wholly new fiber optic network. "We want to exploit all our capabilities to increase the speed of the network," Telecom Italia's chairman, Giuseppe Recchi, said on Tuesday on the sidelines of an event in Rome, confirming earlier reports by Italian media of the deal with Fastweb. The announcement comes only two days before a Telecom Italia board meeting to approve its latest results which is also expected to decide on whether to go ahead with talks to buy a stake in partly state-owned broadband network provider Metroweb.
Orange in talks with buyers of fiber assets to get Jazztel deal approved
By Leila Abboud and Gwénaëlle Barzic PARIS (Reuters) - Orange has begun talks with several potential buyers for parts of Jazztel's fiber network, which it has agreed to sell to get regulatory approval for the takeover of the Spanish broadband company. Nicolas Laederich, an executive who handles regulatory affairs and competition issues for the French telecoms group, said the divestment would be paired with a promise to rent out capacity on the company's fixed network to whoever buys the fiber assets. European regulators have asked Orange to make these concessions as a condition of approving the 3.4 billion euro ($3.80 billion) deal to acquire Spanish broadband company Jazztel. The arrangement would bring back a fourth national competitor to Spain's broadband market.
Texas gunman had happy childhood in Pakistan but struggled in U.S.
By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Nadir Soofi, a gunman shot dead after opening fire at a Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, was a popular schoolboy in Pakistan but struggled to adjust to the United States after moving there as a teen, friends said on Tuesday. Soofi's story appeared to trace a familiar arc for some Western Islamists - disappointment, alienation, and a search for belonging that ended with the embrace of militancy. Friends in Pakistan, who studied with Soofi at the elite International School of Islamabad, were stunned to discover that police had identified him as was one of the attackers.
China says Indian prime minister to visit next week
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China next week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, his first trip to India's northern neighbor since being elected last year. Modi will be in China from May 14-16, the ministry said in a brief statement. China and India have growing commercial links and deep historical ties, but their recent history has been overshadowed by suspicion and the two have yet to sort out a festering border dispute. Underscoring the lack of trust, Modi's official account on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, which was set up on Monday, attracted many comments from Chinese users about a disputed part of Tibet belonging to China.