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).
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By Eric Auchard and David Mardiste TALLINN (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency chief called on Wednesday for an "open, reliable and safe" Internet governed by international rules akin to the Law of the Sea, while deflecting critics who say NSA spying has undermined public trust in the cyberworld. Admiral Michael Rogers spoke a few days after the U.S. Senate rejected a bill to extend spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone records, putting the program in doubt shortly before its expiry on June 1.
Pakistan seeks FBI help to investigate firm accused of faking diplomas
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Penn State fraternity shut down for three years after nude photos
(Reuters) - Penn State University on Tuesday said it was withdrawing recognition from a fraternity for three years after members were accused of posting pictures they took of mostly undressed women onto private Facebook pages. "The organizational misbehaviors is far more than the University can tolerate from a student organization that seeks its imprimatur," vice president for Student Affairs Damon Sims said. Sims said instances of physical and emotionally abusive hazing were uncovered during the investigation, including boxing matches set up between pledges, in addition to drug use and sales within the fraternity.
Obama administration asks U.S. top court to decline Google copyright appeal
By Lawrence Hurley and Dan Levine WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday sided against Google Inc and said the U.S. Supreme Court should not hear the company's appeal in a case against Oracle Corp with wide implications for the technology industry, according to a court filing. The case involves how much copyright protection should extend to the Java programing language. Oracle won a federal appeals court ruling last year that allows it to copyright parts of Java, while Google argues it should be free to use Java without paying a licensing fee.
Silk Road drug site staff member avoids further U.S. prison time
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Charter's $56 billion Time Warner Cable deal to face U.S. scrutiny
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