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).
Illinois Republican lawmaker resigns, cites Facebook, Twitter hacks
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - A prominent Illinois Republican has resigned from the state legislature, citing multiple incidents of fake Facebook and Twitter accounts set up in his name in recent weeks. "After some cyber security issues arose, I began to re-evaluate my continued public service," Representative Ron Sandack, House Republican floor leader, said in a resignation letter dated Sunday and provided on Monday by the Republican Caucus. Sandack, known as an adamant defender of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's initiatives on the floor of the Democratic-dominated House, was up for re-election in November against Democrat Greg Hose.
Baidu says offer to buy its stake in online video unit withdrawn
(Reuters) - Chinese internet search company Baidu Inc said on Monday an offer it received in February to buy its stake in online video unit iQiyi has been withdrawn. Baidu said that the buyer group had not been able to reach an agreement on a purchase price even after rounds of discussions and negotiations. The company in February received an offer for its 80.5 percent stake in Qiyi.com Inc from Robin Yanhong Li, head of Baidu, and Yu Gong, chief executive officer of Qiyi.com.
Europe's first regulated bitcoin product launches in Gibraltar
By Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's first regulated bitcoin product - an asset-backed exchange-traded instrument that will invest exclusively in the digital currency - begins trading this week on the Gibraltar Stock Exchange and Germany's Deutsche Boerse. Its value has been highly volatile, peaking at more than$1,200 in late 2013 before crashing after the collapse of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. BitcoinETI will be available through regulated brokerages across Europe, and settlement will be handled through Clearstream and Euroclear, the Gibraltar Stock Exchange said, rather than via bitcoin's shared ledger system - the blockchain.
E*Trade to buy online brokerage OptionsHouse for $725 million
(Reuters) - E*Trade Financial Corp said it would buy the parent of online brokerage OptionsHouse for $725 million in cash, as the company looks to better compete in derivatives trading. OptionsHouse executed 27,000 daily average revenue trades for the twelve months ended June 30, of which 63 percent were in options, E*Trade said on Monday. Chicago-based OptionsHouse currently operates 154,000 customer accounts and has $3.6 billion in customer assets, including $1.4 billion in cash.
U.S. cyber security startup StackPath raises $150 million, says CEO
By Heather Somerville and Jim Finkle SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Texas-based StackPath has raised $150 million in fresh funding from private equity firm ABRY Partners, the CEO of the cyber security startup said on Monday, in what is among the largest single financing rounds for a private cyber security firm. Chief Executive Officer Lance Crosby told Reuters StackPath is a security platform that houses a suite of services to tackle a spectrum of cyber threats. The company has spent "tens of millions of dollars" to acquire several companies that provide different types of cloud security services for businesses, Crosby said.
China internet regulator fines websites over reporting
China's internet regulator has fined several websites for violating internet publication rules and ordered them to "rectify" pages that ran news stories based on their own reporting, state media reported on Monday. Government rules prohibiting the publication of "self-edited" news and information by websites that were not set up by news entities have been widely ignored, with many websites running robust reporting operations. Websites run by Sina Corp, Sohu.com Inc, Netease Inc, Phoenix New Media Ltd's iFeng and others had engaged in "actions that seriously violated regulations and had a completely vile effect", state media reported, quoting the Beijing municipal arm of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC).
Thai students use social media to stoke opposition to draft charter
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai student protesters will use social media tools, from Facebook to Japanese messaging app Line, to persuade voters to reject a military-backed draft constitution, some of the activists said on Monday. The students rank among the most vocal critics of Thailand's military government ahead of an Aug. 7 referendum to approve a contentious draft constitution that critics fear could cement military control over civilian politics for years. The activists told Reuters social media campaigns offer an edge over street action, such as a protest on Sunday in the capital by 43 civil and student groups hemmed in by government limits on public assembly and campaigning.
Pokemon Go gets big Comic-Con stage, creator talks success and future
By Piya Sinha-Roy SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - The creator of the wildly popular Pokemon Go gaming app received the celebrity treatment on Sunday at the final day of San Diego's annual Comic-Con, as he discussed the viral popularity and future of the game. John Hanke, founder of Niantic Labs and developer of Pokemon Go, was welcomed with loud applause from more than 6,500 fans on a stage usually reserved for star-studded presentations from movie studios and TV networks. Hanke said the global popularity of the game, which incorporates colorful animated creatures from Nintendo's Pokemon universe into the real world using augmented reality (AR) and Google mapping technology, had been "mind-blowing." The game, released July 6, was evolved from an earlier Niantic Labs AR app game called Ingress, which Hanke said has also gained in popularity after the release of Pokemon Go.
Verizon to announce $5 billion deal to buy Yahoo on Monday: source
(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc will announce an agreement on Monday to buy Yahoo Inc for about $5 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. The deal will end months of uncertainty about Yahoo's future after the company announced plans to review strategic alternatives in February. Yahoo and Verizon both declined to comment.
U.S. accuses three more of multimillion-dollar text message scam
U.S. prosecutors on Friday unveiled an indictment against three men for engaging in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud consumers by charging unsuspecting mobile phone users for unwanted text messages. An indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan charged Fraser Thompson, an ex-executive at mobile aggregation company Mobile Messenger, as well as Eugeni Tsvetnenko and Francis Assifuah, who authorities say ran digital content providers. The trio were added to a pre-existing case against five other people and accused of participating in an "auto-subscribing" scheme to charge cell phone customers monthly fees for unsolicited, recurring text messages without their consent.