via California state legislature approves Location Privacy Act | Ars Technica.
According to an article on Ars Technica, California’s state legislature passed the Location Privacy Act of 2012 (SB-1434) on Wednesday, which would make it mandatory for law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before gathering any GPS or other location-tracking data that a suspect’s cell phone might be sending back to its carrier.
This is a different tack than the federal appeals court took last week in a different case. In that case the appeals court ruled that police were allowed to track a GPS coming from a suspect’s prepaid phone without a warrant.
It is clear that there remains a significant divide between courts and jurisdictions on the issue of expectation of privacy and Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues in the electronic age. It may be quite some time before these issues are decided with clarity. In the meantime the privacy debate rages on.
Amazon and the Non-Level Retail Playing Field – Richard Harris – Voices – AllThingsD.
This is an interesting opinion piece regarding why Amazon has such significant competitive advantage over traditional retailers.
It comes down to several related issues, but can be boiled down to the fact that Amazon, in addition to its economies of scale, has multiple revenue streams. It has revenue from its computing services. It has revenue from ad sales.
These additional revenue streams are something that Amazon’s competitors are starting to sit up an notice. Walmart, for one, is signaling its intent to become an “experience platform” much in the vein of Amazon, where brands not only sell to customers but also market to them.
Why diluted investments are diluting cleantech’s impact — Cleantech News and Analysis.
This is an interesting article regarding non-traditional, non-dilutive financing models for companies with mature technology that are in need to a bridge to get to larger project-based funding.
It is good to see VCs, Angels, and Super-Angels stepping outside of the box and looking to meet gaps in current funding models. Hopefully thik kind of creative experimentation with funding models will continue to both evolve and spread.
As innovation declines, ITU hopes to relieve mobile patent wars — Mobile Technology News.
In an apparent fit of sanity, large players in the Telecom field, under the aegis of the International Telecommunications Union, specialized agency of the United Nations which is responsible for information and communication technologies, will be convening a high-level roundtable among standards organizations and mobile device manufacturers with the stated goal of removing barriers to continued mobile innovation.
It is anticipated that the talks will include discussion of reasonable and non-discriminatory patent policies, royalties issues, and IP enforcement. Among those already signed on to participate in the October talks are Apple, Microsoft, Motorola, and Samsung, to name a few.
While not a panacea for the toxic combination of rigidity in existing IP protection laws and the vogue trend of destructive patent litigation by participating and non-participating entities alike, this represents a significant opportunity to de-escalate the current patent wars and to move towards a more rational state of business where it possible to both protect IP and permit true, robust, and pervasive innovation. I continue to believe that changes to existing IP laws are a crucial part of this process, but industry consensus and buy-in are likewise vital (and perhaps a necessary first-step) to reaching a more rational balancing of interests.
Don’t let your cloud app become a software licensing hostage — Cloud Computing News.
GigaOm’s article highlights and issue that is beginning to trouble more and more companies looking to push out cloud-based apps (or move existing apps into the cloud), namely: software licensing.
The issue is not so much licensing the app being pushed to the cloud (although that brings with it its own special issues… food for later thought!). The issue is software underlying the web app (or deployment of existing app). Because many enterprise software licensing systems either have not been updated to take into account cloud deployment (ex. a multi-core platform hosting numerous VM’s with a single virtual CPU core), or worse, that are specifically stacked not to permit cloud deployment, this can be a huge stumbling block for companies seeking to “go cloud”.
It is important to understand the licenses you are working with for your existing or intended infrastructure so that you can (a) either work within their confines, (b) negotiate new licensing terms that work for your deployment, or (c) (true worst case) find new software that can be licensed in a way that meets your needs.
And keep in mind, the earlier these kind of details are analyzed and planned out, the more cost effective the process will be!