☞ Game Changers

  • Fascinating use of power here by Rowling that has the potential to really change the eBook and DRM markets if others with her power follow suit.
  • If this is as good as it implies, it is a radical change for photography. Suddenly what matters is not the equipment you’re carrying but rather the power of the computing you have at your disposal. It also opens up a can of worms as the implementation space – presumably covered by a wealth of patents globally – moves from hardware to software.
  • The idea of a Linux-based tablet with access to all the content services Amazon is hosting is very exciting.
  • A sensible move that will ensure Debian users have the most up-to-date version of the most complete office suite for Linux.

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  1. But the Lytro camera requires both hardware and software. If they hold patents in both spaces, then they might try to lock up the market in both. But if they were smart, they would free up the software patents. I bet there is a lot of things you could do with the extra info provided in the data that Lytro hasn’t thought of, and opening the software will allow that innovation. As the demand for the data increases, their camera technology will become the new standard and literally *every* manufacturer will have to license it.

    • I was thinking less of patents directly secured in connection with the Lytro camera and more on the extension of the (presumably huge) portfolios of companies like Sony, Nikon, Canon and the dangerously litigious Kodak. All will presumably have patents on hardware techniques that they will attempt to use in the software domain, validating the idea of patents on software and placing further barriers in the road to useful reform.

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