BURLINGAME, Calif.--At Where 2.0, Poly9 CEO Greg Sadetsky took the stage to pitch his Flash-based Google Earth competitor, Free Earth. Unlike other 3D mapping apps from Google and Microsoft, it does not require any client-side downloads (assuming the user's computer already has a Flash plug-in).
That means it's mashable into other sites, and embeddable in other pages. It is, for example, the mapping display engine underneath the Twittervision Globe, and can be used to create clever globe widgets like the 3D Flickr Globe, that are embeddable anywhere.
At Where 2.0, to further the message, the … Read more
Sony BMG, one of the top four recording companies, is releasing more DRM-free songs through a partnership with Dada USA, a mobile-entertainment company based in Italy.
Songs from Sony BMG artists such as the Foo Fighters, Kelly Clarkson, and The Strokes, will be offered through a new music service, Dada Entertainment, where users can pay $9.99 to obtain 15 tokens. Each token can be redeemed for a music download or ringtone or other content such as games or wallpaper.
The unprotected MP3 files can be transferred to an iPod, mobile phone, or any other digital music-playing device, the companies … Read more
With so many other artists making that Earth-rocking apocalyptic electro (e.g. Justice and Busy P) that's so en vogue of late, Boyz Noise (aka Alex Ridha) stands out with his skilled hand behind the boards and the way he presents electro that's as toxically loud as it is pleasurably flawless. We bet genre godfathers Daft Punk are fans.
French Kicks can not be accused of musical laziness. They blend manic rhythms, crooning vocals, and keyboards atmospherics to truly unique ends. This New York-based trio utilizes the original post-punk ethos and suffuses it with pop melodies. If ambient music were disco, French Kicks would rule the dance floor.
I've been saying for some time that open source is not a price tag, or at least is much more than that. In criticizing Oracle's "lite"/express approach to competing with MySQL years ago, I insisted that "free, as in price, is just one part of the open source puzzle. But it's not necessarily the most important one."
I stand by that claim, and received confirmation from Untangle this week.
Untangle is an open-source network gateway company. It started out as a proprietary software company, but turned to open source for growth. This doesn't always work well for companies, largely because many get the model and/or culture wrong.
Untangle, however, has done it right, and the downloads have followed. From 145 in June of 2007 to 41,419 in April of 2008, interest in Untangle has rocketed with its adoption of open-source licensing.
Is this just because its code is free now, and not because it's open source? A quick look at the data suggests that "free" isn't selling Untangle. Open source is.… Read more
Magazine-subscription service TradePub is offering a free one-year subscription to PC Magazine. All you have to do is complete a form and wait up to 12 weeks for your first issue to arrive (assuming you meet the publisher's "demographic and geographic requirements," that is).
What's the catch? Well, you're divulging your personal information, of course, including your e-mail address, but TradePub says simply that "you are giving us permission to contact you via email about your subscription and concerning customer service requests." Sounds pretty harmless. Will you end up receiving newsletters, promotional offers, … Read more