Monday, March 31, 2008

Mapping our online lives

  Darren Waters

Mapping our lives online

  • Darren Waters
  • 31 Mar 08, 11:18 GMT

Over the weekend blogger and businessman Loic Le Meur started an interesting conversation about social media and the decentralised way in which personal information was being spread.

He drew a handy map to show the different threads of his digital life.

Loic Le Meur's digital map

Loic, who I spoke to a few months ago, is arguing that while all these tools have their place, it's hard currently to locate them centrally in one place. There are tools emerging, such as Friendfeed, which pull together these strands but it is still quite difficult to assemble your digital life in one place.

I know exactly what he means - tools like Flickr, Twitter, blogs, YouTube, BlipTV (the list goes on and on and on) are great ways to start conversations but they remain, more or less, as digital islands.

There are ways to bridge these islands - and using RSS is the obvious candidate. Almost every social media service today generates an RSS feed and tools like Friendfeed can pull them all together.

You can see my FriendFeed here. It's an amalgam of my posts to Twitter, my Flickr photos and posts to the blog. If I wanted I could add YouTube videos I have posted or favourited, my Delicious links, music I've listened to on etc.

And your feed, together with the feeds of your friends, combines into one meta-Friend Feed, which itself is an RSS feed. So I can follow the lives of my friends, through whatever RSS feeds they themselves have aggregated onto Friendfeed, into an RSS Reader. Phew!!

It means the minute by minute lives of others can be monitored minute by minute whenever you are online.

You can do something similar by combining Twitter with a tool called Twitterfeed. It turns almost every RSS feed into a tweet. So every new story on the BBC News Tech section, or posting to this blog, or photo I post to Flickr is turned into a tweet on Twitter.

Social media tools are giving us ever more power to document our lives in ever more granular forms. And there are tools emerging that pull these micro-aspects of our lives together.

Loic bemoans the inability to site this cataloguing of his life in one place - ie his blog. I don't think this will be too much of an issue for too long as the creators of Friendfeed are about to release an API, which should see the tool becoming more flexible.

But I don't think this is the real issue. For me it is about the layers of openness we want our lives to have and how to control who sees our information and where.

RSS is a great tool but it has one declamatory mode. I want to be able to choose who sees different aspects of my digital life in one meta-destination.

For example: I want a tool like Friendfeed to let me control who can see my Twitter feed, who can view my Flickr photos, who can watch my YouTube videos etc.

What's needed is a more sophisticated public/private system for our digital lives. There are plenty of aspects of my life I'm happy to share with the world but some things that should be reserved for friends, family, work colleagues etc.

At the moment I have to resort to one-to-one tools like e-mail or instant messaging to share more private aspects of my life.

But wouldn't it be great if we could use Twitter or Facebook or Friendfeed etc to target different aspects of our lifes to different people?

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Pirate Bay Following Egypt

Swedens copyright laws changes from today

Due to the new copyright legislation that are going to take effect from today we had to move all of the system outside of Europe.

We decided to move to the desert of Sinai in Egypt since we feel that we'll be safe there. Tiamo has already got himself a permanent place to live and will reside in Sinai from now. Those of you who need to get in contact with him can use the contact page.

In Sinai we've set up the systems with three redundant fibre links. Besides local connectivity in Egypt we also have connectivity to Saudi-Arabia and Israel. Jordan is quite close and we hope to install a link there as well as soon as our budget will reach that level. This way we're actually hosted in Asia as well as Africa.

More updates on this will come later today, hopefully. Everything will be the same as before, we will have slightly higher latency for European and American visitors.

A special note to Ifpi: Moses walked in the desert of Sinai for 40 years. Our servers will be active for at least another 40 as well.

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Thanking Dark Victoria in Second Life

I would like to thank the racists who run Dark Victoria in Second Life, after months of struggling to find a thesis in Sociology that would gather some real attention their recent conduct has given me one: "Racism as a factor in constructing virtual reality"

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

The business of blogging

The business of blogging

Has the blogosphere sold out and become just one big corporate playground? And have the very people who used to sneer at “MSM” (the mainstream media) been captured by big business – one of the charges they used to fling at their old economy rivals?

Three straws in the wind set me thinking about this. First I met a company which boasted of employing what they called a “digital marketing consultant” to hang out in the blogosphere spreading the word about their company. Then a friend dropped by and told me about his new business – writing blog posts for corporate executives too busy or inarticulate to do it themselves. And finally I’ve been hearing about the eagerness of some bloggers to accept freebies and trips from big companies

The digital marketing consultant is James Whatley, who has been taken on by the voice-to-text company Spinvox, in his words, “to listen to the web and encourage conversation around Spinvox.” But in a previous life he was “whatleydude”, a blogger about the mobile phone world, and he still uses that persona in his new role.

When he came in for an interview for the radio package I’ve compiled on this subject, he was engaging and enthusiastic about his work. Whatleydude insisted that he was always completely clear about his corporate role, as he went about his blogging activity, which also encompasses a whole range of social web services, from Twitter to Jaiku to Flickr. “It’s openness and authenticity which is paramount,” he told me. His value to Spinvox, he explained, was that he was a genuine blogger who understood the etiquette of the blogosphere.

Then my friend Mark popped round. He is an experienced technology writer and consultant, and has just come up with a rather smart new business – “ghost” blogging. He showed me a recent post, apparently the work of a senior manager at a technology company but written by Mark after a conversation about the ideas he wanted to express. He thinks this is a growth business: “Every company wants to be seen on the internet and most managers don’t have a lot of time.”

But a veteran blogger Tom Coates, whose site has been around for eight years, told me this was a laughable approach because it lacked authenticity: “The value of having a blog as an executive is to have a conversation with the people who use your products, to be part of the community and to talk honestly. To have it ghost-written is utterly pointless.” Mr Coates has railed against the tidal wave of PR material now landing in blogs, putting a sign on his site saying “”This is not a brothel” and promising that he will never write about anything on the suggestion of some company. He is realistic enough to accept that corporate blogs are here to stay – but wants honesty and authenticity to be the watchwords of those who participate.

But how honest can you be about, say, a technology firm if they fly you round the world at their expense? Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas I was bemused to find a large team from one UK gadget blog, staying at one of the big hotels on the strip . How had they afforded it, I asked one of the team. “Oh, we’re on the XXX press trip," came the explanation, naming a major electronics firm. Now, as far as I can see, the blog in question didn't give said manufacturer an easy ride, but I also couldn't spot any disclosure on their site about how their coverage had been funded.

In summary we've got bloggers switching seamlessly between personal and corporate roles, we've got blogs which might seem personal but are written by someone else, and we've "independent" technology bloggers who are happy for the technology firms to pick up the tab for their trips. I know, I know, many of you will say this has all been happening for years, and the mainstream media are just as guilty of conflicts of interest. But there's still a tendency to see the blogosphere as wonderfully authentic and free of spin compared with the old media. Is it?

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A New, Genetic Model for Schizophrenia

A new study points to rare gene duplications and deletions that are believed to play a significant role in the psychological disorder


A new study indicates that the genetic culprits behind schizophrenia may be much less common than previously believed. Researchers report this week in Science that a rare but devastating change in one of several different genes may dramatically increase the risk of developing the debilitating brain disorder affecting 1 percent of the world's population and marked by psychotic behavior, hallucinations and delusions. Until now, most scientists believed that it was likely that a cluster of relatively common genetic mutations was to blame.

"We're not saying that our results themselves are irrefutable proof that schizophrenia is all rare mutations," says study co-author Jonathan Sebat, a geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island, N.Y. "It is simply that in many schizophrenia cases, much of a patient's individual risk can be accounted for by a 'sledgehammer' mutation."

Until recently, researchers trying to unravel the mysterious disease searched the genomes of schizophrenia patients for flaws not present in the genes of healthy people. Their probes turned up a few possible genetic suspects, but the findings were contradicted by those from other studies. In addition, candidate mutations typically only showed up in no more than 10 percent of schizophrenia sufferers sampled. The new study identifies more than 20 genes that may trigger the disease. If researchers can positively link any or all of these genes to the disease, it would set the stage for development of new therapies.

In this study, researchers combed the genomes of 150 schizophrenia sufferers and 268 healthy individuals for never-before-seen copy number variations (CNVs)—mutations that result in large swaths of DNA encompassing multiple genes either being deleted or duplicated. Some such mutations have been found to be benign, but others have been implicated in ailments such as autism and cancer. The team of scientists, from research facilities across the U.S., found novel gene alterations in 5 percent of the healthy volunteers and 15 percent of the schizophrenia patients; new CNVs showed up in 20 percent of those subjects who developed symptoms at or before the age of 18.

"What we prove is that, collectively, there is a threefold effect in schizophrenia and a fourfold effect in the childhood-onset disorder," says Mary-Claire King, a geneticist at the University of Washington School of Medicine and another co-author, referring to the incidence of these rare variants between the groups.

The researchers determined which affected genes were likely to cause damage—and where in the body that damage that might occur. The flawed genes in the schizophrenia patients were overwhelmingly linked to changes in pathways responsible for communication between and within nerve cells. In fact, one gene, ERBB4, is known to code for a receptor that interacts with neuregulin 1, a protein that's been associated with the illness for a decade. "The silver lining is that these new findings show us … that we were already on the right track," Sebat says.

Daniel R. Weinberger, director of the Genes, Cognition and Psychosis Program at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md., agrees that CNVs likely play a role. But he doesn't believe the new study demonstrates that they operate alone.

King says the next step is to screen the 20 suspect genes to pinpoint specific defects common among large groups of schizophrenia patients.

Sebat acknowledges that the data presented is merely consistent with the sledgehammer gene model and not direct proof of it. "It's premature to say that these findings have diagnostic value [right now]," he says. "But, that's exactly where we're headed."

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Polarion ALM Team is Eclipse Community’s Best Commercial Developer Tool

Polarion ALM Team is Eclipse Community’s Best Commercial Developer ToolPolarion ALM Team 3.0 is Named as Runner-Up for the Eclipse Community Award for Best Eclipse-based Developer Tool

For Immediate Release
CARY, N.C./EWORLDWIRE/March 19, 2008 --- Polarion Software Inc., creators of fully integrated application lifecycle management solutions and Subversion services, today announced that the company’s application lifecycle management solution, "Polarion ALM Team 3.0," has been named as runner-up for the Eclipse Community Award for Best Eclipse-based Developer Tool.

"I thank the Eclipse Community for this recognition of our efforts in providing the market with a comprehensive ALM solution that is easy to set up and use day to day, and that will scale all the way up to the enterprise level," said Polarion CEO Michael Carey. "We see the future of commercial software development being firmly rooted in open source solutions like Eclipse, to the extent that we have deeply committed to open source as the basis for commercial application lifecycle management solutions. We deeply appreciate this level of recognition from the Eclipse Community."

"I am seriously committed to supporting companies such as Polarion providing quality solution for the Eclipse community," said Ralph Mueller, director of Ecosystem – Europe for the Eclipse Foundation. "In the case of Polarion it gives me great pleasure that they have been recognized as a finalist for Best Commercial Developer Product, as they have created a strong solution between XP, SCRUM, Agile Computing and the dynamic business challenges of: requirements change, customers change their minds, business conditions vary, and QA goes up and down with each."

Polarion ALM Team is Polarion’s integrated ALM platform solution covering development-related phases of ALM such as bug tracking and version control. Other products in the Polarion family cover all major ALM aspects from requirements inception through coding and deployment. All Polarion ALM products leverage Subversion, the open source version control system that, according to industry analyst Forrester Research, is the current market leader in the SCCM space. Subversion is used to store and track all development artifacts, and to deliver unprecedented "Live ALM" features that reveal the actual up-to-the-minute development status of projects, as well as progress towards compliance with CMMI and Agile processes, in real time as projects progress across the Enterprise.

More information about Polarion ALM is available on the Web at

More information about Polarion Software’s ALM and Subversion services can be found at

About Polarion Software

Polarion Software is a global leader of comprehensive application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions and services aimed at improving efficiency and productivity in distributed development environments. Polarion ALM for Subversion combines every major phase of managing the software development lifecycle into one comprehensive ALM platform that provides teams with the real-time information on the actual state of software development in their organization necessary to make intelligent, informed decisions, while leveraging Subversion and other advanced open source technologies to deliver unique functionality and a significant return on investment. Additional information is available at


Sean Pan
Polarion Software, Inc.
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Cary, NC 27519
PHONE. 919 277 0955

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Hyper-V may put Microsoft in the real virtualisatoin game

Release Candidate of Hyper-V

Reaching the next major milestone in virtualization development, Microsoft made available a feature-complete release candidate of Microsoft Hyper-V, the hypervisor-based virtualization software available with various versions of Windows Server 2008. A beta of Hyper-V was included with Windows Server 2008 when it launched last month, and this release candidate provides updated, near-final code.

Hyper-V provides customers with virtualization infrastructure software. It enables customers to reduce operating costs by increasing hardware utilization, optimizing infrastructure and improving server availability. Customers and partners can download the release candidate at

“As customers begin deploying Windows Server 2008, we want to ensure they have the tools to optimize their IT infrastructure. Hyper-V will help customers consolidate IT systems and allow their businesses to respond more rapidly to ever-changing market conditions,” said Bill Hilf, general manager of the Windows Server Division at Microsoft. “Virtualization has been too complicated and expensive for most organizations, which is why less than 10 percent of servers are virtualized today. Our goal is to make Hyper-V broadly available, easy to adopt and cost-effective while delivering powerful systems management capabilities for customers’ traditional and virtualized IT environments.”

Customers who started evaluating Hyper-V during the beta process in December 2007 and as part of their Windows Server 2008 installation are already experiencing more flexible IT systems, greater control, increased business agility and higher performance.

“Hyper-V is a thinner, more optimized virtualization technology than we’ve seen from other vendors, and we look forward to improving server utilization and better managing our datacenter, especially in a clustered environment,” said Jason Nord, server engineer at Land O’Lakes Inc. “While evaluating Hyper-V, we’ve found it offers better support for running simultaneous operating systems, which helps us consolidate our applications that run on a variety of older software and servers.”

Microsoft is working with partners to help them plan, build and test their own offerings built on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V to address broad customer needs and expand and enhance the platform capabilities.

“Surgient has seen growing customer interest in adding support for Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V to our virtual lab management software so that our mutual customers can streamline application life cycle operations, reducing capital and operating expenses,” said Tim Lucas, president and CEO of Surgient Inc. “Our customers need to be able to replicate production application configurations in virtual labs using any virtual or physical infrastructure. Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V delivers in all these areas, and we’re excited to add support for it to our virtual lab management platform.”

Hardware industry partners including AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Hitachi, HP, Intel, IBM, NEC and Unisys are also working with Microsoft to test and evaluate Hyper-V. Once final code is available, these partners plan to integrate support for Hyper-V into their virtualization offerings in ways that fit their business, including pre-installation on servers, device support, solutions and services. These partnerships will further lower barriers for customers as they adopt virtualization solutions, making it easier to incorporate virtualization into their server infrastructures.

The release candidate features an expanded list of tested and qualified guest operating systems, which now includes Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2), Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3. Host server and language support has been expanded to include the 64-bit (x64) versions of Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter, with English, German and Japanese language options available as well as enablement of Hyper-V on international locales, and further language options and support available in the final release. In addition, the release candidate comes with support for more hardware configurations and offers improved performance and scalability. It also includes the option for installing Hyper-V Manager Microsoft Management Console on Windows Vista SP1 for remote management.

Deployment and management capabilities are essential when building a scalable virtualization infrastructure. With the Microsoft System Center suite and the next version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager, available in the second half of 2008, customers can seamlessly manage their physical and virtual servers with a single set of consistent, compatible tools. Customers will be able to rapidly provision and configure new virtual machines and centrally manage their virtual infrastructure, regardless of whether they are running on Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2, VMware ESX Server or VMware Infrastructure 3. A future release of System Center Virtual Machine Manager will also add support for the Xen hypervisor.

The final version of Hyper-V remains on target for release by August 2008, which aligns with the previously stated timing for delivery within 180 days of the Windows Server 2008 release to manufacturing.

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Technology succeeds when users like itTechnology succeeds when users like it

Technology succeeds when users like it

by LYNN STEVENS | Business Review Western Michigan
Wednesday March 26, 2008, 3:46 PM

Computers were once pieces of technology deep in some sort of large engineering-type system where they performed purely technical work. Now, of course, they're ubiquitous, and technical work is just part of what they do.

"They're more like a new kind of media than a new kind of machine," said Robert Biddle, professor of computer science and psychology at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Ontario.

Information technology isn't a commodity, Biddle explained. It's a delivery system, a communications medium and a social engine.

"The ability to change the marketplace, to change relationships with customers, I think that's the great promise and power of I.T. for business," he said.

The Canadian professor was in Grand Rapids March 26 to explain to members of XP West Michigan how agile software development is a perfect match with programming focused on user experiences. The new media is all about user experience, according to Erickson, president of Atomic Energy and Biddle's host in Grand Rapids. No one will use a tool that gives a poor user experience, he said.

"One of the reasons we're keen on this is that quality is an essential part of user experience -- they (programs) don't crash, they don't make mistakes, they don't drive you crazy when you're using them," Erickson said.

Software development involves agile practices when it is created interactively with the customer, he said. Tweaks are made constantly as the customer's needs and expectations of the software change.

"The techniques we know to be best practices in designing for end users are remarkably similar to best practices for Agile," Biddle said in a telephone interview before his program. "We now have a better opportunity than ever to connect these two processes.

"That makes it possible to make good software from the get-go rather than retrofit or blame problems on bad training."

Strong and continual collaboration with the people who are going to use the software you create is the only way to ensure the software will be successful, Biddle said.

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Basra another Bail Out?

A burned Iraqi army tank on a street in Basra
The Iraqi military push into Basra is not going as well as US officials had hoped, a closely held US military intelligence analysis shows.

The analysis shows that Iraqi security forces control less than a quarter of the city, said several officials in both the US and Iraq on Friday, CNN reported.

It also indicated that Basra's police units are deeply infiltrated by members of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army.

The revelation released just a few hours after US President George W. Bush's high praise for the operation.

During a joint news conference Friday with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Bush called the operation "a defining moment in the history of a free Iraq."

"It was just a matter of time before the government was going to have to deal with it," he said.

Bush noted that " it's exactly what a lot of folks here in America were wondering whether or not Iraq would even be able to do it in the first place. And it's happening."

However, the Basra analysis shows that militia forces control a wide swath of cities in Iraq's southeast, including areas near the airport, where British forces are located, the officials said.

The inability of Iraqi forces to keep order since the beginning of the government offensive four days ago has raised important unanswered questions as the US is planning to hand over the security to Iraqi government.

The violence which has picked up in a wide area of southern Iraq, also in Baghdad's Green Zone and Sadr City has sparked fears that the US military will have to bail out the Iraqis.

More than 100 Iraqis have been killed in the fighting to date, including at least 14 in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

TET 2008 in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Baghdad was on virtual lockdown Friday as a tough new curfew ordered everyone off the streets of the Iraqi capital and five other cities until 5 p.m. Sunday.


Smoke rises Friday in Baghdad from the area commonly known as the Green Zone after mortar and rocket attacks.

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That restriction didn't stop someone from firing rockets and mortar rounds into the capital's heavily fortified International Zone, commonly known as the Green Zone. One slammed into the office of one of Iraq's vice presidents, Tareq al-Hashemi, killing two guards.

An American government worker also was killed in rocket and mortar attacks Thursday in the International Zone.

U.S. warplanes pounded Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood Friday, killing six people and wounding 10.

Other U.S. planes bombed Shiite militia positions overnight in the southern city of Basra, a British military spokesman said.

The British military said the firings were the first by coalition forces since the Iraqi army launched an operation Tuesday in Basra, Iraq's second largest city.

At least 120 militia fighters have been killed and 240 wounded in Basra since the military operation started, said an Iraqi Defense Ministry official on condition of anonymity.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

An Olympics is a small price to pay

China's showcase event is clouded by harsh response to uprising

Actually I was not going to watch a single event of the Olympics.  Last time I watched anything it was to make fun of the opening fest of national narcissism but I have other things today with the blogs and SharePoint.  But if the public can make this a failed Olympics by not watching the event could unstabalised China's leaders.

Everything in China is face, one's status is a public construct of face.  If someone loses face they can be forced out of positions.

If the Olympics are failures China's leaders will lose face.  If because of pollution and Tibet the Olympics are remember as the most failure in a generation it could force the current generation of leaders in to early retirement.

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Open Text Partners with the University of Waterloo to Create Leading Institute for Web 2.0 and Digital Media


Company’s Support Will Create the Open Text Centre for Digital Media Research, Uniting Students, Educators and Professionals in Research and Innovation


Location in Arts Community of Stratford Will Bridge the Worlds of Business, Art and the Internet


Waterloo, Ontario – March 27, 2008 – Open Text™ Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC), a global leader in enterprise content management (ECM), today announced a partnership with the University of Waterloo to create one of the world’s largest centres dedicated to research and innovation in digital media and Web 2.0 for business, government and cultural applications. 


Under the plan, Open Text will contribute funding, technology and services for the development of the Open Text Centre for Digital Media Research. As part of its commitment, Open Text will provide its executives and thought leaders as contributing faculty, sharing their experience in the classroom.  The Centre will be dedicated to research projects and commercialization of ground-breaking software applications, giving students an opportunity to apply their ideas to real-world business opportunities.  Programs at the Centre will focus on creating graduates that combine business knowledge, with computer science and artistic content creation.


The Centre will be part of graduate and undergraduate programs offered at the University’s Stratford Institute, a proposed new centre for education and research to be located in Stratford, Ontario, a well-known art, music and theatre community.  The location provides a unique setting that will bring the worlds of business, art and the Internet together in an environment focused on creating innovative new software applications. 


“From Facebook to YouTube to Wikipedia, we are witnessing a revolution in the way consumers socialize, share knowledge and harness collective intelligence,” said Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer for Open Text.  “But we’ve only just begun.  There’s enormous potential to build on what’s been created so far, and apply these new technologies to business, government and culture in new and exciting ways.  Through our partnership with the University of Waterloo, we’re planting the seeds of that innovation right here in the Waterloo Region.”


Jenkins adds, “The Open Text Centre will combine the experience and knowledge of academic and business leaders with the energy and creativity of a new generation.  It gives Open Text a direct role in building a highly skilled workforce and R&D leadership right here in our community, and helps secure Waterloo’s position as one of the world’s top communities for technology innovation.”


”By collaborating with Open Text, we are hoping to create an institution that’s recognized worldwide for discoveries that meet the needs of the 21st century digital economy,” said David Johnston, President of the University of Waterloo. “Open Text’s contribution will help accelerate Ontario and Canada into a leadership position in digital media and Web technologies.”


Today’s news follows closely on the heels of Open Text’s March 3 announcement of a broad strategy to deliver new social computing solutions to customers ( As part of its plan, Open Text is extending its collaboration and Web solutions offerings to deliver 2.0 capabilities, including wikis, forums, blogs, tagging, moderation, communities and real-time collaboration, within an organization’s broader ECM strategy.  Application of these new technologies creates more engaging Web experiences, improves knowledge sharing and collaboration, increases employee productivity and helps improve brand loyalty and interaction. 


Tradition of Innovation

Open Text’s contribution is an extension of the company’s long history as an innovator in the software industry and of its roots in the University of Waterloo.  Open Text began on the University’s campus in the late 80s with a group of university researchers who were working on a project to convert the entire Oxford English Dictionary—all 60 million words—to electronic form, a major feat in the pre-Internet days.  The work formed the basis for the Internet’s first search engine technology, which was soon adopted by Yahoo.


Since then, Open Text has consistently developed leading technologies in enterprise content management, and counts its staff as some of the industry’s leading experts. Open Text, which is headquartered in Waterloo, is the largest software company in Canada with some 3,000 employees worldwide. 


About Open Text

Open Text, an enterprise software company and leader in enterprise content management, helps organizations manage and gain the true value of their business content.  Open Text brings two decades of expertise supporting 46,000 customers and millions of users in 114 countries.  Working with our customers and partners, we bring together leading Content Experts™ to help organizations capture and preserve corporate memory, increase brand equity, automate processes, mitigate risk, manage compliance and improve competitiveness.  For more information, visit


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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Monks disrupt Tibet media visit

Tibetan monks have disrupted a tour by the first foreign journalists to visit Lhasa since protests erupted two weeks ago, witnesses at the scene said.

About 30 monks shouted pro-Tibetan slogans and defended the Dalai Lama as journalists toured the Jokhang Temple, an Associated Press (AP) reporter said.

China has accused the Dalai Lama of masterminding the protests.

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At least 55 killed and 300 injured as battles spread from Basra to Baghdad

At least 55 killed and 300 injured as battles spread from Basra to Baghdad

BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister on Wednesday gave gunmen in the southern oil port of Basra three days to surrender their weapons and renounce violence as clashes between security forces and Shiite militia fighters erupted for a second day.

Suspected Shiite extremists also unleashed rockets or mortars against the U.S.-protected Green Zone in central Baghdad for the third day this week.

Three Americans were seriously injured in the attacks, U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Mirembe Nantongo said. At least eight Iraqis also were killed after rounds fell short in several areas of Baghdad.

At least 55 people have been killed and 300 were reported wounded in Basra and Baghdad after the fighting spread to the capital's main Shiite district of Sadr City, police and hospital officials said.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Ringside Makes Social Software Applications Open Source

ringsideRingside Makes Social Software Applications Open Source

Ringside Networks, a new company founded by Bob Bickel, a former Java pro for JBoss, is planning a launch Tuesday for an open-source “social application server” that will help developers run applications built for particular websites, like Facebook, reported CNET’s Matt Asay and Martin LaMonica. Ringside finds that, among the 19,000+ third-party applications built for Facebook alone, there is a clear opening for an agent such as itself to deliver devoted server strength for such developments.

The company is making it particularly easy for coders to build and run applications on Facebook’s platform by utilizing it’s so-called “social application engine,” which enables the transfer, or “sharing,” of Facebook user information. Also, Ringside intends to deliver OpenSocial integration with its services as well, which “will allow the server to tap into other social networks such as MySpace, Orkut, and Bebo,” the company’s founder explained. Ringside will establish its OpenSocial connections in Q2 2008.

Perhaps Ringside’s most biggest advantage for the application developers it strives to attract developers is its inherent devotion to open-source with respect to data access and its willingness to adapt and grow to encompass all types of applications, be they Facebook-specific or created to more broadly address user needs and demands across numerous social networks.

As the allure of cross-compatibility has shown to make projects such as OpenSocial and DataPortability increasingly enticing, the potential for Ringside to become a brand well-regarded throughout the industry makes it an entity on the server side that may well be worth watching.

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Uni open day held in Second Life

Uni open day held in Second Life

A university is holding an open day in the virtual world of Second Life.

BA Media students at Liverpool Hope University have set up a virtual campus on the imaginary world website as part of a six-month project.

Virtual students will be on campus on Thursday to interact with prospective students from across the globe.

Second Life is a virtual world operated via a downloadable internet programme that enables its users, or "residents", to interact with each other.

There are more than 20 million residents registered.

Visitors who log on to will be able to explore buildings, some of which do not exist in the real-life Hope, and find out more about the history of the university.

A scene from Liverpool Hope University in Second Life (Pic: Liverpool Hope)
Students have recreated university buildings and designed their own

The students working on the project have reproduced buildings such as the Sheppard-Warlock Library and the Gateway Building.

They have also added their own twists, such as creating their ideal student accommodation and film studio.

Dr Charlie Blake, head of media, film and communications at the university said: "The Open Day will be an innovative and exciting interactive experience for our visitors.

"Student Ambassadors have already created their own virtual characters that will be on hand throughout the day to talk to prospective students and offer them advice about studying at Liverpool Hope University.

Swimming pool

"As the virtual campus is a mix of real and fictional buildings, visitors will be introduced to some of the well-known sights around campus, while the more imaginative ones will create talking points to encourage conversations between current and prospective students."

The university's marketing director, John McCarthy, added: "The aim of the virtual campus is to engage in a dialogue with students in a forum that they will not only enjoy, but will also provide them with opportunities for creativity.

"Whilst some of our University buildings are faithfully reproduced, others have been built that reflect our students' ambitions and aspirations, where else can you find a student hall with a swimming pool!"

A more traditional open day is to be held at the university in June.

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Dutch Islam film website 'shut'

Dutch Islam film website 'shut'

A website that a Dutch right-wing politician was planning to use to release a film expected to be fiercely critical of Islam has been suspended.

The US hosting service, Network Solutions, said it was investigating complaints that it may have breached guidelines on hate language.

Dutch politician Geert Wilders says the 15-minute film describes Islam as "the enemy of freedom".

The planned release has sparked angry protests in many Muslim countries.

The Dutch government has disassociated itself from Mr Wilders' views, but there are fears the film will spark protests similar to those that followed the publication in Denmark two years ago of cartoons seen as offensive to Muslims.

The film has already been condemned by several Muslim countries, including Iran and Pakistan.

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According to an Associated Press breakdown of the figure, 97% of deaths occurred after US President George W Bush declared on 1 May 2003 that major combat was over.

Source BBC

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4000 Dead

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Four U.S. soldiers died in a roadside bombing in Iraq on Sunday, military officials reported, bringing the American toll in the 5-year-old war to the grim milestone of 4,000 deaths. Eight of those killed were civilians working for the Pentagon.


Troops emerge from a bunker after receiving the "all clear" Sunday following a truck bombing in Mosul.

The four were killed when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device while patrolling a neighborhood in southern Baghdad, the U.S. military headquarters in Iraq reported Sunday night. A fifth soldier was wounded in the attack, which took place about 10 p.m. (3 p.m. ET).

The U.S. milestone comes just days after Americans marked the fifth anniversary of the start of the war.

"No casualty is more or less significant than another; each soldier, Marine, airman and sailor is equally precious and their loss equally tragic," Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, the U.S. military's chief spokesman in Iraq, said.

"Every single loss of a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine is keenly felt by military commanders, families and friends both in theatre and at home," Smith said.

Meanwhile, estimates of the Iraqi death toll range from about 80,000 to the hundreds of thousands, with another 2 million forced to leave the country and 2.5 million people displaced within Iraq, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

President Bush ordered U.S. troops into Iraq on March 19, 2003, after months of warnings that then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was concealing stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and efforts to build a nuclear bomb.

U.N. weapons inspectors found no sign of banned weapons before the invasion, and the CIA later concluded that Iraq had dismantled its weapons programs in the 1990s.

Comment now get this:

This is global terrorism hitting everywhere, and they have chosen Iraq to be a battlefield. And we have to take them on," Mowaffak al-Rubaie said Sunday on CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer."

Comment: So now the reason for the war is that Al Qaeda terrorist will decide to travel to Iraq and fight American who are there.  And the plan is that all the terrorist will be stupid enough to go to Iraq and we will be able to kill them all with 130,000 troops.  US policy in Iraq assumes Al Qaeda are idiots and America can do the impossible!!!!!!!!!

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Aggregate Your Online Social Life with FriendFeed

Aggregate Your Online Social Life with FriendFeed

etween Flickr, Digg, Twitter, your blog, Facebook,, and every other web service under the sun you're a member of, keeping track of all of your online activity—as well as the activity of your friends—is becoming increasingly difficult. But a recently launched, much-hyped webapp called FriendFeed aims to simplify your online life by pulling all of the content you create into one centralized service. Not only does FriendFeed make aggregating your online life a breeze, but it also makes it simple to keep track of what all your friends are up to, whether they use the site or not.

What's It All About

personal-feed.pngBefore we dive in, some clarification is in order. FriendFeed does two fairly distinct things. First, it allows you to aggregate all of your online activity in one place. Once you do that, you can take your FriendFeed RSS feed, hand it out to all your contacts so they can more easily keep track of what you're up to, and never use the site for anything else. For the rest of the article, I'll call this feature your personal FriendFeed or personal feed.

friends-follow.pngHowever, FriendFeed also wants you to use its service to keep track of your friends. Yes, your friends could just pass their FriendFeed URLs to you and you could subscribe to those individually in your newsreader of choice, but the site allows you to find friends and subscribe to their FriendFeed within the webapp. Each time you subscribe to a friend in FriendFeed, their activity is added to the Friends tab on the site, all in one continuous stream of activity belonging to all of your friends.

I'm going to cover the personal FriendFeed first, then dive into the rest.

Set Up Your Personal FriendFeed

add-service.pngFriendFeed makes setting up and adding services to your personal feed—the feed that you can hand over to friends or family that they can use to keep track of everything you do online—exceedingly simple. For the most part, pulling your activity from one webapp into your personal feed is simply a matter of providing FriendFeed with your username for the site you're adding. For those few webapps that don't work with a simple username, FriendFeed provides you with all the information you need to find the feed URL involved to bring that service into FriendFeed. (Google Reader, for example, requires you to fetch your private Shared Items URL).

friendfeed-services.pngFriendFeed features integration with your bookmarks, status, music, wishlists, and pretty much anything you could hope for (that currently adds up to 28 web services, though one can imagine they'll continue to expand support). All you have to do is go through and add all of your services one at a time, and when you're done you've got your own FriendFeed rolling out all of your online activity in one place. If for some reason you'd like to share something on your FriendFeed and it doesn't already have a home in one of your other web services, you can easily add anything to your personal FriendFeed by hitting the Share Something link at the top of the page, then add the text and/or link you want to share.

FriendFeed URLs are also extremely simple; for example, you can find my personal feed at Once you've set up your personal FriendFeed, you can take that URL and pass it around to your friends and family so they don't need to check 10 different sites to keep up with everything you're doing online; and, naturally, every FriendFeed comes with a real newsfeed you can pass on so they can subscribe to your personal feed in their newsreader of choice.

Setting up your personal FriendFeed is a breeze, and that's great, since it's the feature you're most likely to use off the bat. But aside from creating an aggregated feed of your own stuff, which is just the jumping off point, FriendFeed wants you to follow all of your friends' personal feeds within their site.

Follow Your Friends

subscribe-to-friends.pngThe real crux of FriendFeed isn't necessarily that you can use it to aggregate your own online web services (though that's arguably what's most attractive about it). FriendFeed wants you to follow your friends with their service, preferably from your FriendFeed homepage. Rather than passing around FriendFeed subscriptions in newsreaders, FriendFeed wants you to do all the subscribing inside their application. Once you subscribe to a friend with FriendFeed (they need to have set up an account like you did above), you can follow everything they're doing.

friendfeed-looks-kind-of-like-crap.pngLike Twitter, FriendFeed publishes all of this activity in an endless stream with all of your friends' content interwoven in one seemingly endless river of bookmarks, blog posts, status updates, pics, and videos.

In addition to the main FriendFeed interface, you can grab a private RSS feed of your friends' aggregated activity, import your FriendFeed to Facebook, add an iGoogle gadget to your Google homepage, or subscribe to a daily email digest of your friends' activity.

Finally, if you'd love to follow a friend on FriendFeed but they're just not hip to the whole lifestreaming thing, FriendFeed allows you to create "imaginary" friends by naming this person and then adding services to the imaginary friend in the same way you added services to your account.

Track Where You Generate the Most Content

stats.png To help you stay clued in to how you spend your time online, but FriendFeed also offers a stats feature that keeps you abreast of how your content creation rounds out across services. It's arguably not all that useful, but it is fun, especially for stats-lovers.

Is FriendFeed Worth Its Salt?

There's been a lot of buzz about FriendFeed ever since it's private beta, particularly due to the folks behind FriendFeed, many of whom are former Google employees. (Hell, the design of the site even looks like they're preparing for Google to buy them up whenever they're ready.) So if you've given FriendFeed a try (or if you do after reading this), we want to know:soci

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Mortars and suicide attack as violence spikes in Iraq

Mortars and suicide attack as violence spikes in Iraq

Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone was hit by two waves of mortar attacks on Sunday that caused no casualties but sent panicked US embassy staff scurrying into bunkers, officials and witnesses said.

In the restive northern city of Mosul, meanwhile, a suicide bomber crashed an explosives-laden truck into an Iraqi army base, sparking a blast that killed 10 soldiers and wounded 30 people, mostly soldiers, an officer said.

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Wikipedia Questions Paths to More Money

Wikipedia Questions Paths to More Money

Should it proceed on its present course, soliciting donations largely to keep its servers running? Or should it expand other sources of revenue _ with ads, perhaps, or something like a Wikipedia game show _ to fulfill grand visions of sending DVDs or printed books to people who lack computers? Is it helpful _ or counter to the project's charitable, free-information mission _ to have the Wikimedia Foundation tight with a prominent venture capital firm?

These would be tough questions for any organization, let alone one in which hundreds of participants can expect to have a say.

The system "has strengths and weaknesses," says Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia's co-founder and "chairman emeritus." "The strength is, we don't do anything randomly, without lots and lots of lots of discussion. The downside is we don't get anything done unless we actually come to a conclusion."

Even the foundation's leaders aren't unified. Florence Devouard, a French plant scientist who chairs the board, said she and other Europeans involved with the project are more skeptical than Americans such as Wales about moneymaking side projects with for-profit entities.

The project's financial situation is not exactly dire. Although the group does not have an endowment fund with interest fueling operations, cash contributions jumped to $2.2 million last year, from $1.3 million in the prior year. With big gifts recently, the foundation's budget is $4.6 million this year.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Organic molecule detected on distant planet

Organic molecule detected on distant planet

Finding marks breakthrough in search for signs of life beyond solar system

Image: Artwork of HD 189733b

Scientists have detected the presence of an organic molecule in the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet for the first time, NASA announced today.

The finding, detailed in the March 20 issue of the journal Nature, marks a breakthrough in the attempt to detect signs of life on planets beyond our solar system.

The tell-tale signature of the molecule methane in the atmosphere of the Jupiter-sized planet HD 189733b was made by the Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) in May 2007.

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SharePoint and Event Bubbling Explained

Some user controls are entirely self contained, for example, a user control displaying current stock quotes does not need to interact with any other content on the page. Other user controls will contain buttons to post back. Although it is possible to subscribe to the button click event from the containing page, doing so would break some of the object oriented rules of encapsulation. A better idea is to publish an event in the user control to allow any interested parties to handle the event.

This technique is commonly referred to as “event bubbling” since the event can continue to pass through layers, starting at the bottom (the user control) and perhaps reaching the top level (the page) like a bubble moving up a champagne glass.

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Odeo Acquires BlogDigger

Odeo Acquires BlogDigger


Odeo has acquired blog search engine BlogDigger for an undisclosed sum.

BlogDigger launched in 2003 as a competitor to the then dominant Technorati, and launched a locally focused search facility in 2005. The site offers standard blog search, and unlike Technorati has constantly focused on its core product.

For the new Odeo (formerly SonicMountain) this is their second acquisition in just over 6 months, having acquired FireAnt in September.

According to a post from Greg Gershman on the BlogDigger blog, Blogdigger’s aggregation and search technology has been integrated into Odeo’s new beta site. Gershman has joined the Odeo team as Vice President of Search and Engineering.

(via ReadWriteWeb)

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Rates of Homosexuality

Those Reporting They are Homosexual by Political-Gender Cohort

(VL=Very Liberal, L=Liberal, M=Moderate, C=Conservative, VC=Very Conservative)

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Design in Sharepoint with Designer.

There is no question that SharePoint 2007 provides a better design experience with master pages and version control. Now you can edit version of master pages with rollback in case of problems.

But HTML in SharePoint is an experience in and of itself.

Some strange observations include:

Don't comment out SharePoint Place Holders like SharePoint Place Holder for search. There can only be one on a page and if you comment one out to move the other to another place it causes SharePoint to error.

This is NOT SO bad when you remember that you have version history and you can with comments roll back you an earlier version. But it is still pretty bad and stupid.

Also when you enter SharePoint world put all you notions of what makes good HTML away. This is shit HTML world and it has won: get used to it. Its Microsoft's Universe baby. Little things like mixing TR and tr cases and endless nested tables are sure to piss over experienced designers, get used to it.

The thing I have learned is that it is best to go very very slow. Take the amount of time it would take to do a design in Dreamweaver and triple it.

Ageplay sim eyes new grid

Ageplay sim eyes new grid

SECOND LIFE, March 11 (Reuters) - Wonderland, a Second Life region dedicated to depictions of adult-child sex, is exploring setting up a sim off the Second Life Grid called, according to a report by

Moving off the Second Life Grid would allow Wonderland autonomy from Linden Lab, which has banned ageplay within its borders.

Litesim programmer and majority shareholder Gareth Nelson (Second Life: Gareth Ellison) said the grid will be operational in less than two months.

Massively reported avatar Lalinda Lovell was promoting Litesim. Lovell declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.

Asked whether Litesim had a connection to Wonderland, Nelson teleported his Second Life avatar away, terminating the interview.

The Litesim website disallows child pornography in its terms of service. But a sign found by Massively within Second Life also promises “freedom and privacy guaranteed.”

The Wonderland sim was the center of controversy in November, after a media report explored possible child pornography in Second Life. The fallout caused Linden Lab to reiterate its disavowal of the practice.”Real-life images, avatar portrayals, and other depictions of sexual or lewd acts involving or appearing to involve children or minors are not allowed within Second Life,” said Linden Lab’s Ken Dreifach on the company’s official blog.

Nelson was once associated with OpenSim, but left the project after disagreements with other programmers. He plans to run Litesim on an OpenSim variant of his own making. Adam Frisby, a prominent OpenSim developer, said Nelson’s plan to create his own software capable of hosting Wonderland would be difficult, but given Nelson’s expertise, not impossible.

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Does Desktop Virtualization Need Desktop SOA?

Does Desktop Virtualization Need Desktop SOA?

Part of the rationale for Web Services has always been that they can tunnel through firewalls, linking networks that are otherwise securely separated. Virtualization puts up similar barriers between applications within a single machine, so will crossing them require similar technology?

Startup OpenSpan says that it will. This week, it launched what it calls SOA Desktop Edition, software that the company claims can give almost any Windows application a full Web Services API. OpenSpan promotes its product as the "the last mile of SOA", but that slogan's already taken (by several rich Internet application companies, on the basis that Ajax works better if browser-based apps link into a full SOA infrastructure on the back-end.) A more accurate description would be a scaled-down SOA, as for it to be useful each PC would end up hosting (and consuming) multiple Web services.

So why run Web services on the desktop? According to OpenSpan, the same reason that you'd run them on a server – namely, for streamlined application integration and data sharing. SOA Desktop Edition grew out of a previous product called Integrator, which tracked how every application accesses Windows' APIs and let developers intercept API calls while building mashups. For example, one app's menus can be made available through another, or complex operations that otherwise involved multiple copy and pasting operations can be automated.

Comment: Perhaps the server/desktop binary no longer makes sense. With virtualisation hardware barriers break down.

Google sees surge in Web use on hot mobile phones

Google sees surge in Web use on hot mobile phones

Google has seen an acceleration of Internet activity among mobile phone users in recent months since the company introduced faster Web services on selected phone models, fueling confidence the mobile Internet era is at hand, the company said on Tuesday.

Early evidence showing sharp increases in Internet usage on phones, not just computers, has emerged from services Google has begun offering in recent months on Blackberry e-mail phones, Nokia devices for multimedia picture and video creators and business professionals and the Apple iPhone, the world's top Web search company said.

"We have very much hit a watershed moment in terms of mobile Internet usage," Matt Waddell, a product manager for Google Mobile, said in an interview. "We are seeing that mobile Internet use is in fact accelerating.

The growing availability of flat-rate data plans from phone carriers instead of per-minute charges that previously discouraged Internet use, along with improved Web browsers on mobile phones as well as better-designed services from companies like Google are fueling the growth, Waddell argued.

Google made the pronouncement as it introduced a new software download for mobile phones running Microsoft's Windows Mobile software that conveniently positions a Google Web search window on the home screen of such phones.

Similar versions of the search software which Google introduced for BlackBerry users in December and certain Nokia phones in February have sped up the time users take to perform Web searches by 40 percent and, in turn, driven usage.

The software shortcuts the time it takes for people to perform Web searches on Google by eliminating initial search steps of finding a Web browser on the phone, opening the browser, waiting for network access, and getting to By making a Google search box more convenient, mobile phone users have begun using the Internet more, the company said.

"We are actually seeing a 20 percent increase in the number of searches by people," Waddell said.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

L&G sees profit drop as Britons live longer

L&G sees profit drop as Britons live longer

By Clara Ferreira-Marques

LONDON (Reuters) - UK insurer Legal & General (LGEN.L: Quote, Profile, Research) missed forecasts with a 26 percent drop in 2007 profit, hit by a 269 million pound charge to cover extra payouts it expects to make as Britons live longer.

L&G, the most domestic-focused of Britain's top insurers, warned the 3.5 trillion pound UK savings market could weaken in 2008, buffeted by market volatility and tax changes. It saw growth for UK annuities, however, and said its key protection business would outperform, as a distribution deal with building society Nationwide helps offset a frail housing market.

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MySpace Mobile Officially Launches

MySpace Mobile Officially Launches


MySpace Mobile launched its beta some time ago, but today marks the official launch of the reigning social network’s mobile platform. The core features are all the same. You can access your MySpace messages, see friends’ profiles, view photos, search for other users, and post comments as well as entire blog entries.

What’s new for today’s launch, however, is the mobile promotion of the new mobile community. MySpace is even making it easy for you to join–it’s placed a new module on your mobile home page enticing you to join (Tom will still be your #1 friend). There’s not much else to say here, now that MySpace Mobile has officially launched. Being the powerhouse that it is, MySpace has spent the past year making sure that its mobile site will be just as prominent across mobile networks as it is across the web.

With partnerships with various mobile service providers, such as Sprint, MySpace is making itself easily accessible to users, and relatively easy to use. Unlike Facebook updates and notifications, MySpace didn’t have a sub-feature that was primed for mobile use. While both networks have been heavily promoting their mobile networks these past few months, we’re sure to see a lot of development on more mobile-optimized features for better mobile integration.

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