What’s Coming Up This Weekend On Tech Talk

Jake Levant the Vice President of Marketing at Fring about Mobile video chat that has now evolved from one on one into social chat with multiple friends.

Jason Mitura the Chief Product Officer at Viewdle about cutting edge visual analysis technology used for facial recognition on mobile devices

Calvin Harrison the Chief Operations Officer at IneoQuest about digital video delivery and it’s challenges.

John Landy the Chief Technology Officer at IntraLinks about cloud-based solutions that allow you to collaborate more effectively, manage risk more efficiently, and share information more securely on both sides of the firewall and around the globe.

Rebecca McNeil an Attorney at Finnegan about the America Invents Act which is the most significant piece of patent reform legislation in a very long time.

Chris Hansen the Chief Executive Officer at BAMM.tv about connecting artists, entertainment service providers and audiences worldwide through an extensive global content distribution network.

Ken Grunski the Chief Executive Officer at Telestial about the ins and outs of Telecom.

Scott Albro the Chief Executive Officer at Focus.com about their online business professional network and how it can connect you with the industry experts who can advise and network with you.

Paul Magnone the VP of Business Development at Openet about Service Optimization Software delivered through two distinct, interrelated transformational architectures.

Intel to Universities: No Patents, Just Open Source

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Open Source software has been one of my soapbox subjects for the past two decades.  You’ll find it in your smartphone (the Apple iPhone and Android are both based on it), running your car, in your television and much more.  It’s Open Source software that has helped thousands of companies develop software solutions that just wouldn’t be possible otherwise.

Intel, who has been providing millions in funding to Universities, is now requiring that the Universities do not use that funding to create patented technology.  Which leads us to another subject I’ve written about in the past: Software Patents.  These are killing innovation here in the US, and will ultimately cause great, unseen, harm to the entire world economy.

Kudos to Intel for helping to stem the growth of harmful software patents!

Google’s Digital Library Project Still Moving

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Although it’s been hung up in the courts, there appears to be some forward momentum towards Google finishing its project to digitize all the world’s libraries.

The project hit a halt in 2005 when publishers, authors and others disagreed over Google’s policies regarding abandoned, copyrighted works.

The judge in the case supports Google’s efforts to digitize 100 million+ books (there are 15 million already scanned).  Having digital books online provides more access to great information to society at large, which can only help.

Violent Videogames Unhealthy for Some But Not All

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The debate over violent video games‘ harm to their users continues as psychologist Patrick Markey of Villanova (Pa.) University release a study which shows that harm from the games may be more related to the user’s pre-disposition than the game itself.

In a study he co-wrote in the journal Review of General Psychology, he says “If you’re worried about a video game turning your son or daughter into a killer, don’t worry about that. But is your kid moody, impulsive, or are they unfriendly? It’s probably not the best idea to have that child play violent video games.”

“Video games are not simply good or bad for everybody,” he says. “But for some individuals who have certain dispositions, if they play video games they’re much more likely to be negatively affected.”

Blackberry Loses Its Key Demographic – The Corporate User

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Say goodbye to the world of Blackberry.  Research-in-Motion’s (RIM) lack of innovation and progress have left the company who was once known as the dominant force for business smartphone users in the dust, even dropping well below  analysts’ expectations.  A good 10% drop in profit and resultant layoffs are in the works.  It doesn’t look good, and things just aren’t going to get any better.

Apple’s iPhone is not only a market leader, but their recent changes to make it much more friendly to the business marketplace, with improved security and email integration, are likely to make it the standard replacement for Blackberry in business.  So much for RIM’s stronghold in the business community.  And Android is doing much better.

Google’s Android still has problems in the Corporate data center.  Its lack of standard security features which are required by corporations, including data wipe, on-device encryption, mean that Apple is the only growing player left in the Corporate space for now.