Links for Wednesday August 24th 2011

  • New Android spyware answers incoming calls – SC Magazine US
    Anyone want to bet me that there was a governmental intelligence agency involved in the development of this, at some point?
  • Home – Readmill
    I've just signed up for the beta of this service. Will dump books across to it in the next day or so, and give it a go. The app certainly looks nice, just as a shame apple don't expose an API to pull books out of the iBooks app, meaning I'm going to wind up with (quite a lot of) duplicate data on my iPad.
  • FOSS Patents: Samsung cites Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ movie as prior art against iPad design patent
    This one is really interesting, and I kind of hope they succeed, just so sci-fi writers all over American can get really litigious with big corporations going around turning all their ideas into reality.
  • What Does Google Mean By “Evil?” (Aaron Swartz’s Raw Thought)
    This has been on my mind lately, and it's an interesting perspective. Swartz is suggesting that Google's definition of "evil" is "not making things worse for users in order to make more money". It's not a bad suggestion, and if it's accurate, it's still more than many companies even attempt, but (as is probably obvious if you've listened to me bang on for a while) I think it's perfectly possible to be "evil" and still hew to that definition. (I also don't agree that the G+/real names nonsense passes that definition of "evil", but that's another thing.)

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