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Flickr Killer? FSF backs MediaGoblin for free media sharing platform

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FSF backing MediaGoblin and StatusNet

FSF rallies support for GNU MediaGoblin to make media publishing free “as in freedom”

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ The Free Software Foundation is backing the GNU MediaGoblin project’s fundraiser at http://mediagoblin.org/pages/campaign.html – a community-developed free – as in freedom – software that enables users to share their experiences through photos, videos, and audio in a decentralised way.

MediaGoblin ‘sidesteps’ current media-publishing gatekeepers, FSF said. Continue reading

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Chaos abounds as BYOD costs prompt confusion

Confused Man Reading a Bill or Bank Statement

Cost confusion and chaos in BYOD (Photo: s_falkow)

Fiercely divided opinion on BYOD despite ‘hype’

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ A new survey has revealed that fears are rising around the hidden costs of BYOD deployment – as well as ‘class divides’ and evidence that company managers are using BYOD to ‘pacify’  staff.

Moreover, some IT managers are even asking ‘is it worth surrendering control just to raise staff morale?’

Opinion is still divided when it comes to implementing ‘Bring Your Own Device’ strategies within businesses, with many at the top suggesting that such deployments create more problems than they solve. Continue reading

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Troy truth seekers drive into digital asset marketing

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Auto assets - oft copied, never surpassed. Image: rutthenut

Digital asset delivery community for automotive OEM launched, as SaaS-based TRUexchange and TRUcore SOA enable collaboration for auto makers

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Managed file transfer specialist vendor Trubiquity has rolled out a new digital asset delivery community for marketing arms of automotive OEMs. Continue reading

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PDF collaboration gets the blues

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Bluebeam launches Studio Server for locally-hosted, collaboration

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Bluebeam Software has just released its latest version of Studio Server.

The server-based softwae boasts real-time collaboration features of the cloud-based Bluebeam Studio and participates in secure, PDF-based collaboration sessions in their own, locally hosted environment, the company said. Continue reading

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Mancunian boffins tap Irish techies for web content expansion

Manchester Metropolitan University

Mancunians join with Irish in WCM move

TERMINALFOUR Wins £100,000 Web Content Management Deal with Manchester Metropolitan University

By ECM Plus

ECM Plus +++ Irish WCM bellwether TERMINALFOUR has just won a £100,000 contract to provide its web content management system and services to Manchester Metropolitan University.

MMU has more than 52,000 student applications for undergraduate courses starting in 2011.

TERMINALFOUR Site Manager will be used to support the development and maintenance of over 100 websites and replace a number of disparate content management systems currently used in the university. Continue reading

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Jahia goes social

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Jahia goes social

New collaborative and social features are defining the future of CMS

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Open source CMS vendor Jahia is to launch its next version of in beta 3 of Jahia 6.5.

According to the firm, the new release boasts collaborative and social features. Continue reading

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NAB SHOW: HighRes shows remarkable self control in Vegas

ECM Plus +++ High Resolutions Systems will this week be presenting its range of media device control systems, showcasing the new UDC 400, Universal Device Control Software, UDC Touch featuring UDC Christie Vista Spyder Touch. HiRes UDC device are also in use on Avid’s stand at NAB 2011 in Las Vegas this week, 11-14 April.

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Creatives get the picture with new media content workflow

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Workflow optimisation for media enterprise content. Picture: Francis Storr

Telestream’s Vantage Enterprise proffes unified workflow, video content collaboration

By PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus +++ At this week’s NAB event digital media workflow specialist vendor Telestream will be taking the wraps off its new Vantage Enterprise workflow offerings.

The company said this new version of Vantage server-based workflow software now automates content ingest, video file interoperability, multi-channel distribution, as well as other video production workflows for content owners and creators, broadcast and new media companies. Continue reading

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Partners collaborate for new SharePoint DMS initiative

Yay legal documents!

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Mishcon de Reya to partner with Workshare and ClearPeople for new Sharepoint DMS

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Mishcon de Reya, SharePoint integration specialists ClearPeople and document collaboration company Workshare have begun development of a collaborative document and email management system built on SharePoint 2010. Continue reading

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Cloud content management gets smart

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Smarter cloud computing linking with mobile apps

Neustar takes wraps off smart cloud services that connect to mobile apps

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – Neustar has just unveiled its new Intelligent Cloud service that it claims will provide a single, secure connection point between content providers, application developers and mobile operators.

According to the company, the new service will streamline the communications, network features, and billing across operators. As a hosted service, the Neustar Intelligent Cloud will allow scale and reduce the complexity of delivering the right message at the right time, every time. Already a trusted service enabler to the communications industry. Continue reading

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Alfresco Enterprise 3.4 sallies forth into social content

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Alfresco launches Enterprise 3.4

Alfresco launches Enterprise 3.4 into social content space

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – Alfresco has just announced Enterprise 3.4 as a major new release that promises to deliver an open source platform for social content management.

The company said that this platform will be used by developers and companies to build applications where enterprise content is ‘social-ready’, or shared, collaborated on and syndicated across the web as well as the standard, boring, bureaucratic chore roles of being captured for compliance, retention and control.

Alfresco added that Enterprise 3.4 was now purpose-built for managing content in a social world.

It said that enterprises are increasingly deploying social business systems like Jive, Salesforce.com’s Chatter, Lotus Quickr, Drupal and Liferay, among others, in the hopes of ‘making employees more effective’.

However, Alfresco noted that these social business systems were also creating volumes of unmanaged content if left un-checked.

“Social Content Management is where the capabilities of social business systems and traditional enterprise content management (ECM) meet,” said John Newton, Alfresco CTO. “It is communication and collaboration with a business purpose and it requires a platform that can deliver content for discussion and engagement that then captures the results of that discussion. Alfresco Enterprise 3.4 is that platform, delivered as open source with open standards like CMIS, JSR-168 and RESTful APIs, in order for developers, customers and our partners to manage content and expose repository functionality inside of social business systems.”

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Viral China video content set to pass 50m hits

CONTENT CLASSICS: SpongeBob Square Pant’s hilarious skit on China highlights humorous work ethic and ‘Google’ influence

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Javascript code cuts off bloggers from the Web

EFF calls for immediate action to defend Tunisian activists against government cyberattacks

Commentary by Eva Galperin

Demonstrations and protests over unemployment and poor living conditions have been ongoing in Tunisia since the beginning of December, but last week the Tunisian government turned up the heat on bloggers, activists, and dissidents by launching a JavaScript injection attack that siphoned off the usernames and passwords of Tunsians logging in to Google, Yahoo, and Facebook.

The Tunisian government has used these stolen credentials to log in to Tunisians’ email and Facebook accounts, presumably downloading their messages, emails, and social graphs for further analysis, and then deleting the accounts entirely. Among the compromised accounts are Facebook pages administered by a reporter with Al-Tariq ad-Jadid, Sofiene Chourabi, video journalist Haythem El Mekki, and activist Lina Ben Khenni.

Unsatisfied with merely quelling online freedom of expression, the Tunisian government has used the information it obtained to locate bloggers and their networks of contacts.

By late last week, the Tunisian government had started arresting and detaining bloggers, including blogger Hamadi Kaloutcha, and cyberactivist Slim Ammamou, who alerted the world to his whereabouts at the Tunisian Ministry of the Interior using Google Latitude.

This weekend, Tunisian citizens began to report on Twitter and in blogs that troops were using live ammunition on unarmed citizens and started communicating with one another to establish the numbers of dead and injured.

Most notably, Tunisians have been posting videos of the protests, including the dead and wounded on Facebook, the only video-sharing site which is not currently being blocked by the Tunisian government, which makes access to Facebook especially important for the protest movement.

Because of the Tunisian government’s attacks on citizens’ login credentials, Tunisians should take the following steps to protect themselves: if HTTPS is available, use HTTPS to login to Facebook, Google, and Yahoo. If you are using Firefox, EFF’s HTTPS Everywhere plug-in will do this for you automatically.

EFF has received reports that the Tunisian government is periodically blocking HTTPS access to Facebook, Google, and Yahoo. If that is the case and you must login over HTTP, install the following Greasemonkey script to strip out the JavaScript which the Tunisian government has inserted to steal your login credentials. If you have logged in to Facebook, Google, or Yahoo recently over HTTP, login using HTTPS and change your password.

Additionally, EFF calls on Google, Yahoo, and Facebook to take action to protect the privacy of its users by alerting them of the potential compromise of their accounts and encouraging them to take the above steps.

Finally, Facebook has reported that is in the process of taking technical steps to protect the privacy of their users. We hope that they include the following: •Make Facebook logins default to HTTPS, if only in Tunisia, where accounts are especially vulnerable at this time. Google and Yahoo logins already default to HTTPS. •Consider allowing pseudononymous accounts for users in authoritarian regimes, where political speech under your real name is dangerous and potentially deadly. Many Tunisian activists are unable to reinstate Facebook accounts that have been erased by the Tunisian government because they were not using their real names. Websites providing services to Tunisian citizens cannot afford to sit on the sidelines while the Tunisian government launches malicious attacks on the privacy of users and censors free expression. Facebook, Google, and Yahoo should take these concrete steps as quickly as possible to inform and better protect their users.

Source: EFF

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Santeon partners RadioactiveGiant for content delivery and monetization

Poster for independent film 'Ennui'

Poster for independent film 'Ennui'

Santeon inks content distribution deal with RadioactiveGiant

ECM Plus – Santeon has signed a content distribution agreement with RadioactiveGiant to enable UBFilm.com to distribute content on RadioactiveGiant’s multichannel network reaching over 30 million Internet-enabled devices in the US and over 100 million worldwide.

According to the two firms, the agreement will also provide UBFilm with access to RadioactiveGiant’s independent film library of over 20,000 titles, which will be distributed on the UBFilm.com portal.

Santeon said they and RadioactiveGiant planned to collaborate on content monetization and promotion strategies for the collective content offerings. Santeon Media will integrate RadioactiveGiant’s independent content and ad network with UBFilm.com’s content management and authentication platform that will provide reliable and secure content delivery supporting a variety of business models.

“We believe signing the agreement with RadioactiveGiant will bring significant and immediate value to the UBFilm.com customer as well as film viewers who will soon have instant access to over 20,000 films in addition to our growing library of films. We are very excited to have a partnership with RadioactiveGiant and believe that it will bring mutual value for both organizations,” commented Ash Rofail, CEO, Santeon Group, Inc.

“Digital media has opened direct distribution channel opportunities to develop new business models, content discovery, and audience development programs for both established and emerging independent filmmaker. We are pleased to have formed this alliance with Santeon’s UBFilm, which we believe will provide independent filmmakers more opportunities to fund, produce and promote their films with worldwide distribution,” commented Albert Sandoval, CEO, RadioactiveGiant.

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Mumsnet’s ‘off the beaten track’ bolstering trust at Content Monetisation 2011

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CEO of Mumsnet Justine Roberts to keynote at Digital Content Monetisation 2011 in London 

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – At Digital Content Monetisation 2011 in London this month, Justine Roberts, co-founder and CEO of Mumsnet, will talk about the secrets of building a thriving online community, and how Mumsnet works with clients and advertisers.

According to Roberts, from building Mumsnet from scratch, to a site which attracts 25 thousand posts each day, Roberts commented on what have been the key factors in building and maintaining a successful online community.

“Essentially,” said Roberts, “we started with a blank piece of paper, viewing ourselves as a platform provider, with the understanding the site had to be developed in collaboration with mumsnetters at every stage.”

Roberts added: “The most important factor has been letting the community direct progress and listening to what they want – almost all innovations, new site and product developments at Mumsnet are derived from members suggestions.”

The Mumsnet founder added that this happens on a day-to-day basis. “We view the site as an ongoing beta or focus group. Most recently this has led to our ‘Off the Beaten Track’ section, covering sensitive issues which which users’ requested not to be indexed by Google. Their feedback and suggestions have also been instrumental to the design of our soon-to-launch mobile app.”

Roberts said that this ‘constant beta’ approach has also lead Mumsnet down some unconventional paths where design is concerned. “Following a re-design four years ago, there was such an uproar from users, that within half a day, the old design had to be put back. So we now have four different designs available, including the ‘classic’ view.”

According to the Mumsnet founder, one have to understand that for people who are really engaged in the community, the site’s design becomes like their wallpaper at home.”

Mumsnet describes itself as akin to a social enterprise, its “overarching aim not the pursuit of profits” but rather serving your community in an ethical manner.

On the challenges of serving shareholders as well as the community, and who has the last say, Roberts said: “Mumsnet has been fortunate enough to never have outside shareholders, and to be funded through cashflow and the original founders taking no salary for many years, so we’ve never been obliged to chase cash.”

Added the CEO, “We are very aware people don’t have to be on Mumsnet, and of how connected to the brand people feel – the community members calling themselves mumsnetters, for instance. This wouldn’t work if we tried to flog things to them all the time.”

“We work with transparent, open brands, and we got to the position we are in today by being selective about who we work with” Roberts asserted.

The Mumsnet CEO  believes the most successful clients are those willing to engage with the community, recognising there’s a new world out there, not just putting up an ad and stepping back. “It can be incredibly powerful for both product testing and market research” she added.

“The census of our members last year showed that 80% said they wouldn’t make a major purchase without checking with the Mumsnet community first. We see part of our role here as helping brands become part of that discussion in non-partisan way.”

Mumsnet is soon to release an iPhone app, developed in association with Vodafone. The app will be free and ad supported, and the iPhone launch will be followed by other mobile platforms. Justine is speaking at Digital Content Monetisation, which takes place 24-26 January in London. Visit www.dcm-eu.com for more details.

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Skype unveils group video calling

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Unlike Facebook, real faces on Skype Video Calls

Skype launches new premium package

ECM Plus – Skype has just launched group video calling for both private users and businesses. 

According to the company, video calling now accounts for some 41.5% of all intra-Skype usage during the latter half of 2010.

The company said that group video calling would now be available as part of a new ‘Premium’ offering with group video calling as well as access to live conversation as a day pass for $4.99 or as a monthly subscription for $8.99 a month.

Group video calling is also available in a new Business version of Skype, a desktop app for PCs, whereby organisations can control how Skype is used within the enterprise.

It has a capability to turn off or to configure a variety of Skype settings. Enterprises can also configure real-time, face-to-face meetings.

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Open Data Center Alliance forms for cloud standards

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Data centre storage. Picture: Waleed Alzuhair

Cloud and collaboration interest group touts new models for data centres

ECM Plusby Paul Quigley – The Open Data Center Alliance, a Consortium of Leading Global IT Managers, Launches with Mission to Define Requirements for Next Generation Data Centers and Cloud Infrastructure
With Over $50 Billion in Collective IT Spending, Members are Committed to the Alliance’s
Vendor-Agnostic Roadmap to Help Guide Purchasing Decisions and Data Center Planning

The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), a new independent consortium of global IT vendors, has just been formed, launching a new version 0.5 vendor-agnostic Usage Model Roadmap comprising19 prioritised usage models to address emerging technical requirements for data centre and cloud infrastructure.

According to the ODCA, the roadmap is based on open, interoperable solutions that can be sourced from multiple vendors and interoperate across data centres.

Inaugural members of the ODCA already boast over $50 billion in aggregate IT expenditure. The firms say they are ‘committed to this Roadmap’ to guide their data centre and cloud investment decisions now and in the future.

The Alliance is led by a steering committee, made up of global IT vendors and banking institutions, including BMW, China Life, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase; Lockheed Martin,  Marriott International, National Australia Bank, Shell, Terremark and UBS. 

This core grouping are also joined with over 70 other members, representing a broad spectrum of industry firms. Chip giant Intel is the Alliance’s current technical advisor.

ODCA stated that it has three levels of membership: steering committee, contributor and adopter membership.

Adopter-level membership is open to anyone building cloud or data centre infrastructure and is unencumbered by vendor interests. Alliance members have the opportunity to review and comment on the Usage Model Roadmap prior to public distribution, and have access to members-only events and Alliance membership networking opportunities.

The Alliance said it also planned to drive extensive vendor engagement to ensure that Alliance Roadmap and usage model requirements reflected the full scope of industry capability.

“With over 70 total members – and that number is expected to grow every day – we believe the Open Data Center Alliance will quickly become a leading voice of the IT community” commented Marvin Wheeler, Chief Strategy Officer, Terremark, and Open Data Center Alliance Chairman and Secretary.

“Lockheed Martin is committed to leveraging partnership and innovation to meet its customer missions from reducing costs to increasing performance and optimizing service delivery. The Open Data Center Alliance will facilitate collaboration and provide a roadmap to industry and government to influence cloud and data center infrastructure and technical requirements” added Curt Aubley, vice president and CTO of Cyber Security & NexGen Innovation at Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, and Open Data Center Alliance president.

ODCA added that it had also set up five technical workgroups focused on Infrastructure, management, security, services and government & ecosystem.

Each workgroup would fully define the requirements of each prioritised usage model toward the future delivery of a detailed technical documentation suite, to be used by vendors and members as guidance for deployment.

Working groups would also be chartered to finalise the current 0.5 Roadmap with a public delivery of the Roadmap and initial usage models in the first quarter of 2011.

Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel said: “The Open Data Center Alliance has a unique opportunity to take collaboration to a new level, allowing managers of cloud and data center infrastructure to drive a unified voice of technical requirements for the industry. We’re honored to serve as a technical advisor to the organization and are committed to working with Alliance members towards delivery of their mission.”

ODCA’s technical workgroups are hosting a webcast series based on the five Usage Model categories with the first slated for November 17, publicly-available and will cover the Usage Model Roadmap development process.


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Apple app dev chink will make Android malfunction

The Android Emulator home screen.

Dead, or just pining for the fjords?

Apple ‘ground rules’ opening loosens stranglehold, dooms competition

ECMPlusby Paul Quigley – News that Big Stevie Jobs has decided to open the kimono on Apps for developers, albeit a limited exposure to a ‘virtual open source’ paradigm for software content and app development, is tantamount to a change in religion to the Cupertino control freakery extant until today.

The commercial upshot? Android is dead. Death by a thousand cuts, the apps will always play second fiddle to the Apple corps, and what’s more, people find iXXX sexier.

Much as when Windows apps flourished back in the day, post Windows 3.0/3.1 into Workgroup era, the floodgate for apps is about to open. Bye bye Android. Competition can be cruel.


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