Good morning (and happy Monday)!
This morning’s round-up goes from LulzSec to the creation of internal company social networks and touches on a potential revenue path for Twitter.
1) Did you get hacked by the Lulz?
LulzSec called it quits over the weekend, leaving one, last parting gift before disbanding, according to a tweet posted on the hacker group’s Twitter account Saturday.
According to LulzSec’s departing statement, the group’s last data dump includes unencrypted information from the FBI, AOL and AT&T.
A LulzSec member, in an interview with the Associated Press, rejected claims that the group was disbanding under pressure from the FBI.
“We’re not quitting because we’re afraid of law enforcement,” the LulzSec member said in a conversation with The Associated Press over the Internet voice program Skype. “The press are getting bored of us, and we’re getting bored of us.”
Gawker has an “exclusive” database in which you can look to see whether your information was compromised by the hacker group. Good luck.
2) The living, digital textbook is here
The next generation of textbooks is upon us. As Arst Technica’s Yun Xie writes:
Textbooks are also falling behind when it comes to technology, as any interactive content has to be provided via separate media. Thus, it was exciting to see the implementation of what’s being claimed as the “first interactive textbook” called Principles of Biology.
Xie sat down with Vikram Savkar, senior vice president and publishing director at Nature Publishing Group. According to Savkar, the books will be continually updated, with students paying $49 for life-time access. California State University is the first to adopt the book.
Could this mean the end of useless textbooks?
3) Is BlueVia Twitter’s path to revenue?
Could telco companies be Twitter’s path to revenue? GigaOm’s Sam Ramji thinks they may be. An announcement by Twitter and Apple that they would be bringing Twitter to iOS raised the question of how Twitter would bridge the gap between the iOS user community and the larger (and growing) mobile community of Twitter consumers on mobile devices outside the iOS.
Ramji, a vice president of strategy at the API management company Apigee, suggests BlueVia, a spin-off from the Spanish telecomTelefonica, could be the solution to Twitter’s problem. He interviews BlueVia’s architects, Jose Valles and Ruben Mellardo. Valles describes the company as “a business proposition to developers,” while Mellardo said he was surprised by the absence of criticism from developers when BlueVia arrived on the scene, “This was really a pleasant surprise.”
4) Where Google health went wrong
If you haven’t heard, Google shut down its medical record and health data platform on June 24. In a statement, the company said the reason for the shutdown was the inability to spread the use of the platform outside of a few “tech-savvy patients and their caregivers.”
Dave Chase, the CEO of health technology company Avado.com explains that the failure of Google Health wasn’t because the program failed to be social, as Google Health manager Adam Bosworth had claimed. Rather, the problem was monetary — specifically the reimbursement scheme, which relies on face-to-face service.
5) It’s like Facebook without your drunken-night-out photos
Companies have started to harness the power of in-house social media, making an end-run around Facebook. As Nikon Instruments customer relations manager John G. Bivona puts it in a piece by The New York Times’s Verne G. Kpytoff, “If you don’t want your company president to see it, don’t post it.”
But, as with most new systems, it’s far from perfect.