Developers: The Future of Micro-Blogging is in Your Hands

first_imgWe knew it was coming; we just didn’t know when. Google yesterday announced that it is releasing its Jaiku code under the open source Apache license 2.0 after finalizing the move of the micro-blogging service to Google App Engine last week.As we mentioned two months ago, Google will no longer be developing the Jaiku codebase, but Google volunteers will be available to offer support.When Google acquired the Twitter-like service in 2007, many of us had high hopes for Jaiku’s future until Google almost immediately closed it to the public offering little explanation. Last August, we wondered whether we were watching Jaiku’s rebirth when it returned with unlimited invites, and now finally, we can stop the speculation as JaikuEngine is handed over to the open source community.According to a post on the Jaikido blog last week, “JaikuEngine differs from Jaiku in a few key ways. Although core features like the website, SMS (in the US only) and IM bot still work, feed fetching and international SMS are no longer available.”Google points out that the problem with feed fetching is not specific to Jaiku and all real-time communication services face challenges maintaining freshness when using poll-based systems. As for the international SMS scaling issues, Google explains that the issues were more financial than technical and suggests using IM on “capable mobile devices.” The new JaikuEngine will also include support for OAuth, the open standard authentication protocol that Twitter recently began experimenting with in an effort to give users more control and confidence in their interactions with third-party applications. It will be interesting to see what the next few months bring. Jyri Engeström, co-founder of Jaiku and now a product manager at Google, said that he agrees with Dave Winer that it’s time to break out of Twitter. “There should be lots of platforms, and they should talk to each other. Jaiku doesn’t do that yet, but now there’s a decent chance that it soon will,” he wrote on his blog today. Here at ReadWriteWeb, we are great fans of Twitter. And certainly, it holds the market share when it comes to micro-blogging services. But, we’d love to know what you think. Will JaikuEngine inspire developers enough to give Twitter a run for its money or will the service again slowly wither away? Let us know in the comments.You can find ReadWriteWeb on Twitter, as well as the entire RWW Team: Marshall Kirkpatrick, Bernard Lunn, Alex Iskold, Sarah Perez, Frederic Lardinois, Rick Turoczy, Sean Ammirati, Lidija Davis and Phil Glockner. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market lidija davis A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 and 7500 Series: Driving Changes for BMW Cuts Energy Use by 20%

first_imgTo meet its corporate goals, BMW Group needed to cut carbon emissions and energy use in its data center and make the applications and operations more efficient. It also wanted to develop a larger virtual environment for key applications to lower management costs.Based on its long relationship with Intel, BMW Group tested the new Intel® Xeon® processors 5600 and 7500 series. Moving away from its existing RISC-based platform to the x86 architecture enabled more efficient power usage and increased performance. Virtualization helped  BMW minimize its physical server fleet and improve system manageability.Now BMW expects to reduce energy use by 20 percent. Virtualizing the environment on Intel® architecture will let the company consolidate servers by 30:1. Plus, with better system and application performance the business and development teams can get results sooner and speed time to market.“We’re confident that with our new Intel® technology-based platform we will overachieve against the goals we have set ourselves in terms of business performance and energy efficiency,” said Axel-Knut Bethkenhagen, head of corporate license management for BMW Group.For all the details, read our new BMW Group business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many more, in the Reference Room and IT Center.last_img read more

Mario Balotelli banned from driving after taking his Ferrari for 109mph spin

first_imgLiverpool striker has also been fined 800 pounds alongside a 28-day driving ban for the offenceLiverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been fined 800 pounds and banned from driving for 28 days after he admitted speeding at 109 mph in his Ferrari.Balotelli was stopped in his Ferrari for driving at 109 mph early on December 3, 2014 on the M62 at Tarbock Island, Merseyside. The 24-year-old had been driving his 240,000 pounds left-hand drive Ferrari, reports incident escalated after Balotelli failed to appear in court last week, though his solictor Mike Hogan on Friday said the Italian star never received a summons and was not intentionally ignoring the court.Balotelli was also ordered to pay an 80 pound surcharge and 100 pounds in court costs. Hogan apologised on Balotelli’s behalf but said the footballer has a clean driving record.last_img read more

Seaspan Ferries Adds Second LNGFuelled Vessel

first_imgCanadian transport provider Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) has taken delivery of the second of two new dual-fuelled/hybrid ferries, the Seaspan Reliant.The diesel, liquefied natural gas and battery-powered ferry, currently docked at the SFC Tilbury Terminal in Delta, was built by Turkey’s Sedef Shipyard in Istanbul.Seaspan Reliant arrived home from the shipyard after an eight-week journey that spanned a total of 10,661 nautical miles.“With the introduction of a second new technologically advanced, LNG-fuelled vessel to our fleet, we are living out a clear commitment to our drop-trailer customers as well to the waterways in which we operate,” Steve Roth, Seaspan Ferries’ President, said.The 148.9 metre ferry, which can accommodate up to 59, 53’ trailers, will now undergo a series of regulatory inspections and crew training programs throughout March before entering operation in April.The Seaspan Reliant, along with its sister ship the Seaspan Swift, which arrived in December 2016 and entered operation in January 2017, mark the first vessels added to SFC’s fleet since 2002.Seaspan Ferries Corporation currently operates a fleet of seven ferries out of five terminals in British Columbia, and supplies more than 50% of all cargo to Vancouver Island.last_img read more