Round up: Thursday 11 March 2010
The kerfuffle around the BBC's move into mobile apps continues with New Media Age's story BBC defends move into mobile apps. In the piece David Newell of the Newspaper Publishers Association criticised the:
'BBC Trust's "current attitude and inaction... when they know that the BBC will be launching such apps in direct competition with commercial operators' paid-for or ad-funded apps for their online services."'
to which a BBC Trust spokesman, replied:
'"Following some initial concerns they raised, we invited the NPA to write to us explaining their concerns...We've received their letter and will look forward to discussing it with them."'
Now the chairman of the NPA, an organisation obviously used to having the last word, has added this response in the story's comments:
'...May I point out that the online service licence was written before the launch of the Apple app store. How it can cover services and markets unknown when it was written is a topic we look forward to discussing with the Trust when we manage to find a slot in their very crowded diaries.'
Ben Goldacre, he of Bad Science fame, has been petitioning the BBC to change the linking policy for academic material:
'I'm trying ...to persuade the BBC to give meaningful weblinks in their online science and health articles, at the moment they link to journal homepages, and university homepages, which are absurdly uninformative and unhelpful.'
You can read the response from the BBC and Ben Goldacre's response to that on his blog.
There's more on this at the Online Journalism blog.
'The events of the past two weeks (here, here, here and here) have clarified the BBC's stance on allowing interoperability with open-source iPlayer clients. I have therefore decided to withdraw get_iplayer with immediate effect...
'The BBC iPlayer is built on many open-source products and yet, in this case, they have failed to let open-source clients access the very same service. The BBC have clearly not followed the spirit of open-source here.'
'Licence fee payers no longer liable or subsidising insurance for the theft of material by get_iPlayer's users.'
And finally, as they say, the excellent R&D blog has some new posts that might interest you: Ambisonics and Periphony [part 1] (on three-dimensional sound) and A Touch Less Remote: Part 1 of 6 (on multi-touch devices).
Paul Murphy is the Editor of the Internet blog. The picture shows the switchboard at Television Centre as it was in 1960.