Trademarks, Resurrected

My former employer Lotus has (re)-launched Symphony, an office applications suite that competes with Microsoft Office. (Yes, I know this is like sending Elmo to take on Darth Vader.) Symphony uses Open Document Format, an open standard for application files. The fun part is that this is the sequel to Symphony – the original, released […]

Facebook Retreats Somewhat on Beacon Privacy

In response to a growing revolt by its members, and particularly an online protest organized by, on Friday Facebook quietly retreated somewhat in implementation of some of its new privacy-invasive advertising plans. Apparently the “Beacon” feature, which tells your Facebook “friends” when you buy something from a participating retailer, will shift from an opt-out […]