- Breakthrough of the Year 2007: Science magazine. Winner: human genetic variation. "Equipped with faster, cheaper technologies for sequencing DNA and assessing variation in genomes on scales ranging from one to millions of bases, researchers are finding out how truly different we are from one another."
- Vaporware 2007: Long Live the King. Wired's annual vaporware awards.
- Top 2007 tech flops--Fortune. I have a finite appetite for year-end lists, but schadenfreude never gets old.
- Fotolia announces "The Infinite Collection." Fotolia, a microstock, is getting a little macrostocky. Partnership with higher-end agencies; premium pricing for Fotolia but cheaper than the agency.
- Matthew Szulik's parting words as CEO. He doesn't give details on the personal reasons for his stepping down, but I love how he (mostly accurately) says Red Hat is different from the "cylons who have come to dominate the industry of technology."
- TED: Larry Lessig: How creativity is being strangled by the law (video). Larry Lessig's copyright stump speech, in case you haven't seen it several times like I have. Worth watching in any event.
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom--Who Needs It?--A Photographer's Perspective--Mark Galen. He argues "many among the photographic community have not been able to identify its primary task" and that it's basically a database. I think he undersells the fact that you can edit large groups of raw images, which is a tough photographic challenge.
- Copyright Basics. A copyright FAQ from the U.S. government.
- U.S. Copyright Office--Copyright Law. The horse's mouth when it comes to United States copyright law.
- Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Review: Digital Photography Review. "Highly recommended," but states as a primary gripe the in-sensor noise reduction enabled by CMOS processors. "...RAW files already have noise reduction applied to them, this in effect means that the photographer can't treat RAW as the 'digital negative.'"
- Canon EOS 40D digital SLR: First impressions: Consumer Reports Electronics Blog. Consumer Reports looks at a high-end SLR. No sweeping conclusions, but a nice illustration of the field-of-view differences at the end of the piece. (No subscription required for this blog post.)
- Toshiba Joins IBM for 32nm chips--Dave Manners. Toshiba extends its research agreement with IBM et al. to production, too. "If 450mm wafers ever get to be used, the total number of advanced CMOS fabs in the world (will shrink) into single figures."
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