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Piwik: Open Source Google Analytics Alternative

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| Google Analytics may be free, but it is still based on proprietary
| technology - which means you only ever get reports on the things that Google
| thinks are necessary and some of those reports are aimed at people using
| Google's other services (managing campaigns on AdWords, for example).
| Further, using Google Analytics means that you're tied to Google's TOS.
| Enter Piwik, which aims to be an open source alternative to Google Analytics.
| It is closely affiliated with OpenX, the open source ad server alternative to
| Google Ad Manager [Ed: which we just started using on RWW].


Firefox: Can browsers make bucks?

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| So what about Firefox? The browser from the Mozilla Foundation is the
| poster-child for the open-source movement, and it seems to be making some
| serious headway in its battle with Internet Explorer. The Mozilla people have
| shown that users do want innovation in the way they browse the web - whatever
| the makers of Internet Explorer might say.
| "If Microsoft's customers wanted new features they would have told the
| company about it," said one Microsoft executive in 2004, going on to explain
| that features such as tabbed browsing were not important to IE users. Well of
| course he was wrong, and Microsoft has been forced to refresh its browser
| with just the kind of features pioneered by Firefox.


Ironically, the BBC discriminated against Firefox at least twice recently. It's
too Microsoft-influenced.

Days ago:

New BBC site struggles with Firefox

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| The redesigned BBC News website is struggling to work with the Firefox
| browser.



Why Linux Users Should Be Furious At BBC

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| Recently the BBC had a bit of a wake up call regarding numbers and how many
| Linux users were really out there. Why does any of this matter? It has to do
| with something the BBC provides called the iPlayer. Seriously, relying on
| * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| ActiveX is so "1990's" that it's painful, and as luck would have it, the
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| Linux users who wish to use this BBC player made sure that the BBC knew that
| they were making the sought after content inaccessible to those people using
| Linux. * * *
| No iPlayer for Linux Users, But There Will Be An Alternative. Based on what I
| have been able to gather thus far, it looks like we will see an Adobe Flash
| option coming out soon. Then again, who really cares? Seriously, if the BBC
| is this foolish to ignore how much Linux growth is taking place both in the
| UK as well as the surrounding countries, then maybe people ought to be
| looking elsewhere? Is it because this is indeed, the BBC? So there is the
| belief that this is the people's media? Up until now, I enjoyed much of what
| the BBC had to offer, but this entire thing is enough to have pushed me away. * * *


BBC Director General grilled by MPs on iPlayer

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| During the meeting there is discussion of iPlayer’s total cost to the licence
| fee-payer - the BBC representatives are unable to give a figure, but start
| the bidding at £20m, excluding staff costs. Thomson gives incorrect
| information - that Mac and Linux versions of iPlayer have the same
| functionality as Windows versions - and has to change his evidence at the
| end. Perhaps it was this confusion that prompted Dr John Pugh MP to follow up
| the encounter with a letter direct to Mark Thomson today discussing platform
| neutrality in greater detail. A copy of this letter has been passed to the
| Open Rights Group. * * * *


BBC Corrupted

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| Today the BBC made it official -- they have been corrupted by Microsoft. With
| today's launch of the iPlayer, the BBC Trust has failed in its most basic of
| duties and handed over to Microsoft sole control of the on-line distribution
| of BBC programming. From today, you will need to own a Microsoft operating
| system to view BBC programming on the web. This is akin to saying you must
| own a Sony TV set to watch BBC TV. And you must accept the Digital *
| Restrictions Management (DRM) that the iPlayer imposes. You simply cannot be
| allowed to be in control of your computer according to the BBC. * * *


BBC iPlayer Protests

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| Who are the people responsible for creating this mess?
| * * * Mark Thompson, BBC director general (DG)
| * * * Erik Huggers, group controller at BBC Future Media & Technology
| * * * Ashley Highfield, director of new media and technology
| Right now, there is very considerable concern within the BBC that the actions
| of the Director General and his team are sending the corporation in the wrong
| direction. The BBC has been embroiled in a number of recent controversies,
| all linked back to the DG's leadership. *


Beeb slammed for 'fawning' to Bill Gates

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| BBC viewers have flooded the corporation with complaints over how it
| covered the launch of Microsoft Vista earlier this week.
| In one cringingly servile interview worthy of Uriah Heep, the
| Beeb's news presenter Hugh Edwards even thanked Gates at the
| end of it, presumably in appreciation at being allowed to give
| the Vole vast coverage for free.
| In other TV news items presenters excitedly explained how Vistac
| ould be obtained and installed - details courtesy of the BBC's
| website.
| But British viewers, currently forced to pay a £131.50 licence
| fee to maintain the BBC's "impartiality", were less than impressed.
| Scores got in touch to complain that so much was Auntie up Bill's
| bum that you could barely see her corset.


BBC may lose chunk of licence fee

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| UK MEDIA regulator, Ofcom, reckons that a share of revenue from the TV
| licence should go to commercial broadcasters rather than just to the BBC.


BBC: Death by a thousand top-slices

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| So it looks like the end of the unique, state-centric model for funding the
| BBC. An incoming Conservative administration is unlikely to be more
| sympathetic to the BBC, with its stifling bureucracy and monopoly control
| over a compulsory tax. *


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be? *
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.


Microsoft's SEC:

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| A prominent example of open source software is the Linux operating system...
| To the extent open source software gains increasing market acceptance, sales
| of our products may decline, we may have to reduce the prices we charge for
| our products, and revenue and operating margins may consequently decline. *

http://www. microsoft.com/msft/SEC/default.mspx

BBC Says Microsoft, Sony Too Controlling on Streaming Video

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| Though already accessible via the Nintendo Wii, the BBC has said that its
| streaming video service iPlayer is not presently available for the
| PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 because of Sony and Microsoft's tight control over
| their platform's offerings. *

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