“The Internet has mainly been seen as a derivative medium, certainly in the eyes of mainstream media. Are blogs the first real example of us…One Comment
Month: August 2005
A few people have been emailing me to see whether I got an invite to O’Reilly FooCamp. Sadly I didn’t – but then I’ve not…4 Comments
As you may have heard, the BBC has launched an alternative reality game – and there are claims that it used Wikipedia to viral-market it…3 Comments
My good friends and office mates, The Creative Archive crew, have launched the BBC’s first Creative Archive project: Superstar VJ on BBC Radio 1. The…3 Comments
In light of Google’s recent image syndication on Google News, I wanted to clear up a few misinterpretations about the BBC’s position with respect to…Comments closed
Ever since eBay’s conception, many have cited it’s user trust model as a cornerstone to it’s success. The theory goes, if someone conducts themselves well on eBay then their trust level will increase. Conversely, if someone behaves inappropriately then it will soon show as their rating is diminished. Buyers and sellers can use this rating to decide whether they want to do business with a given person.
However, I’ve always found it to be a shaky system at best – with a number of potential flaws. Recently I have fallen foul of some of those flaws…5 Comments
An interesting presentation from CacheLogic: The True Picture of Peer-To-Peer Filesharing. They studied data moving through the Bit Torrent, eDonkey/eMule, FastTrack/KaZaA and Gnuttella networks, and…Comments closed
Sofia is addicted to Traffic Control, a Flash game from Geheee Games. (I want to go to bed, but she’s not coming until she’s beaten…One Comment
When trying to fetch an RSS feed from Google News I got this strange error: Google Error Forbidden Your client does not have permission to…5 Comments
As you will no doubt be aware, Google have released an RSS and Atom service that outputs any Google News search or subject listing in RSS or Atom format. This is achieved by adding &output=rss or &output=atom.
The feeds themselves include a Google-produced summary (usually ignoring the provider’s summary) and the image associated with that story, not forgetting the obligatory headline and link to the story.
In addition to making this service available for newsreaders, Google have also created a licence to allow end-users to reproduce the RSS and Atom feeds on their own websites.
All well and good I guess. Except there are two potential issues here:
- Most news providers have their own RSS terms and conditions, which may differ from the Google News RSS licence
- The images included with the stories are usually agency stills (AP, Reuters, Getty,etc). These agencies exercise strict controls over the reproduction of their images and it’s not clear how Google can be in a position to sub-licence their reproduction on third party sites.