DZone Daily Dose - 2009/11/9
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The war over Skype finally ended when Skype cofounders, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, agreed to sell the last bit of Skype technology that eBay didn't own. eBay will now be able to complete its sale of the majority stake in Skype. eBay wanted to sell Skype earlier this year to focus on its ecommerce businesses. Friis and Zennstrom will get a 14% stake in Skype from the deal.
The World Trade Organization may have a case against some states' blanket web censorship if it causes undue disruption of online business. A study from the European Centre for International Political Economy says the WTO could set limits on blanket censorships and force member states to use more selective filtering. The Baidu search engine, for example, is beating Google in China because it follows Chinese censorship rules so well. However, "The Great Firewall of China" would probably not diminish with a WTO ruling since China already has a sophisticated infrastructure for selective censorship in place. If the WTO makes a ruling against blanket censorship, member states with less selective censorship may have to remove their permanent blocks on search engines and photo-sharing applications unless more selective filtering is used.
The OpenGamma team has announced the Fudge Messaging Project. Fudge, which stands for Fast Unstructured Data Generic Encoding, is an open source message encoding protocol. Kirk Wylie, a member of OpenGamma, said Fudge is intended to encode data that is hierarchical, typesafe, binary, and self-describing. Fudge is already available in Java and C# reference implementations.
The weekend's top link, "Best Open Source UML tools", sorts out the best programs in a flooded UML tools market. Have a look and see if you agree with the 12 UML tools that were picked to be the best.