Former Novell CTO Becomes W3C CEO
Since the summer of 2009, the W3C has been looking for a CEO and today they found one. Jeff Jaffe, an Ex-Novell CTO, will take the reigns at the W3C standards group. He will be the operations manager for the 65-person organization. In his blog he said that he will work towards having an extremely open and active dialogue within the W3C and with the web community.
Your Gmail is Backed Up (Enterprise Users)
Google recently finished setting up the infrastructure to provide disaster recovery for all of its enterprise Google Apps customers. Now every action that enterprise users take in Gmail, for example, will be replicated onto two other data centers simultaneously. While most companies will charge $150-$500+ when recovering data, Google replicates their customers' data for free. They can afford to do this because they already have large data centers that are used for other operations with load balancing. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal.
Facebook Hacked Rivals?
An editor from Silicon Alley Insider says he found evidence that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg hacked into the email accounts of rivals and journalists back in 2004. The report suggests that Zuckerberg used private login data from Facebook users to break into their email accounts. The report also claims there is evidence of Zuckerberg hacking into a competing company's system and changing information to make the site less useful.
Google's Nifty Public Data Explorer
The new Public Data Explorer from Google Labs is just one more powerful (and slick looking) research tool using Google's accumulated data from sources like the World Bank, the OECD Factbook 2009, and other statistics for Europe and the US. There are four graphical analysis visualizations possible - a bar graph, line graph, bubble map, or bubble chart. It's a great tool for student research projects or blog posts.
Over the weekend Felipe Gaucho passed away. He was a JUG leader and an active contributor as a DZone MVB. This week we're paying our respects on Javalobby, where Felipe shared his insights so often.