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Month: March 2013

Nextdoor Hits 10K Neighborhoods, Gets Me To Stop Running At Night

After I had been running at night for more than a decade, a relatively under-the-radar startup called Nextdoor got me to start running during the day. Almost nobody likes to exercise, and for many, overcoming the motivational hump of putting on your shoes and gym clothes can be trying on even the best of days. One evening late in January I had finally overcome this initial barrier to entry, and was just about to stop blogging to do my usual 30-minute nightly sprint when I got the email. “Woman robbed at gunpoint in Dogpatch, San Francisco” the subject line screamed. Unlike many of the emails I constantly receive, this was highly relevant to me, especially because, upon further inspection, the robbery had happened one block from my house. Until this email, I hadn’t given too much thought to Nextdoor , a service that I signed up for at the Allen Co conference last summer, where co-founder Nirav Tolia had given a talk about the local social network. The company started out as Fanbase in 2009, and was an attempt to create a user-generated content version of ESPN. Founders Tolia and Sarah Leary decided to pivot around May of 2010, and spent the next four to five months testing out different ideas. Fanbase officially pivoted to Nextdoor in September of 2010, starting out its pilot in Lorelei, a neighborhood in...

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Developer Freedom At Stake As Oracle Clings To Java API Copyrights In Google Fight

Editor’s note: Sacha Labourey is CEO of CloudBees was formerly CTO at JBoss. Follow him on Twitter @SachaLabourey. Steven G. Harris is senior vice president of products for CloudBees and was formerly SVP of Java Server Development at Oracle. Follow him on Twitter @stevengharris. You could hear a collective sigh of relief from the software developer world when Judge William Alsup issued his ruling in the Oracle-Google lawsuit. Oracle lost on pretty much every point, but the thing that must have stuck most firmly in Oracle’s throat was this: So long as the specific code used to implement a method is different, anyone is free under the Copyright Act to write his or her own code to carry out exactly the same function or specification of any methods used in the Java API. It does not matter that the declaration or method header lines are identical. Under the rules of Java, they must be identical to declare a method specifying the same functionality — even when the implementation is different. When there is only one way to express an idea or function, then everyone is free to do so and no one can monopolize that expression. And, while the Android method and class names could have been different from the names of their counterparts in Java and still have worked, copyright protection never extends to names or short phrases as a matter of law. As...

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Backed Or Whacked: May The Funds Be With You

Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Follow him on Twitter @rossrubin. A short time ago on a crowdfunding site not very far away… Whacked: Open Source Death Star. There are a number of schools regarding the existence of alien intelligent races. Among those who refute that we’ve been able to detect extraterrestrials among us, there are a broad range of theories. Perhaps such beings don’t exist. Perhaps they haven’t advanced far enough to reach us. Or to the contrary, perhaps they are so advanced that we can’t detect them. Maybe Earth just can’t compete as a tourist destination. But if angry aliens arrive and neither the Avengers nor Will Smith are anywhere to be found, we should probably have something available that can take them out — at least according to the Intergalactic Rifle Association. Always a popular weapon to rebuild, the Death Star has appeared as a Kickstarter project requiring a modest £20 million for plans and enough chicken wire to protect the exhaust ports. But not thinking bigger would cause one to find the project owners’ lack of faith disturbing. The group has also set a stretch goal of £543 trillion (or US$850,000,000,000,000,000) for construction of the actual planet destroyer. It may seem like a tidy sum, but the group...

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Ace Hotel x Reigning Champ 2013 Spring/Summer Collection

Vancouver’s Reigning Champ has collaborated with the Ace Hotel to bring a collection of apparel for Spring/Summer 2013. Included in the collection are a range of crewneck sweatshirts, shorts, hoodies, and T-shirts (not shown here) each presented in seasonally apt tones. The layering pieces are offered in a midweight twill terry material, presented in colors such as grey, oxford blue, and cream. The collection is available on COVERCHORD’s web shop. Article source:...

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Nike Air Force 1 iD Pony Hair Animal Print Options

Not bound to only color selection from Nike iD anymore — shown with the previous snake-print option — Nike will now offer a pony hair material for its Air Force 1 low and high models. Presented in a handful of safari-inspired prints, the silhouette will still maintain its iconic outsole, while the complete uppers, including the ‘Swoosh’ are enveloped in fine pony hair. Set for an early April release, availability for the unique option is set to launch in Nike iD Japan locations and other parts of Asia. Article source:...

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