It’s a fact of life: Pirates be pirating. As a defence against having their intellectual properties swiped, cracked and traded online like so many baseball cards, a lot of companies have turned to Digital Right Management; a move that seldom does more than temporarily slow pirates and enrage paying customers. Fortunately, there’s a growing number of non-DRM related options out there for developers and software vendors to explore that’ll stymy piracy while respect the rights of their paying users. Read on for more!
We knew something like this was coming. Twitter couldn't get by forever just showing advertising on the website. A Twitter developer advocate has confirmed that changes are being made in the API to insert ads automatically into the stream. The system is set t o be beta tested with a small group of developers before a wide scale rollout. The developers of Twitter clients like Tweetdeck and Seesmic will get a share of this ad revenue, but no exact values have been decided.
Twitter's limited use of advertising has, thus far, caused little objection. The trick will be getting enough ads in place to turn a profit, without alienating users. As for the developers, some of them stand to make quite the handy payday from this arrangement. Twitter has not clarified if displaying the ads from the API will be voluntary or not. Would you accept ads in your Twitter stream if it meant the developer got paid?
Does open-source software do more to hurt the industry or help? You might guess the latter: we certainly did. But as it turns out, open-source software can actually be the bane of smaller software developers. After all, what does one do when one's primary meal-ticket gets taken over by the open-source community? For most developers, that's a lights-out proposition. But is this a reflection of where software development is expected to head in the future? Will it be a free for all?
We explore the changing face of software development after the jump!