Is Screenscraping Legal? Ryanair Versus Bravofly

photo credit: mattbuck4950 Out-Law had an interesting article yesterday about how Ryanair is taking a Dutch fare comparison website to court in Ireland for screenscraping. If I understand rightly, Ryanair's case hinges on whether or not the … [Continue reading]

Government Launches Competition to Mashup UK Public Information

photo credit: alexliivet It's time to put your thinking cap on. The UK government's Power of Information Taskforce last week launched a £20,000 competition for good ideas about how to use a raft of public information. Alongside the launch, the … [Continue reading]

Brownbook – a Crowdsourced Yellow Pages

I just came across these guys: They're a sort of open yellow pages where anyone can add, edit or review businesses. This is very similar to what sites like WeLoveLocal and Yelp are already doing, but in a world where many … [Continue reading]

Will the UK Start Regulating Social Networks?

photo credit: Urbankudos "Nine out of 10 say rules should govern social sites" According to Bobby Johnson in yesterday's Guardian (Facebook Information Should be Regulated, Survey Says), "89% of those surveyed by the Press Complaints Commission … [Continue reading]

Washington Post Hits Hyperlocal Hurdles

photo credit: Ed Yourdon Newspapers as we know them are dying. Offline readership numbers are dwindling as more and more people find what they need on the Web. Owners and editors everywhere have been grappling for some time now with how to stay … [Continue reading]

Death of a Startup: Why Meetro Failed

photo credit: Tony the Misfit TechCrunch ran an interesting post-mortem article yesterday by the founder of Meetro, a location-aware instant messaging platform, that recently closed its doors. Meetro's idea was to let users download an … [Continue reading]

FatDoor is No More


I've just been catching up with TechCrunch, and read that FatDoor, a social network for neighbours, has closed down. At one point it sounded promising (and had a fancy-looking neighbour-mapping feature), but I guess things didn't look good in their … [Continue reading]

The Big Word Project

photo credit: sowri Here's a neat idea... these guys are selling words from a dictionary. … [Continue reading]

Best practice RESTful queries in Rails

photo credit: alexanderdrachmann I was recently helping a friend out with his Rails project and we were trying to figure out the best way to handle queries in a RESTful Rails app, i.e. returning a subset of items meeting certain conditions. After … [Continue reading]

How to Find a Technical Co-Founder

Credit: Robert Scoble So you've got a great idea for a killer Web startup but you're not a techie yourself? You're looking for a technical business partner or CTO; someone who understands business but can pull the technical side of things together … [Continue reading]