bucket limit increase, and read-after-write consistency in US Standard. About time too! ;)
A study commissioned by Spanish publishers has found that a new intellectual property law passed in Spain last year, which charges news aggregators like Google for showing snippets and linking to news stories, has done substantial damage to the Spanish news industry. In the short-term, the study found, the law will cost publishers €10 million, or about $10.9 million, which would fall disproportionately on smaller publishers. Consumers would experience a smaller variety of content, and the law “impedes the ability of innovation to enter the market.” The study concludes that there’s no “theoretical or empirical justification” for the fee.
“It was clear if you looked at the per user metrics, people weren’t posting, weren’t returning and weren’t really engaging with the product,” says one former employee. “Six months in, there started to be a feeling that this isn’t really working.” Some lay the blame on the top-down structure of the Google+ department and a leadership team that viewed success as the only option for the social network. Failures and disappointing data were not widely discussed. “The belief was that we were always just one weird feature away from the thing taking off,” says the same employee.
Neat. this is a good location for post-work user-group meetups and the like (via Oisin)