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Tim O’Reilly

O’Reilly is Shuttering Tools of Change (TOC)

After seven year of hosting the Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, Tim O’Reilly announced this week that he is retiring the conference and the TOC blog.

He explained in a blog post:

Seven years on, “digital publishing” is well on its way to simply being “publishing,” and options for both publishers and readers continue to evolve and expand. Publishers are significantly more change-hardy than they were in 2006. And there are plenty of other events that are helping publishers keep up with new technology offerings in the space.

O’Reilly explained further that the company is shifting its focus “from hosting the conversation about publishing technology to bringing our own tools to market.” This includes a collaborative writing platform code-named Atlas. The organization will continue to share thoughts on the O’Reilly Radar and on the Safari tech blog. AppNewser has covered the show for the past few years. Here is a link to the most recent show coverage.
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Facebook Backs Same-Sex Marriage in Supreme Court Filings (AllFacebook)
Facebook joined the growing list of companies expressing their support for same-sex marriage, announcing in a post on its LGBTQ@Facebook page that it will submit briefs on the topic to the U.S. Supreme Court. The social network said it would post links to its filings on the LGBTQ@Facebook page when they become available.

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SXSW Reveals Interactive Panels

SXSW has revealed a partial list of its panel lineup for the interactive component of its upcoming show in March and there are a couple of digital publishing related sessions. We have listed a couple below, but follow this link to read the entire program.

1. “What Comic Books Can Teach Mobile Application Designers” organized by Anjuan Simmons, Adverlyze
Description: “The comic book medium offers many design standards that mobile application developers can use to improve the effectiveness of their graphical user interface designs. Comic books have evolved through the years to maximize their ability to tell a story while confined to two dimensional static images. Comic book legend Will Eisner published “Comics and Sequential Art” in 1985 in order to document his mastery of using graphics to tell a story. This presentation will explore the design principles Eisner shared in his landmark book and specifically apply them to mobile application design.”

2. “Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted. Not!” organized by Richard Nash, Cursor
Description: “For the future of both, it is imperative that technology and culture learn from one another. Doing more with less is a philosophy that has animated both, especially in recent times with the notion of the minimum viable product, and the injunction against feature creep. But art and culture have always understood the concept of “less is more” even if it took till the 20th century of that to be coined so neatly. For art to be possible, rules are necessary. In the Assassin’s Code, the death of God makes everything possible. Many believe that the network makes everything possible. But if everything is possible, how does anything matter? In art, what is left out is as important as what is included. Can the rules of making art help us make more useful technology? Can such concepts as the minimum viable product help us do a better job of writing, editing, designing, and disseminating novels, films, music. This high interdisciplinary panel will help illuminate how the eternal verities of art and science, when properly framed, can help us be better movers of the hearts and minds of men and women…”
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