Feeds

Diaspora co-founder dies at 22

Open-source Facebook alternative loses 'key voice'

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Open-source social network Diaspora has launched a redesigned alpha version of its software, with invites going out to users of the site hours before it was confirmed that co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy, 22, had died.

Diaspora is considered by some to be an alternative to Facebook's silo effect, with users supposedly being given more control over what personal data they share and with whom.

The alpha version has morphed the site closer to a Facebook clone. As noted by TechCrunch, the start-up has added notifications, status update Like buttons, direct messaging and its first app – dubbed Cubbi.es – that allows users to post photos to the site using browser extensions.

Diaspora is based on a distributed community, which means the network can be run on connected servers that the unashamedly Web2.0 service likes to refer to as "pods". Anyone can run such a pod, either for development purposes or as a new hosted server on the Diaspora network, which is written in Ruby on Rails.

TechCrunch reported that Zhitomirskiy – one of four founders of Diaspora – died over the weekend. The circumstances of his death are currently unknown.

"Shocked and deeply sad for the world that my friend @zhitomirskiyi, co-founder of Diaspora, is dead... The world needed his voice," said one-time Mozilla user interface guru Aza Raskin. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'
Twenty-nine years later, post-Pepsi exec has flat-forehead moment
Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing
China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.