Sad. My heart goes out to Aaron’s friends and family.


The open web and freedom of information in general lost one of their most passionate proponents yesterday, with the death of early Reddit staffer and Demand Progress founder Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide on Friday, according to a family member. He was facing federal charges for hacking into the JSTOR academic database and downloading millions of research papers, but had also reportedly suffered from depression. He was 26 years old.

As the news of his death spread throughout the web and social networks like Twitter, there was an outpouring of grief and sorrow from some of his friends and those he had worked with on a number of projects — including the early development of the RSS syndication standard, the software framework, the Creative Commons movement and the W3C web standards committee.

We’ve collected some of those comments and responses here (there’s also a Reddit thread and…

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New car technology has always been a big draw at CES. All of the big automakers show off their future cars with features aimed at turning our normally dull driving experience into multimedia-filled and largely automated highway cruises. Connectivity to the mobile network and the wider Internet world has always been part of that equation, but it’s always been a limited connectivity.

Automakers have been very careful about whom they let into their cars, for both safety and control reasons. So while carefully crafted partnerships with Pandora(s p) and Harman’s Aha(s har) abound, the connected car has remained largely a closed shop.

Take the Cadillac CUE system for instance. GM(s gm) had quite literally designed the Cadillac of connected car platforms, using haptic feedback and proximity sensor technologies to create a beautiful, intuitive interface, which an equally powerful hardware stack. But when I test-drove the car last summer…

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