August 2007 Archives

Journalism is Burning Or How Breaking News is Broken

On a day when Alan Mutter told us at Radar about his blog post on the ten-year low for ad sales in print newspapers, I had the thought that most of a newspaper is a waste of print. Much of it goes unread and all of it is thrown away. Maybe the shrinking of newspapers is a good thing, and…

iPhone Accelerometer Hack

Check out this video. Cool! (thanks, Waxy for the pointer) This guy had to drop into assembly language to figure out how to read the accelerometer in his iPhone. These people are SMART. If I were Steve Jobs (real, not fake) I'd be wishing they were working to make distributable legal third party apps and thus helping my business, rather…

Google to Host AP News

I do a lot of reasoning by analogy. I try to learn from history and from other situations with parallels to the present. (See for example the logical track leading through my papers The Open Source Paradigm Shift to What is Web 2.0?). As readers of the Release 2.0 newsletter know, I recently became fascinated by parallels between Web 2.0…

The Economist on Google, Power, and Transparency

In a superb cover story this week, Who's Afraid of Google?, The Economist argues that "Google needs a change of heart … Pretending that just because your founders are nice young men and you occasionally do things for free, society has no right to question your motives no longer seems sensible." The magazine notes that some of the concerns caused…

An Amazing Reading List on Information Networks!

Paul Kedrosky wrote: Pardon this bit of unabashed fan-boy geeky-ness, but I wish I was at Cornell this Fall. I would love to take Jon Kleinberg's new course "The Structure of Information Networks". (Why can't Cornell do an MIT and put this video online?) This is a hot area, which is one admitted attraction, and one in which Kleinberg is…

News Pages

At serial consign, Greg Smith has an interesting post on the evolution of the architecture of information as presented in newspapers. Greg's thesis, "Movable Parts: The Retooling of the Los Angeles Times" explored some of these themes in more depth. Most fascinating perhaps is this image: Greg's description: The above image tracks the front page of latimes.com from 1996 through…

Ignite Boston – Next Week

There will be some short "launches," followed by lightening talks, and a couple of other ideas that we will inform you of in the coming weeks…. Another reason we wanted to announce this event this early, is so those of you who would like speak for five minutes on something cool, new, or exciting you can get into the queue sooner rather than later.

Securitizing Catastrophe

Paul Kedrosky sent in a link to a fabulous article in the NY Times Magazine this last weekend by Michael Lewis (author of Liar's Poker, Moneyball and many other books that delve into the fascinating overlap of numbers and society) about the development of the market for so-called "catastrophe bonds." The article is entitled In Nature's Casino, and focuses…

Yahoo and China: Another Update

Those following the claims by Yahoo officials that they have no choice but to do what the Chinese government wants them to do might remember, back in 2000, how strongly the company fought against what it considered meddling by the French govenment. Nicholas Carr sure remembers and he has posted a well-informed "gotcha."…

Open Education Search

The Hewlett Foundation has announced that it is working with the Creative Common's ccLearn division to build a web search portal dedicated to open educational resources, with the assistance of Google. Organizations that sponsor repositories or collections of open educational materials are invited to submit information to CCLearn's OE Search project. The initiative's goal is to build a comprehensive directory…