David Weinberger's Blog
An article in the WSJ today, which they have chosen to make inaccessible to
bloggers, reports that Google is talking to Verizon and Sprint about using
the Google phone operating system. Money makes such strange bedfellows!
Do I care just because I am a Google fanboy? Not exactly, although that does
amp up my excitement. With an open platform for development for mobiles, plus
Google's conquest of Jaiku for its mobile/presence capabilities — I am a
big fan of Jyri Engestrom, the founder of Jaiku, a smart and innovative
person devoted to the Net's common good — this could be the disruption that
turns mobile phones from annoying bricks of bad reception into a platform for
apps that can assume constant presence and that know where we are and who our
friends are. It could make FaceBook look like CompuServ.
Or, of course, the rumors could be wrong, the ... (more)
ThePirateBay has links to content hosted elsewhere that’s available for
download using the BitTorrent protocol. The site also provides a search
engine for finding that content, and a page for each torrent with information
about the content. It doesn’t distinguish between content that’s
protected by copyright and content that isn’t. The four founders of
ThePirateBay were convicted by a Swedish court last week. They were fined a
middling amount, and were sentenced to a year in jail. (”What’re you in
for?” “Improper use of metadata.”)
Now there is ThePirateGoogle, created by someon... (more)
Remember how the media leapt on the study that showed that being on Facebook
lowered your grades in school? The study was, shall we say, flawed. But it
was a media-seeking rocket. Now, 2.5 weeks later, Josh Pasek, eian more, and
Eszter Hargittai have published “Facebook and academic performance:
Reconciling a media sensation with data” at First Monday, a peer-reviewed
Here’s the abstract:
A recent draft manuscript suggested that Facebook use might be related to
lower academic achievement in college and graduate school (Karpinski, 2009).
The report quickly became a media s... (more)
As everyone knows, Boston is the Hub of the Universe. The fact has been
well-documented in Boston tourist literature, and in the way Bostonians
superciliously ignore outsiders. Super-superciliously! We couldn’t do it if
we weren’t the hub!
Now Scott Kirsner has proved that Boston is also the hub of the new wave of
marketing literature, and he’s built the Amazon list to prove it.
[Tags: marketing web_marketing twitter boston the_hub ]
TheOnion has been bought by a Chinese fish company. Hilarious. (Be sure to
click on the op-ed titled “The Internet Allows for a Free Exchange of
[Tags: theonion the_onion onion humor china free_internet free_speech freedom