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Government News Harold Feld has a great post on movement at the FCC to make more spectrum available. According to Harold, the FCC has requested proposals for databases to manage access to the “white spaces” between the frequencies assigned to TV stations. Those frequencies were left unused because analog TV originally needed lots of room between frequencies, which is why your analog stations tend to count by two’s. Plus, the switch to digital TV opened up some more frequencies. So, last year, the FCC voted 5-0 to make those frequencies available for unlicensed use. This will provide more room for innovation. It’s a very big deal. The white spaces will be made available for fixed band devices, as well as for lower-power ad hoc usage. But, how will a device maker know what slice of spectrum is available? One approach would be to count on smart devices sensing which... (more)

Why Google gPhone Matters to Me

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 —... (more)

A Twisty Path to Chrome in the Enterprise

Despite the title of Andrew Conry-Murray’s article in InformationWeek — “Why Business IT Shouldn’t Shrug Off Chrome OS” — it’s on balance quite negative about the prospects for enterprises adopting Google’s upcoming operating system. Andrew argues that enterprises are going to want hybrid systems, Microsoft is already moving into the Cloud, Windows 7 will have been out for a year before Chrome is available, and it’d take a rock larger than the moon to move enterprises off their legacy applications. All good points. (The next article in the issue, by John Foley is more positive ... (more)

Google Goggles

This is just too cool: Even if it doesn’t work well — I’ll try it out later — the concept is great, and the video is a great work of product marketing: clear, exciting, and ratcheting up the vision click by click. ... (more)

Mary Gray Beyond Online-Offline

Mary Gray, in the Communication and Culture dept. at Indian U., is giving a talk falled “Beyond online/ofline: information access, public spaces, and queer youth visiblity in the rural U.S.” She’s going to focus on a piece that did not make it ionto her book: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America. Why don’t policy analysts think about sexuality except in order to contain it? NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpc... (more)