Monthly Archives: October 2008

Non-newsworthy News

Sometime Friday or Saturday I saw the AP report on the US Defense Dept concern over Twitter. I have been dumbfounded as blog after blog picked this up over the weekend. I mostly agree with the Jim Harper at TLF … Continue reading

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Truth, rumors, and the markets

The Steve-Jobs-is-dead rumor that resulted in a 9% knock of Apple’s stock wasn’t started by anyone with financial interests in the outcome, but instead a teenager. So the SEC supposedly can’t prosecute. Related, the New York Times has a good … Continue reading

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What happened here? Virtual murder motivated by divorce.

I’m not even sure I understand this news update from Wired: A 43-year-old Japanese woman, angry over a sudden divorce in the virtual online game Maple Story, has been arrested on suspicion of hacking into the game where she killed … Continue reading

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The new science of friendonomics

I debated blogging this article, and decided I loved it too much not to give it a nod. Scott Brown writes a humorous and insightful piece in Wired on the economics of friendship in the Facebook era. He has several … Continue reading

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Framing discussions of privacy

Over at All Things Digital there’s a good write-up of the new G1. I haven’t used one of the devices yet. I found it notable that in this coverage, features that might be considered privacy-enhancing are described for their usability, … Continue reading

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generativity in the cloud

Have been kicking around Zittrain’s generativity ideas and various implications of the “cloud” over the past week. Am starting to wonder if generativity and the cloud are incompatible. More later…maybe I’ll finally crack open his book.

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A really bad advertising platform

Facebook keeps giving me reasons to criticize, and I just can’t help myself. The weight loss ads are getting old, and despite the negative attention bloggers, including one entrepreneurial Teresa Centric, and -gasp!- even the MSM have paid these horrendous … Continue reading

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Empowering rumors

Last Friday CNN’s citizen journalism arm, iReport.com, hosted a story about Steve Jobs being dead. Shares in Apple fell 9% before the company issued any denial of the rumor, a loss of $9 billion in shareholder value. The stock eventually … Continue reading

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More off-topic ranting.

So, again, slightly off-topic. But I read this critical series of questions to ask Sarah Palin and couldn’t help thinking the author is doing a really bad job at advancing her side of the argument. So in my 5 minutes, … Continue reading

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A bit far fetched on a technology blog…

…but I can’t help myself on this one. I decided to watch pieces of the Couric Palin interview. I get more scared every time I see this woman talk, but this time she’s crossed a few too many lines. Palin … Continue reading

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