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Trust, But Verify?

Posted by andreaitis on February 17, 2009

Mark Zuckerberg talking on Facebook (of course) about the change in their terms of use.  He actually calls it a clarification, and I believe it is.  The snippet below stood out for me as I read through Zuckerberg’s post:

In reality, we wouldn’t share your information in a way you wouldn’t want. The trust you place in us as a safe place to share information is the most important part of what makes Facebook work. Our goal is to build great products and to communicate clearly to help people share more information in this trusted environment.

On Facebook, People Own and Control Their Information | Facebook.

So I got to thinking:  Who do I trust more, Facebook or Google?  I’ve put off trying Google Latitude yet just because it’s one more avenue for Google to invade my space.  Yes, yes, I’m inviting Google into my space.  But by now, Google probably knows more about me than my mother (minus that incident sophomore year).  Google sometimes gives me the creeps; Facebook does not.  Maybe it’s because I am largely in control of the information I’m putting into Facebook, so I know what they can pull out.  Not entirely the same with Google.  I feel like there are boundaries around my Facebook experience, and I can go beyond those or not, at my discretion.  I pretty much know what Mark Zuckerberg plans to do, at least at a high level.  Google, on the other hand, seems all about breaking boundaries and connecting information whether I want it connected or not.  Google’s overall intentions are still unknown, a giant galactic vacuum sucking up bits of me from here and there.  And I’m not sure how they’ll piece it all together just yet.

So, we can’t really verify.  Which means it does, in the end, come down to trust.  It all made me think of, well, Ronald Reagan first…but then Elvis Costello:

“You said you’d stand by me in the middle of Chapter Three
But you were up to your old tricks in Chapters Four, Five and Six”

Dare ya to sing along with me.

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For Those Who Don't 'Get' Twitter….

Posted by andreaitis on February 16, 2009

Think: Real-time thought streaming, zeitgeist and search.

twitter and thought-streaming

What if you could peer into the thoughts of millions of people as they were thinking those thoughts or shortly thereafter? And what if all of these thoughts were immediately available in a database that could be mined easily to tell you what people both individually and in aggregate are thinking right now about any imaginable subject or event? Well, then you’d have a different kind of search engine altogether. A real-time search engine. A what’s-happening-right-now search engine.

In fact, the crude beginnings of this “now” search engine already exists. It is called Twitter, and it is a big reason why new investors poured another $35 million into the two-year-old startup on Friday.

Mining The Thought Stream

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I Want My Un-TV

Posted by andreaitis on February 16, 2009

This is the way to do it: a mad (goofy) scientist mixing it up in the lab.  Low budget, off-kilter attitude….not sure where it ends up, but at least Fox is giving them a chance to find out.

When there is a news event, like a speech or press conference, viewers see the backs of the heads of the guests watching it on a big screen, throwing out wisecracks about the goings-on. Mr. Straka compares the format with the cult comedy series “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

“We are goofy over here,” said Mr. Straka, who is also the vice president in charge of video for “As long as we don’t make it look like TV, I’ll be happy.”

With “The Strategy Room,” Fox News Offers a Live News Webcast –

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Google Goes Back to the Future

Posted by andreaitis on February 14, 2009

Perhaps they’ll also show views of the world BG and AG — Before and After Google.

Google Earth Goes Into the Past, Underwater–And Deep Into Your Computer’s System

Google Earth Goes Into the Past, Underwater–And Deep Into Your Computer’s System – Faster Forward.

Earlier this month, Google released a beta-test release of the newest version of Google Earth. Google Earth 5.0, a free download for Windows 2000, XP or Vista, Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5, and most versions of Linux, adds some fascinating new perspectives on this planet–and one other–but I’m not going to rush to install it.

Unlike earlier releases, this treasure chest of 3-D cartography doesn’t just show what’s on the ground today. It includes a collection of overhead views from earlier years and lets you view the majority of the Earth’s surface covered by its oceans.

The historical imagery is likely to be the biggest time-suck. To see what a place looked like before, click the clock icon in Google Earth’s toolbar, then move a slider back to earlier years. For example, you can see that in 1949, there was only one 14th Street Bridge going over the Potomac (although a second span was under construction). The Las Vegas of 1950, meanwhile, is a barren, lifeless desert.

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Yes, But Is Anyone Actually Getting a Job through LinkedIn?

Posted by andreaitis on February 14, 2009

That’s my question.  It’s no surprise the traffic has grown, or that recommendations are up within LinkedIn.  I want to see the data that shows it really helps, not just makes us feel like we’re helping ourselves. Show me how many people have actually gotten jobs through LinkedIn, and then I’ll say there’s true value.  Plus, talk about an ad campaign waiting to happen…

As The Economy Sours, LinkedIn’s Popularity Grows

As layoffs continued to pound the economy in January, one beneficiary was job networking site LinkedIn. According to the latest January data from comScore, the LinkedIn’s U.S. unique visitors shot up 22 percent to 7.7 million, up from 6.3 million in December. Total minutes spent on the site doubled in January to 96.8 million, from 47.6 million in December.

As The Economy Sours, LinkedIn’s Popularity Grows.

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Michael Jackson and the "Potential Flesh-Eating Infection"

Posted by andreaitis on February 13, 2009

I know it sounds like I’m making this one up, but I’m not.    It’s being reported by Fox.  Which is reporting it based on reporting from The Sun.

Report: Michael Jackson Has Potential Flesh-Eating Infection

Now, what I wonder is this:  Did he just get this potential flesh-eating infection?  Because I’m thinking it could explain the morphing and melting of his face.   Let’s take a look at the facialization:

Anthology album cover

Image via Wikipedia

Michael Jackson

Image by manfrys via Flickr

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Status Quo for Maryland Legislators

Posted by andreaitis on February 11, 2009

Can’t wait to see all their status messages…

Five days after sparking protests from lawmakers over his decision to block access to the popular networking site from legislative computers, the head of the assembly’s information technology office said yesterday that he will reopen access to Facebook in the next day or two.

Legislators Log Back On To Facebook –

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Got Goat's Milk?

Posted by andreaitis on February 6, 2009

More reason to love goats.

F.D.A. Approves Drug Derived From Goat’s Milk

Ushering in a new era of both agricultural and pharmaceutical technology, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first pharmaceutical product made in the milk of genetically engineered animals.

The 200 goats, which are assiduously cared for at a secure farm in central Massachusetts, contain a human gene that causes them to produce a human blood protein in their milk. After the goats are milked, the protein can be extracted for sale as a drug.

F.D.A. Approves Drug Derived From Goat’s Milk –

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Phelps Phelps Phelps

Posted by andreaitis on February 5, 2009

When will we see the official Michael Phelps’ reality show?  Or is this it?

Quit crying double-standard over Phelps

Bong-happy Phelps

There is no bigger fan of racial double-standards than yours truly. But those of you looking for one inside Michael Phelps’ bong are misguided, stuck in the 1960s and worship at the Church of Al Sharp-tongue.

Don’t send me any more e-mails complaining that if Phelps were black, he’d be dropped by his sponsors, locked in a cell next to O.J. Simpson and banned from all international competition.

Global crisis?

Michael Phelps Will Michael Phelps’ image be tarnished in the corporate world? Kevin Hench explores the possible BUZZKILL.

If Phelps had dark skin and answered to “Jerome Washington,” he’d be headed to Disney World, toting the Super Bowl MVP trophy he stole from James Harrison and Big Ben Roethlisberger.

Yeah, America gives its marketable, talented and wealthy weed-smokers the Santonio Holmes treatment. We forgive and quickly forget.

Oh, I know there’s a pattern of misbehavior with Michael Phelps. The cops busted him driving under the influence four years ago.

Well, the cops pinched Holmes twice in 2006, busting him for disorderly conduct and domestic violence — the charges were eventually dropped after smooth lawyering — and nabbed him ridin’ dirty (three blunts) last October.

Mickey Mouse doesn’t care, and neither do you.

FOX Sports on MSN – More Sports – Quit crying double-standard over Phelps

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The 24-minute news cycle

Posted by andreaitis on January 19, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009 by Dave Winer.

I woke up early this morning, about 4AM. Permalink to this paragraph

Went downstairs, turned on the radio to KQED-FM. They’re interviewing Newt Gingrich, talking about the 24-hour news cycle, a major innovation they’re adjusting to in DC. Permalink to this paragraph

I went upstairs with my coffee, did a few hours work, came downstairs for a break, turned on the radio, exactly the same bit is playing. Gingrich talking about the 24-hour news cycle. Permalink to this paragraph

Then I thought back to a moment, on Wednesday, when Twitter was carrying the instant news of Steve Jobs’s leave of absence. At the exact same moment, came news of the death of Ricardo Montalban. I should have taken a screen shot, because there were constant tweets from people saying Did you hear about Steve Jobs. Did you hear about Ricardo Montalban. Permalink to this paragraph

I thought at the time, forget about the 24-hour news cycle, we have a new concept — a news cycle measured in minutes. What made me think of it was in the midst of all this I saw a lonely tweet from a company I know announcing a contest for developers. I thought “too bad, no one’s going to notice that.” Permalink to this paragraph

This is what we’re all working on — have been for a couple of years — how to make sense of news that flashes by at such a rapid rate that it pushes the envelope on human ability to notice things. Permalink to this paragraph

We may be lining up to eat at soup kitchens in 2009, but we’ll have the fastest news cycle ever to keep us informed. Permalink to this paragraph

The 24-minute news cycle (Scripting News).

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