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Monthly Archives: April 2008

BBC NEWS | Technology | Web in infancy, says Berners-Lee

h/t to Slashdot for this one, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the individual credited with inventing the Web, claims that despite Web 2.0, the web is “still in its infancy,” which is welcome news to those of us that have futurist aspirations. One of the niftiest bits is the recollection by Berners-Lee colleague Robert Cailliau as to […]
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Beautiful Text Like Ideas In A Stream

Data is indeed, just data, but when it’s organized semantically (even through a simple app like this), it becomes something really beautiful; thoughts in a river. Link
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Amazon's Open Letter To Shareholders

Today, Amazon.com posted an open letter to shareholders extolling the virtues of the Kindle. More than that, he goes into a long conversation about where Amazon has come from, and where it’s going… “We started by setting ourselves the admittedly audacious goal of improving upon the physical book. We did not choose that goal lightly. […]
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It's Official: Rogers bringing iPhone to Canada

The Globe and Mail are reporting this morning that, as expected, Rogers is indeed going to carry the iPhone in Canada sometime “later this year.” No word yet on whether or not there will be any movement on flat-rate data and voice plans (a hallmark of the Apple deal with AT&T; and other carriers). “‘We’re […]
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blog.pmarca.com: If Microsoft goes fully hostile on Yahoo

Marc Andreesen provides us with a “detailed analysis of how a full hostile takeover might play out — the kind of analysis that you would be receiving if you were a Microsoft or Yahoo board member.” He hired some corporate attorneys to provide just such a report, and you can see it (for free!) here: […]
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Interview with Vint Cerf – Quotes on the Internet, Google, and Spam – Esquire

h/t to BoingBoing – Interview with Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf… Interview with Vint Cerf – Quotes on the Internet, Google, and Spam – Esquire
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Death of the sitcom frees up 2,000 Wikipedias worth of cognitive capacity – Boing Boing

Nothing too crazy here, but I really like the sentiment: “Cognitive surplus” [is] the idea that automation gave us an enormous amount of free time to think and cogitate, and that sitcoms and other light entertainment from the past century were a way of absorbing that surplus” Link: Death of the sitcom frees up 2,000 […]
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iPhone 3G coming to Canada?

The Toronto Star is now reporting that the 3G iPhone will be not only coming out this summer, but that Rogers will carry it. My favourite parts of the article had nothing to do with the iPhone per se, but rather with data pricing in Canada: “It has been widely speculated that the stumbling block […]
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Private Industry: 1 – General Consumers: 0

Michael Giest has blogged this story as has BoingBoing. Personally, I find this very disturbing. From Boing Boing: “The supposedly non-partisan Public Policy Forum is holding a major, one-sided IP symposium on Monday. Invited are the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, former head of the Canadian Motion Picture Industry Association, and other big-stick-swingers for American-style copyright […]
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And Bringing Up The Rear…

Live Mesh, announced today, is Microsoft’s version of the strategy I described in yesteraday’s post. I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve had a chance to read more, but from what I’ve seen thus far, it’s likely that MS will not be great at the one thing that they’ll need to do to make this work: Make […]
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