If you've ever wanted to be a venture capitalist betting on whether a technical innovation will succeed, Fluid Innovation will let you do so virtually. At DEMOfall 07 the company debuted Virtual Ventures, a fantasy VC game that applies crowd sourcing and prediction markets to determine the viability of technologies that are not fantasy.
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Apple is playing hardball with the unlocked iPhone movement. In a terse statement, Apple said "many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone's software, which will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed.
At DEMOfall 07 Attendi is introducing a search service with a "human" touch. Attendi touts itself as the "world’s first search engine to search real people—not experts or Web pages.
Microsoft is eyeing an investment in Facebook that would value the social networking company at about $10 billion.The investment, which was reported by The Wall Street Journal citing "people familiar with the matter, connects a few dots on the social networking landscape.
Jon Vander Hill has built two data centers since 2000 and is on his third for Berbee, the data center hosting unit of CDW. Since then the landscape has changed dramatically.
On today's podcast:Storm Worm botnet numbers via Microsoft.OLPC launches XO laptop in U.
Via David Stephenson, I found this article about Toronto public health officials using Facebook to find a woman who had been possibly infected with rabies. The ironic part is that the City of Toronto bans the use of Facebook, so she had to get special permission to use it.
Unisys is under fire over data breaches at the Department of Homeland Security. Unisys maintains that it did nothing wrong.
At this point 3D hasn't been a mainstream part of the social Web, mostly confined to virtual reality environments like Second Life. SceneCaster, which will debut at DEMOfall 07 this week, takes the concept that Flickr and YouTube has done well--Web 2.
Dell has confirmed plans to broaden its retailing footprint--this time with China's largest consumer electronics retailer, Gome. In a statement Monday, Dell confirmed published reports (Techmeme, Reuters) that it would sell its PCs through Gome.