John Paczkowski at Good Morning Silicon Valley does a good job summarizing a scandalous $200 billion promise gone bad: ....during the buildup to the 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act, the major U.
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I've been sitting next to Leslie Walker of the Washington Post the last two days. She's blogging lots of the consumer demos, as is the team from News.
Locamoda showed the latest version of its technology that allows any mobile phone to be used to interact with applications 'on the street." The phone works as a remote control to communicate with large screens in storefronts, cafes, city streets and other locations.
Demo 2006: Panoratio Database Images CEO Brett Kirkpatrick demoed a unique technology that allows huge databases to run in-memory on standard PCs will full fidelity--no data loss. He showed a 300 megabyte database of every plan and game in the NFL for a century that is transformed into 10 megabytes.
Some of this material comes from a fascinating article in New Scientist (Sept. 17-23, 2005) entitled "Privacy & Prejudice: Whose ID Is It, Anyway?
Demo 2006: On this second day of Demo, some search technology startups took the stage. Nexidia, an established company in search and speech analysis, introduced Nexidia Developer Edition, which lets rich media (video and audio) content creators and sites add phonetic search capablities for desktop and Web search.
Video: David goes to the whiteboard to explain why digital rights management (DRM) is a load of CRAP-- Content, Restriction, Annulment, and Protection. Why does he think this technology is crap?
RawSugar is one those social media services that takes a few run throughs to figure out. Tagging and social networking services are the current hot category, with many variations on a theme.
Demo 2006: On the security front, several companies showed off simple and useful tools for interacting more safely on the Internet. StrikeForce Technologies demoed WebSecure, anti-keylogging software that encrypts keystrokes as they are typed, and reroutes them to the browser via a separate channel that bypasses the places in Windows where keyloggers lurk.
Demo 2006: CNET's Rafe Needleman blogs about on TagWorld, VSee and Plum:TagWorld -- now with commerceWho knew that a world of young people would propel MySpace into the phenom it has become? The site's success has left the rest of the world scrambling to catch up, but the game isn't over yet.