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Latest Posts

Can game design make your company more efficient?

Your company's most valuable player in the future may be a video game designer, according to Indiana professor Edward Castronova, a leading researcher on virtual worlds.If Castronova is correct game designers may be critical to making corporations more efficient partly by making them more fun for workers.

December 3, 2006 by


Protecting identity credentials is costly

The cost of protecting identity credentials is proportional to their value. Creating a single all-powerful credential has a simplistic appeal, but is insecure and inefficient.

December 1, 2006 by Phil Windley


Who will govern virtual worlds?

For now the virtual world--characterized by Second Life, World of Warcraft and other games--is governed by game creators, the player community and end user license agreements. The future may look different.

December 1, 2006 by


Is Microsoft an innovator or follower?

Dave Winer and Robert Scoble debate the topic of whether Microsoft is an innovator or follower, often playing catch-up with rivals, in the Wall Street Journal. The fact the two friends and rabble rousers are debating the topic in the bastion of business reporting, the WSJ, is a good sign that big media is not just inhaling its own fumes.

November 30, 2006 by Dan Farber


Almost too painful to tell

You may have heard that an 18-year-old Welshman had his friends film him as he stole a pair of glasses from a charity worker. He then (I can barely type this) posted the video to YouTube.

November 30, 2006 by Ed Gottsman


Adopt OpenID and live!

Social network site operators could gain competitive advantage relative to the bigger players by adopting open identity standards like OpenID.

November 30, 2006 by Phil Windley

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