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Latest Posts

Sony's misguided e-book Reader

Jeffrey Young explains why he isn't a big fan of Sony's latest e-book reader:When is Sony going to get it?  Ever since the Trinitron and the Walkman, Japan's greatest consumer electronics business has stumbled from one bad product to another, fumbled every opportunity it has been handed to own digital assets, and seen its vaunted brand name eclipsed by Samsung among others.

February 22, 2006 by Dan Farber


Podbop wins best mashup award

The attendees voted, with their wooden nickels, Podbop the best mashup of MashupCamp. Taylor McKnight was awarded a hot Sun Niagra/TI Ultrasparc system by Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz, who noted the what we used to call object reuse, which failed, has finally come to fruition in mashups.

February 21, 2006 by Dan Farber

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MashupCamp Day 2: The mashups

Day 2 of MashupCamp included geek dating—each presenter had five minutes to show their mashup to a rotating group of campers. David Schorr’s Weather Bonk and Ski Bonk mashups were among the more sophisticated mashups.

February 21, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Trash your in-house email?

Last week, David Berlind -- in his report on Google dropping hints about offering hosted email -- suggested that the vast majority of businesses now in-sourcing their email can't possibly justify the practice. Ridiculous, responded many readers -- and some of David's blogging colleagues.

February 20, 2006 by


Mashups and the law

During a MashupCamp session on mashups and Creative Commons, Stanford Law Professor Larry Lessig laid out the legal challenge for the digital remix/mashup culture. "There is nothing new about mashups.

February 20, 2006 by Dan Farber

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MashupCamp stokes the Web app fire

After the camp rules were set, the various vendors pitched their APIs and then the sessions topics and time slots were allotted. This morning's session on monetization and business models for mashups and API revenue extraction attracted the most attendees so far.

February 20, 2006 by Dan Farber


Around the MashupCamp fire

MashupCamp is getting underway this morning at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. About 300 mashers have gathered to geek out on the latest innovations in Web- based applications.

February 20, 2006 by Dan Farber


Of Bollywood stars and Prozac

In April of 2005 (I'm still catching up on my reading), Sony patented a technique for using ultrasonic waves to stimulate various centers of the human brain in order to produce extremely high-fidelity sensory impressions. The idea is apparently to build really, really immersive environments for games.

February 19, 2006 by Ed Gottsman


The age of profit-driven Internet thieves

On February 14, security guru Eugene Kaspersky, founder of Kasperksy Lab Founder, was interviewed by New York Times reporter John Markoff at a Churchill Club event. We have a podcast of the interview, during which Kaspersky discussed the age of profit-driven Internet thieves.

February 19, 2006 by Dan Farber


Paul Saffo on Cyberbia and the future

Worth reading: My local paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, interviewed Paul Saffo, one of the brightest lights envisioning future scenarios. Here are a few choice quotes from the interview: So far, at least, the technology is not autonomous to be in charge.

February 19, 2006 by Dan Farber