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Sony to become iTunes of books?

From the company that brought you the rootkit debacle (Sony) comes news that it's latest incarnation of the electronic book -- the PRS-500 Portable Reader -- will be available for sale at Borders Bookstores.  Proprietary C.

April 4, 2006 by David Berlind


Harnessing the content flow, part II

GigaOm has a guest post by Robert Young that speaks to what I blogged about yesterday in "Harnessing the content flow." Young talks about how the flow is shifting from traditional media corporations to people-powered content communities:Simply put, each and every URL should be viewed as a container for content that, in turn, can be distributed and redistributed.

April 4, 2006 by Dan Farber


On bearing witness

It's a tragic, uncomfortable site, and while I'm glad I visited, I can't say I'd recommend it to my friends. Peter Gabriel's WITNESS organization provides video cameras (and training and support) to native people in a position to see and record human rights violations or their aftermath.

April 4, 2006 by Ed Gottsman


ID techs and events all orbiting Berkman's Higgins Project

Harvard Berkman Center senior fellow John Clippinger tipped me off to the Federal CTO Summit that's taking place at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC from April 5-7. Clippinger is one of the speakers at tomorrow's event and will be contributiing to the discussion on streamlining information sharing and assurance -- a session that dovetails President Bush's Executive Order to establish an information sharing council.

April 4, 2006 by David Berlind


Google eases Map API restrictions

Google released its Maps API version 2, which include faster Javascript download, overlay maps, easier debugging, more map types and no page view limit (over 500K/day give Google some notice so they can prepare to handle the traffic) and a 90-day notice before ad related changes.

April 3, 2006 by Dan Farber


Zimbra makes ALE, Calc and Write

The Zimbra Gang is at it again. After making waves with its mashed up, open source email/calendar collaboration suite and Zimlets, the company is adding new Web applications (what might as well be called Zimbra Calc and Zimbra Write) and ALE (AJAX Linking Embedding), a compound HTML document framework for embedding and linking AJAX components.

April 3, 2006 by Dan Farber


General Motors hosts ads attacking Chevy SUV executive editor Harry Fuller just walked into my office to tell me how General Motors still has a Web site up hosting dozens of negative ads about the Chevy Tahoe 72 hours after the unflattering and sometimes raunchy, x-rated content about the gas guzzling SUV appeared.

April 3, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Charles Simonyi: Space cadet

I've been following the work of Charles Simonyi since his early days (Xerox Parc), Microsoft days (Word and Excel) and now Intentional Software days. In fact, I've been waiting for some news that Intentional, where Simonyi is President and CEO, has come up with the breakthrough technology to transform the act of programming.

April 3, 2006 by Dan Farber


Harnessing the content flow

The New York Times redesigns its online site (the first major one in five years) to make the reader experience "simpler and more useful," including links to the most blogged articles, topic pages, personal pages with guidance from NYT editors and more emphasis on multimedia content.  All very nice, but still basically the print publication augmented online.

April 3, 2006 by Dan Farber