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Stem Cell Research: The Hope, the Reality & the Future

At a Churchill Club event on July 13, entitled "Stem Cell Research: The Hope, the Reality & the Future," Silicon Valley VCs, a biopharmaceutical executive and a pioneering stem cell scientist discussed the controversial topic. With the passage of Proposition 71 in November, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has been tapped to distribute nearly $300 million annually in stem cell funds for 10 years to California universities and research institutions.

August 1, 2005 by Dan Farber

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A flaw in Cisco's response to a security problem

Worth reading: George Ou's blog posting on the public spat and legal maneuvering by Cisco after researcher Michael Lynn showed during a session at the Black Hat security conference how he could exploit a flaw in Cisco's hardware and software platform that could potentially bring the Internet to its knees.

August 1, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Sun's definition of 'quality'

Sun's Jonathan Schwartz blogs about how his company came up with a simple measure of quality, based on asking customers the following yes or no question: 'Would you recommend Sun?'    "So what defines quality at Sun?

August 1, 2005 by Dan Farber

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The state of surveillance

Worth reading: BusinessWeek looks at the state of surveillance, ranging chips and biochemical sensors that identify your "halo" to artificial noses that sniff out explosives. And don't forget about the satellite images that see all from afar.

August 1, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Seen any perfect storms lately?

The perfect storm. That's the latest descriptor popping up for the supposedly "disruptive" forces at work altering the balance of power and contributing to the rise of new business models and concepts.

August 1, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Bloggers and journalists responsible for shades of gray between them

Over on Scripting News, Dave Winer says he's interested to hear what I have to say about how the tables got turned on Microsoft when Microsoft's Robert Scoble (claims to be blogger) ended up issuing corrections to the reporting done by The Register's Andrew Orlowski (assumed to be a journalist).   In a related blog entry -- and in a demonstration of the realtime vetting (of anything) that only the blogosphere is capable of -- Scoble starts to keep score of the ensuing diligence.

July 29, 2005 by David Berlind

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Beyond hybrids, more Intel nods to AMD?

Earlier today, I summarized the part of my discussion with Intel's enterprise marketing director Shannon Poulin that had to do with the market requirements for server chips that generate a minimal amount of heat with as little compromise to processing power as possible.  Prowess and heat have always at odds with one another when producing chips.

July 28, 2005 by David Berlind

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We are the Web

Worth reading: When I got home I cracked open my new issue (yes, I still enjoy a good dose of printed pages) of Wired (August 2005) and came upon Kevin Kelly's article "We are the Web." He gives his view of where the digital world came from and where it's heading.

July 28, 2005 by Dan Farber

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What's AttentionTrust.org all about?

The commodities in short supply for anyone who has moved fully into the digital world are time and attention. So much data, interaction and transaction, so little time and filtering.

July 28, 2005 by Dan Farber

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