Entries from November 2008

Housekeeping

November 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Housekeeping · Uncategorized

I’ve made a few changes lately that I hope readers will appreciate, but please let me know if you have complaints–or suggestions: The front page now shows the 10 most recent posts, rather than just 3. That was Jeremy’s suggestion.   I’ve stopped using the “Popular Posts” widget because of doubts about its accuracy and […]

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Happy Birthday, Dear Turing Machine

November 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Well, happy belated birthday. November 18th was the 71st anniversary of the publication of Turing’s seminal paper, “On Computable Numbers with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem“. As described on Wikipedia: In mathematics, the Entscheidungsproblem (German for ‘decision problem‘) is a challenge posed by David Hilbert in 1928. The Entscheidungsproblem asks for an algorithm that will […]

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Google SearchWiki: An Interesting Take on PIM

November 21st, 2008 · 11 Comments · General

Google launched SearchWiki today–I hadn’t realized it was pre-launch when I blogged about it a few weeks ago. Here is their official description: Today we’re launching SearchWiki, a way for you to customize search by re-ranking, deleting, adding, and commenting on search results. With just a single click you can move the results you like […]

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Matt Cutts Lays Down The Law

November 20th, 2008 · 6 Comments · General

I was just reading an article on TechCrunch about how New York-based advertising firm MediaWhiz has launched a new product today called InLinks for advertisers who want their sites associated with specific keywords. Those words, when they appear in content, will turn into links to the advertisers’ sites. Basically, they are selling “Google juice”. Natually, […]

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Tweet First, Ask Questions Later

November 20th, 2008 · 4 Comments · General

If anyone has any doubt as to the real-world impact of social media, consider the recent battle between Motrin and the “mommy bloggers”. Motrin had released an ad, launched to coincide with international baby-wearing week,  that presented an irreverent take on “wearing your baby”. Apparently too irreverent: a critical mass of indignant baby-wearing moms used […]

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Microsoft Acquiring Yahoo’s Talent?

November 19th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Somehow the story of whether Microsoft should acquire Yahoo just can’t stay out of the news. But what’s more interesting is that Microsoft seems to be poaching key talent from Yahoo Search. I’m still not writing Yahoo off, but they seem to be increasingly playing the part of a pawn in the struggle between Google […]

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Requiem for PC Magazine (Print): The End of an Era

November 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Requiem for PC Magazine (Print): The End of an Era · Uncategorized

Just read the news that the print edition of PC Magazine is shutting down. Here’s a touching requiem by Michael Miller, their long-time editor-in-chief. Interesting times for old media.

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RSS is the New Personalization

November 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Fresh from Kas Thomas at CMS Watch: “RSS is more than aggregation — it’s the new personalization“.  Here’s a teaser: Bottom line? Feed-based delivery of content isn’t just about aggregation; it’s about empowering users — giving them the power to choose how they want to consume content.  Better yet, he shows an example of building his own […]

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No Sex Please, We’re Not U.S. English

November 19th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Apparently the new voice-recognition tool for the iPhone has problems understanding British accents, leading to some amusing mishaps. Have no fear, the article is safe for work.

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Leveraging Complexity to Create Value

November 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Leveraging Complexity to Create Value · Uncategorized

Nice post from Gil Yehuda at Forrester entitled “Enterprise Mashups Need Complexity to Create Value“. Here’s an excerpt: So, if you combine two mashups and couple of data feeds, you can create transformative value from readily available information. I had faith this could be created, but now that I see signals that others are implementing […]

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