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Estonia's plan to get 6 year olds coding is a stroke of genius

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Teaching people to code is the new hotness: startups like Codecademy and Bloc are all about helping people learn to program quickly and easily online, and they have helped spawn a cultural movement lauded by the likes of Tim O’Reilly and Douglas Rushkoff. Some people are taking the idea a...
Estonia's plan to get 6 year olds coding is a stroke of genius

Today in APIs: Facebook, Bloomberg, RESTful Quandaries and 28 New APIs

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Sure, Facebook filed for an IPO today, but it also provided developers some great guidance on using real-time features in the Facebook API. And while Bloomberg’s lead news story is the Facebook IPO, in the API world it’s probably more interesting to look at Bloomberg’s new open platform. Plus: why...
Today in APIs: Facebook, Bloomberg, RESTful Quandaries and 28 New APIs

"In The Studio," OATV's Renee DiResta Reflects On Her Transition From Trading To Investing

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Editor’s Note: Semil Shah is a contributor to TechCrunch. You can follow him on Twitter at @semil. “In the Studio” opens up February by hosting a former Wall Street derivatives trader turned early-stage venture investor in San Francisco. Renee DiResta, an Associate with O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), is relatively new...
"In The Studio," OATV's Renee DiResta Reflects On Her Transition From Trading To Investing

8 Visionaries on How They Spot the Future

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Spotting the future is an art. We asked eight of our favorite visionaries for their techniques.Click the names in the boxes below to see how they do it. Paul SaffoA longtime technology forecaster, Saffo is a managing director at the Silicon Valley investment research firm Discern. Formerly the director...
8 Visionaries on How They Spot the Future

10 Conferences To Attend If You Are Looking To Meet Developers

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The events world is getting really stale, but it is showing a new spring of innovation that in many respects mirrors the enterprise and its own paradox of sluggishness and fresh perspectives. The big trade events and user conferences do have their merit. They provide an opportunity to get the...
10 Conferences To Attend If You Are Looking To Meet Developers

U.S. Senate to consider long overdue reforms on electronic privacy

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In 2010, electronic privacy needed digital due process. In 2012, it’s worth defending your vanishing rights online. This week, there’s an important issue before Washington that affects everyone who sends email, stores files in Dropbox or sends private messages on social media. In January, O’Reilly Media went dark in opposition...
U.S. Senate to consider long overdue reforms on electronic privacy

Social discovery service bitly raises $15M round led by Khosla Ventures

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Known to most for its link shortening service, bitly has raised another $15 million aimed at changing that perception. Bitly, a betaworks company, wants to be the “primary online service for sharing and discovering interesting content.” The new round, led by Khosla Ventures’ Vinod Khosla, was announced Tuesday with existing...
Social discovery service bitly raises $15M round led by Khosla Ventures

Tim O'Reilly Explains the Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things is the idea of a web of data provided by things like real-world devices and sensors. It's something we've covered in great detail here at ReadWriteWeb because where there is data, there is a platform for services and mashups. When that data is intimately tied to...
Tim O'Reilly Explains the Internet of Things

Wanted: Cars that Use Collective Intelligence to Improve Driving

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Credit: woodleywonderworks Every week, I drive in my car from Pleasanton, CA to San Francisco. You get some time to think when you make that drive. An idea that has occurred to me is… We ought to be making better use of the data our cars generate. It could make...
Wanted: Cars that Use Collective Intelligence to Improve Driving

Google I/O sensors will detect motion and generate data for real-time visualization

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While there will be no shortage of smartphone-equipped developers and media recording the goings-on at the Google I/O developer conference later this week, Google plans on conducting its own experiments. To get the most out of its developer conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco later this week, it...
Google I/O sensors will detect motion and generate data for real-time visualization

The iPad Turns Three Today: Here's A Look At The People Who Said It Was Doomed (AAPL)

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A website called iPad Death Watch keeps an ongoing collection of quotes from industry pundits who, at one point or another, predicted the doom of the iPad. The iPad didn't tank. Instead it changed the world, giving consumers a new way to consume content and giving businesses a whole new...
The iPad Turns Three Today: Here's A Look At The People Who Said It Was Doomed (AAPL)

Tim O'Reilly: 'Whole Web' is the OS of the future

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The Web is the future and is built on open source, says Tim O'Reilly, but threatens to gift a chokehold to a few savvy companies like Google....
Tim O'Reilly: 'Whole Web' is the OS of the future

Publishers Starting to Reject e-Book DRM

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One publisher does not a trend make, but Macmillan imprint and science-fiction house Tor/Forge's decision to abandon DRM this July may be a sign of things to come. Tor/Forge is dropping DRM because its customers, and authors, have been asking for DRM-free titles. The game isn't won yet, but...
Publishers Starting to Reject e-Book DRM

Can evil data scientists fool us all with the world's best spam?

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While most of the concern over web security has to do with criminal activity such as cyberterrorism, state secrets and hacktivism, there’s a far more annoying threat lurking beneath the surface. It’s a new generation of spam that does away with brute force email barrages in favor of fake online...
Can evil data scientists fool us all with the world's best spam?

OpenSignal Opens Up Its API For Crowdsourcing Mobile Signal Strength Maps

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We’re clearly entering a time when ‘big data’ is increasingly crowd-sourced information. There are few better examples of this than what OpenSignal (formerly known as OpenSignalMaps) is doing. Via it’s Android app which runs in the background and ‘sniffs’ for signal strength, it’s bringing transparency to those maps the mobile...
OpenSignal Opens Up Its API For Crowdsourcing Mobile Signal Strength Maps

Open Data Event Rallies Developers

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“In any organization you can be a Dilbert or a Wally,” according to Craigslist founder Craig Newmark. “Dilbert hasn’t given up yet, but Wally has.” The analogy was appropriate for the developer-heavy crowd at last week’s Open APIs for Government event. The setting–San Francisco City Hall–was also appropriate, because Newmark...
Open Data Event Rallies Developers

Boot up: Windows 8 v context, coding pre-internet, Brit startups boom, and more

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Plus 3D printing grows faster and faster, Tim O'Reilly on the Kindle (in 2009), Evgeny Morozov on O'Reilly, and moreA burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamMicrosoft and the context-sensitive search problem >> PocketablesWilliam Devereux: Based on these two recent Windows 8...
Boot up: Windows 8 v context, coding pre-internet, Brit startups boom, and more

What happens when we build things for free? Only time will tell

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Building products or services for free is a sticky subject in a variety of realms, from tech to academia to media, and it’s not likely to get any less controversial as the web keeps growing. At the MIT Sloan School of Management‘s conference on the Digital Economy in San Francisco Friday,...
What happens when we build things for free? Only time will tell

Time on site: A Terrible Metric?

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What’s sad to me is that Google used to pride itself on the speed with which it helped you find the information you want, and then get out of the way. “Time on site” is a terrible metric for an information utility! –Tim O’Reilly, in a Google+ post...
Time on site: A Terrible Metric?

The Morning Lowdown 3-23-12

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning: »  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Play mulls movie sales (CNET) »  Music wars: Spotify heading for Ireland and Australia as Rdio gears up in Europe (paidContent) »  Can Hunger Games save soundtracks? (WSJ) »  German copycats clone Amazon.com (NSDQ: AMZN)...
The Morning Lowdown 3-23-12

How and why you should do data journalism

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One of the big areas of focus for technology companies over the past year has been “big data” — in other words, the idea that there can be a lot of value in finding patterns in the massive quantities of user data and other information that a business generates....
How and why you should do data journalism

Toys Grow Up: LittleBits Picks Up $3.65M, PCH Deal To Build Out Its Open-Source Hardware Vision

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LittleBits, an “open source hardware” startup that makes electronic building blocks to design objects for work and play, has today announced the addition of two significant building blocks of its own: it has picked up $3.65 million in funding; and has signed a manufacturing deal with PCH International to scale...
Toys Grow Up: LittleBits Picks Up $3.65M, PCH Deal To Build Out Its Open-Source Hardware Vision

Jaron Lanier: Something Doesn’t Smell Right

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Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not A Gadget has been on my reading list for nearly two years, and if nothing else comes of this damn book I’m trying to write, it’ll be satisfying to say that I’ve made my way through any number of important works that for one reason...
Jaron Lanier: Something Doesn’t Smell Right

how I feel about online privacy by O'Reilly: http://cli.gs/m3Jvaz (maybe related: http://twitpic.com/1sjlp4 I don't have any curtains)

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how I feel about online privacy by O'Reilly: http://cli.gs/m3Jvaz (maybe related: http://twitpic.com/1sjlp4 I don't have any curtains)

What The Phone in Your Pocket Will Do For You Someday

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Technologist Tim O'Reilly likes to say that the software of the future will be cloud-delivered data, augmenting mobile reality, based on real-world sensor feedback, in real time. Peter Batty (left), VP of geospatial technology at Ubisense, showed what some of those technologies may look like in a presentation earlier this...
What The Phone in Your Pocket Will Do For You Someday

At the Forefront of the Next Industrial Revolution

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I chose Limor Fried, founder and chief engineer of Adafruit Industries, as the subject of my post for Ada Lovelace Day for four reasons: Limor is a hardware engineer - one of those bastions of tech in which it's most important for young girls considering future careers to understand that...
At the Forefront of the Next Industrial Revolution

On The Future of The Web 2 Summit

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By around this time of year, most of you are used to hearing about this year’s Web 2 Summit theme, its initial lineup of speakers, and any other related goings on, like our annual VIP dinners or perhaps some crazy map I’ve dreamt up. It’s become a familiar ritual in...
On The Future of The Web 2 Summit

Why Steve Jobs Doesn’t Need Social Media to Sell Apples?

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By Priya Ramesh I make it a point to emphasize to my clients at CRT-tanaka that social media is NOT for all and it’s not a mere check mark on the marketing plan.  There needs to be some strategic thinking behind engaging on social networks with a clearly thought out...
Why Steve Jobs Doesn’t Need Social Media to Sell Apples?
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