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Digital revolution: time to question our love affair with new tech | Observer editorial

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Unless we examine our relationship with computing, its advances could lead to trouble for mankindThe internet turned 40 this year. The worldwide web is 22. The personal computer is in its mid-30s and is morphing into the tablet and smartphone. So it's time we stopped bleating about "new" technology and...
Digital revolution: time to question our love affair with new tech | Observer editorial
Sex offenders fight state courts on social network ban

How government can engage young people online

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Young people don't want to be the government's friend on Facebook. They aren't likely to welcome an official dropping into an online conversation uninvited. And if you want to communicate with them where they live, you need to be on mobile. These are just a few of the insights danah...
How government can engage young people online

With $2M In Tow, Branch Teams Up With Twitter Co-Founders’ Obvious For ‘New Brand Of Discourse’

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Last June, Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone announced that he was stepping back from Twitter to again team up with co-founder Evan Williams and early employee Jason Goldman to re-start The Obvious Corporation — an idea incubator — the one that initially helped give life to Twitter. A few months later,...
With $2M In Tow, Branch Teams Up With Twitter Co-Founders’ Obvious For ‘New Brand Of Discourse’
Climate scientist gets compared to Jerry Sandusky, files libel suit

In defense of Miss Seattle: The importance of free expression on Twitter

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Jean-Sun Hannah Ahn accepts the Miss Seattle crown before tweets she posted months before made her the centerpiece of a familiar but dangerous social media "lesson." (missseattle.org) OK. That’s it. It’s time this social media “lesson” got a review. On March 4, former Miss Phoenix Jean-Sun Hannah Ahn was crowned Miss Seattle....
In defense of Miss Seattle: The importance of free expression on Twitter

Branch Joins Obvious Corp, Picks Up $2 M. from Lerer Ventures and SV Angel, and Heads East to Betaworks

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Branch cofounders via bulletin.branch.com When you've got Evan Williams,  John Borthwick, and Max Levchin chatting it up on your "curated discussion platform," it's probably just a matter of time before the high-powered investors,  incubators makers, and other loosely-defined collectives come a' calling. Today, Branch, the startup that initially launched in...
Branch Joins Obvious Corp, Picks Up $2 M. from Lerer Ventures and SV Angel, and Heads East to Betaworks

Obvious Backs Online Community For Local Neighborhoods And Cities, Neighborland

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The Obvious Corporation, the ideas incubator and firm started by Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jason Goldman, has announced its latest investment—online community Neighborland. It’s unclear how much Obvious put into the startup. From the startup’s site, it appears Neighborland is an online community for local neighborhood residents to share...
Obvious Backs Online Community For Local Neighborhoods And Cities, Neighborland

Are conversations better when they are open or closed?

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If there’s one aspect of the web that never seems to stand still for very long, it’s the conversational side: first, blogs were the way people shared things and discussions took place in a blog’s comment section, and then Facebook and Twitter and Google+ came along, and a lot of...
Are conversations better when they are open or closed?

Obama's data geeks add up to four more years

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Mastery of the numbers game meant the president's team was able to exploit its database more effectively than Romney, reeling in £1bn in donationsSome years ago I went to a lecture given by Professor David MacKay, who in addition to being a distinguished physicist (he's professor of natural philosophy at...
Obama's data geeks add up to four more years

Melanie Phillips has got Mail, but that's not enough for her

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With its New York office and American staff, the Daily Mail columnist's new company, emBooks, is proof she is seeking a global audienceIf I had come across emBooks, Melanie Phillips's new publishing company, before hearing her launch it on the Today programme, I would have assumed it was a spoof. How could...
Melanie Phillips has got Mail, but that's not enough for her

Twitter co-founders’ Obvious Corp. announces Branch, a ‘curated discussion platform’

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Obvious Corporation, the new endeavor of Twitter founders Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jason Goldman, has today announced its second project. It’s called Branch and it’s a partnership with developers  Josh,Cemre Güngöre, and Hursh Agrawal. The project is described as a platform for curated discussion among people that are knowledgable about a particular topic....
Twitter co-founders’ Obvious Corp. announces Branch, a ‘curated discussion platform’

Mobile & Conversations

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One of the great things about the web is the ability for people located all around the world to be having a public conversation in real time in a single place. We see that in action here at AVC with the Disqus comment system. But it also exists on Twitter,...
Mobile & Conversations
Facebook teams with CNN for 2012 presidential election coverage

Lawsuits Filed In Colombia To Challenge Local Version Of SOPA

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You may remember that, a couple months ago, Colombia rushed through its own version of a SOPA-like copyright law. The details were particularly horrifying. Last fall, the US and Colombia signed a "free trade agreement" (FTA). Tragically, like many FTAs put together by the USTR these days, it included something...
Lawsuits Filed In Colombia To Challenge Local Version Of SOPA

Kaspersky: Apple is 10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security

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This is bound to cause a stir. Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of the influential Kaspersky security firm today made the comment that will rile some: “I think they [Apple] are ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security,” he said. But that is only the beginning. He went on to say that: For many...
Kaspersky: Apple is 10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security

Yelp Reviewer Gets SLAPPed With 750K Lawsuit and Takedown Order

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A woman is facing a $750,000 defamation lawsuit and has been ordered to take down a negative Yelp review of a home contractor, after police found no evidence for the women’s allegations of shoddy workmanship and jewelry theft. Dietz Development is claiming that Jane Perez’s scathing review has cost them new...
Yelp Reviewer Gets SLAPPed With 750K Lawsuit and Takedown Order

PandoHouse Rock, Vol. 4: "The Great Firewall of China Song"

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“The Great Firewall of China” is one of the most powerful tools ever created for controlling public discourse. And yet it’s also a notoriously leaky construct that Chinese residents can circumvent by using private networks or speaking in code words and innuendos. So how does it all work? The Explainer Music team...
PandoHouse Rock, Vol. 4: "The Great Firewall of China Song"

Soaring into the cloud

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Nearly 400 IT executives joined us last week for a discussion on the future of enterprise IT at Atmosphere, our first cloud computing summit at the Googleplex. It was an exciting day of conversation and debate about the power of the cloud. If you’re interested in seeing it for yourself,...
Soaring into the cloud
Twitter founders Branch out, back tool for “high quality public discourse”

How VMforce Connects Social Web, Cloud and Enterprise

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There were tweets a plenty today about Mark Benioff and his latest term: "Cloud 2," referring to the apps that will come from VMforce, the new Java-platform as a service that Saleforce.com and VMware are launching. Dennis Howlett added to the discussion by picking up on the meme that Salesforce.com...
How VMforce Connects Social Web, Cloud and Enterprise
Anonymous says ACTA must be killed with fire, hacks U.S. government websites

Want to Read Good Journalism? Try NewsTrust's New Personalized Filtering Tool

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Fair, thorough, enterprising and in context - that's what we're looking for in the journalism we read, isn't it? At a time when shallow ranting takes up so much space in public discourse, a new media evaluation technology offers hope, inspiration and is a lot of fun to use. NewsTrust...
Want to Read Good Journalism? Try NewsTrust's New Personalized Filtering Tool
ACTA reeks of death: European Parliament urged to reject the anti-piracy treaty
Apple: 'Want to criticize religion? Write a book' -- don't make a game

Can an Algorithm be Wrong?

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Throughout the Occupy Wall Street protests, participants and supporters used Twitter (among other tools) to coordinate, debate, and publicize their efforts. But amidst the enthusiasm a concern surfaced: even as the protests were gaining strength and media coverage, and talk of the movement on Twitter was surging, the term was...
Can an Algorithm be Wrong?

CISPA Passes Committee On 18-2 Vote, Could Be Voted On By The House Next Week

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The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has passed the House Intelligence Committee on a vote of 18-2. It is expected to reach the floor of the House for a general vote next week. According to The Hill’s Jennifer Martinez, amendments passed includ a move to require the removal of personally identifiable...
CISPA Passes Committee On 18-2 Vote, Could Be Voted On By The House Next Week

Technology is a double-edged sword

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When it comes to technological innovation and its effects on our lives and culture, both the luddites and the evangelists have a pointOver at the New Statesman, Steven Poole is Mad as Hell. Like Howard Beale in the film Network, he's Not Going to Take It Any More. What's bugging him...
Technology is a double-edged sword

Ex-Twitter Employee Joins Social Start-Up Branch

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After leaving his position at Twitter last month, engineer Ian Ownbey will soon join Branch, the New York-based start-up aimed at curating “high-quality public discourse.” Ownbey will move to the East Coast to join Branch’s eight-man outfit, which is backed and mentored by the Obvious Corporation, a group composed of...
Ex-Twitter Employee Joins Social Start-Up Branch

Twitter co-founders partner with new startup, Branch

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The Obvious Corporation, headed up by former Twitter execs, gets going on its second project--a Web site geared toward "a smart new brand of high quality public discourse." [Read more]...
Twitter co-founders partner with new startup, Branch
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