How Apple & Google Are Like Sparta & Athens

How Apple & Google Are Like Sparta & Athens

Jun 13

The reason is that Google and Apple are the Athens and Sparta of the tech industry. It’s in the DNA of both companies to rule the tech world. They will battle each other for supremacy and, in the process, greatly diminish each other’s power and reach. United, they could accomplish anything. But they will not be united. They will become increasingly divided. It’s a Greek tragedy unfolding before our very eyes…

How Does The Internet Affect Our Brain?

How Does The Internet Affect Our Brain?

Apr 26

Is the internet bad for our brains? Is it affecting our ability to remember things, form meaningful relationships, or make decisions? How is it beneficial? Isn’t having so much information at our fingertips a good thing? Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, is attempting to shed light in this very new area of research…

GPS For The Soul: A Killer App For Better Living

GPS For The Soul: A Killer App For Better Living

Apr 16

Arianna Huffington writes: “I’m delighted to announce that HuffPost, along with a great team of partners, is at work on an app we call “GPS for the Soul,” projected to launch in June. The philosophy behind it is based on two truths about human beings. First, that we all have within us a centered place of wisdom, harmony, and balance. This truth is embraced by a vast range of the world’s religions (“The Kingdom of Heaven is within”) and philosophies. And whether or not we believe in the existence of the soul, we’ve all experienced times in which we’re fully connected with ourselves. “Give me a place to stand and I will move the world,” said the Greek mathematician Archimedes. It’s a great way of saying that when we come from that centered place within ourselves, nothing is impossible. The second truth is that we’re all going to veer away from that place, again and again and again. That’s the nature of life. In fact, we may be off-course more often than we are on-course. So what we need is a great course-correcting mechanism — a GPS for the Soul — because otherwise the consequences can be serious, in terms of our health, our relationships, our jobs, and even our country…”

Viral Campaign: ‘We Love You: Israel & Iran’ (Updated)

Viral Campaign: ‘We Love You: Israel & Iran’ (Updated)

Mar 23

Ronny Edry writes: “On March 15th, I posted a poster on Facebook. The message was simple. Iranians. We love you. We will never bomb your country. Within 24 hours, thousands of people shared the poster on Facebook, and I started receiving messages from Iran…”

Anonymous Documentary: ‘We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists’

Anonymous Documentary: ‘We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists’

Mar 15

Three months after the infamous hacktivist collective “Anonymous” orchestrated a massive attack on the Austin, Texas-based security think tank Strategist Forecasting, the cyber villains have once again invaded the city — this time, right in front of an audience. The loosely-knit hacker group is the focus of a new documentary called “We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists,” which premiered last night at Austin’s South by Southwest Film Festival…

60 Minutes: ‘Khan Academy: The Future Of Education?’

60 Minutes: ‘Khan Academy: The Future Of Education?’

Mar 15

Sal Khan is a math, science, and history teacher to millions of students, yet none have ever seen his face. Khan is the voice and brains behind Khan Academy, a free online tutoring site that may have gotten your kid out of an algebra bind with its educational how-to videos. Now Khan Academy is going global. Backed by Google, Gates, and other Internet powerhouses, Sal Khan wants to change education worldwide, and his approach is already being tested in some American schools. Sanjay Gupta reports…

Angry Father’s Video About Facebooking Daughter Goes Viral (Updated)

Angry Father’s Video About Facebooking Daughter Goes Viral (Updated)

Mar 08

You’ve probably heard of Tommy Jordan, the upset father who posted a YouTube video that dealt with an angry letter his 15-year old daughter had posted on Facebook. To date, the father’s video has been viewed 29,741,167 times — and generated a tidal wave of reactions, mostly positive, in support of the father. There has been so much interest that Matt Lauer of The Today Show contacted Dr. Phil via satellite to get Dr. Phil’s response to the YouTube video. And that produced a video response from Tommy, and a website that addressed the concerns voiced by Dr. Phil. For those of you who might be interested, here’s where you can find out al about it…

Stuxnet Virus Could Be Used To Attack U.S. Infrastructure (Updated)

Stuxnet Virus Could Be Used To Attack U.S. Infrastructure (Updated)

Mar 05

Could the Stuxnet virus that sabotaged the Iranian nuclear program be used against the U.S. infrastructure or other high profile targets? Sean McGurk, who once led the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to secure U.S. systems from cyberattack says “You can download the actual source code of Stuxnet now and you can repackage it…point it back to wherever it came from.” McGurk worries terrorists or a rogue country could refashion it to attack U.S. infrastructure like the power grid or water treatment facilities, even nuclear power plants. He tells Kroft he would never have advised anyone to unleash such a weapon. “They opened the box. They demonstrated the capability…it’s not something that can put back.”

Lighter Side: Facebook CIA Project

Lighter Side: Facebook CIA Project

Feb 28

The Onion News Network reports on the Facebook CIA Project…

Corning: ‘A Day Made Of Glass’ – 1 & 2

Corning: ‘A Day Made Of Glass’ – 1 & 2

Feb 04

A look at Corning’s vision for the future with specialty glass at the heart of it. This post includes Corning’s first viral video, which has been viewed by over 17 million people, and the followup video which was posted yesterday…

Report Minimizes Online Piracy Impact

Report Minimizes Online Piracy Impact

Jan 31

Overall industry revenue and household spending on entertainment have grown steadily in recent years in spite of the entrainment industry’s claims that online piracy is sapping its profits, according to a new report commissioned by the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA). “The numbers paint a quite a contrast from the vision of doom and gloom the entertainment industry has pointed to lately,” said CCIA President & CEO Ed Black…

Stop SOPA Resources (Updated)

Stop SOPA Resources (Updated)

Jan 17

This page includes links to organizations and government officials who support and oppose SOPA, as well as links to articles and websites calling into question the wisdom of SOPA. This page also includes links to websites and online resources that provide concrete ways to protest and prevent the implementation of SOPA.

Daria Musk: Google+’s Secret Weapon Against Twitter & Facebook (Updated)

Daria Musk: Google+’s Secret Weapon Against Twitter & Facebook (Updated)

Jan 12

This summer I was lugging my guitar amp through the rain, getting ready to play a dive bar in upstate NY, and my phone started buzzing… It was my big brother who lives out in California, he said, “Hey, do you need an invitation to Google+? Maybe you could be one of the first musicians on there.” I was like, “What’s Google+!? I gotta make sound-check!” Click. The next day I signed up to Google+ and I saw this feature called the Hangout — A video-chat where you can see and interact with up to 10 people at once. And I thought, maybe I could use this to play a concert without having to lug my amps through the rain! 3 days later, on July 16th, I stood in my little make-shift studio in the woods of Connecticut and clicked start a Hangout at 8pm. And at 8:01pm there was no one there. But just then a face popped in, and another and another and they were from England and Sweden and India and Texas and The Dominican Republic and Portugal… And they said, “So are you going to play?” That night I saw the sunrise in Norway through a guy named Martin’s screen. I saw little girls in Australia dancing to my songs with the Sunday morning light streaming into my studio when it was still Saturday night here. I got to tour the world in a night, and my heart, life and career were changed forever, in an instant…

BillGuard

BillGuard

Jan 08

Credit card fraud accounts for billions of dollars of lost money to consumers every year. BillGuard wants to return that cash to its customers, and it’s doing it for free. The second place startup at TechCrunch’s 2010 Disrupt event, BillGuard describes itself as “Anti-Virus for bills.” Employing a combination of software and crowd-sourced review, the startup has been able to detect thousands of cases of fraud on credit and debit card bills. The first day it was online, BillGuard registered 10,000 users and found bad charges on 20% of their accounts. In its first six months of Beta testing BillGuard claims it saved its clients $600,000!

Trey Ratcliff: ‘Five Reasons Why I Don’t Care If My Stuff Is Pirated’

Trey Ratcliff: ‘Five Reasons Why I Don’t Care If My Stuff Is Pirated’

Dec 19

All of my stuff is pirated. Everything from my HDR Video Tutorial to eBooks to Apps. Fine. It’s all there on PirateBay and MegaUpload and all that stuff. Here are the reasons why I don’t mind…

Synchronicity Google Style: Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu Hangout On Google+

Synchronicity Google Style: Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu Hangout On Google+

Dec 12

Small is truly beautiful. A single email winged its way from the Dalai Lama’s office to my Google colleague Shailesh in India and then on to Vic in the U.S. and Marvin in Korea before landing finally in my inbox. It expressed an interest that the Office of the Dalai Lama had in the product I am working on — Google+ — and it started me noodling some ideas on a piece of paper. One of them was to put together The Dalai Lama with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a Google+ Hangout and allow thousands of people to view it live on the Internet. I told a few colleagues about this random and crazy idea… and the rest is history…

Great Google+ Resources

Great Google+ Resources

Dec 12

Here are a few Google+ resources that I’ve found especially helpful…

U.S. Postal Service Plans ‘Unprecedented’ Cuts

U.S. Postal Service Plans ‘Unprecedented’ Cuts

Dec 04

Facing bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing ahead with unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring that will slow delivery and, for the first time in 40 years, eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day. The estimated $3 billion in reductions are part of a wide-ranging effort by the cash-strapped Postal Service to quickly trim costs. The changes would provide short-term relief, but ultimately could prove counterproductive, pushing more of America’s business onto the Internet. They could slow everything from check payments to Netflix’s DVDs-by-mail, add costs to mail-order prescription drugs, and threaten the existence of newspapers and time-sensitive magazines delivered by postal carrier to far-flung suburban and rural communities…

Web Usage-Based Billing On The Way

Web Usage-Based Billing On The Way

Dec 03

The days of watching movies on the cheap via the Web may soon be over. Time Warner Cable and U.S. pay-TV companies, weighing how to profit from surging Internet demand spurred by Netflix and Hulu, are on the verge of instituting new fees on Web-access customers who use the most data…

Swiss Gov: Downloading Movies & Music Will Stay Legal

Swiss Gov: Downloading Movies & Music Will Stay Legal

Dec 02

One in three people in Switzerland download unauthorized music, movies and games from the Internet and since last year the government has been wondering what to do about it. This week their response was published and it was crystal clear. Not only will downloading for personal use stay completely legal, but the copyright holders won’t suffer because of it, since people eventually spend the money saved on entertainment products…

Chinese ‘Internet Water Army’ Hired To Flood Net With Bogus Posts

Chinese ‘Internet Water Army’ Hired To Flood Net With Bogus Posts

Nov 27

In China, paid posters are known as the Internet Water Army because they are ready and willing to ‘flood’ the internet for whoever is willing to pay. The flood can consist of comments, gossip and information (or disinformation) and there seems to be plenty of demand for this army’s services…

Google X: Google’s Top Secret Lab

Google X: Google’s Top Secret Lab

Nov 15

In a top-secret lab in an undisclosed Bay Area location where robots run free, the future is being imagined. It’s a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when they ran low. Your dinner plate could post to a social network what you’re eating. Your robot could go to the office while you stay home in your pajamas. And you could, perhaps, take an elevator to outer space…

Stop SOPA, Save The Internet

Stop SOPA, Save The Internet

Nov 14

Google knows it. Viacom knows it. The Chamber of Commerce knows it. Internet democracy groups know it. BoingBoing knows it. But, the Internet hasn’t been told yet — we’re going to get blown away by the end of the year. The worst bill in Internet history is about to become law. Law is very real here in the United States and legal language is often different than stated intentions — this law would give government and corporations the power to block sites like BoingBoing over infringing links on at least one webpage posted by their users. Believe the EFF, Public Knowledge, Google when they say this bill is about much more than copyright, it’s about the Internet and free speech everywhere…