Sunday, November 23, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Will Hutton in The Observer raised the (taboo) question over the weekend of Britain's adoption of the euro. The debate seems to have dropped right off the political radar, but Hutton thinks now is the time to refocus on the issue:
It might be politically toxic - but we must join the euro now.
He argues that there are only three fully convertible currencies in the world right now - the dollar, euro and yen - and that joining the Euro now is right thing to do.
The best time to begin negotiations is now, rather than in the middle of an economic rout.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Computer Weekly reports that Google has quietly dropped Sun's Star Office productivity app from Google Pack - its suite of bundled software. Does this presage a marketing push for its own rapidly developing Google Apps? Time will tell...
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
LinkedIn, the hyperactive social network for business, has just added a feature targeting journalists.
Get the “in” side scoop. Find and research the people and information that will make the story.
says the strap-line; the site then goes on to explain how journalists can overcome some familiar "pain-points".
Monday, November 10, 2008
McKinsey Quarterly has an insightful multi-media interview with Google's Eric Schmidt where he talks about changing competition, the long tail, making money, evolving management, the nature of innovation and the political challenges to the global internet. Well worth a watch.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Malcolm Coles has a great list of some high profile sites who don't play fair with links - either by using the "no follow" tag indiscriminately, or by badly designed or convoluted internal redirects. Names like BBC, YouTube and MySpace are probably a bit of a surprise; Wikipedia is famous for it's no-follow policy.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
This US election will be the most online, real-time election in history, without a doubt. There's a Flickr show with pictures tagged with "election08", countless blogs and all the online news sources, of course. But perhaps the most interesting example of the new social technologies at work is Twitter. You can see a stream of people voting on Twitter search and the tag #votereport has been used to allow citizens to report on conditions on the ground at the polling station. If there are irregularities in voting in any parts of the country, I wouldn't mind betting it will be Twitter blowing the whistle.
Jeff Jarvis is following up from his New Business Models for News Summit at CUNY with a thoughtful post outlining the way forward for local news organisations. It sets out the framework very well, I think. The comments add some real insight, too, so do read it...
Salesforce, the software-as-a-service customer relationship management platform, has announced integration with both the Facebook platform and Amazon's on-demand cloud computing services, reports MacWorld.
The Facebook development will allows developers on the "Force" platform to build applications which operate within Facebook. An example might be a recruiting app which allows Facebook users to recruit from among their social network.
The connection with Amazon is particularly interesting, though, as it apparently makes Amazon's on-demand storage and computing available from within the Force platform. One of the criticisms I've heard of Force is that it's data storage costs are relatively high, so giving access to Amazon's cloud should be a welcome development.