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Alexander Howard has been at 2 events

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The White House2,402,861Join President Obama as he "travels" across the country in a virtual whistle-stop tour. The President will join Google+ Hangouts with people across the United States and talk with Americans about the issues laid out in his speech. RSVP now to watch the live Hangout on Friday, January 31.Watch the full video of the State of the Union and learn more about all the ways you can engage with us at http://WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU. #POTUSRoadTripA Virtual Road Trip with President Obama2014-01-31 20:00:004G+
The White House2,402,861Update: Watch the full Hangout here and stay tune for upcoming We the Geeks events: http://youtu.be/7MdtV2TRtC8The White House is kicking off #WeTheGeeks , a new series of Google+ Hangouts to highlight the future of science, technology, and innovation here in the U.S.Our first hangout includes an extraordinary panel of innovators from around the country who will discuss the elements of an "all hands on deck" effort to pursue Grand Challenges.Tune in today at 2pm ET: http://at.wh.gov/l4lUD#hangouts   #hangoutsonair  We the Geeks: Grand Challenges2013-05-16 20:00:00498G+

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Becky Collins15,380Smartphone/Tablet Lovers Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-08-20 05:01:234604311CC G+
Fabian Weiland651#circleshare #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #journalism  2013-11-19 08:28:27198111CC G+
Francesco Zambelli527#circlesharing   #circleshare   #topengagers   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   a very good circle is being built... to be included you have to1) share this circle2) +1 to this post3) comment it.2013-11-07 19:36:45198117CC G+
Jed Lloyd2,672SATURDAY CIRCLE SHAREHi Guys , Heres a #circleshare for you to take a look at.42 Tech HeadsGet involved :1. Comment on my post2. Add some people that you like and circle them3. Share the circle again4. Number +1 my postEnjoy The Tech Heads #share #circleshare #add #follow #+1 #circles #technology #cool #engagement2013-09-07 22:38:5242715CC G+
Google+ Categorized Circles1,139Entertainment circle for you..this circle contains amazing and useful entertainment,news, current affairs, politics related pages and peoples who like such stuff..!!many funny pages and active googlers.. #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles  2013-08-24 19:34:29339146CC G+
Nathan Urbina155Tech and GamingI thought I'd share a circle with everyone. This circle of good people is where I get my tech and gaming info here on G+, as well as conversing with others. Enjoy!#SharedCircle2013-07-18 18:45:1776000CC G+
Andrey Mashnich84,676Circle of interesting and active people in Google+ -  Круг интересных и активных людей в Google+#EarthMyMother #photo #ForFriends  2013-07-11 15:46:12496351761CC G+
Technology Roundup0BMN Tech Journalist And Blogger List #1.The ones with last names that start from A-M. These are people who are thought leaders, reporters, journalists, bloggers in the tech industry.As with all our circles we try to remove people who aren't active (if you see any here, please let us know. And, if you know of folks who should be on these circles, please let us know,We willl add them.2013-06-21 03:33:49338135CC G+
Technology Roundup0BMN's Tech Journalist And  Blogger List. IWe Have hand picked the best tech journalists on Google+. Most of these people are active. If you find anyone here who isn't active, let me know and I'll remove them.This feed will rock and roll for the hard core geeks out there.2013-06-21 01:34:13494123CC G+
AyJay Schibig16,440ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! Circles I am curating:21ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS (1&2), ALL KINDS, DISCOVERY, FULL CIRCLE,SOCIAL, ECLECTIC,ENGAGERS, AWESOME, NEW HORIZONS and BOOST#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-04-13 06:43:023024213CC G+
AyJay Schibig15,217ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! Circles I am curating:21ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS (1&2), ALL KINDS, DISCOVERY, FULL CIRCLE,SOCIAL, ECLECTIC,ENGAGERS, AWESOME, NEW HORIZONS and BOOST#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-03-02 11:23:44245206CC G+
Jesse Moreno411My first circle share.  I'm mainly doing this for +Deb J Canales who I can see is becoming more active on +Google+ .  Good on ya, friend!This is a circle of people and groups who share my passion for all things technology.  If you're not in it and feel you should be, go ahead and comment here and I will gladly add you.Happy interacting!2013-02-03 07:47:52472628CC G+
Chris Row2,580Shared circle time, I am sure you all know how this works. Feel free to add this Circle, Re Share it, Enjoy it G+ TECH CIRCLE pt 1 #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #technology   #technews   #apple   #samsung   #nexus4   #nexus7   #ces2013   #android   #tablet   #google  2013-01-24 17:20:42483758CC G+
Vago Damitio8,732Super Technology CircleI am so impressed and enthused looking at the MicroVictoryArmy Stream  that I'm going to do something radical. I"m going to share my other circles, invite the members to join MVA, and then I'm going to delete all those circles so I can give more attention here.  I will keep  one circle of people like the +Dalai Lama  and +Richard Branson  who I would love to have join MVA but I don't want to lose track of if they don't. And that's it.  The Micro Victory Army is Victorious in my Circles and if you join - so are you. https://plus.google.com/communities/100245247140773385767  #microvictory  for figuring out how to enjoy G+ and manage my circles better!This is a circle of super technology people. I'm about to delete you (unless you are in MVA - it's not personal - I still love you)2013-01-12 21:32:3936101CC G+
Chris Row2,335Shared circle time, I am sure you all know how this works. Feel free to add this Circle, Re Share it, Enjoy it G+ TECH CIRCLE pt 1 #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #technology   #technews   #apple   #samsung   #nexus4   #nexus7   #ces2013   #android   #tablet   #google  2013-01-11 20:59:57490214CC G+
AyJay Schibig13,588ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2013-01-10 07:15:50257003CC G+
AyJay Schibig12,717ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2012-12-21 06:26:433277010CC G+
Chris Row1,752This is the best Tech Circle on G+ I am still adding to it, so feel free to let me know if you should be added, also feel free to share it and add it to your Circles. 2012-12-17 13:32:26216305CC G+
Euro Maestro35,240The Who's Who for Google Plus - The top 500 Gplussers in the World in 2012. #socialnetworking #klout   #kred    #googleplus   #topcircles   #top500   #euromaestro  Back in April I created a list of the top 500 Gplussers as compiled by +CircleCount.  The methodology is explained in the original post.https://plus.google.com/u/0/107040353898400532534/posts/JtmZFHiJf2xA minor update was offered in October.https://plus.google.com/u/0/107040353898400532534/posts/eeHNhQAZX6wThis update is the list of the people with the most followers (in this case greater than 35 k, with high interaction (Klout score > 60), and engaging (based on comments per post).I may be incorporating Kred next year as there have been some issues with +Klout Please note the circle does not include everyone in the list.At the bottom of the first list, you will find a second list of all the Google plus users with greater than 35k followers who did not have a Klout score for ranking.This is only a first draft, people. Please don't be upset if you were left out or if there are mistakes. It takes a lot of work to compile this and I will publish a new list and circle with corrections.Also please note that precise rankings are meaningless due to the standard error of measurement involved in Klout scores. Many thanks to +CircleCount for making this job considerably easier.I also want to thank +Amanda Blain for all her suggestions over the various months on how to improve this list.As always, I welcome your suggestions and corrections.Please let me know of any corrections for the final list to be published before the end of the year.If I missed you, please let me know. Upcoming circle – please let me know if you want to be included.Active on Google plus and Twitter – provide your twitter id   Social Media MadnessThere are other social networks out there besides Google plus.  While Google Plus is certainly my favourite, there are uses for the other ones.Include your twitter id in the comments to be included in a future circle of twitter users on Google plus.Tweet me @euromaestro to be included on a twitter list of Google plus users. Follow me on :twitter :  https://twitter.com/euromaestrofacebook : http://www.facebook.com/euro.maestro2012-12-16 23:54:20209641136CC G+
AyJay Schibig12,080ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2012-12-12 04:23:1442210216CC G+
Annika O'Brien61,941This is my shared circle of inventors, makers, and DIY hobbyists (not all are robot builders). Let me know if I forgot to add someone or have mistakenly added someone who doesn't belong. #sharedcircles2012-12-10 20:57:3612414322CC G+
Chris Row1,438My Tech Circle, for all Tech lovers add & share this circle, this one is 100x better than the Tech Circle that G+ recommends, try it out. #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles   #techcircle   shared Circles are the best *if you or someone you know should be in this Circle contact me. I will be sure to add you if you fit the criteria. 2012-12-03 16:13:28167101CC G+
Jean-Marc Luna931Creative Thinkers CircleThis is a list of some extremely smart people with strong emotional opinions and very clearly thought out posts.  If you want to be added to another growing circle make sure you follow these steps:1. Plus One this post2. Share the circle (add yourself of course)3. And tag it with #newcreativethinkers #newcreativethinkers   #circles   #sharedcircles  Thanks +Dirk Talamasca and +Carlos Rosario 2012-11-08 16:08:57501629CC G+
Robert Warren2,085I thought I would do a little circle share. Here is 500 (because that's the G+ share limit) of my Tech circle - enjoy! Hey +Jason Malone you need to expand your circles lol!2012-11-07 15:47:265019216CC G+
Carlos Rosario386This is the same list as my last shared circle but this includes me, lol.  Sometimes....mistakes happen.This is a list of some extremely smart people with strong emotional opinions and very clearly thought out posts.  If you want to be added to another growing circle make sure you follow these steps:1. Plus One this post2. Share the circle (add yourself of course)3. And tag it with #newcreativethinkers  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- #sharedcircle     #sharedcircles   #creativethinkers  2012-11-06 17:50:225016211CC G+
Euro Maestro30,016The Who's Who for Google Plus - The top 500 Gplussers in the World – Update #socialnetworking   #googleplus   #topcircles   #top500   #euromaestro  Plus one if you'd like to see more circles like this.Back in April I created a list of the top 500 Gplussers as compiled by +CircleCount.  The methodology is explained in the original post.https://plus.google.com/u/0/107040353898400532534/posts/JtmZFHiJf2xThis update is list of the people with the most followers (in this case greater than 20 k), with high interaction (Klout score > 60), and who post on Google Plus regularly. The circle is a minor update that focuses better on those that post regularly.  A totally revised major update will be released before the end of the year. For the complete list of the top 500 (actually closer to 1 000) see the original post. If I missed you, please let me know. Upcoming circles – please let me know if you want to be included.   * Highly interactive with fewer than 35 k followers – provide twitter id (if you have one)   *  Active on Google plus and Twitter – provide your twitter id   Here are some of the posts that I’ve read recently of the some people in this circle. Add this circle to supercharge your stream !Here's a list of some of the posts I've read recently.The posts are not necessarily the best posts or even the most representative of the people highlighted, but simply posts that I've read that I wanted to highlight. +A.V. Flox Love and Sex editor at blogherhttps://plus.google.com/112254467169147545881/posts/2DpwTwzJpG9Aaron WoodDesign and morehttps://plus.google.com/114468593663912084118/posts/WFZUNkzJ9bKAJ KohnSEO and then somehttps://plus.google.com/115106448444522478339/posts/SiQKjjy17brAlan ShapiroPhotographerI was touched by this post, maybe you will be toohttps://plus.google.com/114056084994793924628/posts/CWQejfPQ1mQAlexis OhanianMy hero and Internet freedom supporter https://plus.google.com/113164038788726940319/posts/9Ejj7Ny8rJF+Amanda Blain Curator of interests and moreHas personally given me such great advice on so many topics https://plus.google.com/107982618909749812012-10-31 21:01:10182782047CC G+
David Hartley0These are news organizations or people that are new, or just deserving of more attention. It includes all media forms. Check them out, there are any number of fascinating new people to engage with.#sharedcircles 2012-08-01 17:20:05435101CC G+
David Stroz824Circle number 1 I have to share with you this week, next week offers even more of the great people I have been following here on Google+!2012-07-18 15:40:2949712111CC G+
Jason Wells13,970Top 100 Unverified (v1)on the cuspI've always been a little intrigued by the concept of a "verified user." Ostensibly to ensure the true identity of the person behind a profile, it also serves as a validation of notability, social success or even celebrity. At this point in time, almost 6900 Google+ users have the checkmark. And while Google verifies users according to their own criteria, everyone above a certain number of followers is verified. As it happens, right now that certain number is about 588,000.This is I believe a unique list: the top 100 people, ranked by follower count, that are at or below that line. In other words, the people who are just about to get on Google's verification radar. So it ranges from +Maria Popova, with roughly 588k followers, to +Matt Steiner, with about 39k.It's an interesting group of people, predominantly photographers or other visual artists. Some of them are quite good. There's a broad swathe of nationalities represented. Interestingly, most of them are people I haven't seen on G+ before, although there are a few familiar faces. What unites them all is that they're all very close to earning their checkmarks.As they get verified, people will fall out of this circle, so I expect to change often. So I'll reshare this circle periodically with the refreshed top 100 unchecked folks. I encourage you to reshare it too.(Props to +Chris Macidis, my technical collaborator.)2012-07-16 14:58:18100515CC G+
Kyle Beck66So, I know a lot of my friends who have joined +Google+ wonder "What's the point? I have a Facebook." Well that comparison was flawed from the beginning, although many people made it while trying to describe G+. There are similarities, but one of my favorite features in G+ has been the ability to share Circles with others. In fact I'm not sure I would see the point if I hadn't been shared this very circle by +Robert Scoble (IIRC) early on in my G+ membership. It has proven an invaluable source of up-to-the-minute Tech News over the past year and really showed me how G+ is very different from FB.See, when you visit FB the information you receive is solely from your family and real-life acquaintances. This can be great for keeping up with people you don't see regularly, etc., but it is very hard to reach out to new people who share your interests through FB. Not so on G+. You can create and share groups of friends and pages (Circles) to organize your social interests. In effect, this creates dynamic communities where you can choose who you interact with.Anyways, I hope you will consider adding this Circle, packed full of Tech Enthusiasts. If you don't really use G+ or wonder what the point is, that goes double for you!2012-06-30 00:28:364881003CC G+
Kimberly Iudakova24,679This is my first shared circle on Google+ I have been on here for almost a year at the end of June and wanted to give it a whirl.. I was inspired by Thomas Hawk and thought I would give it a try.. Now what you will find in here is a mixing pot of fun people depending on what you like..so dig around pick a few or bag the whole circle at once. *CAUTION* *ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK*  *>;)~*2012-06-13 07:22:1149810418CC G+
Euro Maestro20,504The Who's Who for Google+ - The top 500 Gplussers in the World - UpdatedHere’s the updated and corrected Euro Maestro 500 list for April For an explanation of how the list was put together, see the original post.https://plus.google.com/107040353898400532534/posts/JtmZFHiJf2xYou can find the complete list on circlecount.com, one of my favorite sites.What’s new :1. Klout scores are updated and reflect the score as of Friday 27 April2. A few people were accidentally left out of the first circle including +Liz ℚuilty +Michael Q Todd +Pam Adger and +Aaron Wood – apologies to all3. Expanded list4. Change from previous score (12 April)I will update this list weekly and publish it once a month. This is the list for April and any other changes I will incorporate in the list for May. Your suggestions as always are most welcome. If you want the weekly list, just let me know. Many thanks to +Amanda Blain for pointing out some corrections. The circle includes everyone with a Klout score higher than 75 plus selected other users from this list that offer great content or honest intelligent discussion to bring it up to a round 200. Excluded from the circle are those that have not posted recently on Google+. I have left room in the circle for the people that may have been missed in this second draft. At the bottom, you will find those who have more than 50 000 followers and an unknown klout score. Many thanks to +CircleCount and +Klout for all the assistance and a great service. ======================================================The Top 500 by Klout score 1 Lady Gaga 94 2 Kim Kardashian 91 13 Selena Gomez 90 4 Pete Cashmore 89 -14 Demi Lovato 89 7 Snoop Dogg 88 67 Cristiano Ronaldo 88 29 Trey Ratcliff 87 -110 Guy Kawasaki 86 110 Mark Hoppus 86 1010 Nicholas Kristof 86 13 Thomas Hawk 85 13 Ivete Sangalo 85 15 LeBron James 84 -215 François Hollande 84 317 deadmau5 83 -117 Chris Pirillo 83 17 David GUETTA 83 17 Mike Elgan 83 21 Felicia Day 82 -121 Tom Anderson 82 221 Paris Hilton 82 21 Victoria Justice 82 -121 Robert Scoble 82 -121 50 Cent 82 121 Chris Hardwick 82 121 Greyson Chance 82 221 Joe Penna 82 -430 Britney Spears 81 30 Dalai Lama 81 130 Soulja Boy 81 30 Amanda Blain 81 130 Deepak Chopra 81 130 Michael Q Todd 81 new32012-04-28 15:54:02200451038CC G+
Scott Ayres6,421Saw +Robert Scoble share this circle earlier. Full of bloggers, tech oriented people and etc. All are great Gplusers and will add a ton of value to your stream.2012-04-11 20:35:35500011CC G+
Robert Scoble1,146,151Here are 500 of my favorite Tech Journalists, bloggers, and pundits. I'm sharing this since I am seeing lots of new people coming over and I'm sure they are looking for some great people to circle here. Unfortunately I can't share everyone that I have in this circle (I have 575 in this circle on my screen, but Google+ only lets me share 500 with you). Lots of interesting tech bloggers and journalists here. Hope you enjoy. This is the circle that starts my morning every day.Speaking of Tech News, I'm off to +VMware. They are announcing new Cloud Foundry stuff this morning. So, you'll probably see some tech news from the folks in this circle.2012-04-11 16:01:035005737104CC G+
Angelocracy Xue2,184News Circle- news companies and journalists,reporters.tech,business, entertainment and other news. +NTD Television should also be in this circle.I shared a circle last Sunday. I was going to do one this Sunday but I forgot about it. I will try to post a new circle or updated circle every Sunday.Next I want to do a circle of bloggers. So if you are a blogger let me know. Also if you want to be added to this news circle or know someone who should be let me know. #sharedcircles #publiccircles #circlesundays +Shared Circles on G+ +Shared Circles Shared a Circle with You +Public Circles +CircleCount +Angelocracy News and Politics2012-03-12 12:09:39341082CC G+
Susanne Ramharter3,133Fridays are for sharing circlesto the new people who have put me in their circles: many thanks! Some of you I have already had contact with, to the rest, I would like to reciprocate with this circle. It is hand-picked, and contains people who are funny, intelligent, knowledgeable, and engaged.You will find information about social media, google+, as well as cognitive science, books, travel and art, some agitation against encroaching on civil liberties (SOPA, ACTA, censorship - mostly from me ;-) inspirational as well as snarky things, and yes, the occasional cat. But everyone here is friendly and has great things to contribute, so feel free to share the circle if you like.Have fun!2012-03-09 15:46:5631329919CC G+
Robert Scoble700,661Yes, it's a ghost town of TECH INDUSTRY JOURNALISTS AND BLOGGERS. Pay no attention to anyone from the Wall Street Journal who snuck onto this circle. Yes, this is 500 people, but they are almost all active.2012-02-28 03:05:115005538103CC G+
Lambert Schlumpf874Circle Shareee!The Interactive CircleI modified a bit the circle shared by +Max Huijgen yesterday afternoon (GMT): few people have been removed because their posts attract thousands of comments and you wouldn't get replies anyway. Plus, I am sure you have already in your circles people like +Trey Ratcliff, +Tom Anderson or +Mike Elgan.I added instead few others who I reckon are more interactive, In the meaning that if you post a direct comment to the author you are very likely going to receive a reply, which is always nice: They are people like +Christy Ramsey, +Paul van de Loo, +Clare Cosgrove, +Yvan Da Silva and others. Some of them are not very famous, but oh, well... they interact! Here the original post, via +Max Huijgen Out of the box into a circle: change your G+ world!http://j.mp/z4s0ZH2012-02-26 09:21:182021508CC G+
Daniel Harrington10,653Technology Circle! #tech #electronics #computers #technology #tablets #smartphones #gadgets #iphone #android #circlesharing #sharedcircle2012-02-25 07:35:24127010CC G+
Max Huijgen13,212Out of the box into a circle: change your G+ world!The pegs and the holes, the ones who think different, the people who will change your G+ worldA careful selection on relevance, great posts, contributions to debate, original thought and stunning images. If you follow this circle of 200, G+ will never be boring and you are in for a stream of thoughts and beauty.The familiar faces show up, but it contains a large number of hidden gems if you dig deeper.As a circle needs a name: "Think different: the interaction circle" will do very well.Update: The most interesting part is that the circle is part of some experiments: one of them is the daily update. A way to ´subscribe´ to a circle by reading all the post at your leisure. Every day you will see the complete collection on this url:http://publiccircles.appspot.com/dailyplus/z12luh3hjsngtd04y04cetehsvf0x3nbtmc0kOn a dull Saturday this circle managed to create 780 posts and generate 7093 comments, 4842 reshares and 16074 +1's. Check it on a week day and that page will be living proof that G+ is not dead at all. This circle alone generates more posts and comments than you can possibly read on a day. Oh yes, that´s why it´s called the interaction circle ;)2012-02-24 22:38:5920015310285CC G+
Pasi Ääpälä1,442Technology circleSince everyone else is sharing circles... Here's my circle of tech-oriented people. Web, gadgets, programming, reviews, news and lots of other interesting things.Feel free to share. If you think someone should be in this circle, let me know...2012-01-06 16:21:13249113CC G+
Pasi Ääpälä1,305Technology circleMy circle of Technology-oriented people. I've removed inactive people, those who post very little and those who just advertise their own products.These are active (some very!) posters, who mostly share interesting posts. Feel free to re-share this circle if you want to. If you feel that there's someone missing, let me know.2011-12-29 12:59:41237601CC G+
Nils Hitze6,370My #maker circle .. people that either make stuff / are in a #hackerspace / write novels or otherwise influence me2011-12-13 11:04:1599813CC G+
Gregory Esau87An enhanced version of my previously shared circle of "World Intelligence" . If there is anybody else that you feel should be on here... maybe even you!!...please let me know. This is what I call my "World Intelligence" Circle. The purpose of this circle is that collectively, they give us a enhanced understanding of the world...and this included our Google Plus World!!...we live in.Our collective goal is to build on this circle, to constantly improve the diversity of views, and depth of knowledge, so we can 'crowd source' better ways to both understand the world in which we operate, but in turn lead in this world, to make it a better place for all of us. This Circle falls roughly into six categories:1) Economics and Economic Systems2) The Internet and Social Technologies3) Politics and Global Politics4) Science and Technology5) Religions and Spirituality6) Environment and Ecological Systems. These all inter-relate in one way or another, and it has long been my view, to understand our world, we need to constantly learn, and collaboratively share our knowledge around these 'systems'. None of us individually can 'know' or 'understand' the world, but as a collaborative enterprise, we can develop better knowledge for better leadership.2011-12-11 00:07:392394212CC G+
Dylan Hunt0INTERNET NEWS MAKERSBloggers, Journalists, people who write and blog about Tech. Includes reporters from major news agencies, top ranked websites, and more. Google Plus's Top Internet News Makers.2011-11-04 01:07:36448414CC G+
Kristopher Derentz97Here is my Tech NEWS circle for anyone interested. The people in this circle are a great source of breaking tech news including tech business, mobile, gadgets, social media and more. Feel free to reshare if you like.2011-11-01 16:45:251205210CC G+
Paul Yager (Vertick)90My favorite Tech PeoplePaul Yager shared a circle with you.2011-10-29 15:04:14133001CC G+
Error 404 (Nicht0Circle of 100+ tech writersCaroline Irvine shared a circle with you.2011-10-29 12:05:20131000CC G+
Leigh Henderson0Here is my NON-PROFIT circle. Included in the circle are people from various industries and backgrounds, who work with (or own) non-profit orgs, eco / environmental orgs and people who do their bit for good causes. If you would like to be added to this circle please post below. If you want to help out please share this circle.I am a designer and will work with registered non-profit orgs on your future graphic/web/multi-media projects. If your non-profit org needs help in that department feel free to contact me.Leigh Henderson shared a circle with you.2011-10-22 00:25:14240235CC G+
Robert Scoble158,666I'm sharing two circles today. This is the first half of my "Tech Journalist and Blogger" circle. The ones with last names that start from A-M. These are people who are thought leaders, reporters, journalists, bloggers in the tech industry. As with all my circles I try to remove people who aren't active (if you see any here, please let me know). And, if you know of folks who should be on these circles, please let me know, I'll add them.Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-10-08 18:10:07341382844CC G+

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2014-08-26 14:59:28 (9 comments, 9 reshares, 15 +1s)

This is one of the most injudicious public statements from a public official entrusted with making policy in an area that requires specialized knowledge that I can recall. 
http://www.vox.com/2014/8/21/6053819/white-house-cybersecurity-czar-brags-about-his-lack-of-technical#

"You don't have to be a coder in order to really do well in this position," Michael Daniel said, when asked if his job required knowledge of the technology behind information security. "In fact, actually, I think being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction." … "You can get taken up and enamored with the very detailed aspects of some of the technical solutions," he explained, arguing that "the real issue is looking at the broad strategic picture."

He's probably right about the value of him getting into thewe... more »

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2014-08-26 14:59:28 (9 comments, 9 reshares, 15 +1s)

This is one of the most injudicious public statements from a public official entrusted with making policy in an area that requires specialized knowledge that I can recall. 
http://www.vox.com/2014/8/21/6053819/white-house-cybersecurity-czar-brags-about-his-lack-of-technical#

"You don't have to be a coder in order to really do well in this position," Michael Daniel said, when asked if his job required knowledge of the technology behind information security. "In fact, actually, I think being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction." … "You can get taken up and enamored with the very detailed aspects of some of the technical solutions," he explained, arguing that "the real issue is looking at the broad strategic picture."

He's probably right about the value of him getting into thewe... more »

Most plusones: 66

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2014-08-22 18:16:36 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 66 +1s)

The USA will open a multibillion dollar contract for the private sector to build a new "space taxi" so that astronauts don't have to depend on Russian Soyuz capsules to visit the International Space Station. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2014/08/21/the-next-space-race-is-for-a-rental-car-into-orbit/ 

This picture is of one potential space plane, the "Dream Chaser," from the Nevada Space Corporation. (Credit: +NASA  - National Aeronautics and Space Administration). SpaceX, Boeing and Blue Origin could also compete.

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2014-09-01 14:01:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Happy Labor Day, to all who celebrate it! http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm

I'll be mostly offline with my family today. Contact info for the future: http://j.mp/ContactABH

Happy Labor Day, to all who celebrate it! http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm

I'll be mostly offline with my family today. Contact info for the future: http://j.mp/ContactABH___

2014-08-31 21:28:35 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Learning how to fix tools, vehicles and homes that people want to use and keep has proven to be far more future-proof than other pursuits.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-25/shop-class-not-for-slackers-as-mechanic-out-earns-peers.html

More automation is coming, though, and I wonder how many humans will spend their days maintaining the machines, particularly as we enable them to maintain themselves through sensors, self-diagnostics and artificial intelligence. I have little doubt that mechanics will continue to be in-demand globally, along with growing tribes of "fixers" around the world who repair broken screens on mobile devices, recover data from corrupted hard drives and rescue hacked social media accounts and Internet devices, and understand automated homes.
http://www.wired.com/2013/06/qq_thompson/

The dawn of an industrial Internet is upon us,... more »

Learning how to fix tools, vehicles and homes that people want to use and keep has proven to be far more future-proof than other pursuits.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-25/shop-class-not-for-slackers-as-mechanic-out-earns-peers.html

More automation is coming, though, and I wonder how many humans will spend their days maintaining the machines, particularly as we enable them to maintain themselves through sensors, self-diagnostics and artificial intelligence. I have little doubt that mechanics will continue to be in-demand globally, along with growing tribes of "fixers" around the world who repair broken screens on mobile devices, recover data from corrupted hard drives and rescue hacked social media accounts and Internet devices, and understand automated homes.
http://www.wired.com/2013/06/qq_thompson/

The dawn of an industrial Internet is upon us, connected to a much larger societal network of networks that includes millions upon millions of intelligent things with IP addresses, from "smart" electric meters to medical devices. They will all need humans to fix them, at least for a couple years yet.___

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2014-08-31 19:47:07 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)

The theme of this dated "Web 2.0 map" remains relevant today: data access, usability & licensing all remain strategic points of control. http://www.techrepublic.com/article/porch-brings-data-driven-transparency-to-the-home-improvement-market/

The theme of this dated "Web 2.0 map" remains relevant today: data access, usability & licensing all remain strategic points of control. http://www.techrepublic.com/article/porch-brings-data-driven-transparency-to-the-home-improvement-market/___

2014-08-31 16:57:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

"…eventually all things merge into one, & a river runs through it."—Norman Maclean.

Map of every waterway in the continental USA by Nelson Milner. Code and data: http://www.somebits.com/rivers/rivers-d3leaflet.html#8/37.957/-120.976

Wired.com write up: http://www.wired.com/2013/06/infographic-this-detailed-map-shows-every-river-in-the-united-states/?cid=co9216134 

"…eventually all things merge into one, & a river runs through it."—Norman Maclean.

Map of every waterway in the continental USA by Nelson Milner. Code and data: http://www.somebits.com/rivers/rivers-d3leaflet.html#8/37.957/-120.976

Wired.com write up: http://www.wired.com/2013/06/infographic-this-detailed-map-shows-every-river-in-the-united-states/?cid=co9216134 ___

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2014-08-31 00:18:23 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)

"Sugar baby" watermelon, basil, mozzarella, aged fig balsamic vinegar. Tasty.

#summer #amusebouche 

"Sugar baby" watermelon, basil, mozzarella, aged fig balsamic vinegar. Tasty.

#summer #amusebouche ___

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2014-08-30 00:29:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

New CMS rule allows flexibility in certified EHR technology for 2014
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule today that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program...

New CMS rule allows flexibility in certified EHR technology for 2014
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule today that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program...___

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2014-08-29 18:55:55 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

[NEW COLUMN] Porch.com brings data-driven transparency to home improvement: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/porch-brings-data-driven-transparency-to-the-home-improvement-market/

Back in my twenties, I was apprenticed to a general contractor for 18 months and then spent a year renovating a house and working for another builder. In the process, I learned a lot about hard work, craft, design, discipline, materials, power tools, safety, teamwork, and staying warm in New England winters, among other lessons. I also learned that there's a gradient of professionalism and skill through the trades. Unless you have inside insight and relationships, it's difficult to know who to trust, and for what. While subscription-based online resources like Angie's List or Consumer Reports exist and review sites like Yelp can help, homeowners still could be better served in their neighborhood.... more »

[NEW COLUMN] Porch.com brings data-driven transparency to home improvement: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/porch-brings-data-driven-transparency-to-the-home-improvement-market/

Back in my twenties, I was apprenticed to a general contractor for 18 months and then spent a year renovating a house and working for another builder. In the process, I learned a lot about hard work, craft, design, discipline, materials, power tools, safety, teamwork, and staying warm in New England winters, among other lessons. I also learned that there's a gradient of professionalism and skill through the trades. Unless you have inside insight and relationships, it's difficult to know who to trust, and for what. While subscription-based online resources like Angie's List or Consumer Reports exist and review sites like Yelp can help, homeowners still could be better served in their neighborhood.

That's the challenge Porch has taken on, developing what CEO Matt Ehrlichman describes is the first "home improvement network." The service is built upon a "professional graph" of over 1.5 million people, 90 million projects, and $2 trillion of spending. Erlichman said that Porch has gathered insights about approximately 75% of homes in the US. Homeowners can search for professionals for free. Home improvement professionals can create free business profiles and then choose from a variety of premium services to gain more business from Porch users.

Read the rest of the column to learn more about the service: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/porch-brings-data-driven-transparency-to-the-home-improvement-market/ 

…and stick around to dive into my extended interview with the CEO of Porch.com, Matt Erlichman, talking about the business, its users, and the role public and private data plays into the startup's goal: disrupting the massive market for home improvement services using the data exhaust contractors leave, local government collects and customers create.___

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2014-08-29 16:24:46 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 1 +1s)



About a year and a half ago, I said journalists and authors of all types needed to pay attention for "Author Rank" and how Google connected our identities to our writing. One of the rationales for that attention is that anyone who creates and shares digital work needs to keep an eye on how Google is indexing and displaying it, just as they do Facebook, Amazon and the publishing industry. Another was a carrot: getting Google Author set up could, according to Greg Boser, President of of SEO agency BlueGlass, "return clickthrough rates that are 40 percent greater than normal."

This past week, however, John Mueller of Google Webmaster Tools wrote in a Google+ post that Google will no longer show authorship in search result and will cease to track data from indexed content using the rel=author markup that supports it.... more »



About a year and a half ago, I said journalists and authors of all types needed to pay attention for "Author Rank" and how Google connected our identities to our writing. One of the rationales for that attention is that anyone who creates and shares digital work needs to keep an eye on how Google is indexing and displaying it, just as they do Facebook, Amazon and the publishing industry. Another was a carrot: getting Google Author set up could, according to Greg Boser, President of of SEO agency BlueGlass, "return clickthrough rates that are 40 percent greater than normal."

This past week, however, John Mueller of Google Webmaster Tools wrote in a Google+ post that Google will no longer show authorship in search result and will cease to track data from indexed content using the rel=author markup that supports it. http://searchengineland.com/goodbye-google-authorship-201975 

Why? Mueller wrote that, contrary to Boser's assertion, Google's data shows that removing author pictures in their search results didn't reduce traffic or increase clicks on ads.  Goodbye, rel=”author” tag. 

The Search Engine Land feature boils the end of this experiment down to two factors: low adoption of the feature by authors and publishers (likely Google's fault) and low value to searchers (Google's users). 

To the search engine giant's credit, if it's removing something that wasn't useful to them that degraded the user experience (think how delivering and displaying author pictures in search results on mobile devices might change browsing, for instance) then they're helping all of us.
  
I don't think Google efforts to tie together our identities with our online browsing or sharing behavior is at end, though. Anything but. I think of what I wrote here regarding identity and Google remains valid: 
http://digiphile.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/journalists-google-author-rank/

…and I'll share this additional thought: According to Search Engine Land, Google.com users are still seeing updates from Google+ in search results, including the Plus profile pictures of users the searcher has in his or circles or Gmail contacts, when the user is logged into his or her Google account, or "personalized search. 

I've also noticed more tweets in search again (remember, each tweet has its own permalink, just as a post on Blogger.com does) and am receiving Google Alerts for many of my public Facebook updates. That all suggests to me that while Google may be halting this particular push together through the actions of webmasters, publishers and bloggers adding snippets of author code to their systems, Google itself is indexing public social media and using signals to tie updates to people. If so, that means it has now become even harder to make a fool of ourselves online (or worse) without it being easily discoverable. Our age of transparency isn't much fun, some days.___

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2014-08-29 14:33:57 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)

…but the book I look forward to reviewing the most is "what if?," by Randall Munroe.

I was more than a little tickled when the publisher asked if I's like to review it. If I could squee, I would.

http://blog.xkcd.com/2014/07/22/what-if-book-tour/

…but the book I look forward to reviewing the most is "what if?," by Randall Munroe.

I was more than a little tickled when the publisher asked if I's like to review it. If I could squee, I would.

http://blog.xkcd.com/2014/07/22/what-if-book-tour/___

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2014-08-29 14:22:59 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)

I am excited about all of the book reviews I have ahead this fall…

I am excited about all of the book reviews I have ahead this fall…___

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2014-08-29 13:21:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

+Megan Smith might be the next US CTO. Seems to me the country could use a couple more moonshots, given the scope of the challenges that face us and humanity, and if she can help plan, build and launch such efforts, along with providing sound tech policy advice to the president, she'd be a fine candidate.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-28/google-s-smith-is-said-to-be-top-u-s-cto-candidate.html

Join SolveforX.com - an online forum to encourage and amplify moonshot thinking and collaboration. Tech moonshot proposals = address a huge problem * propose a radical solution that just might work * use breakthrough technology to make it happen. Come join and declare your "X" - what are you working on, what do you want to see in the world?  http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/solve-for-x-celebrating-moonshot.html …___+Megan Smith might be the next US CTO. Seems to me the country could use a couple more moonshots, given the scope of the challenges that face us and humanity, and if she can help plan, build and launch such efforts, along with providing sound tech policy advice to the president, she'd be a fine candidate.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-28/google-s-smith-is-said-to-be-top-u-s-cto-candidate.html

2014-08-29 11:52:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

There’ll be a new U.S. CTO. What isn’t clear is what role he (or she http://www.livemint.com/Politics/5TcWuxlTx5fyMDvHEMub1H/Googles-Megan-Smith-said-to-be-headed-to-Washington-for-US.html) might play http://e-pluribusunum.com/2014/08/23/us-cto-park-to-step-down-move-west-to-recruit-for-uncle-san/

There’ll be a new U.S. CTO. What isn’t clear is what role he (or she http://www.livemint.com/Politics/5TcWuxlTx5fyMDvHEMub1H/Googles-Megan-Smith-said-to-be-headed-to-Washington-for-US.html) might play http://e-pluribusunum.com/2014/08/23/us-cto-park-to-step-down-move-west-to-recruit-for-uncle-san/___

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2014-08-28 14:04:40 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

Smart skepticism

I'm excited for the #iWatch. But man, is the hype cycle out-of-control. I took a look for Forbes at three reasons the iWatch's health care potential may not match up with reality.___Smart skepticism

2014-08-28 11:51:31 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)

If you read only one thing by Evgeny Morozov, make it this essay: http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/520426/the-real-privacy-problem/ Context: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/silicon-valleys-solutionism-issues-appear-to-be-scaling/

If you read only one thing by Evgeny Morozov, make it this essay: http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/520426/the-real-privacy-problem/ Context: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/silicon-valleys-solutionism-issues-appear-to-be-scaling/___

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2014-08-28 11:35:58 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

Just as civic hackers can improve upon kludgy government websites and create unexpected, useful services when data is available, student developers can - and are - improving on creaky academic technology. Interesting to read that they want APIs, too.

Just as civic hackers can improve upon kludgy government websites and create unexpected, useful services when data is available, student developers can - and are - improving on creaky academic technology. Interesting to read that they want APIs, too.___

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2014-08-28 10:59:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Good morning! Headed up to New York City to talk to students at Columbia about this: http://towcenter.org/the-art-and-science-of-data-driven-journalism-why-data-journalism-matters/ a fine day for a ride on the rails.

Good morning! Headed up to New York City to talk to students at Columbia about this: http://towcenter.org/the-art-and-science-of-data-driven-journalism-why-data-journalism-matters/ a fine day for a ride on the rails.___

2014-08-27 21:22:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Transparency makes government work better: http://www.rollcall.com/news/transparency_a_means_to_making_government_work_better_commentary-235794-1.html?zkPrintable=true argue open government advocates, rebutting recent arguments (::cough:: David Frum ::cough::) to the contrary.

Transparency makes government work better: http://www.rollcall.com/news/transparency_a_means_to_making_government_work_better_commentary-235794-1.html?zkPrintable=true argue open government advocates, rebutting recent arguments (::cough:: David Frum ::cough::) to the contrary.___

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2014-08-27 21:08:40 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

I have found that updates to social networks (like Facebook) that include images, maps or graphics tend to get more interaction. Twitter's analytics platform showed me today that's true on that platform, too: http://digiphile.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/twitter-opens-analytics-platform-to-public-tldr-images-get-more-engagement/

Is anyone using a similar tool for Google+? Do you look at these kinds of interactions here?

I have found that updates to social networks (like Facebook) that include images, maps or graphics tend to get more interaction. Twitter's analytics platform showed me today that's true on that platform, too: http://digiphile.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/twitter-opens-analytics-platform-to-public-tldr-images-get-more-engagement/

Is anyone using a similar tool for Google+? Do you look at these kinds of interactions here?___

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2014-08-27 21:00:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

Word of the Day: "optogenetics" -- altering behavior by influencing neurons with light. 

From Wikipedia: "optogenetics (from Greek optos, meaning "visible") uses light to control neurons which have been genetically sensitised to light. It is a neuromodulation technique employed in neuroscience that uses a combination of techniques from optics and genetics to control and monitor the activities of individual neurons in living tissue—even within freely-moving animals—and to precisely measure the effects of those manipulations in real-time.[1]"

Word of the Day: "optogenetics" -- altering behavior by influencing neurons with light. 

From Wikipedia: "optogenetics (from Greek optos, meaning "visible") uses light to control neurons which have been genetically sensitised to light. It is a neuromodulation technique employed in neuroscience that uses a combination of techniques from optics and genetics to control and monitor the activities of individual neurons in living tissue—even within freely-moving animals—and to precisely measure the effects of those manipulations in real-time.[1]"___

2014-08-27 15:13:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

If you're trying to wrap your head around the "Internet of Things," this is a thoughtful, engaging and entertaining interview with the MIT Media Lab's David Rose: http://thedailyshow.cc.com/extended-interviews/nkja04/david-rose-extended-interview

Hat tip +Tim O'Reilly 

If you're trying to wrap your head around the "Internet of Things," this is a thoughtful, engaging and entertaining interview with the MIT Media Lab's David Rose: http://thedailyshow.cc.com/extended-interviews/nkja04/david-rose-extended-interview

Hat tip +Tim O'Reilly ___

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2014-08-27 14:41:27 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

Absolutely fascinating. Over the past decade, people have acted like sensors, sharing what's happening to them using increasingly robust mobile devices and social media platforms. Now, sensors on the devices people carry are collecting data, from fitness trackers to a growing number of medical devices -- and if those folks opt in to data sharing, there are some mighty interesting patterns that reflect the collective experience of all of that sensor-wearing humanity. http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/08/your-data-is-now-a-de-facto-part-of-a-massive-sleep-study/ 

This fall, I now expect Apple to introduce a bigger iPhone, iPad and some kind of wearable computer, commonly referred to as an iWatch, that will collect sensor data. If its massively adopted, we could be seeing a lot more graphs like these in the near future.

[Graphic: Jawbone]

Absolutely fascinating. Over the past decade, people have acted like sensors, sharing what's happening to them using increasingly robust mobile devices and social media platforms. Now, sensors on the devices people carry are collecting data, from fitness trackers to a growing number of medical devices -- and if those folks opt in to data sharing, there are some mighty interesting patterns that reflect the collective experience of all of that sensor-wearing humanity. http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/08/your-data-is-now-a-de-facto-part-of-a-massive-sleep-study/ 

This fall, I now expect Apple to introduce a bigger iPhone, iPad and some kind of wearable computer, commonly referred to as an iWatch, that will collect sensor data. If its massively adopted, we could be seeing a lot more graphs like these in the near future.

[Graphic: Jawbone]___

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2014-08-27 14:23:37 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) named a network neutrality expert as its new chief technology officer: http://www.cedmagazine.com/news/2014/08/fcc-names-network-neutrality-expert-as-cto 

Here are University of California at Irvine computer science professor Scott Jordan's nuanced policy positions and his reserch: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~sjordan/research/net%20neutrality.html

Of particular interest to anyone who has followed the debate over the FCC's Open Internet Rules and the 2010 order on network neutrality will be his discussions of "reasonable network management," the key phrase in it that gives Internet service providers wiggle room, and research on wireless networks, to which that order was not applied. To whit:

"Based on these questions, we propose a framework that classifies techniques as unreasonable if they are unreasonably... more »

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) named a network neutrality expert as its new chief technology officer: http://www.cedmagazine.com/news/2014/08/fcc-names-network-neutrality-expert-as-cto 

Here are University of California at Irvine computer science professor Scott Jordan's nuanced policy positions and his reserch: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~sjordan/research/net%20neutrality.html

Of particular interest to anyone who has followed the debate over the FCC's Open Internet Rules and the 2010 order on network neutrality will be his discussions of "reasonable network management," the key phrase in it that gives Internet service providers wiggle room, and research on wireless networks, to which that order was not applied. To whit:

"Based on these questions, we propose a framework that classifies techniques as unreasonable if they are unreasonably anti-competitive, cause undue harm to consumers, or unreasonably impair free speech.

We propose that traffic management practices are reasonable if they are implemented at endpoints, are chosen by the user, are based on reasonable application provider payment, or involve providing QoS to traffic chosen by the user. We propose that traffic management practices implemented in transit nodes without user choice are unreasonable if they block applications, assign QoS based on source, destination or service provider, or assign QoS based on unreasonable application provider payment. We suggest that QoS based on the application can be more effectively implemented by allowing the user to determine the priority of his/her applications, and we suggest that any charges for QoS can be most effectively implemented by integrating them into subscriber contracts and into the Service Level Agreements between ISPs, rather than by charging application providers that are not subscribers."___

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2014-08-27 13:57:48 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

D'oh

"…it's reasonable to expect that people working in the ASIC department responsible for blocking access to criminal websites would understand that one internet protocol - or IP address - can host more than one website."-Stilgherrian
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2014/s4075582.htm Indeeeed.

The Australia's Securities and Investments Commission -- the corporate regulator that I think is the rough equivalent of our Security and Exchange Commission here in the United States -- has not ordered Australia’s internet service providers to block any more websites after a 2013 order blacked out access to about 250,000 websites. 

This reminds me a bit of the FBI seizing entire Web servers in 2011 in an enforcement action, taking down dozens of unrelated businesses, services and websites in the process(htt... more »

D'oh

"…it's reasonable to expect that people working in the ASIC department responsible for blocking access to criminal websites would understand that one internet protocol - or IP address - can host more than one website."-Stilgherrian
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2014/s4075582.htm Indeeeed.

The Australia's Securities and Investments Commission -- the corporate regulator that I think is the rough equivalent of our Security and Exchange Commission here in the United States -- has not ordered Australia’s internet service providers to block any more websites after a 2013 order blacked out access to about 250,000 websites. 

This reminds me a bit of the FBI seizing entire Web servers in 2011 in an enforcement action, taking down dozens of unrelated businesses, services and websites in the process (http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/f-b-i-seizes-web-servers-knocking-sites-offline/) …but the episode is a much more literal, clear example of a government regulator authorized to enforce laws not understanding something quite basic about how the Internet works. 

Here's hoping they have at least one Australian geek on staff now who does work at the ASIC, or at least consult for them. There's quite a few technically brilliant people who hail from Down Under.___

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2014-08-27 12:25:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Widespread outages for Time Warner cable broadband Internet service this morning. Ongoing downtime in Los Angeles, New York and other major American cities mean there are a lot of affected people who can't get their computers online to work (or play) but can take to their Smart phones and tablets to share their frustration. Social media is…lively.

No Internet =😡. @twc_help is …busy.

Hat tip +Jim Roberts http://t.co/E2vEb3nO7W 

Widespread outages for Time Warner cable broadband Internet service this morning. Ongoing downtime in Los Angeles, New York and other major American cities mean there are a lot of affected people who can't get their computers online to work (or play) but can take to their Smart phones and tablets to share their frustration. Social media is…lively.

No Internet =😡. @twc_help is …busy.

Hat tip +Jim Roberts http://t.co/E2vEb3nO7W ___

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2014-08-26 23:54:45 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)

Operation SLOG?

Earlier this month,  CNN reported earlier that +Uber  employees had ordered and then canceled more than 5,000 rides from +Lyft  since October 2013 [http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/11/technology/uber-fake-ride-requests-lyft/]. CNN also reported last year that "Uber staffers in New York called and withdrew over 100 ride requests with another taxi app, Gett, in the span of three days": 
http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/24/technology/social/uber-gett/

After last year's actions became public, Uber issued a statement that they would "tone down their sales tactics." That doesn't appear to be the case: +The Verge  has obtained what appears to be Uber's playbook for systematically undermining Lyft and other competitors: http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/26/6067663/this-is-ubers-playbook-for-sabotaging-lyft 

Here's your oneparag... more »

Operation SLOG?

Earlier this month,  CNN reported earlier that +Uber  employees had ordered and then canceled more than 5,000 rides from +Lyft  since October 2013 [http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/11/technology/uber-fake-ride-requests-lyft/]. CNN also reported last year that "Uber staffers in New York called and withdrew over 100 ride requests with another taxi app, Gett, in the span of three days": 
http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/24/technology/social/uber-gett/

After last year's actions became public, Uber issued a statement that they would "tone down their sales tactics." That doesn't appear to be the case: +The Verge  has obtained what appears to be Uber's playbook for systematically undermining Lyft and other competitors: http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/26/6067663/this-is-ubers-playbook-for-sabotaging-lyft 

Here's your one paragraph summary: "Uber is arming teams of independent contractors with burner phones and credit cards as part of its sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors. Interviews with current and former contractors, along with internal documents obtained by The Verge, outline the company’s evolving methods. Using contractors it calls "brand ambassadors," Uber requests rides from Lyft and other competitors, recruits their drivers, and takes multiple precautions to avoid detection. The effort, which Uber appears to be rolling out nationally, has already resulted in thousands of canceled Lyft rides and made it more difficult for its rival to gain a foothold in new markets. Uber calls the program "SLOG," and it’s a previously unreported aspect of the company’s ruthless efforts to undermine its competitors."

While the competition for drivers and business between the ridesharing services has become white hot, with misleading, aggressive tactics directed towards drivers [http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/04/technology/uber-lyft/
], this appears to reach a new height -- or depth -- of behavior..

In summary, Uber has created and scaled an automated business practice to supply contractors with burner phones, credit cards and a script to request rides from Lyft & market Uber to the drivers.

Here's the blog post where Uber describes "Operation SLOG," or Supplying Long-term Operations Growth: http://blog.uber.com/operation-slog including a section on "brand ambassadors." I've boldfaced the section Uber did, since it's a crucial claim: 

"_Marketing 101: We can’t successfully recruit drivers without talking to them – and that means taking a ride. We’re all about more and better economic opportunity for drivers. We never use marketing tactics that prevent a driver from making their living – and that includes never intentionally canceling rides_."

On Twitter, +TechCrunch  editor +Alexia Tsotsis  commented that this has to be a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) violation.  I'm so not an antitrust or trade lawyer, but I can't help but wonder.

On that count, I spent a little time browsing FTC enforcement guidance:
http://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/anticompetitive-practices

…it seems like this would not fall under single firm conduct (http://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/competition-guidance/guide-antitrust-laws/single-firm-conduct) up and until Uber dominates a given market.

So, horizontal conduct would pertain, with respect to dealing with competitors, but I'm not sure how: http://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/competition-guidance/guide-antitrust-laws/dealings-competitors

I imagine we'll be hearing more about all of  this.___

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2014-08-26 18:10:40 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)

Underneath the hype around 3D printing putting a replicator in every garage and dorm room, additive manufacturing is quietly transforming what's possible in medicine, from scaffolding for organs to printing out bones. While we may well get to the food synthesis we see in Star Trek within my lifetime, this other future is now.

A 12-year-old boy with spinal cancer in China successfully received the 1st 3D printed vertebra implant. The bone replacement, made from titanium powder, mimics the shape of the patient’s original vertebra, which will help him heal faster.
http://engt.co/VOwYVJ___Underneath the hype around 3D printing putting a replicator in every garage and dorm room, additive manufacturing is quietly transforming what's possible in medicine, from scaffolding for organs to printing out bones. While we may well get to the food synthesis we see in Star Trek within my lifetime, this other future is now.

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2014-08-26 15:19:18 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

A new book by Danielle Citron on online harassment is on my desk. Here's Kashmir Hill great review: 
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2014/08/21/how-to-keep-internet-trolls-and-harassers-from-winning/

"Citron hopes her book convinces readers that harassment online should be taken seriously, and that a robust legal and enforcement framework is created to make the Internet a less chilling place for women." 

'Online harassment is the next frontier of civil rights,' she says. 'It’s so early on in our creating norms about our behaviors online. We can teach our kids how to behave. It’s not like we can completely eliminate destructive behavior online, but we can change how we treat it. We can make cyber mobs not have so many members. Maybe we can educate the watchers of the impending shark attack so they act and warn the swimmers rather than justwatch... more »

A new book by Danielle Citron on online harassment is on my desk. Here's Kashmir Hill great review: 
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2014/08/21/how-to-keep-internet-trolls-and-harassers-from-winning/

"Citron hopes her book convinces readers that harassment online should be taken seriously, and that a robust legal and enforcement framework is created to make the Internet a less chilling place for women." 

'Online harassment is the next frontier of civil rights,' she says. 'It’s so early on in our creating norms about our behaviors online. We can teach our kids how to behave. It’s not like we can completely eliminate destructive behavior online, but we can change how we treat it. We can make cyber mobs not have so many members. Maybe we can educate the watchers of the impending shark attack so they act and warn the swimmers rather than just watch it happen.'"___

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2014-08-26 15:02:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

In New York,  The Govlab looks to "solve public problems with technology": http://govlab.github.io/academy-courses/Solving-Public-Problems-Fall-2014

Here's why we need to be cautious about the frame, and the approaches taken:
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/silicon-valleys-solutionism-issues-appear-to-be-scaling/

In New York,  The Govlab looks to "solve public problems with technology": http://govlab.github.io/academy-courses/Solving-Public-Problems-Fall-2014

Here's why we need to be cautious about the frame, and the approaches taken:
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/silicon-valleys-solutionism-issues-appear-to-be-scaling/___

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2014-08-26 14:59:28 (9 comments, 9 reshares, 15 +1s)

This is one of the most injudicious public statements from a public official entrusted with making policy in an area that requires specialized knowledge that I can recall. 
http://www.vox.com/2014/8/21/6053819/white-house-cybersecurity-czar-brags-about-his-lack-of-technical#

"You don't have to be a coder in order to really do well in this position," Michael Daniel said, when asked if his job required knowledge of the technology behind information security. "In fact, actually, I think being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction." … "You can get taken up and enamored with the very detailed aspects of some of the technical solutions," he explained, arguing that "the real issue is looking at the broad strategic picture."

He's probably right about the value of him getting into thewe... more »

This is one of the most injudicious public statements from a public official entrusted with making policy in an area that requires specialized knowledge that I can recall. 
http://www.vox.com/2014/8/21/6053819/white-house-cybersecurity-czar-brags-about-his-lack-of-technical#

"You don't have to be a coder in order to really do well in this position," Michael Daniel said, when asked if his job required knowledge of the technology behind information security. "In fact, actually, I think being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction." … "You can get taken up and enamored with the very detailed aspects of some of the technical solutions," he explained, arguing that "the real issue is looking at the broad strategic picture."

He's probably right about the value of him getting into the weeds by personally programming software, penetration testing or network analysis, given his policy role. To claim that a lack of knowledge about the details of those technologies is an asset, however, is not credible to me, any more than the U.S. Surgeon General understanding biochemistry and medicine would be, or the head of the Council of Economic Advisers understanding macroeconomic theory and the math that underpins projections and indices. 

Unfortunately, this may define Daniel in the public eye far more than anything else he does, and could even weaken his ability to execute on his mission, with respect the credibility of his guidance to the public and industry.___

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2014-08-26 14:40:16 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)

a Spiral of Silence on surveillance?

People prefer to talk about Edward Snowden & bulk electronic surveillance with friends and family offline much more than they do on social media, although they're are somewhat more willing if they feel their friends will agree with their views. http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/08/26/social-media-and-the-spiral-of-silence/ By self-censoring, they choose a "spiral of silence," suggests Pew Internet & American Life Project, instead of joining a crucial, vibrant debate in the 21st century public square. 

a Spiral of Silence on surveillance?

People prefer to talk about Edward Snowden & bulk electronic surveillance with friends and family offline much more than they do on social media, although they're are somewhat more willing if they feel their friends will agree with their views. http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/08/26/social-media-and-the-spiral-of-silence/ By self-censoring, they choose a "spiral of silence," suggests Pew Internet & American Life Project, instead of joining a crucial, vibrant debate in the 21st century public square. ___

2014-08-26 12:52:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

REMINDER: this community is about social journalism. That means news, tips, questions or other updates related to journalism and social media are encouraged, not posts about politics, wars, or other topics.

If you post a video of yourself talking about something else, it will be removed. If you post about controversial political issues completely unrelated, you'll be banned as well. Sorry to be tough about this but there appears to be a lack of understanding about the focus of the community.

REMINDER: this community is about social journalism. That means news, tips, questions or other updates related to journalism and social media are encouraged, not posts about politics, wars, or other topics.

If you post a video of yourself talking about something else, it will be removed. If you post about controversial political issues completely unrelated, you'll be banned as well. Sorry to be tough about this but there appears to be a lack of understanding about the focus of the community.___

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2014-08-26 01:47:27 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)

Echoing Al Yankovic: Dear George R.R. Martin, please write them (the Game Of Thrones books, aka "A Song of Ice and Fire") faster.
—A Longtime Fan, voraciously reading since 1996.

#Emmys 

Echoing Al Yankovic: Dear George R.R. Martin, please write them (the Game Of Thrones books, aka "A Song of Ice and Fire") faster.
—A Longtime Fan, voraciously reading since 1996.

#Emmys ___

2014-08-26 01:17:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

After potential antitrust concerns at Google, Amazon bought the hugely popular gaming video platform Twitch for $970 million in cash. http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/amazon-to-buy-video-site-twitch-for-more-than-1-billion-1408988885-lMyQjAxMTA0MDIwNTEyNDUyWj 

After potential antitrust concerns at Google, Amazon bought the hugely popular gaming video platform Twitch for $970 million in cash. http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/amazon-to-buy-video-site-twitch-for-more-than-1-billion-1408988885-lMyQjAxMTA0MDIwNTEyNDUyWj ___

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2014-08-25 21:17:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Here's my brand new column on "solutionism," considering Evgeny Morozov's book on the same topic and much more: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/silicon-valleys-solutionism-issues-appear-to-be-scaling/

Even if Morozov's critiques of technology and its discontents may be weakened by his use of straw man arguments at times, I think the substance of Morozov's work should be a must-read for many people in an industry that all-too-often engages in self-congratulation and rhetoric about "saving the world." 

I was skeptical about how pervasive solutionism was in the tech industry when I first read Morozov's book, but the reality of its existence was clear enough over the past year that a Washington Post reporter independently landed upon both the problem and the term without reading it. Solutionism, which has its etymological roots in urban... more »

Here's my brand new column on "solutionism," considering Evgeny Morozov's book on the same topic and much more: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/silicon-valleys-solutionism-issues-appear-to-be-scaling/

Even if Morozov's critiques of technology and its discontents may be weakened by his use of straw man arguments at times, I think the substance of Morozov's work should be a must-read for many people in an industry that all-too-often engages in self-congratulation and rhetoric about "saving the world." 

I was skeptical about how pervasive solutionism was in the tech industry when I first read Morozov's book, but the reality of its existence was clear enough over the past year that a Washington Post reporter independently landed upon both the problem and the term without reading it. Solutionism, which has its etymological roots in urban design and architecture, extends into other arenas as well, particularly healthcare. 

Instead of approaches that seek to solve complex societal issues simply through the application of new technologies Morozov suggests, quite reasonably, that people seek first to understand the root causes of the issues. That, I hope, we can all agree on.___

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2014-08-25 19:00:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Worth noting: the author of this post started work at Data.gov today.

+Rebecca Williams: "The next frontier for information disclosure policy is to mandate that FOI request responses be posted online as open data. Sharing public information with the entire public upon request will reduce repetitive requests and provide potentially greater impact at little to no extra government cost."

http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/08/25/freedom-of-information-tools-its-time-for-an-open-data-inspired-upgrade/ #opengov   #opendata   #foia   #FOI  ___Worth noting: the author of this post started work at Data.gov today.

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2014-08-25 18:58:14 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)

+Rebecca Williams: "The next frontier for information disclosure policy is to mandate that FOI request responses be posted online as open data. Sharing public information with the entire public upon request will reduce repetitive requests and provide potentially greater impact at little to no extra government cost."

http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/08/25/freedom-of-information-tools-its-time-for-an-open-data-inspired-upgrade/ #opengov   #opendata   #foia   #FOI  

+Rebecca Williams: "The next frontier for information disclosure policy is to mandate that FOI request responses be posted online as open data. Sharing public information with the entire public upon request will reduce repetitive requests and provide potentially greater impact at little to no extra government cost."

http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/08/25/freedom-of-information-tools-its-time-for-an-open-data-inspired-upgrade/ #opengov   #opendata   #foia   #FOI  ___

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2014-08-25 18:43:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

As +Google  & Amazon offer free online storage, Box, Dropbox & Hightail shift to offer specialized data and and service offerings:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/technology/box-dropbox-and-hightail-pivot-to-new-business-models.html

As +Google  & Amazon offer free online storage, Box, Dropbox & Hightail shift to offer specialized data and and service offerings:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/technology/box-dropbox-and-hightail-pivot-to-new-business-models.html___

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2014-08-25 18:23:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Important story: Medicare nursing home ratings are mostly based on self-reported data by industry that the US government doesn't verify: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/business/medicare-star-ratings-allow-nursing-homes-to-game-the-system.html

Kinda makes this tool suspect: http://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html

I wonder how this affects ProPublica's "Nursing Home Finder" http://projects.propublica.org/nursing-homes/ 

Important story: Medicare nursing home ratings are mostly based on self-reported data by industry that the US government doesn't verify: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/business/medicare-star-ratings-allow-nursing-homes-to-game-the-system.html

Kinda makes this tool suspect: http://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html

I wonder how this affects ProPublica's "Nursing Home Finder" http://projects.propublica.org/nursing-homes/ ___

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2014-08-25 17:58:29 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)

A real Star Trek communicator? "Make it so,  Number 1." http://www.geekwire.com/2014/onbeep-raises-6-25-million-create-star-trek-esque-communicator/ [Good luck, +Jesse Robbins  & co!]

A real Star Trek communicator? "Make it so,  Number 1." http://www.geekwire.com/2014/onbeep-raises-6-25-million-create-star-trek-esque-communicator/ [Good luck, +Jesse Robbins  & co!]___

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2014-08-24 18:37:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)

Cycled past joggers, tourists, cricket & softball games on the National Mall. Quiet summer Sunday along the Potomac.

Cycled past joggers, tourists, cricket & softball games on the National Mall. Quiet summer Sunday along the Potomac.___

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2014-08-24 17:23:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

A Facebook Mentions tablet: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/08/22/facebook-to-unleash-a-mentions-box-on-celebrities-at-the-emmys/ Twitter zipline & 360° Vine station? http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/emmys-twitter-will-mount-zip-line-camera-for-red-carpet-coverage-1201288318/ 

The Emmy award, aka the #Emmys  on social media, appear to have gone on  hypersocial. The thing is, most of these steps are new ways, some gimmicky, of broadcasting. It may be, though, that what the world's people want is more angles and opportunities to feel like they have interacted with the people on television, even if it's only in responding to a broadcasted vine, update or tweet.

Some will have more: the potential magic here will be unexpected, serendipitous interactions between celebrities and the people formerly known as the audience mediated by questions, answers and comments onTwit... more »

A Facebook Mentions tablet: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/08/22/facebook-to-unleash-a-mentions-box-on-celebrities-at-the-emmys/ Twitter zipline & 360° Vine station? http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/emmys-twitter-will-mount-zip-line-camera-for-red-carpet-coverage-1201288318/ 

The Emmy award, aka the #Emmys  on social media, appear to have gone on  hypersocial. The thing is, most of these steps are new ways, some gimmicky, of broadcasting. It may be, though, that what the world's people want is more angles and opportunities to feel like they have interacted with the people on television, even if it's only in responding to a broadcasted vine, update or tweet.

Some will have more: the potential magic here will be unexpected, serendipitous interactions between celebrities and the people formerly known as the audience mediated by questions, answers and comments on Twitter and Facebook. 

I do wonder how much raw, un-intermediated interaction the producers has just enabled between host, celebrities and presenters using these tools, in terms of what makes it on to television. We'll see tomorrow.___

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2014-08-24 16:01:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

+Chris Taylor on Burning Man: "For all its sham, drudgery and imperfect visions, Burning Man the event, not just the spirit, is still gaining strength.

It's high time we started seeing it for the phenomenal jerry-rigged punk-built human achievement it is — rather than the oft-ruined hippy fest of media legend — before it leaves no trace one last time." http://mashable.com/2014/08/22/burning-man-2014

+Chris Taylor on Burning Man: "For all its sham, drudgery and imperfect visions, Burning Man the event, not just the spirit, is still gaining strength.

It's high time we started seeing it for the phenomenal jerry-rigged punk-built human achievement it is — rather than the oft-ruined hippy fest of media legend — before it leaves no trace one last time." http://mashable.com/2014/08/22/burning-man-2014___

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2014-08-24 15:15:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Interesting reflection on online cruelty in the Times: 
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/sunday-review/dealing-with-digital-cruelty.html

I'm glad the author chose to end with a reflection on kindness and the psychology involved with focusing on positive comments and compliments, as opposed to the negative ones.  Anyone who wants to see how a positive feedback loop works should look at how Justin Levy's friends & networks are supporting him, or how dozens and dozens of friends, family and strangers supported me when I lost my beloved greyhound this week: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=748655641085&set=a.748686314615.1073741835.15403664&type=1&permPage=1

I'm not sure about the NYTimes' editor's summary -- that the "Web encourages bad behavior," through anonymity and lack of consequences. 

I think that what we seeon... more »

Interesting reflection on online cruelty in the Times: 
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/sunday-review/dealing-with-digital-cruelty.html

I'm glad the author chose to end with a reflection on kindness and the psychology involved with focusing on positive comments and compliments, as opposed to the negative ones.  Anyone who wants to see how a positive feedback loop works should look at how Justin Levy's friends & networks are supporting him, or how dozens and dozens of friends, family and strangers supported me when I lost my beloved greyhound this week: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=748655641085&set=a.748686314615.1073741835.15403664&type=1&permPage=1

I'm not sure about the NYTimes' editor's summary -- that the "Web encourages bad behavior," through anonymity and lack of consequences. 

I think that what we see online reflects what humans are, as a mirror, and that what we see on social media (which is really what is discussed here, not the World Wide Web) is a 
1) function of what the platforms allow, with respect to the architecture of participation, and 
2) what the community norms established there are. 

Compare newspapers' online comments, YouTube comments and Twitter to what you find in the comments at Ars Technica, BoingBoing or even, dare I say it, in the blogs or public profiles I moderate. As Anil Dash has observed, the people who create and maintain online forums and platforms bear responsibility for what happens there: http://dashes.com/anil/2011/07/if-your-websites-full-of-assholes-its-your-fault.html

It's a surprisingly delicate balance to allow robust debate and disagreement on politics, current events, technology choices, or even sports (hello, tribalism) while guiding conversations away from cruelty, anger, or even hatred, whether you're in a classroom or online: http://digiphile.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/revisiting-standards-for-moderation-and-community-on-social-networks/ 

The comments we allow to stand offline or online largely determine the culture of the class, town hall or thread they're made within: http://dashes.com/anil/2011/07/if-your-websites-full-of-anonymity-that-might-be-okay.html 

While people bear always responsibility for their own cruel actions or words, it's incumbent upon those of us who host conversations or share our thoughts publicly online to try to respond with empathy, kindness and understanding where we can, and with polite but resolute moderation when others do not respond to those tactics or attack our friends and communities.___

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2014-08-24 13:01:44 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 16 +1s)

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Northern California this morning. USGS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/shakemap/nc/shake/72282711/

New York Times: http://nyti.ms/1ty80qa

Seeing pics on Twitter of building damage and a couple fires but no reports of serious injuries or deaths yet. Can't help but be worried.

Stay safe, friends: http://www.seismic.ca.gov/after.html

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Northern California this morning. USGS: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/shakemap/nc/shake/72282711/

New York Times: http://nyti.ms/1ty80qa

Seeing pics on Twitter of building damage and a couple fires but no reports of serious injuries or deaths yet. Can't help but be worried.

Stay safe, friends: http://www.seismic.ca.gov/after.html___

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2014-08-23 19:05:49 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 27 +1s)

United States chief technology officer Todd Park will be moving west at the end of August, just in time to take his kids to the first day of school, shifting from his current position in the Office of Science and Technology a Policy to a new role in the White House, recruiting technologists to join public service. The move was first reported in Fortune Magazine: http://fortune.com/2014/08/22/todd-park/ and then Reuters [http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0GM1Y820140823?irpc=932], among other outlets. The next US CTO will have big shoes to fill: Park has played key roles advising the president on policy, opening up government data (http://radar.oreilly.com/2012/05/us-cto-seeks-to-scale-agile-te.html) and guiding the Presidential Innovation Fellows program (http://e-pluribusunum.com/2014/03/06/presidential-innovation-fellows-show-some-government-technology-can-work-after-all/) and, when the president... more »

United States chief technology officer Todd Park will be moving west at the end of August, just in time to take his kids to the first day of school, shifting from his current position in the Office of Science and Technology a Policy to a new role in the White House, recruiting technologists to join public service. The move was first reported in Fortune Magazine: http://fortune.com/2014/08/22/todd-park/ and then Reuters [http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0GM1Y820140823?irpc=932], among other outlets. The next US CTO will have big shoes to fill: Park has played key roles advising the president on policy, opening up government data (http://radar.oreilly.com/2012/05/us-cto-seeks-to-scale-agile-te.html) and guiding the Presidential Innovation Fellows program (http://e-pluribusunum.com/2014/03/06/presidential-innovation-fellows-show-some-government-technology-can-work-after-all/) and, when the president asked, rescuing the troubled Healthcare.gov project (http://time.com/10228/obamas-trauma-team/). It will be interesting to see how Park approaches recruiting the nation's technologists to serve in the new USDS (http://techpresident.com/news/25239/new-us-digital-service-looks-avoid-it-catastrophes) and federal agencies in the coming months.

[PHOTO CREDIT: Pete Souza]___

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2014-08-23 15:53:37 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

Is your iPhone 5 battery life awful? Turns out, Apple knows there's an issue, and may replace it: https://ssl.apple.com/support/iphone5-battery/

Is your iPhone 5 battery life awful? Turns out, Apple knows there's an issue, and may replace it: https://ssl.apple.com/support/iphone5-battery/___

2014-08-23 15:34:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

At a Online News Association camp at NPR today. Most useful presentation of the day, courtesy of ProPublica news developer Mike Tigas: https://cdn.tig.as/files/20140823/20140823-ona.pdf

At a Online News Association camp at NPR today. Most useful presentation of the day, courtesy of ProPublica news developer Mike Tigas: https://cdn.tig.as/files/20140823/20140823-ona.pdf___

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2014-08-23 00:55:43 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)

Super interesting. I wonder if Firechat will be to Burning Man in 2014 as Twitter was to SXSWi in 2007.

Firechat, the app that lets you message without an Internet connection, gets fixed just in time for Burning Man.

We told you back in March about Firechat, the app that takes advantage of the wireless mesh networking feature in iOS 7 to allow peer-to-peer messaging without an Internet connection. Now, just in time for Burning Man, the company has added a new feature that enables each person on an ad hoc network to establish a unique pseudonym that nobody else can use. 

WATCH NOW: http://youtu.be/KveHl6_jCg8?t=37m28s

SUBSCRIBE: http://twit.tv/tnt

Co-anchor: +Christina Warren 
Co-host and technical director:  +Jason Howell 

#FireChat  #TechNewsToday #TNT #TWiT

(Pic props: http://goo.gl/CTp8cB )___Super interesting. I wonder if Firechat will be to Burning Man in 2014 as Twitter was to SXSWi in 2007.

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2014-08-22 18:16:36 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 66 +1s)

The USA will open a multibillion dollar contract for the private sector to build a new "space taxi" so that astronauts don't have to depend on Russian Soyuz capsules to visit the International Space Station. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2014/08/21/the-next-space-race-is-for-a-rental-car-into-orbit/ 

This picture is of one potential space plane, the "Dream Chaser," from the Nevada Space Corporation. (Credit: +NASA  - National Aeronautics and Space Administration). SpaceX, Boeing and Blue Origin could also compete.

The USA will open a multibillion dollar contract for the private sector to build a new "space taxi" so that astronauts don't have to depend on Russian Soyuz capsules to visit the International Space Station. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2014/08/21/the-next-space-race-is-for-a-rental-car-into-orbit/ 

This picture is of one potential space plane, the "Dream Chaser," from the Nevada Space Corporation. (Credit: +NASA  - National Aeronautics and Space Administration). SpaceX, Boeing and Blue Origin could also compete.___

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2014-08-22 17:40:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

New Open NEX contest challenges public to use climate data: https://nex.nasa.gov/nex/static/htdocs/site/extra/opennex/ 

Context: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-open-climate-data-can-improve-community-resilience-against-climate-change/

New Open NEX contest challenges public to use climate data: https://nex.nasa.gov/nex/static/htdocs/site/extra/opennex/ 

Context: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-open-climate-data-can-improve-community-resilience-against-climate-change/___

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