Before I leave town for a few days' vacation and go radio silent the rest of the week, I wanted to leave you with a post about the kind of initiative that makes one proud to work at IBM.
In Africa today, there are more than 4 billion people who live on less than $5 U.S. per day.
Eighty percent of the 20 lowest per capita income countries on the planet are in Africa.
Africa has the world's fastest-growing and youngest population around the world, and has access to a treasure trove of natural resources.
But as IBM South Africa general manager Mark Harris, recently observed, "Philanthropy alone with not create opportunity. To drive economic development in Africa, the private and public sectors need to collaborate to help develop economies."
To that end, IBM recently launched its first-ever public "ThinkPlace Challenge," a three-week open forum designed to foster global collaboration on innovation opportunities and economic development issues facing the African continent by helping shape the agenda for our upcoming Global Innovation Outlook (GIO) focus on Africa.
The GIO program will explore some key questions:
- How can global businesses best partner with local enterprises, universities and governments to build a better platform for economic growth and competitiveness?
- What policy initiatives, infrastructure investments and development programs can advance Africa's participation in the global economy?
- What specific opportunities are present in developing infrastructure for IT, communications, water and energy? What roles should micro-finance and lending play?
The program will bring together more than 150 global thought leaders from business, government, academia, NGOs, and venture capital to try and surface actionable policy issues, investment strategies, business models, and technology priorities related to innovation and economic development in the African region.
But those individuals don't have a monopoly on good ideas.
So, if you have some ideas of your own, step up and participate at the ThinkPlace site located here.
The ideas will be shared directly with the GIO team and its partners as they prepare the final agenda for the series of global discussions, as well as by the IBM World Development Initiative team.
As the ThinkPlace site says, your input can help improve the quality of life for many people in Africa.
So share your best ideas today. You have until May 25 to contribute.[Read More
Being an aspiring retiree at some point in the distant future, I wasn't happy to see
that computer tapes containing sensitive information of former IBM employees fell out of a contractor's car somewhere near Armonk, only to disappear into thin air.
Stuff happens, as they say, but I prefer to keep my Social Security number, birth date, contact information, IBM work history, and other personal information in the realm of the HR community and not for any passer by that happens to have picked up the tapes as they hitchhiked into northern Westchester.
But I'm also glad to see at least some of the tapes were encrypted (no use making it easy for said hitchhiker to crack my SS # -- was it at least Triple DES?). I'm also glad to see we're offering a year of free credit-monitoring to the affected employees.
Do we need to also set up a Route 22 highway data patrol as well???
Our mistake should be other companies' lesson: Encrypt the ---- tapes. All
And hire contractors who can keep them in the truck.
IBM launched a new virtual Business Center inside Second Life about a half hour ago.
The new center has six areas, including a reception area (although it's not quite as big as the reception area in Armonk), a Sales Center, a Tech Support Library, an Innovation Center, a Client Briefing Center, and a Conference Center.
Though the meeting areas may be virtual the people "manning" it are for real.
That means real
IBM sales reps from around the globe, no bots allowed. Many are multilingual and their express raison d'etre
is to help you out. The IBMers staffing the new office will do so during business hours in their respective countries.
If you want to buy some hardware, or software, or services, or you need help solving a particular business problem, the IBM sales avatar can work with your avatar up to the point of exchanging personal information (signing contracts, credit info, etc.) -- for now, then, you'll move on over to the 2D Web or the phone.
2D + 3D = 4CustomerD
Check out the SLurl here
and let us know what you think.
ADDENDUM: You can also check out a YouTube video overview
of the new IBM Business Center in Second Life...just in case you haven't had time yet to shop for some new threads for your avatar.[Read More
Yes, you knew
it was coming.
Radio had its payola, and now the blogosphere has its "blogola."
According to a Wall Street Journal article today,
TV network publicists are skipping right over the traditional media and TV critics and going straight to the blogosphere to try and influence public opinion.
As an example, the story cites bloggers getting free DVDs, being invited to the set, and making videos with cast member Julia Louis-Dreyfus from "The New Adventures of Old Christine."
I must have missed my invite. Although I probably don't quite fit the demo of "mommy blogger."
As for the tchotkes and blogola goods, well, the mainstream media's word processors are shackled, with many gifts to journalists over $25 being banned.
But apparently many bloggers don't feel compelled to separate the advertising and editorial departments in their little blogging heads, and are happy to take a little sumpin' sumpin' for their troubles.
Me, I just have a hard time believing that some of these bloggers get excited about visiting a CBS soundstage. TV Addict blogger
Daniel Malen is quoted in the article as saying that "As I slipped into my role as a seasoned television reporter and stepped onto the soundstage to watch the filming of an actual scene...I'd have to admit that my 'play it cool' veneer probably did a prettypoor job of hiding the excitement radiating from just about every poreof my being."
Daniel, dude! Be sure and let me know what you think after about the fifteenth take
when Julia can't get her lines right, and the klieg lights are really starting to heat up, and the crew's getting really uptight because she's delaying lunch for everybody
, and then we'll tawk.
Meanwhile, I'll see you over at craft services where I'll be scarfing down more coffee and those really delicious poppy seed bagels.
Trust me, I've been on a Hollywood movie set, and there's nothing more boring...not even watching paint dry.
At least with drying paint, there's all those those fumes to help you forget how boring it is watching the paint actually dry.
On a movie set, you're lucky if you get a working fog machine. Don't get me wrong, I love Hollywood's product, but I'll be skipping the "making of" documentary on the DVD.
As for the blogola, I prefer that mine arrive in digital format, being a new media kinda guy.
Feel free to send both your wired and tired tchotchkes to email@example.com -- just know that anything worth over fifty bucks gets put automagically filtered into my spam folder and later sold via eBay.
With all the proceeds going, of course, to the Turbo Fund for Shameless Lackey Bloggers. [Read More
Apropos to my earliest post today about the American media's upfront sessions this week, this just in
from Forrester Research:
There ain't no future in paid video downloads via the Intertubes.
Forrester estimates that paid videos will peak in 2007, generating $279 million in revenue (and up from $98 million last year).
It's all about the online sandwich or predicate ad that gets wrapped up either before the video download, during the video download, at the end of the video download, or in there somewhere.
The Forrester research summary also indicates this could be a boon for TV networks allowing for ad-supported downloads of prime-time TV shows. I think on demand delivery of such content is a boon for this type of approach.
You want to give me "The Sopranos" downloadable to my iPod so I can watch it on demand? I'll watch some ads, no problemo.
Have at it, what's taking you so long?[Read More
time of year again, boys and girls, when all the major TV networks and all the big ad agencies come together for their annual "upfront" festouche in NYC to take a look at the new shows for the fall season and decide which ones to bet billions of ad dollars on in advance.
New York Times' advertising columnist Stuart Elliott suggests this morning
that the traditional media times they are a changing, with companies like ABC slated to describe in its own upfront that TV is "just one medium among many."
ABC executive Michael Benson is quoted as saying of viewers: "They have control...and we're not going to fight that. We want to make it easy for them to get what they want, where they want, when they want."
That's what I like to hear. You'll have to pry my Time-Warner DVR remote control out of my cold, dead, commercial-skipping fingers.
But just like last year's upfront defections of major advertisers Coca-Cola and Johnson and Johnson, keep a close eye on consumer staples giant Unilever, whose annual media budget is "a half-billion-dollar-plus."
AdAge reports Unilever is "weighing options" about the upfront, sending Madison Avenue Blackberry e-mail servers into an irregular digital arrythmia with the suggestion that this year they may be a no show.Almost Free and Open Source
Meanwhile, back at the GPL ranch, free- and open-source software is now under attack by Microsoft, according to a Fortune article
published overnight. Now, as in just?
According to the account, Microsoft is now claiming that the Linux kernel violates 42 Microsoft patents, the Linux GUI 65, Open Office 45, Linux e-mail programs 15, and other various and sundry 68. 235 in all.
I won't even begin to try and summarize the long-play piece here, but if you have any interest in intellectual property issues generally and Linux in particular, read the article. The Sound of Cubicles
And finally, before I kick my Monday workday off into full gear, if you're a telecommuter like myself and you're tired of listening to the crickets and chirping birds and whatever other nature sounds may accompany your suburban "lone eagle" telecommuting bliss, help is on its way.
"Thriving Office," a recording of background office noises that can help you feel as though you're back squarely in the middle of cubicle-land. Either CD ($12.95) or MP3 ($5.95) are available at "Busy" and "Very Busy" levels, and are filled with "the sounds of voices, phones, computers, drawers, and more."
The Thriving Office Web site
offers up its own version of the 15-second elevator pitch: "This valuable CD is filled with the sounds people expect to hear from an established company, providing instant credibility. It's fast
, and effective!
Hey mom, check it out, I'm a newly-founded S Corp. with my own sound track of office noises and everything!
Sorry, really horrific Dilbert cartoon impressions by annoying colleagues and irate bosses yelling down the hall for revised PowerPoint presentations are not
Some restrictions may apply, including indemnification for devious thoughts of office rage and despondence after being subjected to hearing the same pencil sharpener sequence over and over and over and over and over
On December 6, 2005, I wrote in this blog that I'm not a Blackberry (Crackberry) user.
That all changed as of about an hour ago.
However, I am
no longer an early adopter.
Those of you who know me, I know, are laughing out loud seeing me write that. But it's true. I swear.
I've learned that lesson, which is why even though I salivated over the thought of the Apple iPhone when it was first announced, there was no way in (insert expletive here)
that I was about to be a guinea pig for that particular mobile computing experiment.
No, it was time for my Cingular upgrade, and I decided to get myself a Blackberry Pearl 8100 (hereafter known as the "Turbo Pearl").
So far, so good.
See, I learned my early adopter lesson several years ago.
First, there was the first gen Palm Treo, which, having been one of the first to get an IBM Workpad (an IBM rebranded first gen Palm Pilot) back in the day (1997), I should have known better.
Because the Treo of today is not
the Treo that first came out in 2002 (or was it 2003)? It had a gray screen, low amperage, bad signal reception, and if you breathed the wrong way on it it would fall apart.
Other than all that, it was great. Not.
Conversely, flashing forward to here in 2007, the Treo and Blackberry lines both have been battle-tested for years now, and the speed with which I was up and running with the Turbo Pearl demonstrates that.
While I had been thinking about getting a new mobile PDA-phonelike thing for a while, I decided after a few conversations with colleagues and associates that the Blackberry would fit my mobile jones.
So I called the IBM Cingular rep, who pointed me to a Cingular retail location, whom I promptly called and asked about the Blackberry Pearl service.
She very courteously and professionally answered my machine-gun-fire-fast multitude of questions.
I was sold. She said she'd plug one in for me and start charging it for when I came into the store later.
It was a date. Now that's
my kind of sales rep.
When I hit the Cingular store at lunch, she changed my SIM card (no phone number transfer required, hooray!), turned it on, smiled, and told me I was ready to go.
Uh, you're kidding me, right?
I don't have to slice open my wrist and give you any blood or anything? Strap myself to the front door of the store and beg for phone switching forgiveness? Nothing??
Nope, she told me. Ready to go.
Huh. Your world delivered, indeed.
I got home and started playing with my Pearl's itty bitty keys, and within a few minutes had figured out the basics and had my Gmail account set up (IBM email will come later after I'm added to our Enterprise server).
Soon after that, my Turbo Pearl had its first vibration.
I've waited a very long time for that vibration. And from whence did my first email message arrive via the Turbo Pearl?
With no little irony, it was from the folks at Pinger,
"instant voice messaging for your mobile phone."
Perfect -- the stars are in alignment.
And now, everybody and their grandmother who reads this blog knows I can get my email virtually anywhere on the planet, and I can never get away from the office.
Assuming I can figure out how to work those itty bitty keys, I might even email you back.
On second thought, I'll probably just leave you a voicemail. ; )[Read More
IBM is making a significant announcement today in an effort to help data centers become more environmentally friendly, and in turn optimize organizations' IT and facilities costs.
IBM is going to redirect $1 billion per year across our various businesses to increase the level of energy efficiency in IT, including products and services for both IBM and our clients to sharply reduce data center energy consumption.
In short, we're trying to help turn blue data centers to green.
As our press release points out, the savings for doing so are significant: an average 25,000 square foot data center should be able to achieve a 42 percent energy savings with this effort, equating to a reduction in 7,439 carbon emissions per year.
IDC tells us that currently, roughly 50 cents is spent on energy for every dollar of computer hardware, increasingly an inhibitor to business growth.
This IBM energy action plan is intended to help organizations around the globe make their data centers more fully utilized while at the same time more energy efficient.
View the full press kit to get all the details here.
It's not often I get to quote the chairman and founder of a company like Microsoft.
At Microsoft's "Strategic Account Summit" earlier this week, Gates telegraphed
that he intends to spend his remaining hourglass full of Microsoft sand at the company focusing on search:When people go to the Internet, they have a task in mind. And it's not just to see a list of links. This is not a, 'Hey, I'm paid to go do treasure hunts.' They want to organize a trip, or learn about a topic, and the idea that we can capture things at that task level, and through the magic of software make that far better. And in particular when it's where you want to buy something, that the people who want to buy something that the people who want to advertise, who want to offer up that maybe they're the place that you want to do business with, I think we can make that far better.
Kum ba yah, my lord, kum ba yah...But ya better hurry up if you want to make the first page of those SERPs.
Meanwhile, there's no flies stickin' on Joost, which TechCrunch reported
overnight received $45M in funding from Sequoia, Index, CBS, and Viacom.
Might there be a common thread here?
Bill Gates searching for his search legacy? CBS and Viacom Chasing Google's YouTube contrails?
Speaking of the dense FOG (fear of Google), once I got past the smoke and mirrors of The Cable Show's trade show floor in Vegas earlier this week, it was clear the world at large was demanding more on demand programming via the cable Intertubes.This
could certainly help the cause: DOCSIS 3.0, a high-speed cable standard that both supports IPv6 and provides for download speeds up to 160Mbps.
Roadrunner, indeed. That's a way big step up from my measly 3Mbps connection today!
Beep! Beep![Read More
Nice to see the IP attorneys for both IBM and Amazon earning their keep.
Both announced today
they settled all patent lawsuits between the two companies, with Amazon paying an undisclosed amount of money to IBM and with both signing a long-term patent cross-license agreement.
The Wall Street Journal has coverage of the closure on this here (subscription required).
Meanwhile, Valleywag posted that LinkedIn
are about to enter into a social networking horse race.
Despite their significantly different approaches -- Facebook starting out as the virtual high school yearbook and LinkedIn as the business everypersons' virtual schmoozespace (yes, I'm a member) -- Valleywag suggests Facebook could very well try to put more degrees of separation between LinkedIn and its user base.
I don't know about you, but I'm about socially networked out.
On the other hand, I wouldn't want to be left out...
Hmmm....I wonder if I can link my Facebook profile to my LinkedIn profile and network with myself?
Kevin Bacon, at least?[Read More
Apparently Twitter was all Twittered out as I sat here at McCarron airport trying to get a jet plane to nowhere...well, to Austin, actually.
This is probably why.
Twitter's still on the Bob Metcalfe Network Effect Growth Curve from...well, you know where.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I kicked it old school for my last night in Viva Las Vegas, walking down to the Sahara at the far end of the Strip to dine scrumptiously at the NASCAR Cafe.
I was going to hold out for the Daytona Chili Burger (unleaded), but opted for the St. Louis Ribs instead, dining all the while gazing out at Carzilla, the world's largest stock car, weighing in at more than three tons and measuring 34 feet long and 12 feet wide.
As I contemplated driving around an oval track for one's livelihood, I couldn't help but wonder if the bartender ever worries about Carzilla slipping in that last turn towards the bar and dropping on him like a lead balloon.
Anyhoo, if you ever
NASCAR merchandise of any
kind, the NASCAR store next door should be able to help you out (I had to contain myself to keep from buying my very own Dale Earnhardt, Jr. mouse pad.)
I somehow restrained myself.
Not everyone can manage such restraint, however.
Take Sun, for instance. CNET's reporting
this morning that Sun is taking Java to the consumer masses, in an attempt to counter Ajax, Silverlight, and other emerging RIA technologies.
Just as long as I can get that double triple mocha decaf with steamed non-fat milk and it'll run on my Palm Tungsten C...
Me, I've got a plane to catch.[Read More
In his keynote here at The Cable Show, FCC chairman Kevin Martin joked about even getting an invitation, considering many of his recent positions go against the interests of the cable industry.
While Martin said he agreed with the industry that it shouldn't be required to open its infrastructure at wholesale rates or pay general service fees that would subsidize its competitors, he also indicated he does not think Net Neutrality was something that yet needed to be regulated.
Explaining, he indicated that "there's no market failure that merits it" and that regulation could slow down the deployment of broadband.
Sorry, Net Neutrality Save the Internet spaceman, dude.
He also continued a plead for a la carte pricing of content subscription (I haven't yet found Mr. Parsons to discuss the comp on my bill).
Meanwhile, there was lots of discussion by the panel of MSO COOs about the continued opportunity for new broadband and wireless services, including more on demand programming (which all panelists pointed out is a weak spot for the satellite providers)
One exec even mentioned how it cool it would have been over the weekend had they been able to do a concurrent on demand co-release of "Spiderman 3" via the cable networks.
would be a cool way to get lost in the cable industry's time shifting web.[Read More
Well well well, in the time it took me to drive from one end of the Strip to the other, to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center where The Cable Show is being held, Valleywag reported
that Photobucket will be acquired by acquisition-hungry News Corp's MySpace.
We heard most recently from these two when MySpace wouldn't play nice and let the nice little Photobucket streams into the MySpace walled garden after several Photobucket streamers started placing video ads for the new "Superman 3" movie into their streams.
(Apparently, the advertising helped! At least in its own little way: Spidey 3 brought in a cool $148 million over the weekend.)
TechCrunch says the deal's for real
. Matt Ingram says the deal makes sense.
Turbo's Take: If a picture's worth a thousand words, a full-on firehose stream of a few million of them has gotta be worth $250 million.
They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
They also say in case of an earthquake hitting Vegas, be sure to go straight to the Keno Lounge -- nothing ever gets hit there.
Let's hope my luck holds out long enough to successfully forge through my panel session
today here at The Cable Show
in Viva Las Vegas.
Entitled "Thoroughly Modern Messaging: Reaching Customers in the Digital Age," my co-panelists and I will be exploring the opportunities and challenges of the emerging digital media.
And of course Vegas is known for attracting big names, which is why there are some high rollers in town for the event, including FCC chairman Kevin Martin, who will be keynoting a session entitled "Cable 2.0: Growing Cable's Next Business Opportunities.
Me, I'm just hoping for a chance run-in with Time Warner CEO Dick Parsons to see if I can get a comp on my Time-Warner cable bill.
Hey, it's Vegas, I figure I gotta at least ask.
Seven come eleven!
Meanwhile, Robert Scoble reported that eMarketer Geoff Ramsey has told us a FOG has descended
across the marketing and advertising industry.
Being from IBM, I know we never properly explain acronyms. So, quickly:
FOG stands for "Fear of Google."
FOG, Scoble explains, is the reason Yahoo's stock shot up last week on rumors of Microsoft putting it in play: "Easy, we wanted it to happen...'We' being journalists who are living in FOG land. Bloggers who'd like to see Microsoft be interesting again."
Well, I don't know if I'd go that
Of course, all this poses the logical question, is it really possible to MicroHoo in the FOG?
Only time, and a virtual army of investment bankers and lawyers, will tell.[Read More
What a crazy busy week.
Now, Microsoft and Yahoo are said in discussions to merge...again.
My favorite headline in the blogosphere on this news thus far comes from my compadre to the great white north, Mathew Ingram:Two icebergs, roped together
Ha, and no penguins in sight.
Of course, with all this global warming going on, it's not a good time to be an iceberg.
"They are like icebergs: not only is nine-tenths of them unseen, but they are slow-moving and difficult to steer. Impressive? Yes. Powerful? No doubt about it. But fast, or nimble or imaginative? No. Roping them together would do nothing but compound their problems."
I dunno, I thought Microsoft Bob was pretty cool.
And I loved Clippy the talking paper clip in Microsoft Office (who was laid off when Office XP was released). Clippy was kinda like a pre-Second Life avatar.
Ah, I remember the halcyon days of the commercial Intertubes, back when our own John Patrick awarded Jerry and David "Best of Show" for the new Yahoo! search index at Internet World in San Jose (April 1995).
And now it's come to this?
So, a few short seconds ago, I stumbled on over to Yahoo! Answers
to see if I could get some wisdom there, typing in the following simple query:
"Who is Microsoft?"
The Yahoo! Answer diviner responded with the following response (Coined "Best Answer -- Chosen By Voters"):
"Microsoft is an evil corporation."
Well, at least their search engine is working.
Redmonk's James Governor pretty much nails Twitter
in this post, with a hats off to the original Cluetrain gang.
As his post headline indicates, "If markets are conversations, then Twitter is money."
Show me the money!
Me, I'm all more about his mention of the organizational structure of W.L. Gore Associates:
- Small teams
- No ranks, no titles, no bosses
- Make time for face time
No ranks, titles or bosses at Big Blue?? Are you kiddin' me,
Do you know the size of the Twitter burst that would be necessary just to get through the ranks of our VPs alone???
Me, I'm staying Twitter-free (at least since SXSW, where Twittermania went completely out of control) lest I end up in a 12-step Twitter withdrawal program.
Then again, I've also managed to stay Blackberryless all this time, and am still alive and well.[Read More
Ask.com is launching a new multimillionaire TV and Web ad campaign today, so reports the Wall Street Journal Interactive.
It's intent? To raise awareness about what the company considers its secret sauce: Its algorithm.
That would be the formula a search engine uses to go off and find stuff.
A mathematical formula.
As SearchEngineLand reports,
the campaign will focus around the word "algorithm."
As in, "Do you have a lame Algorithm?" or "The Algorithm killed Jeeves" or "The Algorithm is from Jersey" (where Teoma, Ask's algorithm, was developed).
Methinks the Algorithm could be about to get whacked by the Soprano's Christopher Moltisanti.
It's already been whacked by Google.
Valleywag has some pics
of the new billboard ads from Highway 101 out in Silicon Valley.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I'm a shareholder in IAC. For now.[Read More
IBM's PartnerWorld conference
has been going on in St. Louis this week, an annual pow-wow for our very important Business Partners from around the globe.
Our own Nick Donofrio gave a keynote on "the virtual planet," addressing the emerging importance of virtual business interactions, as well as the need to be able to transfers assets from one virtual environment to another. (CIO magazine online has more about the speech here
While Nick's off integrating the planets, I'm just trying to figure out how to put on the new cowboy hat I bought the other day in Second Life.
That experience has convinced me of the perfect way to double digital v-commerce revenues virtually overnight:
Make it so that well-educated professionals like myself go buy a piece of virtual clothing for 200 Linden $$, then make it so difficult for them to figure out how to put the clothing on,
that they go and buy a second
piece of virtual clothing to see if they can make that work
Brilliant! The Linden currency exchange will go through the roof!
Me, all I know is, growing up I never had this much trouble putting on a real cowboy hat.
But back to our Business Partners and virtual reality.
In short order, we're going to have a PartnerWorld island inside Second Life where our partners can use virtual rooms to meet up with one another, including private meetings (sorry, no slurl just yet).
Much as we love you partners out there, though, you're on your own when it comes to putting on your virtual wardrobe.
We're also providing Lotus Connections for Partners,
a new Web 2.0 social computing resource that allows partners to create and share profile information about their business and their subject matter experts, allows for blogging, and just overall provides for a great venue for collaboration in the communities most of interest to our partners.
And, it's available at no charge to current Business Partners.
Check it out here.[Read More]
They may have been protesting U.S. immigration policy in the streets of Los Angeles and other major cities around the country yesterday, but there was also a major protest going on in the online news community.
No, not the News Corp announcement of its intent to buy Dow Jones. I'm talking about the protest on Digg.
If you haven't used Digg
to get news online, let me help you lift up that rock, dust you off, and crawl out from under it to find out's been going on in the world.
Digg is all about people sifting out and popularizing news. It's about letting the people identify, rate, and rank the news that's most important to them. About allowing the mob to become the Internet equivalent of the editorial staff of a newspaper.
post the stories. They
vote on those stories they like the most with their mice. They
drive the most popular stories up the wisdom of crowds editorial food chain to the front page of Digg.They
are in charge. Not Management.
Except for yesterday, when Management made a call to pull a story down regarding a DCMA-related cease-and-desist request, which, in turn, led to the Digg Users' Revolt of May 1, 2007.
Though Texty's post
may suggest something more could be afoot in terms of Digg's decision to pull the story, whatever motivated Digg is not really the issue.
Digg management violated the their most basic and core operating principle: Interference in a community-driven news site where the community decides on which stories appear and which ones don't.
By deleting the story, they deleted the core philosophical hub of their business.
Judging from founder Kevin Rose's mea culpa,
Digg learned its lesson.
Bad, Digg. Bad.
Let's hope others turn Digg's lemons into lemonade by having this serve as an object lesson learned for other operations with rating-and-ranking technologies.
The more interference with a supposedly transparent system, the digger the hole.[Read More
Meanwhile, back at the Gutenberg press, Rupert Murdoch makes a $5 billion buyout offer for Dow Jones & Co., parent company of The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal's Martin Peers covers his own company's takeover bid here.
(Registration to Wall Street Journal Interactive required for the Moment...Keep browsers open and ready for MySpace IDs soon)
I just want to know this: If the deal goes through, does that mean CEOs everywhere will soon have to have their own MySpace pages?
(Google Calendar Reminder to Self: News Corp. bought MySpace last year for a cool $580 million, which is looking more and more like the bargain of the 2006-7 Web 2.0 Merger and Acquisition Binge every nanosecond.)[Read More