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Month: September 2003 (page 2 of 2)

Keeping an eye on Big Brother.

The Government Information Awareness site is trying to provide a total picture of our government, the individuals within it, and their connections to various interest groups. In other words, it’s aiming to do for government officials what John Poindexter’s Total Information Awareness program would do for individuals — put them under the microscope, and use information technology to assemble a comprehensive view.… Read the rest

My new gig.

I’m psyched: Starting this week I am executive editor for Mobile PC magazine, focusing on mobile technology: notebooks, PDAs, handhelds, mobile phones, etc. Our first issue will be out in January. I’ll be editing features and the news/trends section. Got a mobile product, a story idea, or a trend you want me to know about?… Read the rest

Spam solutions.

Wired News: Antispam companies raking it in.

Recent estimates from the Radicati Group show that firms selling antispam products and services stand to make $653 million in revenues in 2003, and up to $2.4 billion by 2007.

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Free content!

Clay Shirky makes a powerful argument that micropayment schemes will never work, and outlines what he calls an “epochal” shift toward free content that is increasingly complex, collaboratively-produced, and high-quality.

“People want to believe in things like micropayments because without a magic bullet to believe in, they would be left with the uncomfortable conclusion that what seems to be happening — free content is growing in both amount and quality — is what’s actually happening.”… Read the rest

Whining about PR.

InternetWeek’s Mitch Wagner complains about PR people without a clue: “It seems to me that most of the PR people I deal with are focused on getting me to meet with their client, rather than trying to convince me to write articles about their client.”… Read the rest

Will RSS kill email?

Steve Outing makes a strong case that email newsletters are dead, and that RSS news feeds are the way to go for publishers. His article quotes Chris Pirillo extensively.

Outing is right — but he’s about 2 years ahead of the market here, I’d guess.… Read the rest

New poet laureate.

I’m slow in noting this, but Louise Gl

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