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Congress considers anti-piracy bills that could cripple Internet industries - SOPA and PROTECT IP would harm innovation.

Congress considers anti-piracy bills that could cripple Internet industries - SOPA and PROTECT IP would harm innovation.
By Alex Howard
November 22, 2011

In a time when the American economy needs to catalyze innovation to compete in a global marketplace, members of the United States Congress have advanced legislation that could cripple the Internet industry, damage cybersecurity and harm freedom of expression online.

The maker movement's potential for education, jobs and innovation is growing - "MAKE" founder Dale Dougherty was named a "Champion of Change" by the White House.

The maker movement's potential for education, jobs and innovation is growing -
By Alex Howard
November 4, 2011

Dale Dougherty, one of the co-founders of O'Reilly Media, was honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for his work on "MAKE" Magazine, MakerFaire and the broader DIY movement.

On Dennis Ritchie: A conversation with Brian Kernighan - Brian Kernighan discusses Dennis Ritchie.

By Andy Oram
October 30, 2011

I talked on Friday with Brian Kernighan about Dennis Ritchie, who sadly passed away two weeks ago at the age of 70. To a large extent, Ritchie completed what he started.

Four short links: 26 September 2011 - Design and Engineering Culture, Homemade Love, Code Tools, and Cyberbullying

By Nat Torkington
September 26, 2011

BERG London Week 328 -- we're a design company, with a design culture built over 6 years, yet we're having to cultivate a new engineering culture that sits within it and alongside it, and the two have different crystal grains. It's good that they do—engineering through a design process can feel harried and for some projects that does not...

Four short links: 23 September 2011 - Visualizing Populations, Hardware Futures, Radio Different, and Kooky Javascript

By Nat Torkington
September 23, 2011

How Many Really? -- project by BERG and BBC to help make sense of large numbers of people, in the context of your social network. Clever! (via BERG London) Why the Best Days of Open Hardware Are Yet To Come (Bunnie Huang) -- as Moore’s law decelerates, there is a potential for greater standardization of platforms. A provocative picture...

How Free Software Contributed to the Success of Steve Jobs and Apple

By Andy Oram
August 26, 2011

In the great Second Coming, when Jobs returned to Apple 1996, he drove the adoption of the open source BSD as Apple's new operating system. This enabled some of the Mac's most popular features.

There's no such thing as big data - Even if you have petabyes of data, you still need to know how to ask the right questions to apply it.

By Alistair Croll
August 9, 2011

Having a lot of data is not the same as using it well. Today's big companies are losing to small upstarts simply because those firms ask better questions. To compete, large enterprises need to learn how to harvest the data they have on customers, markets, competitors, and products.

Google Plus defines an era of disruption at a moment's notice - Google+ ushers in the G+ effect, a phenomenon that's unique to our times.

Google Plus defines an era of disruption at a moment's notice - Google+ ushers in the G+ effect, a phenomenon that's unique to our times.
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
August 1, 2011

When an entrant quickly yields considerable power in an existing market, and elicits potential for rapid innovation, this is what Jonathan Reichental calls the "G+ effect."

Four short links: 18 May 2011 - Future Libraries, Innovation History, Entity Extraction API, and Outside Insight

By Nat Torkington
May 18, 2011

The Future of the Library (Seth Godin) -- We need librarians more than we ever did. What we don't need are mere clerks who guard dead paper. Librarians are too important to be a dwindling voice in our culture. For the right librarian, this is the chance of a lifetime. Passionate railing against a straw man. The library profession...

5 reasons why we still don't have invisibility cloaks - Despite the rapid rate of IT innovation, many enterprises embrace technology at a glacial pace.

5 reasons why we still don't have invisibility cloaks - Despite the rapid rate of IT innovation, many enterprises embrace technology at a glacial pace.
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
April 6, 2011

The rate of technology adoption at enterprises limits new innovation that can be introduced by technology providers. Were this not the case, I imagine we may already have pervasive teleportation and invisibility cloaks at our disposal.

Software patents, prior art, and revelations of the Peer to Patent review

By Andy Oram
March 2, 2011

Besides the greater openness that Peer to Patent promotes in evaluating individual patent applications, it is creating a new transparency and understanding of the functioning of the patent system as a whole. Problems with prior art disproportionately affect software.

The impact of IT decisions on organizational culture - Are IT decisions building the business or hurting it?

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
February 9, 2011

While I believe we recognize the limiting qualities of IT decisions, I'd suggest we've insufficiently studied the degree to which those decisions in aggregate can have a large influence on organizational culture.

Four short links: 21 December 2010 - Big Companyitis, Spyware Apps, Maturing Cloud, and Mobile Sync

By Nat Torkington
December 21, 2010

Cash Cow Disease -- quite harsh on Google and Microsoft for "ingesting not investing" in promising startups, then disconnecting them from market signals. Like pixie dust, potential future advertising revenues can be sprinkled on any revenue-negative scheme to make it look brilliant. (via Dan Martell) Your Apps Are Watching You (Wall Street Journal) -- the iPhone apps transmitted more...

Four short links: 22 November 2010 - Syntax Highlighting, Forkability, Product Invention, Science Animations

By Nat Torkington
November 22, 2010

Snippet -- JQuery syntax highlighter built on Syntax Highlighting in JavaScript. Snippet is MIT-licensed, SJHS is GPLv3. Fear of Forking -- (Brian Aker) GitHub has begun to feel like the Sourceforge of the distributed revision control world. It feels like it is littered with half started, never completed, or just never merged trees. If you can easily takes changes...

Can predictability and IT innovation coexist? - IT strategies that can reconcile process and innovation often have positive and measurable results.

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
October 25, 2010

Predictability and innovation: It's the combination every IT leader needs to consider. Organizations that can reconcile these agendas have positive and measurable results, while those that can't often see lower levels of innovation.

Four short links: 5 October 2010 - Better Mouse Trap, Node.js Tutorial, Eternal Computing Truths, and Tax Receipts Exposed

By Nat Torkington
October 5, 2010

Nooski Mouse Trap -- I have one, it is fantastic. This man built a better mouse trap. Now please beat a path to his door. Introduction to Node.js (video) -- Two weeks ago, Yahoo! hosted a BayJax meetup dedicated to NodeJS (since the meetup coincided with Cinco de Mayo, we named it ‘Cinco de Node’). Ryan Dahl, the creator...

Be innovative, but don't use that word - Author Scott Berkun revisits the "Myths of Innovation" three years later.

By Mac Slocum
August 20, 2010

Scott Berkun challenged popular assumptions about innovation and greatness three years ago with "The Myths of Innovation." Now, as an updated paperback edition is published, Berkun revisits the book and its themes.

Four short links: 17 August 2010 - Stemming Demo, Mapping Service, Value of Data, and The Magic of the Valley

By Nat Torkington
August 17, 2010

Demo of Stemming Algorithms -- type in text and see what it looks like when stemmed with different algorithms provided by NLTK. (via zelandiya on Twitter) Crowdmap -- hosted Ushahidi. (via dvansickle on Twitter) Opinions vs Data -- talks about the usability of a new gmail UI element, but notable for this quote from Jakob Nielsen: In my two...

Opening the doors of government to innovation

Opening the doors of government to innovation
By Tim O'Reilly
August 6, 2010

When I organize a conference, I don't just reach out to interesting speakers. I try to find people who can help to tell a story about what's important and where the future is going. We've been posting speakers for the second annual Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington DC Sept 7-8, but I realized that I haven't told the story in one place. I thought I'd try to do that here.


By Tom Barker
July 27, 2010

The Google Innovation Method is one of the best ways to introduce new features or products into the mix. If you aren't familiar with the concept, it's allocating 20% of your engineering team's time to devote just to coming up...

Why software startups decide to patent ... or not - Berkeley Patent Survey finds first-mover advantage trumps patents for some.

By Pamela Samuelson
July 21, 2010

Researchers Pamela Samuelson and Stuart J. H. Graham discuss key results from the 2008 Berkeley Patent Survey, including how software startups perceive, use and are affected by the patent system. Of particular note, startups find that first-mover advantage and complementary assets are more important than patents.

Beware the march of the IP trolls at the House Committee on Small Business

By Andy Oram
July 21, 2010

What new massacre of technological and cultural innovators is being planned behind closed doors?

Four short links: 14 July 2010 - Cloud Data Ingest, Microbiome, Patent Blindness, Russian Open Data

By Nat Torkington
July 14, 2010

Flume -- Cloudera open source project to solve the problem of how to get data into cloud apps, from collection to processing to storage. Flume is a distributed service that makes it very easy to collect and aggregate your data into a persistent store such as HDFS. Flume can read data from almost any source - log files, Syslog...

Four short links: 2 July 2010 - Street Demographics, Hack for Africa, Opportunity Spotting, News or Filters?

By Nat Torkington
July 2, 2010

Brien Lane, Melbourne -- an alleyway painted with statistics about the area. Urban spaces as screens. Check out the other photos. (via Pete Warden) Apps 4 Africa -- from US State Department, The challenge is to build the best digital tools to address community challenges in areas ranging from healthcare to education and government transparency to election monitoring. (via...

Four short links: 16 June 2010 - Consulting, Idea-Gathering, Understanding Git, and Javascript Libraries

By Nat Torkington
June 16, 2010

So You Want to Be A Consultant -- absolutely spot-on tips for understanding the true business of a consultant. (via Hacker News) BBYIDX -- a free and open source idea-gathering application written in Ruby, [...] the basis of the Best Buy IdeaX website. The Git Parable -- The following parable will take you on a journey through the creation...

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