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Four short links: 5 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 4, 2014

This is What Comes After Search (Quartz) — it’s “context”, aka knowing what you’re doing and thinking to the point where the device can tell you what you need to know before you search for it. Also known as the …

Disposable architecture?

By Jenn Webb
April 16, 2014

I’ve noticed a number of faint signals recently pointing to a general shift in the speed of technology and the repercussions it’s having on the products we’re seeing come to market. This recent Tweet from Tom Scott got me really …

Podcast: automation and an abundance-oriented economy

By Jenn Webb
March 5, 2014

What happens if emerging technology and automation result in a world of abundance, where anyone at anytime can produce anything they need and there’s no need for jobs? In his recent Strata keynote, James Burke warned that society is not …

Trope or fact? Technology creates more jobs than it destroys

By Jim Stogdill
February 5, 2014

Editor’s note: We’re trying something new here. I read this back-and-forth exchange and decided we should give it a try. Or, more accurately, since we’re already having plenty of back-and-forth email exchanges like that, we just need to start publishing …

Four short links: 29 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 27, 2013

Applied Practical Cryptography — technical but readable article with lots of delicious lines. They’re a little magical, in the same sense that ABS brakes were magical in the 1970s and Cloud applications share metal with strangers, and thus attackers, who …

Four short links: 21 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 21, 2013

Hyperinflation in Diablo 3 — interesting discussion about how video games regulate currency availability, and how Diablo 3 appears to have messed up. several weeks after the game’s debut a source claimed that there were at least 1,000 bots active …

Linking open data to augmented intelligence and the economy

By Alex Howard
April 30, 2013

After years of steady growth, open data is now entering into public discourse, particularly in the public sector. If President Barack Obama decides to put the White House’s long-awaited new open data mandate before the nation this spring, it will …

Four short links: 11 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 11, 2013

Adventures in the Ransom Trade — between insurance, protection, and ransoms, Sean Gourley describes it as “one of the more interesting grey markets.” (via Sean Gourley) About High School Computer Science Teachers (Selena Deckelmann) — Selena gets an education in …

Governments looking for economic ROI must focus on open data with business value

By Alex Howard
February 25, 2013

There’s increasing interest in the open data economy from the research wings of consulting firms. Capgemini Consulting just published a new report on the open data economy. McKinsey’s Global Institute is following up its research on big data with an …

Investigating the growth and influence of professional Makers

By Mike Loukides
February 21, 2013

The growth of the Maker movement has been nothing if not amazing. We’ve had more than 100,000 people at Maker Faire in San Francisco, and more than 50,000 at the New York event, with mini-Maker Faires in many other cities. …

Four short links: 19 February 2013

By Nat Torkington
February 19, 2013

Using Silk Road — exploring the transactions, probability of being busted, and more. Had me at the heading Silk Road as Cyphernomicon’s black markets. Estimates of risk of participating in the underground economy. Travis CI — a hosted continuous integration …

Personal data ownership drives market transparency and empowers consumers

By Alex Howard
February 13, 2013

On Monday morning, the Obama administration launched a new community focused on consumer data at Data.gov. While there was no new data to be found among the 507 datasets listed there, it was the first time that smart disclosure has …

Investing in the open data economy

By Alex Howard
February 5, 2013

If you had 10 million pounds to spend on open data research, development and startups, what would you do with it? That’s precisely the opportunity that Gavin Starks (@AgentGav) has been given as the first CEO of the Open Data …

Open data economy: Eight business models for open data and insight from Deloitte UK

By Alex Howard
January 28, 2013

When I asked whether the push to free up government data was resulting in economic activity and startup creation, I started to receive emails from people around the United States and Europe. I’ll be publishing more of what I learned …

Making open data more valuable, one micropayment at a time

By Alex Howard
January 23, 2013

When it comes to making sense of the open data economy, tracking cents is valuable. In San Francisco, where Mayor Ed Lee’s administration has reinvigorated city efforts to release open data for economic benefits, entrepreneur Yo Yoshida has made the …

14 big trends to watch in 2013

By Alex Howard
December 22, 2012

2012 was a remarkable year for technology, government and society. In our 2012 year in review, we looked back at 10 trends that mattered. Below, we look ahead to the big ideas and technologies that will change the world, again. …

Big, open and more networked than ever: 10 trends from 2012

By Alex Howard
December 22, 2012

In 2012, technology-accelerated change around the world was driven by the wave of social media, data and mobile devices. In this year in review, we look back at some of the stories that mattered here at Radar and look ahead …

Making dollars and sense of the open data economy

By Alex Howard
December 11, 2012

Over the past several years, I’ve been writing about how government data is moving into the marketplaces, underpinning ideas, products and services. Open government data and application programming interfaces to distribute it, more commonly known as APIs, increasingly look like …

Panjiva uses government data to build a global search engine for commerce

By Alex Howard
December 6, 2012

“If you go back to how we got started,” mused Josh Green, “government data really is at the heart of that story.” Green, who co-founded Panjiva with Jim Psota in 2006, was demonstrating the newest version of Panjiva.com to me …

Four short links: 8 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 8, 2012

Beware the Drones (Washington Times) — the temptation to send difficult to detect, unmanned aircraft into foreign airspace with perceived impunity means policymakers will naturally incline towards aggressive use of drones and hyperactive interventionism, leading us to a future that …

Economic impact of open source on small business

By Mike Hendrickson
July 18, 2012

A few months back, Tim O’Reilly and Hari Ravichandran, founder and CEO of Endurance International Group (EIG), had a discussion about the web hosting business. They talked specifically about how much of Hari’s success had been enabled by open source …

Four short links: 6 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 6, 2012

HM Government Consultation on Modernising Copyright (PDF) -- from all appearances, the UK Govt is prepared to be progressive and tech-savvy in considering updates to copyright law. Proof of the pudding is in the eating (i.e., wait and see whether the process is coopted by maximalists) but an optimistic start. Cisco Provides a Lesson (Eric Raymond) -- This is...

Four short links: 29 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 29, 2012

Personalization (Chris Lehmann) -- We should be careful about how we use that term, and we should be very skeptical of how well computerized programs can really personalize for kids. Most of what I see - especially from curriculum and assessment vendors - involves personalization of pace while still maintaining standardization of content. This. Unveiling Quadrigram (Near Future Laboratory)...

Four short links: 28 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 28, 2012

Bogan Ipsum -- the Australian version of Loren Ipsum. (via Seb Chan) Microsoft BASIC for 6502 -- reverse-engineering magic, this person has RE'd the assembly language for various versions of the BASIC interpreter that shipped on microcomputers in the 80s. This page talks about the changes in each version, the easter eggs, and the hacks. This, kids, is how...

Publishing can be the engine of the engagement economy

By Jenn Webb
March 8, 2012

Magellan Media founder Brian O'Leary, addresses issues of content abundance and asserts that publishing needs to reposition itself as the "engine of the engagement economy."

Publishing can be the engine of the engagement economy

Publishing can be the engine of the engagement economy
By Jenn Webb
March 8, 2012

Magellan Media founder Brian O'Leary, addresses issues of content abundance and asserts that publishing needs to reposition itself as the "engine of the engagement economy."

Measuring the economic impact of the Sharing Economy

By Tim O'Reilly
March 7, 2012

Tim O'Reilly: "It's quite clear to me that there is a new economy of content that is quite possibly larger than the old one, but just not as well measured, because we measure value captured, not value created for users."

Strata Newsletter: January 11, 2012

By O'Reilly Radar
January 11, 2012

Highlights from the 1/11/12 edition of the Strata newsletter include: Fast Company says the business world is in pure chaos, and that creates opportunities for those who can handle it. Also, the feedback economy arrives.

Top Stories: January 2-6, 2012

Top Stories: January 2-6, 2012
By Mac Slocum
January 6, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Alistair Croll explained why the information economy is giving way to the feedback economy, Fred Trotter examined the epatient movement, and we looked at the three big stories that will shape the developer world in the months ahead.

A young entrepreneur's perspective on Angolan innovation

By Suzanne Axtell
December 1, 2011

Infonauta founder Nyanga Tyitapeka says Angola is on the cusp of a technology explosion. Mobile and data are overcoming low levels of literacy to change the lives of everyday Angolans.

A young entrepreneur's perspective on Angolan innovation

By Suzanne Axtell
December 1, 2011

Infonauta founder Nyanga Tyitapeka says Angola is on the cusp of a technology explosion. Mobile and data are overcoming low levels of literacy to change the lives of everyday Angolans.

The Great Reset: Why tomorrow may not be better than today

The Great Reset: Why tomorrow may not be better than today
By Mark Sigal
July 8, 2011

Mark Sigal says we're entering a period where the promise of a better tomorrow is no longer a generational expectation and our sense of a (mostly) fair and balanced system is being drowned by an elite class.

Big data: Global good or zero-sum arms race?

By Jim Stogdill
April 12, 2011

Will a big data revolution dramatically change lives, or will it instead yield a middle class feel-good machine that's irrelevant to the working poor?

A Good Technical Recruiter Is Worth Their Weight In Gold

By Caitlyn Martin
March 5, 2011

For those who are looking for an IT position right now one thing the improving economy won't help: the sad state of technical recruiting today.

The Watering Hole - Putting Things in Perspective

The Watering Hole - Putting Things in Perspective
By James Turner
December 31, 2010

Happy New Year, everyone! My New Year's Resolution is to update the database for the Watering Hole iPhone app more regularly...

The Watering Hole - The Spirit of the Holidays

The Watering Hole - The Spirit of the Holidays
By James Turner
December 23, 2010

When Shepherd Book told Malcolm Reynolds about the special hell, reserved for child molesters and people who talk at the theater, he left out another category: CEOs of companies that lay off in late December.

The Watering Hole - Inconspicuous Consumption

The Watering Hole - Inconspicuous Consumption
By James Turner
December 8, 2010

I was a relatively good geek this year, and limited myself to one of the new Apple TV boxes. But if you wanted a new TV or Blu-Ray, this was definitely the time to get one...

The Watering Hole - Market Ups and Downs

The Watering Hole - Market Ups and Downs
By James Turner
May 13, 2010

The Real Estate Coaster exists, at least virtually. It ends in 2007, though, so you miss the big drop...

Operating system expertise moves outward as programmers job-hop

By Andy Oram
November 3, 2009

I just held a reunion with people I worked with at a real-time and data acquisition computer vendor 20 years ago, and was interested to see how many ended up in another, related line of work.

Four short links: 22 October 2009

By Nat Torkington
October 22, 2009

Eight Billion Minutes Spent on Facebook Daily -- you weren't using that cognitive surplus, were you? How We Made Github Fast -- high-level summary is that the new "fast, good, cheap--pick any two" is "fast, new, easy--pick any two". (via Simon Willison) Isaac Mao, China, 40M Blogs and Counting -- Today, there are 40 million bloggers in China and...

The Mobile Frontier - The Future of the Sustainable Network

By Sarah Sorensen
September 30, 2009

The mobile network has created unprecedented opportunity for the world. It truly is pervasive - spanning out across geographies and socio-economic boundaries to enable sustainable participation, growth and potential prosperity on a previously unimaginable scale.

Environment Variables: On Surplus, Scarcity, Fear & Greed

By Mark Sigal
August 18, 2009

I am big believer that markets gravitate between FEAR and GREED, and that industries are driven by core assumptions about the SCARCITY or SURPLUS of enabling resources. Think about the stock market in terms of the former (it's heavily outlook driven), and the evolution of computing, as afforded by the latter (i.e., the commoditization of processing, storage and bandwidth).

The US Online Job Market Improved Slightly in July

By Ben Lorica
August 5, 2009

Measured in terms of online job postings, the U.S. job market† improved slightly in July. Here are two views of the number of job postings per day: note the slight uptick in July 2009 in both graphs. The worst year-over-year decline occurred in April, the online job market subsequently shed less postings in May and June. Given that July was...

The US Online Job Market Was (still) Down Big In June 2009

By Ben Lorica
July 1, 2009

Updating my post from early June, the U.S. online job market† still hasn't shown signs of recovering from steady declines that began in September of last year. Compared to the same period last year, there were 50% less job postings in June 2009. An alternate view highlights the start of the downward trend, as well as the smaller than expected...

Four short links: 26 Mar 2009

By Nat Torkington
March 26, 2009

Books, Money, Collective Despair, and a Dashboard of Doom: Will The Real iPod For Reading Please Stand Up -- Sebastian Mary argues eloquently that we're too focused on long-term writing because of the requirements and constraints imposed upon us by a mass-market paper book, whereas text online is basically an experiment in different lengths and sizes to find new balances...

Four short links: 10 Mar 2009

By Nat Torkington
March 10, 2009

Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation Sets Up Its Own BitTorrent Tracker -- the money shot is not that they're using the same code as Pirate Bay, it's "By using BitTorrent we can reach our audience with full quality media files. Experience from our early tests show that if we’re the best provider of our own content we also gain control of...

Corporations and Cloud Sourcing

By Kurt Cagle
March 9, 2009

The news out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (the BLS) was grim this weak - the unemployment rate had reached 8.1%, climbing two whole percentage points in the last quarter. This rise is even more stunning given that unemployment had reportedly been stable for the past several years at around 5%, though this may also be simply a reflection that the numbers haven't been cooked quite so vigorously.

Fighting the Status Quo

By Kurt Cagle
March 1, 2009

Seth Godin recently published a rather insightful blog post on how trade groups often work to stifle innovation in order to maintain the status quo. The comments are especially timely now, as industry after industry goes to Washington hat in hand in order to beg a few billion here or there to keep their particular company or even industry afloat.

Free

By Kurt Cagle
February 17, 2009

The paradox of contemporary life is upon us. I paid $2,000 for the laptop upon which I type these words, in addition to a hundred dollars a month paying for online access, yet the editor I'm using is a web page within a free web browser, connected to a server that is running either Linux or Open Solaris, which was downloaded for free from a distribution disk that no doubt someone paid for, albeit at a cost of pennies. Yet the time and energy to creating these operating systems were non-negligible, representing thousands of man years in total dedicated to writing this free system.

Kindle 2.0: Publishing's Killer? Publishing's Savior?

Kindle 2.0: Publishing's Killer? Publishing's Savior?
By Kurt Cagle
February 17, 2009

The new Kindle 2.0 is a cool enough-looking gadget - its hyper-svelt profile (just over a third of an inch) is thinner than most of the books it holds, at ten ounces it's also lighter, and the silvery/white casing (among others) manages to take scuffs and dirt better than its predecessor. The e-ink paper, sporting sixteen shades of gray, is also a compelling testament to what looks like the next major display technology - e-ink retains its state after it's configured, which means that you only have to refresh the page when you move beyond the buffered page content ... which in turn means that you can run the Kindle for days without recharging.


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