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Has New York Times Gone Too Far on Google?

Brad McCarty of The Next Web articulates a good defense against The New York Times (NYT) recent editorial attacking Google on its search algorithm.

The NYT alleges that Google should be taken under federal investigation for the influential effects of its “supersecret algorithm” upon businesses.

McCarty answers the NYT arguments as spurious, refuting that:

  1. Google functions as a “gatekeeper of the Internet.”
  2. Google’s algorithm should be more open, and thus open to oversight.

Ultimately, McCarty gives NYT and readers something to chew on, noting “Google is a choice” that people electively choose for its results.

I think McCarty forgot to end by saying, “Touche!”

Read the full post here.

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UPDATE: See Danny Sullivan’s concurring and exhaustive post at Search Engine Land.

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Email or Snail Mail? Mounting Pressures Disrupt US Postal Service

Do you still use stamps?

Current pressures may bring major disruption to your mail delivery service.

The most trusted government agency, the United States Postal Service (USPS),  is seeking a 2 cent rate increase in postage rates due to mounting revenue losses.

What are the top disruptions to mail delivery revenues?

Top disruptions to USPS revenues are cited as internet usage and other forms of direct communication, as well as big business shifting bottom line allegiances from using USPS delivery.

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Senators Kerry & Lugar Introduce the Startup Visa Act

Senators John Kerry & Richard Lugar introduced the Startup Visa Act in Washington, DC.

The act proposes to drive job creation in the US and increase American global competitiveness, as reported here.

Read the Full text of The Startup Visa Act.

Photo via StartupVisa.com.

Space Tweet Sets World’s Distance Record

The tweet heard round the Universe.

Astronaut TJ Creamer uses Twitter and social media from the International Space Station, January 22, 2010.

Space Shuttle Astronaut TweetLearn about the International Space Station at NASA’s website.

View NASA video on how they are extending the internet into space.

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At G20 Google’s Eric Schmidt Bullish on Future of Innovation and Economy

In a previous post I cited President Barack Obama‘s appointment of Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Aneesh Chopra to “promote technological innovation to help achieve our most urgent priorities…”

Seems like the job has gone to Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.

Eric Schmidt spoke at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Technology Council. There he presented a futuristic view of the possibilities for the advancement in government, business, the economy and in individuals, all with an optimistic flair and a keen eye on the data drivers.

Schmidt’s presented images of cloud computing supported, real-time data exchanges that will inform our daily walks via our smart phones while also driving our domestic policy research initiatives: all based on relevance.

See choice excerpts from his talk below.

Watch his video presentation on technology, innovation, and the global economy.

Eric Schmidt, CEO Google “Pittsburgh Technology Council”

Here are some key excerpts:

Growth occurs because of private sector investment and innovation building new products and services that people care about. 2:26m

Real growth, sustainable growth comes from the investment of businesses and services that we all take advantage of. 2:42m

Pittsburgh is a great story. 3:30m

Eric Schmidt coins “Gutenberg’s Law”:
History has demonstrated that there is a direct correlation in an amount of info available to the average citizen and economic growth and the progress of that citizen’s country. 4:35m

The more information that’s available the more that smart people can act on it. 4:56m

I’m one of those people who believes that there are smart people everywhere. 5:04m

And so in the global competitive model… is that you have an openness about information and that you use the information tools. 5:09m

The cycles of society have accelerated. The ups an downs- all because of the transparency and connectedness of all of us. 5:55m

We now respond to things in a global context that we would have never even known about event 10 and 20 years ago… 6:08m

On the correlation between information and economies:
World Bank Study: 10% of increase in high speed access, economic growth was 1.3% points…

So this stuff works. And it works because of globalization, globalization of information, globalization of markets. 6:50m

Japan leads in the speed of broadband. 7:21m

The avg Japanese city dweller has a 160Mb connection… Which is inconceivable to us here. 7:23m

The New US standard is capable of generating 50Mb per second connection. That manages to bring us to 13th in the world in terms of broadband penetration. 7:31m

The data that’s being generated is overwhelming. 487 exabytes of data information was created in 2008. That’s double of 2007. 7:58m

Today we are generating about a zettabyte of bytes. 8:15m

We estimated that the data generated by all of humanity from the inception of humanity to 2003 was about 5 exabytes. 8:25m

We have generated the entire world’s humanity of information… in the last 2 days. This is an explosion. And its an explosion with far reaching implication for all of us. 8:35m

There were 77 million smart phones sold last year. 9:13m

10 years from now… it will be possible to have all of music ever recorded on your ipod. 9:30m

The average teenager is now going to send 10,000 text messages a year. 10:00m

Historically you knew a hundred or 200 people in your tribe, and now feel like you’re a global citizen. 10:25m

All of these people are spending all of their time contributing stuff to each other. 12:08m

So the information you get is now more likely to be from your friend, or person to person, user to user. 12:13m

We’ve finally have now seen the breakdown of the traditional hierarchy of single individual to broadcast. 12:21m

The majority of information you that get everyday the way that you hear and the heuristics and the judgments that you make are from what your friends generate and from what your peers recommend, and that a permanent and important change in how our society works. 12:27m

“Remember what I read yesterday, remember what I know. Don’t tell me something I already know, tell me something I don’t know…” those technologies are already available today. 13:14

On cell phones:
You walk down a street it can tell you everything that happen on the street if you love the history of where you are. It can suggest where you will l go. It can predict where you will be 13:42m

So now you got the same ability to connect to things real time. 14:34m

All of a sudden this notion of real time tracking become useful for all of the things we take for granted. 15:29m

Because we can do real time data now, of the economy, of what people are doing, of what people are thinking, and what people are reading, we really can know the questions that we have to estimate from our friends – and we can do it scientifically. 16:11m

Had we done the same thing [network all the computers] we would have know that this horrendous [financial economic] crisis – we would have seen it coming. 17:03m

Had we been transparent and open we would have could have avoided the horrendous pains that the globe has gone through. 17:26m

Google Chief Economist, calls this time a Period of combinatorial innovation: its the system of innovation and its innovation all working together going as fast as they probably can. 17:51m

This is analogous to what happens standardizing the mechanical parts in the 19th century. We are doing the same thing with standardized of internet components. And that standardization has now made it all possible. 18:34m

When you want to see innovation, you will see it in these creative communities, little companies that have banded together. Small groups of people that have a mission and they try something and they try something. 18:59m

If you want to look for the face of innovation… look instead for this messy creative unstructured interesting, full of creative people kind of a model. Cause that’s will innovation really occurs. And that where the innovative people ultimately will go. 19:29m

So what happens is that this creates the opportunity to do businesses called micro multinationals: these are 10 people who see themselves serving a global audience. 19:56m

These are the business that are going to create the jobs that will get us where we need to go. 20:19m

What happens is as we lower the entry price, there are also ad models where a lot of money is going to these small company which allows them to get to the next stage and see how far they really can get. 20:22m

Cloud Computing: the opportunity we all have is to let people manages these data centers and you can do what you do best. 21:24m

What is interesting to this phenomena, is that size isn’t such a big barrier to entry as before. 21:49m

WSJ: There are more than 452,000 people say that blogging is their primary source of revenue. That’s even more than the number of lawyers we have in our country. 21:58m

This is a permanent shift in the economics of our world around us. 22:25m

Mobile phones everywhere, data everywhere: what does the world look like? Humans will do what humans know best, which is to be human. 23:11m

What will computers be good at? They’ll be at remembering everything, to recognize everyone, to know where everyone is, predict short term future, and continue to beat us in chess. 23:00m

What happens when all of this get put together, is that the world becomes more ambiguous, the world becomes more shades of gray. 23:59

The kinds of leaders  and leaders we have are the ones who flourish in ambiguity. 24:30m

And because of this, it gets harder because of sophisticative techniques to know exactly what the”truth” is. 24:45m

But legitimate Truth groups, ones are actually have to get a message out, will have to battle with well funded targeted literally people trying to deceive because it will be in their economic interest to do. 25:03m

There will be possible to do clever forgeries…. All of us will have to learn how to deal with that and how to detect it , and hopefully how not to be influenced by them. 25:35

And in a world with of essentially perfect copies, people will be quite happy with a copy of an original because the digital copies will be so good. This has a lot of implication for how the content and media world work. 25:46m

In this new world there will be more bubbles. The bubbles will be higher, faster and up and down. Cause its true of all markets. We’ll all have to get used to that. 26:15m

The only answer… is about transparency. In this situation that I’m been talking about: open government, open activities, open standards, open networks- is really the only way.26:48m

Information hiding is ultimately a bad thing in these sort of open networks. 27:11m

Another thing that people should do is they should stop consuming energy and start consuming data. 27:40m

All of the issues we face with climate change can be addressed in many many ways by much smarter use of information to control and use our energy. 27:49m

And climate change is clearly between deadly nuclear power is really two of the great threats to the world moving forward. 28:00m

We are going to use computers and use information to be more careful with how we use the most precious resource we have all around us. 28:45

Everybody is going to be a critic in these new models. 28:35m

Another thing that we can do is take advantage of the fact that the network is more powerful then your computer. 29:50m And this is going to happen now with so many people having mobile phones in many powerful new ways. 30:00m

Let’s make sure that the principle that’s established in this dialogue is that extremist don’t win. 30:40m

Let’s make sure that we use the collective wisdom of us to understand of what good and whats valid and lets have both the decency and the proper approach to try get to the bottom to what the real truth is on any particular issue is. 30:51m

Growth is going to come from… the investment and the decisions that are being made in cities like here and by groups like this. 33:19m

One of the strategies is “optimism.” Literally when people feel better they invest and they get better. 33:41

Eric Schmidt quotes De Tocqueville (1831):
America is unique because of its abundance of land, its absence of a king, and its democratic and egalitarian institutions and values. 34:15

From my perspective this story I’m telling reflects the possibility of newness, new places new people to be heard, new institutions that must earn and re-earn their relevance. That’s the challenges that we face: every govt, every CEO, every citizen. 34:40

I personally believe in the genius of the American People. 34:57m

When I look at my own story… what I see is creativity and the power of technology, and the genius of people working hard in small groups doing clever things. 35:03m

Where is the growth going to come from? And its going to come from exactly here and exactly in this right way, and I’m excited to be a part of that. 35:27m

Grand Vision?
What technologies or societal advances (transparency, etc) do you think will be central to facilitating our economic recovery and future prosperity?

Amos White is an Social Media Marketing Evangelist and public speaker.
Follow Amos on Twitter @Mos42

NextGov Streams Live US Govt Tweets

Know what your government is up to? logo_nextgovNextgov does.

Nextgov, the web site service launched this spring by Government Executive Media Group, has a Web 2.0 tool dubbed “The Feed” that aggregates official Twitter feeds from federal government agencies on its website.

The Feed displays the real time tweets from The White House, SEC_News, U.S. Coast Guard, NASA and more.

NextGov is the interactive online home for federal managers interested in technology-based business solutions. Nextgov.com is designed as a meeting place for government and industry managers to share insights on deploying IT successfully to achieve agency missions.

You no longer have to wait for CSPAN to report on what your federal agencies are doing now.

See NextGov’s tweet stream: http://www.nextgov.com/thefeed/.

Read more about NextGov here.

Amos White is an Internet Marketing Evangelist and public speaker.
Follow Amos on Twitter @Mos42 and on his blog https://amoswhite3.wordpress.com.
NExtGov Streams Live US Govt. Tweets

Does #Iran Elections Plus Twitter Equal Democracy?

We Are the News

We are the news. We are the message. We are the messengers.
We are also the media makers.

In an interview this morning, I mentioned how the internet and specifically Twitter has changed the nature and the landscape for how we acquire information. In particular how we acquire and consume our “news.”

Traditional “broadcast media” like CNN or MSNBC must to evolve if they are to compete with the real time stream of first person accounts and observations streamed on Qik, posted YouTube, and tweeted live from all over the world.

With the media and Internet blackout imposed by Iran’s government after the 2009 national #Iran Elections, the daily events surrounding the public’s outrage and protests have been almost silenced.

News of the Iran Elections has shared public accounts thru the media blackout via cellular communications, twitter accounts, YouTube videos posted from Iranian cell users depict a disturbing story.

Media Blackout
The world media outlets would best be served streaming an aggregated, edited compilation of these user accounts “as the news.”

The Iran Elections is not the first, nor will it be the last time that real time information is broadcast and shared via the Internet.

It first made news when a California Berkeley student traveling in Egypt was arrested and sent the tweet heard round the world that led to his quick release.

In Moldova, Georgia April 2009, 10,000 protesters organized a march and take over the Presidential Palace. Organizers were expecting 1,000.

In Mumbai, India in the Fall of 2008 the public recorded and shared their observations as terrorist assaulted the GRAND HOTEL??? and other locations.

Transparency as Real Time Democracy
Now in an effort to ensure Democracy, the voices of those in Iran are relying on the Internet and cell phone to capture and share the tumultuous events following the Iran Elections.

News happens when we see it, when we make it, when we capture it.

The headline from The Economist says it all: “Twitter 1, CNN 0”.

Birth of the Netizens

The Internet is enabling a rapid change in what is now “citizen generated news:” or netizen. Hopefully commercial broadcast media will evolve fast enough to organize and report it back to us as “All the News That Fits to Twit.”

We are the news. Live it. Capture it. Share it. Remix it.

Related Links
#Iran Elections on Twitter Search: Here
#Iran Elections News from Google News: Click here
#Iran Elections on YouTube: Here

Mumbai Attacks See First Tweets on Tweetip.tumblr.com: Click Here
Mumbai Attacks on YouTube: Watch here

Moldova Protests Twitter on Mahalo: Learn here
Moldova Protests and Twitter on YouTube: Watch here
Moldova Protests and Twitter on New york Times NYT: Read here

Moldova Protests on Twitter: See here

Twitter’s effect on Foreign Policy (Moldova): Read here
Social Media’s effect on Foreign Policy: Search here

Amos White is an Internet Marketing Evangelist and public speaker.
Follow Amos on Twitter @Mos42 and on his blog https://amoswhite3.wordpress.com.


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