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Reddit and community journalism

David Weinberger

I’ve come to love Reddit. What started as a better Digg (and is yet another happy outcome of the remarkable Y Combinator ) has turned into a way of sharing and interrogating news. Reddit as it stands is not the future of news. It is, however, a hope for news. As at other sites, at Reddit readers post items they find interesting. Half-tweets.

eLearning Learning Launches New Features

Tony Karrer

Over on eLearning Learning , we've just launched a new version with some great new features. You can change the Edition at any time.

Futurist conversations: Ross Dawson and Gerd Leonhard on the future of newspapers

Ross Dawson

Are we interested in news, or in paper? * A key issue is how similar or individual to others is the news we get. *

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What happens when Google buys Sprint too?

Doc Searls

@ChunkaMui just put up a great post in Forbes: Motorola + Sprint = Google’s AT&T, Verizon and Comcast Killer. Easy to imagine. Now that Google has “gone hardware&# and “gone vertical&# with the Motorola deal, why not do the same in the mobile operator space? It makes complete sense. I don’t know the answers.

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An Irish Wake for the PC

Andy McAfee

Many sharp observers realized at the time that this was a big deal. It was a great run. So the PC has had a rich, full, accomplished life.

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The Smart Worker : learns best with and from others

Jane Hart

This is the the 7th post in a series of blog postings about how L&D departments need to change to meet the needs of today’s Smart Worker.

United Breaks Relationships

Jay Cross

Here’s a broken business model: Entice your best customers into an affinity club with discounts and goodies. Such is United Airlines. Ah ha!

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Google buys Motorola and its giant patent portfolio

Doc Searls

The official statement from Google says, Google Inc. NASDAQ: GOOG - News ) and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. NYSE: MMI - News ) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 The bold-faces are mine. Motorola, Inc.’s

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Should professional social networks make a play for the enterprise?

Dion Hinchcliffe

Social software has been making its way into the enterprise for a while, but usually from vendors that are experts at enterprise needs. Now it appears that professional social networks on the Internet will make an attempt at the space.

Teaching Design Principles to Kids: Over the Balcony Egg Drop

Adaptive Path

How better to learn about design than by chucking a raw egg over a balcony? Besides being a highly exhilarating release (Weeeee! SPLAT!),

Witch on a hallucinogenic flying broomstick

Mind Hacks

De Laguna was not the sole commentator about the relationship of mind?altering altering drugs and witchcraft in the 16th century.

Bookmarking the past

Doc Searls

I’ve been digging around for stuff I blogged (or wrote somewhere on the Web) way back when. After finding two items I thought might be lost, I decided to point to them here, which (if search engines still work the Old Way) might make them somewhat easier to find again later. And cool to see that Kuro5hin is still trucking along.) It said —.

Finding the right person within your organization

Dion Hinchcliffe

Understanding who knows what inside today’s modern organizations can be an exercise in frustration, especially when you’re trying to get things accomplished in tight timelines. Social software that delivers insight into the community can help by making it easier to find the right person.

The State of Digital Education

Jane Hart

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

Stephen Downes: ebook on openness

George Siemens

This paper covers a wide territory of Downes’ work in open education, covering almost a decade. It includes a few classics (to the degree that our field has classics), such as his discussion with Dave Tosh (co-founder of Elgg) on the role of openness in economics or earning a living and numerous encounters with David Wiley.

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Happy Anniversary, Mom and Pop

Doc Searls

My parents, Eleanor and Allen Searls, were married 65 years ago today. The wedding was in Grace United Methodist Church, in Minneapolis.*

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Auditory brain trip

Mind Hacks

Great stuff. Link to Guardian Science Podcast on language and hearing. Hearing and Language


Bring Out Your Data

Andy McAfee

This year I’m working with the Association for Information and Image Management ( AIIM ) to understand the state of Enterprise 2.0. AIIM started in 1943 as the National Microfilm Association, and has for a long time been the place to go for records and content management issues. meets traditional content management. Which is where you come in.

Internet, freedom, and the tools of circumvention

David Weinberger

Three new reports have come out of the Berkman Center: The Evolving Landscape of Internet Control. by Hal Roberts, Ethan Zuckerman, Rob Faris, Jillian York, and John Palfrey. This paper summarizes the results of the studies we have undertaken in order to better understand the control of the Internet in less open societies.

Now it’s NYC’s, Philly’s and DC’s turns to get clobbered

Doc Searls

@marklittlenews (mark little) tweets , Soaked to the skin but awed beyond words by explosive lightning storm that just engulfed Manhattan #Kapow.

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Sharing in need of some creativity

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some of the things that were shared via Twitter this past week. “It isn’t that they can’t see the solution.

The Brain Drain Starts: Part I

Nine Shift

The Brain Drain, top talented people leaving America, has already started. Part I: The top transit chief in the world has just left America. He is Jay H. Walder, an American. He previously headed up London's Tube system, making it one of the best in the world. Then he took over the New York City subway system. Bloomberg is right.

Power, patents, competition, and ecosystems: Google’s bid for Motorola Mobility

Ross Dawson

Yesterday I was interviewed on ABC TV about Google’s bid for Motorola Mobility. Below are excerpts from the transcript of the interview on ABC.

Storm over Boston

Doc Searls

It’s just a summer thunderstorm. Nothing exceptional. … And now, a few minutes later, the sun is out and we have rainbows in Cambridge.

Why I Love D’Arcy Norman’s Blog

Nancy White

I have lost track of my blog readers, buffeted by eddies of excess digital content. It has been a long time since I visited D’Arcy’s blog.

A response to the Baroness

Mind Hacks

The Independent have just published a letter I wrote to them in response to their recent opinion piece by Susan Greenfield. This is clearly nonsense.

Math in the Brain: Change from 2nd to 3rd Grade

Eide Neurolearning

From Stanford comes this study looking at the difference in brain fMRI patterns of 2nd vs. 3rd graders working on arithmetic. Eide Neurolearning Blog.

Travels, travails, & thought

Clark Quinn

In case you’ve been wondering about my relative paucity of posting, let me confess that I’ve been on the road almost non-stop for months. I’m not bragging or looking for sympathy, I’m just explaining (also mentioning that this is not usual for me). And more time at home in-between. And the time with family was fabulous.

Concorso Italiano

Jay Cross

This afternoon Uta and I motored over to the Concorso Italiano in Laguna Seca, “a celebration of Italian style&# on the Laguna Seca Golf Course.

It’s Facebook Week on Share&Learn

Jane Hart

It’s Facebook Week on Share&Learn 15-19 August. Each weekday there will be a discussion on a different aspect of using Facebook for learning.

It’s pronoun or never

Mind Hacks

Scientific American has a fascinating interview with psychologist James Pennebaker? Pronouns were reflecting people’’s abilities to change perspective.

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Berkman Buzz

David Weinberger

This week’s Berkman Buzz : Incoming fellow Vivek Kundra reflects on his last days at the White House: link. Wendy Seltzer talks Google, Motorola, and patents: link. Ethan Zuckerman interviews Sasha Costanza-Chock about his plans as a new Assistant Professor of Civic Media at MIT: link.

It need not be new to be great

Jay Cross

Today a mind-blowing array of gorgeous old automobiles drove into Carmel and parked for a few hours on Ocean Avenue. This post is not about cars. (If

Signposts for the Week Ending August 19

Adaptive Path

As we get prepared for UX Week next week here in San Francisco (and hope you’ll be joining us), here are a few of the things that we’ve stumbled upon this week that we’ve found interesting: What an iPad Looked Like in 1994. Dance like nobody’s watching …or with the hope that everyone’s watching. Maslow 2.0.