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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. Some come from the media, but many are home-made ideas, photos, drawings, videos, etc.

eLearning Learning Launches New Features

Tony Karrer

Over on eLearning Learning , we've just launched a new version with some great new features.

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

Ross Dawson

Continuing our series of conversations between fellow-futurist Gerd Leonhard of The Futures Agency and myself, here is our session on the future of newspapers.

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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. According to Chunka, this new deal, and the apps on it, …would destroy the fiction that internet, cellular and cable TV are separate, overlapping industries.

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Communities across the chasm

Harold Jarche

Tweet How do you get ideas to spread, especially in organizational communities of practice (often behind the firewall) to encourage innovation?

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An Irish Wake for the PC

Andy McAfee

A post to IBM’s Building a Smarter Planet blog by Mark Dean reminded me that the business PC just had its 30th birthday; the IBM Personal Computer was introduced on August 12, 1981. Many sharp observers realized at the time that this was a big deal.

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. What will this mean given that they already have a large percentage of your workers using their services externally today, yet little practical enterprise experience

United Breaks Relationships

Jay Cross

Here’s a broken business model: Entice your best customers into an affinity club with discounts and goodies. Then, when you have them corralled, mistreat them so badly they will hate dealing with you. Such is United Airlines. And their Star Alliance partners, too.

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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 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

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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!), it also turns out to be a great hands-on way to teach basic design principles to kids.

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. SAP’s Scott Lawley explores how, by leveraging community connections and interactions, a series of expertise dimensions can be measured, computed, and put to good use to improve collaboration

Witch on a hallucinogenic flying broomstick

Mind Hacks

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. One is Rebuilding the software industry, one word at a time , in Kuro5hin. And cool to see that Kuro5hin is still trucking along.) The other is Cluetrain requires conversation.

The State of Digital Education

Jane Hart

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

Stephen Downes: ebook on openness

George Siemens

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Auditory brain trip

Mind Hacks

If you’ve got 15 minutes to spare, you could do far worse than spending it listening to an excellent edition of the Guardian Science Podcast on the neuropsychology of hearing and language.

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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.* Mom’s family, all descendents of Swedish immigrants to homesteads in Minnesota and North Dakota, were the primary attendees, as I recall being told.

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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.

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. It’s that they can’t see the problem.&# – G. Chesterton – via @albybisy.

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. In the middle of his contract, realizing the huge budget cutbacks would not allow him to make the needed changes in the New York City subway system, he bolted.

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. So I looked at the map and saw that there’s a line of strong thunderstorms in a line from New York to Washington. Quite a show.

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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. The interview segments aired were on the value to Google of Motorola’s patent portfolio and the implications for the Android ecosystem. Below are excerpts from the transcript of the interview on ABC.

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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. President John Mancini and his team are certainly aware that times are changing quickly in this area, as are the vendors and customers that make up AIIM’s membership.

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. I stumbled back upon D’Arcy Norman’s blog this afternoon with pure delight.

Storm over Boston

Doc Searls

So here’s the storm happening right now over Boston: Also watching lightning strikes on Lightning Finder , as well as out my window, before I go outside for a better view.

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. She claims that computers are at risk of causing ‘mind change’ while scientists are ignoring the issue. Needless to say, I was not impressed.

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.

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.

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. Photos.

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. Mon 15 Aug – Using Facebook for personal learning/professional development. Tue 16 Aug – Facebook groups and learning.

It’s pronoun or never

Mind Hacks

Scientific American has a fascinating interview with psychologist James Pennebaker? about how your use of pronouns can reveal a surprising amount about you. Much to my surprise, I soon discovered that the ways people used pronouns in their essays predicted whose health would improve the most.

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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. Changes at Chinese search engine Baidu unexpectedly affect traffic to Herdict: link. Hal Roberts explores the relationship between web traffic locality and Internet control in China: 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. They are on their way to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday. For an enthusiast, these are cars to die for. .

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.