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APML, OpenAuth, OpenSocial, VRM, Attention and Intention

Over at On the Pod, Duncan Riley hosts a rambling but intriguing chat about APML and its relationship with the latest Social Network developments: Ashley Angell, Chris Saad (Faraday Media) and Jon Cianciullo (Cluztr) join Duncan Riley to discuss APML, OpenAuth, OpenSocial and how we are moving towards open data sharing. Even with the audio […]

ICANN punts… and scores!

Responding to ICANN‘s call for comments, I submitted a comment asking ICANN to reject the proposed changes to WHOIS. And they listened. Actually, I doubt that it was my comment that made the difference, but kudos to everyone who took the time to give their input, even those that disagreed with me. (Note that link […]

The future

Future from That about sums it up sometimes, doesn’t it?

Open comment to ICANN on WhoIs changes

If you haven’t already, you might considering reviewing the current proposed ICANN changes to Whois and consider sending in your comments. Mine follow. In short, the proposed changes are more than morally questionable, they undermine the core infrastructure that keeps the Internet working. (Many thanks to Doc Searls for pointing me to this issue.) Dear […]

Credit Industry needs new integration paradigm… think VRM and Personal Data Stores

Slashdot brings us this article highlighting yet another picture-perfect case for the VRM Personal Data Store: Technical Writing Geek writes with the news that the retail industry is getting mighty fed up over credit card company policies requiring them to store payment data. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has gone to bat for store owners, […]

Midland Accent

Doc Searls points me to this accent test. Tells me I’ve got no accent. Hmph. What American accent do you have? Your Result: The Midland   “You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, […]

Microsoft & Personal Health Records, Take 1

Microsoft launched its Personal Health Record initiative yesterday, according to the New York Times: The company‚Äôs consumer health offering includes a personal health record, as well as Internet search tailored for health queries, under the name Microsoft HealthVault ( The personal information, Microsoft said, will be stored in a secure, encrypted database. Its privacy controls, […]