Monthly Archives: March 2008

NY State strikes out against unapproved privacy invasion by online advertisers

Kudos to Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky in the NY State Assembly for taking on GoogleClick and the rest of the back-end invisible online tracking services. The NYT reports A Push to Limit the Tracking of Web Surfers’ Clicks: AFTER reading … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s SearchBar: an integrated tool for Advanced Searches

Microsoft Research recently revealed a new interface, called SearchBar, for tracking Advanced Searches. It’s pretty cool. The video is a must see for anyone interested in next-generation search. And the PDF is solid detail well worth the read. [You might … Continue reading

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NewsGang talks data portability. Next up: Service Portability.

Excellent chat today by Steve Gillmor, Chris Saad, Mary Hodder, Karoli Kuns, Robert W. Anderson, Matt Terenzio, and Bruce Lerner about data portability. They get to the nitty gritty about data portability, licensing, and social networks. Perhaps the best Gang … Continue reading

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Powerset in detail

For those of you who are curious about Powerset‘s natural language search, here is an excellent, in-depth presentation (~1 hour 10 min) at the 2007 International Semantic Web Conference by founder & CTO Barney Pell. Worth watching if next-generation search … Continue reading

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Pricing for Charities: Pay-What-You-Want and VRM

Charitable giving has an intriguing relationship with rational pricing theories. The supply of charitable products is essentially inexhaustible. Price of a charitable gift is not based on supply and demand, with curves meeting at an efficient clearing price. And yet, … Continue reading

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Pricing, Markets, and Demand, VRM style

Economists often talk of markets as price discovery mechanisms, and the freer the market, the more efficiently those prices can be discovered. In fact, in the absence of all transaction costs, free markets assure the efficient allocation of resources, regardless … Continue reading

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PocketMod: The origami PDA

I used to carry a small notebook (~2″x3″) with an equally small pen and would jokingly refer to it as my non-digital PDA whenever I took it out in front of fellow digerati. I mostly kept track of to-do items, … Continue reading

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