The Financial Times accompanies Bill & Melinda Gates as they invest $30bn as founders of world's largest charity, spending more on health than the W.H.O. and creating a legacy that may last long after the world has forgotten Microsoft.
My plane takes off in a couple hours and I still have not packed...here are some cool links Streamline and a few others sent me recently:
Teoma - died :(
PayPal going mobile - text someone a payment...that is what the company was originally going to do in 1999 until they fell into the lap of the huge eBay market
Origami Project - MicroSoft led Ultra-moblie PC
Wetpaint - easy wiki maker (for Gurtie)
Firefox brought in roughly $72 million from Google
the Problem with Global Warming - Seth prefers to call it "Atmosphere cancer" or "Pollution death" ... related to that topic Google's Norvig wrote The Global Climate Change Consensus: My Experiment and Reporters and Parrots
Not often do I run across a blog that's hellbent on cleaning up the blogosphere but Splogfighter has been doing a kick ass job of getting blogger.com and AdSense accounts removed for these people. Some of his lists for a single AdSense account numbers in 100s of splog accounts, one topped 7,000 sites, and they're dropping like flies.
Google's testing some new layouts. In this one they've stretched the background all the way across the screen for the top adwords listings. And in this one they've actually given me a fixed width layout that's smaller than the size of my window/screen. I've also seen them playing with font size, as the entire serps and ads jumped up and down a font size or so.
Well, some say it's pop-ups and pop-unders, others say pop-up blockers, but plenty of sources have reported he's a spammer.. and he's just scored a Gold Medal in the Olympics at Turin.
Dale Begg-Smith started an "online marketing company" at age 14 with his brother out of Vancouver, which became AdsCPM Network (said to be worth $40 million). Now, a millionaire at age 21, he set aside the business for training and it seems to have paid off. He's the best moguler in the world.
The US government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far-flung information from blogs and e-mail to government records and intelligence reports, search for patterns of terrorist activity.
A non-user review is not about using the thing but about the thing itself.
What is Siteadvisor?
In essence Siteadvisor is an addition to your web browser that puts either a green, a yellow or a red icon besides sites as they appear in search engine results (or grey if it knows nothing). It looks a bit like this in google:
The project itself is the complete back-end development for a new, totally unique website. The system will require a whole variety of features, everything from customer accounts to integration with payment processors. It will also need to be very sturdy, as the site is almost certainly going to receive a huge amount of traffic, and the system itself will have to cope with thousands (and possibly tens of thousands) of customers and asssociated information.
Google Maps grayed out the satellite imagery of Ford Field in Detroit where the Super Bowl will be held on February 5, 2006. This same masking has been employed to hide details of important government buildings such as the White House.
An intrepid soul searched and indexed Amazon wishlists and retreieved over 260000 wish lists all neatly listed with location information. He did it under the guise of mimicing homeland security but the data has much more use (for us) a means to determine relative interest in different products and base decisions on them. via boingboing
The Independent (and others) report on a test case for a new European law, the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications, which resulted in a Scottish email spammer being ordered to pay damages in the small claims court for some sample emails.