Search Blogs

While thinking about search functionality aspect of WordPress Atlas, I was reminded of Search Hat and MSN SearchPoint ideas which I blogged about in 2004. MSN team seemed receptive but Google implemented it first then dropped it for various reasons. In context of the Atlas, the idea is best described as as Search Blog. But, ironically, this term is difficult to search for obvious reasons. John Battelle even uses it in his blog’s name. Maybe someone will come up with a better name. Search Blog is a blog about other blogs/websites. It’s primary function is to provide a search context. Simple, seemingly familiar yet distinct in usage. Don’t remember if Yahoo directories allowed each directory to be used as search context. It’s an obvious idea in hindsight. Jury is out on whether it’ll be popular however. Atlas needs to be a Search Blog as well.
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WordPress Atlas

Disclaimer: This is a personal side-project, not an official Automattic project, and in no way reflects official plans. In Beyond Future of WordPress Platform, I wrote:
WordPress Atlas – uses data-science to pull blogs and websites into neighborhoods, towns, and cities based on topics, interests, and relations. Intention is to use real world metaphors to make discovery and sense of community more natural and explicit than, say, blogroll or news aggregators.
I now think the Atlas without data-science. How?
Using what we already have: blogs, bloggers, blogging tools, and WP community. So WordPress Atlas is just a loosely-coupled network of blogs using a new class of themes, themes that displays blog contents in a way that looks map-like. Atlas blog contents are information about other blogs. Yes, Atlas blogs are like Linklogs but more visual-centric. What does it look like? Rather what does this reminds you of? screenshot_265.png Pinterest!
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24 year old student lights match: Europe versus Facebook

If you are interested in social networks, don’t miss the slick video about Max Schrems’ David and Goliath struggle with Facebook over the way they are treating his personal information.  Click on the red “CC” in the lower right-hand corner to see the English subtitles.

Max is a 24 year old law student from Vienna with a flair for the interview and plenty of smarts about both technology and legal issues.  In Europe there is a requirement that entities with data about individuals make it available to them if they request it.  That’s how Max ended up with a personalized CD from Facebook that he printed out on a stack of paper more than a thousand pages thick (see image below). Analysing it, he came to the conclusion that Facebook is engineered to break many of the requirements of European data protection.  He argues that the record Facebook provided him finds them to be in flagrante delicto.  

The logical next step was a series of 22 lucid and well-reasoned complaints that he submitted to the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (Facebook states that European users have a relationship with the Irish Facebook subsidiary).  This was followed by another perfectly executed move:  setting up a web site called Europe versus Facebook that does everything right in terms using web technology to mount a campaign against a commercial enterprise that depends on its public relations to succeed.

Europe versus Facebook, which seems eventually to have become an organization, then opened its own YouTube channel.  As part of the documentation, they publicised the procedure Max used to get his personal CD.  Somehow this recipe found its way to reddit  where it ended up on a couple of top ten lists.  So many people applied for their own CDs that Facebook had to send out an email indicating it was unable to comply with the requirement that it provide the information within a 40 day period.

If that seems to be enough, it’s not all.  As Max studied what had been revealed to him, he noticed that important information was missing and asked for the rest of it.  The response ratchets the battle up one more notch: 

Dear Mr. Schrems:

We refer to our previous correspondence and in particular your subject access request dated July 11, 2011 (the Request).

To date, we have disclosed all personal data to which you are entitled pursuant to Section 4 of the Irish Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 (the Acts).

Please note that certain categories of personal data are exempted from subject access requests.
Pursuant to Section 4(9) of the Acts, personal data which is impossible to furnish or which can only be furnished after disproportionate effort is exempt from the scope of a subject access request. We have not furnished personal data which cannot be extracted from our platform in the absence of is proportionate effort.

Section 4(12) of the Acts carves out an exception to subject access requests where the disclosures in response would adversely affect trade secrets or intellectual property. We have not provided any information to you which is a trade secret or intellectual property of Facebook Ireland Limited or its licensors.

Please be aware that we have complied with your subject access request, and that we are not required to comply with any future similar requests, unless, in our opinion, a reasonable period of time has elapsed.

Thanks for contacting Facebook,
Facebook User Operations Data Access Request Team

What a spotlight

This throws intense light on some amazingly important issues. 

For example, as I wrote here (and Max describes here), Facebook’s “Like” button collects information every time an Internet user views a page containing the button, and a Facebook cookie associates that page with all the other pages with “Like” buttons visited by the user in the last 3 months. 

If you use Facebook, records of all these visits are linked, through cookies, to your Facebook profile - even if you never click the “like” button.  These long lists of pages visited, tied in Facebook’s systems to your “Real Name identity”, were not included on Max’s CD. 

Is Facebook prepared to argue that it need not reveal this stored information about your personal data because doing so would adversely affect its “intellectual property”? 

It will be absolutely amazing to watch how this issue plays out, and see just what someone with Max’s media talent is able to do with the answers once they become public. 

The result may well impact the whole industry for a long time to come.

Meanwhile, students of these matters would do well to look at Max’s many complaints:

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date

topic

status

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01

18-AUG-2011

Pokes.
Pokes are kept even after the user “removes” them.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

02

18-AUG-2011

Shadow Profiles.
Facebook is collecting data about people without their knowledge. This information is used to substitute existing profiles and to create profiles of non-users.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

03

18-AUG-2011

Tagging.
Tags are used without the specific consent of the user. Users have to “untag” themselves (opt-out).
Info: Facebook announced changes.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

04

18-AUG-2011

Synchronizing.
Facebook is gathering personal data e.g. via its iPhone-App or the “friend finder”. This data is used by Facebook without the consent of the data subjects.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

05

18-AUG-2011

Deleted Postings.
Postings that have been deleted showed up in the set of data that was received from Facebook.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

06

18-AUG-2011

Postings on other Users’ Pages.
Users cannot see the settings under which content is distributed that they post on other’s pages.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

07

18-AUG-2011

Messages.
Messages (incl. Chat-Messages) are stored by Facebook even after the user “deleted” them. This means that all direct communication on Facebook can never be deleted.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

08

18-AUG-2011

Privacy Policy and Consent.
The privacy policy is vague, unclear and contradictory. If European and Irish standards are applied, the consent to the privacy policy is not valid.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

09

18-AUG-2011

Face Recognition.
The new face recognition feature is an inproportionate violation of the users right to privacy. Proper information and an unambiguous consent of the users is missing.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

10

18-AUG-2011

Access Request.
Access Requests have not been answered fully. Many categories of information are missing.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

11

18-AUG-2011

Deleted Tags.
Tags that were “removed” by the user, are only deactivated but saved by Facebook.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

12

18-AUG-2011

Data Security.
In its terms, Facebook says that it does not guarantee any level of data security.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

13

18-AUG-2011

Applications.
Applications of “friends” can access data of the user. There is no guarantee that these applications are following European privacy standards.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

14

18-AUG-2011

Deleted Friends.
All removed friends are stored by Facebook.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

15

18-AUG-2011

Excessive processing of Data.
Facebook is hosting enormous amounts of personal data and it is processing all data for its own purposes.
It seems Facebook is a prime example of illegal “excessive processing”.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

16

18-AUG-2011

Opt-Out.
Facebook is running an opt-out system instead of an opt-in system, which is required by European law.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

 

24-AUG-2011

Letter from the Irish DPC.

 

Letter (PDF)

 

15-SEPT-2011

Letter to the Irish DPC concerning the new privacy policy and new settings on Facebook.

 

Letter (PDF)

17

19-SEPT-2011

Like Button.
The Like Button is creating extended user data that can be used to track users all over the internet. There is no legitimate purpose for the creation of the data. Users have not consented to the use.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

18

19-SEPT-2011

Obligations as Processor.
Facebook has certain obligations as a provider of a “cloud service” (e.g. not using third party data for its own purposes or only processing data when instructed to do so by the user).

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

19

19-SEPT-2011

Picture Privacy Settings.
The privacy settings only regulate who can see the link to a picture. The picture itself is “public” on the internet. This makes it easy to circumvent the settings.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

20

19-SEPT-2011

Deleted Pictures.
Facebook is only deleting the link to pictures. The pictures are still public on the internet for a certain period of time (more than 32 hours).

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

21

19-SEPT-2011

Groups.
Users can be added to groups without their consent. Users may end up in groups that lead other to false impressions about a person.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

22

19-SEPT-2011

New Policies.
The policies are changed very frequently, users do not get properly informed, they are not asked to consent to new policies.

Filed with the Irish DPC

Complaint (PDF)
Attachments (ZIP)

 

Head over to the Office of Inadequate Security

First of all, I have to refer readers to the Office of Inadequate Security, apparently operated by databreaches.net. I suggest heading over there pretty quickly too - the office is undoubtedly going to be so busy you’ll have to line up as time goes on.

So far it looks like the go-to place for info on breaches - it even has a twitter feed for breach junkies.

Recently the Office published an account that raises a lot of questions:

I just read a breach disclosure to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office with accompanying notification letters to those affected that impressed me favorably. But first, to the breach itself:

StudentCity.com, a site that allows students to book trips for school vacation breaks, suffered a breach in their system that they learned about on June 9 after they started getting reports of credit card fraud from customers. An FAQ about the breach, posted on www.myidexperts.com explains:

StudentCity first became concerned there could be an issue on June 9, 2011, when we received reports of customers travelling together who had reported issues with their credit and debit cards. Because this seemed to be with 2011 groups, we initially thought it was a hotel or vendor used in conjunction with 2011 tours. We then became aware of an account that was 2012 passengers on the same day who were all impacted. This is when we became highly concerned. Although our processing company could find no issue, we immediately notified customers about the incident via email, contacted federal authorities and immediately began a forensic investigation.

According to the report to New Hampshire, where 266 residents were affected, the compromised data included students’ credit card numbers, passport numbers, and names. The FAQ, however, indicates that dates of birth were also involved.

Frustratingly for StudentCity, the credit card data had been encrypted but their investigation revealed that the encryption had broken in some cases. In the FAQ, they explain:

The credit card information was encrypted, but the encryption appears to have been decoded by the hackers. It appears they were able to write a script to decode some information for some customers and most or all for others.

The letter to the NH AG’s office, written by their lawyers on July 1, is wonderfully plain and clear in terms of what happened and what steps StudentCity promptly took to address the breach and prevent future breaches, but it was the tailored letters sent to those affected on July 8 that really impressed me for their plain language, recognition of concerns, active encouragement of the recipients to take immediate steps to protect themselves, and for the utterly human tone of the correspondence.

Kudos to StudentCity.com and their law firm, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, for providing an exemplar of a good notification.

It would be great if StudentCity would bring in some security experts to audit the way encryption was done, and report on what went wrong. I don’t say this to be punitive, I agree that StudentCity deserves credit for at least attempting to employ encryption. But the outcome points to the fact that we need programming frameworks that make it easy to get truly robust encryption and key protection - and to deploy it in a minimal disclosure architecture that keeps secrets off-line. If StudentCity goes the extra mile in helping others learn from their unfortunate experience, I’ll certainly be a supporter.

Change of status

My work status has gone through “some changes” recently.

A number of readers have written to me about Mary Jo Foley’s report on a ”goodbye party” thrown at Microsoft a few weeks ago when I officially gave up my role as Chief Architect of Identity.  Others saw Vittorio Bertocci’s kind recollection of the progress we made over the years.

When Tim Cole interviewed me about my plans a few days later at the European Identity Conference, I hadn’t made the slightest progress in terms of thinking about my future…  I did say, though, that I hoped to keep my hand in the identity and social computing space to the extent that people found my input useful.

One way to do this was to look for opportunities to participate in interesting efforts on a per-project basis.  It turns out that within a few days I was asked to do this with Microsoft over the summer.  Not exactly a complete change (!) but it still feels liberating and different.

Don’t worry - I won’t bore you with reports on my gigs going forward, but thought in the interests of full disclosure, you should know how this particular situation is evolving :)

Takeaway:  Life is good, and even more than ever, this blog represents my own views, which can’t be blamed on anyone else even when I wish they could.

Workshop on using on-line tools….

chm-logoWe did our first workshop at LaunchHouse on “using on-line tools” last night. It was attended by over 40 people.  The original idea was to provide hints, tips and caveats on how to get the most out of on-line collaborative and productivity tools. That morphed into “how to run a business” on-line.

But I’ve been preparing to build a Computer History Museum at the Shaker|LaunchHouse location - and I met with the folks at the Virginia Marti college earlier yesterday - so I thought “what better opportunity than to use this REAL WORLD project as a way to organize, plan, schedule, coordinate, collaborate and document - all on-line?”

So we did.  Here is the wiki we created in two hours.

We overwhelmed the wifi, had some great Mexican food, did some serious networking and schmoozing and in general - I’d say - had a good time.  What better way to learn and collaborate than under positive circumstances?

Highlights:

- Susan Miler - who’s house I stayed at when I first moved to Cleveland and who has taken my classes - rocked out creating a comprehensive attendees list and survey.  Susan is a local activist and involved (among other places) with REALneo.

- Keven Lenahan- created a logo and brochure template (see above)

- we assembled a database of artifacts.  I have about 15 original ‘thingies’ - dating back to the 50’s which I brought with me from California.  This will serve as the heart of the museum’s collection.

- James Wilson figured out how to embed Google calendars.  Others intuitively grokked the in’s and out of PBworks.  In general - “geeking out” occurred.

- Jay Apple headed the research team

wrapping-up-workshopThe goals were to get everyone to create content, research, build knowledge bases and be a contributing member to a virtual team!  All with on-line tools - and we achieved that!

Who cares iof the wifi gave out and we didn’t finish?

If we did everything last night - what else would there be left to do?

:-)

This workshop is one of the ways that Digital City Mechanics is helping create a “digital city” in this region.  Expect this model to be cloned, packaged and sold - around the world.

Made in the 216

before-the-screen

100 years is a long time

… but we’re starting to see a number of Centennials that are very pertinent.  This year it’s IBM and East Cleveland’s 100 birthday parties.

Next year Shaker heights, the City Club and the West Side Market will celebrate their Centennials.  Here’s a great video IBM did.  We’re gonna start doing senior interviews.

Getting near the end of January 2011 blogging

I’m doing a workshop on On-line tools and running a company on-line at the LaunchHouse on Monday Jan. 24th9grid

Oh Goodey - another open source, distributed social network - the AppleSeed project - it says that it started in 2004

And here’s a great post on Facebook and the one true ID

SmartGrid open source community

Identity and the Independent Web

Facebook is promoting HTML5

We want you to steal from us

Hallelujah, the Free Software Foundation supports Google and the one true open

The pirates are preparing an attack site called “Music Bay”

DreamKumo - a way to fulfill your dreams

Florida Virtual school

Virtual mentoring - by Infinite Family

Here’s something for my wife

IBM’s Centennial Film

Six Mommy and Daddy networks

Silk,

mid-January blogging ‘11

Congrats to Eric Schmidt - one hell of a run!  And good luck to Larry - for sure!  Just think “Google +1

Meanwhile….. Google has taken READER off of the top menu bar!

The History of Jazz - totally coolio

Wanna see a NEO boonswoggle?  Check out IDEAcrossing. OMG!  they told me: “now that entrepreneurs can upload their business plans, they’ll be able to get funding!” That’s Cleveland for you - courtesy of JumpStart!

Where good ideas come from

We’re going to be building a Computer History exhibit at the LaunchHouse on Lee Rd - so I’m into collecting videos, trivia and artifacts - now.

Speaking of Cleveland and CWRU and the history of the software industry - here is a two part interview with Don Knuth

Coolio Appinions NFL Playoff 2011

Setting a price on selling open Gov Data - interesting points by Ton!

Been checking out Sencha - the world needs a TRUE Flash killer - namely a timeline animation/compositing editor to put an end to Flash - for good!

Ganesh is trouble shooting Macs. I guess he’s too important for us measly PC users.

Also been getting good at Prezi.com - highy recommended.

Tele-presence robots

More popular than Angry Birds

Speaking of football and tomorrow’s games - here’s something for all you beer drinkers

You want fish - we got fish!

The Internet by numbers

courtesy of my friend Geoff Workman

Email
107 trillion – The number of emails sent on the Internet in 2010.
294 billion – Average number of email messages per day.
1.88 billion – The number of email users worldwide.
480 million – New email users since the year before.
89.1% – The share of emails that were spam.
262 billion – The number of spam emails per day (assuming 89% are spam).
2.9 billion – The number of email accounts worldwide.
25% – Share of email accounts that are corporate.

Websites
255 million – The number of websites as of December 2010.
21.4 million – Added websites in 2010.

Web servers
39.1% – Growth in the number of Apache websites in 2010.
15.3% – Growth in the number of IIS websites in 2010.
4.1% – Growth in the number of nginx websites in 2010.
5.8% – Growth in the number of Google GWS websites in 2010.
55.7% – Growth in the number of Lighttpd websites in 2010.

Domain names
88.8 million – .COM domain names at the end of 2010.
13.2 million – .NET domain names at the end of 2010.
8.6 million – .ORG domain names at the end of 2010.
79.2 million – The number of country code top-level domains (e.g. .CN, .UK, .DE, etc.).
202 million – The number of domain names across all top-level domains (October 2010).
7% – The increase in domain names since the year before.

Internet users
1.97 billion – Internet users worldwide (June 2010).
14% – Increase in Internet users since the previous year.
825.1 million – Internet users in Asia.
475.1 million – Internet users in Europe.
266.2 million – Internet users in North America.
204.7 million – Internet users in Latin America / Caribbean.
110.9 million – Internet users in Africa.
63.2 million – Internet users in the Middle East.
21.3 million – Internet users in Oceania / Australia.

What a great country we live in

Crazy person starts shooting people - gun sales increase.

Glock sales shot up 60% this week.  The same thing happened after the Virginia Tech shootings.

I can’t express you how embarrassing and f*cked up this is.

These cowards hide behind the Bill of Rights - and arm gangsters - and crazy people and then fight against health care coverage!

glenn-beckAnd here’s Glenn Beck - showing what it takes to be an American and a Republican.

Yet the Democrats let them get away with it.

Who’s worse?

The hypocrites or the one’s who let them get away with it?

R-T video rising

I’ve been a multimedia nerd for over 30 years now and I’ve been watching the evolution of real-time video calling, conferencing, narrowcasting, recording, storing, on-demand evolve.

Just today alone - in my Techmeme are:

- Google embedding video in Google Docs

- Salesforce buying DimDim

- Skype buying Qik

- Group video calling  comes to xxxx

- and the on-going evolution of NetFlix, Hulu and YouTube.

This train is leaving the station.  Most of the projects I’m involved in need embedded real-time video phone calls - inside the browser page.  We need full open APIs into the namespace, full feature set and to be able to route and match any of our calling customers - together.

May the best service win - go - give it to us - immediately!

Our 1st X-Mas in Cleveland

ho-ho-ho-familyBeen having some wonderful time off so I can focus on my family and friends.

My friend George married Kathleen and I’ve been invited to some monster parties - so I’m starting to feel the love.

The Case Connection Zone is heading into the New Year - guns blazing - and I’m looking forward to concluding some STEM programs I’ve been doing, as well as starting some new programs with the Inter-Generational School this spring.  We built a network for the Ingenuity folks - and we’re hoping to match artists to technologists - in all sorts of venues.

Including the LaunchHouse.  And RET3.  And the Cleveland Housing Network.  And this guy named Ed Parker - has a wonderful venue I want to put on some shows at.

All sorts of relationships are forming, with the New Bridge Center for Art and Technology - as well as a continuing relationship at Case with their think[box] entrepreneurial activities.  I even got to do a colloquium at the Cog Sci department.

Now it’s time to build a body of ‘inter-disciplinary’ supporters, classes, students and faculty.

logo-3Most of all - I’m focused on Digital City Mechanics.  I’ve been locked up/heads down working on a new video to explain our Digital City project - to normal people.

The kids are starting to go stir crazy.  Hmmmm - maybe ice skating today?

Now ask me “what do I think - a year + 1/2 later after moving here?”

I love it.

I can scan the world’s headlines, find out the best new food around - and fine even better food - here!  What else could a foodie ask for?

The Schvitz.

A truly Digital City with Digital Citizens working Digital Jobs.

It’s worse then you think

chairsHere’s a great article on one woman’s attempt to teach in public schools. She recounts the tragedy of a broken system and how just hopeless the situation is for most kids today in urban schools - around this great country of ours.

The rich can successfully educate their youth, while the poor stay poor.  Its a modern day caste system.

I too have been going into public schools and trying to teach.  My approach has been the opposite of “No Child Left Behind”.  I’m simply trying to identify the one’s who have sparkles in their eyes and give them a leg up.  This is part of the “methodology” I’m developing to teach ANYWAY the new hi-tech skills needed for jobs of today.

I highly recommend that everyone reading this blog post go out - and volunteer to teach in public urban schools.

Here’s the result of our summer program here in Cleveland - “FuturisticYoungIdeas

Pretty near to the last blogging for 2010

Skype video group calling

Yes indeed = platform lock-in still exists - great argument for open standards!

I’m rocking with Prezi today

Quora rising

Intel ‘Threading’ technology used for creating simple dependency graph

SCVNGR + Geo services = killer app

Looks like I don’t have to convince people that they need to put their faces on-line

One good thing the Obama administration has done was fund the Grateful Dead archiveI guess not everybody is happy about it.  Of course some of us have been listening to the unofficial Dead archive on Archive.org for yearsBut this new official looks great!

Food communities rising - in real-time - Foodspotting

Leo Laporte is printing money. He never did return my email.

Logo antenna patent application from Apple

Hulu finally gets hierarchical

Digital nativity story

BeachMint and their first vertical celeb endorsement site JewelMint

What Facebook can give back to the Web

iPhone check-in loyalty awards from Hardee’s and Carl’s jr.

Snowmaggeon 2010 crowdsourcing

Sixty symbols and the periodic table of videos

Ho Ho Ho we ain’t done blogging in 2010 – yet

I simply HAD to blog about the Disney Interactive cakes:

Think back, if you will, to the last time you ate a birthday cake. Don’t you remember griping about how it didn’t really do anything? Well, Disney’s looking to fix all that with interactive cakes. Yes, birthday cakes with pico-projectors.

Just when people were perfecting the non-interactive cake, Disney had to go and throw this curveball. Their recently awarded patent for “Projector Systems and Methods For Producing Digitally Augmented, Interactive Cakes and Other Food Products” has changed the cake game forever. StitchKingdom anticipates what we might find in this strange new world:

The system would be capable of detecting the topography of a cake which essentially means that if a slice were to be cut out, it could detect the missing piece and respond appropriately. For example, cut out a slice where there’s a simulated lake and you may instantly create a waterfall in which water is now represented as flowing down the sides of the new missing cake portion. Additionally, props and specially coded utensils could trigger events such as Tinker Bell flying around the cake and leaving a trail of pixie dust when someone waves a wand in front of the cake. Perhaps Captain Hook would instantly appear and draw his sword, preparing for battle, as someone approaches the cake with a knife.

While kids will undoubtedly love the chance to play with their food, Disney’s interactive cakes should streamline the birthday process for parents, too. “Here’s your cake.” “But where are all my presents?” “We got you this pico-projector.” Done! [StitchKingdom via Engadget]

Watch out world - Next New Networks - is happening. Maybe creating GOBS of on-line multimedia will become a trend?

I can’t wait till Blair Levin comes to Cleveland - so I can ask him about Net Neutrality. This is a big issue and I gotta say I’m feeling fairly betrayed by the Obama administration right now.

I can’t wait for the Chicago version of Boardwalk Empire. I wonder if they’ll feature cut-out fingers at the Stock Yards?

Citizen Scientists rising

Lessons for Cleveland

Sonic Solutions is the resultant roll up of a number of leading digital media companies - including DiVX. Now THEY’VE been bought. What is the future of desktop based media editing?  Will Adobe put out a HTML5 Flash killer?

And it looks like the rats are bailing ship from the White House. It’ll be interesting to see what these former technocrats who were former Googlers - do.

Open Conversations!

Robert better check with Hugh Forrest first before using the SXSW moniker and doing ANYTHING that affects SXSW without Hugh’s permission.

X-Mas time blogging ‘10

It would be AWESOME if Google’s new “+1″ underlying social fabric includes real-time multi-point video conferencing. We can ALL become Leo Laporte and Steve Gillmor!

I signed up for Expertnet - but no one has told me I have permission to be part of the community = yet.

I’ve been working with STEM students - so this list of 10 on-line resources for science students is AWESOME! Unfortunately the CMSD does not allow video on any of their machines!

The school of Webcraft

I just love the notion of virtual pop-up books. Imagine this applied to Polymers, the History of the Blues or Diabetes care?

Cities are using social media for economic revival

From David Galbraith…. Poland’s Underground state:

schemat-50

Pepto Bismol social media,

University of Hawaii marching band