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David Weinberger's Blog There's a really interesting (free) article by Amol Sharma in the Wall Street Journal about Google's expected cellphone software, and whether Google will be able to do the necessary deals with the mobile carriers. In addition to providing core Google apps (search, maps, YouTube, etc.), the rumor is that the Google mobile operating system will be open to developers who want to use the phone's services, such as GPS data. The article includes this from Microsoft: Microsoft executives question what impact Google will have. "The idea that there are all these things software developers can't do — it's just not true," said John O'Rourke, general manager of Microsoft's Windows Mobile unit said. "It's hard to imagine what huge breakthroughs [Google] is going to have." If it's true that the Microsoft Mobile OS gives access to the same services as the... (more)

Leopard - The Little Things and Virtual Desktops

David Weinberger's Blog I've used systems before that provide multiple desktops. It's such a sensible idea. Yet they've never become a part of my usual work environment. It turns out that the problem may have been something as simple as providing a visual transition from one desktop to another. With Leopard, desktops quickly slide out of the way to make room for the one you're entering. That little bit of eye candy provides a geographical reference that makes the multiple desktops feel like having multiple screens plugged in to your computer. That's orientation geographically-cha... (more)

The Pirate Bay and The Pirate Google

ThePirateBay has links to content hosted elsewhere that’s available for download using the BitTorrent protocol. The site also provides a search engine for finding that content, and a page for each torrent with information about the content. It doesn’t distinguish between content that’s protected by copyright and content that isn’t. The four founders of ThePirateBay were convicted by a Swedish court last week. They were fined a middling amount, and were sentenced to a year in jail. (”What’re you in for?” “Improper use of metadata.”) Now there is ThePirateGoogle, created by someon... (more)

More on Google Wave

From Shannon Clark, from a mailing list, with permission (and a very few light edits because of its original mailing list context): I just got back from Google IO - but couldn't hangout as long as I wanted to this afternoon, but I did talk with some of the Wave team. It is not yet released, they have published dev docs and are taking signups for people who are interested and they are working on opening it up as quickly as possible. From what I've seen so far, it indeed looks exceptionally cool - and is very important to the future of the web. It is also, and this is a key point, t... (more)

Boston: The New Marketing Hub!

As everyone knows, Boston is the Hub of the Universe. The fact has been well-documented in Boston tourist literature, and in the way Bostonians superciliously ignore outsiders. Super-superciliously! We couldn’t do it if we weren’t the hub! Now Scott Kirsner has proved that Boston is also the hub of the new wave of marketing literature, and he’s built the Amazon list to prove it. [Tags: marketing web_marketing twitter boston the_hub ] ... (more)