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June 1 2011

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10 Great Magazine Ads That Don't Just Sit There Looking Pretty. Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking. I've been to something like one hundred conferences and corporate events in the past several years as I travel the world delivering keynotes and running seminars.

Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking

I've seen a few great speeches. eHarmony Video Bio. Bikinis Made from 3-D Printers Custom Fit Every Curve. Despite being of the male persuasion, even I know that bikini season is no day at the beach.

Bikinis Made from 3-D Printers Custom Fit Every Curve

Why digital agencies need a fresh gene pool. Digital agencies are bastards born out of the loveless marriage between creative agencies and the software industry With my Hyper Island hat on, I’ve recently been working with a large number of advertising and digital agencies here, in the US and in Asia.

Why digital agencies need a fresh gene pool

While all ad agencies are looking to make themselves more digital, it seems clear that embracing the working practices of pure digital shops would be a disaster. Digital agencies are bastards born out of the loveless marriage between creative agencies and the software industry. You remember the software industry: huge projects often funded at taxpayers’ expense that go vastly over budget and are always delayed as scope creep and logical bugs add new requirements and complexity. Time is money and for the big software companies delays could mean additional revenue. John Hagel – Gathering ’11: an opportunity to make meaningful change. Jean Russell interviews opening speaker, John Hagel, on “the power of pull” and the opportunity to make meaningful change at Gathering ’11.

John Hagel – Gathering ’11: an opportunity to make meaningful change

Jean: Hi John, Thank you for sharing with me today. I know we are both excited about Gathering ’11, but I am curious what is the attraction for you? Thiel: Tech Bubble? What Tech Bubble? There has been lots of chatter about a technology bubble in Silicon Valley.

Thiel: Tech Bubble? What Tech Bubble?

LinkedIn’s initial public offering, Groupon’s upcoming I.P.O. and bloated start-up investments and valuations are bringing back painful memories of the dot-com bubble’s burst roughly a decade ago. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg NewsPeter Thiel says the technology industry is missing a key component for a bubble: the ability for the public to invest money.

But this time there is no bubble, says Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder, early Facebook investor and hedge fund manager. “We don’t have a tech bubble for a variety of reasons,” Mr. Thiel said in an interview. Mr. The Blue Ocean in RED - Ideas and Inspiration. Fotolia's Social Media News Release - The blogger's resource to information. Quicklinks AP Images now distribute Fotolia images April 26, 2012 - We're very excited to announce that as of today, APImages will be giving customers access to millions of royalty-free Fotolia images. The collaboration between AP and Fotolia makes this an industry first in one-stop-shop for all imagery needs. "We're excited to be part of yet another industry first by opening up a new market for our 126,000-plus artists", said Oleg Tscheltzoff, co-founder and CEO of Fotolia.

"We believe this is just the first step in a strategic alliance that will allow both of us to continue our industry-leading innovations, grow our companies and benefit our customers. " Fotolia acquires crowd sourcing design community March 15, 2012 - We now offer a new way for designers and clients to stay connected.

Brain Waves Surge Moments Before Death. A study of seven terminally ill patients found identical surges in brain activity moments before death, providing what may be physiological evidence of "out of body" experiences reported by people who survive near-death ordeals.

Brain Waves Surge Moments Before Death

Doctors at George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates recorded brain activity of people dying from critical illnesses, such as cancer or heart attacks. Moments before death, the patients experienced a burst in brain wave activity, with the spikes occurring at the same time before death and at comparable intensity and duration. Writing in the October issue of the Journal of Palliative Medicine, the doctors theorize that the brain surges may be tied to widely reported near-death experiences which typically involve spiritual or religious attributes. At first, doctors thought the electrical surges picked up by electroencephalographs were caused by other machines or cell phones in the rooms of dying patients, lead author Lakhmir Chawla told Discovery News. Do psychics now pose just as big a threat to journalistic verification skills as social media?

Forsook! Google Can't Spell "Facebook" Posted by Tom Foremski - June 8, 2011. Andresen on BitCoin and Virtual Currency. Gavin Andresen, Principal of the BitCoin Virtual Currency Project, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about BitCoin, an innovative attempt to create a decentralized electronic currency.

Andresen on BitCoin and Virtual Currency

Andresen explains the origins of BitCoin, how new currency gets created, how you can acquire BitCoins and the prospects for BitCoin's future. Can it compete with government-sanctioned money? How can users trust it? What threatens BitCoin and how might it thrive? Right-click or Option-click, and select "Save Link/Target As MP3. Readings and Links related to this podcast Highlights.

Malware Gangs Run Ads To Hire New Coders. The Stealthy Anonymart. Is there greater thrill than encountering a new species technology in the wild ?

The Stealthy Anonymart

The blogs Threat Level/Gawker recently reported the appearance of an entirely new genre of technology: an anonymous marketplace, or anonymarket. Out there on the internet is a place where you can buy and sell anything anonymously using untraceable money. Why Some People Eat Dirt. Amid the countless edible plants and animals on Earth, there’s little consideration for the ground beneath our feet.

Why Some People Eat Dirt

Intentionally eating dirt, also called geophagy, is a natural instinct and may serve a greater health purpose. Some humans’ urge to consume clay may stem from the activity’s protective properties for the digestive system, according to new research to be published in The Quarterly Review of Biology. NEWS: Monkey Barfs and Rechews Food After examining 482 cases of human geophagy and 330 records of the practice among animals in a meta-analysis, researchers led by Sera Young of Cornell University discovered that eating dirt had little to do with being hungry or seeking minerals the body might be lacking. Rather, the team found that geophagy may help stave off pathogens in the gut, especially for pregnant women and pre-adolescent children. New Study: Sharing Accounts for 31 Percent of Referral Traffic. Can Positive Thinking Be Negative? Why Your Small Business Should Act Like A Social Media Company. Are you using social media tools to the best of your ability?

Why Your Small Business Should Act Like A Social Media Company

If not, you may be missing out. June 06, 2011. Oracle wants a huge cut of Google's mobile advertising revenue plus compensation for fragmentation of Java. Apple Has Finally Stuck A Dagger Into SMS. I Love It. AOL After the Honeymoon - Jeff Bercovici - Mixed Media. French media tweet and poke ban. 6 June 2011Last updated at 18:36 In future, newsreaders will have to direct viewers to websites without naming them French TV and radio presenters have been banned from mentioning social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter on air.

U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right. A United Nations report said Friday that disconnecting people from the internet is a human rights violation and against international law. The report railed against France and the United Kingdom, which have passed laws to remove accused copyright scofflaws from the internet. It also protested blocking internet access to quell political unrest (.pdf).

While blocking and filtering measures deny users access to specific content on the Internet, states have also taken measures to cut off access to the Internet entirely. The Special Rapporteur considers cutting off users from internet access, regardless of the justification provided, including on the grounds of violating intellectual property rights law, to be disproportionate and thus a violation of article 19, paragraph 3, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Horn Group, Inc. > Blog.

This week I'm pleased to share a recent video interview from our Innovator Series with Tom Foremski, Editor of Silicon Valley Watcher. Horn Group Innovator Series - Tom Foremski, Editor of Silicon Valley Watcher from Horn Group on Vimeo. Tweet late, email early, and don’t forget about Saturday: Using data to develop a social media strategy. Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. Groupon Is Overstating Revenue By 140%, Should Voluntarily Postpone IPO. Blog Archive » The Rolltop Laptop. Analyzing the metered model.