Most Interesting Tech Stories of the Day (6/13)

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Jason Calacanis: "Blogging Is Dead" & Why "Stupid People Shouldn't Write" Jason Calacanis: "Blogging Is Dead" & Why "Stupid People Shouldn't Write" "Blogging is largely dead." "There are a lot of stupid people out there ... and stupid people shouldn't write." "There needs to be a better system for tuning down the stupid people and tuning up the smart people."
Why Google Earth Can't Show You Israel Since Google launched its Google Earth feature in 2005, the company has become a worldwide leader in providing high-resolution satellite imagery. In 2010, Google Earth allowed the world to see the extent of the destruction in post-earthquake Haiti. This year, Google released similar images after Japan's deadly tsunami and earthquake. Why Google Earth Can't Show You Israel
In my article earlier today about iClouds chances for success I mentioned that it was likely that we would see some web components of iCloud eventually and that it was too early to gripe about their absence. Now a Macrumors reader has uncovered what seems to be a portion of Apple’s MobileMe architecture that has been ported over to the new iCloud branding. The reader sent themselves an event invitation from inside iOS 5 and got this screen, showing what resembles a MobileMe event page but with iCloud branding, hosted on the iCloud domain. It looks like iCloud will have some web apps after all - Apple (Build 20110608151458) It looks like iCloud will have some web apps after all - Apple (Build 20110608151458)
US funds secret 'internet in a suitcase' for dissidents (Build 20110608151458) Egyptian anti-government bloggers work on their laptops from Cairo's Tahrir square in February. Photo: AFP The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy "shadow" internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks. The effort includes secretive projects to create independent mobile phone networks inside other countries, as well as one operation out of a spy novel in a fifth-floor shop on L Street in Washington, where a group of young entrepreneurs who look as if they could be in a garage band are fitting deceptively innocent-looking hardware into a prototype "internet in a suitcase". Financed with a $US2 million State Department grant, the suitcase could be secreted across a border and quickly set up to allow wireless communication over a wide area with a link to the global internet. US funds secret 'internet in a suitcase' for dissidents (Build 20110608151458)
Heart With No Beat Offers Hope Of New Lease On Life : NPR (Build 20110608151458) Heart With No Beat Offers Hope Of New Lease On Life : NPR (Build 20110608151458) hide captionAn X-ray shows the dual turbinelike blood pumps that replaced Craig Lewis' heart. These devices were used in a last attempt to save his life. Courtesy of the Texas Heart Institute An X-ray shows the dual turbinelike blood pumps that replaced Craig Lewis' heart. These devices were used in a last attempt to save his life.
When Hard Books Disappear (Build 20110608151458) [Translations: Japanese] Hard books are on their way to extinction. Biologists maintain a concept call a “type specimen.” Every species of living organism has many individuals of noticeable variety. When Hard Books Disappear (Build 20110608151458)
iCloud and Apple’s truth: can you win if you don’t play? | This is my next... (Build 20110608151458) Last Monday, Steve Jobs debuted one of Apple's boldest products to the world, iCloud. At long last, the brains in Cupertino seemed as if they were set to fully embrace the internet and its inherent, omnipresent power. There had been rumors swirling previous to the event (and even some slight confirmation from the company) that the new product would encompass all manner of content and services, particularly when it came to your media collections, and even more particularly, your iTunes library. iCloud and Apple’s truth: can you win if you don’t play? | This is my next... (Build 20110608151458)
Spanish police website hit by Anonymous hackers Spanish police website hit by Anonymous hackers 13 June 2011Last updated at 11:50 A member of Spain's Technological Investigation Board displays an Anonymous mask The website of Spain's national police force has been briefly knocked offline by hacker collective Anonymous. The attack on the site was carried out in retaliation for the arrest of three Spanish men the police claimed were 'core' members of the group.
by James Allworth | 11:45 AM March 31, 2011 Innovation has emerged as a key means by which the US can pull itself out of this lackluster economy. In the State of the Union, President Obama referred to China and India as new threats to America’s position as the world’s leading innovator. "Big Content" Is Strangling American Innovation - James Allworth - The Conversation "Big Content" Is Strangling American Innovation - James Allworth - The Conversation
The recently launched digital payment and commerce platform from American Express known as Serve has just announced a new partnership with Patch, AOL's big bet on hyperlocal news and content. Under the new partnership, Serve will power the Patch Deals platform, which will now offer Patch users deals and discounts, Groupon-style, with local merchants on the American Express network. Patch Now Doing Local Deals Patch Deals, like Groupon, Living Social and other similar coupon-sharing startups, is a group-buying deals program that targets local communities. Users sign up for free to receive email alerts from businesses and can then click on any deal that is of interest to them. AOL's Patch Takes on Groupon with Patch Deals, Powered by AmEx's Serve Platform AOL's Patch Takes on Groupon with Patch Deals, Powered by AmEx's Serve Platform
Read full article Continue reading page |1|2 How do people defend their beliefs in bizarre conspiracy theories or the power of crystals? Philosopher Stephen Law has tips for spotting their strategies You describe your new book, Believing Bullshit, as a guide to avoid getting sucked into "intellectual black holes". What are they? A field guide to bullshit - opinion - 13 June 2011 - New Scientist (Build 20110413222027)