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Jason Calacanis: "Blogging Is Dead" & Why "Stupid People Shouldn't Write" "Blogging is largely dead.

Jason Calacanis: "Blogging Is Dead" & Why "Stupid People Shouldn't Write"

" "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. " Serial entrepreneur and publisher Jason Calacanis has never been opposed to saying what is on his mind. In fact, it is the characteristic that has helped him rise to the top of the Internet publishing world. Why Google Earth Can't Show You Israel. 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.

US funds secret 'internet in a suitcase' for dissidents (Build 20110608151458)

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. Advertisement The invisible web Shadow mobile phone system. 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.

Heart With No Beat Offers Hope Of New Lease On Life : NPR (Build 20110608151458)

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. The search for the perfect artificial heart seems never-ending. But Dr. When Hard Books Disappear (Build 20110608151458) [Translations: Japanese] Hard books are on their way to extinction.

When Hard Books Disappear (Build 20110608151458)

Biologists maintain a concept call a “type specimen.” Every species of living organism has many individuals of noticeable variety. There are millions of Robins in America, for instance, all of them each express the Robin-ness found in the type of bird we have named Turdus migratorius. iCloud and Apple’s truth: can you win if you don’t play? Last Monday, Steve Jobs debuted one of Apple's boldest products to the world, iCloud.

iCloud and Apple’s truth: can you win if you don’t play?

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. 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.

Spanish police website hit by Anonymous hackers

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. The hackers managed to keep www.policia.es offline for about an hour from 2130 GMT on 12 June. Spanish authorities would not confirm that Anonymous was behind the attack, saying only that the site was offline.

However, a statement was posted on a website linked to Anonymous, claimed responsibility for the hack, which it called #OpPolicia. "Big Content" Is Strangling American Innovation - James Allworth - The Conversation. 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.

"Big Content" Is Strangling American Innovation - James Allworth - The Conversation

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. But the threats are not just external. One of the greatest threats to the US’s ability to innovate lies within: specifically, with the music and movie business. AOL's Patch Takes on Groupon with Patch Deals, Powered by AmEx's Serve Platform. 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.

AOL's Patch Takes on Groupon with Patch Deals, Powered by AmEx's Serve Platform

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.

A field guide to bullshit - opinion - 13 June 2011 - New Scientist (Build 20110413222027) Read full article Continue reading page |1|2 How do people defend their beliefs in bizarre conspiracy theories or the power of crystals?

A field guide to bullshit - opinion - 13 June 2011 - New Scientist (Build 20110413222027)

Philosopher Stephen Law has tips for spotting their strategies.