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Saturday will be different. Thanks to a legion of netizens armed with video cameras, the day’s unfolding across the world will be recorded, uploaded and then sealed in a video time capsule to inform and amuse future generations. Director Kevin MacDonald, best known for and , is urging everyone in the world to film a slice of their lives Saturday and upload it to YouTube. He plans to sift through it all, weaving our collective days into a single documentary called , a “unique experiment in social filmmaking” to document one specific day in our lives for future generations to watch, with footage ranging from the whimsical to the dead serious.
May. 12, 2008 | by Alisa Leonard We’re not at social computing utopia yet, but the latest announcements from MySpace, Facebook and Google on their various data portability initiatives are exciting. After months of being members of the Data Portability Workgroup, these announcements (although made separately) appear to be the first of what I hope to be many:
CODE CRUSADER: IBM fellow and self-proclaimed "software archaeologist" Grady Booch has made it his mission to preserve old computer programs and encourage software developers to adopt a more uniform approach to writing their programs. Image: Courtesy of IBM Most people surf the Web, gab on their cell phones, and stop for cash at an automated teller machine (ATM) with nary a thought of how they're able to accomplish these feats.
Technology :: News :: July 9, 2010 :: :: Email :: Print At Microsoft's Eighth Annual Imagine Cup finals this week, 400 students from the around the world presented software that, among other things, improves health care delivery, aids rescue workers and tackles traffic jams By Larry Greenemeier
Georgia Tech researchers have developed a tool called Collage that will allow Internet dissidents to insert hidden messages into Twitter posts and Flickr images in order to circumvent the censorship measures imposed by oppressive governments. The tool, which is implemented in Python and uses the OutGuess framework , relies on a technique known as steganography to weave hidden messages into an image file. It uses an automated testing tool called Selenium to facilitate the deployment of the messages.
<img src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/business/2010/07/thegreatwall_dbtek.jpg" alt="" title="thegreatwall_dbtek" width="334" height="500" class="alignright size-full wp-image-20686" /> Google got its Chinese visa extended Friday, but that doesn’t mean the company is having a good trip or that China’s censorship has gone away. Google’s application to run Google.cn for another year looked like it was going to be denied by the Chinese government, who decided that simply redirecting all Google.cn users to an unfiltered search site in Hong Kong wasn’t acceptable. Perhaps they found it a bit too clever and easy for Google. Now Google has replaced the search box on Google.cn with a picture of a search box, which when clicked on takes the user to Google.hk.com — adding another click between a Chinese citizen and unfiltered search results. That seems to have satisfied the Chinese authorities — and saved them some face — at least for the time being.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-10989" title="failcon" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/business/2009/10/failcon.jpg" alt="failcon" width="660" height="200" /> In Silicon Valley, failure isn’t an option. It’s mandatory.
<img height="439" border="0" width="660" alt="Sergeybrin" title="Sergeybrin" src="/images_blogs/wiredscience/images/2009/03/12/sergeybrin.jpg" /> The ideal combination of the internet and science is to put data (lots of data) into a readily searched database. The hypothesis becomes a search: Want to know what people are prone to which disease? Want to know what genetic backgrounds compel certain behaviors? Run a search.
<img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-20242" title="Slow Down!" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/business/2010/06/slowsign_accessdenied21-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /> There’s a complicated fight in D.C. right now over how the FCC classifies broadband services, so it can regain the power to impose some basic rules on the industry. Free-market groups and the industry are banging the table, arguing against the consequences — saying that the FCC is trying to regulate the internet and will kill innovation. Here’s the simple truth: You don’t want your ISP to innovate. At least not in the way, they want to “innovate.”