SExpand For over a year I've been contacting Google and TeleAtlas to update a wrong street address. Sometimes I see cars going there and soon after returning because that street is supposed to be used by pedestrians. Also, it is located along a bird-sanctuary, so imagine a family van going bananas after digging a huge pile of sand and pebbles for walking pavements. Somehow, people are so stupid that they open the access gate that is closed and clearly marked as a different path name and prefer to follow the stupid directions from their GPS!!! I don't know what to do!
Technology Review: Redesigning the Web for Touch Screens Last week, in an essay criticizing Adobe’s Flash platform, Apple CEO Steve Jobs drew attention to, among other things, its lack of support for touch–something essential to the experience of an iPhone or iPad. “Flash was designed for PCs using mice, not for touch screens using fingers,” Jobs wrote. But Flash is hardly the only Web software that wasn’t designed to handle touch, and the advent of touch-based devices “is almost asking the entire Web to change its behavior from what’s been built up over 20 years,” says Raju Vegesna, evangelist for Zoho, a company based in Pleasanton, CA, that produces a suite of complex online Web applications.
Harmonic Acquires Video Storage Company Omneon For $306 Million The online video world has begun to consolidate. Broadcast and online video delivery giant Harmonic has acquired video storage company Omneon for approximately $306 million in cash and Harmonic stock. Harmonic will pay $190 million in cash and issue approximately 17.1 million shares of its stock, which is a total value of $306 million roughly.
Vandalized synagogue in Russia, 2006(Source: Crown Heights Info) Time was when Nazis used to slather swastikas on synagogues and Jewish businesses to prepare the local population for expulsion or much worse. It’s sad that this sort of behavior persists around the world, as a new study by Tel Aviv University shows. But it’s even sadder to see Israelis regularly defacing Palestinian property with Stars of David with equal glee and with what appears to be the same brain-dead mindset. Is the Star of David becoming the new swastika? - Judy Mandelbau
Startup Insights From Paul English, Co-Founder of Kayak I’m just wrapping up several weeks of attending conferences across both coasts. Of the ones I have been to recently, the Nantucket Conference has been my favorite. Startup Insights From Paul English, Co-Founder of Kayak
A Lesson on Elementary, Worldly Wisdom As It Relates To Investment Management & Business Charles Munger, USC Business School, 1994 I'm going to play a minor trick on you today because the subject of my talk is the art of stock picking as a subdivision of the art of worldly wisdom. That enables me to start talking about worldly wisdom—a much broader topic that interests me because I think all too little of it is delivered by modern educational systems, at least in an effective way. And therefore, the talk is sort of along the lines that some behaviorist psychologists call Grandma's rule after the wisdom of Grandma when she said that you have to eat the carrots before you get the dessert. The carrot part of this talk is about the general subject of worldly wisdom which is a pretty good way to start. After all, the theory of modern education is that you need a general education before you specialize.
Bordeaux bargains could be worth the wait Just two weeks ago we noted that Bordeaux is not the best place to find values. And so the annual springtime rite of wine critics, importers and brokers flocking to Bordeaux to taste and pronounce judgment on the latest vintage is typically, at best, a passing curiosity. Equally foreign to most value wine shoppers is the idea of buying Bordeaux “futures,” also known by the French “en primeur.” Just as the term suggests, buying futures means buying the wine before it’s even bottled, up to two years before it will arrive in stores, on the speculation that it will be cheaper now than when it’s released. The futures price is set by the individual chateaux, based on their own – and more importantly the critics’ – assessment of the quality of the vintage, plus factors such as the price and success of the prior vintage, current economic conditions, perceived demand and other variables.
Australian privacy groups target Google Street View The communications watchdog has threatened home insulation installers with fines of $2200 if they contact numbers listed on the Do Not Call Register. The register was launched in July 2006 under the Howard Government to allow consumers to remove themselves from telemarketer call lists, excluding political parties, charities and religious groups. Insulation installers garnered almost 400 complaints spurred by companies calling numbers listed on the registry – 43 per cent of the total received by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
3-D printers, or plastic extrusion machines that can make produc Jay Leno holds a starter switch bezel for a 1956 Packard Caribbean in his… (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles…) Home computer printers gave people the ability to produce bank statements, concert tickets, holiday cards and party invitations at the touch of a button. But what if you wanted to "print out" a dinner plate, the leg of an armchair or an eyeglass frame? It may sound far-fetched and futuristic, but plastic extrusion machines that can do this — popularly known as 3-D printers — are poised to enter the home electronics market. "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno has an industrial version in the warehouse-sized Burbank garage that houses his collection of more than 200 cars and motorcycles.
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