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Fixing our fraying Internet infrastructure

Fixing our fraying Internet infrastructure

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Building a 21st Century Broadband Superhighway U.S. technological leadership is in a state of decline. Once the unequivocal frontrunner in information technology and telecommunications, the U.S. has fallen from 1st to between 15th and 21st in the world in terms of broadband access, adoption, speeds and prices. The most recent data from OECD (through June 2008) underscores the fact that the U.S. broadband penetration ranking remains stagnant.

Hoover's Profiles: The Malcolm Group plc to The Metropolita Unanswered Questions New Answers Q&A Categories Coupons Running robots A cheetah running in its natural environment is an elegant, fluid display of biomechanics. What if robots could run the same way, and be deployed for search and rescue operations in areas where conventional vehicles cannot go? According to University of Delaware assistant professor Ioannis Poulakakis, a large fraction of the Earth's surface remains inaccessible to conventional wheeled or tracked vehicles, while animals and humans traverse such terrain with ease and elegance. He believes that legs have the potential to extend the mobility of robots, enabling them to become useful in real-world situations, such as search and rescue. Poulakakis is the principal investigator of a three-year, $265,532 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a family of systematic control strategies that work together with the robot's natural dynamics to generate fast, reliable and efficient running motions.

Content Curation Primer Photo by Stuck in Customs What is Content Curation? Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. The work involves sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information. A content curator cherry picks the best content that is important and relevant to share with their community. It isn’t unlike what a museum curator does to produce an exhibition: They identify the theme, they provide the context, they decide which paintings to hang on the wall, how they should be annotated, and how they should be displayed for the public.

Rethinking the Computer at 80 Jim Wilson/The New York Times Peter G. Neumann Less Selection, Tighter Wallets Are the New Normal as Retail Rec Careful shoppers and leaner store shelves will be the norm as retail recovers in 2010, and that state of affairs could last a while, according to a new study. The annual Global Powers of Retailing 2010 report by consultants Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu forecasts stores will see sales recover in the short term. But it also warns retailers face a tougher environment during the next decade that will force changes in how and what they sell. %%DynaPub-Enhancement class="enhancement contentType-HTML Content fragmentId-1 payloadId-61603 alignment-right size-small"%% Retailers will have a good year in 2010 "not a great year, but pretty good," said Ira Kalish, director of global economics for Deloitte Research. Several countries, including the U.S., are emerging from the recession and facing pent-up consumer demand, which should drive higher sales.

Blog Archive » Solar-panel “trees” really are inferior (or: “In which hopelessly inept journalists reduce me to having to debunk a school science project”) This article is reproduced from here. For some reason it has been taken down from his blog… I have the intention of writing this very post on this blog, and I may well still do so, but for now here is someone else’s… Just to be clear, this is not a scam! It is, however, a really good example of really sloppy journalism.

'book site' in Content Curation World Robin Good: Pathbrite is a new web service which allows you to collect, bring together and layout any kind of media content (from video clips, to images and text) to create a visually compelling personal portfolio of skills and experiences. In fact, Pathbrite can be used for any number of purposes that involve creating a good looking web presence in which one can easily bring together different types of content to create a "collection". A music band video portfolio, a photographer book and list of achievements, a sport master illustrated hall of fame. From the official site: "Curate all your stuff to create beautiful portfolios. Arrange and describe all your digital artifacts in a way that tells your whole story—tailored for any audience."

Comcast, Verizon Wireless, and Time Warner Cable. When Will the Rest of Us Get Google’s Gigabit-per-Second Service? Call it the miracle on Francis Street. Last year Ryan and Jenny Carpenter got a deal seemingly too good to be true in their Kansas City, Missouri, neighborhood: an installer from Google Fiber wired their bungalow to give them at least 50 times their previous Internet access speed and a substantially better TV service, all for only $125 a month, tax included—just a few dollars more than they’d been paying Time Warner Cable. Ryan Carpenter still speaks in amazed tones of the December night when he simultaneously streamed four high-definition TV shows (two Christmas specials, an episode of The Office, and a Kansas University basketball game), recording three of them on the included two-terabyte DVR. That’s two more shows than he could previously watch at once, with plenty of capacity to spare. “It just blows my mind—we can be running video via Wi-Fi on two smartphones and on two laptops, and also be watching and recording TV shows all at the same time,” he says.

THE STRIP: Observers see CityCenter siphoning business from othe CityCenter has gotten lots of glowing press about its design and amenities since the $8.5 billion project began opening this month. Predictions about how well the 5,800-room mixed-use project will attract new customers to Las Vegas are a bit more dour, though. In a report looking at projections for 2010, CB Richard Ellis casino consultant Jacob Oberman, for instance, predicts that Strip gaming and nongaming revenues will increase 3 percent to 7 percent next year, but 70 percent to 90 percent of CityCenter's initial revenues will come at the expense of other Strip properties.

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