As Biz describes in the post, Twitter is being used as a news-wire. The combination of Twitter plus Twitter Search is amazing for tracking real time news or alerts from different keywords. And you don’t have to be a Twitter user to use Twitter search.
I also loved one of the comments in the post by someone named Ed.
"Twitter is so much more than a news wire. It’s faster, unspun, and most significantly, we don’t participate on AP. We don’t share and retweet each other on channel 4.
We dynamically aggregate awareness with Twitter, and want to”
I like that notion a lot. Social real time news.
(disclosure: we are investors in Twitter and I’m on their board)
Yet it has been reblogged 5 times with some great commentary.
Do I wish that all the “conversations” about my post happens on this site? I do love comments. I learn a lot and appreciate the feedback.
But I love and am extremely grateful when people reblog my posts to their tumblelog. To me it’s pretty special because it means that they think so highly of the content that they are willing to put in on their personal blogs.
Here’s a few examples of the folks that reblogged that particular Steve Jobs post.
The NYT and others can’t get enough of the Steve Jobs story.
Is he sick? Is he well?
I don’t believe he needs to disclose his health status publicly. It’s none of our business. Shareholders & Apple’s board need to decide if he’s doing the best job for the company or not. And at this time, no one that could do it better. End of story.
"The New York Times is saying that Steve Jobs doesn’t have cancer, but that he needs to disclose all the information about his medical condition so investors can decide. Gizmodo’s strong rebuttal says that everyone has the right to keep medical records confidential. They argue that, if prominent US presidents legally kept their grave illnesses secret — even while the security of the country was at stake — a simple CEO should be able to do the same: ‘Steve Jobs has the right to keep his medical records private for as long as he wants. Like FDR. Like JFK. Like any single person in this country and the world. It’s our right, as humans, to do so.’”
Steve Jobs’ personal medical condition is private. It is for you and for me too. And that’s how it should be.
Techmeme and SV is buzzing big time about the new search engine Cuil.
I played around with it a bit this morning. It’s fast and the search results are interesting.
But in it’s current form it won’t replace my current favorite search engines for now. Although it will be one to watch.
The reason this particular company and product has received so much attention is because of their founders. They are ex-Google search stars.
And one reason that piques my interest is because non compete agreements are not valid in the state of California. So CA entrepreneurs have more rights & flexability compared to entrepreuneurs in NYC or MA or WA etc.
California has it right. We need to give startups & entrepreneurs the ability to innovate without breaking any NDAs or trade secrets. But they should be able to compete fairly and openly. That is how innovation happens.
Look how many people are leaving Yahoo & Google these days. Should these folks not try to create new killer web services?
I like that idea a lot and it happens on Hacker News. For example, right now the number one story on Hacker News is David Hornik’s comment (defense) on Robert Scoble’s blog post about Silicon Valley VCs.
Here’s the screen shot in case it goes away later:
We went to a fantastic surprise 40th birthday party for our close friend Renee yesterday. We went out for an evening sail out of Provincetown with amazing food and drinks. After the sail we ended up going to a lively karaoke bar in provincetown.
“So think about this: a version of Apple’s app store for Apple TV. This could serve as a basic game platform for Apple–not so basic if the company beefs up the graphic chip in the device. Moreover, apps for Apple TV could offer the sort of info snacking that iPhone apps do: weather, yellow pages, photo sharing, viral videos and so on. I assume video, photos and entertainment apps would be most popular, but there is someone who will do anything. And that’s the beauty of an open environment.”—
We’ve been to Provincetown a number of times. We always have a good time. Great beaches, people, sites and restaurants.
Somehow I never noticed the large photographs of these 5 women (the 5th photo is on the left side hidden from view). They are located on this building along Fishermans Wharf. I took this photo from a boat yesterday. Clearly my photo doesn’t do it justice.
These photographs are a tribute to the women of Provincetown of Portuguese decent.
Norma Holt’s photographs of Almeda Segura, Eva Silva, Mary Jason, Bea Cabral and Frances Raymond, are meant to represent all of the women of Provincetown who over the years have been the backbone of this vital fishing village.
They are powerful and wonderful photographs. Make sure you take a good look if you ever make to Provincetown, Cape Cod.
Dan Kantour built one of my favorite widgets on my old typepad blog called Streampad.
Even though I’ve ditched my typepad blog you can still see the Streampad player in the far right sidebar. It’s a mp3 player that plays all of the audio posts on that blog.
But that blog was ugly and having it in the sidebar wasn’t great looking in my mind.
Well Dan did it again. He is now using Tumblr and he built a version of Streampad for Tumblr. I just turned it on so you can now playback all of the mp3’s I post here by going down to the bottom of this page and click the link that looks like this:
You can skip, go back, pause or goto the actual post page. And it looks fantastic.
My brother is a MD and a fellow at Johns Hopkins. And he’s a dad with two great kids. And he’s also now blogging. His passion (amongst others) is photography and recently he lauched a blog called Serious Compacts.
And even though I dont’ see him leaving medicine for blogging he’s off to a nice start with some good stats already.
The topic was specifically what/if any public policy or government oversight should apply to Deep Packet Inspection technology.
I won’t go into the details of this technology but I cited in my testimony the Wikipedia defintion of DPI which states:
Deep packet inspection (DPI) (or sometimes complete packet inspection) is a form of computer networkpacket filtering that examines the data and/or header part of a packet as it passes an inspection point, searching for non-protocol compliance, viruses, spam, intrusions or predefined criteria to decide if the packet can pass or if it needs to be routed to a different destination, or for the purpose of collecting statistical information. This is in contrast to shallow packet inspection (usually called just packet inspection) which just checks the header portion of a packet.
Deep packet inspection (and filtering) enables advanced securitydata mining, eavesdropping, and censorship. Advocates of net neutrality fear that DPI technology will be used to reduce the openness of the Internet. DPI is currently being used by the enterprise, service providers and governments in a wide range of applications. functions as well as internet
(funny moment: Dr Reed told me & members of Congress that the Wikipedia definition was wrong “as often the case with Wikipedia” which drew a laugh. But then 20 minutes later I restated the definition and he agreed it was correct and he misheard me. Chalk one of for Wikipedia and UGC!)
I have two distinct opinions about DPI.
I believe that DPI has tremendous benefits if used properly, where the consumer, web applications and advertisters can win together. Why should i ever see a pick up ad if I’m never never never going to buy one.
I’m happy to share my data so that I see the most relavant advertising or find the most useful information. That value exchange works for me. At the same time our privacy needs to be maintained. There are ways to do this.
Readers of this tumblelog know that I’m a big fan of Apple products.
But I’ve also been a critic at times. Mostly when it comes to their willingness to support developers of not.
The App store is the coolest thing going with the iPhone. No don’t about it. Now we don’t have to wait for all the iphone app innovation to come from Cupertino. It can come from anywhere.
I’ve been hearing more and more about apps that are still waiting for approval mode from apple. Some of those developers are friends of mine. These apps are somewhat competitive with iTunes I guess. Maybe that is the reason for the hold up. Or maybe it’s because apple is simply swamped.
I really hope it’s the latter. Blocking apps is a bad idea for everyone.
This post is late so many of you probably heard that Twitter has acquired the search engine Summize (disclosure: we are investors in the company and i’m on the board along with Fred @ USV).
I met the Summize team back in January in Boston and I’ve been using Summize search every day since they told me about morphing their product to become a search engine for twitter conversation.
One thing to point out is that you don’t have to be a Twitter user to use Twitter search. I use it during sports events (whether I’m watching the game or not), breaking news or product info. Finding & discovering the real time nature of conversations on Twitter is absolutely amazing.
More info about this great combination over on the Twitter blog.
And stay tuned - there’s lots of very cool stuff coming from the new Twitter.
I have a MacMini hooked up to our big screen in our house.
We use a MacMini instead of Apple TV for two reasons
1) We still (although less and less) need to play a DVD. Mostly for the kids to playback our collection of disks or to watch new movies that come our on DVD first.
2) I like having a browser on the big screen. The wireless mouse/keyboard is a bit wonky from the couch but I like playing music from my Tumblr dashboard or going to any website I want.
I wish Apple would invest more time & energy in their Front Row application which provides media player with a UI built for the tv and their remote control.
Front Row is now lagging behind AppleTV in many features (e.g. no flickr support, can’t buy tv shows or movies etc)
Should Apple try and keep Front Row in sync with AppleTV? Maybe.
Instead I think they just open it up. Let developers create applications for it. The idea of all functionality coming from one company just doesn’t scale.
I’ve known the guys at Boxee for well over a year. I know how great their application is. I’ve seen many demo’s and it’s fantastic. I’ve been slow at installing it on my MacMini because up until recently they didn’t have DVD playback support and we moved houses last month so it’s been a bit crazed.
But this weekend I’m installing Boxee which basically replaces FrontRow with a better and more social experience. It solves all the limitations of FrontRow with flickr support and it works with many many other 3rd party web services. And it’s open source and open for developers.
“People have been so paranoid about having any presence online for such a long time,” says David Karp, founder of the Tumblr blogging service and a friend of Allison’s. “A lot of them have gone through that transition of ‘Well, shit, it’s out there. I’m searchable on Flickr or Google.’ The cat is out of the bag, and the only way to take back that control is to get out there and have a presence, have an identity that you feel represents you.”
I like this quote a lot. That’s why my tumblelog says a lot more about me than any bio, resume or profile someone else’s site.