Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sunday Morning Readings : May 16th 2010

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---apophenia: Facebook is a utility; utilities get regulated [good argument about looking at Facebook as a utility, hence it needs to be regulated. i agree that facebook is a 'utility' powered by its users data. without the data they have nothing except the "assembly line" to make that data useful. Fair enough then they provide value but as the Electronic Frontiers Foundation says : “The information you put into social networking sites is yours, and you should be able to access it, export it, and aggregate it as you please,”but alas Facebook claims data portability is criminal. Author danah boyd's "research examines social media, youth practices, tensions between public and private, social network sites, and other intersections between technology and society." and is a must read resource for lucid discussion on these issues. For the time being (and from the start of my facebook usage- i really don't share anything private that is not already public somewhere else on facebook)

---Washington Post: New baby boom fosters culture clash: Parents vs. public spaces. Babies in bars never bothered me but i think a lot of it has to do with my up bringing as i remember being in taverns in Portugal as a very young child- but also like in Portugal, in California we are allowed to drink in most eating establishments and a lot of bars serve food- so bars can be family establishments. When we first moved to California from New Jersey one of the things that i was pretty happy about was being able to drink beer at the pizza joint- although the pizza was crap, the beer was cold and on tap. Brooklyn is having these fights as well based on this article Brooklyn brewhaha: Babies in bars. On the dogs in the park, interfering with kids and vice versa- as a dog owner (of a huge great dane) i agree, both parents and dog owners need to control their broods. On it being a baby boom- hell yeah, San Francisco is producing babies like a bunny farm you can't go anywhere without seeing top end strollers and daddy baby wearers. All good.
---WebNewser: NBC's Today Connects With Foursquare. Another Media company leveraging the location based service Foursquare. [see: Location, location, etc: What does the WSJ’s Foursquare check-in say about the future of location in news?] I am too square to be on foursquare. look at my profile above, 0 0 0 0 check-ins like a zero down car commercial. ok maybe i am not so square but over the last few months i have rarely left the house unless i am going to the store, to see clients or go for a neighborhood walk. i also am one of those people that feels unsure about showing my every location for various reasons (security, privacy, annoyance with strangers). But none the less, i just registered because i have been paying attention and agree that it is a "shift in the platform/content relationship" [Nieman Journalism Lab]

---New York Times: Google Tells Sites for ‘Cougars’ to Go Prowl Elsewhere. Just when i thought that women's sexuality equality was making progress with my support for Cougars (although it comes with giggles often when i see it play out- but to be fair the same reaction goes for those sugar daddy's) 'Go Cougars'- Google shuts it down.

and quick videos (yes i watch videos and read at the same time, while drinking coffee and nursing a baby-multi-tasking at its best):
---Musings of a VC in NYC: Draw Your Ideas. A video of Jack Dorsey (Twitter co-founder)- a bit if how Twitter started and advice: draw out your ideas before you start coding them.

---Mashable: The Semantic Web: What It Is and Why It Matters.
Image|Flickr|Andreas W

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