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June 2011


From The Eponymous Pickle

Trend Hunt on The Periphery

Trend Hunt on The Periphery

In the HBR Voices:   Thoughtful statement.  " ... One of the challenges facing market leaders is that transformational trends are only obvious when it is too late. Transformation typically starts in seemingly disconnected industries…


From Wild WebMink

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I’ve been a fan of the music made by Lamb for a long time, but I’d assumed that when they broke up we’d not be hearing any more from them. Indeed, Lou Rhodes new solo career has produced some good music since then. But on the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Who Are the CIFellows?

Who Are the CIFellows?

We’re still in the midst of reviewing applications for the 2011-12 Computing Innovation Fellows Project, but I thought I would take a moment today to begin highlighting the stories of our current and former CIFellows. The CIFellows…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Wins at Social Gaming

P&G Wins at Social Gaming

A good case study of social gaming: P&G's Bounty Picks up Fans From Social GamingGames Grow as Ad Medium; Brands Play Starring Role.Procter & Gamble's Bounty is cleaning up when it comes to in-game advertising. The paper towel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robot Love

Robot Love

The Japanese have always been interested in companion and help-mate robotics.  Their aging population gives an urgency to that context.   Here an article on some recent work on how robots can give and receive love.   I was ready…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blooms In-Store 3GTV

Blooms In-Store 3GTV

Another example of in-store TV networks to leverage the location of shoppers to their brand choices.  This area, which we studied in depth, continues to evolve and grow.  Linking this to store sales to do real-time business intelligence…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Documentary about P&G on July 7

Documentary about P&G on July 7

Just Received this, of interest to those intrigued by the historical survival of large comapnies:We wanted to let you know that on July 7th, CNBC will air an original one hour documentary titled,  "CNBC Titans" which will explore…


From Schneier on Security

Chinese Army Developed Online Wargame

Chinese Army Developed Online Wargame

This is a really weird story:

After setting up its own cyber-warfare team, China's military has now developed its first online war game aimed at improving combat skills and battle awareness, state press said on Wednesday. After…


From BLOG@CACM

Being Bilingual: Speaking Technology and Policy

Being Bilingual: Speaking Technology and Policy

How do we cross the intellectual divide, providing technical advice to policy experts in ways that they find useful and actionable? Equally importantly, how do we translate policy constraints — political, economic and social…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

As Quick as Fire

As Quick as Fire

As thousands of firefighters battle huge wildfires in the Southwestern U.S this week, some are using a new tool in their kit:


From Wild WebMink

links for 2011-06-30

links for 2011-06-30

Remember what the Fourth Amendment protects? No? Just as well. | United States |Axisoflogic.com The chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit explains why you lose the right to privacy when you share data…


From Computational Complexity

The Sputnik Moment

Earlier this month the New York Times had a story Computer Studies Made Cool, on Film and Now on Campus followed-up on a series of short essays on Computer Science's 'Sputnik Moment'. No doubt computer science is a hot majortalks…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Limits of Big Data

Limits of Big Data

Predictive analytics does not predict exactly, no matter how big the data set is.  It is an extension of statistical modeling in most cases, especially when human behavior of any kind needs to be included.  Nicely put in a ReadWriteWeb…


From The Eponymous Pickle

End of Wallet by 2015

End of Wallet by 2015

Paypal, notable online payment facilitator, predicts the end of the old leather wallet by around 2015.


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Windows Phones for Students

Windows Phones for Students

OK so you are a student and you are wondering what to do over the summer. Perhaps you have a job but maybe it is not fulfilling. And besides wouldn


From The Eponymous Pickle

Zero Moment of Truth: ZMOT and a Free EBook

Zero Moment of Truth: ZMOT and a Free EBook

ZMOT was a concept we often discussed in the enterprise.  Google also uses the concept, only slightly differently.  See more in a post in their consumer package goods blog.  The book also contains a link to a short free eBook…


From My Biased Coin

UC Budget Woes

UC Budget Woes

The new California budget call for $650 million in cuts to the UC systems -- I understand $500 million had already been planned, they added $150 million on top of that, and may add more later if the revenue numbers don't panSan…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Ask Not What Your Professional Development Can Do For You

Ask Not What Your Professional Development Can Do For You

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a workshop (conveniently located) at Purdue University. The workshop was sponsored by an NSF project title CS4EDU (http://cs4edu.cs.purdue.edu/). The goal of the CS4EDU project is as follows…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Your Co-Worker is Your Computer

Your Co-Worker is Your Computer

Artificial intelligence, the holy grail of computer science for decades, is becoming a reality — not Skynet nor Cylons, but as a versatile tool


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Search and Bing

Social Search and Bing

Friend and Colleague Sundar Kadayam has an excellent post on Social Search and Bing.He and his team  at Zakta and Searchteam really understand the complexity  behind team and social search and the use of those methods to drive…


From Putting People First

Digital DIY

Digital DIY

The Guardian reports on a study by an “exasperated academic” (Philip Ely, head of the business and community school at the University for the Creative Arts, and a doctoral researcher at the University of Surrey‘s Digital World…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cincinnati Wins World Social Media Title

Cincinnati Wins World Social Media Title

This blog comes to you from social media command central just outside of Cincinnati every day.   I was surprised to see that Mashable had given Cinci, my home for over thirty years,  this august title.  Yet it is a remarkable…


From Schneier on Security

Yet Another "People Plug in Strange USB Sticks" Story

Yet Another "People Plug in Strange USB Sticks" Story

I'm really getting tired of stories like this:

Computer disks and USB sticks were dropped in parking lots of government buildings and private contractors, and 60% of the people who picked them up plugged the devices into office…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CISE AD Issues Letter to the Community on Robotics Initiative

CISE AD Issues Letter to the Community on Robotics Initiative

NSF/CISE Assistant Director Farnam Jahanian has issued the following letter to the community, describing the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) launched last week: Dear CISE Community,   On Friday, in a speech at Carnegie Mellon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Makes Another Play for the Social Web

Google Makes Another Play for the Social Web

Yes, Google +  is another attempt.    Buzz, the earlier approach has slowed down and I rarely even go there anymore.  There are some good ideas in Google+, in particular an easy way to set up connection groups, such as friends…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2011-06-29

links for 2011-06-29

The tough road to 501(c)(3) status for open-source


From Putting People First

Europe split in happiness survey

Europe split in happiness survey

In one of the biggest surveys of happiness carried out in the aftermath of the economic crisis, the vast majority of people in Britain, France and Italy have little faith in their governments and think the free market economy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Time to Sell New Consumers on the Use of the Retail Store

Time to Sell New Consumers on the Use of the Retail Store

Overplayed I think.  There will always be interest in fully contextual, physical retail experiences.  Not to say that there will not be increasing use of new online, digital and social marketing interactions ..A Race to SellThe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Windows Gets Apps

Windows Gets Apps

App stores are such a great idea. One stop shopping for any kind of software. Nicely categorized for browsing, priced and reviewed. Competitive to keep prices lower. Creates a real software market. It attracts new software…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever Makes Mobile Key Marketing Strategy

Unilever Makes Mobile Key Marketing Strategy

Unilever Plans for Mobile Marketing Primacy

Unilever aims to use mobile as its primary marketing channel within ten years, in a strategy that includes covering mobile data charges for those interacting with its brands.
The FMCG…

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