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June 2009


From The Eponymous Pickle

Martin Lindstrom Newsletter

Martin Lindstrom Newsletter

Martin Lindstrom, author of Buyology and Brandsense and one of Time's 100 most influential people, has just started an online newsletter. You can sign up here. His site also contains lots of news and videos about the neuromarketing…


From The Noisy Channel

Search Innovation: Why Can

Search Innovation: Why Can


From Putting People First

Arup Foresight

Arup Foresight

Arup’s Drivers of Change initiative is an on-going research programme exploring those issues most likely to have a major impact upon society, on Arup


From Putting People First

Microsoft

Microsoft

Navi Radjou writes on HarvardBusiness.org that he recently visited the Microsoft Research India lab in Bangalore, describes what he learned about their Technology for Emerging Markets (TEM) unit, and draws some interesting wider…


From [email protected]

Touchdown, Japan

Touchdown, Japan

Science and sake in equal parts at the National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute orientation.  


From Putting People First

Service Design, a short essay by Jennifer Bove

Service Design, a short essay by Jennifer Bove

Service design, while often talked about in academia, is getting more and more attention from design companies and service providers, as the impact of experience design has been proven to increase customer satisfaction and brand…


From The Noisy Channel

And Bing

And Bing


From The Eponymous Pickle

Generational Baloney?

Generational Baloney?

Controversial, but I liked this. Classification is a powerful tool, but it also is capable at driving a lot of bad conclusions. I may not agree with all of this, but it does make you think about generational classifications…


From The Noisy Channel

Student Discount for SIGIR Industry Track

Student Discount for SIGIR Industry Track

I’m hoping to see many of you at SIGIR 2009 in Boston next month, and specifically at the Industry Track on July 22nd. I wanted to make sure that students were aware that there is a discount available for the one-day Industry…


From The Noisy Channel

Can Real-Time Search Help Hedge Funds?

Can Real-Time Search Help Hedge Funds?

I haven’t exactly been generous in my opinons about the widespread obsession with “real-time” search. But in today’s Telegraph there’s at least a story that makes sense in theory: “Hedge fund managers betting Twitter will give…


From The Noisy Channel

Marti Hearst

Marti Hearst

Check out Marti Hearst’s new book on Search User Interfaces! You can read my review here. Thanks to Christina for the heads up.


From Putting People First

Book: Ethnography and the Corporate Encounter

Book: Ethnography and the Corporate Encounter

Ethnography and the Corporate Encounter: Reflections on Research in and of Corporations Edited by Melissa Cefkin Berghahn Books, July 2009 262 pages Abstract Businesses and other organizations are increasingly hiring anthropologists…


From Putting People First

Practices around privacy (and Nokia)

Practices around privacy (and Nokia)

A few days into the brouhaha about Nokia-Siemens Networks equipment being used for surveillance in Iran, Nokia user researcher Jan Chipchase reflects on the controversy, and delves into the subject of privacy.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dunkin Run

Dunkin Run

Dunkin Donuts has set up an IPhone app called Dunkin Run. You have to first set up a Dunkin Donuts account, then download the application. Its meant to set up a group order. You announce you are making a 'run' and invite friends…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Overview

AI Overview

Forbes bas published a good set of overview articles on the current state of artificial intelligence. ' ... Can machines think? In 1950, Alan Turing, considered by some to be the father of modern computing, published a paper…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM Selects Final Council Members

USACM Selects Final Council Members

As part of its elevation from committee to council, USACM recently completed elections for at-large seats on its Council. The voting members of the Council are the USACM Chair, any Co-Chairs, the ACM President or President's…


From Putting People First

How people power can transform Britain

How people power can transform Britain

The Independent is publishing a collection of essays to launch NESTA


From Putting People First

Charles Leadbeater essay: The Art of With

Charles Leadbeater essay: The Art of With

Charles Leadbeater explores what the advent of the web, collaborative practice and open source ways of working mean for the arts and art organisations in this excellent 20-page essay commissioned by Cornerhouse. “The 20 century…


From The Eponymous Pickle

TweetPsych

TweetPsych

Anyone can read the posts that anyone has placed on twitter. Thus there are applications like TweetPsych, which you can use to analyze what you, or anyone else on Twitter has said, without their permission. The results foranalysis…


From Putting People First

Intel

Intel

Malaysian newspaper The Star devotes plenty of space to user-centred design in three stories that feature the work of Genevieve Bell, Intel’s user experience director.


From The Noisy Channel

Free as in Copied from Wikipedia

Free as in Copied from Wikipedia

You have to love the irony: Waldo Jaquith of the Virgina Quarterly Review discovered that Free: The Future of a Radical Price, the latest book by Wired Editor-in-chief Chris Anderson, contains “almost a dozen passages that are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cutting Funds for Libraries

Cutting Funds for Libraries

Stan Dyck does a good post on the looming threat of cutting funds for Ohio libraries. A sign of the times. Though I have heard of a number of other things in the trillion dollar splurge that were less compelling.I go to my local…


From The Noisy Channel

JCDL 2009 Proceedings now in ACM Digital Library

JCDL 2009 Proceedings now in ACM Digital Library

Thanks to Gene for letting us know that the JCDL 2009 proceedings are now available to ACM Digital Library subscribers. Hopefully authors will make their posts available to those who don’t have DL subscriptions. For more information…


From Putting People First

Social media moving to mobile media?

Social media moving to mobile media?

In an article for Computerworld, Paul Lamb suggests that we are transitioning from online social media to an era of social mobile media or


From Putting People First

Do women need special cell phones? Deutsche Telekom says yes

Do women need special cell phones? Deutsche Telekom says yes


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Physical tools to improve research productivity

Physical tools to improve research productivity

Using the right tools can improve your productivity:

I use black gel pens with a large to medium point. Right now, I favor uni-ball 207 pens. I always carry a pocketbook. I use it to collect current actionable items. There is…


From The Noisy Channel

Google News Adds Author Search

Google News Adds Author Search

On the Google News Blog today: you can now search by author. Actually, I think you could always search by author from their advanced search page, but now the links are available directly from the search results, facilitating…


From The Noisy Channel

Bringing the Noise to Technology Review

Bringing the Noise to Technology Review

As an MIT alum, I take a special pride in having published a short article in the July/August issue of Technology Review. It’s entitled “To Search, Ask” (with credit to Richard Feynman as due). The cover story, David Talbot’s…


From Putting People First

First LIFT09 France videos are online

First LIFT09 France videos are online

The first LIFT France conference took place last way in Marseilles. Being in Seoul, South Korea, myself, I missed it entirely, but luckily the videos are now becoming available. Timo Arnall: “Making Things Visible” [22:13] Timo…


From Putting People First

Four must-read pieces on UX Matters

Four must-read pieces on UX Matters

Four must-read pieces on UX Matters: The social buzz: designing user experiences for social media By Junaid Asad, UX and human factors professional With the rise of social technologies, one-way design is no longer enough. The…