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June 2009


From CSDiary

Luis von Ahn on PBS Nova scienceNow

Luis von Ahn on PBS Nova scienceNow

The PBS show Nova scienceNow will have a feature on Luis von Ahn. The show will air for the first time tonight (9pm on WQED here in Pittsburgh). A preview of the show, along with links to audio Q&A with Luis can be accessed here…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Track Federal IT Spending Online

Track Federal IT Spending Online

Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra unveiled the IT Dashboard yesterday. The focus of this website is providing detail on all information technology investments by the various federal agencies. It's a graphics-intensive effort…


From Putting People First

August new media gathering in Banff involves Experientia partner

August new media gathering in Banff involves Experientia partner

Interactive Screen 0.9: The Makers (10 to 15 August 2009) is the 14th installment of the Banff New Media Institute


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM - June 2008 (Vol. 52, No. 6)

Policy Highlights from Communications of the ACM - June 2008 (Vol. 52, No. 6)

Here are some items in the June issue of Communications of the ACM that have policy relevance. As always, much of the content in CACM is premium content, and free content one month may require a subscription or fee the next.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Eye Tracking Study by Google

Eye Tracking Study by Google

In the Google Blog: A good overview of how they use eye-tracking for online analysis.


From BLOG@CACM

The End of a DBMS Era (Might be Upon Us)

The End of a DBMS Era (Might be Upon Us)

Relational database management systems (DBMSs) have been remarkably successful in capturing the DBMS marketplace. To a first approximation they are “the only game in town,” and the major vendors enjoy an overwhelming market…


From Apophenia

PDF Talk: "The Not-So-Hidden Politics of Class Online"

PDF Talk: "The Not-So-Hidden Politics of Class Online"

Two years ago this week, I wrote a controversial essay in an attempt to locate divisions that I was seeing play out between MySpace and Facebook. This week, at the Personal Democracy Forum, I revisited these ideas in a new talk…


From Putting People First

Are we losing our ability to think critically?

Are we losing our ability to think critically?

Samuel Greengard writes in the latest issue of Communications of the ACM on how some experts believe that computer technology might be affecting people’s ability to think deeply. “We’re exposed to [greater amounts of] poor yet…


From The Noisy Channel

Off to SIGMOD

Off to SIGMOD


From The Noisy Channel

Faceted Search Book Is In Print!

Faceted Search Book Is In Print!


From The Eponymous Pickle

Debunking Social Media Myths

Debunking Social Media Myths

In Harvard Business Publishing. Short piece by David Armano with some excellent points.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuroscience on 60 Minutes

Neuroscience on 60 Minutes

A somewhat overblown segment on neuroscience biometric analysis on 60 Minutes last night. UK Neuroscientist Gemma Calvert, who we have worked with, was interviewed briefly. Work at Carnegie over viewed. Scientists interviewed…


From The Noisy Channel

Reports from HCOMP 2009

Reports from HCOMP 2009


From The Noisy Channel

Malcolm Gladwell to Chris Anderson: No

Malcolm Gladwell to Chris Anderson: No


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-06-29

links for 2009-06-29

Deliciously direct and deep paper looks at the assumptions behind our security thinking and confronts them head-on. Still relevant after 4 years, which…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation at P&G, Wal-Mart, Unilever

Innovation at P&G, Wal-Mart, Unilever

Good AdAge piece: " ... considering the competitive landscape and the company's own recent history, P&G Chief Technical Officer Bruce Brown made a fairly bold prediction on Fox Business News last week: That 2010 would be P&G's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Should Linking be Barred?

Should Linking be Barred?

In the early days of the web the whole idea of linking to copyrighted content was questioned. All public content is by definition now copyrighted. That whole issue eventually went away. Now in a post by Judge Richard Posner


From The Eponymous Pickle

Visual Attention Scanning

Visual Attention Scanning

From Mind Hacks, of paricular interest for anyone like myself, who is looking at new biometric methods for understanding the consumer in their multiple decision making contexts: A remarkable study has just been published in…


From The Noisy Channel

Even Google Should Beware Of Hubris

Even Google Should Beware Of Hubris


From CERIAS Blog

The ACM Banquet

The ACM Banquet

Tonight (June 27) was the annual ACM Awards Banquet. This event is where various awards and recognitions are made, although most are announced well in advance. Among other things, this is when the Turing Award is officially given…


From The Noisy Channel

Are Spammers Taking Over Twitter?

Are Spammers Taking Over Twitter?


From The Noisy Channel

Aardvark Burrows Out Of Beta

Aardvark Burrows Out Of Beta

I just received an email from Max Ventilla, CEO of social search startup Aardvark, to let me know that Aardvark is now open to anyone who wants to sign up. Well, anyone with a Facebook account–but I can’t imagine that there are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Lattice Geometry Privacy Breakthrough

IBM Lattice Geometry Privacy Breakthrough

Mark Montgomery writes: ' ... Every once in a while someone's small idea leads to something huge. This could be one of those depending on how it plays out, providing the missing piece of the puzzle for individuals having thekyield…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Intelligence Tools Analysis

Business Intelligence Tools Analysis

Dan Vesset and Brian McDonough of IDC provide an overview of the state of of Business intelligence tools: 'In 2008, the business intelligence (BI) tools market reached $7.8 billion in software license and maintenance revenue.…


From CSDiary

CIFellows Application Stats Posted

CIFellows Application Stats Posted

I’ve been pretty busy for the past couple of months, in part because of my involvement as the PI for the CCC’s Computing Innovation Fellows Project. The response to this new program has been tremendous, with 526 applications…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CIFellows Status Report

CIFellows Status Report

Less than six weeks ago we launched the Computing Innovation Fellows Project.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coupon Strategies Hasten towards Mobile

Coupon Strategies Hasten towards Mobile

On the coupon strategies of retail until the day we go all mobile. As newspapers die and fraud continues. ' ... Many retailers had hoped that paper coupons will die a slower death, hanging on until mobile coupons were ready…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Netflix competition is over?

Netflix competition is over?

The


From CSDiary

Star Trek Tech

Star Trek Tech

How much of the technology in Star Trek could become real some day? This was the question posed to a group of faculty members here at Carnegie Mellon Computer Science recently. Why? Because CMU Drama alumnus, Zach Quinto, starred…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Confidence vs Expertise

Confidence vs Expertise

Dan Ariely's blog describes a study where participants were more influenced by confidence versus expertise. Very true, though very often confidence comes from expertise. A shaky causal analysis? Worth a look.

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