• Harvard Man in lesbian mix-up wants satire clearly labeled

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    Draq queen causes Podcast confusion

    The two fathers of ‘podcasting’ have called for jokes and satirical broadcasts to be clearly labelled as such, after they were bamboozled by a comic female impersonator.

    Two “bloggers” – former MTV video jockey Adam Curry and former software developer Dave Winer cooked up the idea of enclosing audio files in some XML code so they could be pulled off the web onto a portable device – a nifty, if not terrible original idea. With … Read More

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  • Nokia cuts hit smart phone, multimedia R&D

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    Nokia is reining in R&D, with the axe falling hardest on its 3,000-strong multimedia division founded a year ago. The exact number of staff affected isn’t known, but a press release issued on Tuesday from Nokia Multimedia says the cuts are intended to reduce R&D expenditure to 9 to 10 per cent of net sales by the end of next year. That’s roughly the level it was in 2001. According to Nokia’s most recent annual report, consolidated R&D rose from … Read More

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  • 62pc of netizens unaware of Pajamahadeen militants

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    New research suggests that the internet’s echo chamber has much thicker walls than scientists previously thought. So thick, it seems, that an explosion the size of the Blogosphere can barely be detected in the real world. At best, only some faint, metallic clanging sounds can be heard outside – the eerie sound of the Pajamahadeen [UK English: Pyjamahadeen] inside the chamber, hammering away at their computer keyboards.

    The research was conducted by good-news foundation the Pew Trust in the United … Read More

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  • What mistakes do Techno Utopians make?

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    Berkman

    In the Lion’s Den at the home of techno utopianism – the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School.… Read More

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  • Net religion vs Organized religion

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    Net religion bumped into real, organized religion again at the Berkman Center’s Votes, Bits Bytes conference today, held at Harvard University’s Law School. The subject couldn’t be more topical. In the recent elections, church-based groups got out the vote. Despite the view that a blogger’s vote is worth ten ordinary votes, real religion triumphed Internet religion.

    Robert Puttnam, the author of Bowling Alone who popularized the term ‘social capital’, followed an ecstatic keynote speech talk by Scott Heiferman, co-founder and … Read More

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  • Netizens: white, wealthy and middle class (and full of it)

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    Diversity in action: bloggers

    “The Internet is becoming more and more widespread and will increasingly represent a scientific random sample of the population,” claims ICANN’s newest board member, Joi Ito. Quite what scientific experiments he will wish to perform, once the desired sample size has been reached, remains a mystery. But like many people who spend too long in front of their computers, he’s talking about a Platonic ideal rather than the real world.

    A survey by the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications … Read More

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