So why not switch to Google apps?

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Challenges in Social Network Data: Processes, Privacy and Paradoxes
Jon Kleinberg

According to the Economist:

“One of Nokia’s in-house anthropologists, Jan Chipchase, recently investigated how people carry their phones, for example. He and his colleagues carried out street-level surveys in 11 cities on four continents. They found that 60% of men carried their phones in their trouser pockets, whereas 61% of women carried their phones in handbags. (The difficulty of finding a mobile phone in a cluttered handbag meant that half of women reported missing calls as a result.)”

Great news from Microsoft today midnight. Microsoft Surface is launching. And everybody is already talking about it.

I asked this guy, to ask Microsoft the following: Do they plan to version the device, say to turn the table on a TV (for IPTV for example) or playing games? I am imagining something that I could spin, then I could either have a table, a displaying for photos or a game console (for I suppose it will be browser compatible and X-Box compatible).

Let´s hope I hear from them…

Fact of the day

May 21, 2007

ko.com is owned by The Coca-cola Company.

Random browsing

May 6, 2007

What if someone sent 100 letters to big companies that sell us stuff everyday asking for freebies? Tom Locke did just that in his $39 experiment. The details are here. And by the way, Tom is member of the <<Are you as bored as I am?>> network.

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From France yet another clone from Google Customized Page, now IGoogle (see also Netvibes, Pageflakes etc) . According to blog Techcrunch, Bubbletop is owned by Orange (a french mobile carrier) but it is being developed in San Francisco. Bubbletop, bubble? Well…

We are smarter than me

March 22, 2007

Wharton suprised me in its current issue of Knowledge@Wharton newsletter. Signaling that Consumer Generated Media has hit mainstream, they launched a crowdsourcing project to write a business book.

In their words:

The project, tentatively called We Are Smarter Than Me, is an experiment to see whether a large community of business people can jointly author a book of the same name.”

Later in this fall the book will be published by Pearson. Checking out their site I found out that they have already 3306 subscribers. I registered to investigate further and here what I found:

They are using a Wiki to edit the book, which I think it is pretty straightforward for most or all of the community members. You can also discuss the issues around the book on a forum as well.

Wrapping the whole initiative was the Community 2.0 Conference that was held last week, on March 12. They say they will be holding skypeconferences and all sorts of face-to-face interaction during the process.

Finally the site offers a tool to network with other people, but at this time the interface looks more like a set of discussion groups rather than a Linkedin-like tool.

All in all, I think we are going to see a lot more of this happening. Since Wharton is one of the big brands in business in the US it kinds of push the others to follow the lead.

Picks of the day

February 20, 2007

How scientists should market themselves

(nothing new here, but at least it ends with “sharing is good”). I liked that.

Question: Do scientist have time to write blogs?

Yahoo and Microsoft partnership  microactions

A Key Benefit of Vista

One good reason to consider an upgrade to Vista, Microsoft’s just-released upgrade to Windows: the default set of desktop wallpapers it ships with include several from Flickr members. Long Zheng has a blog post with some examples, and Microsoft’s Raymond Chen has more details.

(from the Flickr blog)

Scoop is the new movie from new yorker director Woody Allen. Scarlett Johansson plays the role of a clumsy journalism student that investigates a lead for a serial killer. After hearing the name of the suspect, she tells Woody Allen that plays a magician in the film: “I googled him!”. Moments before we had seen her at her home computer and the big Google logo takes over the screen.

From a strict marketing point of view,I think it´s clever to place addvertisement on a Woody Allen´s movie, his audience is known as clever and definetly influential. And it must be much cheaper (and perhaps even more effective) than having it in Mission Impossible or Spiderman.

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Talking about product placement, I think last year Disney really exagerated: Knowldege@Wharton reports that they offered church pastors prizes if they mentioned Disney’s film “The Chronicles of Narnia” in their sermons. Oh boy.