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Mobil is transforming rural India, providing opportunities for hundreds of millions

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6 Years ago I worked with an organization called Openworld and we were concerned with helping people in places like rural Africa and Asia gain access to relatively inexpensive mobile tech tools which help actualize human potential.

Now it is possible to access almost all human knowledge with a few taps on an iPod. Entire curricula can be accessed by isolated schools in the bush. People with the general aptitude can lean advanced mathematics in places where there is no running water. Schematics for motorcycles can be downloaded, same for water pumps. We are just seeing the beginning of this thing.

Mobile tech is as important as the printing press was when it emerged for a large part of the human family. It may be even more important.

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Want a Job? Learn how to work big data.

4 years ago I founded a small social media constancy. The idea was to manage the coming deluge of social media for businesses. Turned out to be a pretty good idea.

At first many businesses didn’t believe that social media was going to be as important as it has become. What seemed completely obvious to me was still not obvious to most businesses even into 2009. Then people began to wake up and the rest is history. Before I knew it I had Fortune 1000 companies emailing me. Companies which just 9 months before had no interest.

It has been a fascinating ride and one with many twists and turns.

Social media is by its nature a constantly evolving thing. This is one of 2 great challenges for businesses in today’s online world. Should a business spend time developing a Google+ presence? Many did. Not such a good idea, at this point. What about Foursquare? What happens if a company spends a million dollars on a social media engagement strategy only to have the environment turn on a dime?

The other great challenge is managing the crush of information which comes from doing social media well.

I can say from experience that this is a colossal task, and one that people have not yet figured out. So if you know how to run algos and know how to pick good trees from the forest, I suggest you look long and hard at a career in big data. It’s only going to get bigger.

Click here for more on this in the Huffington Post.

Google Wants to Read Your Mind

It makes sense. The next stage of search is to anticipate search. Of course to what degree this is a chicken and egg equation is not clear.

But make no mistake, Google is seeking to know your next step before even you think about taking it.

It seems crazy now. It likely won’t seem so weird in the very near future.

The implications for marketing are immense. And what about law enforcement? Did I hear someone say “Minority Report?”

No? You will. And I don’t need Google to tell me that.

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Johns Hopkins Computer Model Predicts 10 Million Without Power Due to Sandy

I am just outside of Washington DC to the south and west, and even here, 100 miles inland, the winds have already started to pick up. The core is far out in the Atlantic right now. It is a massive storm.


“An engineer at The Johns Hopkins University predicts that 10 million people from northern Virginia through New Jersey and into southeastern Pennsylvania will be without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.”

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“The future power plant is no power plant.” – Justin Hall

In this remarkable TED Talk from last year entrepreneur Justin Hall discusses a whole new way of looking at energy. If this technology was to get beyond stall speed it would revolutionize human existence. That is not too strong a statement.

Imagine if the windows in your house or office building could generate all the energy you would ever need and that additionally this energy could be transferred, with no grid, no wires, etc, to any other building in your line of sight. If you can imagine this then you are imagining what Justin Hall thinks is already possible.

The World’s First Website Lives and is 21 Years Old Today!

The Huffington Post reports that the world’s first website is still doing it’s thing today. It can be seen in its near original form HERE.

(From Huffpo)

Berners-Lee’s site went live in 1991, and was accessed by a decidedly small audience of fellow CERN researchers. It wasn’t until 1993, when web browser Mosaic was released, that the Web took off, as Wired explained last year.

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Love and Hackers Always Find a Way: NBC tries to lock down the Olympics, Can’t

NBC has ruined the Olympics for years. Now many people are taking coverage into their own hands. Thank God for mirrored sites.

I mean what is NBC to expect? It shows gymnastics every single night and plasters it with advertising. In today’s media world viewers want more choices. Frankly NBC should be careful not to kill audience interest in the Olympics.

(From Reuters)

People who are finding ways to circumvent NBC’s restrictions seem to be spreading the word to friends, like New York City journalist Kate Gardiner, who sent out a public service announcement message on Twitter last weekend to urge her followers to use a service called TunnelBear.

The 26-year-old has been using the service to keep up with live swimming broadcasts even though she does not own a television.

TunnelBear is a VPN service that sends a user’s Internet connection to different countries, so in Gardiner’s case it appears her computer is based in London. The decision to avoid NBC was easy for her since she’s one of the millions of U.S. residents without a cable subscription.

“I’m not going to buy a cable subscription to spend three weeks watching Olympics coverage. It’s not going to happen,” she said.

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Play Nice on Facebook or They Just Might Shut You Down

This from confirms what I’ve been hearing from others:

“Now, Facebook makes no apologies for working to create a safe and clean environment on its corner of the web by shutting down abusive or harassing behavior, content such as pornography, or generally spamming of the system. This particular method policing “inappropriate” comments may be new, but it would fall within the same general realm.

But even so, this instance seems to be a very strange enactment of any kind of Facebook policy. Scoble posted his original comment in its entirety on his Google+ page, and it’s clear that it contains no profanity or even any obvious argumentative language.”

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