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Afghanistan's FabFi Network

Partly funded by the NSF, FabFi Network is "an open-source system that uses common building materials and off-the-shelf electronics to transmit wireless ethernet signals across distances of up to several miles."

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From Demographics to Psychographics

Oh, joy. With demographics proving to have decreasing value as a marketing tool, here's a new concept to replace it: psychographics:

"Psychographics provide much more useful information about users. There are multiple data sources making this possible today. Social profile data, behavioral data and customer lifecycle data can now finally be leveraged to contact people who are ready to buy."

What a relief!

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A new flavor of SQL injection attack

This is one of the new approaches being used this summer in the hacker strikes.

A USA Today article has this to say:

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Xerox PARC's plan for the future of the internet

Hmmm, what to think?

Networks used to be about getting messages from point A to point B, Lunt said. Today’s networks, on the other hand, are all about collaboration and sharing, be it with Dropbox or iCloud. Existing network technology wasn’t made for this purpose, and companies have come up with patchwork solutions to make these new kinds of services work.

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Kevin Kelly's six words

Kelly offers six words to help define the 'modern internet': screening, interacting, sharing, flowing, accessing, and generating.

Note that his use of 'flowing' doesn't go nearly as far as ours does.

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Internet in a suitcase

From a report on Al Jazeera:

""Internet in a Suitcase" will allow citizens to bypass censors and help them reconnect in times of government imposed shutdown. A "suitcase" can be transported to dissidents in a repressive country and quickly set up to allow wireless communication over a wide area with a link to the global Internet, thus undermining the despotic governing powers.

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Solar power industry employs more than steel


With roughly 93,500 direct and indirect jobs, the American solar industry now employs about 20,000 more workers than the U.S. steel production sector.

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Article about open access journal pubishing

Abstract: Open Access (OA) is a model for publishing scholarly peer reviewed journals, made possible by the Internet. The full text of OA journals and articles can be freely read, as the publishing is funded through means other than subscriptions. Empirical research concerning the quantitative development of OA publishing has so far consisted of scattered individual studies providing brief snapshots, using varying methods and data sources. This study adopts a systematic method for studying the development of OA journals from their beginnings in the early 1990s until 2009.

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Jane Friedman on the future of publishing

This is a smart interview in many ways, but this exchange I think is especially prescient. For good or ill, I agree with O'Reilly on what the future of the 'publisher' will look like:

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