Google Facebook Yahoo and others form Internet super-lobby.


FROM THE WEEK MAGAZINE MOBI VERSION.
“The two companies join an All-Star team of tech giants to throw their collective weight around in D.C. — which could be a boon for internet freedom.

The tech world is used to seeing Google, Facebook, and Yahoo duke it out in an increasingly bloody battle for online advertising dollars. But this week, the companies showed their cooperative side, joining Amazon, LinkedIn, Monster, Zynga, and eBay to form the country’s first lobbying group dedicated solely to the interests of internet companies. The who’s who of tech luminaries is blandly called the Internet Association, but with its pool of big bucks, the group is sure to make an impact on Congress. Here’s what you should know:

Don’t tech companies already lobby Congress?
Yes, but only as individual corporations or in colloboration with groups that don’t focus exclusively on internet issues. Google has led the way, spending some $9 million in lobbying in the first half of 2012, up from $3.5 million during the same period in 2011.

Why are they joining forces now?
The companies received a wake-up call last year, when members of Congress tried to pass two bills — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) — that were designed to curb internet piracy. Internet companies, however, feared that the bills “would block or punish their sites for containing pirated movies, books, and songs,” says Cecilia King at The Washington Post. The battle pitted the companies against established lobbying groups for Hollywood and the music industry, convincing the tech sector to get serious about lobbying. The bills were ultimately defeated after protests from prominent sites and advocates for internet freedom.

What does the group propose to do?
The Internet Association says it will focus on the issues of piracy, copyright, privacy, and cybersecurity. The group also pledges to keep the internet as free as possible. “It is the internet’s decentralized and open model that has unleash unprecedented entrepreneurialism,” says President Michael Beckerman. “Policymakers must understand that the preservation of that freedom is essential to the vitality of the internet itself and the resulting economic prosperity.”

Is this a positive development for web users?
Perhaps. Some believe that the Internet Association will be a key force in preserving internet liberties, which means that it’s not “just another lobby representing the 1 percent,” says David Kravets at Wired. However, “as with any lobby, the Internet Association formed to protect its own interests,” says Natasha Lennard at Salon. The group will almost certainly oppose, for example, “certain privacy regulation intended to protect consumer information.”

Sources: The Hill, National Journal, Reuters, Salon, The Washington Post, Wired”

For eCommerce, eBay, Amazon folks: “How Google+ Changes Everything” Interview with Chris Brogan of “Trust Agents”


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As an eBay/Amazon vendor and a big fan of “Trust Agents” and +Chris Brogan and +Julien Smith, this article will be of interest to anyone involved in those or any e-commerce areas, or marketing in general, for that matter.

Google+: Vampire Facebook: Zombie?


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Very funny and provoking article , ” ‘Steve Jobs: Vampire. Bill Gates: Zombie.’ ” in Oct. 30 Sunday NY Times Magazine got me speculating on further Zombie equations, hence my headline.

It’s a fun game and any number can play.

Send me YOUR equations.

Google+: Vampire Facebook: Zombie?
Anybody have the "If/Then" math equation for this? 🙂

Is there a quick way to send a gmail ms. to google docs, now that Labs app is gone?

Is there a quick way to send a gmail ms. to google docs

question is in graphic, thanks


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Question is in graphic, thanks

A Gmail question

Crowd Accelerated Innovation: another reason why Google Plus is and will be an important and vital tool


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Here’s a quote from this article, TED Curator Chris Anderson on Crowd Accelerated Innovation, Wired Magazine Jan. 2011.

BOLD EMPHASIS is mine.

The absurd camp calls YouTube a festering swamp of adolescent distraction: narcissism, kitten videos, and fart jokes. The obvious camp thinks it’s old news that the Internet fosters communities and promotes innovation (and this camp may view online video as a relatively insignificant new contributor to a familiar theme).

Both camps have a point. But they’re missing the big picture. The true significance of online video has been mischaracterized and underreported.

Innovation has always been a group activity. The myth of the lone genius having a eureka moment that changes the world is indeed a myth. Most innovation is the result of long hours, building on the input of others. Ideas spawn from earlier ideas, bouncing from person to person and being reshaped as they go. If you’re comfortable with the language of memes, you could say a healthy meme needs an ecosystem not of a single brain but of a network of brains. That’s how ideas bump into other ideas, replicate, mutate, and evolve.

Several authors have recently taken on this subject. Henry Chesbrough warns companies to adopt “open innovation,” Eric von Hippel speaks of democratizing innovation, showing how, for example, the kite-surfer community outinnovated the manufacturers that were serving it, and Michael Farrell describes “collaborative circles,” demonstrating that throughout history the best creativity has happened when groups of artists, reformers, writers, or scientists connected regularly with one another.

So Crowd Accelerated Innovation isn’t new. In one sense, it’s the only kind of innovation there’s ever been. What is new is that the Internet—and specifically online video—has cranked it up to a spectacular degree.

The way I see it, Crowd Accelerated Innovation requires three ingredients: a crowd, light, and desire. Let’s take each in turn.”

Another reason Google Plus is significant on the world stage

Remember: UPLOAD to Google Docs, don’t cut and paste


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When you add to or create any kind of doc to Google Docs, REMEMBER:  IF it’s really small and you want to cut and paste, it’s not a problem. BUT if your file is of any significant SIZE, REMEMBER to UPLOAD it instead. It works like a charm, whereas trying to cut and paste will lead to nothing but grief.                    

ALSO, if you are not interested in anything but the pure content and not the peripheral info (such as formatting, styles etc), then you can use a TWO-STEP process:

1. Copy and paste your data into a text file app such as Text Wrangler to strip out everything peripheral

2. Upload the simple txt file to Google Docs.

Google Plus adds Tweet, Translate and Delicious to its Stream Post options… AND an ALERT to Delicious users.


New layout and functions
G+ New Functions in Posting in Stream

ADDENDUM: turns out this is a Chrome extension. But it’s great.

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As of this morning, several more functionalities showed up under posts in the G+ stream. Previously there was Plus1, Comment and Share. Now there are 3 more: Tweet, Translate and Delicious.

Apparently, not everyone has this functionality yet (same as with the advanced version of Hangouts). But I’m certain this one will roll our very soon to everyone. My page is http://gplus.to/quickdrawartist

Delicious
Delicious

This is significant on many levels, of course. One being that, as I’ve thought myself, Google+ will replace many things, but not Twitter, unless it buys Twitter. And if it does, it will probably have the same hands-off approach that it uses with YouTube. My perspective has been that Twitter has a special place and set of functionalities that “plays well with others,” including Google+. Twitter is clean, powerful and flexible and very well administrated. I have never been able to fathom why so many folks express the feeling that Google+ would replace Twitter. What was I not getting? At this point, I think it’s a safe bet that Google feels the same way about Twitter.

Very cool right? But Delicious? Why Delicious? Google already owns its own very good google.bookmarks.

DELICIOUS USERS, SEE THIS NOTE**

I think I know why, because Avos (owned by YouTube’s founders) has acquired Delicious from Yahoo and Google OWNS YouTube.*

As a long time fan of and early adopter of Delicious, this is great news on many fronts, to my mind at any rate. Delicious has some significant functionalities that Google.bookmarks does not. On the other hand, Google.bookmarks ties into the rest of your Google apps. So I think we’re going to be seeing a conflation of the two.

Lately, I have been bouncing miserably between Instapaper (it’s so fast and handy), Firefox bookmarks, and lately, with the advent of Google+, Google.bookmarks, while in the back of my mind wondering why I didn’t keep using Delicious. Probably because I’m allergic to Yahoo.

What would really even fantasticker would be for Google to also buy Instapaper and merge its sterling functionalities as well (and improve its folder function too, or replace it).

*http://www.avos.com/delicious-press-release/      YouTube Founders Acquire Delicious From Yahoo!

** This popped up for me this morning, so check it out if you have ever used Delicious: up “To continue using Delicious, you must agree to transfer your account information to AVOS by Friday, September 23, 2011. Click here to transfer now > https://secure.delicious.com/settings/optin

Attention Delicious Users
Attention Delicious Users

Google, Oracle, Monopolies and is/are Google “pussies”? (Shortlink: http://wp.me/p4njL-7g )


Whale and kayaker
Whale and kayaker (see description)

DISCLAIMER:

I’m very “fond” of both Apple and Google. I cd go on for days about how/why they are wonderful. HOWEVER, they are huge entities with tremendous global/historical/political impacts. And in the case of BOTH these companies, they have committed very egregious act. In terms of Google’s “do no evil” well… So in spite of the fact that I love’em and use them and own their stuff, I’m committed to being aware of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Side note: some thoughts generated from Hangout chat today. After 35 years, Microsoftee may have finally wrapped its head around what Apple does as a WHOLE, with Windows 8. I’m an Apple user, but I did look at a Youtube presentation of 8 and it looked very good. Especially in terms of the fact that the whole world is going to go touchpad and voice to text. So it occurs to me that it may not take Facebook 35 years to figure out what Google Plus is doing right. The one thing they will NOT be able to emulate is the fact that Google is looking to tie together its whole panoply of apps into one whole, and Facebook does not have as much to tie together. See/hear http://cinch.fm/scobleizer/282081

In google news today:

Oracle vs Google in court today: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/18/BUOL1L5Q8I.DTL

The anti-trust case against Google: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/09/19/the-antitrust-case-against-google/
Senate hearings scheduled for Wed
Apple (AAPL) is conspicuously absent from the witness list for Wednesday’s hearing on “The Power of Google” before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition and Consumer Rights. Yelp! and Nextag will be represented, but Google (GOOG) has stepped on a lot more toes than theirs to maintain and extend its dominance of the Internet’s sustaining source of revenue — advertising dollars.

The above article has a link to “Google Are Pussies.”

A fascinating article, about which I would love to hear intelligent discourse. Also makes me wonder…”Google ‘are’ pussies?” Should it be “Google ‘is” pussy?” or maybe, “Google is a conglomerate of pussies.” Is “pussy” even the right term? How about we bring back “evildoers?” Why let Bush and rightwingers have all the fun?

When will Google Plus be released out of beta?


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Surfing around I’m getting the impression that it will be July 31 or so. Google Plus is so huge, that it may be that they want to work out any major flaws before public release. On the other hand, if they have not released it to a large enough beta test base, they will have painted themselves into a corner. As Steve Levy and others have testified, non-engineers are second-class citizens at Google. This is probably their biggest Achilles’ heel, and staying on the Greek theme, it represents tragic hubris. From what I can see, Google Plus is the bomb, in spite of Google’s lack of social empathy. Word is that Larry Paige (now the new emancipated CEO of Google) is trying to learn to become social, and is actually tweeting…. Don’t get me wrong, I think Google is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Of course, the guy who first marketed sliced bread took about 10 years to make it the default bread choice for Americans 🙂

The giants are maneuvering, creating giant strategic alliances. Facebook will have Skype video conferencing, but Google Plus will be offering video conferencing for up to 15 people. Sad that Skype is in Microflaccid’s paws, sadder still to see it allied w/ Facebook. Every night, in my atheist prayers, I pray that Steve Jobs and Google will bury the hatchet and realize that their common interest is to pool resources against the Beast: Facebook and Microflaccid.

http://mashable.com/2011/06/28/google-plus-videos/#MRkAdTflltc has 11 videos about G+ features. EVERYONE in the videos is under 25, most of them are white and “good looking.” The voice-over copy is beyond mundane, like it was written by the people who wrote for “Friends” but on downers. Eisenhower era crap. Beyond dumbed down. This is spite of the fact that G+ will blow FB out of the water. If Google invented sex, they’d probably say “hey you know how you love meatball sandwiches? Well sex is kind of like that too, you know, kinda messy, but worth it…. You may like it.”

Google Video: Will Google get rid of Google Video soon?


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Google Video: Will Google get rid of Google Video soon? 1 answer on Quora

Will Google get rid of Google Video soon?

Does anyone have hard evidence whether this is true or not?

What happened when I linked my WordPress Blog to Facebook


Facebook WordPress blog linkup
What happened when I linked my facebook to my blog

UPDATE: Oct 2 ,2011, Now that I’ve become a Google+ nutjob, I’m finding it harder to not respond right away within G+, but I’ll do my best…

ABOUT THIS BLOG: I’ve decided that it makes more sense to post contributions to my blog first, and then link them in Facebook (and now Twitter and Google Plus). Serendipitous result, my blog stats zoomed (well, still tiny, but proportionately, pretty cool).

NEXT STEP? Get better using: http://learn.wordpress.com/

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