links for 2008-09-12

  • "People who are actively building (or thinking about building) the news sites and journalistic organizations of the future might want to think their way around these concepts. You'll notice that not everything described here is purely journalistic. As reporters and editors across America are being reminded in 2008, journalism doesn't take place in a vacuum. Many of these coordinates are focused on the context in which journalism will occur, as well as how to sustain it.

    "So here's the drill: We're posting the draft here this evening for your feedback tonight and Tuesday, leading up to publication of a more formal draft at PressThink, where we'll be seeking more comment and continual improvement (Coordinate 07.01). And so on."

  • "Ask500People is introducing demographic polling: poll for results by gender, age, location, team, education. That is huge, and definitely something you can’t do with a casual poll on Twitter. Knowing this level of details for an answer to your question is valuable information, and seeing it visually represented is even better."
  • Google "allied with John Malone’s Liberty Global and banking giant HSBC to form O3b Networks, a reference to the “other 3 billion” people to which it hopes to provide Internet access. Together, the three companies are investing $750 million in 16 low-earth orbit satellites that collectively will provide Internet back-haul capacity to areas that lack it. This additional capacity will make it substantially easier and less expensive for others to deliver high-speed Web access to underserved locations."
  • "O3b Networks Ltd. today announced it will begin deployment of a new global communications infrastructure to provide high-speed, low-cost Internet connectivity to emerging markets in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

    "Backed with financial and operational support from Google Inc., Liberty Global, Inc. and HSBC Principal Investments, the new system will reduce bandwidth costs for telecommunications operators (telcos) and Internet service providers (ISPs), enabling cost-effective voice and broadband services at speeds equivalent to those enjoyed in the developed world."

  • Exec Summary: "Serious gaming, or the use of games and gaming dynamics for non-entertainment purposes, is poised to take off thanks to the rise of Technology Populism, the greening of IT, and the emergence of the Millennials. Opportunity comes from many sectors, but competition comes from a hodgepodge of companies, including IBM and Microsoft. To achieve widespread adoption, the industry must deal with five issues: 1) what games should be called; 2) how slick the presentation should be; 3) how users should interface with the games; 4) how to determine ROI; and 5) determining if the technology has any limitations. Clearing these hurdles will open the door for revolutionary uses of games, but getting from here to there will require patience and guidance on the part of serious games vendors."
  • "Since unveiling the makeover seven weeks ago, Facebook had left it up to users to decide whether they wanted to switch over. If they didn't like what they saw, the converts could just click on a link to switch back to the old format.

    "But that option will be taken away from all users by the end of the week, a shift that Zuckerberg already knows will alienate some of Facebook's audience and raise the risk of driving more traffic to rival social networks like MySpace and Bebo.

  • "The Forrester report argues that serious games are “poised to take off” in the next seven years. Why?

    "Forrester cites the “green revolution,” which is pushing major corporations like IBM and SAP to experiment with virtual world technology as a way of saving on energy and operational costs, as well as the pervasive popularity of technology, especially among the Net-savvy Generation Y: “This comfort with virtualized workspaces has opened the door for the use of video games to help reduce long-term expenses in other cost centers, like training, learning, and team building,” the report reads. (Forrester’s authors distinguish persistent virtual worlds like Second Life from serious games, which are developed for specific goals in a limited time frame.)

  • "Google has also insisted that it will move ahead with the Yahoo deal–which was struck as a parry to Microsoft’s attempt to buy Yahoo and is set to begin next month–no matter what. I actually believe Google execs when they say this because they have shown a strong streak of stubbornness on controversial issues–witness the company not backing down from the Viacom lawsuit–about which they believe they are in the right."
  • "Go big or go small. That's the question facing lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice investigating Google. Sources who have provided testimony to the government say a departmental debate revolves around whether antitrust regulators should challenge Google's proposed revenue-sharing deal with Yahoo, or go for the whole enchilada–and haul Google into court on broader charges related to its dominance in search advertising."
  • "Marco Boerries, executive vice president of Yahoo's Connected Life division, said its oneConnect service, a social address service that marries a cell phone contacts list with social networks, is premiering on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The service, which is available now in the Apple App Store, allows users to pull their friends and contacts together into one application, enabling them to communicate via instant messaging, e-mail, text messaging or phone. The application also lets users get updates and check in on their friends across a variety of social-networking sites, from Facebook and MySpace to Bebo and Twitter.

    "Yahoo also is expanding a new development language to help developers build applications easily for mobile phones. Using a language called Blueprint, which Yahoo took five years to build, developers can create applications and Web sites at once that will run on a variety of operating systems and devices.

  • This NRDC magazine now has a citizen journalism section

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