Smartmobbing the next US elections

Smartmobbing the next US elections. (Via Scripting News) The New York Times foreshadows the “transformation of American politics by the Internet” in the 2006 and 2008 elections: The transformation of American politics by the Internet is accelerating with the approach of the 2006 Congressional and 2008 White House elections, producing far-reaching changes in the way… Continue reading Smartmobbing the next US elections

A Pretty Good Way to Foil the NSA

A Pretty Good Way to Foil the NSA. The man who angered the world's eavesdroppers by releasing PGP in the 1990s is back, this time with voice-encryption software that might be good enough to frustrate illegal telephone surveillance — no matter who's doing it. Ryan Singel reviews Zfone. [Wired News: Top Stories]


Everyware. Adam Greenfield has written one of the most provocative books in years. If the right people read it, Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing may do for the coming, computerless computing interface what Don Norman’s The Design of Everyday Things did for design generally. Like Norman, Greenfield argues for good design not as… Continue reading Everyware

Whirlpool's takeover of Maytag

 The end of antitrust In giving an unconditional green light to Whirlpool's takeover of Maytag, US antitrust authorities have basically said that no deal, whatever the market share combined, will henceforth be forced to make even minor concessions. The $1.7 billion deal between the two appliances makers will create not only the biggest company in… Continue reading Whirlpool's takeover of Maytag

iFolder goes to 5 blades …

iFolder goes to 5 blades ….  Two Brainshares ago Novell opensourced their iFolder client. iFolder had some problems catching on in the OSS community, mainly the server piece was still closed. This was mitigated by the SimpleServer, which was a kind of tacked on free server originally used by developers to test the client. Those… Continue reading iFolder goes to 5 blades …

Mashpees near federal recognition

Mashpees near federal recognition. MASHPEE — The federal government gave preliminary recognition yesterday to the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, setting the stage for possibly contentious negotiations with state officials over the right to build a casino in Massachusetts. [Boston Globe — Front Page]