It's increasingly dawning on people that they don't really own a lot of the goods they buy, not in a world where software is infiltrating everything and can be modified at the whim of the seller. Amazon can remove books people have "purchased" for their Kindles.
You may have noticed - you could hardly miss it - the blizzard of anniversary stories last month about the fall of Lehman Brothers, an event that helped spark last year's financial meltdown. The coverage reminded me that journalists failed to do their jobs before last year's crisis emerged, and have continued to fail since then.
Spanish engineer Ramon Roca got tired of waiting for telecom companies to wire his town - so he did it himself. Y ou can see the snow-capped Pyrenees mountains from Gurb, about 75 kilometers north of Barcelona. It's a quiet farming community of 2,500, and in most ways there's nothing special to set it apart from many such towns across the Catalonia region of Spain.
I'm old enough to remember the most important space story of its or probably any era. In the summer of 1969, we sat, enthralled, as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed Apollo 11's Eagle space ship and took humanity's first steps on a world other than Earth.
In an era when most politicians don't even pretend to understand much about technology and innovation, it's at least a little refreshing to see a campaign actually treat these critical issues with respect. The one in question is Hillary Clinton's, and its just-released " Initiative on Technology & Innovation " has a lot to recommend it.
I'm a big believer in blocking online ads and trackers. Needless to say, advertisers and media companies aren't. Some try to make me feel guilty. Others block me or degrade the Web experience. Fair enough. But if your telecommunications company decides or offers to do block ads on your behalf, beware.
(I'll be updating this regularly during the day. New stuff will be at the bottom of the post, not the top, on the principle that most people reading this will read it only once or twice. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's the method in my madness.
Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, has pulled together an amazing group of people for what he's calling-with only a tiny amount of hyperbole-the "Decentralized Web Summit." Some of the "original architects" of this system-including Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee-are here along with the younger and deeply committed architects of what we all agree we want.
Here's an easy test of Facebook's attitude toward journalism: whether Peter Thiel remains on its board of directors. For now, Mark Zuckerberg and his company are staying silent. If Zuckerberg does ultimately allow Thiel to stay on the board, you'll know how the CEO-who holds absolute control over the world's most powerful media company-feels about the free press.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".