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November 2006 Archives

MAKE: Open Source Gift Guide »

If you're thinking already about holiday gifts, I suggest you take a look at the MAKE Magazine Open Source Gift Guide. Lots of very cool stuff that you can REALLY "play with" after you get....

CNET Interview in Second Life today (Nov 17) at 1PM PST »

Second Life EventsCNET Interviews Joi Ito Come hear CNET News.com reporter Daniel Terdiman (GreeterDan Godel) interview well-known entrepreneur, venture capitalist, virtual worlds innovator, Internet visionary, Technorati executive Joi Ito. He will come to talk about his experiences using virutal worlds as a tool to manage co-workers, about his World of Warcraft guild, about his investments and so much more. Come to the CNET bureau, listen to a 1-on-1 discussion and ask Joi a question yourself. When you arrive at the CNET building, you can fly up to the top floor through the open balcony on the right side of the...

PhoneGnome 2.0 »

David Beckemeyer's PhoneGnome just did a pretty substantial upgrade. You can now use any SIP device to call PhoneGnome users for free. The new website lets you set up the call easily. You can also register all of your phone number (mobile phone, etc.) and not just the land line that your PhoneGnome is connected to. Here's an announcement on their blog. Disclaimer: I'm involved in this company....

Chuoism »

I live in a small village in Chiba. Our village has no city water, city gas or city sewage. In other words, we have a well for water, have a big propane tank for our gas and have a septic tank that gets emptied twice a year or so. Our town has agricultural roots, but mostly these days it is a sort of sleepy town where about half of the people work for the local government in one way or another. I think we were the first "new family" to move in in decades. About 10 minutes away by...

WITNESS Benefit Dinner in New York 12/11 »

I'll be going to New York for this: 2nd Annual Benefit for WITNESS, Dec. 11, 2006, NYC FOCUS FOR CHANGE The Second Annual Dinner and Concert to Benefit WITNESS Co-Hosted by WITNESS Founder Peter Gabriel and Gael Garcia Bernal Performances by Paul Simon, Angélique Kidjo and Kate Pierson & Fred Schneider of the B-52's TO PURCHASE TICKETS OR TABLES online click here. For more information or to order tickets by phone call (718) 783-2000 ext. 304; To order by e-mail events@witness.org. Pricing is below. Click here to download an invitation.Last year was a blast. This was the most fun I...

Elderly harmonica player arrested for performing copyrighted songs at bar »

Another thief has been put to justice by the Law. Phew. (Sarcasm in case you didn't get that...) Lucky he didn't sing Happy Birthday too, or he'd be in even bigger trouble.Mainichi Daily NewsElderly harmonica player arrested for performing copyrighted songs at bar A 73-year-old bar manager who illegally performed copyrighted tunes by the Beatles and other artists on the harmonica was arrested Thursday on suspicion of violating the Copyright Law, police said. Arrested was Masami Toyoda, of Tokyo's Nerima-ku. He has reportedly admitted to the allegations against him. Investigators accuse Toyoda of illegally performing 33 songs such as...

Creative Commons Flickr Contest »

Today, Creative Commons launched the first CC Swag Photo Contest on Flickr to promote our Annual Fundraising Campaign. The contest offers a chance for people to win prizes for creatively photographing their CC Swag (t-shirts, buttons, stickers, etc. — all available from the Support the Commons store) and showing their support for CC during this critical fundraising period. Two winners will have their photos used on Creative Commons' informational postcards, which will be distributed internationally to promote CC and the winning photographers. Winners will receive 100 copies of the postcard with their photo. The winners will also be able to...

State of the Blogosphere, October, 2006 »

David has posted the State of the Blogosphere, October, 2006....

Talking about WoW at Web 2.0 ... today »

I'll be giving a short (10 min) talk about the World of Warcraft at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco later today. One paper that inspired some of my thinking (and will inspiring a longer blog post soon) is an excellent working paper by John Seely Brown and Douglas Thomas that you can get from the USC Annenberg Center Working Papers site. Special thanks to Kazpah for helping me put together my slides......

Creative Commons and Revver launch Viral Video Fundraising Campaign »

I recently blogged about some of the issues I have with YouTube. Revver, on the other hand, does two things right. They share the proceeds from advertising with the artist and they've figured out and advertising model that still allows you to download the video. Revver uses a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 license which does not allow remix and derivative works, but does allow sharing. Creative Commons has launched fundraising campaign with Revver. Creative Commons and Revver launch Viral Video Fundraising Campaign Submitted by Eric Steuer on 2006-11-01 01:04 PM. Today, Creative Commons launches a brand new fundraising model: We're becoming the...

last.fm update »

Last.fm just pushed an update that just made my day. There is a new event system including user event posting where you can see who is going to the event. There is a new flash radio player, a "taste-o-meter" and a new downloads area. I love the "new site smell". Congratulations to the last.fm team for a great update. Disclaimer: I'm an investor in last.fm...

Sitting in my room »

I seem to be doing this more and more, but I'm sitting in my hotel room watching the webcast and chatting in the chatroom for the IGF meeting. Until they make it easier for people to use their computers on site, I'm going to continue doing this. I realize it is slightly rude to have your computer open during conferences, but the ability to look things up, take notes and chat are much more important than appearing slightly rude IMHO....
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