Open social networks-Bring back Iran!

"Three years ago, we lost Iran from Internet community. I simplify somewhat, but forgivably. Many Iranian ISPs cut off access to blogs and social networking sites, on government order. At the time, Iran was one of the most active nations on Orkut ; and Orkut was the network of choice, faster than the then-fading Friendster, but not yet fully eclipsed by MySpace. It provided a historically unprecedented chance for young people from Iran , USA, Europe and the world to hang out together in an online community.

Data Portability: Scoble explains

Scoble explains how he got thrown out of Facebook.
Scoble explains

Data, Web standards, SIOC and FOAF

Leo Sauermann has written an e-mail to the public mailing list suggesting that the initiative also takes W3C’s web standards like RDF into account, as well as considering existing efforts like FOAF and SIOC for data portability on the social web. The initiative’s chairperson Chris Saad has indicated that they will put all related communities and standards in context, including RDF (and I assume FOAF and SIOC too).
Via Cloudlands

Location, location, location.

Palo Alto Networks is a high-tech start-up with ample financing and ambitious plans. But despite its name, the company has no offices in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley’s unofficial capital.
Nir Zuk of Palto Alto networks, its founder and chief technology officer, notes that Palo Alto is synonymous with high-tech innovation, and he was living there when he came up with the name.
“But in Silicon Valley, you locate a company where the engineers are,” he said. “You would never locate a networking company in Palo Alto.”

Google Open Social

" Kevin is one of the public faces of the OpenSocial project at Google in his role as a developer advocate.   Before coming to Google, he was a principal engineer at Technorati and one of the driving forces behind micro-formats.
In this episode, we focus on the state of the OpenSocial project and also highlight some of the work around opening up activity streams which is one of the features I feel has been overlooked in the conversation around OpenSocial."
Read/Write Talk Kevin Marks Developer

The Semantic Web in action

" Six years ago in this magazine, Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila unveiled a nascent vision of the Semantic Web: a highly interconnected network of data that could be easily accessed and understood by any desktop or handheld machine. They painted a future of intelligent software agents that would head out on the World Wide Web and automatically book flights and hotels for our trips, update our medical records and give us a single, customized answer to a particular question without our having to search for information or pore through results.

Last minute Christmas gifts!

Cool last minute Christmas gift from Dosugus for the nerd in your life.

The Pew report on Digital identity

The Pew Internet and American Life project has released a new report: Digital Footprints: Online identity management and search in the age of transparency . This report examines our relationship with our online information, stuff like our Google results and the information we've presented online.
Via Fred from Unit Structures .

On Facebook, Scholars link up with Data

"Each day about 1,700 juniors at an East Coast college log on to to accumulate “friends,” compare movie preferences, share videos and exchange cybercocktails and kisses. Unwittingly, these students have become the subjects of academic research.


" Nova Spivack, CEO of Radar Networks demonstrates its new Twine service which goes way beyond other Web bookmarking and collecting tools. It's hard to explain what this tool does because we haven't seen a tool that does a lot of what Twine does before. Once you try it, though, you'll want everything on the Web to behave like this "
Via Scoble