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From: Frank A. Coluccio12/16/2010 9:21:45 PM
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Person of the Year 2010: Mark Zuckerberg

For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them, for creating a new system of exchanging information and for changing how we live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year.

[The runner-Up? Why, Julian Assange, of course. But only because he had not violated as many people's privacy -- well, that's what was reported by Stephen Colbert today, at least.]

Read more: time.com #ixzz18Kbd3dhb

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From: axial12/17/2010 8:24:49 AM
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Obama energy chief urges Congress to think nuclear

"The report urged Congress to increase money for loan guarantees for nuclear power plant construction and called on the federal government to support nuclear research and development and help export U.S. nuclear designs. It also suggested that new agencies could be enlisted, such as the Commerce and State departments, to help the nuclear industry compete with foreign industries.

Also Tuesday, renewable energy industry groups urged Congress to extend a cash grant program for the production of wind, solar and other renewable energy. The groups say that thousands of jobs are at stake. The program, which was created by the federal stimulus law, is set to expire at the end of the month."

kgw.com

Jim

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To: ftth who wrote (37178)12/17/2010 8:33:09 AM
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If Rap music could be lost forever I would not complain :-)

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To: Frank A. Coluccio who wrote (37192)12/17/2010 9:05:10 AM
From: ftth
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and an opposing view:
blogs.computerworld.com

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To: Frank A. Coluccio who wrote (37161)12/17/2010 9:29:19 AM
From: ftth
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This mapping approach seems akin to the FCC's much-maligned zip code approach for broadband adoption mapping (i.e. as long as one individual within a geographic region is "connected" the entire region gets counted as connected. At the scale of that map, it's a deceiving view.

You could probably pick a single person on facebook that has say a hundred "pretend friends" and in turn map their "friends" etc, following the "six degrees of separation" concept (see: en.wikipedia.org ), and get a map that looks the same.

Soon, people will be writing articles about the "facebook divide," arguing that this "disconnected 88% of the population" risks societal outcast and economic harm.
Counter-arguments will say those are all actually benefits and the 88% is better off than the rest. Thus demonstrating that the sides of any argument also have six degrees of separation ;o)

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To: Charles Brown who wrote (37191)12/17/2010 9:49:47 AM
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Charles, re: "Smart meters are seen as a way to push the stimulus funds out the door quickly. I attended a conference on the topic where the "experts" said that nearly 90% of the "smart grid" funds were being spent on meters."

I haven't followed the energy stimulus fund disbursements very closely, but I have to say, that figure seems exaggerated/improbable. I'll see if I can locate some info on the disbursement categories, since it would actually be interesting to see the spread and weightings.

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To: ftth who wrote (37195)12/17/2010 10:52:15 AM
From: Frank A. Coluccio
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Social Media Haters Rejoice: Holiday Gifts Just for You

Every time you hear "tweet," "friend" or "connect," it makes you want to scream. You loathe the Fail Whale, Mark Zuckerberg and his posse of "friends." Sound familiar? Here's a collection of perfect gifts for those who share the same social sentiments as you.

By Kristin Burnham | CIO Magazine | 2010-12-17

cio.com

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To: Frank A. Coluccio who wrote (37198)12/17/2010 11:15:30 AM
From: ftth
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Doesn't it seem only fair that a media obsessed by polls like "unfavorable ratings" should seek a balanced presentation (i.e. what percent of people have an unfavorable view of the various high profile social media sites)?

I have a feeling the unfavorable percentages would be higher than the user percentages discussed in recent posts, but we'll probably never know. The media has a vested interest in only emphasizing positives (Facebook/Twitter are the perfect "infinite reservoir" of space-filler material for the 24/7 news cycle)

I guess 10% adoption, plus or minus, is the new (lower) standard for the "killer app."

BTW, Skype claimed over 500 million users in 2009, and I don't recall any comparable media obsession with it. Curious. The iPhone is another that comes to mind where the actual numbers don't match the level of media hype.

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To: Charles Brown who wrote (37189)12/17/2010 11:33:52 AM
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Wasn't M2Z aiming for a piece of 2 GHz spectrum. I think the AWS-3 band? Not 700 MHz. That was Frontline, which I was involved in.

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To: ftth who wrote (37199)12/17/2010 11:36:32 AM
From: Frank A. Coluccio
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re: "Doesn't it seem only fair that a media obsessed by polls like "unfavorable ratings" should seek a balanced presentation (i.e. what percent of people have an unfavorable view of the various high profile social media sites)?"
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12 Tech Survey Topics That Should Die in 2011
By Thomas Wailgum | CIO Mag | Dec 16, 2010

Enough is enough: We don't need any more surveys about "dramatic Facebook usage" or "CIOs' interest in cloud." Because 100 percent of this research is an introduction to the obvious.

cio.com

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