– UK newspapers lash out against the BBC iPhone app, saying it undermines the commercial sector. I totally agree, when will people accept that a taxpayer financed entity providing a service that competes with the private sector is unfair? It’s be like the U.S. government, which owns GM, launching a series of safety investigations against Toyota… oh never mind.
– Stanford finds a rise is cheating is especially prevalent among computer science students… does the tech industry have an ethics problem? Maybe when you consider the many examples of things like options backdating and intellectual property theft. Just sayin…
– Fizziolo.gy is a service that measures the intensity and sentiment of online opinion on Twitter and Facebook for the entertainment industry. Amplicate is another one but I think all of these services suffer from a human behavior reality, which is that most people are prone to broadcasting a negative opinion rather than a positive one. There is also a herd mentality that causes many people to buy into negative group sentiment (e.g. walmart sucks) as a social statement about themselves, which distorts the overall sentiment.
– The White House is making a claim that images on it’s Flickr site can only be used by news organizations… on what basis that they are making that claim is beyond me because this is in direct conflict with government policy and the fact that these images are produced with taxpayer money.
– Jeremiah Owyang’s piece on the evolution on branded support communities is really good.
– Professor Lessig is focusing his attention on remaking Congress (good luck with that) but underlying his persuasive argument is the idea that controlling political speech is a necessary step. The Cato Institute argues, and I agree with them, that reducing the role of government in the People’s everyday life is a better way to reduce the influence of money in politics… a government that has less influence is less likely to be influenced.