Link-o-Rama

Here’s an update on the potential for hydrogen in energy production. Nothing terribly surprising but it does sum up the major hurdles that are being crossed in developing this technology.

Facebook may not be Skynet but it is getting smarter and that’s bad for Google... yeah, it’s a parallel web that allows data in/out only through authorized channels. I’m wondering if it’s not just bad for Google but bad for everyone else as well…

How America’s ruling class buys its way into elite colleges. If there were ever a case for the destructive consequences of “two Americas” it is in our education system.

– In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture fund, participated in a funding round for LensVector. This company has a really fascinating technology for camera lens that results in completely solid state focusing systems with no moving parts.

– The FCC reveals a rather embarrassing initiative aimed at reviving the failed CableCard technology as an internet browsing technology… I guess the FCC is trying to rebound from the ass whooping they took in the Comcast case.

– The California PUC has ordered utilities to give up data collected from “smart meters”. I wrote about this last year when I covered my own experiences with smart meters, concluding at the time that utility companies just don’t have a mindset that allows them to think about data as a service they are providing. I’m glad the PUC ordered it but like all things involving utilities (and telcos), I’ll believe it when I see it.

Nielsen reports that Facebook’s ads actually work pretty well... go figure.

Ben Horowitz pens a thoughtful post detailing the challenges of bringing big company executives into startups. My favorite bit was “force them to create”… which I guess translates into “force them to actually do stuff… something not required in a big company”.

The iPad could cripple sales of in vehicle DVD systems… is there anything the iPad can’t do? This is actually a pretty solid argument and maps well to something similar I wrote last year about how the iPhone (and competitors) could kill in vehicle navigation systems and car companies have no one to blame but themselves.

Dell’s Android handset, the Thunder, looks like it’s bringing a little lightning with it as well. It looks hot, I’m almost ready to say I want one. I say almost because my experience with my wife’s Droid taught me that Android has a lot of sizzle without the steak (she ended up ditching the Droid after having it replaced 3 times for screen failures, she’s back to her trusty Blackberry now). Windows 7 Mobile is also getting a lot of good reviews, will be interested to see how that looks when it hits the market… competition is good.

5 popular photography techniques.

Altimeter’s Ray Wang has a slick new website up and running.

HP released a 3D printer that takes 3D CAD drawings and converts them into ABS (plastic) models. At $17k this is no impulse buy but it is at a price point significantly lower than CNC carving machines while appearing more capable and easy to use than CNC variants.

Is God a mathematician? Good question.

– My friend Tom Foremski’s new initiative “every company is a media company” is spot on.

– Dion Hinchcliffe joined the Dachis Group (as did Susan Scrupski’s 2.0 Council) and wrote a really interesting missive on “The Social Enterprise, a Case for Disruptive Transformation“. I keep thinking about this as I ponder social CRM… Don Bulmer (SAP) has been writing some really good stuff on the “boundaryless enterprise”, I’ll track down the links and tweet them.

– John Hagel: From Push to Pull. It’s a must read piece.

Really interesting look at Kachingle. Not only does this introduce a really innovative revenue model for media sites but the experience of Kachingle trying to sell it to big newspapers should be a cautionary tale for anyone interested in this market.

The 20 worst VC investments of all time… no real surprises here and the schadenfreude isn’t that fulfilling.

A compressed air powered car sets a speed record at Bonneville.

Sesame Street parody videos target Google.