Mitch Wagner

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California Bureau Chief, Light Reading
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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

Articles by Mitch Wagner
posted in September 2008

iPhone 2.1: After Two Weeks, It's Still A Work In Progress

The iPhone firmware Version 2.1 got a lot of applause when it first came out, from users who said it fixed major bugs. I've been living with the software for two weeks now. In my experience, the update fixes quite a lot, but there's still a lot of work to be done. And I encountered one big bug that could result in a spectacular loss of data.

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Join Us For The InformationWeek 500 Conference -- Without Leaving Your Chair

I'm reluctant to declare that real-time events are the Next Big Thing on the Internet, because it seems like a Next Big Thing comes along on the Internet about once a month, and they're mostly forgotten the next day. Still, I've seen firsthand how powerful virtual events can be. They're an emerging trend. And InformationWeek is in the middle of it all.

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Web 2.0: 'Fake Steve Jobs' Describes How He Survived Being Outed

When journalist Dan Lyons was publicly outed as the caustic and popular Fake Steve Jobs, he expected the blog to die. But it lived on. He found that puzzling at first, but then he realized he wasn't just writing a blog. He had created a performance space, where real people and fictional characters -- including Fake Vladimir Putin, and Fake Noam Chomsky -- talked and argued with each other.

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Web 2.0 Expo: Microsoft, Mozilla, Google Discuss The Future Of The Browser

I was hoping to see some real bloodshed at the Web 2.0 Expo panel with representatives from Microsoft, Mozilla, and Google. But sadly, everybody was cordial and informative. The one time sparks flew was when a developer in the audience complained about how much work it is to write apps for multiple browsers, and challenged the vendors to fix that.

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Web 2.0 Expo: Using Online Gaming Tricks To Increase Audience Engagement

Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and other sites that we don't think of as games nonetheless use the principles of gaming to keep their audience engaged, said online game developer Charles Forman at a presentation at Web 2.0 Expo. Other site publishers can use gaming techniques to keep their audiences involved and loyal, said Forman, who is founder and CEO of the social gaming site Iminlikewithyou.

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Clay Shirky Busts The Myth Of Information Overload At Web 2.0 Expo

It's hard to write a news article about a Clay Shirky presentation. The conclusion of an article is supposed to be at the top, in the headline and lead sentence, which is supposed to pack such a wallop that the reader feels compelled to read. But the conclusion of a Shirky presentation isn't the best part. With Shirky, the entire talk is a unified whole, and the best part is listening to Shirky walk through his thought process.

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IW500: CIOs Are Anti-Social On Social Networking

I can't say I'm surprised by what CIOs told me at the InformationWeek 500 conference about Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites: They're just not into those services. However, the CIOs see that young people have a very different attitude. Social networks are their primary channel for communication, and so companies need to be hospitable to social networks to continue to attract young recruits.

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New Obama Ad: McCain 'Can't Send An E-Mail'

After more than a week of getting pounded by Sarah Palin supporters, Barack Obama's forces are hitting back in a new campaign ad, playing on John McCain's admission that he can't send an e-mail or even use a computer. Obama says these points -- and others -- are evidence that McCain is "out of touch."

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CrowdSpring Used Competing Service To Design Its Own Logo

CrowdSpring is a company that allows businesses to use crowds of graphic designers to create logos, images for ads, and other artwork. They boast about how they used their own process to design their own logo, eventually awarding the project to a janitor who taught himself graphic design. It's a compelling story -- but it's not the whole story.

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DEMO Roundup: Web 2.0 Goes To Work

According to Chris Shipley, executive producer of the DEMOFall 08 conference, we've already moved past Web 2.0. We're wrapping up the third generation of the Web. And we're moving on to the fourth. That's when social networking and Web 2.0 (which is actually Web 3.0, she says -- confused yet?) gets to work.

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Are Journalists Persecuting Sarah Palin And Her Daughter?

The story of Sarah Palin's daughter's pregnancy has got McCain supporters riled up. They're angry at what they see as yet another conspiracy by the mainstream media to tear down a good conservative while giving liberal darlings like Barack Obama and John Edwards a free pass.

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Daily Kos Publisher Takes Us To Task On Palin Coverage

The publisher of the political blog Daily Kos took us to task last week for our coverage of the controversy over Sarah Palin's teenage daughter's pregnancy. His letter raises a different issue: To what extent, if any, does the publisher of a site bear responsibility for the comments posted by a member of the site? Are the owners of Web communities obliged to control content posted by their members?

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Introducing InformationWeek Analytics Audio

Today, InformationWeek is launching Analytics Audio. It's a new way for you to get the information you need to solve the toughest problems in enterprise IT. In addition to reading our Analytics reports, you can listen to them as well.

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Sarah Palin's Babygate And The Future Of Journalism

The story of Sarah Palin's daughter's pregnancy is an example of the uneasy partnership between journalists and bloggers. The events make it clear what journalists' roles ought to be in the post-blogger era. But it's unclear whether journalists actually did their jobs here, because this is such an ugly story that it's hard to see past the sordid surface to find out what happened.

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