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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

Articles by Mitch Wagner
posted in April 2008

Web 2.0: Clay Shirky On Wikipedia, Sitcoms, And Gin

Clay Shirky, an adjunct professor at NYU who studies social media, gave a stirring talk at Web 2.0 Expo last week on the Web 2.0 revolution -- how it's harnessing all the brainpower made available by the societal changes of the past 60 years. That time was, until recently, wasted watching mindless television, but now it's being put to work on Web 2.0 projects, some profound and some silly, but all significant.

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'Lost' Fans Serve Up Surprising Lessons About Web 2.0 For Business

When I set out to do an article about fans of the TV show Lost and how they're using the Internet, I didn't think I'd learn anything about using Web 2.0 for business. I thought it was an article our readers might find entertaining, and that I'd enjoy doing, and nothing more than that. And yet I was pleasantly surprised to find that a couple of business lessons popped out, about self-organizing groups and how they can get results without traditional, top-down management.

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Treadmill Desk: It's Crazy - But Is It Crazy Enough To Be A Good Idea?

A treadmill desk is a desk that doesn't have a chair, but instead has a treadmill in front of it. The theory is that you stand up and walk while you work or play on your computer, getting exercise while going digital. When I first heard this idea, I thought the idea was completely insane. But the more I hear about it, the more it make sense to me, and I think I'll give it a try.

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Web 2.0: Confabb Provides Directory And Ratings For Conferences

Most Web sites for conferences are pretty poorly designed. Simple tasks, like scrutinizing the schedule or finding the show hotel, take too long and are too painful to accomplish. That's one of the problems that Confabb, a directory, rating service, and social network for conferences, is looking to solve. I met with Confabb at Web 2.0 Expo, and got the lowdown from the company chairman.

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First Impression: FriendFeed Is The Social Network For Power Users

FriendFeed is absent in body from Web 2.0 Expo this week, but present in spirit. It's coming up quite a bit in conversation, even though the company isn't exhibiting or speaking here. FriendFeed is a social network for power users -- it aggregates feeds from your Twitter account, blog, Flickr, LinkedIn, and 31 other types of social services and presents them in a single feed for your friends to read. I decided to give FriendFeed a try and share my first im

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Sign Up For The New InformationWeek Blog Newsletter

We've been filling out our roster of great writers on the InformationWeek Blog and broadening the range of subjects we cover, paying particular attention to beefing up the enterprise coverage we've historically excelled at. We're proud of that -- but we also know that the sheer volume makes it hard to keep up. Heck, even I find it hard to keep up, and it's my job.

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The Web 2.0 Expo Keynotes In Out-Of-Focus Photos And Out-Of-Context Quotes

Keynote speakers at the Web 2.0 Expo on Wednesday delivered inspirational messages to keep innovators dreaming and working hard in the face of an economic slowdown. Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Media, said the Web 2.0 revolution is just getting started. He challenged attendees to work on big, world-changing problems, saying that the most successful companies in the technology industry have "big, hairy audacious goals."

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One-On-One With The New CEO Of Linden Lab

In an interview with InformationWeek, the incoming CEO of Linden Lab said he's fascinated by businesses that grow up in Second Life. He also paid tribute to the "largely unfettered" creativity of the Second Life community. And he declined to comment about whether he's preparing the company for IPO or sale.

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Second Life Gets New CEO

The Second Life community today got its first good news in what seems like forever -- Linden Lab, the creator and operator of the virtual world, announced its pick for new CEO. At first glance, his resumé looks like the right combination of business acumen and creativity needed to restart the engines on the foundering ship.

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American Journalist Uses Twitter To Bust Out Of Egyptian Jail

As Egyptian police were descending on UC Berkeley graduate journalism student James Karl Buck, he had time to send just one word to his friends on Twitter: "ARRESTED." Buck had been photographing a noisy demonstration, and as he was being hauled off to jail, friends around the world rallied to his support.

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Libertarians Use Web 2.0 To Protest Arrest At Jefferson Memorial

What would Thomas Jefferson think about Web 2.0? Libertarians gathered earlier this week at the Jefferson Memorial to dance silently for 10 minutes (listening to music on iPods) in celebration of the founder's birthday. When police came along and ordered them to disperse, one dancer failed to obey, and she was led away in handcuffs. Since then, libertarians have used BlackBerrys and cell phone cameras to spread the word and drum up support for the woman they're calling the "Jefferson One."

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In Defense Of One Of Vista's Most Annoying Features

The User Account Control is one of the most hated features of Vista, constantly throwing up pop-ups asking if you really want to do what you just asked to do. In an intriguing defense, Microsoft says they know it's annoying -- they did it on purpose.

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Firefox Vs. Safari: Small Features Make A Big Difference

Daring Fireball's John Gruber has a fling with Firefox, but comes home to Safari. He praises Firefox's extensions, memory management, auto-restore of closed windows, the way it handles history, and more. But he decides that he prefers Safari because of a laundry list of small features that seem big to him.

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Virtual Worlds Getting Friendlier For Businesses

Second Life developer Linden Lab is teaming up with IBM for a version of the service that companies can run behind their firewall. Meanwhile, a startup called Multiverse is building virtual worlds software that runs in either a standalone client or a Web browser.

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What's Great About Firefox 3

Mozilla introduced Firefox 3 Beta 5 on Wednesday, with more than 750 changes from the previous beta, including improved stability and Web compatibility, user interface enhancements, performance improvements, and better integration with Windows, the Mac, and Linux.

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Despite Mac Gains, Windows Still Rules Enterprise Computing

Windows still nearly monopolized enterprise desktops in 2007, even though it lost some market share at the expense of Apple, according to a report by Forrester Research. Enterprise Windows market share dropped nearly 4%, but 95% of business users run Windows. And Apple market share tripled, but it's still just 4.2%, limited to enthusiasts and small workgroups.

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