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  • December 15, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Newspapers, a bulwark of democracy, may be seriously imperiled, but there's a boom market in excrement.

    From KillerStartups:

    Nature calls when least expected, and it is always handy to have a resource like this one at hand. Generally speaking, this online service will let you know about restrooms in your close vicinity by displaying such information either on your web browser or your mobile device.

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  • December 10, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Some speculate that Saul Kaplan was asked to give up his job as executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. As we know, Governor Carcieri said via a statement that Kaplan plans to return to the private sector. At minimum, the timing is striking, given the state's very serious economic problems.

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  • December 10, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    I hope to have a more thoughtful post today or later this week on Twitter.

    In the interim . . .

    Breakkup.com, a newish Web site, allows you, the American public (or at least those with too much time on their hands), to cast votes on whether the love-lorn should stay together or split.

    Meanwhile, sending one's nude picture via cell phone is becoming all the rage among teens and twenty-somethings, the Boston Globe reports:

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  • December 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Whether you see Rhode Island's glass as half-full (like Tom Sgouros) or approaching empty (like Ed Achorn), the folks at RI Nexus have a cool upcoming event:

    Making it through the Downturn and Emerging Stronger than Ever

    Where: RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way (ALCO), Suite 101, Providence. Google Map


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  • December 02, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    From today's NYT:

    PALO ALTO, Calif. — Facebook, the Internet’s largest social network, wants to let you take your friends with you as you travel the Web. But having been burned by privacy concerns in the last year, it plans to keep close tabs on those outings.

    Facebook Connect, as the company’s new feature is called, allows its members to log onto other Web sites using their Facebook identification and see their friends’ activities on those sites.

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  • November 19, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    AS220 is the spot, from 5:30-9.

    After October’s special event with Jason Fried, Providence Geeks returns next week to our regularly scheduled program. The November Geek Dinner will feature DandyID – a promising startup recently transplanted to our fair city from Boulder, CO. DandyID is a web service and team of social-web enthusiasts dedicating efforts towards simplifying users’ experiences amongst multiple online destinations.

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  • November 18, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    We know about the bad news on the RI economy. But the RI EDC's Saul Kaplan, in a news release today, points to some good news:

    Rhode Island was cited as a top performer in the 2008 State New Economy Index, a report published by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).

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  • November 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    During her appearance at Providence's Central Congregational Church last night, NPR's Mara Liasson noted how Barack Obama has been likened to the Google of politics -- because of his facility with technology and because of his unparalleled audience.

    She had not yet read the story about how Obama is going to have to give up his BlackBerry, but Liasson predicted that Obama's socially-networked legion of followers and super-volunteers will be regularly called upon to contact lawmakers and otherwise support his agenda.

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  • November 16, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    While Obama's use of YouTube has been cited as an emblem of his tech-friendliness, it's only a matter of time before his BlackBerry gets yanked, reports today's New York Times.

    But before he arrives at the White House, he will probably be forced to sign off. In addition to concerns about e-mail security, he faces the Presidential Records Act, which puts his correspondence in the official record and ultimately up for public review, and the threat of subpoenas.

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  • November 14, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Speaking of Tim White, he was interested by my short piece this week on Wayne Franklin, so Franklin and Owen Johnson, another of the new wave of entrepreneurs who sometimes gather under the Geek umbrella, joined us for this morning's taping of WPRI/WNAC-TV's Newsmakers.

    Johnson went so far as to say that Providence has tipped in favor of a point where the smal but important IT-digital media sector can make some big gains.

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  • November 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Obama's steady climb above McCain in most polls coincided with the outbreak of the fiscal crisis in September. Yet all along, some smart people believed it was the Democrat's super-organized ground game that made the difference.

    Seth Gitell touches upon this:

    I can’t let election day pass without commenting on a major innovation in campaign Get Out The Vote techniques — Barack Obama’s virtual army.

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  • November 03, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    I was going to include Nate Silver's name in the headline for this post, but he's better known by his Web site, FiveThirtyEight.com, which -- with good reason -- has become a sensation this campaign season.

    Here (h/t Romenesko) is part of the backstory:

    Political commentary on the Internet is nothing new these days.

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  • October 27, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Here's a great question upon which Rhode Island should focus: how to best catalyze the small but growing local digital media-IT-knowledge economy for faster growth? If there are any geeks/thinkers/entrepreneurs out there reading, I'd welcome their comments.

    The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce hopes it has part of the answer:

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  • October 20, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Rhode Island continues to suffer from high unemployment and an unfulfilled quest for the better economy of the future.

    Yet Neurotech is due to hold a ribbon-cutting in Cumberland tomorrow, and the company represents the sort of technological effort from which the state will benefit. Here's a description:

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  • October 16, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Charges of bias in the media -- whether from liberals or conservatives -- are a hardy perennial, and there are those of us who will tell you that fairness and intellectual honesty are more vital than some mythical state of total objectivity.

    Anyway, the NYT reports today on SpinSpotter, a company offering a "very beta" form of software for filtering spin in the media.

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