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Episode 64: Do you want to wear a computer?

We discuss wearable computing from watches to glasses. Now you can finally look like an X-Men team member or Robocop.

Do you want to wear a computer on your body? Jeremy and I discuss how these wearable computing devices could fit into a smartphone world. We don’t see them replacing phones any time soon.

We also discuss the PlayStation 4 failure to launch. So, there’s that.

Also, should the Knight Foundation of paid Jonah Lehrer for talking about his past plagarism? Is there value from hearing him recount his past mistakes?

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Episode 52: The News Genome

Would you give up one of these to use a Twitter clone?

Jeremy and I discuss wildly reinventing the concept of the news site. Our idea is far from the typical news website that tries to mimic print in many ways.

We call our concept the News Genome, with the idea being that a news site should learn from what you like and don’t like in news and dynamically show you content.

But first we discuss App.Net. Would you forgo a few lattes a year to pay for it? And would you be happy doing that?

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Episode 48: There is an App.net for that

This week we discuss the new social networking dariling App.net.

It’s a Twitter competitor with a twist — you have to pay to use it and there are no ads.

Is this service worth it? Is it elitist? Will it ever have a big enough network?

We can’t escape any App.net discussion without discussing the recent Twitter API changes. They are the reason that App.net was funded, and why people are willing to pay $50 a year for a Twitter clone.

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As China lies about news of train crash, Internet and blogs explode with torrents of truth

China’s versions of Twitter, called weibos, were able to get much of the truth about the train crash there that killed 36 people and injured many more out and past government censors.

Many people in China, despite censored and a state-controlled media, were not fooled by the Chinese governments official accounts that the weather and some other gobbledygook caused the two trains to collide. What makes services like Twitter so interesting for democracy and the freedom of information is that new messages come in so fast that they are really hard to censor:

“I call it the microblogging revolution,” Zhan Jiang, a professor of international journalism and communications at Beijing Foreign Studies University, said in an interview on Thursday. “In the last year, microbloggers, especially Sina and Tencent, have played more and more a major role in coverage, especially breaking news.”

Just look at these messages that got by government censors:

Then the reaction began to pour in. “Such a major accident, how could it be attributed to weather and technical reasons?” blogged Cai Qi, a senior Zhejiang Province official. “Who should take the responsibility? The railway department should think hard in this time of pain and learn a good lesson from this.”

From a Hubei Province blogger: “I just watched the news on the train crash in Wenzhou, but I feel like I still don’t even know what happened. Nothing is reliable anymore. I feel like I can’t even believe the weather forecast. Is there anything that we can still trust?”