Revolutions, Lynch Mobs and Anonymity

This is a copy of my weekly Loose Wire Column By Jeremy Wagstaff Tunisia in the midst of overthrowing a two-decade old regime. A new website that lets you answer and ask questions. And, in Thailand, a 16 year-old girl feels the full weight of the online public after being photographed using her cellphone after …

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CAPTCHA Gets Useful

An excellent example of something that leverages a tool that already exists and makes it useful — CAPTCHA forms. AP writes from Pittsburgh: Researchers estimate that about 60 million of those nonsensical jumbles are solved everyday around the world, taking an average of about 10 seconds each to decipher and type in. Instead of wasting …

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The Slow Death of the iPod

Jupiter Research has come up with figures [BBC] suggesting that only 20% of the tracks found on an iPod will have been bought from iTunes. The conclusion: “Digital music purchasing has not yet fundamentally changed the way in which digital music customers buy music.” Paul Thurrot reckons that for Apple things are the other way …

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Another PR Mis-step

This blog occasionally touches on the border between PR and journalists, usually when PR start approaching blogs and bloggers. But my perspective is on how PR folks connect, or misconnect, with journalists. And I notice that PR folk often misfire on one key issue: how to present their credentials to journalists. It’s like this: Journalists, …

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Cyberwar On The World SMS Capital?

I don’t know how often this happens, but if true, it must be a worry. It’s either a hoax, a script kiddie adventure, or the first bit of post-US election cyberwar. According to Filipino news website INQ7.net (no live URL available), a group of hackers today “breached the short messaging service (SMS) servers of both Smart …

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The Future Of Data – Watch That Dial

Here’s something to separate you from the rest of the boardroom: The Executive Dashboard. As far as I can work out it’s a three-panel board of dials, upon which you hook prepared overlays of, for example, the countdown to your next sales meeting, the number of emails waiting for you, or how the market is …

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More Readers Than You Can Poke A Blog At

I was looking for a new RSS Reader today — RSS is a format that allows, usually, bloggers to have their blogs fed directly to interested subscribers in a format that’s simple and accessible. Rather than visit the blog the reader just opens their email, or, more commonly, a special program called a Reader, and …

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News: Wanted, Dead Or Alive: Virus Writers

 Microsoft is a mite upset, and is offering $500,000 reward to inform on the virus writers responsible for the Blaster and Sobig worms. (In August, if you recall, the Blaster-A worm infected many unprotected home and business computers, attempted to launch a denial of service attack against a critical Microsoft security update website, and, most …

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News: Seems A Lot Of Folk Get Fired Over Email

A new survey, the 2003 E-Mail Rules, Policies and Practices Survey from the American Management Association, Clearswift and The ePolicy Institute, reckons that 22% of employers have fired employees for violating email policy. That seems kinda harsh. What are people doing with their email? Here are some stats: – 52% of U.S. companies monitor incoming …

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