Playing around with Hulu and so far, I quite like it. I don’t have much for a TV or TiVo and I sure don’t have cable so it’s nice to have an opportunity to watch high-quality content on demand with very limited (if any) commercial interruption. And, it’s not just FOX and NBC, there are 70 or so content providers, including a few that I actually might check out. Recent episodes of The Office and Family Guy are embedded below.
The full video of his “fireside chat” with CEO Eric Schmidt at the Googleplex this week is now up (posted below). In addition to unveiling his vision and presidential policy for the future of technology and the Internet, it seems he really won over the room… see the account of Andrew McLaughlin, Google’s Public Policy and Gov’t Affairs lead.
The news in the announcement is worth celebrating and well worth the wait: a huge, free, digital archive of federal case law, including all Courts of Appeals decisions from 1950 to the present and all Supreme Court decisions since 1754!
But what I really like is the last paragraph, explaining how open-source archives circa 2007 are taking the extra step to convert two-dimensional, law record formatted content into the online sphere:
Public.Resource.Org intends to perform an initial transformation on the federal case law archive obtained from Fastcase using open source â€œstarâ€ mapping software, which will allow the insertion of markers that will approximate page breaks based on user-furnished parameters such as page size, margins, and fonts. â€œWikiâ€ technology will be used to allow the public to move around these â€œstarâ€ markers, as well as add summaries, classifications, keywords, alternate numbering systems for citation purposes, and ratings or â€œdiggsâ€ on opinions.
The OECD Broadband Portal has been updated to reflect data as of June 2007. The enhanced and increased data makes the U.S. look a little better but U.S. high speed internet penetration remains in the bottom quarter of the 32 OECD countries, as it has since it’s ranking dropped 25 percent earlier this year. The U.S. is on par with the OECD average, however, when broadband penetration is calculated in terms of landmass populated by 50% of the population, perhaps a more fair measure, considering the U.S. does 30% of broadband subscribers in the OECD survey, but also covers a vast and sparsely populated area.
The strongest per-capita subscriber growth over the year was in Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Australia, Norway, Denmark and Luxembourg. Each country added more than 5 subscribers per 100 inhabitants during the past year…. Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Korea and Norway and Iceland lead the OECD in broadband penetration, each with over 29 subscribers per 100 inhabitants.
Full press release below:
From Andy Rubin:
We have developed Android in cooperation with the Open Handset
Alliance, which consists of more than 30 technology and mobile leaders
including Motorola, Qualcomm, HTC and T-Mobile.
Will the concept of Open Handsets coincide with the opening of mobile networks, etc? All essential in the building of trust in a neutral net. Can the GOOG be trusted remains to be seen.
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