Looks like UCCS, where I got my MBA, ranked pretty high this year in U.S. News & World Report.
DENVER – The University of Colorado at Boulder remains among the nation’s top public universities for undergraduates—ranking 34th overall—and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is among the best public colleges in the West offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”
You can read more here. I personally thought they did a good job of the business of getting me prepared for the real world. The economist professor in their MBA program is phenomenal — worth going to the school just for a one semester in his class.
Sounds like Google is seeing the IE 7 as a possible threat, or perhaps they see a potential market that has been under-served.
Google Chrome is designed to make it easier and faster to browse the Web, by offering enhanced address-bar features and other elements that are very different from those on other browsers. The product will be open-sourced, meaning others can modify the code, according to the report.
I wonder how much of “search” preference is impacted and influenced by browser choice. With browsers having pre-set search tools, more and more people probably just type in their search queries into the browser search fields — which in turn drives the search ad results.
Google has been working on the product for about two years, but work became more serious when Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 7, the Journal said.
Google release a comic book as part of their launch of the new browser, which is scheduled to go out in over 100 countries tomorrow. There is more on the official Google Blog.
As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit “send” a bit early on a comic book introducing our new open source browser, Google Chrome. As we believe in access to information for everyone, we’ve now made the comic publicly available — you can find it here. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries.
Ouch! These RIAA lawsuits against music listeners is just plain abuse of the legal system, and certainly poor public relations. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t condone downloading free music through bit-torrent (file sharing sites are blocked on my computer), but suing some poor guy for backing up his music on his computer is going way to far.
In legal documents in its [RIAA] federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.
If thats the case, I better get myself a lawyer, because the first thing I do when I get a new CD is to burn it to my computer. I don’t even own a CD player, and I mostly listen to music on my computer while I work.
The net result of all these feeble attempts to sustain an outdated business model is to encourage and strengthen the indie music industry.
Ray Beckerman, a New York lawyer who represents six clients who have been sued by the RIAA, sees it coming.
The RIAA’s legal crusade against its customers is a classic example of an old media company clinging to a business model that has collapsed. Four years of a failed strategy has only “created a whole market of people who specifically look to buy independent goods so as not to deal with the big record companies,” Beckerman says. “Every problem they’re trying to solve is worse now than when they started.”
If there ever was a time to be an independent artist, it is now! Recording gear AND distribution costs are going exponentially down — all it takes is the determination go at it and the talent to stand out from the rest (and sometimes not even that…).
In todayâ€™s Wall Street Journal â€œReply Allâ€ section tech heavyweights David Weinberger, author of Everything Is Miscellaneous goes head to head with Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur in an intellectual fight for the ages. This battle, which took place through many grueling rounds of emails, debates whether Web 2.0 and the ability for everyone to become a journalist, filmmaker or musician is a positive or negative for information available on the internet.
The full text can be found at WSJ.com or a condensed â€œhighlightsâ€ version can be found here.
I don’t usually follow Mac developments to closely, but this sounds like an interesting progress in regards to user interface.
During a private meeting last month, Appleâ€™s traditionally tight-lipped chief executive Steve Jobs all but broke the silence onthe future of the video iPod. Speaking to employees at the Apple TownHall, he said a division of the company was hard at work onnext-generation iPods that, like iPhone, would run an embedded versionof the Mac OS X operating system.
This can have implications for the mobile telephony industry.
If itâ€™s got wifi (hmm, and especially if I can add Skype), then I wonâ€™t need an iPhone.
HT: Wake Up!
technorati tags:iphone, apple, mac, skype, Wi-Fi
This is my kind of news! The Washington Post has a story on how a community in China was able to use text-messaging and cell phones to get around government censors, and stand up against the construction of a giant chemical factory. This is what technology in communication does for the world — it enables individuals to connect, relate, and unite.
By promoting the construction of a giant chemical factory among the suburban palm trees, the local government was “setting off an atomic bomb in all of Xiamen,” the massive message sprays charged, predicting that the plant would cause “leukemia and deformed babies” among the 2 million-plus residents of this city on China’s southern rim, just opposite Taiwan.
The environmental activists behind the messages might have exaggerated the danger with their florid language, experts said. But their passionate opposition to the chemical plant generated an explosion of public anger that forced a halt in construction, pending further environmental impact studies by authorities in Beijing, and produced large demonstrations June 1 and 2, drawing national publicity.
The delay marked a rare instance of public opinion in China rising from the streets and compelling a change of policy by Communist Party bureaucrats. It was a dramatic illustration of the potential of technology — particularly cellphones and the Internet — to challenge the rigorous censorship and political controls through which the party maintains its monopoly on power over China’s 1.4 billion people.
Paul Blumenthal and David All had an Op-Ed on why Congress needs modern websites on The Hill newspaper this last Tuesday in the Open House Project Op-Ed series. They cover “the reasons why member Web sites are often just polished brochures, accessories to the actual functions of the office.”
Technology and politics are rapidly intertwining in the new millennium as presidential candidates adopt sophisticated online operations to raise money, get out the vote and connect to new voters. Social networking, blogging and online video technologies have taken the political world by storm. But in Washington, members of Congress are forced to watch this race for online superiority from the sidelines.
Itâ€™s not their fault. While candidates for office can do as they please with their websites, members of Congress are heavily restricted in the kinds of activities they can partake in on their official websites, because they are governed by Franking Rules. These rules were created decades ago to restrict the use of mass mailings sent to congressional districts at taxpayer expense. Franking Rules, modified to apply to the Web in 1994 and last updated in 1996, state that members may not use non-congressionally provided services for their website, nor link to any site of a personal or political nature.
Paul Blumenthal commented on it on his Sunlight Foundation blog.
My employer just launched a new video section in partnership with ROO, an online video streaming service. StreamingMedia.com has the story.
â€œWeb-based publications and communities depend on compelling, targeted content to keep their visitors and participants engaged and active,â€ said Robert Petty, CEO of ROO. â€œTownhallâ€™s devoted and passionate community members will be able to click on content channels that provide dynamic videos that they are interested in, rather than the generic content that can be found anywhere else.â€
DeFeo also noted that due to ROOâ€™s relationships with major media companies Townhall.com will be able to offer local news video on the Web sites for radio stations owned by Salem Communications in top 25 markets, an important asset that helped draw Townhall.com to ROO. As a part of Salem Communications, Townhall.com features Salemâ€™s nationally-syndicated conservative talk hosts, Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, and Dennis Prager, who are heard on over 300 stations nationwide.
I’ve been uploading videos through their interface, and it works really well. We had some glitches at the start, but its gotten a lot easier as I learn the system. Its quite a powerful tool, and we are really not using the full extent of what they have to offer.
Yikes! I think this is kind of extreme. Its going to have real economic repercussions on the Brazilian economy. Read the whole story.
According to the International Herald Tribune, the â€œcity of 11 million, overwhelmed by what the authorities call visual pollution, plan[ned] to press the â€˜delete allâ€™ button and offer its residents unimpeded views of their surroundings.â€ The report described the new lawâ€™s broad-sweeping ambitions: â€œThe statuteâ€™s most visible impact promises to be at eye level and above. The outsized billboards and screens that dominate the skyline, promoting everything from automobiles, jeans and cellphones to banks and sex shops, will have to come down. All other forms of publicity in public spaces, like distribution of fliers, will also stop. The law also regulates the dimensions of store signs, and will force many well-known companies to reduce them substantially by a formula based on the size of their facades. Another provision, much criticized by owners of transportation companies, outlaws advertising of any kind on the sides of the cityâ€™s thousands of buses and taxis. The law, as passed, also applied to advertising banners trailed by airplanes and ads on blimps.â€
Tony de Marco has pictures over on Flickr. Lets see how Brazilian businesses adapt.
NSHP.org is reporting on the growth of social networking websites targeting the Hispanic market.
Online social network sites are going bilingual with sites like elHood.com, QuePasa.com, MyGrito.com and Vostu.com.
The statistics are interesting.
About 56 percent of Hispanics in the U.S. use the Internet, compared to 71 percent of non-Hispanic whites and 60 percent of non-Hispanic blacks, according to study released last month by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. But the number of Hispanics online jumps to 67 percent for 18 to 27 year olds, who also happen to be the group most likely to visit and use social networking sites to support a cause.
This is encouraging because growing Internet usage among Hispanics in the US will probably influence and increase Internet usage in Latin America — which can only be a good thing.