Archive for March, 2008
I had a feeling this would be the end result. At first there was co-operation and pleasantries exchanged between the media publishers and Google, and then it all went sour. Online publishers and newspapers appear to be heading for a face-off with search engine behemoth, Google.
On Thursday, online publishers and print media in the guise of the powerful World Association of Newspapers (WAN) issued a rather terse statement, calling on Google “to respect the rights of content creators” and embrace a new access protocol for search engines visiting websites, known as ACAP.
In the statement, WAN president Gavin O’Reilly, implied that Google’s reluctance to accept ACAP is as a result of “its own commercial self-interest”, adding that the search engine behemoth should “not glibly throw mistruths about”. This is the first salvo in what will probably become a key battle between Google and media players in the next few years.
ACAP (Automated Content Access Protocol) is a proposed search engine protocol for accessing publisher websites, created by the publishing industry under WAN’s leadership. Publishers world-wide have started implementing ACAP on their websites. WAN says that publishers in 16 countries are known to have already implemented it. The consortium includes…
Let’s hear it for guns!
It’s really getting dangerous in Los Angeles. The last two weeks we’ve seen so many random shootings I’m starting to lose track. I would say it’s beginning to feel like Baghdad only that wouldn’t be quite fair. The U.S. troop surge has really tamped down the violence in Iraq’s carefree, cosmopolitan capital. Oh, except for this week’s double suicide bombing, which killed more than 50 people and wounded more than 120 others. But that was a fluke, right?
But, truly, the gunfire in our sunny, palm-tree-lined streets is getting a bit much. A week ago one of my writing students, a high-school English teacher in South LA, walked into class practically shaking. That afternoon his students had just left school when a gunman started shooting at a bus stop down the street. His kids sprinted back to class. None of them got hit, but five children from a nearby middle school did. The last I heard, the 12-year-old girl who was struck in the chest was still in critical condition. I’m sure she’ll pull through!
Sadly, that’s not the case for Jamiel Shaw, who was shot multiple times last Sunday night by a couple of…
The UK’s Web 2.0 Strategies Event will be held on June 12th at the Olympia Conference Center in Hammersmith (London for those not familiar with the area).
They tout themselves as the UK’s leading forum for exploring real-world implementations of web 2.0 and enterprise 2.0 tools and techniques. This is an off-shoot from the same producers of Blogs & Social Media Forum and Search Engine Strategies.
The event is meant to be highly interactive combining practitioners, expert commentators, 2.0 pioneers and technology gurus in one forum, to discuss how Web 2.0 tools and techniques are revolutionizing internal and external communications, team-working, and customer relationships.
Open and of interest to corporate communications, PR and marketing professionals, directors and VPs of digital strategy and business development, directors and VPs of marketing, sales, brand management, CIOs, CTOs, senior managers and strategists from media and publishing companies, senior managers from agencies, knowledge/change managers, VCs, start-ups and digital professionals.
No sooner than I blogged about the dearth of young children’s books about microfinance than One Hen
was published — just last month. It’s a fun and informative read and very much in the spirit of what I think is needed!
By the way, I’ve got a draft of my own children’s microfinance book in hand. It’s different than One Hen in many respects, and I hope it reaches bookstore shelves and elementary school libraries in the coming months.
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