Michael Wolff, Rupert Murdoch's authorized biographer said during a CNBC
interview on September 3, 2008 that the conservative media baron is quite
embarrassed by Bill O'Reilly and by his Fox Television network, and he will
vote for Senator Obama in the upcoming elections. CNBC's "Power Lunch" team
interviewed Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff about his Vanity Fair piece and
his upcoming book. Wolff answered Michelle Caruso-Cabrera's sarcastic
questions -she thinks she is the other CNBC dingbat anchor Maria Bartiromo-
as the cluless kid anchor Rebecca Jarvis watched the entire segment without a
single word to say, because the teleprompter had nothing for her to read.
Click here to view Bill O'Reilly's Youtube Crackpot Video where he acts like
a mental hospital escape crack head.
Murdoch should fire O'Reilly together with the rest of the clowns over at Fox
The "CloudAve" Blog
The technology blueprint of President Elect Barack Obama, if implemented as
promised, bodes well for the future of Cloud Computing.
Let me consider some of the Barack Obama's Technology proposals and explain
how it is relevant to the success of Cloud Computing.
His proposals include
Protecting the openness of Internet: In other words, supporting net
neutrality. This is crucial for innovation in the field of Cloud Computing
and it is also very important for ensuring vendor diversity. In the absence
of net neutrality, big vendors can easily crush smaller players and establish
monopoly in the Cloud Computing marketplace including the SaaS marketplace.
Safeguarding our right to Privacy: One of the biggest concerns for consumers
and businesses when it comes to Cloud Computing is the issue of Privacy. They
are worried that their data will not be safe in the... (more)
Add Your Own Nomination Here...
Eric Schmidt? Bill Joy? Steve Ballmer? Bruce Schneier? Ray Kurzweil? Richard
Stallman? Vint Cerf? Mitch Kapor? Tom Perkins?
As former IAC executive Julius Genachowski was appointed last week to
President Elect Obama's transition team, speculation is growing as to the
possibility that Genachowski or someone like him may one day soon become the
country's first Chief Technology Officer. Barack Obama's transition team also
includes Sonal Shah of Google.org and Donald Gips, VP of corporate strategy
and development for Level 3 Communications.
The notion of a CTO was first raised in Obama's Tech and Innovation Plan,
produced by a group that was chaired by Genachowski.
In his Presidential announcement speech in Springfield, IL, back in 2007,
"Let us be the generation that reshapes our economy to compete in the digital
age. Let's se... (more)
"The Internet IS cloud computing," according to a holiday-time broadcast on
National Public Radio. The program, called 'Will Cloud Computing Work in the
White House' aired December 21 on NPR's All Things Considered and involved
NPR's Andrea Seabrook discussing with security and technology experts how the
computers should run under incoming President Barack Obama.
The program focused on how cloud computing technology can potentially be used
to improve government services - a much discussed topic as the new
administration moves into the White House.
Experts consulted included Google's Vint Cerf (a.k.a.'The Father of the
Internet') and Dataline's expert on Cloud Computing Security, Kevin Jackson.
Jackson discussed how cloud computing can make data and computing more secure
than traditional systems.
Cloud computing would also improve collaboration, an area that... (more)
Trevor Doerksen's Blog
What is going to happen to technology companies in 2009? If Democrats are
good for technology what companies are Republicans good for - that is, what
is going to happen to non-technology companies in 2009? Here's a look at some
charts that correspond to leadership in the White House and performance of
Have a look at some charts that correspond to leadership in the White House
and performance of stocks. Starting with Bush Senior, a Republican, in 1988
you can see that the markets were pretty turbulent. One thing I notice over
that 4-year terms is that the the most turbulent was the technology heavy
Nasdaq stocks. Notice, that in late 1992, the same time the markets could see
Bill Clinton would be the next US President the Dow dips and the Nasdaq takes
OK, now have a look at the next chart. This one, is focused on the two terms
in ... (more)
This guest post is written by Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg and the
cofounder of Revision3 and Pownce. Kevin, who has over 88,000 followers on
Twitter (making him the second most followed after President Obama), also
“bloggs” at kevinrose.com. He is an investor in Twitter.
Ten Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers:
Explain to your followers what retweeting is and encourage them to retweet
your links. Retweeting pushes your @username into foreign social graphs,
resulting in clicks back to your profile. Track your retweets using
retweetist. Fill out your bio. Your latest tweets and @replies don’t mean
much to someone that doesn’t know you. Your bio is the only place you have
to tell people who you are. Also, your bio is displayed on Twitter’s
Suggested Users page. Leaving it blank or non-descriptive doesn’t encourage
people to add you. As @garyvee says, “link it u... (more)
The Industry Advisory Council (IAC) is a non-profit, non-partisan
organization dedicated to fostering improved communications and understanding
between government and industry. through its affiliation with the American
Council for Technology (ACT), IAC provides a forum for industry to
collaborate with and advise government executives on IT issues.
In fulfilling this role, the ACT-IAC Transition Study Group recently released
a paper titled "Returning Innovation to the Federal Government with
Information Technology". Since the Obama's administration stated goals
include the "use [of] technology to create a more transparent and connected
democracy" and the employment of technology "to solve our nation's most
pressing problems", this group's recommendations should certainly be
For this audience, their statements about information technology creating two
Paul Brennan, CEO of Zeus Technology, the company that powered Barack Obama's
online fundraising efforts, reflects on the new President's online campaign
and explains why the UK political scene has a lot to learn.
Barack Obama's Presidential campaign has been widely praised for its use of
social media and online tactics. Some have even gone as far to say that he
would not have been as successful if it wasn't for the Internet. The results
speak for themselves. In just a few months, President Obama raised over $200m
in online donations, mobilized over 850,000 social networking participants,
and promoted more than 50,000 events across the U.S. On some days, seven
figure amounts were pledged in 24 hours and six figure amounts were donated
per hour. The campaign's outcomes have been followed closely by UK
politicians keen to build stronger relationships with citizens.
Obama's stop in Turkey, announced last week in Ankara by Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton, partly fulfills Obama's pledge to engage the Muslim
world in a substantive way within his first 100 days in office. But the
president is not expected to use the Turkey visit to deliver his anticipated
address on Islam, a speech he promised during his campaign to give in a
Muslim capital soon after taking office.
Historic photo as campaign volunteer in my home town Lighthouse Point,
FL, the night before the elections.
I would have loved to join president Obama as part of press who will
accompany him in this trip of his historic presidency. As a proud
Turkish-American, and founder and CEO of one of the most powerful technology
media companies in North America, this would have been a life time honor I
would never forget.
When President Obama appointed his new federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, last week,
Kundra announced ambitious plans to "democratize" federal government data by
making it accessible in open formats and in data feeds. His plan calls for
the creation of a single point of access to all public federal information.
The idea is to enable the data to be accessed by developers whose
applications will open up federal data to the sunlight of millions of
citizens by encouraging them to scrutinize how the Recovery Act's dollars
will be spent.
As chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, Kundra raised the
bar by making government data more readily accessible to its residents,
leveraging pre-existing Web 2.0 technologies like Facebook and YouTube.
Federal agencies are now banding together to plan for how they are going to
provide this information in an open, standardized ma... (more)
Two news items have caught the attention this week, and both brought the John
Lennon and Paul McCartney penned Beatles classic “The Fool on the Hill”
to mind (more specifically the line “Well on his way, his head in a
One piece compares data centers with rock stars and the second, globally
reported, contained President Obama’s $3.8 trillion 2011 budget blueprint
designed to pull the US economy’s deficit out of the danger zone.
Although the headlines might appear unrelated, the actual content of both
pieces reveal two sides of the same coin. The coin being Cloud computing.
On one side we have the private sector investing heavily in the ‘sexy’
future of computing by plowing millions into new data centers (Microsoft,
Facebook, Google, Amazon etc) and on the other we have the public sector
seeking to cut costs and balance the books by reducing its dependence on ... (more)