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5 More Google Fiberhoods Coming To Kansas City

December 17th, 2012 12:12 admin View Comments

Google

skade88 writes “If you live in KC, Google is doing their part to make sure you get your daily fiber. They are launching their gigabit home internet service in five new areas in KC. From the article: ‘”In 2013, we’re going to hit the ground running, finishing installations in Dub’s Dread, and then quickly moving on to five more fiberhoods,” the company wrote, using its invented term for zones where Google Fiber will be deployed. “Based on pre-registration results, the next fiberhoods on the list are Piper Schools, Delaware Ridge, Painted Hills, Open Door, and Arrowhead. And we have some more good news for folks in some of these areas—we’ve extended a few fiberhood boundaries slightly, so that more people can get Google Fiber. You can see the new boundaries below and on our website, where you can check to see if your home is now eligible.”‘”

Source: 5 More Google Fiberhoods Coming To Kansas City

Seattle To Get Gigabit Fiber To the Home and Business

December 13th, 2012 12:01 admin View Comments

Networking

symbolset writes “Enthusiasm about Google’s Kansas City fiber project is overwhelming. But in the Emerald City, the government doesn’t want to wait. They have been stringing fiber throughout the city for years, and today announced a deal with company Gigabit Squared and the University of Washington to serve fiber to 55,000 Seattle homes and businesses with speeds up to a gigabit. The city will lease out the unused fiber, but will not have ownership in the provider nor a relationship with the end customers. The service rollout is planned to complete in 2014. It is the first of 6 planned university area network projects currently planned by Gigabit Squared.”

Source: Seattle To Get Gigabit Fiber To the Home and Business

Nationwide Google Fiber Deployment Would Cost $140 Billion

December 8th, 2012 12:41 admin View Comments

Businesses

An anonymous reader writes “For a lot of U.S. internet users, Google Fiber sounds too good to be true — 1Gbps speeds for prices similar to much slower plans from current providers. Google is testing the service now in Kansas City, but what would it take for them to roll it out to the rest of the country? Well, according to a new report from Goldman Sachs, the price tag would be over $140 billion. Not even Google has that kind of cash laying around. From the report: ‘… if Google devoted 25% of its $4.5bn annual capex to this project, it could equip 830K homes per year, or 0.7% of US households. As such, even a 50mn household build out, which would represent less than half of all U.S. homes, could cost as much as $70bn. We note that Jason Armstrong estimates Verizon has spent roughly $15bn to date building out its FiOS fiber network covering an area of approximately 17mn homes.’ Meanwhile, ISPs like Time Warner aren’t sure the demand exists for 1Gbps internet, so it’s unlikely they’ll leap to invest in their own build-out.”

Source: Nationwide Google Fiber Deployment Would Cost $140 Billion

Brain Disease Found In NFL Players

December 4th, 2012 12:11 admin View Comments

Medicine

SternisheFan sends this excerpt from ABC: “On the heels of the latest NFL suicide, researchers announced today that 34 NFL players whose brains were studied suffered from CTE, a degenerative brain disease brought on by repeated hits to the head that results in confusion, depression and, eventually, dementia. The study was released just days after the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. It’s not yet known what triggered Belcher’s action, but they mirror other NFL players who have committed suicide. Researchers at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy published the largest case series study of CTE to date (abstract), according to the center. Of the 85 brains donated by the families of deceased veterans and athletes with histories of repeated head trauma, they found CTE in 68 of them. Of those, 34 were professional football players, nine others played college football and six played only high school football. Of the 35 professional football players’ brains donated, only one had no evidence of the disease, according to the study.” It’s a good thing we protect our youth from conditions like this.

Source: Brain Disease Found In NFL Players

90 Percent of Eligible Kansas City Neighborhoods Sign Up For Google Fiber

September 10th, 2012 09:01 admin View Comments

Google

puddingebola writes in with a story about how popular Google Fiber is in Kansas City. “The company wrote in a blog post yesterday that at least 180 out of 202 ‘fiberhoods’ have already qualified for the super-high-speed Internet service. Google says that it’s still processing verification requests, and should be able to hand over the final list later this week. Since bringing fiber to homes can be expensive, Google is charging each home that hopes to hook up to the service a one-time $300 construction fee.”

Source: 90 Percent of Eligible Kansas City Neighborhoods Sign Up For Google Fiber

Would You Open Your Home To a Hacker – For Free?

August 25th, 2012 08:22 admin View Comments

Google

coondoggie writes “What do you get when you mix access to Google’s ultra-fast fiber network and old fashioned grass roots business ideas? Well, in this case you’d get someone living on your couch for free for three months. This week a group calling itself the ‘Kansas City Hacker Homes’ launched a program that calls on the good folks of Kansas City to open up their homes to entrepreneurs and developers who would live and work there for a period of three months, rent and utility free. They have to buy their own food.”

Source: Would You Open Your Home To a Hacker – For Free?

Google Announces Plans, Pricing For Kansas City Fiber Network

July 26th, 2012 07:40 admin View Comments

Google

Kiyyik writes “Google just announced the details behind their inaugural fiber optic service in Kansas City. They’re doing a set of packages including $120/month for tv plus internet, $75/month for internet alone, and regular ‘conventional’ internet for a one time $300 fee. Rollouts are starting in the central areas and will work their way out on a demand basis: at least ten percent of a neighborhood must sign up for the service before Google will come in and start hanging fiber.”

Source: Google Announces Plans, Pricing For Kansas City Fiber Network

On Facebook, What You Give is What You Get

February 29th, 2012 02:00 admin View Comments

FB-Karma.jpgIt’s your best friend from 5th grade’s birthday, and you almost missed it because you were stalking your 7th grade best friend on Facebook. The time is now 9pm, in your time zone. In a moment of freedom, you return to Facebook.com and notice the tiny birthday notifications in the upper-righthand corner. Is it too late to wish your 5th grade best friend a happy Facebook birthday? You race over to his page and try to say something witty. “Happy birthday bro-dude!” you write, crouched over your keyboard. You were on Facebook this morning but were way too busy trying to just catch up on the newsfeed-filtered news of the day and forgot to pay attention to birthdays. And now, you just feel sad.

In our information-overload culture that lives as excited, exclamation-point riddled posts on Facebook and dies as wish-I-hadn’t-said-that status updates that you later delete when, hopefully, no one is watching (but who knows who is watching, really), it is easy to miss the moments that actually matter, truly mean something.

So now to the point of my story: There’s an app for that, and it attempts to address some of the “too-many-friends” syndrome that some Facebook users know quite well.

Launched yesterday, TapJoy‘s Karma for iPhone app connects with your Facebook account and attempts to identify and highlight your most meaningful connections and their important moments. These milestones/moments include birthdays, new jobs, important events (moving day, birthday, art shows on my Karma app screen), other celebrations (engagements) and “tough days” (a friend’s dog died, a cat died, a fellow journalist died). The app implies that important events call for spontaneous gifts.

“We wanted to be able to connect to friends in those moments,” CEO Ben Linden tells Co.Design. “So this is an in-the-moment gift service.” To that point, he adds: “We grew tired of missing important moments like a baby or a graduation,”

For people who mix various communities on Facebook, this means that there’s an impulsive moment available anytime, anywhere, to buy gifts for your Facebook friends. There is a nice variety of potential gifts to give, including Vosges chocolate, whisky stones, a morse code necklace or handmade gourmet candies. If you don’t like the gift, you can exchange it for something else in the Karma app store.

Gift-Giving As A Quick Fix

Today, the beloved Leap Day, happens to be my Facebook friend David Ford‘s birthday. David is a Kansas City-based artist who I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago. I explored the inner workings of his mind through a studio visit. (I also reviewed one of his shows for the magazine Art Papers.) In his work, David discusses his love/hate kinda relationship with this country, evidenced through the passionate, at times fervent brush strokes that slide across his paintings. His work juxtaposes classic American symbols with faux luxury moments to paint a provocative, oft-times paradoxical view of the American cultural landscape.

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Your Face Here, 2008 (courtesy of DavidFordArt.com)

Karma app suggests Whisky Stones (™) as one of the gifts I could send to David on his Leap Day birthday. To do this, all I have to do is click through and select the gift and David as the recipient. Karma sends a text, email or Facebook message to him so that he will get it and open the (virtual) gift immediately. Then I have to ask David where he wants the (real) gift shipped. Instantaneous delivery! Karma achieved, momentarily!

David-Ford-Karma-Birthday.jpgThe Karma app is a good idea, don’t get me wrong. I am not dissing it. Apps like this make f-commerce a.k.a. the mallification of Facebook seem like real possibility moving forward.

But there is one caveat: The act of gift-giving through this means provides a temporary fix, not long-lasting satisfaction. The Karma app creators understand.

“We found ourselves relegated to a Facebook post or making a note to buy them a card at CVS and then we’d forget,” Linden said in an interview. “We’d feel really terrible about that.”

What this app also does is contribute to the strange cultural phenomenon of over-friending, which has essentially cluttered news feeds and caused bizarre overlap amongst Facebook users’ normally neatly segmented lives. It’s like the Seinfeld “Independent George/Worlds Collide” episode. It’s yet another reason Facebook birthdays are so weird. Not even Facebook lists can help truly manage the menagerie of friends one has. At the end of the day, sometimes defriending is the best option.

So what of the Karma app for iPhone? Yes, I implore you to try it, see how it feels. Tell me a story about it in the comments section. Like Facebook, it’s pretty good at identifying users you interact with often and are thus deemed important to you. Of course, it cannot read into the intricacies of human relationships. That’s something you’ll have to do offline.

Images courtesy of DavidFordArt.com and Shutterstock.

Source: On Facebook, What You Give is What You Get

Weekly Wrap-up: Productivity Tips for Evernote and More

February 24th, 2012 02:06 admin View Comments

weekly_wrapup-1.pngJoe Brockmeier shares his strategies for getting the most out of Evernote. All of this and more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up.

After the jump you’ll find more of this week’s top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web – Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web – plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

10 Tips for Using Evernote Effectively

10 Tips for Using Evernote Effectively

Evernote is a tool for keeping track of, well, everything. At least everything as far as digital information goes, or information that can be digitized. Evernote comprises a Web-based service and clients for Windows, Mac OS X, mobile devices, and extensions for Web browsers. It’s a service I’ve been using for years, and over that time I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks for getting the most out of the tool.

From the ReadWriteWeb comments:

Kathleen Krueger – Evernote is THE app for the poorly organized (like me). It makes it so simple. I use the email feature and the web clipper all the time. When I’m doing research on a topic, I collect webpages etc to Evernote so that everything is in one place and easily accessible. When I’m done with the project and no longer need the resources, it’s a quick delete. The search feature works great for those of us who can never remember where we filed something. I didn’t know about the feature for emailing direct to a folder using the @ symbol. That will help unclutter my catchall folder. GREAT post!

Move to Chattanooga, Win Big Money This Summer

Move to Chattanooga, Win Big Money This Summer

While as we mentioned earlier this month, Google has begun building out its own gigabit network in Kansas City, Chattanooga Tenn. already has their own gig network up and running and they aren’t sitting around just watching the packets fly by. This summer will see the culmination of a series of activities, including an incubator/accelerator program, a student-oriented hatchery program, and cash prizes for gig geeks galore. If you live there you probably already know about these activities, but if you are thinking about moving to where you can get faster Internet service, you might want to consider packing your bags this summer.

Facebook Faces Nationwide Class-Action Lawsuit

Facebook Faces Nationwide Class-Action Lawsuit

A Baltimore law firm filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against Facebook Friday, claiming the social network illegally tracked user activity on the Internet.

In its claim, the law firm Murphy P.A. said the company “repeatedly ignored” warnings from a user who noticed Facebook continued to track users’ activities on the Internet even after they had logged off. Facebook finally confirmed the practice in September and promised to make corrections within 24 hours.

From the comments:

Deane T Rimerman – I love this! Hopefully just the tip of the iceberg… Facebook’s unethical shell game of constantly changing my privacy settings every time they launch a new iteration must end. If I tell Facebook what my private settings are they can’t legally change them back to public just because they have some great new feature they want me to experience… A few more big lawsuits like this and Facebook’s IPO will be historic for what it didn’t achieve! Not to mention the FTC is already directly supervising them for a previous privacy lawsuit that Facebook thought they settled. Maybe If this keeps up the next generation of innovators might actually realize they are legally obligated to respect people’s privacy? Imagine that?

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Did the French Govt. Ask Twitter to Suspend Satirical Accounts?

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Why We Speak Freely on Social Networks

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Sorry, RIM: The Playbook Still Sucks

Sorry, RIM: The Playbook Still Sucks

I updated my Blackberry Playbook yesterday to the new OS, and I was struck with a confluence of ironies when it comes to the current crop of tablet computers: We have a company that made its name in messaging (RIM) that took a year to deliver a substandard email app to its tablet. We have a company that made its name in graphical interfaces (Apple) that doesn’t support many graphical websites on its tablet. And we have a company that made its name in online ecommerce (Amazon) that delivers a substandard Web browsing experience on its tablet. More

Bottlenose 2.0 Is a 6th Sense for the Social Web

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I just received surprise news that Bottlenose hit version 2.0. It’s an intelligent social dashboard, but don’t think “another social dashboard.” Here’s the breakdown: If you think in customers, use Nimble. If you think in interpersonal connections, use Engag.io. But if you want a social dashboard for ideas, that’s what Bottlenose is for. More

How Brands Are Using Pinterest - And What They Can Do Better

How Brands Are Using Pinterest – And What They Can Do Better

This year’s hottest new online service is undoubtedly Pinterest, the “virtual pinboard” website. Once a social site becomes popular with consumers, brands soon follow. In 2011 brands flocked to Google+ when it became the hot new thing. Now, in 2012, brands are beginning to make their way onto Pinterest. In this post we’ll look at some examples of how brands are visualizing themselves on Pinterest, along with emerging best practices. More

Hoo-ah: How the US Army Has Become a Social Media Leader

Hoo-ah: How the US Army Has Become a Social Media Leader

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Move to Chattanooga, Win Big Money This Summer

February 20th, 2012 02:33 admin View Comments

gigcity.jpgWhile as we mentioned earlier this month, Google has begun building out its own gigabit network in Kansas City, Chattanooga Tenn. already has their own gig network up and running and they aren’t sitting around just watching the packets fly by. This summer will see the culmination of a series of numerous activities, including an incubator/accelerator program, a student-oriented hatchery program, and cash prizes for gig geeks galore. If you live there you probably already know about these activities, but if you are thinking about moving to where you can get faster Internet service, you might want to consider packing your bags this summer.

Here is a quick summary of what is going around town (PDF).

The GigCity, as they call themselves, will pay for up to ten people to move (up to $1,250, so travel light) and forgive $10k of your new home mortgage if you end up staying for five years. The catch? As long as you come from outside the metro area and buy something in one of eight close-in neighborhoods, you are covered by the program. Here are the FAQs on GeekMove, as it is called. The process seems fairly straightforward and includes a Skype conference call to make sure you represent yourself properly and are interested in the various geek-related activities. The Lyndhurst Foundation, a local non-profit, provides the funds.

In addition, ten other entrepreneurs will be selected for a special GigTank accelerator program. These entrants will get $15k in investment capital and the chance to win an additional cash prize of $100k. The application can be found here, but hurry: the deadline is the end of this month, and the program kicks off May 14th.

Source: Move to Chattanooga, Win Big Money This Summer

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