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Gil Elbaz
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Blekko donates search data to Common Crawl.
   Blog post:  http://bit.ly/TrDZGw  
   HackerNews discussion: http://bit.ly/WiZQob 
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Exciting news from +Bradford Cross and the whole team at Prismatic:  Recently they launched a nice site redesign, and today a strong Series A round was announced.  Prismatic is a terrific news aggregator and they clearly have some momentum.

http://tcrn.ch/YP48DT
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An example of when scientific notification is definitely not useful - just received an email with this:

"You may track the delivery of your tickets at www.Fedex.com with the following Fed Ex tracking number 4.96362E+11"
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LOL - but actually the E+11 is probably not recognized by most punters as what it means in scientific terms
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+vivek wadhwa discusses the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup prize "it's amazing we don't have thousands of innovation prizes.."

I agree, but we're getting there! I'm excited to be involved in X Prize, and now Kaggle.

bit.ly/w14JH1
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Thank you for posting!
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Caltech #1 edges out Harvard - testament to the faculty & staff and deep commitment to excellence in research.


Press Release: http://bit.ly/oibPTK
Bloomberg Article: http://bit.ly/nAsr5Y

Caltech's mission: to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.

Caltech at-a-glance: http://bit.ly/nAy8MY
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An annual ranking of universities is silly. I doubt that the dimensions that really matter, including those used in this ranking system, changes in a meaningful way in one way. For example, if Caltech had an unlucky year in securing research money and its ranking fell to number 5 next year, would that drop in its ranking say anything important about the quality of the institution? We have to move away from thinking that universities change drastically in one year relative to each other. They don't.

Disclosure: I am a Harvard and Stanford alum.
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Factual releases new Crosswalk API! http://bit.ly/rt2fuH
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Powerful vision of data-driven medicine written by Vinod Khosla who has a habit of seeing things early.

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Amazon providing Common Crawl with free storage space

This is good news for innovation and research. Common Crawl is a free crawl of the web, and it's now being hosted gratis along with the rest of Amazon's public data sets.

It also reinforces an important aspect of tomorrow's data centers: as well as computing power, redundancy and the usual features, customers are going to look for proximity to key data sets.

Access to the Twitter firehose or web crawl will be a key feature for cloud providers and data centers.
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Congratulations to Google LA (formerly Google Santa Monica) for the grand opening of an absolutely amazing office in Venice. Check out the link below for Danny Sullivan's terrific walk through. Also, a big thanks to Susan Wojcicki for sharing the story of Applied Semantics.
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I took a tour of the new office last week. Awesomeness... :)
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+Hunter Walk tweeted: "Wikipedia's list of cognitive biases http://bit.ly/3IXi3C (my periodic retweet of the most important page on the web)"

It reminded me of Marc Andreessen's powerful discussion of Charlie Munger's The Psychology of Human Misjudgment: "an exposition of 25 key forms of human behavior that lead to misjudgment and error, derived from Mr. Munger's 60 years of business experience."
Blog archived at: http://bit.ly/olbP2L

Charlie Munger's original interview: http://bit.ly/rgRQlC
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A different view courtesy of DBpedia and its Linked Data rendition of Wikipedia.

See: http://goo.gl/oNs4j -- just follow-your-nose by clicking :-)
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  • Factual Inc.
    Founder & CEO, 2008 - present
  • Google
    Engineering Director, 2003 - 2007
  • Applied Semantics
    Co-Founder, 1998 - 2003
  • Silicon Graphics
    Database Consultant, 1996 - 1997
  • Microunity
    Software Engineer, 1994 - 1996
  • Sybase
    Engineer, 1993 - 1994
  • IBM
    Engineer, 1991 - 1993
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Founder & CEO of Factual & Applied Semantics. Pursuer of data openness.
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Founder & CEO of Factual, open data platform.  Co-founded Applied Semantics (acquired by Google in 2003).  

Generally trying to help through investments & philanthropy with openness, transparency, data - hoping that it can positively impact education, healthcare, etc.
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  • California Institute of Technology
    Engineering & Applied Science, Economics, 1987 - 1991
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