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The Globe and Mail put up a poll this morning asking readers to estimate how their giving (of time and money) has changed over the past five years. I think this is a great idea because, at a minimum, it will raise consciousness around this issue, at a time when many are (justifiably) focused inward.

This did spark an idea - who's working on the TripIt for charitable giving? I explore the idea a bit in my blog (linked below). Curious to know if anyone's working on this.
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The instructional videos created by the USPTO are amazingly high production quality (and are pretty funny in a super geeky kind of way). I just wish they'd funnel some of their budget to improving poor old TESS.
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Totally. I think the videos are hilarious. Good to see they've got a sense of humor.
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Love it when Sergey doesn't flinch when the guy next to him says the Googleplex is in Redmond. And that he points out that Google has around 170 employees...
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Speaking of Sergey Brin, this is amusing from 2000. A panel of ... humans tries to figure out which of the three male bipedal apes is the Google co-founder.
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Sergei didn't win the $5,000! He must still be sore!
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It's about time - McDonalds announces they'll make Happy Meals more healthful. This reminds me of Santa Clara County's April 2010 ban on providing toys with fast food meals that don't meet certain minimum nutrition guidelines. http://ow.ly/5O0hO
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According to a recently published (and cleverly conceived) article by +Alexia Tsotsis, technology is the new smoking...but no one's ever looked cool tweeting (not endorsing smoking, natch). On the plus side, checking into foursquare doesn't make your clothes reek.
To continue the metaphor, it seems that Googling can, in fact, have a deleterious physical impact (on our brains). Psychologists recently found that reliable access to sophisticated algorithmic search engines may be reducing our ability to recall information.

As many of us have likely experienced for ourselves (can't be sure I can control for age-related memory loss in my n=1 study), knowing that you can rely on Google reduces the effort we put into remembering information we know we can find online.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6040/277.summary
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It seems like a fairly straightforward evolutionary step to me, but perhaps I read too much sci-fi. Augmented reality is just around the corner.
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If you're a geek, you will find this hilarious (as I did).
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Love this guy. Follow him! +Techathew Cruncherin
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If you try following "Techathew" it now leads to a 404 error on Google+
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One of the benefits of Skype ending up at Microsoft is that the latter will push (or at least support) the former's developer enablement strategy.

Say what you will about Microsoft - one criticism that's tough to levy on them is a lack of developer centricity. The ability to embed Skype video in Windows and Mac applications (and eventually browser-based apps) will help unlock a huge amount of innovation around video.

I'm particularly interested in applications targeted at the Boomers. Someone will take VNC and SkypeKit and create a super-simple, accessible application that allows GenX and GenY to troubleshoot their parents' computers while connecting them more easily with their grandkids.

In fact, if you hear of anyone doing this, please let me know. I've got a handful of ideas in this area based on some research I did a few months back.
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Good point John. Yay M$!
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In case you don't know who George Watsky is, you should watch this video. If you do know who George Watsky is, you should watch this video.

This is from the May 2011 YouthSpeaks Bay Area finals event where the top spoken word performers from local high schools competed to join the Bay Area's team in the national finals.

This is well worth the ~ 7 minutes. He absolutely kills it. If you start watching, be prepared to watch the whole thing b/c the last minute brings it all home.

I believe it's difficult to walk away from this video uninspired. Some of his language is magical, e.g., "Scared is just 'cared' with a lisp." This is considerably more meaningful in the context of his talk, especially when you consider that he's speaking to a room full of aspiring poet performers, many from under-funded high schools, who routinely exposes themselves on stage in front of hundreds of their teenage peers.
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I loved, ""scared" is just "cared" with a lisp."
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Can't wait to give Spot and Beauty's bagels a try...hopefully they'll bring a bit of much-needed NYC and Montreal bagelry, respectively, to the Bay Area.
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#foodtrucks

I never thought I'd be so supportive of opinions broadcast on the +RT News network (formerly Russia Today) but, well, here you go. We've come a long way since 1989 - great to hear views that could be described as almost libertarian on a Russian-state funded network.
 
The War Against Food Trucks
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#foodtrucks

I'm not compelled by the arguments raised in this NYT article against food trucks, viz.:

# Restaurateurs sick competition drive up outside their windows - I've never been a fan of protectionism. Set the markets free, baby.
# Streets clog - how so? The trucks don't want to spend time in traffic any more than we do; they avoid peak traffic periods wherever possible. It's possible that pedestrians spill onto the streets around carts, but I think that's a pretty rare exception.
# Parking disappears - not sure about this one; parking restrictions should be enforced (as they most certainly are in NYC). How many trucks are we talking about? Even if SFO had 500 trucks, they would take up less than half of 1% of all street parking spaces in the city (half of that if you include off-street parking)
# Crowds and diesel fumes annoy the neighbors - fair enough on the diesel fuel from generators; this is definitely an issue. The trucks don't often park in residential neighborhoods, though. They tend to gravitate towards places with, umm, lots of foot traffic.

I say keep 'em rolling. The more the merrier.
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Same goes with NYC. There's also an emerging trend of the most popular trucks turning into restaurants. The lower cost barrier to entry gives us all access to better food and validates the venture. Win-win!
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Apologies for the long rant but this article is a bit reminiscent of a Michael Moore movie or even some Fox news reporting, viz. anecdote driven, one-sided and alarmist.

As with any service provider, Google is not infallible. Witness the security leaks at some of the major banks over the past few years (who are routinely audited by various gov't entities to ensure compliance with some extremely stringent privacy and security protocols) and even the US government (think: wikileaks).

Unlike a lot of service providers, though, Google is doing a laudable job of making data stored in their systems portable. Exhibit A: http://www.dataliberation.org/

Consumers, like enterprises, need an appropriate backup plan. This could, but doesn't have to, include ensuring that important data stored in various cloud services are backed up elsewhere.

Like others on this thread, I'd love to see a consumer-facing, hardened storage service that pulls data down from popular cloud services (many of them free) on a user's behalf. Think Mint.com meets Iron Mountain for email, pictures, docs, misc. files, financial data, etc.

Between now and then, though, I'd really like to see technology journalists provide a more balanced perspective. How many people use Google Docs, Gmail, etc. without issue? I'd bet that the percentage of people who run into non-user-caused problems is well less than 1%. To wit, the widely reported Gmail data loss issue on 150K accounts a few months ago affected 0.08% of their user base.

Of course, I would not have liked to have been one of those users but let's keep things in perspective before we start warning users of the impending peril of cloud storage, titling articles "Why you shouldn't trust Google (or any cloud service) with your data."
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Mike, though, I am not completely sold on the privacy and security aspect of Cloud storage, I do agree with you about people crying wolf.
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