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Is your filter bubble transparent?

"There is no standard Google anymore," says Eli Pariser in a recent TED talk. And he's right. Try it. Google the same thing as the person sitting next to you and compare the results. Chances are, they're different. According to Pariser, that's because Google uses as many as 57 different signals to determine the unique search results it serves you. » Read more

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Will Google+ get your +1?

I can't bring myself to write a headline that involves the words "Google+," "Facebook killer" and a leading question mark. But that's no doubt what they're hoping for with this announcement, isn't it? » Read more

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CityCamp: Organizing an unconference for a transparent city government

Organizing an unconference is easy if you've got passionate people with the right talent, leaders with a strong vision, and the right organizational tools chosen by the team. Typically, it's a group of volunteers who come together and self-organize into a community of passion. This was also the case for the first CityCamp Raleigh, being held June 3-5.

CityCamp is an unconference focused on innovation for municipal governments and community organizations. CityCamp Raleigh is three days of open sourced talks, workshops, and hands-on problem solving, to re-imagine the way the web, applications, technology, and participation will shape the future of our city. » Read more

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Rock on with your newly open bootloader, HTC customers

How do you get nearly 7,000 Likes and 2,000 comments on your Facebook post? Be HTC and post this: » Read more

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Belgian court rules that Google infringes newspaper copyrights

The Belgian Court of Appeals ruled this week that Google is infringing the copyrights of Belgian newspapers by linking to and posting portions of the articles on Google news. Google must remove all articles and photos from Belgian newspapers in French and German or face a fine of 20,000 euros per day.
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The many markets of open source

Even people inside the open source market tend to underestimate it.

They think of it the way they think of the software market. If you're not collecting cash tribute for support (the equivalent of a cash price for the code) you somehow don't count. » Read more

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NASA updates on first year of collaboration and transparency in its Open Government Plan

On April 15, NASA concluded the first year of its Open Government Initiative by releasing a status report on 150 milestones of 19 open government projects and three flagship initiatives.

"NASA continues to innovate on its approach to open government," said Nick Skytland of NASA's Open Government Initiative. "Our commitment to experimenting with and embracing new participatory ways of collaboration begins with our efforts to infuse open government into the U.S. space program."

The three flagship initiatives are around policy, technology, and culture: » Read more

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I finally understand open source software

What does Google stand to gain from having so many open source projects? What about Twitter or Facebook? Why would companies freely give away software that cost them time, money and may help their competitors? Why is Github growing at an absurd rate, with over 2 million repositories? Why are developers world-wide giving their time and work away for free? » Read more

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The open source revolution

Last Friday, while the first true revolution of the Web 2.0 era was reaching its climax in Tahrir Square, I was watching events unfold from within the U.S. State Department in downtown Washington D.C. I had the privilege to attend the two-day Tech@State: Open Source conference, an event organized by the Office of eDiplomacy, a relatively new wing of the State Department led by one of most cutting-edge and dynamic teams in the federal government. » Read more

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Facebook's new sponsored stories feature: Are you ready to be in your favorite companies' ads?

Facebook announced this week that they will begin republishing user information in ads in a feature called "sponsored stories." They'll be using your likes and check-ins with sponsors in ads that your friends will see. » Read more

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