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By - February 09, 2008

Wired 1.1 Masthead

I spent most of this past week in meetings or on an airplane. I missed some good stuff. Like:

* The 15 year anniversary of Wired was in late January. The first issue (which was one of the most amazing journey’s I’ve ever been on, creatively), is broken down here.

* Speaking of Wired, a co-founding editor, Kevin Kelly, is still writing amazing shit, this post is his latest missive.

The internet is a copy machine. At its most foundational level, it copies every action, every character, every thought we make while we ride upon it. In order to send a message from one corner of the internet to another, the protocols of communication demand that the whole message be copied along the way several times. IT companies make a lot of money selling equipment that facilitates this ceaseless copying. Every bit of data ever produced on any computer is copied somewhere. The digital economy is thus run on a river of copies. Unlike the mass-produced reproductions of the machine age, these copies are not just cheap, they are free….When copies are free, you need to sell things which can not be copied.

Believe it or not, this idea has important implications for the future of advertising online.

* Google launched a “Team Edition” of its Office Killer. Ars notices that it seems to want to sneak by the IT Department. Not a good idea.

* Ask works with Digg to launch a site called Big News.

* Everyone thinks social applications will thrive in a recession. I tend to agree, for different reasons. More on that later, I hope.

* Raises some very interesting issues.

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Yahoo Will Take Its Poison Pill

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Yahoo Board to Reject Microsoft Bid

I certainly hope this means major changes at the company, and a rallying cry for Yahoos everywhere. They need it. From the Journal:

After a series of meetings over the past week, Yahoo’s board determined that the $31 per share offer “massively undervalues” Yahoo, the person said. It also doesn’t account for the risks Yahoo would be taking by entering into an agreement that might be overturned by regulators. The board plans to send a letter to Microsoft on Monday, spelling out its position.


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My site is in a transition today, to a new hosting service…stay tuned…

Travelin' Again

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Quick trip to NYC, I’m sure while I’m in the air, Google will launch a bid for Sears Holdings…

The MySpace Platform

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Facebook, watch out, the big guys are in the house…having MySpace launch a platform means real competition, and that is good for folks who were worried about Facebook changing the game on them once revenue became a reality.