Saturday, June 30, 2007

European Union creates EUTUBE on YouTube!

The European Commission has announced that it is turning to YouTube Inc.'s Web site to disseminate information about the policies and inner workings of the European Union through a new video-sharing channel called EUtube.

The channel bears the tagline "Sharing the Sights and Sounds of Europe." At launch, the showcased video was a 40-second animated cartoon entitled "Everyone Can Save The Planet." Other featured videos include a series called "And if Europe didn't exist ... " as well as a documentary on the troubled Galileo project to build a European satellite navigation system.

'EU Tube' – the Commission's new channel on YouTube was launched on 29 June. The non-exclusive arrangement between the European Commission and YouTube aims to present new and innovative ways of informing people on the activities of the European Union through video clips that illustrate the main issues facing citizens from across the 27 member states.

Currently, users can watch approximately 50 video clips on a wide-range of topics - from the EU's first post-war historical steps to today's need to safeguard the environment and combat climate change.


To begin with, much of the content is in English, but French and German language clips are also being added. Other languages will be added wherever possible.

Discover what's on EU Tube:

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Get pownced on by Pownce

What is it?

Here is the answer straight from pownce!

"Pownce is a way to send messages, files, links, and events to your friends. You'll create a network of the people you know and then you can share stuff with all of them, just a few of them, or even just one other person really fast.

Ooh, pick me!

At least to start, we're only opening up the site to a few people who can invite their friends. Soon, we'll let some more people in. Enter your email to get in on one of the next rounds of invites."

What does it look like?

The screenshots below give you an idea of just some of the things you can do. You'll be able to choose a theme and personalize your own profile page.

Screenshot 1 Screenshot 2 Screenshot 3 Screenshot 4 Screenshot 5

So go get pownced!

MixYourWorlds, a new player in social networking.

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) June 27, 2007 -- MixYourWorlds.com launches new social networking tools aimed at helping its members create diverse friend groups while helping them realize and change their racial biases.

MixYourWorlds.com (http://www.mixyourworlds.com) pushes social networking boundaries and mindsets by asking its members: "Can racial profiling be fun?" With the introduction of new applications designed to assist members in creating diverse friend groups, MixYourWorlds.com hopes to make users aware of and change their racial preconceptions.

As a fully-featured, web 2.0, social networking site, MixYourWorlds.com allows members to communicate and express themselves through instant messaging, fully-designable "worlds," friends list, personal blogs and more. The "racial profiling" comes from tracking the make-up of users' friends on the site and pointing out racial attraction preferences and biases. Harrison hopes that this new take on the current social networking phenomenon will make the site a beacon for those looking to expand their social base beyond what MySpace and Facebook offers.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Save the internet with Net Neutrality

Geemodo writes and directs you to savetheinternet site that is putting all the efforts to bring net neutrality to America. The FCC will take in to consideration what everyone has to say. Visit geemodo to get directions as how to save the internet.
Geemodo: Net Neutrality How it affects you and the nation.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Unfaithful Social Networking fans are changing Social networking arena!

Unfaithful Social Networking fans are changing Social networking arena!
According to a market research / survey conducted by Parks Associates' Web 2.0 & the New Net, People who frequent these social networks are Network(site)-hopping, widgets & links connecting, and cross-pollinating the entire social networking market.

Consumers are no longer just ‘consuming’ content online but creating, sharing, and organizing. Parks Associates analyzes this phenomenon, cutting through the hype and probing into the heart of the key questions it presents to the industry: Is there money to be made in the Web 2.0 space? How should established players react? Parks Associates delivers its latest consumer data on Web 2.0 trends which illustrate the current adoption and usage patterns.
These trends highlight a peculiar aspect of the market for social networking services. Nearly half of all social networkers regularly use more than one site; one in six use three or more. The result is an increasingly interlinked environment tied together by links, widgets, and the users themselves. “MySpace is a growing ecosystem and one that ironically now extends beyond MySpace itself,” said John Barrett, the lead author of the report.
Parks Associates surveyed a little over 400 social networking users, with a margin of error no better than 5 percent. As a result, the conclusion that one in six social networking users have profiles on three or more sites might be one in five—or as low as one in ten.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Open Source getting tough on Open Source label!

The Open Source Initiative is getting tough on any vendors who claim to be open source even if not using a license approved by the OSI. OSI president Michael Tiemann writes: "Enough is enough. Open Source has grown up. Now it is time for us to stand up. I believe that when we do, the vendors who ignore our norms will suddenly recognize that they really do need to make a choice: to label their software correctly and honestly, or to license it with an OSI-approved license that matches their open source label."
There is also a lively discussion on the subject at SlashDot.

Monday, June 11, 2007

barcampHamburg, easn and lessons

BarCamp is becoming a phenomenon everyday that passes! If you did not know what barcamp is ;
"A BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants. The name BarCamp was inspired as a complement to FooCamp."
The latest was at Hamburg Germany.
But this post is about EASN.de, a site I found due to barcampHamburg. EASN stands for everything a startup needs!. And I guess I need it. Too bad if you cannot understand German but you can always use Google's language tools! I am sure it is worth the effort. There supposed to be a bunch of interviews that will be coming up at easn.de that was done during the barcampHamburg. I am waiting for those eagerly. Further more after going through the site it looks like I need to spend some time at easn.de! My head and projects look like American Car Junk yard!
Anyway here is some photos from barcampHamburg.


Friday, June 08, 2007

Six Multi Service IM clients, at your service

Tired of all the ads coming up on AIM? Is Yahoo! messenger delivering too little? Perhaps Microsoft IM (Live Messenger) not so alive and knows too much about you/ There are lots and lots of IM clients besides the ones mentioned above. examines and tell you how these applications let you hook into any of these three services, and usually more besides, like Jabber.
Again not all of these applications will offer all of the features you'll find on the big guys—video and voice chat come to mind—but most of them do a good job of unobtrusively keeping you in contact with your comrades. And socially visible. So we can say weseepeople!
Here are the applications that ExtremeTech examined (Although I have known and played with much more, it does not count as I did not do a good job like Mike);

WeSeePeople or WeSeeBacteria After this Article you might feel there is no difference

I was at Royal Society Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society Biology section by a mistake. I wanted to go to the Physical Science section. Anyway I ended up reading this article;
Bacterial conversations: talking, listening and eavesdropping. An introduction"

The document is available in PDF and HTML format and could be accessed from this link.

Here is a tiny portion of the article.

Natural selection operates at the level of the individual, with the retention of mutations that benefit that individual. However, current understanding from theoretical ecology suggests that the most important level of organization for a species is the population. That is, communities are more important than the individual, at least in the present day, in maintaining ecological stability. If the processes that drive evolution operate at the level of an individual, but the success is determined at the population level, then evolutionary development can only be effective if individuals are able to interact with other individuals of the same species to ensure the success of the population.

One obvious requirement for concerted action by a population is the need for an individual to be aware of and respond to other individuals of the same species that are growing in the vicinity. For many years it was considered that bacteria were simple organisms, with little capacity for the types of interaction seen in higher organisms. The ability to interact was thought to be confined to metabolic consortia, where one bacterium released a compound as a result of its metabolism that was then the substrate for another species. This second species may or may not release a metabolite that could be used by a third species. This simple mechanism results in stable consortia of different species but it is basically an altruistic process where the activity of one organism results in the success of another species."

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

FEEDoTopia: Feedotopia, social bookmarking and RSS

RSS FEEDs in Social Bookmarking? or just a marketing bluf?

FEEDoTopia: Feedotopia, social bookmarking and RSS

Sunday, June 03, 2007

eHarmony come only to some people,

According to a series of articles published on tech.blorge.com eHarmony is not playing nice. It seems that there are plenty of complaints about it's policies. "Not being tall", "legal seperation" and "being gay" may prohibit from landing a harmonious relationship or finding a compatible partner. On last Friday, a lawsuit charged that eHarmony’s “heterosexuals only” policy was illegal discrimination.
Tech.blorge's David has done a better job of putting all the information together with some videos as well. Follow the link/s below for the articles and perhaps have a good laugh. (Psst.. you may also find links to other more open dating sites!) :O

"The lawsuit revives a controversy that’s plagued eHarmony for years. More than two years ago, USA Today alluded to the company’s conspicuous caveat in a fascinating profile of the site’s founder — 72-year-old Neil Clark Warren. (”He’s like the grandpa who wants to set you up,” an analyst tells the newspaper.) But the article also quoted a gay New York psychiatrist who believed that “From a corporate perspective, eHarmony does discriminate. There’s clearly a deliberate desire to exclude gay people from the site.”"

David's article one on tech.Blorge

David's article two on tech.Blorge

Friday, June 01, 2007

WeSeePeople had fun seeing people in Googles Streetview!

If you see this van with the the big black thing on top, hide your face or give your widest smile, depending on what you think about Google streetview on Google maps.

After being happy about sailing through San Francisco streets, I see now that all the people were happy.
I saw a city worker slumped over a News Paper dispenser enjoying his cigarette. He should give up smoking! But when I saw all the photos listed by prominent web sites, I had a good laugh!
May be you too could have a laugh and have fun or go and protest against the evil empire! If you think it is evil, read what Geemodo had to say about Apple iTunes!
If you want to try yourself, goto Google Maps and click and select Streetview!
Mashable has a collection of photos and commentary.

Why are we somuch like sharks? specially Lawyers or RIAA! ;)

If you ever wondered, why we refer to some of the people as sharks, in our day to day dealings, you are in the right track. We seem to share a lot with sharks and it goes way back, like 450 million years!
Some 450 million years ago, sharks and humans shared a common ancestor, making sharks our distant cousins.

And according to recent research, this kinship is evident in our DNA, as at least one shark species possesses several genes that are nearly identical to those in humans.

The elephant shark's genome is so similar to ours that we wind up having more in common with it, genetically speaking, than with other species, such as teleost (bony skeleton) fishes, which are nearer to us on the evolutionary tree.

"This was a surprising finding, since teleost fish and humans are more closely related than the elephant shark is to humans," says lead author Associate Professor Byrappa Venkatesh.

Venkatesh, principal investigator at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore, and his team determined that sets of genes on chromosomes, as well as actual genetic sequences, are "highly similar in the elephant shark and human genomes".

The researchers not only analysed the elephant shark genome, but also the genes for other animals including puffer fish, chickens, mice and dogs.

Their findings were recently published in the journal PLoS Biology.

I learned this via DIGG at News in Science