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Monday, 29th October 2007

Briefs: Here Comes Google Phone?; Saying Hello to Twine; LA Times Launches People Finder Site For Use in Times of Disaster

+ LA Times Launches People Finder Site For Use in Times of Disaster (via Editors Weblog)

In times of disaster, newspapers are given the best opportunity to demonstrate their informative usefulness to their local community. Angeles Times launched a “People Finder” site that lets users know of others’ whereabouts.

+ Google To Unveil Mobile Plans Soon: WSJ
Announcement in the next two years, phones released by middle of 2008. Carriers? T-Mobile in the U.S. and in Europe, Google, "is pursuing relationships with France Télécom's Orange SA and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.'s 3 U.K." Much more in this WSJ story where you'll read how the phones OS will also be open to all developers.
UPDATE: France Telecom Reports That They Have NOT Been Talking With Google

UPDATE: I, Robot: The Man Behind the Google Phone (via NY Times)

+ Built Using Semantic Web Standards: Twine from Radar Networks
Direct to Twine Web Site, register to get on beta list.
From the Tech Review article:

Twine is a website where people can dump information that's important to them, from strings of e-mails to YouTube videos. Or, if a user prefers, Twine can automatically collect all the Web pages she visited, e-mails she sent and received, and so on. Once Twine has some information, it starts to analyze it and automatically sort it into categories that include the people involved, concepts discussed, and places, organizations, and companies. This way, when a user is searching for something, she can have quick access to related information about it.

Sounds interesting. However, we find the article a bit lacking in that it does not mention the MyLifeBits project from Gordon Bell at MSFT and the Vannevar Bush Memex machine as described in the classic, "As We May Think," article from 1945.
Source: MIT Technology Review

See Also: A 2.0 Company that was Doing related work, was Filangy. It's no longer online but here's some info via Wayback.


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