Facebook’s recently-announced Open Graph search feature has been likened to a “Google killer.” But Google may be bringing the fight to Facebook, too. According to a tweet from Digg founder Kevin Rose, Google is preparing to launch a rival social networking service called “Google Me.” Rose wrote in a tweet: Ok, umm, huge rumor: Google to launch facebook competitor very soon “Google Me”, very credible source What is Google planning? And how would a new “Facebook competitor” tie in with Google’s existing social networking services, Orkut and Google Buzz?
When John Updike died of lung cancer in January 2009, at 76, there seemed little left to learn about him. Not only was he among the most prolific writers of his time, but he was also among the most autobiographical, recasting the details of his life in an outpouring of fiction, poetry, essays and criticism that appeared with metronomic regularity in the pages of The New Yorker and in books published at a rate of almost one a year for more than half a century.
Yet Updike was a private man, if not a recluse like J. D. Salinger or a phantom like Thomas Pynchon, then a one-man gated community, visible from afar but firmly sealed off, with a No Trespassing sign posted in front.
“Updike’s archive may be the last great paper trail,” Adam Begley, a critic and literary journalist now at work on a biography of Updike, said in an e-mail message. “Anyone interested in how a great writer works will find here as full an explanation as we’re likely to get.”
The summer I was 9. The summer before everything went sour. Long days that started early and ended late. Into the woods, playing at the creek, picnic lunches with friends, ball games, riding my bike for miles and miles, sleeping with the window open…
I’d love to live somewhere (I’m thinking island or little village in another country) where a car was unnecessary. Maybe a place where they don’t even exist. Walking distance to whatever you need. Not even bikes. Maybe a horse.
Buried deep within each cell in Sergey Brin’s body—in a gene called LRRK2, which sits on the 12th chromosome—is a genetic mutation that has been associated with higher rates of Parkinson’s.
As half of the duo that founded Google, he’s worth about $15 billion. That bounty provides additional leverage: Since learning that he carries a LRRK2 mutation, Brin has contributed some $50 million to Parkinson’s research, enough, he figures, to “really move the needle.” In light of the uptick in research into drug treatments and possible cures, Brin adjusts his overall risk again, down to “somewhere under 10 percent.” That’s still 10 times the average, but it goes a long way to counterbalancing his genetic predisposition.
It sounds so pragmatic, so obvious, that you can almost miss a striking fact: Many philanthropists have funded research into diseases they themselves have been diagnosed with. But Brin is likely the first who, based on a genetic test, began funding scientific research in the hope of escaping a disease in the first place.
His approach is notable for another reason. This isn’t just…
Just what is a summer book, anyway? Does it have to be a big, fat, juicy page turner to earn the right to be packed away in the luggage (or downloaded on the e-reader) and taken along on vacation? We put that question to several book reviewers. After all, they make make their living reading books, so what do they take with them when they go on a road trip, fly overseas, or hunker down in the country?
"Nfomedia is the easiest way to establish higher education courses on the Web. Nfomedia makes it effortless to manage courses online and enables interaction outside of the classroom using a social networking platform."
Features include: * Wiki-style editing * Course blogs * Video lectures * Online exams * Student journals * Announcements * Online gradebook * Message boards * Personal homepages * Personal blogs * Text messaging * Chat rooms
In this week’s New York Times Tech Talk podcast, J.D. Biersdorfer talks to Nancy Hill of the University of Texas at El Paso about lessons from “Star Trek.” Ms. Hill’s course for incoming freshmen – “Thinking Boldly With Star Trek” – aims to teach critical thinking, while exploring classic themes of science fiction. She says students respond to the course because the “Star Trek” theme is familiar and makes them feel comfortable.
Do you remember back in December 2004 when giant waves slammed into Sri Lanka and the India coastlines? One story that kept getting retold was that wild and domestic animals seemed to know what was about to happen and…
From the great program Speaking of Faith which continually redefines what faith can mean…
More and more people in our time are disconnected from religious institutions, at least for part of their lives. Others are religious and find themselves creating a family with a spouse from another tradition or no tradition at all. And the experience of parenting tends to raise spiritual questions anew. We sense that there is a spiritual aspect to our children’s natures and wonder how to support and nurture that. The spiritual life, our guest says, begins not in abstractions, but in concrete everyday experiences. And children need our questions as much as our answers.
from Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education
I don’t think so.
That’s the online reaction to Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s rant against traditional higher education this week on The Daily Show. In case you missed it, the Minnesota Republican suggested students would stop hauling their “keisters” to class and start paying $199 to download “iCollege.”
A few minutes of late-night chatter has touched off some fierce online blowback…