Austin, Texas, March 17, 2010 ? In conjunction with the SXSW Interactive conference held in its hometown, The Global Language Monitor has released the most confusing high tech buzzwords of the decade (2000-2009). Topping the list are HTTP, Flash, God Particle, Cloud Computing, and Plasma (as in plasma TV). Rounding out the Top Ten were IPOD/IPAD, Megapixel, Nano, Resonate and Virtualization.
In a radio interview on 29 March, Australia?s communications minister Stephen Conroy had some strong things to say about Google:
?Notwithstanding their alleged ?do no evil? policy, they recently created something called Buzz and there was a reaction. People said ?well, look aren?t you publishing private information??,? Senator Conroy said.
How a law student used Twitter to pressure dozens of Glenn Beck?s advertisers into dropping their support
Angelo Carusone says he didn?t start his campaign to pressure advertisers into ditching Glenn Beck?s radio and Fox News show as an opposition to his politics ? though he admitted that their views significantly differ ? but rather he saw Beck?s rhetoric as distinct from other commentators. ?For me, the real motivator was what he had been doing to the political process, which was really feeding it into a frenzy,? Carusone told me, and then he listed off a number of the more outrageous claims that had escaped unfiltered out of Beck?s mouth over the last year ? warnings of concentration camps being set up by the Obama administration, calling Obama a racist, and any number of the outrageous, much-parodied conspiracy theories that had debuted on Beck?s famous chalkboard.
John Hilton III and David Wiley from Brigham Young University conducted interviews with authors who give away the electronic editions of their printed books and produced a short, fascinating look at the motivations and satisfactions of free online distribution. The paper, “Free: Why Authors are Giving Books Away on the Internet” is a free PDF (natch).