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links for 2009-04-16

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  • Google is phasing out Page Creator in June to be replaced with Google Sites.
  • Jeffery Levy wrote "I’m especially surprised because I don’t actively seek followers. I mean, I definitely have reasons to be on Twitter, mainly to let the world know, and especially social media advocates, that people inside the government also know the value of these tools and are actively exploring them. That is, you have allies inside.

    But I just go about my business, sharing the info I know and come across. I don’t study how to get followers."

  • First, we need to trust our science. We do this every time we fly in a jet or rush to the doctor in hope of relief from illness; but now there is some cherry-picking of science going on in the various kinds of resistance to the news about climate change, and this double standard needs to be called out. The so-called climate change skeptics are now simply in denial. All science is skeptical, and the scientific community has looked at this situation and found compelling evidence for anyone with an open mind.
  • "All first drafts are terrible. I don't care if you're Hemingway." "What comes out unfiltered from anyone's mind is mud." The first two quotations come from writing professors whose names I've since forgotten (and they were quoting other people whom they'd forgotten). The last one is one I just made up myself. But regardless of the source, the advice is sound: no email should be clicked-to-send without revision.

    I've found that for your average email, the number of revisions largely depends on the number of recipients.

  • The changes Jive has made since the Sequoia meeting illustrate the ways in which young technology companies have slashed costs and narrowed their focus in an effort to stay alive. “Jive is the poster child. They nailed it,” said Jim Goetz, the Sequoia partner who is on Jive’s board. In the quarter ending in March, Jive booked higher revenue than any quarter in its history and plans to start hiring again.

    Last fall, though, Sequoia’s message particularly stung Jive because it had been profitable until last year. Jive, which is based in Portland, Ore., was founded in 2001 by two University of Iowa students, Matt Tucker and Bill Lynch. Its Jive Social Business Software uses Web 2.0 tools like profile pages, forums and blogs to help companies create social networks for employees or customers.

  • We mentioned once before that the EPA is collecting videos and photos in honor of Earth Day, so for the next week we'll pick one we happen to like to tease you with here on WhiteHouse.gov.
  • Microsoft will begin offering its first hosted security service under the Forefront brand on Thursday, dubbed Forefront Online Security for Exchange and designed to help keep malware and spam out of e-mail in-boxes.

    The hosted service, which will cost $20 per user per year or less based on volume licensing, targets enterprise Exchange customers and includes a Web-based console for setting up policies for virus and spam protection, said Doug Leland, general manager of Microsoft's Identity and Security Business Group.

  • A recent survey of more than 1000 of these young scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), reveals an unusually broad range of career aspirations. Less than half select becoming academic researchers like their mentors as their first choice. One senses that we are reaching a tipping point, where students who prefer to work in the world of public policy, government, precollege education, industry, or law will no longer be viewed as deserting science. Faculty and students can then begin to talk honestly about a whole range of respected, science-related career possibilities. This is crucial, because we must promote the movement of scientists into many occupations and environments if our end goal is to effectively apply science and its values to solving global problems.
  • NetSquared and Social Actions are proud to announce the Top 24 Finalists from the Change the Web Challenge.
  • The organization, the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund, will be led by Dr. Larry Brilliant, the iconoclastic public health expert and technology entrepreneur who until February headed up Google’s philanthropic enterprise, google.org.

    “That’s just a start,” Mr. Skoll said of the money he has committed from his Skoll Foundation. “I’ll be putting in more money over time.”

    Mr. Skoll is fast putting his mark on the world of philanthropy by using a variety of approaches, nonprofit and for profit, to address social problems.


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