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A picture named daveTiny.jpgDave Winer, 56, is a visiting scholar at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in New York City.

"The protoblogger." - NY Times.

"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.

"Dave was in a hurry. He had big ideas." -- Harvard.

"Dave Winer is one of the most important figures in the evolution of online media." -- Nieman Journalism Lab.

10 inventors of Internet technologies you may not have heard of. -- Royal Pingdom.

One of BusinessWeek's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.

"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.

"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.

"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.

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Dave Winer's weblog, started in April 1997, bootstrapped the blogging revolution.

Twitter Places? Hello. Is this new?? Permalink.

A very cryptic link just appeared on Hacker News.


Here's a screen shot with an arrow pointing at the interesting bit.

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Looks like the Places feature is here now, turned on and ready to go.

All we need are some docs?

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Creating a firehose feed for Hacker News Permalink.

I've been wanting a feed that listed all the new items posted on Hacker News as they came online.

I asked if such a feed exists, and was told that it didn't but there is an API provided by Ronnie Roller that would return the data.

I checked it out and it appears to work as advertised.

I wrote a little app that creates a feed from the API.

Watch a billion dollars come online overnight Permalink.

A picture named bigbuck.gifA new browser, Rockmelt, launched in the last hour, and you can tell right off the bat if the software is anywhere near competent, and there's no reason why it shouldn't be (that's not the same thing as "is") that it's a winner.

Even though there are other ways to slice it, and maybe there isn't even that much demand for what it does.

No matter. It's going to get an installed base (with the caveat above about competence) and with an installed base comes momentum and value, and there won't be any shortage of money. They're rich overnight.

There should have been more high-level browsers.

And there should have been a browser with identity built in.

This browser is both high-level and understands identity.

But it's not a river! It's a hunt and peck style aggregator.

Okay, let's do the river. :-)

Whitehouse.gov should be a super-hyperlocal blog Permalink.

This is a followup to yesterday's piece about Obama and his shellacking.

A picture named sam.gifI linked back to my first impressions of Obama's version of whitehouse.gov, back in January 2009.

"I want the White House to be a public space, where new thinking from all over the world meets other new thinking. A flow distributor. A two-way briefing book for the people and the government."

In other words: "People return to places that send them away."

Fast-forward two years, to late 2010. Now the hyperlocal web is booting up in amazing ways. I get inspiration from a dozen local blogs that are reaching into their communities and reporting on what people want to know. There are probably a hundred more. In two more years, there will be a million hyperlocals.

Applying a simple rule: "If you hear fire trucks in the night, in the morning you should be able to find out where the fire was."

In 2008 it was social networks. In 2012 it'll be the rebooted news system. And the new system of news will look a lot like today's hyperlocals.

Obama doesn't trust the press any more than he should, any more than Bush did. But that doesn't mean giving up on communication. The sitting President can't run campaign ads as an aspiring President does. But he has the ability to communicate more effectively than anyone else on the planet, if that power is developed. If you send people away to places that involve them.

The White House blog should be a daily link list of ideas and perspectives on what's happening in the world.

The White House blogger should be as independent as the Federal Reserve chairman or the head of the FDA. His or her job is to start small and build a network of information on how Americans can help America. Not fluff, not fear, but what's really going on. And to be controversial. Newt and Karl will say it's run by left-wing biased limp-wrist sissies. Let em say it. Link to them saying it. :-)

Someone who is irreverent, idealistic and intelligent. Not a suit and someone who has never served in government.

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