Dave 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.
8/2/11: Who I Am.
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Krugman totally nails it in this blog post.
The problem isn't that the Republicans are so nasty.
The problem is that the press won't report what's actually happening. They only know how to report on a certain kind of conflict.
The only thing we can do now to save ourselves is to reform the way we get our information, and it has to be done fast. No time to waste.
That's what this 16-minute podcast is about.
Hope you enjoy.
Adrian Chen at Gawker says that tech news is boring. And he proves it with a great example.
I was just thinking the same thing.
Here's the reason. Most of the people writing "tech news" need access to the execs at the big companies, because they pick and choose which reporters get seeded with their new stuff. The reporters all dream of being a Mossberg or a Pogue, and getting everything before everyone else. So they have to be careful and not tip you off to anything real that the top guys at the companies don't want you to know.
Same as it ever was. The press plays footsie with the industry, and the news gets boring, and the industry gets inbred. Until after a few years, a new generation comes out of left field that they all never saw because they were convinced everything important comes from the people they know.
Just another part of the cycle of tech.
If they weren't so concerned about appearances, they could avoid the insurrections and stay in business longer. But that's life.
BTW, I have no access to the execs -- so I don't have to care. (Which is why I have no access to the execs!)
Also, it's wonderful that TechMeme ran Chen's piece. As if to say -- we know we're boring, and that's just the way it is.
Where will Apple, Amazon, Google meet up next year or the year after?
They're all going to be banks!
Why do you think Apple is piling up all that cash. It's a lot of cash for a consumer products company. But it is not so much cash for a bank.
Same with Google, and esp Amazon.
So now maybe that makes it clear why they want your real name on your Google-Plus accounts, and why they don't want to screw around with corporate presences. Not such a problem for publications like TechCrunch or Mashable, which don't move around a lot of money. But for any business like say an oil company (extreme example), they want to have all kinds of flows hooked up to your Google account.
Google plays a huge role today in defining value in Internet commerce. Google-Plus is their integrated communication system. Over time, it's going to be at the core of everything they do, from auctions, to paying for things with Android phones, to their groupon and yelp clones. They're going everywhere, and this is the system that will tie it all together. So, at the outset, of course they need real identities. That Google-Plus account you're playing with today is going to be your bank account next year.
Facebook moved the ball way down the field, but now all the other big tech companies have their clues. Not as if Amazon didn't already have a great way to get user involvement in the definition of value in commerce on the Internet. I can't go shopping at a real world retailer anymore without already having previously made my decision on Amazon. Maybe for a few things, it's still necessary to see them and feel them before buying. But the user product reviews on Amazon are the new standard. Google wants some of that action.
Don't kid yourself about art being part of this, it's not, in any way part of it. Or sociology. Or a "feel" for users. The big deal is who can make the money flow through their networks. And when it's all finished, what that looks like is closest to what we think of as a bank today.