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Demo of Firefly

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 by Dave Winer.

I'm at the offices of Betaworks in New York, meeting with CEO John Borthwick who I know for many years from AOL.  Permalink to this paragraph

They have built a product called Firefly which is rolling out tonight at the Tech Meetup in New York.  Permalink to this paragraph

He just gave me a demo and my first reaction was "You can't do that," then I asked if I could put a demo of it on Scripting News today and he said (to my surprise) Yes. Permalink to this paragraph

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It's so weird it's practically illegal. You can watch people's mouse move around the page, and then chat with them. Go ahead and give it a try.  Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, 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 Berkeley, California.

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