Monday, February 28, 2011

Does this mean they will value those with experience and expertise?

Web’s Hot New Commodity: Privacy

February 28, 2011 by Dissent

Julia Angwin and Emily Steel report:

As the surreptitious tracking of Internet users becomes more aggressive and widespread, tiny start-ups and technology giants alike are pushing a new product: privacy.

Companies including Microsoft Corp., McAfee Inc.—and even some online-tracking companies themselves—are rolling out new ways to protect users from having their movements monitored online. Some are going further and starting to pay people a commission every time their personal details are used by marketing companies.


…. Mr. Sequeira became one of the first customers of London start-up Allow Ltd., which offers to sell people’s personal information on their behalf, and give them 70% of the sale. Mr. Sequeira has already received one payment of £5.56 ($8.95) for letting Allow tell a credit-card company he is shopping for new plastic.

Read more in the Wall Street Journal.

[From the article:

"Data is a new form of currency," says Shane Green, chief executive of a Washington start-up, Personal Inc., which has raised $7.6 million for a business that aims to help people profit from providing their personal information to advertisers.

A taste of Cloud Computing's future?

Google probing lost Gmail messages, contacts

Gmail users complained today of suddenly and mysteriously having lost old e-mail, folders, and contacts, and Google said it was looking into the issue but that the problem did not appear to be widespread.

At 12:09 p.m. PT, Google said on its Apps status dashboard that it was aware of the issue and was investigating. At 5:02 p.m., the company said it was "continuing to investigate this issue. Google engineers are working to restore full access. Affected users may be temporarily unable to sign in while we repair their accounts." Less than 0.08 percent of the Gmail user base is affected, Google said.

(Related) A fix for “the Cloud is down?” Could create issues with your Record Retention plan... (Beta will be opened in March)

Primadesk offers personal control over your cloud

… Primadesk app aims to give us back our control over all our content, even if it's stored in a wide variety of cloud-based applications.

The idea is pretty simple: the Primadesk app provides single sign-on access to most popular Web-based services and lets users quickly and easily locate and manage content stored in them, including dragging and dropping files, photos, and documents between them.

Essentially, Primadesk is a personal cloud search engine that also comes with a file-management function. Enter a search term, such as "Paris" and you get results showing all your Gmails, Flickr photos, Google Docs files, and so on that mention the City of Light. And while CEO Srinivasa Venkataraman, formerly the CEO of AppStream, acknowledges that there are other services, such as Greplin and CloudMagic, that make it possible to search for personal content in the cloud, he argued that only Primadesk also offers the ability to manage all that content once you find it.

The special sauce of the app is that Primadesk has figured out how to let you grab a file from one service--say, a Flickr photo--and drag it to another--say, Facebook. Or a document from a Web-based word processor into Gmail. And you can both copy to and pull from your hard drive as well.

In addition, the app automatically backs up previous states of cloud content onto your hard drive, meaning that if you've backed up and then deleted, say, a Facebook message, Primadesk will have it for you. And it does so at a folder level, allowing you to see previous states of Facebook, Gmail, Flickr, and so on, regardless of what you've done with them online.

(Related) Another use for the Cloud?

Gaikai cloud gaming service goes live

Gaikai CEO David Perry announced the launch of his company's cloud gaming service on Friday. Designed as a platform to allow game publishers and others to embed streaming gameplay trials on their Web sites, Gaikai has been in development since 2008. Gaikai investors include Intel and Limelight Networks, and the service counts Electronic Arts among its game publisher partners.

… Unlike OnLive, a cloud gaming service that sells access via a la carte and subscription models, Gaikai so far bills itself primarily as a technology provider. It does not currently have a consumer subscription model, and its marketing efforts thus far seem focused at game publishers and Web sites.

"Our thinking is somewhat like YouTube, as instead of just building a portal to go and watch videos, they decided to focus on putting videos everywhere on the web. We are doing the same with games, so when you read a review on a game, you can try playing it right there on the same page as the review," says Perry on his blog.

If you have $10 million, you don't have to invest like the little people...

JPMorgan Fund Seeks Minority Stake in Twitter

JPMorgan Chase’s new fund aimed at investing in social-media companies is seeking to buy a minority stake in Twitter that could value the service at close to $4.5 billion, people briefed on the matter said Sunday.

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