(very broad liveblogging)
David Pogue “sticks his neck out” to predict five rising technology trends.
Convergence of phone and internet
GrandCentral.com (phone call forwarding)
Google Cellular (texting Google to get business lookups, weather, driving directions, etc.
Popularity Dialer (funny way to get out of a meeting)
RFID transmitters (embedding transmittable digital information in library books, shipping pallets, pets!, clothing, prisoners!)
FuturePhone: free international phone calls via Iowa due to a government subsidy for calls from rural areas, but they’ve been shut down as a result!
A la Carte Video
“Blogs can put a face on a company” — a more personal face on an organization (my note: this works when regular employees post about daily life, not when an organization posts official notices in a blog-type format)
Less well-known sites that are incredibly successful at putting people in touch with each other around certain information:
Prosper: person-to-person microloans
Kiva: Microloans for international businesses
Goloco: ad-hoc carpooling
E-Petitions: UK site for anyone to create a petition on any topic
Who Is Sick?: tracking what illnesses are going around