A journalist at the New York Times told me yesterday that as opposed to top blogs, the New York Times does not normally link to sources of their stories in their internet edition. Today Tim O’Reilly points this out in referring to a New York Times story that cites me but does not link to my blog. In this case the source of the story is my story on Anne Wojcicki and 23andme.
This is what the New York Times wrote. Their article is inspired in the original post where I blogged about the company in January and the recent post in which I praise Anne for getting her company funded. But when you read the New York Times article it really sounds like they interviewed…my blog. Is asking the New York Times to link to blogs when they quote from them asking the most important newspaper in the world to adapt to new rules that are not part of their culture?
The New York Times is not alone in this. A similar problem arises with The Economist, arguably the best magazine in the world. Recently I was interviewed by The Economist. When the story came out, not only did they not link to my company, FON, but I saw that The Economist journalists do not sign their own articles. At least in the case of the New York Times, I was able to send an email to Katie Hafner who wrote the article, asking her to link to the source. But in the case of The Economist you are being covered anonymously, something that in the world of blogs is generally reserved to commentators, not authors. So, for example, if The Economist writes what in this case was a well written, balanced story on the state of affairs in Spain, you have nobody to thank. The opposite could also be true. Personally I think that journalists worldwide learn as much from feedback as bloggers do from commentators. Recently I had a chance to meet John Micklethwait, The Economist’s Editor in Chief, and question the policy of anonymity. His reply was that The Economist does not plan to change it, that it has served the magazine well over the years. I guess John has a point. A magazine that has been in continous publication since 1843 and a newspaper that has been in continous print since 1857 probably have earned the right to live by their own rules. Still as these publications migrate from print to the internet, I wish they followed the transparency rules that all of us in the internet are used to and expected to uphold.
More and more large Telcos are incorporating WiFi as an essential part of their strategy. Today Deutsche Telekom announced a double flatrate product in Germany “call&surf” which includes unlimited access to DT’s national WiFi Hotspot network if you buy their broadband. This will probably accelerate that FON teams up with a DT competitor since FON is the largest WiFi network in Germany by number of hotspots.
Also our partner in France, Neuf Cegetel, recently acquired Paris based WiFi network Ozone in order to make their broadband offer more attractive ahead of the FON deployment. Neuf subscribers can then use their WiFi / GSM telephones to make flatrate VoIP calls whenever they are in the reach of a WiFi signal.
In this video I explain why I prefer to live in Madrid and show my new Bionicon bike.
Here´s the new right wing tool, the Conservapedia. Conservapedia is made of using the Wikipedia brand association for the exact opposite of Wikipedia namely to promote unbalanced views on topics. Conservapedia is the conservatives view of the world. Here´s homosexuality for example according to the Conservapedia and according to the Wikipedia. You will see what I mean.
I was looking at the TV Channels that Loic Le Meur built using the infrastructure of Vpod.tv and I was super impressed at how studio like quality, a one person effort can be. I also built my own TV channel but walking around with an Nokia N80 my channel is not as professional as Loic´s. Most of my films show poorly when blown up to full screen.
This week I ran into Chad Hurley of Youtube at Google Zeitgeist Europe and I mentioned to him my view that while incredibly successful and simple to use Youtube needs certain improvements to keep growing at its frantic pace. These are going multilingual, going live and greatly improving its editing tools. But talking to Chad I realized that his vision, (and who can prove him wrong as he has built the fourth most popular web site on earth?), is to keep things simple and massive. So so long as Chad is going for the Microsoft approach to video my take is that there´s room for a few Apples to grow. I have been investing in some of them as I see them very complementary to Fon the company that I founded and manage and in which Google and Skype are my investors.
At this performance at Google Zeitgeist Europe, a rapper tells us about what he would like to get out of technology.
I am happy to announce that Fon has made an agreement by which Boingo customers can roam into Fon hotspots. With this agreement by which Fon will share 50% of the proceeds of the payments from Boingo customers with Bill Foneros (I will soon disclose how much these are), Bill Foneros will make more money with their Foneras (wifi routers). If you are a Linus Fonero and would like to benefit from this agreement you simply need to go to our web site and change your status to Bill. If you do not change your status Boingo customers will not be able to roam in your Fonera.
After the success of the Techtalk at my farm Torrenova this year in Menorca I was wondering how we could grow the event to a larger size this year and Jan Karel of Fon in the Netherlands referred me to the Hotelmovil.