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Friday Tidbits

It's the end of a good week, and I have three of tidbits to share:

Yochai Benkler's Wealth of Networks
WON-Cover.jpgLast week I came across an intriguing book called The Wealth of Networks by Yochai Benkler. I'd heard the book mentioned by Bruce Sterling, so when I stumbled across it, I had a look.

Benkler's book discusses the shift of information creation from organizations and governments to individuals, how the internet has facilitated this shift, what it means for the future of information creation for individuals, the press, businesses and governments.

Wealth of Networks is a free download. I highly recommend listening to a 45 minute talk as an MP3 or as a Video, in which Yochai explains his research and ideas in condensed form. Oddly enough, Yochai sounds a bit like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog from the Letterman show.

Take Control of Your iPhone
cover_iphone.gifIf you're an iPhone user, check out Ted Landau's Take Control of Your iPhone e-book for $10 in December. I've found these Take Control books to be excellent resources for technical and non-technical education.

Ted's book covers using the iPhone more effectively, including activation, using the touch screen and virtual keyboard, problem solving, syncing and even a section on hacking and jail-breaking for the not so faint of heart.

Menu for Hope
mfhlogosmall_3.gifMy friends Javier and Pilar of VSur, are involved in A Menu For Hope, a non profit fundraising event organized by international wine and food bloggers.

They're offering artwork by Tom Hubbard for sale to help those in need through donations to the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

It's a great cause, if you're interested, have a look.

Have a great weekend everyone! :-)

Reader Comments (2)

Mike, thanks for posting about Menu for Hope. The fundraising is by now about $ 24,000 (about $5,000 per day!) thanks to many generous contributions.
December 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJavier Marti-Canales
Hey Javier, I'm happy to lend my support. :-)
December 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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