links for 2009-08-23

  • A veteran software engineer and a patent attorney have teamed up to incubate start-ups in San Francisco, opening the doors of sfCube, where entrepreneurs can learn to develop, market and launch their products.
    “We want to work with the rising stars,” said Dylan Rosario, a co-founder of sfCube who has launched several successful start-ups, and who spent years building search engines for IBM Corp. “During hard times, innovation improves. People come up with all kinds of ways to do things cheaper.”
    The incubator opened Wednesday in a 5,000-square-foot space in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood, and three start-ups have already located there, Rosario said. There is room for about 20 more, he said.
  • When you commit to the mantra of “Never Stop Marketing,” you promise to look at every customer touch point and figure out how to make it Remarkable.
    Longtime blog readers know that the business card, since it is one of the most mundane elements of corporate communications is my favorite place to start.
    Glad to see that more and more people are taking this to heart.
    Here is Steve Woda’s card (the back), which is a “tag cloud” of his expertise and interests.
    Love it!!
    (tags: marketing Woda)

  • Artificial intelligence technology could soon make the internet an even bigger haven for bargain-hunters.
    Software “agents” that automatically negotiate on behalf of shoppers and sellers are about to be set free on the web for the first time.
    The “Negotiation Ninjas”, as they are known, will be trialled on a shopping website called Aroxo in the autumn.
    The intelligent traders are the culmination of 20 years’ work by scientists at Southampton University.
    “Computer agents don’t get bored, they have a lot of time, and they don’t get embarrassed,” Professor Nick Jennings, one of the researchers behind the work, told BBC News.
    “I have always thought that in an internet environment, negotiation is the way to go.”
    (tags: AI)
  • The Internet is already a difficult place to maintain privacy, and now two security researchers have revealed new ways to spy on Web users via the browser. At a presentation at DEFCON 17, a hacking conference held in Las Vegas last week, the researchers showed a variety of ways to snoop on people online, despite the privacy tools employed by most browsers.
    (tags: security)

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