links for 2009-12-28

  • It looks like Twitter and the applications built around it are going to get smarter about where you’re tweeting from. The company just announced that it has purchased Mixer Labs, a startup that created the TownMe activity guide as well as GeoAPI, a set of developer tools for accessing TownMe’s location data.

    The San Mateo, Calif. team was trying to build a Yelp competitor of sorts. It went beyond business listings and user reviews by pulling in other information available on the web, such as US Census Data.

  • Google Inc.’s Android mobile software may offer as many as 150,000 applications by the end of 2010, as the company chases Apple Inc. for downloads, according to a mobile-application research firm.

    “A lot of developers have come onto the Android platform” because of efforts by Verizon Wireless, Motorola Inc. and Google to promote the system, Flurry Inc. Chief Executive Officer Simon Khalaf said today in an interview. Flurry, based in San Francisco, is a firm that studies applications and their use.

  • On the wall of Vivek Kundra's Washington, D.C., office hangs a poster-sized IT diagram with such fine-grained detail that it strains the eye to study it. The diagram, showing the computing infrastructure of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was created to expose data that could be made publicly available as part of President Obama's government "transparency" initiative. Kundra, appointed the nation's first federal CIO in March, has learned that it's not enough to mandate data disclosure; he must get involved.

  • A Missouri man accused of crossing state lines to have sex with a 15-year-old Central California girl he communicated with through an online video game has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.

    Federal prosecutors Friday said 27-year-old Edward Stout of Richmond Heights, Mo. will also be under lifetime surpervision and will have to register as a sex offender upon his release. Stout pleaded guilty in September to having an illicit relationship with the Sanger, Calif. teen.

    Prosecutors say Stout and the girl developed a relationship in April, 2008 and talked while playing video games on Xbox LIVE.

    They say in late January 2009 Stout drove almost nonstop for 30 hours from Missouri to Sanger, where he engaged in sexual activity with the girl.

  • This interview with Jeffrey Swartz, the president and C.E.O. of the Timberland Company, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.

    (tags: leadership)

  • What would you like for Christmas? I don’t know about you, but the question strikes fear into my heart and often leaves me stumbling for something to say. The real reason for my noncompliance on the gift question is that I don’t feel I can credibly tell the truth, which is…

    “Well I don’t really need anything, and I have too much stuff anyway and if I wanted anything it would be an ocean-side vacation home on the Big Island of Hawaii, an all-expenses-paid trip to India or a new Kate Spade designer purse. But I’m guessing you just don’t have that much spare change lying around and besides we’re not that close.” Or something like that.

    If you’re in a similar dilemma about what to get or what to give this holiday season, check out this list of productivity-enhancing presents. They’re all good for business, but won’t break the bank.

    (tags: technology)

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