The internet of things is giving our cities a brain.
Back in the early-ish days of the commercial Internet (circa 95), we were talking about the browser wars to describe the fight between then-leader Netscape Navigator and Microsoft’s upstart Internet Explorer. Should we start talking about the search engine wars as Overture and Google are about to go head to head in a new set of battles? On the left, you’ve got Google, the 2000 pounds gorilla of search which is now looking to expand its advertising program beyond its site and is fighting to not have its name associated with searching on the Internet. However, playing to its advantage is that it now owns a patent on its ranking technology. On the right, you’ve got Overture, which once had a business that most people figured would fail (after all, who would pay for a placement in a search engine?) but somehow managed to prove the naysayers wrong and is now going out and buying itself a new seat at the search table. At stake is the future of search but it may be much more. It looks like the market is reshaping itself to become not just about search but also about targeting. Give the right search result, attach…Read More
I’d like to suggest a few optional additions to the specification. Here are some ideas I’d like to throw around for discussion: At the item level : This would allow us to specify a particular date for an item. I think it would be nice for those of us who have several days’ worth of content in their RDF channel. At the channel level: These could be encapsulated in to an section that would include all links to outside of the channel. : Much like points to the page the channel is for could point to a page of information about this channel. this could link to a FAQ or more information about the channel. : Points to a page where wireless devices can go. : Points to a page where broadband devices can go. : Points to a page where narrowband devices (browsers for blind people, text-only browsers, etc..) can go. : Points to a P3P page to check the privacy rules. : Points to either a VXML source file (which can be read by a VXML browser) or a sound file. For example, it could serve up a radio feed related to this story. : Same as above…Read More