Reddit and RSS cofounder Aaron Swartz died Jan. 11 in his Brooklyn apartment at the age of 26, an apparent suicide. In this unpublished email exchange from 2009, Swartz told me about his early life, his hope for the web and politics, and the value of rugged curiosity.
In January, the Department of Ed created a $2 billion grant program to fund open community college textbooks and other materials. Even after creators are compensated, open materials typically cost about 80% less than traditional textbooks, which students spend almost $1,000 a year on.
Did you know that Thursday's officially the fourth day of the week and there's an ISO 8601 international standard to prove it? No? Well, you'll be equally intrigued to learn what's been going on in the early news with our handy summary:
Joichi Ito’s resume reads like that of a guy afflicted with ADD, hooked on media, and ramped up on Red Bull: a "guild master" in the World of Warcraft, a DJ, a Hollywood producer, a former CEO of Creative Commons, a board member of the Mozilla Foundation and Icann and a venture capitalist with early stage investments in Twitter, Flickr, Technorati, and last.fm, among others. Did we mention he’s also a scuba instructor who enjoys feeding sharks?
Larry Lessig started Creative Commons, is a law professor at Stanford and is doing a lot of thinking about how to get Congress to be more responsive to our needs. Here we talk about that and whether America needs a Chief Technology Officer.
While there are rabid fans for all sports (sports radio can attest to that), there is a lot teams could do to deepen fan loyalty and build their fan base using social media. Here are six ideas to get you started.