[ATTACH=right]16190[/ATTACH]At a time when newspapers are having a hard time convincing people to pay for online access to their news, one site is having much better luck getting people to go online and pony up some cash to give directly to journalists who use the donations to then go out and report stories. The site is [URL="http://spot.us"]Spot.us[/URL], it originally got going a few years ago with a Knight Foundation grant and a mission to experiment with the idea of using crowdfunding via the web to report stories that were going unreported in the San Francisco Bay Area. After successfully crowdfunding …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16400[/ATTACH]Today [URL="http://uwnews.org/article.asp?articleID=59530"]University of Washington researchers scored a triumph[/URL] in the ongoing battle for domination of the planet by demonstrating that sometimes humans are better at video games. The announcement came from David Baker, a biologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Zoran Popovic and Seth Cooper, computer scientists at the University of Washington. Their efforts, which were published in the journal [URL="http://www.nature.com/nature/index.html"]Nature[/URL] today, were part of a two year old project designed to apply brainpower from computer games to complex medical problems. One such problem was the idea of folding proteins. While scientists know the components of proteins, they …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16390[/ATTACH][URL="http://fflick.com"]Fflick[/URL], a just-launched site that is the brainchild of former Digg employees Ron Gorodetzky, Marc Hemeon, Kurt Wilms, and Dav Zimak, hopes to harness the power of Twitter for good...or finding good movies, at any rate. Fflick allows the user to sign in with their Twitter account and find out what their friends are saying about movies. Data harvested from Twitter allows the site to track the current most popular movies and what's being said about them, showing information like a 99% approval rating for "Toy Story 3" as opposed to the rating for "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," a much less …

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Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has asked the British public to help decide which laws should be repealed by way of what can only be described as an exercise in crowdsourcing via the government sponsored '[URL="http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/repealing-unnecessary-laws"]Your Freedom[/URL]' website. However, it seems the great British public are not taking this journey into online democracy in action quite as seriously as the politicians would have hoped. [attach]15673[/attach] "The Coalition Government is committed to restoring and defending your freedom" Clegg says "and we're asking you to participate." Which is nice, as is the notion that "Rules in society create …

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What if there is a social media bill of rights? What will it say? Let's do some crowdsourcing now. What would you include? See this: [url]http://www.digitalconsumer.org/bill.html[/url] My recommendations are: 1. Do not start unnecessary flame wars. 2. Always be nice and giving What else would you add?

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The End.