Social Networks for Things

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… ThingD is creating a registry of things, according to Esther Dyson. Michael Silverman from ThingD explained that his company is building “a database around all of the things in the world.” Things like consumer products, horticulture, even pets. ThingD also has a platform built on top of the database, which connects people to the things in their lives. What interests you, what you like, own, or want to sell. It’s about how people identify themselves with things. Silverman said that the database currently has about 50 million things, maybe “north of 60 million.” There are a few thousand early adopter users right now.Dyson then introduced the company REZZ.IT as “what eBay did for selling, [REZZ.IT does] for renting.” Doug Krugman from REZZ.IT explained that “things have a network and their own audience.” His company is about managing stuff: scheduling, classifying, content management, pricing, and more. Seeing what other people have, sharing things.Business Models for Networks of ThingsDyson asked how REZZ.IT makes money off this. He responded that vacation rentals is their biggest market right now. REZZ.IT wants to provide people with the tools to manage those vacation rental assets, plus add a “transactional engine” to them. Other ‘things’ coming soon to REZZ.IT include apartment rentals, boats, planes.ThingD’s business model is linking people to things. They have signed up product retailers to beta test this. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts At the recent DLD Conference (Digital – Life – Design) in Munich, Germany, Esther Dyson moderated a panel on the Internet of Things. The subject of the discussion was giving identity to things, just as people have an identity. In essence, creating social networks for things.On the panel were Ulla-Maaria Engeström (Thinglink), Doug Krugman (Personal Commerce), Michael Silverman (ThingD). Dyson began by noting that people have always had identities and there are countless services for that, but things don’t have that yet. So, she asked, will there be networks for things? Tags:#Internet of Things#NYT#web richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Ulla-Maaria Engeström explained that her company Thinglink is about defining the relationships people have with things – who made them, who designed them, who manufactured them, who sells them, who owns them, who likes them. She said it is the “social graph of things” and that “every thing has their own social network.” Engeström said that Thinglink began in 2005 by giving things identities via their product codes, a.k.a. Unique Identifiers. “People and things, they’re not too different,” said Engeström, “they all connect.” Thinglink is in private beta, it currently has 4000 beta users and launches later this Spring. Thinglink’s business models are twofold. Firstly affiliates, for example people purchasing objects in photos. Their second business model is lifestyle brand communities – connecting people who like a company’s products, already own them, etc.ConclusionOverall, a very interesting discussion about the evolving networks for things. If web 2.0 was largely about social networks for people (which you can certainly argue it was), then the new generation of the web will add things to those networks and create new networks. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Imphal blast kills two BSF men

first_imgAn improvised explosive device (IED) blast killed two Border Security Force personnel at Koirengi on the northern edge of the Manipur capital, Imphal, on Wednesday afternoon.This is the second attack on paramilitary forces within 24 hours. An Assam Rifles constable was injured after suspected militants lobbed two hand grenades at troopers on Tuesday.The police in Imphal East district said the IED, presumably planted by insurgents, was detonated about 2pm outside the gate of the BSF outpost near Koirengi Airfield on the Imphal-Dimapur highway. The blast injured five people.”Two BSF men, both constables, succumbed to their injuries in the hospital. Two civilians, including a woman, are in critical condition,” K. Meghachandra, Imphal East district police chief, said. The two constables were identified as N.M. Meitei and Sanjay Tirkey.So far, none of at least six active Imphal valley-based insurgent groups have claimed responsibility for the two attacks in as many days.last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir reluctant to play West Indies tour: Sources

first_imgThe Indian skipper for the forthcoming ODI series against West Indies, Gautam Gambhir, is reluctant to play the tour. The designated captain for the Caribbean is apparently worried about aggravating the injury to his shoulder, senior sources in the BCCI have told Headlines Today. Gambhir has told the BCCI that he is worried about a four-month injury lay off if he goes to the West Indies, which would mean missing the crucial series in England.  The BCCI is now awaiting the results of the physio report before they make a decision on Gambhir’s availability for the tour. They have confirmed that if Gautam is found to be unfit, he will not be sent to the Carribean. India’s cricketing body is unhappy that Gambhir continued playing for Kolkata Knight Riders as the skipper in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League despite the injury to his shoulder. Gambhir has not been sure of the extent of his shoulder injury as he was yet to know the result of MRI scan done on Tuesday evening. Club vs country Gambhir’s decision to play for Kolkata Knight Riders and risk his Team India role, has stoked the club versus country debate. Former chief selector Kiran More feels the BCCI needs to set its house in order. “Why blame cricketers? The BCCI needs to a take a big call over the issue. It must look into rules and regulations,” More told Headlines Today. South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs said as a professional cricketer ‘needs to know the extent of his injury’. “It is an important duty of a cricketer,” Gibbs said, adding country should come before the club, as there is ‘prestige’ involved. While cricket analyst Charu Sharma believed ‘avenues and options’ may force a cricketer to prefer clubs to the national call, senior cricket journalist Gulu Ezekiel said, “The BCCI has opened a Pandora’s box. You have players who will play the ILP but not the international matches.” The BCCI has created a situation, where ‘the rest of the world has to deliver’ and not Indian players, because the IPL happens in India, Ezekiel added.advertisementlast_img read more

Newly-appointed ICC vice-president promises to end corruption from cricket

first_imgMoments after being appointed the vice president of the International Cricket Council (ICC ), AHM Mustafa Kamal on Tuesday made it clear that eradicating corruption in the gentleman’s game was one of his main aims in the near future.Initially, Kamal was set to be appointed during ICC’s Annual General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur in June, but his nomination was delayed and only the position of ICC president was filled, with Alan Isaac taking over from Sharad Pawar.In the wake of the recent controversy, where an Indian channel has exposed umpires’ willingness to fix games and pass vital information to bookies in exchange for money, Kamal said that no stone would be left unturned to ensure the game is not only played in the true spirit, but also adjudicated in an impartial manner. Speaking to Mail Today from Colombo, Kamal said: “The ICC maintains a zero-tolerance policy against corruption and now, with startling revelations about umpires too being involved in fixing, the noose has to be tightened further to ensure there is no scope to even think about crossing the line of fair play.”The ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit) of the ICC has been doing its best to ensure that fixing is wiped out from the system and every person involved with the game has been given strict instructions about what amounts to dishonesty and bringing the game to disrepute. I will personally join hands with them to ensure a corruption-free game.”Kamal further felt that if the umpires – often considered the ultimate authority on the field – have indeed stooped down to bribery and corruption, things will only get more difficult. He believes this needs to be nipped in the bud.”Players are sometimes lured because they are young and wish to live a flamboyant life way beyond their names. But if umpires too go that way, the situation worsens further. If the guardians of the game themselves falter, it sets a very negative example for the others. But first we need to investigate and see if they are guilty,” he said. Coming to his own appointment, Kamal said that it is a huge day not only for him, but also for Bangladesh cricket. “I am overwhelmed at being considered fit to hold such an important position. I feel this is not only an honour for me, but also Bangladesh cricket and the people of our country. It shows that we are taken just as seriously as the other top nations playing the game. I wish to bring repute to the nation through this appointment,” he said. Kamal also said that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is looking to finalise a fullfledged tour of India next year. Although India participated in the first Test Bangladesh ever played, the eastern neighbour has never toured India.”The BCB is in talks with its Indian counterpart to ensure that Bangladesh plays in India next year. We feel that Bangladesh has come to a level where they can provide enough of a fight to tough opponents like India. When Bangladesh held its maiden Test in Dhaka against India, it was more a case of making the game more popular in our country and also to earn revenue. But now it’s strictly a cricketing decision and we are looking to finalise things on Wednesday,” said the man who will now need to vacate his position as BCB president.advertisementlast_img read more