The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: An unintentionally scary video about alternative energy

Alternative energy is the next big tech market, the one that will spawn the next Google, or Apple, or Microsoft. But guess what? Those companies probably won’t be based here. As Thomas Friedman pointed out in his column a few days ago, the Chinese are racing past us. They’re investing billions — in physics, in nanotech, in material science, in fuel cells, in solar. They’re going to own this market.

Meanwhile we sit here with our heads up our butts, debating things like a gas tax or whether power plants should have to cut back on CO2 emissions and whether we can make this leap to a new paradigm without hurting our economy (read: without hurting the companies that sell oil and run coal-powered generators and which contribute loads of money to politicians in Congress.)

Fake Steve knows the truth when he sees it.

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Gary’s Social Media Counter

And where is all this time coming from? Who’s losing out? Traditional broadcast or “push” media. The people are doin’ it for themselves now. Not entirely. Not evenly across the populace.

But it’s happening. And it’s growing.

Pay particular attention to the SMS count. More SMS messages are sent globally than Google is searched!

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Public media execs are paid far more handsomely than you’d think

Former NPR CEO Kenneth Stern, who departed in 2008, is atop the pubcasting list, receiving $1,319,541 as part of his four-year contract. Another former exec, PBS COO Wayne Godwin, who served from 2000 to 2008, was paid $398,063. Current PBS CEO Paula Kerger, $534,500, up from $424,209 at end of fiscal 2007. Rounding out the list, in descending order: Laura Walker, CEO of WNYC Radio, $474,808; Al Jerome, KCET president, $426,688; Jeff Clarke, CEO, Northern California Public Broadcasting, $406,501; Neal Shapiro, WNET president, $400,570; Sharon Percy Rockefeller, WETA president, $391,904; Thomas Conway, WNET v.p., $374,321; Daniel Schmidt, WTTW president, $347,491; William Kling, Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media president, $347,217; Jonathan Abbott, WGBH president, $337,870; Jon McTaggart, MPR/APR CEO, $313,967; Joseph Bruns, WETA executive v.p., $303,108; Linda O’Bryon, Northern California Public Broadcasting chief content officer, $282,360; Paula Apsell, senior exec producer at WGBH, $278,209; Dean Cappello, chief creative officer, WNYC Radio, $272,072; Deborah Hinton, KCET exec v.p., $251,446; Dennis Haarsager, NPR interim CEO, $219,369; and Reese Marcusson, WTTW CFO, $214,397.


Of this list, only Kling at MPR and Haarsager at NPR are worth the money. Paula Kerger’s pay is particularly obscene, given how poorly PBS is run from a strategic perspective — she’s a booster, not a leader. Of course, that’s what the stations want (a booster), so it’s really their fault, but still.

It is very true you have to pay well to get good talent, even in the nonprofit space. That said, the notion that any of these people would make more than $250,000 annually is absurd. Only those living in Manhattan would need to make more, given the shocking cost of living there.

Some say you have to have well-paid execs so they can hobnob with the rich and powerful in their towns to raise money. That’s also true, but it’s only relevant if your mission is to be part of, and to reinforce, the existing power structure in your town. If your mission is true public service, the hobnobbing should be an afterthought, not a primary objective.

Please… tell me… who’s breaking the $250,000 barrier amongst leaders of homeless shelters? What about women’s shelters or rape support groups? Anyone working in mentally or physically disabled services camps getting rich? What about community blogging and news projects? Yeah. That’s what I thought.

It’s interesting to note that Jack Galmiche, one of the best CEOs and public servants in the public media world, is not on this list. Yet he led the nation in starting up the “Facing the Mortgage Crisis” project in St. Louis.

Perhaps everyone would grab the brass ring if offered, whispering “my precious” all the way to the bank. Shoot, I’d love to make wads of money, too. But in a public service organization? That doesn’t seem right to me.

Recommendation: $250,000 cap + a COLA for cities with cost of living indices of 150% above average or higher; absolute cap of $350,000.

Gmail + Twitter = Crash

Seriously? Yet another Gmail crash? And then Twitter on the same day?

Gmail only gave me a little trouble (via IMAP) this morning. But Twitter’s now dead and I can’t reply to some direct messages.

Good for Twitter on getting $100M in additional capital. I hope you use it on infrastructure.

And Google — You guys are supposed to be the pros. How can I recommend Google Apps if all you can do is crash every two weeks?


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Yeah, I’ll take my chances with that $1,305 payout anyway

We find that mortality increases following the arrival of monthly Social Security payments, regular wage payments for military personnel, the 2001 tax rebates, and Alaska Permanent Fund dividend payments. The increase in short-run mortality is large, potentially eliminating some of the protective benefits of additional income.

If you haven’t seen Alaska retail around PFD time, you’re missing quite the spectacle. Big TVs, cars, guns, snow machines, booze — it all goes out the door so fast it makes your head spin… at which point you crash your car and die.

But I’ll take my chances this year, just like the last 7 years.

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Google Sidewiki launch

Help and learn from others as you browse the web: Google Sidewiki

What if everyone, from a local expert to a renowned doctor, had an easy way of sharing their insights with you about any page on the web? What if you could add your own insights for others who are passing through?

Now you can. Today, we’re launching Google Sidewiki, which allows you to contribute helpful information next to any webpage. Google Sidewiki appears as a browser sidebar, where you can read and write entries along the side of the page.

[YouTube Video]

In developing Sidewiki, we wanted to make sure that you’ll see the most relevant entries first. We worked hard from the beginning to figure out which ones should appear on top and how to best order them. So instead of displaying the most recent entries first, we rank Sidewiki entries using an algorithm that promotes the most useful, high-quality entries. It takes into account feedback from you and other users, previous entries made by the same author and many other signals we developed. If you’re curious, you can read more on our Google Research Blog about the infrastructure we use for ranking all entries in real-time.

Under the hood, we have even more technology that will take your entry about the current page and show it next to webpages that contain the same snippet of text. For example, an entry on a speech by President Obama will appear on all webpages that include the same quote. We also bring in relevant posts from blogs and other sources that talk about the current page so that you can discover their insights more easily, right next to the page they refer to.

We’re releasing Google Sidewiki as a feature of Google Toolbar (for Firefox and Internet Explorer) and we’re working on making it available in Google Chrome and elsewhere too.

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NEW! Live e-mail ‘push’ for anyone with an iPhone and Gmail / Google Apps

Using Google Sync, you can now get your Gmail messages pushed directly to your phone. Having an over-the-air, always-on connection means that your inbox is up to date, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Sync works with your phone’s native email application so there’s no additional software needed. Only interested in syncing your Gmail, but not your Calendar? Google Sync allows you to sync just your Contacts, Calendar, or Gmail, or any combination of the three.

iPhone users with Gmail accounts (or those with Google Apps Gmail) can rejoice! While we’ve had Google Calendar syncing for a while, the ability to handle “push” Gmail and Contacts syncing is new this week.

These days no one is doing as much for mobile devices as Google. Microsoft keeps worrying about search technologies, but they’re losing the mobile game by a much greater margin — and mobile is the real future. Search only covers one aspect of Internet usage. But mobile Internet is all-encompassing.

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Newspapers want a bailout. Obama is open to the idea?

…the idea that there aren’t blogging reporters is pure folly. In fact, I’d argue that the serious blogs on certain subjects to a lot more to “put stories in context” than your average newspaper reporter, who writes up a quick take and moves on to the next big thing. Topic-specific blogs are often much more accurate, much more detailed, and much more willing to focus on context than newspaper reporting. So why rescue one bunch of reporters, just because they happen to print on paper?

As always, a great post from Mike Masnick at TechDirt. The newspapers are a deplorable bunch, made all the less sympathetic when they lash out at bloggers, as if that’s the cause of their downfall.

Enough with the bailouts, Mr. Obama. It’s time for economic forces to take their toll on industries that cannot adapt.

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