Monday, October 28, 2013

2013-08 Wordpress VIP Tools for Writers & Editors - Steph Yiu

VIP Tools for Writers and Editors by Steph Yiu (@crushgear)

I built my first WordPress site in 2008. It was an online magazine with an editing workflow, multiple contributors, and featured stories on the homepage. I thought I had it all figured out — that is, until I started working at VIP. In the last year, I've had a glimpse into all the tools that editors use at large, national publications and the whole time I kept thinking, "Wait, why didn't I know about that before?!" In this talk, I'll share with you the plugins and tools that you can borrow to help editors and users on your site get the VIP treatment.

About the Speaker

Steph Yiu works at VIP, which provides hosting and support for clients like TIME, CNN, NBC, and TechCrunch. She has worked at the Chicago Tribune and America's Test Kitchen, and has interned at The Boston Globe and The Oregonian. She is also the founder of, an online magazine for Third Culture Kids. Website:

Saturday, October 26, 2013

"Altruism and Nihilism on the Net

Google Ideas - Conflict in a Connected World - Altruism and Nihilism on the Net

What connects the netizens associated with Anonymous-type groups? How do they choose their targets and coordinate their activities? What do they hope to accomplish?

Peter Fein, Activist, Telecomix
Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological 
Literacy, McGill University
Moderated by: Alec Ross, Author
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Monday, October 21, 2013

"Project Shield - Using Google's infrastructure to protect freedom of expression

Project Shield is an initiative to use Google's infrastructure to protect free expression online. The service currently combines Google's DDoS mitigation technologies and Page Speed Service (PSS), which allow websites to serve their content through Google to be better protected from DDoS attacks. The service is currently seeking 'trusted testers' and people with sites that serve media, elections and human rights-related content are invited to apply for an invite at
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Google and NASA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab

A peek at the early days of the Quantum AI Lab: a partnership between NASA, Google, and a 512-qubit D-Wave Two quantum computer. 
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Mediastan (2013)

For the first time ever, audiences get a behind-the-scenes insight into the world's first truly global media event: "Operation Cablerun" : the 2011 operation during which WikiLeaks ran hundreds of thousands of secret US government cables to media outlets around the world.

In Mediastan, an undercover team of journalists drives across the central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and into US occupied Afghanistan, before continuing its journey into the west; regrouping in Julian Assange's kitchen, ambushing the editor of the Guardian, and obtaining candid footage of the New York Times editor and its publisher Arthur Sulzberger.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

"Secret History of Silicon Valley

[Recorded: November 20, 2008]

Today, Silicon Valley is known around the world as a fount of technology innovation and development fueled by private venture capital and peopled by fabled entrepreneurs. But it wasn't always so. Unbeknownst to even seasoned inhabitants, today's Silicon Valley had its start in government secrecy and wartime urgency.

In this lecture, renowned serial entrepreneur Steve Blank presents how the roots of Silicon Valley sprang not from the later development of the silicon semiconductor but instead from the earlier technology duel over the skies of Germany and secret efforts around (and over) the Soviet Union. World War II, the Cold War and one Stanford professor set the stage for the creation and explosive growth of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. The world was forever changed when the Defense Department, CIA and the National Security Agency acted like today's venture capitalists funding this first wave of entrepreneurship. Steve Blank shows how these groundbreaking early advances lead up to the high-octane, venture capital fueled Silicon Valley we know today.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"The Sound of dial-up Internet

I was bored so I wanted to see if I could get free dial up internet so I found that NetZero still has free service so I put in the number and heard the glorious sound of the Dial-up. Remind me of years gone. Unfortunately I was not able to make a connection.
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