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How The City Developed, Part Thirteen: The Big Bang

December 22, 2011 by skinnercm   Comments (0)

By the 1970s, the City had re-established its position of prominence thanks to trading in Eurocurrency and the increasing volume of trading in securities, but it lagged behind the rest of the world, particularly New York, due to its very traditional way of operating.

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Things worth reading: 22nd December 2011

December 22, 2011 by skinnercm   Comments (0)

Things we're reading today include ...

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Siri, Mobile Ads, and Semantic Markup

December 21, 2011 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

Kevin Fitchard recently asked the question, “Is Google scared of Siri? Is Yelp? Is Facebook? If they aren’t they should be, as should any mobile website, service or app that depends on advertising for revenues. Siri is just the beginning of a new wave of user interfaces (UIs) that will gradually shift our attention away from our phones’ screens, allowing us to interact with our devices in ways that don’t involve tapping keys and staring at pixels.” continued…

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Semantic Tech in 2011: The Year In Highlights

December 21, 2011 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

To accompany our recent podcast looking back on 2011, we’ve accumulated some additional perspectives from thought leaders in the next-wave Web space on the year that’s quickly passing us by.

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Learn to Code in One Day?

December 21, 2011 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

Louise Jack has asked, “If so many people’s jobs are touched by the Internet and digital technology, then how come so few of us have even a basic understanding of how things work? This is the fundamental question behind a new course in the U.K. called Decoded, which promises to teach people how to code in one day.”

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Open Domesday: Opening Up a Historical Dataset

December 21, 2011 by Jenz514   Comments (0)

Anna Powell-Smith of the Open Domesday project recently shared her experiences working to make a historically fascinating data set freely available. She writes, “Domesday Book might be one of the most famous government datasets ever created. Which makes it all the stranger that it’s not freely available online – at the National Archives, you have to pay £2 per page to download copies of the text. Domesday is pretty much unique. It records the ownership of almost every acre of land in England in 1066 and 1086 – a feat not repeated in modern times. It records almost every household. It records the industrial resources of an entire nation, from castles to mills to oxen.” continued…

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