WordPress now powers 22% of the world’s websites, up from 19% last July.
via Automattic raising more than $100 million – Fortune Tech.
What is appealing about IBM’s approach to collaborative social business is that the Domino, Notes and the components of the IBM Connections Suite can be pieced together as a modular software stack
via IBM Domino goes to the enterprise social but will anyone ask it to dance?.
.. how many billions in taxpayer subsidies and tax cuts Verizon has received from federal and state governments over the years and done a direct comparison to actual build and maintenance costs?
via Verizon: Gosh, We Just Can't Afford to Maintain Copper Networks | DSLReports, ISP Information.
Verizon predecessor New Jersey Bell agreed to the statewide broadband buildout in a 1993 agreement with the state.
In exchange for a different form of price regulation that would allow the company to make more money,
“Verizon agreed to upgrade its network to provide broadband to every Verizon New Jersey business and residential customer, school, and library for 100 percent of its service territory”
via Verizon led massive astroturf campaign to end NJ broadband obligation | Ars Technica.
“They can sit out until the end of this year without new borrowings”
via Lehman Freeze Evoked as Russian Bond Sale Scrapped Again – Businessweek.
In other countries, including democracies, there are numerous violations.
In the European Union, widespread violations affect at least 1 in 5 users.
via Yes, Net Neutrality Is A Solution To An Existing Problem | Techdirt.
GE’s original idea for open innovation and a micro-manufacturing facility came from the company’s first crowdsourcing project to create a better jet engine bracket.
via GE launches 'microfactory' to co-create the future of manufacturing – TechRepublic.
.. here’s the hitch.
While manufacturing is far from dead, kids think it’s a dead-end job.
With low enrollment in those programs and tight budgets, our education system isn’t investing as much as it should in teaching students how to operate sophisticated, computer-controlled machinery.
Of the roughly 13,600 seniors participating in the state’s high school vocational programs this academic year, only about 1,500 are enrolled in fields related to manufacturing, such as machine tools and robotics.
via Siemens donates $660 million of software to Massachusetts technical schools and colleges – Business – The Boston Globe.