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Flipboard: the new Lindsay Lohan?

 by John Moe // Posted: 07/21/10 11:14 AM

I don’t know who Flipboard’s PR people are but they should win the Nobel Prize for PR (a prize I’m glad doesn’t exist). Everyone is talking this morning about Flipboard, a free app for the iPad that turns your social media into something of a magazine. So your Twitter feeds and your Facebook for now but there are plans to work in Flickr, Yelp, and even your email. It’s also an interface so you can update all those things in addition to reading them. I’ve tried to use it on an iPad but it’s now so slammed with traffic that I can’t get on. It’s like an exclusive nightclub on an iPad! Anyway, there seems to be a lot of buzz about the latest interface That Changes Everything, which may be a load of hooey but it’s good to keep an eye on Flipboard.

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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