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Monster mashup: get the latest on the programmable Web

One of the most powerful aspects of the new web (some people say it's the defining aspect) is how so many web sites are actually applications that can share data with each other. One simple example is a blog, which can share its content with other blogs or with news aggregators.

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First look: Google Page Creator

Late last night, I received the e-mail from Google. No message, just a headline: "Google Page Creator: sign up!!" It's still in an invitation-only beta, but here's what I found:

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A directory of the best in Web 2.0 applications

There's a lot of innovation going on in the new web right now, with ground-breaking applications coming from individual developers as well as big, well-funded companies. It seems like every day, there's a new service out there giving you a new way to collaborate, create, tag or remix.

Keeping track of it all – or even knowing where to start looking for a particular kind of service – has been a daunting challenge... until now.

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Blogging and the 2006 Canadian election

Here's a quick link for political bloggers and their followers: the CBC's blog columnist in the last election, John Bowman, recaps blogging's impact on the campaign in a Policy Options magazine article (PDF).

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Accidental dossiers

Privacy, security and aggregation in the new web

At last week's 2006 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Seattle, I sat on a terrific panel led by Matt Blair, with Marnie Webb and Marshall Kirkpatrick, on the security implications of the new web. It was one of those amazing sessions where the audience was so engaged from the start that we had no need for the usual opening-presentations-plus-Q&A structure; we got right into a very cool 90-minute conversation.

I don't think anyone was recording the session, but I thought I'd share the notes I'd prepared for my presentation.

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Resurrect your rhetoric: six (re)uses for a speech

The lectern has been disassembled, the coffee cups are cleared and the crowd has moved on to their afternoon agenda. The major speech you worked on for weeks is over, and you can’t help but think: is that it?

For all the work we do preparing for them, speeches go by with unnerving speed. This issue, I try to suggest a few ways you can get the most from your next big speech — well beyond the actual delivery itself.

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The art of the opening joke

So two speechwriters walk into a bar…

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