11 March 2011

1. Searching for New Tech at South by Southwest, New York Times, Jenna Wortham

We’re here on the ground in Austin South by Southwest Interactive, the annual gathering of tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, investors and leaders in the industry.

2. Technology Companies Assess Japanese Quake Impact, Dow Jones, Ruth Bender

Technology companies Friday were assessing the impact of the Japanese earthquake on component supplies and on their local plants, staff and subcontractors, with a majority of companies saying they aren’t seeing any serious damage or impact so far.

3. Google, local platforms respond to Japan’s 8.9 earthquake crisis, Fast Company, Jenera Nerenberg

An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 hit Japan today, resulting in tsunami warnings for 20 countries, as well as California and Hawaii. Crisis mappers wasted no time responding: In under 2.5 hours Google launched its person finder application, which was also used when New Zealand’s 6.3 quake struck last month, and a local developer in Tokyo, Shu Sigashi, a member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation in Japan, quickly put up a localized Ushahidi crisis platform.

4. Congressman stands by his proposal: An iPad for every student, The Hill, Josiah Ryan

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said he stood-by a proposal he made last week that could result in the federal government providing an Ipad for every student in the nation, despite a barrage of criticism he has suffered from the media in recent days.

5. Ballmer: Game technology is the future for the energy industry, Politico, Darren Goode

So how can your Xbox 360 lead to better collaboration among energy companies and more efficient offshore drilling? Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is excited to tell you.

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