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“Do Not Track” Microsoft’s option directly attacks Web 2.0 business model and Google

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Update 08/08/2012:

DO NOT TRACK in IE10 : the end of Web 2.0 business model ?


When the Do Not Track feature of a browser is turned on, a user’s surfing habits and visits can’t be tracked across Web sites, making it more difficult for Web sites, advertisers, and marketers to create personal profiles of people and target advertising at them. Do Not Track is supported by privacy groups.

“Privacy advocates cheered when Microsoft announced that it will turn on the “Do Not Track” privacy setting in Internet Explorer 10 by default when it ships with Windows 8. It was clearly a strike for privacy” but also a direct assault on the “free” 2.0 business model, especially the Google one.

The debate highlights the difficulty of disabling the online tracking powers much of the $30 billion online advertising industry. The idea of a “do not track” system was proposed in 2010 by the Federal Trade Commission in its report on online privacy.”

Don’t expect Microsoft’s decision to change things much for now, but in the long term, it could make a dramatic difference…  In the long run, though, it’s going to be hard for competing browsers not to turn on Do Not Track by default. People are increasingly concerned about privacy, and there will be tremendous pressure for browser makers to follow Microsoft’s lead. Whether part of Microsoft’s motivation was to harm Google is in a way beside the point. Microsoft did the right thing, and other browser makers should follow suit.


Angwin, Julia. Microsoft’s “Do Not Track” Move Angers Advertising Industry. The Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2012. Available from: [Accessed 7th of June 2012]

Gralla, Preston. Do Not Track in Internet Explorer 10: A boon for privacy or a strike against Google?, Computer World, June 4, 2012. Available from: [Accessed 7th of June 2012]

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June 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

4 technologies that will transform eHealth in 2012 (by Microsoft)

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Bill Crounse, the Microsoft’s worldwide health senior director, gives his predictions for leading technologies that will impact the eHealth in 2012.

Among the leading trends for such transformation is the so-called “consumerization of IT”.  Powerful consumer technologies like social networking, smartphones, tablets, cloud computing, digital media, and gaming are opening new platforms and channels for delivering innovative health solutions.  Let me therefore offer 4 solution areas that I believe will deliver real impact for better health in 2012 and beyond.

  1. Tele-Health Services
    Regulatory and reimbursement reforms will stimulate the market to deliver more cost-effective modalities for both preventive services and care.  That will increasingly include the delivery of health information and medical services directly into the home whenever possible.  So much of what healthcare providers do is focused on the analysis of signs, symptoms and results, dissemination of information, and prescriptions for treatment .  Much of this can, and increasingly will be done, “virtually”.
  2. Remote Monitoring and Mobile Health
    Remote monitoring with advanced sensor technologies coupled with mobile devices and services as outlined above, will make it possible to care for more patients in less acute settings, including the home, and to do so at scale with fewer staff.  I am particularly impressed by companies that are working with regulators (such as the FDA) to develop approved medical devices and secure gateways that facilitate clinical information exchanges.
  3. The Kinect Effect and Health Gaming
    Never have I seen such excitement from partners and customers about the possibilities for this technology to transform the way we get health information, collaborate with experts,  and receive certain kinds of services.  One day we may even participate in virtual classes and group counseling using this technology.  It’s not only quite practical, but once again a way to scale services while lowering costs, not to mention increasing convenience for everyone.
  4. Big Data, Cloud and Analytics
    Some people might say our problem isn’t a paucity of information it is too much information.  What we lack are the tools to put all that information to good use.  Cloud computing and connected devices give us the means to access the information we need, whenever and wherever we need it.  Smart devices and powerful software give us tools to make sense of it.  Throw in a modicum of artificial intelligence and machine learning and you have a recipe that finally releases us from the jaws of too much data into a world of understanding and wisdom.


Crounse, Bill. 4 leading trends and technologies that will transform health and healthcare in 2012 and beyond. HealthBlog, Posted on 15th of December 2011.


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December 15, 2011 at 9:55 pm

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Visualisation tools conference with Microsoft, Elsevier, etc. speakers

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The International Council for Scientific & Technical Information (ICSTI) has announced that its Winter Meeting will be held from February 6-7, 2011, and will be followed by a Workshop, the theme for which will be ‘Multimedia and Visualisation Innovations for Science’, on February 8, 2010.

 The Workshop will be open to both members and non-members. Both events will be hosted by Microsoft, an ICSTI member, on their Redmond campus, WA, USA.

Multimedia and visualisation tools and technology are seen to offer tremendous opportunity for accelerating scientific discovery.

This workshop will feature leading-edge innovations in science-oriented web multimedia, large-scale data exploration and visualisation, speech and object recognition, image indexing and analysis, human/computer interaction and virtual environments, among other topics.

 Presentations will be made by technology, science, and information professionals across the broad spectrum of academia, government, business, and industry.


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November 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Microsoft Spindex: your social world in 1 page

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As everybody now has 1 profile per social tool, this could help.

At the recent Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Microsoft’s FUSE Labs unveiled Spindex, a new social networking project .

Spindex aims to aggregate and streamline social networks into a single console to help users interact in a smoother and more efficient manner.

Spindex will help users reach and consolidate information flow from Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, RSS feeds and Bing.

Spindex differentiates its service by providing personalised trending topics, picking up keywords and hot topics among the user’s personal social network. Additionally, Spindex searches for articles and information via Bing, letting users access vaster and deeper information.

At the moment, Spindex is just a prototype.

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May 5, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Posted in Science 2.0, Web 2.0

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Microsoft does Chemistry

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Microsoft, has entered the chemical world with the launch of a free
add-on for its Word
processing application that lets users insert
chemical labels, formulas, and two-dimensional structures into a
. Chem4Word, which is in the beta testing phase, is based on
Chemical Markup Language (CML), which means meta data underlies labels,
formulas, and structures.

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April 29, 2010 at 8:19 pm

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