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Daily Tech Roundup: Silicon Valley 2, Our Cognitive Surplus And BP’s Search Ads

by Aaron Couch
Jun 11, 2010

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There's nothing like some tech news on a Friday.

iPads, smartphones and laptops. Silicon Valley has dreamt them up, and China has built them. But China is no longer content to merely manufacture the next big thing. They want to invent it. Can Dalian become the next Silicon Valley?

People are leaving the passive world of TV for the interactive world of online. It might be bad for ad revenue, but it's not so bad for humanity. Author Clay Shirky says our online time has created a Cognitive Surplus.

Done a Web search on the oil spill lately? If so, the first or second link probably pointed to BP's "Gulf of Mexico Response," a site dedicated to cleaning up their massive PR problem.

In the U.S., the Internet does for free expression what spinach does for Popeye. Google wants this to be true in China, too.

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