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Marksmen Names Russ Pangborn CEO

Posted May 7th, 2014

Former Head of Trademarks at Microsoft Joins a World Leader in Brand Protection Services

GLENDALE, Calif., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Marksmen, Inc., a worldwide leader in brand protection services, today named Russell Pangborn chief executive officer effective immediately.  He succeeds Ken Taylor, founder of the company who becomes a consultant to the firm.

Pangborn joins Marksmen from Microsoft where he served as Assistant General Counsel in charge of trademarks.  At Marksmen, he will guide the next stage of the firm’s growth using his intimate knowledge of the services and technology solutions trademark owners need for the protection and enforcement of their valuable intellectual property. He will continue to be a strong industry advocate as he has done in the past as Officer and Board Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), a member of the Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) for ICANN’s new gTLD Program, an active member of the Intellectual Property Constituency in ICANN, and co-founder of the McCarthy Institute-Microsoft annual symposium on Trademark Law and Its Challenges.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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The Serendipity Economy

Posted August 19th, 2013

From Harvard Business Review

How IT Professionals Can Embrace the Serendipity Economy

With Frederick’s Taylor invention of scientific management in the 1880s, and its subsequent assimilation into what we now consider modern management, organizations have used logic and rationality to the eliminate waste, to seek efficiency, and to transfer human knowledge to tools and processes. This perspective created the industrial economy lens through which most managers perceive their operations.

The industrial age economy does not exist in a vacuum. Running alongside it is the Serendipity Economy, an economic space where often random, always unanticipated interactions occur that may lead to value. Industrial age measures can’t evaluate Serendipity Economy results, leaving its outcomes like invention and innovation, process improvements, and new businesses relegated to the evidence of anecdote.

IT professionals need to recognize and embrace the Serendipity Economy in order to better understand the impact of technology investments, improve employee engagement and drive business transformation.

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Summer music festival trickery

Posted August 1st, 2013

From Wired

The massive summer music festivals are a great way to catch short sets from your four favorite bands while tolerating 25 mediocre acts you’ve never heard of. But like anything that involves leaving the house for an extended period of time, you need to be prepared. And when we say prepared, we mean it’s time to get your smartphone ready for the crowded, lonely grasslands.

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This is what happens every 60 seconds on the Internet

Posted July 31st, 2013

From FastCompany

Got a minute? That’s time for 1.8 million “Likes” on Facebook or to send 204 million emails or to view 20 million photos on flickr or for 278 Tweets or…

Check out the info-graphic HERE.

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IBM Busts Record for ‘Superconducting’ Quantum Computer

Posted February 29th, 2012


Today’s quantum computers are no more than experiments. Researchers can string together a handful of quantum bits — seemingly magical bits that store a “1″ and “0″ at the same time — and these ephemeral creations can run relatively simple algorithms. But new research from IBM indicates that far more complex quantum computers aren’t that far away.

On Tuesday, IBM revealed that physicists at its Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York have made significant advances in the creation of “superconducting qubits,” one of several research fields that could eventually lead to a quantum computer that’s exponentially more powerful than today’s classical computers.

According to Matthias Steffen — who oversees Big Blue’s experimental quantum computing group — he and his team have improved the performance of superconducting qubits by a factor of two to four. “What this means is that we can really start thinking about much larger systems,” he tells Wired, “putting several of these quantum bits together and performing much larger error correction.”

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Robot bee assembles in pop-up origami trick

Posted February 27th, 2012


Army-funded researchers at the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory are popping out Harvard Monolithic Bees (“Mobees”) from multi-layered, laser-cut blocks about the size of a quarter.

Inspired by pop-up books, the manufacturing process could allow for rapid production of dozens of flying robots and other electromechanical devices. The research is being published in the March edition of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.

In the RoboBees project, Pratheev Sreetharan and colleagues want to build bee-size robots that can fly and act autonomously as a colony. Until recently, it used a painstaking manual assembly method.

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Manifold Clock: A 3D timepiece for math geeks

Posted February 8th, 2012

From Amanda Kooser on CNET

The Manifold Clock doesn’t just tell time with flat hands, it expresses it with ever-changing shapes created by a flexible sheet of Tyvek attached between the hands. Every minute looks slightly different.

There’s some delightful mathematical geekiness behind all of this. The design uses the concept of Riemann surfaces.

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North America Represents 13% of over 2 Billion Internet Users Worldwide

Posted January 18th, 2012


Internet now active with 2.1 billion users

You’re one of the 2.1 billion people actively using the Internet.

Looking at the state of the online world throughout 2011, traffic site Pingdom found that the number of Internet users has jumped from a mere 360 million at the end of 2000 and now accounts for 30 percent of the planet’s population.

Sweeping across the continents, Asia holds 922 million Internet users, Europe has 476 million, and North America is in third place with 271 million. Drilling down to individual countries, China is on top with 485 million people using the Internet, more than 36 percent of its total population.

For the full story go HERE.

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Afilias Launches International Contest to Explore Innovative Uses of New Top-Level Domains

Posted October 3rd, 2011

As posted to “Afilias Limited, a leading Internet registry services provider, today announced a rapid-fire contest to generate ideas for new top-level domains (new TLDs). As organizations consider whether or not to invest in new TLDs under the forthcoming ICANN New TLD program, they may not consider all the possibilities for new TLDs. The “Afilias Global Innovation Contest for New TLD Ideas” is designed to address that issue.

With this contest, Afilias is looking for unique new TLD ideas, whether that domain is a “dot Brand” (for a company) or a “dot Niche” (for a concept or community) or a “dot City” domain. The goal is to discover ideas for “right of the dot” domains that cannot be done today with any of the existing domains, like .com or .net.

To help participants generate ideas, Afilias has created a special downloadable e-book — The Afilias New TLD Innovation e-book: Ideas to Stimulate Your Imagination — available on the contest website at”

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What Happens To Your Online Identity After You Die?

Posted September 8th, 2011

Mike Dalley for explains: “How large is your digital footprint? If you pulled together your email account, web site, blog, social networking accounts, and every other virtual identity you have online, just how well known are you on the Internet? Have you ever stopped to consider what happens to your online identity when you die? How would your online friends know? What would happen to your accounts and your content?

As social networking continues to grow in popularity, so too does our individual online identities. No longer are we members of a close knit circle of local friends and family, but members of a global social circle that breaks geographical barriers. Our friends are now all over the world as opposed to all over the community. Our business partners, customers, and professional peers are no longer found in the office, but across the Internet as a whole.

It may be considered a morbid subject, but planning for your digital life after death, and how your virtual affairs should be handled, is fast becoming just as important as the financial and business affairs we consider common matters for estate planning. Virtual property, just as real property, has equitable value that may be lost when you die. Registered domains, web sites, and the contents of an email inbox, these are all types of virtual property that we simply fail to take into account when planning how our estates and property are to be handled.”

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