Live Labs vs. Microsoft Research

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A powerpoint presentation from Gary Flake titled How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imminent Internet Singularity (pdf), via Frank McCown’s Questio Verum, details some of the differences between the Live Labs team and Microsoft Research.

He also talks about the “internet singularity,” which is:

The idea that a deeper and tighter coupling between the online and offline worlds will accelerate science, business, society, and self-actualization.

I’d love to hear the presentation that goes along with this powerpoint, but the slides are interesting on their own. They look at the:

  • Democratization of the web
  • power laws,
  • long tails,
  • network effects, and;
  • the Innovator’s Dilemma.

The slideshow appears to have been prepared for a Microsoft Faculty Summit in July, but was used in this year’s (2006) ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, last week.

Frank McCown was also one of the presenters, and he talked about Lazy Preservation: Reconstructing Websites by Crawling the Crawlers (pdf).

If you’re interested in how search engine crawlers work, this paper provides some terrific insight from the persective of someone exploring how to rebuild web pages from Search Engine Cache files and other sources.

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2 thoughts on “Live Labs vs. Microsoft Research”

  1. Great post. I will read and absorb, Frank McCown Reconstructing Websites by Crawling the Crawlers paper.


  2. Thanks, Keith.

    Nice to meet you.

    There’s some very interesting stuff in that paper about how the different search engines treat different file types, and how much of the web each has indexed. It’s a nice look at how search engines crawl web pages.

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