Arik Hesseldahl

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Cisco Acquires Wi-Fi Location Player ThinkSmart Technologies

Networking giant Cisco Systems said today that it had acquired ThinkSmart Technologies, an Irish company that provides location data analysis using Wi-Fi technology. ThinkSmart’s technology analyzes information on the movement of people within a building, looking for patterns by time of day, length of stay and other factors to help companies that operate buildings — such as event spaces — plan better and ensure that crowds flow better. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald