Bill Clinton’s speech can be tweeted after all… ah… DUH!

Did former President Bill Clinton really ban Tweeting, live-blogging, and posting on Facebook during a keynote address for a business and technology conference? Well, if he did, he’s not fessing up to it now! Ah, the power of social media!

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Bill Clinton bans Twitter

Did former President Bill Clinton really ban tweeting, live-blogging and posting on Facebook during a keynote address for a business and technology conference?

No. But it definitely appeared that way over the past 24 hours.

The blog <a href="*…:+readwriteweb+%28ReadWriteWeb%29%22%3EReadWriteWeb%3C/a%3E” rel=”nofollow”>ReadWriteWeb reported Wednesday night on the “no Twitter” prohibition for Clinton’s upcoming address at <a href="*” rel=”nofollow”>Dreamforce, a San Francisco event put on by The Los Angeles Times, and other outlets, <a href="*…” rel=”nofollow”>picked up the story Thursday.

ReadWriteWeb wrote the story after being given the following ground rules by Outcast, a PR firm working on behalf of the event hosts:

“President Clinton’s representatives have mandated that there be absolutely no reporting during his session. That includes live blogging, Tweeting, Facebook posting or use of any other social media. We understand the inconvenience this may present, but greatly appreciate your compliance. Thank you.”

Here’s where there was a bit of a mix-up.

A Clinton spokesperson explained to The Cutline that the event host and PR company were told that the speech would be closed press, and they took that to mean that attendees were prohibited from tweeting, live-blogging or posting on social media sites.

However, that’s not the case. Although the event remains technically closed for traditional media, attendees will not be stopped from using devices for tweeting, live-blogging, posting on social media sites (or maybe just texting their friends).

So, presumably, someone could publish a blog post on a BlackBerry or write up a story based on a series of tweets or Facebook updates from the event. But traditional reporters looking for a press riser or other media setup will be out of luck, since it’s technically closed press.


Can You Imagine Using Your Smartphone To Find a Parking Space?

I thought DC was progressive with our downtown parking meters that take ATM and credit cards. However, it seems San Francisco has us beats with parking space requests you can “phone in”. Can you imagine placing a call on your smartphone to see if there is a parking space available at your next destination? You could decide which movie theater to go to based on the available parking spaces at your favorite cinema? No more circling the block over and over again to find a spot. Oh, and these new gadget meters take plastic also so no more fishing for exact change. I’m not sure if it will cut down on traffic but it sure will make life a lot easier for drivers. Of course I ride a bike to move around the city but that’s a whole other story 🙂

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We’ve all been there – circling around the block for what seems like eons searching for that oh so elusive parking space. Remarks such as, “I should have left earlier!!” run through your head until the frustration vaporizes atomically into a massive mushroom cloud in your brain. Being in an anger fog of this magnitude produces hazards to you and others while on the road. Dangers such as veering off into a pedestrian crowded crosswalk, or changing lanes haphazardly into traffic. However, to remedy this temperamental meltdown of nuclear proportions, SFMTA is introducing the SF park project. The SF park project will implement new smart parking meters throughout San Francisco to fight crowded parking, make paying easier, and avoid unwanted tickets.

These parking meters differ from the outdated models found in cluttered cities everywhere for a number of reasons. For one, they allow drivers to pay by credit card and SFMTA cards, as well as with good ol’ change. This alone will help cut down on the time spent travelling to your destination.

However, the most impressive feature about Frisco’s new smart parking meter system is a new parking sensors ability to identify how many parking spaces are available in a particular area. By doing this, drivers will be able to use their smartphones and computers to find out beforehand if a space will be available for them.

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Gadget Rivalries Among Major Metros. How Does Your City Measure Up?

I would imagine President Obama’s Blackberry, or rather “Crackberry” obsession helped put my town of Washington, DC higher up in ratings. I’m disappointed there are more iPhones and iPad users in the nation’s capital but hey, you can’t have everything. As a geek diva, gadget girl I’m loving the Retrevo Gadget Census which matched up major metro areas to see which one geeked out the most.

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San Francisco vs. New York
What did the Gadget Census reveal about gadgets in the New York and San Francisco metro areas? It looks like the proximity to Cupertino has influenced smartphone ownership and computer operating system preference with the SF Bay Area reporting 23% more iPhones than the NY Metro Area. New Yorkers must get down to business more than those different thinking Bay dwellers with 56% more BlackBerry smartphones per capita. More dramatic than iPhone use was the discovery that SF had 94% more computer users with Mac OS systems as their primary OS than NY. Those hip and literate New Yorkers did beat out the Bay Area with 30% more iPads and 34% more e-readers. It looks like both cities like watching a lot of TV however 12% more SF viewers watch TV online than New Yorkers. Also in the TV department, read into it what you will, twice as many New Yorkers have TVs in their kitchens while a little more than twice as many Bay Area viewers have TVs in their garages.
Boston vs. Los Angeles
Not surprisingly, the Gadget Census saw similar difference between Boston and LA as it did between New York and San Francisco. Is this an East Coast, West Coast pattern? Boston had 44% more BlackBerry smartphones than LA while LA had 11% more iPhones. Maybe it’s those long winters that motivate East Coast people to read more but like New York, Boston had 43% more e-readers than LA. Again the East vs West differences showed up in the number of Mac OS systems with LA coming in 54% ahead of Boston on Mac OS. In the home entertainment department LA came out ahead with 24% more game consoles and 16% more Blu-ray players. Los Angelenos like to get their media online as twice as many people stream music and 3.8x as many TV viewers watch some or all their TV online as their Boston counterparts. Again, for what it’s worth, unlike SF and NY, LA had more TVs in the kitchen (45%) and in the garage (2.5x).
Chicago vs. Washington D.C.
President Obama moved into a much bigger BlackBerry community than he left behind in Chicago; in fact, 53% more BlackBerry smartphones per capita in D.C. Otherwise he didn’t find himself in a much different metro gadget world as most gadget ownership and user data matched up pretty close. Aside from BlackBerry, D.C. has 24% more Android smartphones than Chicago. Also of note are the 50% more e-readers per capita in the Capital. And finally in the great TVs in the kitchen contest, D.C. had 27% more than Chicago.


Google’s deal with Verizon getting the company closer to world domination!

Regardless of those who said it wouldn’t happen, Google and Verizon are moving forward with their “net neutrality” talks. I’m wondering why more people aren’t up in arms about this deal?

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SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)–Google Inc. (GOOG) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) on Monday called on legislators to enact laws preventing carriers from blocking websites or selectively delaying access to content common on the Internet today, while leaving the door open for private “specialized networks” down the line.

The proposal by the two companies, in the form of a suggested legislative framework, also said regulators should have authority to stop offenders by imposing penalties of a maximum $2 million on “bad actors.”

The policy framework marks a joint effort by the companies to move the discussion over “net neutrality” forward as well as head off more rigorous restrictions imposed by regulators. While Verizon agreed to the basic principles. , it left room to offer new “differentiated online services,” ranging from health-care services to entertainment, which broadband providers could charge for.

The agreed principles also don’t apply to the wireless broadband market, in part because the mobile marketplace is more competitive and changing rapidly.

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, in noting that carriers and Internet companies depend on each other, said the agreement was designed to strike a balance over the thorny issue of network neutrality.