I just returned from a business trip to Tokyo. Its always fun to see whats happening in Japan's tech mecca. Every year the vending machines and mobile phones seem to move closer to sentience. In case they are already self aware and are reading this newsletter, I want you to know I welcome our new vendoketai skynet overlords.
Tokyo is the most wired city in the world. If you've ever seen the Simpson's episode where Homer gets restaurant recommendations from his hotel toilet - well, that isn't far from the truth. Vending machines now incorporate facial recognition and have recommendation engines that make drink suggestions based on gender and age. Middle aged man? Coffee. Older guy? Tea. Young woman? Something sugary. No, I'm not kidding.
On the home front, as many of you have already noticed, there have been quite a few upgrades to Ning, the platform used by TechHui. Update emails now contain the content of the update (finally!) and new members can join with their Facebook, Google or Yahoo acounts. This is all very good news and should assist growth.
We have some great conversations going in the blog about Foursquare's growth in Japan
, bad touches from TSA
, Facebook and Google's battle
, and Microsoft's HTML5 / Silverlight blunders
. Swing by today and join the conversation!
We have about a dozen new tech jobs
on the job board and some new posts for positions with the Governor's office coming soon, so make sure to check back regularly if you are in the market.
Finally, there are a lot of great tech events in December
ranging from a Web Analytics class from Rob Bertholf to a Maui Techies meetup tomorrow night.