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Paul Ryan joined Australian Anthill Magazine as a features writer in May 2004 and was appointed Editor soon after. He has written scores of feature articles for Anthill Magazine, on diverse issues including digital media, innovation, venture capital, export, intellectual property, technology commercialisation and online strategy. During this time he has interviewed scores of prominent people, including Andrew Denton, Don Watson, Sabeer Bhatia (founder of Hotmail) and Sir Martin Evans (father of stem cell research). Paul presides over the development of Anthill’s web presence. He also blogs at Follow him on Twitter: @PaulDRyan.

Truth in advertising, and other delusions

There's an old saying that goes: There are two things in this world that you would never consume if you saw how they were really made: laws and sausages. Perhaps marketing campaigns should be added to that list, if this bitingly satirical clip is anywhere near the truth.

Guy Kawasaki’s 10-20-30 rule for effective business presentations

In this classic talk, Kawasaki outlines his "10-20-30 Rule" for ensuring that your business presentations are sizzle-fests rather than snore-athons.

iLingual app lets users give lip in foreign languages

Now you can use you iPhone to speak another language without knowing a word. Checkout the iLingual lads using their app to give Parisians some lip.

The Muppets cover Bohemian Rhapsody

OK, so this isn't even loosely related to business, but some things just need to be seen. Like the moon landing, and 9/11. And Bohemian Rhapsody performed by The Muppets. Enjoy.

Great startup advice from Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

Anthillian, founder and 2009 Cool Company Awards judge Steve Sammartino yesterday had the good fortune to meet Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. He asked Greenfield for his number one tip for entrepreneurs starting up a business. Greenfield, generous guy that he is, offered two. Sammartino videoed it.

Calacanis was right. Murdoch and Microsoft in talks to freeze out Google

Well whaddya know. Two weeks after we wrote about Mahalo founder Jason Calacanis's suggestion that Microsoft and News Corporation should do a search deal that freezes out Google (Murdoch and Calacanis hatch separate plans to shut out Google)... it's been revealed that Microsoft and Murdoch's News Corporation are in talks about just such a deal.

Thierry Henry is a handball cheat: the viral flash game

Any time the world witnesses a cultural event such as Thierry Henry using his hand to put the French football side into the World Cup finals, it's never long before someone creates a flash game based on it. Check out the "Thierry Henry: France Quality with the Hands!" game (translation from French). The question is: How many people are still playing the game after they stop laughing?

Google Chrome OS explained in three-and-a-half minutes

For those who haven't quite gotten their heads around what Google is up to with it new Chrome browser and future web-based operating system, the search giant just released this video explaining it all in very simple terms. This accompanied Google's announcement today that it is releasing the Chromium OS open source project.

The Twitter Revolution excites Clay Shirky

It's fair to say that Shirky is unsentimental about the difficulties that legacy media organisations now face -- largely because he believes they have failed utterly to comprehend the revolution that is under way, but also because he is so excited by the broad possibilities presented by the emergence of Twitter and other online social media channels. This interview runs to almost 23 minutes long, but it is compelling viewing for anyone interested in the rapidly evolving media landscape.

Richard Branson answers the Top 10 questions crowdsourced from Digg users (at 35,000 feet)

Earlier this year, Digg users were invited to submit questions they would like to hear Branson answer, then urged to rate (digg) the questions of others. Then, socialite-turned-media-mogul Arianna Huffington put the top ten most dugg questions to Branson on the inaugural Virgin America flight from San Francisco to Orange County, California. Some people find the experience of listening to Arianna Huffington a bit like fingernails down a blackboard, but Branson's dulcet tones and the hum of the jet engine help to balance things out.

Murdoch and Calacanis hatch separate plans to shut out Google

Here's an interesting idea from Mahalo founder and Silicon Valley insider, Jason Calacanis. A couple of weeks ago on This Week in Startups, he floated a strategy that would enable Microsoft to seize a chunk of search market share from Google and the big media companies to make more revenue from their digital content.

Negotiation and the ghost of Machiavelli

Whether you prefer to be feared or loved, new research suggests that the important thing at the negotiation table is that you don’t try to be nice.

Scandinavians push the envelope with latest wave of internet policies

Sure they might see just three hours of sunlight a day during the winter months and need to take out a mortgage in order to purchase a pint of beer at the local pub, but those Scandinavians have it all figured out when it comes to the World Wide Web.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt shares his vision for the future web

It's always interesting when important people share their predictions for the future, largely because they actually have a good chance of making them happen. Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently appeared at Gartner Symposium in Orlando, Florida to discuss web developments and trends. The full 45-minute original video is below. If you only have a few minutes, below that is a six-minute except that TechCrunch deemed the most interesting bit.

Japanese sushi robots with the human touch

At the FOOMA Japan 2009 conference, these sushi and patisserie robotic arms were a standout. They could soon replace humans on production lines where soft touch is critical, but the imagination boggles.

Does education kill creativity?

Did you feel like your creativity was really nurtured at school? Chances are, it wasn't. In this great talk from the 2006 TED conference, British creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson argues that current education systems are geared to producing obedient worker drones rather than creative innovators. In contrast, he believes that educators should consider creativity as important as literacy when preparing young minds for a rapidly evolving future.

21st Century fashion predictions from the 1930s

Designer reality TV shows might be a hit in 2009, but sartorially creative visionaries had their own views on the kind of threads we'd be wearing in the year 2000. Still waiting on those glass wedding gowns, people...

Rolltop – the laptop computer of the future

With all the chatter about the wave of soon-to-be-released tablet computers, and with the newspaper industry foraging around for a viable digital replacement for paper, it's good to remind ourselves that this is just the beginning. Pretty soon we could be rolling up our laptop and tucking it under our arm like a yoga mat. Check out this conceptual "Rolltop" from

Autistic savant draws Manhattan panorama from memory after one helicopter ride

Wiltshire was at it again this week when US television network CBS sponsored him to draw an 18 foot panorama of New York from memory after taking a 20-minute helicopter ride over the city. The whole process was documented in television segments and on a dedicated website that includes articles, photos, video footage and even a live ustream video feed.

Creative laser projections supercharge building facades

Here's a new "projection" technology that is sure to turn heads. These hypnotic 3D video mapping projections are the work of Dutch creative agency NuFormer Digital Media, which employs a battery of powerful projectors to render the effect on buildings of any size. Awesome.