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While Apple is getting the headlines, some of the most interesting work in mobile is open source.
Using the same "check-in" philosophy that services like Loopt and Dodgeball pioneered, Microsoft hopes to make a difference in community organizing and emergency preparedness.
Larry Magid talks with Dr. Eric Rasmusssen, CEO of InSTEDD about his organization's new open source software to help health and disaster workers with emergency communciations.
A Silicon Valley nonprofit empowers use of standard cell phones to combat diseases and disasters.
Google.org project aims to help communities worldwide use Web and communication tech like Twitter to warn people of disease outbreaks and natural disasters.
A gathering of the rich, famous and geeky hears ambitious wishes from Bill Clinton and biologist E.O. Wilson. Photos: Bill Clinton tops TED trio