Weird story involving Wikipedia

Investigators are looking into who altered pro wrestler Chris Benoit’s Wikipedia entry to mention his wife’s death hours before authorities discovered the bodies of the couple and their 7-year-old son.

Benoit’s Wikipedia entry was altered early Monday to say that the wrestler had missed a match two days earlier because of his wife’s death.


Weird story. This is a good example of a 21st century investigation, where the police is looking into mobile phones and web server logs, not fingerprints or pictures of the retina.

Update: Chris Benoit mystery editor confesses: claims “terrible coincidence”

LIFT08 program

We are working on the program for LIFT08, with the idea of finalizing a beta version around mid july (=very soon!).

If you:
• would like to propose a theme or speaker
• would like to speak yourself
• would like to give us the email address of Bill Gater or Steve Jobs, personal friends of your that we can contact on your behalf and invite to Geneva

Then email us, use the LIFT participants blog, comment on this post, whatever, but please let us know as soon as possible!

Expensive cities ranking

Mercer released their yearly research about cities’ quality of life and expensiveness (if there is such a word, in french we have “chèreté”).

Expensive cities ranking

1. Moscow
2. London
3. Seoul
4. Tokyo
5. Hong Kong
6. Copenhagen
7. Geneva
8. Osaka
9. Zurich
10. Oslo

And the quality of life survey

1. Zurich
2. Geneva
3. Vancouver
4. Vienna
5. Auckland
6. Dusseldorf
7. Frankfurt
8. Munich
9. Bern
9. Sydney

Ballpark is now LIFT lab

I made the announcement on the company’s homepage a while ago, and it is now official. Ballpark is now LIFT lab, and many changes are coming. More people, more services, more events, and some news you probably didn’t expect 😉

I will uncover all the details in the coming weeks, the idea being that everything would be public and set around the end of August.

Welcome to LIFT lab!

Swiss Internet Professionals Index going strong

The Swiss Internet Professionals Index – the first project I launched when I started this company – is going strong. More than a hundred companies and professionals are now listed, the site gets around 60’000+ hits a month (sorry I don’t have the more relevant page views figure), and at lunch the other day a friend working for the United Nations told me their procurement department was using it as a resource to find companies to send their request for proposal to.


So if you are active in the Internet industry in Switzerland, feel free to add yourself to the wiki listings at

2 (free) chances to listen to Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman, the initiator of free software movement (full bio here) will speak in Switzerland TWICE next Monday, the morning in Lausanne, the afternoon in Geneva.

Lausanne (UNIL)
When: Monday 18th June; 10:00-12:00
Where: University of Lausanne, Anthropole, Auditoire 1129

Abstract: Richard Stallman will speak about the goals and philosophy of the Free Software Movement, and the status and history the GNU operating system, which in combination with the kernel Linux is now used by tens of millions of users world-wide.

No registration needed. Link

Geneva (CERN)
When: Monday 18th June; 17:00-18:00
Where: CERN Council Chamber
Topic: Ethics and Practice of Free Software

Participation is open to all and free of charge. Contact Miguel.Marquina(at) to arrange access to CERN.