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Submission + - Freebase: a creative commons db of facts

yppiz writes: "My company, Metaweb, just announced Freebase, a Creative Commons licensed database of facts. The site is young, so for now, our alpha is by invitation, but Tim O'Reilly has posted his insights and some screenshots. There's also a writeup in the New York Times.

John Markoff, NYT:

A new company founded by a longtime technologist is setting out to create a vast public database intended to be read by computers rather than people, paving the way for a more automated Internet in which machines will routinely share information.
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