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  • Writing Tip of the Day Blog
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you can write down what you are thinking, that's the only skill you need to become a professional writer. (Editors can fix your grammar and spelling.)But writing what you are thinking is much harder than it sounds.An amateur writer usually writes what he imagines other people think, or what other people have already written, or what other people might expect to be written. It is surprisingly difficult to capture your own thoughts in prose. And that means vast amounts of knowledge and creativity are stranded in skulls all over the world. So I thought I would try to free some of that…
  • It’s Time For Twitter To Filter Our Feeds. But How?

    John Battelle's Search Blog
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The post It’s Time For Twitter To Filter Our Feeds. But How? appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (image) “We don’t put an algorithm between you and your feed.” – Twitter exec Adam Bain, March 2013 “Please do.” Me, today Twitter has always appealed to tinkerers, to makers, to the people who first took up blogging, who championed RSS and HTML in the early days – you know, the people who created the open web. And because of that, Twitter has always had a strong dose of egalitarianism in its DNA. Twitter expresses that DNA in a…
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    Scripting News
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Little Pork Chop 0.53. Fixed a bug that was probably causing a lot of pain!
  • Doing the hard things

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    One model of organization is to find something that you're good at and that's easy and straightforward and get paid for that. The other model is to seek out things that are insanely difficult and do those instead. Dave Ramsey does a three hour radio show every day. He books theaters and has a traveling road show. He has the discipline to only publish a new book quite rarely, and to stick with it for years and years as it moves through the marketplace. He has scores of employees. And on and on. By doing hard work that others fear, he creates unique value. Rick Toone makes guitars that others…
  • Old Town Music Hall
    Jason Kottke
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    From This Must Be the Place, a lovely short profile of Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, California. Old Town shows silent films with live musical accompaniment. Includes a brief tour of the inner workings of the theater's wind-powered pipe organ from 1925. Tags: movies   music   video
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Doing the hard things

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    One model of organization is to find something that you're good at and that's easy and straightforward and get paid for that. The other model is to seek out things that are insanely difficult and do those instead. Dave Ramsey does a three hour radio show every day. He books theaters and has a traveling road show. He has the discipline to only publish a new book quite rarely, and to stick with it for years and years as it moves through the marketplace. He has scores of employees. And on and on. By doing hard work that others fear, he creates unique value. Rick Toone makes guitars that others…
  • Brace for impact

    Seth Godin
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    I would imagine that there are certain situations, perhaps involving the martial arts, where bracing for impact is a good idea. The rest of the time, not so much. If your car is about to hit a tree at thirty miles an hour, or the jet is about to slam into the wall of the Grand Canyon, it's not altogether clear that tensing all your muscles and preparing to be squashed is going to do you much good at all. Worse than this, far worse, is that we brace for impact way more often than impact actually occurs. The boss calls us into her office and we brace for impact. The speech is supposed to happen…
  • If you can't sell it, you can't build it

    Seth Godin
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Architecture students bristle when Joshua Prince-Ramus tells them that they are entering a rhetorical profession. A great architect isn't one who draws good plans. A great architect gets great buildings built. Now, of course, the same thing is true for just about any professional. A doctor has to persuade the patient to live well and take the right actions. A scientist must not only get funded but she also has to persuade her public that her work is well structured and useful. It's not enough that you're right. It matters if it gets built.        
  • Back to the drawing board

    Seth Godin
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Isn't the drawing board the place where all the best work happens? It's not a bad thing to go back there. It's the entire point. (HT to Neil).        
  • It's only high school if you let it

    Seth Godin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    "I'll show them!" Creative people need fuel. Overcoming the resistance and quieting the lizard brain takes a lot of work. Often, we seek external forces to excite us, inspire us or push us to take the leap necessary to do something that might not work. And so we read what the critics write, mistakenly believing that it will help improve the work. Or we go to a conference and mentally start comparing ourselves to everyone. He seems to get more respect. He has a better speaking slot. They forgot to list me in the program. She didn't make eye contact. They must have known that I didn't want to…
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  • Old Town Music Hall

    Jason Kottke
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    From This Must Be the Place, a lovely short profile of Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, California. Old Town shows silent films with live musical accompaniment. Includes a brief tour of the inner workings of the theater's wind-powered pipe organ from 1925. Tags: movies   music   video
  • Clickbaiting the 10 Commandments

    Jason Kottke
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Over at McSweeney's, David Tate imagines more engaging copy for the Ten Commandments, aka you won't believe what God said to this man... At the Beginning He Had Me Confused, But by Minute Two I Knew That I Shouldn't Have Other Gods. 37 Things in Your Bedroom That You Need to Get Rid of Right Now, Like Adulteresses. Tags: David Tate   lists   religion
  • Werner the Herzog

    Jason Kottke
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Magisterial. (via @moleitau) Tags: remix   video games   Werner Herzog
  • Explaining Hitler

    Jason Kottke
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Explaining Hitler is a 1998 book by Ron Rosenbaum that compiled a number of different theories about why Adolf Hitler was the way he was, updated recently with new information. Hitler did not escape the bunker in Berlin but, seven decades later, he has managed to escape explanation in ways both frightening and profound. Explaining Hitler is an extraordinary quest, an expedition into the war zone of Hitler theories. This is a passionate, enthralling book that illuminates what Hitler explainers tell us about Hitler, about the explainers, and about ourselves. Vice recently interviewed Rosenbaum…
  • A short history of the high five

    Jason Kottke
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    For the latest installment of Grantland's 30 for 30 short documentary series, a story on the genesis of the high five and what happened to one of its inventors. This video is chock full of amazing vintage footage of awkward high fives. [Weird aside: The sound on this video is only coming out of the left channel. Is that a subtle homage to the one-handed gesture or a sound mixing boner?] Tags: baseball   LGBT   sports   video
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    Gary Vaynerchuk

  • The Changes in the Wine World that Blow Me Away

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The way that 20-somethings are into wine these days is totally mind-blowing to me. Honestly, we’re going through an incredible period for wine drinkers, and I’m proud to have helped usher it in
  • I Wrote the Perfect Textbook for F-Students. Read It!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    #JJJRH is the ultimate social marketer’s handbook. I’ve dissected the most powerful variable, the creative, and shown you how to do it right for each platform.
  • Using LinkedIn for Employee Acquisition

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Remember, HR can be a lot like marketing. Use the tools at your disposal like the year you’re actually living in.
  • I Made a Bad Call on Snapchat, but Here’s Why I’m Totally Cool With It

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    One of the things I love about talking shit (aka talking about anything I think will happen in the future) is the fact that sometimes I’m wrong. Go figure. Back in 2013 Snapchat released a feature called stories. Just after that I was at Le Web where I basically shat all over the feature in front of a live audience. My opinion was mainly predicated on my concern with the way they were making me move away from the main screen in order to access people’s stories. I didn’t like that user experience. I thought it was high-friction and that it was a lot to ask of users. On top of that, I…
  • The Amount of Content Produced Every 48 Hours Will Blow Your Mind

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you’re dealing with this much media, the most effective way to break through is to care! And the best part is that because of the infrastructure that social media (the plumbing of the internet) provides us, we can care at scale.
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    Charlene Li

  • How to Tell If You’re Just Dabbling with Digital

    Charlene Li
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Digital transformation is hot — in a new Altimeter Report, “The State of Digital Transformation”, we found that 88% of organizations we surveyed said that they were undergoing a formal digital transformation effort, which Altimeter defines as “the re-alignment of, or new investment in, technology and business models to more effectively engage digital consumers at […] The post How to Tell If You’re Just Dabbling with Digital appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Help with My New Report: Employee Engagement & Advocacy

    Charlene Li
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I’m passionate about Open Leadership, and the imperative to be open, authentic and transparent in the way we lead. This is all the more important when looking at how to engage employees, and tapping them for the bright shiny object de jour “employee advocacy”. To that end, my colleague Jon Cifuentes and I are working […] The post Help with My New Report: Employee Engagement & Advocacy appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • State of Research & Consulting: The Smartest Network, Not People, Will Win

    Charlene Li
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    This post was originally  cross-posted on LinkedIn. You can read the original post here. My background as an industry analyst at Forrester Research and management consultant at the now-defunct Monitor Group gives me a unique point of view into the intersection of two industries, Industry Research firms (dominated by companies like Forrester, Gartner, and IDC) […] The post State of Research & Consulting: The Smartest Network, Not People, Will Win appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2014

    Charlene Li
    9 Jan 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post is part of Altimeter’s Trends to Watch in 2014.  To kick off the new year, here are seven trends I’m following closely in my research at Altimeter, inspired by my conversations with clients, keynote audiences, social media communities, and very generous thought leaders. The list is not exhaustive of what is important, but […] The post Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2014 appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Infographic: State of Social Business 2013 and Outlook for 2014

    Charlene Li
    30 Dec 2013 | 10:59 am
    This past year has been a busy one for me and Brian Solis on the research front. We’ve published the following: Report on the six stages of social business evolution Report on the true state of social business in 2013, An ebook on seven success factors of social business strategy An image-rich slide deck complete with all the graphs and charts you […] The post Infographic: State of Social Business 2013 and Outlook for 2014 appeared first on Charlene Li.
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    Daring Fireball

  • New Daring Fireball T-Shirts

    John Gruber
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Available only for the next week or so: Daring Fireball t-shirts, including two designs by the amazing Jon Contino. Last year was the first time these two prints were available, but this time we’re putting the baseball-themed one on the same athletic gray tri-blend shirt that we used for the “Est. 2002” design last time. As a long-time proponent of all-cotton t-shirts, I was skeptical of tri-blend, but damn if they aren’t comfortable. I got a slew of emails after the last run that these are the most comfortable shirts readers have ever worn. (The classic design remains…
  • TopBrewer

    John Gruber
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    My thanks to TopBrewer for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed. Designed in Denmark, TopBrewer is a revolutionary coffee system that dispenses espresso, coffee, cappuccino, latte, sparkling water, cold and hot filtered water, and other drinks on demand with just a tap on your iPhone or iPad. (Good coffee and fizzy water is just about all I need to work each day, and TopBrewer covers both.) After their sponsored entry ran in the feed earlier this week, I heard from a few little birdies who work at places with a TopBrewer installed, and they called it “amazing”. With a fully…
  • Continuity and Gratification

    John Gruber
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Mark Sigal on Apple’s Q3 results: While others may see a company that can’t possibly keep selling more devices, quarter after quarter after quarter, I see a company that has continually avoided the gratification of going for market share and sales at all costs (i.e., at the price of margins, profits and cash flow). This is no small task when one considers that investors, the media and virtually every pundit in the blogosphere is not so adept at delaying gratification.  ★ 
  • Number Games

    John Gruber
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Jon Bell: Which brings me to Chromecast. All Google will say is they’ve sold “millions” of the $35, (presumably) break-even device. But recently they announced 400 million “sessions”. Sounds impressive! A recent headline states “Chromecast turns one: why this small streaming stick became such a big deal” and the subheads are “So cheap, and so different”, “400 million cast sessions”, “Competitors are getting the streaming stick fever”, and “Why Chromecast continues to be disruptive”. So kudos to Google for an enormous number, and for getting great press from it.
  • Bezos Alarms Amazon Investors With Spending Pace as Loss Widens

    John Gruber
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Bloomberg: Jeff Bezos is testing the patience of investors after Inc. missed analysts’ estimates for a second straight quarter, sending the shares tumbling 11 percent. The world’s largest online retailer yesterday reported a second-quarter loss of $126 million, more than double what was predicted, even as sales climbed 23 percent to $19.3 billion. Expenses jumped 24 percent to $19.4 billion. […] The loss in the latest period was the biggest since the third quarter of 2012, when Amazon posted a $274 million loss. Looking ahead, Amazon projected sales of $19.7 billion to…
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  • Responsive Marketing in a Real Time World

    David Armano
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    We needn't look much further than our everyday lives to realize that the way we consume, share and produce our own media has changed drastically. The major forces in this evolution are largely a combination of hardware and software (mobile) combined with connectivity (social) all accelerated in the context of time which gives the impression of immediacy (real-time). When it comes to marketing and communications in this real time business environment it is forcing us to re-think the notion of both content and distribution. It was these thoughts that have been driving much of my own thinking…
  • Is Sharing Link Bait a Huge Mistake?

    David Armano
    28 May 2014 | 4:45 am
    You've probably done it too. Shared an article you didn't fully read or absorb because the headline grabbed your attention. If you're guilty as charged—don't feel too bad as there is a legitimate reason we sometimes do this. As I've said many times before, content is currency and it's human nature to want to share things that resonate with us and we know will resonate with others. I did this recently with a Business Insider article titled:"We Got A Look Inside The 45 Day Planning Process That Goes Into Creating A Single Corporate Tweet" So here's what I did; I read the headline and…
  • The New York Times Innovation Report is Both a Manifesto and Warning For Entrenched Organizations

    David Armano
    18 May 2014 | 6:40 pm
    "To improve is to change; to perfect is to change often"~Winston ChurchillThere are few documents, articles or any media for that matter that capture and illustrate the complex yet efficient nature of disruption than the New York Times 2014 Innovation Report. Recently leaked, presumably in some connection with the dismissal of executive editor Jill Abramson the 91 page report has been somewhat eclipsed by the debate around Abramson. But while that story has been garnering the most attention in the media—it is the innovation report which needs to be read cover to cover by anyone whose work…
  • Native Advertising Isn't The Enemy—We Are

    David Armano
    9 May 2014 | 7:52 am
    "We have met the enemy and he is us"~Pogo You should stop what you are doing and read this piece on Native Advertising by Andrew Sullivan, in which he asserts "journalism has surrendered" on the topic of native advertising. Specifically the form that seamlessly blends marketing with editorial in a publication. Aside from it being a wonderful and brutally honest assessment of native advertising and its influence on media, Andrew is both right and wrong in the piece when he says this:"At one point, the reputation of that journalism is going to tarnished by the fact that you’re not sure if…
  • Why It's Time To Re-Think Real-Time

    David Armano
    4 May 2014 | 7:18 pm
    We can do better.  Recently, I attended an industry roundtable alongside a variety of marketers from different industries, all on the brand side. These are smart and accomplished individuals who gathered together to discuss real time marketing and what it means for their organizations. When asked what their favorite example of real time marketing was—most deferred to the obvious answer: Oreo's "dunk in the dark!" With much respect to the brand that got the real time conversation started—it's time to move on. From Real Time Marketing to Building Responsive BrandsReal-time marketing is…
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    Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

  • Collaborative Economy Markets: Platforms, Providers, and Partakers

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Marketplaces. They’re all the rage. In fact, the media can’t stop talking about them, people can’t stop searching for them, and investors have deployed $2.4 billion in just the last seven months. So what’s a marketplace all about? First of all, it’s not a new concept. It predates Airbnb and even the birth of the Internet. The ancient Greeks called them Agoras. Marketplaces go back to the earliest civilizations when farmers and villagers gathered at a common location, usually in a town square. We get the words “agriculture” and “agoraphobia” from the original koine…
  • Why Investors are in Love with the Collaborative Economy

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Continued analysis of market funding in the Collaborative Economy. Yesterday’s stunning news of European ridesharing company, BlaBlaCar prompted me to tally up the funding in 2014. Along with help from industry experts Lisa Gansky of Mesh Labs, Neal Gorenflo of Shareable, Mike Walsh of Structure VC and Michelle Regner of Near-Me. I tallied funding if the startup was over $1 million and there was a public record of the funding. I’ve published my analysis of funding in this movement before, from the banner funding month in April, the frequency of top VCs and my larger body of work…
  • 12 Collaborative Services for Success at Work

    16 Jun 2014 | 8:39 am
    This post was originally posted on Shareable, the leading website on the growing movement. Top photo credit: Yusuke Kawasaki. The collaborative economy empowers ordinary people to share their unused resources, such as time and goods, often in a peer-to-peer commerce model. We tend to think of this model impacting us as individuals, as illustrated in the popular Honeycomb graphic. However, shared services (many of which I use) aren’t limited to personal use. The collaborative economy model is expanding to include these strategies and technologies at the B2B level. See my quick guide…
  • Tesla Lets Go, to Gain the Market

    14 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    Can a corporation let go, in order to win it all? Tesla has deployed a business strategy we call “Provide a Platform” which enables your ecosystem to design, build, enhance, fulfill, support your own products for you. Tesla, who’s already a market leader in their category, made a surprising move, by releasing their patents as open source.  This move patterns co-innovation moves we see from companies in the Collaborative Economy that are partnering with their own customers to create products like GE+Quirky, Barclay’s Card Ring, and others companies that I share from my…
  • Don’t Protest the Collaborative Economy –Lead It

    12 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Yesterday, thousands of infuriated taxi drivers across dozens of European cities brought transportation services to a standstill. The taxis launched the “Escargot Protest” intended to stopped traffic in objection to Collaborative Economy startups Uber, Lyft and other similar startups. While they raised global attention, they lost a day’s wages, angered their own customers who were seeking to commute and, ironically, caused an 850% increase in Uber business, making Uber a trending term in UK, resulting in government officials mocking the taxi drivers. The taxi protest against the…
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  • Writing Tip of the Day

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you can write down what you are thinking, that's the only skill you need to become a professional writer. (Editors can fix your grammar and spelling.)But writing what you are thinking is much harder than it sounds.An amateur writer usually writes what he imagines other people think, or what other people have already written, or what other people might expect to be written. It is surprisingly difficult to capture your own thoughts in prose. And that means vast amounts of knowledge and creativity are stranded in skulls all over the world. So I thought I would try to free some of that…
  • Building the Open Source Country

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I think I figured out how to build a new country.Let's say the country is a human-made island in some hospitable ocean, formed by lots of floating platforms so it can grow and rearrange itself as needed. That solves most of your climate-change risks because the entire nation can navigate slowly to the best ocean climates.We'd start the project by creating some sort of open source wiki platform in which people can contribute designs and ideas. The subjects would be organized by function: 1.    Governance structure 2.    Privacy 3.    Sewage…
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    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
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  • Checking My Predictions

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I am allegedly a human being, and as such I am susceptible to cognitive bias. One of my safeguards against gaining too much confidence in my own mental abilities involves periodically comparing my predictions to actual events.I will pause here to say I assume that I forget the bad predictions and remember the winners. That's how bias works. That's also why I do this publicly, so you can keep me honest. I'll tell you when I get one right from time to time, and I expect you to remind me of the ones I got terribly wrong.I've been predicting for some time that healthcare spending…
  • The User Interface to Reality

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I was raised as a Methodist and I was a believer until the age of eleven. Then I lost faith and became an annoying atheist for decades. In recent years I've come to see religion as a valid user interface to reality. The so-called "truth" of the universe is irrelevant because our tiny brains aren't equipped to understand it anyway. Our human understanding of reality is like describing an elephant to a space alien by saying an elephant is grey. That is not nearly enough detail. And you have no way to know if the alien perceives color the same way you do. After enduring your…
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  • Time for digital emancipation

    Doc Searls
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Civilization is a draft. Provisional. Scaffolded. Under construction. For example: That’s Thomas Jefferson‘s rough draft of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration hasn’t changed since July 4, 1776, but the Constitution built on it has been amended thirty-three times, so far. The thirteenth of those abolished slavery, at the close of the Civil War, seventy-seven years after the Constitution was ratified. Today we are in another struggle for equality, this time on the Net. As Brian Grimmer put it to me, “Digital emancipation is the struggle of the…
  • The cliff personal clouds need to climb

    Doc Searls
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    This speed test was done in London, but it’s typical of everywhere: It shows a Net biased for downstream, and minimized for upstream. If we’re going to do any serious personal work in clouds, we need better upstream than this. I wrote about the problem, and the reason for it, in France, four years ago. Not much has changed. One would think that Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, all of which offer cloud services for people (check those links), would make a stink about awful upstream speeds. But I haven’t heard a peep. Why not?    
  • Happy Birthday, Pop.

    Doc Searls
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    My father, Allen H. Searls, would have turned 106 today. It’s not inconceivable that he might have lived this long. His mother lived almost to 108, and his little sister died at 101 just last December. But Pop made it to 70, which still isn’t bad. He was, to me at least, the living embodiment of a good man: strong, warm, loving, loyal, fair and funny. He was a good husband and father, a hard worker, and a soldier who served his country twice. First was in the Coastal Artillery at Sandy Hook. Second was when he re-enlisted to fight in WWII. He was also very smart. he could do…
  • Urban originals

    Doc Searls
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    It would have been great to visit the Egyptian Spice Market in Istanbul with my old friend Stephen Lewis, whose knowledge that city runs deep and long. But I was just passing through the Old City by chance, waylaid en route from Sydney to Tel Aviv, and Stephen was still in Sofia, which he also knows deeply and well. But I still enjoyed his company vicariously, though his remarkable photography, such as the shot on the right, explained in his blog post, Exuberance or Desperation? Street Vendor, Rear Wall of Egyptian Spice Market, Eminönü, Istanbul, Anno 2000. Stephen’s tags…
  • Thinking outside the pipes

    Doc Searls
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    For several years now I’ve been participating with Pew Internet in research on the Internet and its future — mostly by providing my thinking on various matters. The latest round is the Future of the Internet Survey VI, for which I answered many questions. The latest of those to make print is in The Gurus Speak, by Janna Anderson and Lee Rainie. Here is what I said: “John Perry Barlow once said, ‘I didn’t start hearing about “content” until the container business felt threatened.’ I’m with him on that. ‘Content” is the wrong focus here. It’s just business jive for…
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  • Getting An Outside Lead – The Myth Of Third Party Validation

    Fred Wilson
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    There are some “truths” in the venture capital business that I have been hearing since I got into this game in the mid 80s. One of them is that getting “third party validation” by going outside of the current investor syndicate to find a new lead is good for the company and good for the investors. I have come to believe this “wisdom” is nothing more than lack of conviction on the investor’s part. What “super powers” do VCs have that allow them produce above average returns year after year after year? Well you could argue that some of us…
  • Freemium In Education

    Fred Wilson
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    We’ve been investing in the education sector for a few years now. We started our exploration of online education in early 2009 with an event called Hacking Education. The takeaways from that event have informed a lot of what we’ve invested in since then. One of the key takeaways was that learning could and should become free. Our friend Bing Gordon said this at Hacking Education: From an economic point of view, I would say the goal… is to figure out how to get education down to a marginal cost of zero.  We have invested with Bing in online education. Bing and his partners…
  • Video Of The Week: New Tools For Filmmakers

    Fred Wilson
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Here’s a talk that my partner Andy did with our friend Jason Hirschorn last year about the changing landscape of filmmaking. It’s about 45mins long
  • Fun Friday: How Do You Take Your Coffee?

    Fred Wilson
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:23 pm
    It seems like its been a while since we’ve done a Fun Friday around here. I’m not sure why that’s the case but its time to change that. I’m sitting here in the Soho House in Berlin drinking a nice cappuccino and thinking about all the ways one can consume coffee. I have one cup of coffee a day. No more because it makes me wired. No less because I’m addicted. Because I only allow myself one a day, I’m obsessive about making it a good one. I prefer espresso coffee and my primary drink is a Cortado which is also called a Gibraltar. Its usually a double shot of…
  • The Pro-Rata Opportunity

    Fred Wilson
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Mark Suster has a good (and long as is his wont) post up on the topic of the changing structure of the VC business. Mark focuses on something important that is probably not getting talked enough about when people talk about the VC business these days. I like this slide from his post: “Capturing pro-rata” is sooooo important in early stage venture. You make 20 investments in a fund. One is going to return the entire fund. Two more are going to return it again. A few more are going to have strong outcomes and return it again. The rest are noise when it comes to fund returns (but you…
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    John Battelle's Search Blog

  • It’s Time For Twitter To Filter Our Feeds. But How?

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The post It’s Time For Twitter To Filter Our Feeds. But How? appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (image) “We don’t put an algorithm between you and your feed.” – Twitter exec Adam Bain, March 2013 “Please do.” Me, today Twitter has always appealed to tinkerers, to makers, to the people who first took up blogging, who championed RSS and HTML in the early days – you know, the people who created the open web. And because of that, Twitter has always had a strong dose of egalitarianism in its DNA. Twitter expresses that DNA in a…
  • Content Marketing And the New Mainstream

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    The post Content Marketing And the New Mainstream appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (image) On the eve of our third annual P&G Signal (a private event I’ve produced for P&G these past few years) comes this piece in HBR: The Content Marketing Revolution. Just this morning I was reflecting on the speed with which the idea that “all brands are publishers” has moved from evangelical blog post to standard business practice – less than four years since we officially canonized it at FM, and about seven since I first began writing about…
  • Else 7.7.14: You’re Not A Target Till You Are

    7 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    The post Else 7.7.14: You’re Not A Target Till You Are appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. The past week brought fresh revelations about how the NSA targets US citizens, and new insights on the founders of Google, the history of technology, and ongoing stories from Facebook and the EU. To the links…. In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are – The Washington Post - This is a long-ish read, but please, if you read only one story, read this one. The details are important, and most likely will be the basis of alot of debate…
  • On Media, Ro Khanna, the NSA, and the Future of the Internet: Bloomberg Video

    2 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    The post On Media, Ro Khanna, the NSA, and the Future of the Internet: Bloomberg Video appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. I had a chance to go on Bloomberg today and co-host with Cory and Emily, which was fun. They asked me about my post on Monday, and I answered thusly: I also got to help interview David Medine, who chairs the privacy task force for the Obama Administration: And Ro Khanna, who is running for Congress in the heart of Silicon Valley: And lastly, I got to opine on the future architecture of the Internet: The post On Media, Ro Khanna, the NSA, and the Future of…
  • A Return To Form In Media

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The post A Return To Form In Media appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Once upon a time, print was a vibrant medium, a platform where entrepreneurial voices created new forms of value, over and over again. I’ll admit it was my native platform, at least for a while – Wired and The Industry Standard were print-driven companies, though they both innovated online, and the same could be said for Make, which I helped early in its life. By the time I started Federated, a decidedly online company, the time of print as a potent cultural force was over. New voices –…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Why we don't speak up at work

    Claire Lew
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job. He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for my friend. I asked if he’d mentioned these moments to his boss. Maybe his boss had no idea these were problems in the first place. My friend acknowledged that this was most-likely true. But then he said this: “Even if I did speak up, I don’t think anything would change.” His words struck me. I had almost forgotten – I had felt the exact same way…
  • The Distance goes tiki

    Wailin Wong
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing about journalism is that it’s a professional excuse to be nosy. I contacted the bar owner, Jim Oppedisano, et voilà! Our newest story for The Distance takes you inside the Hala Kahiki, a tiki bar established nearly 50 years ago by a family that’s never traveled west of California. One of the many fascinating things about the Hala Kahiki is that its…
  • Contest: Two Free 3-Day Passes to Pitchfork Music Festival

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Our friends (and Basecamp customers) at Pitchfork Media are bringing the Pitchfork Music Festival back to Union Park in Chicago this July 18–20. They use Basecamp to plan and organize the entire event, and we’re giving away two pairs of 3-day passes to the festival to celebrate! How do you enter? Tweet a lyric, song title, album name, or artist related to “Basecamp”. Add the hashtag #basecampmusic. Here’s an example: Ace of Basecamp, The Sign-off. #basecampmusic— asianmack (@asianmack) July 7, 2014 When is the contest over? We’ll be watching the…
  • Talking with a UbiDuo

    Jason Fried
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    A few weeks ago I spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference in Nashville. After my talk, I had a scheduled book signing over in the conference bookstore area. Most people came up, said hi, chatted a bit, bought a book, shook hands, and then moved on. But one guy came up, put a laptop-like device on the table, unhinged it, spun one side around to me, flipped up a little screen, and then did the same on his side with his half of the device. It took about 10 seconds to set up. Then he started typing. The screen was split in two horizontally. At the top was what he was typing. On the bottom was what…
  • Crossing Streams

    3 Jun 2014 | 9:06 am
    When I switched to Android a few years ago, I promised myself this: I’d switch back the minute Apple added smart notifications, app data sharing, widgets, and a better keyboard to iOS. Apple’s WWDC keynote yesterday was exciting. Craig Federighi is super awesome (I wanna hang out with him). iOS is finally getting the Android features I love. Yesterday I was ready to switch back, but now I’m not so sure. Some iOS fans have pointed to Google’s Android as being a poor copy—thermonuclear theft. On the surface there are similarities, but conceptually Android started from…
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  • Experimental Life

    Chris Brogan
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    On the Owner’s Mind podcast, I ask a question or two about experimenting, and how I might better help you. MOST of the time, I interview nice people, but this is something different. I’m sharing this here, so if you’re a blog subscriber but not a podcast subscriber, you can rectify that magically. :)
  • Sponsored Posts Would Work Better If You Improved Context

    Chris Brogan
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    People are talking about how sponsored posts are showing up in their stream on places like Instagram these days. I saw one the other day for some TV show. It was a bit jarring, because I was pretty sure I wasn’t following Liev Schreiber. And that’s the thing. A sponsored post would work so much better if the people running the sponsored posts improved context. Sponsored Posts Are Useful I’m a fan of sponsored posts, but only if they match the intentions of the person creating them. For instance, later today, I’ll be launching a project with Jacq on BossFit about the…
  • Evolution

    Chris Brogan
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    I started journaling in 1998. It wasn’t called blogging until much later. I had no business intent. I just wanted to share stories I’d written that the mainstream had no interest in publishing. Along the way, I learned a lot (mostly by failing and adjusting), and became a New York Times bestselling author who speaks to princesses and heads of huge companies like Disney (also in the princess business). How did I get here? Evolution is a Matter of Perception, Growth, and Persistence When I started, I wanted to share stories. Along the way, I got interested in other topics…
  • Understanding Value

    Chris Brogan
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    My friend, Anthony is one of the best salesmen I’ve ever met. Whenever I ask him the key to selling, he says the same thing every time without hesitation: “Sales is about creating value.” Understanding Value My universe has shifted into amazing alignment lately. Ever since ferreting out what I REALLY know how to help people do better, and how that will add value to their lives, I’ve been on fire. And even then, I started like I usually do: with a bad first attempt. But now, my Owner’s Path course is going to really be my best ability to add value back to your…
  • What You Think You Sell

    Chris Brogan
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    There’s what you say you sell, what you think you sell, and what others think you sell. I’m in a bit of a quandary. I think these three facets don’t line up really well right now. I know what I sell and what I intend to sell. But I need feedback from you. What do you SEEK from me? Not what I’m selling. What do you SEEK? What are you hoping to glean? When you come here, you say, “If I read X, I’ll be able to do something in my world HERE (where?). I’d love to know the answer to this from your perspective. If you’re shy, email it to me: chris @…
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    Joel on Software

  • Trello, Inc.

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Hello? is this thing on? I’m not sure if I even know how to operate this “blog” device any more. It’s been a year since my last post. I’m retired from blogging, remember? Want to hear something funny? The only way I can post blog posts is by remote-desktopping into a carefully preserved Windows 7 machine which we keep in a server closet running a bizarrely messed-up old copy of CityDesk which I somehow hacked together and which only runs on that particular machine. The shame! I do need to fill you in on some exciting Trello News, though. As you no doubt know, Trello is the…
  • Victory Lap for Ask Patents

    22 Jul 2013 | 12:55 pm
    There are a lot of people complaining about lousy software patents these days. I say, stop complaining, and start killing them. It took me about fifteen minutes to stop a crappy Microsoft patent from being approved. Got fifteen minutes? You can do it too. In a minute, I’ll tell you that story. But first, a little background. Software developers don’t actually invent very much. The number of actually novel, non-obvious inventions in the software industry that maybe, in some universe, deserve a government-granted monopoly is, perhaps, two. The other 40,000-odd software patents issued every…
  • Free as in Fortune Cookies

    30 Apr 2013 | 1:42 pm
    Trello has been out for less than two years and it’s been growing like wildfire. We recently hit 1.5 million members, of whom about 1/3 perform some action every month, and our MongoDB database now contains more than 70 million cards on 3.7 million boards. So the obvious question I get all the time is, “How exactly are you supposed to make money with that?” You may have noticed that Trello is free. Not “free trial,” not “freemium,” but just plain old free. Some people have justifiably wondered if it really makes sense to pay a dozen people, nestled in fancy offices with free…
  • The Patent Protection Racket

    2 Apr 2013 | 11:31 am
    The fastest growing industry in the US right now, even during this time of slow economic growth, is probably the patent troll protection racket industry. Lawsuits surrounding software patents have more than tripled since 1999. It’s a great business model. Step one: buy a software patent. There are millions of them, and they’re all quite vague and impossible to understand. Step two: FedEx a carefully crafted letter to a few thousand small software companies, iPhone app developers, and Internet startups. This is where it gets a tiny bit tricky, because the recipients of the letter need to…
  • Town Car Version Control

    11 Mar 2013 | 6:34 pm
    The team at Fog Creek is releasing a major new version of Kiln today. Kiln is a distributed version control system. One of the biggest new features is Kiln Harmony, which lets you operate on Kiln repositories using either Git or Mercurial. So you can push changes to a Kiln repo using Git and then pull them using Mercurial. This means that you never have to decide whether you want to use Git or Mercurial. Religious war: averted. But, I’m getting ahead of myself! For those of you that have been living under a rock, the single biggest change in developers’ lives in the last decade (besides…
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  • The fearless one

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    And then later that afternoon she taught herself to swim.
  • A protected watershed

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    Leaving the dogs at home because Utah is all dainty and needs to have clean drinking water.
  • Pioneer Day

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    In celebration of the fact that today you cannot buy liquor in the state of Utah.
  • Fixin’ to

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I admire people who can wear wacky outfits and go crazy with color, but I am not those people. I wish I were more like those people.
  • Weathervane

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    If you're looking for a better weather app I think I found one for you.
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    Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO

  • On Leave

    Matt Cutts
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I wanted to let folks know that I’m about to take a few months of leave. When I joined Google, my wife and I agreed that I would work for 4-5 years, and then she’d get to see more of me. I talked about this as recently as last month and as early as 2006. And now, almost fifteen years later I’d like to be there for my wife more. I know she’d like me to be around more too, and not just physically present while my mind is still on work. So we’re going to take some time off for a few months. My leave starts next week. Currently I’m scheduled to be gone through…
  • Fun summer book reading suggestions?

    Matt Cutts
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Hey everybody, I’m looking for some fun books (mostly fiction) to read this summer. What would you recommend? One book I recently enjoyed was The Martian, a novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars who needs to figure out how to survive and get home with minimal supplies. It was a little heavy on the science, but I liked learning a couple things while reading it. I also enjoyed Flash Boys by Michael Lewis, even though it wasn’t fiction. I’m not much of a fantasy reader (normally I prefer sci-fi), but I did enjoy The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and his follow-up…
  • 30 day challenge for June: treadmill desk!

    Matt Cutts
    1 Jun 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Let me tell you about the 30 day challenges I’ve been doing and what I learned: - March 2014: I went back to doing no external email, and I learned this one weird, simple trick that helped. In previous “no email” challenges, I relied on sheer force of will not to reply to email. That didn’t work so well. In March, I tried something different: I used Gmail filters to take outside email, add the label “march2014″, and then made the outside emails skip my inbox. It turns out that getting those emails out…
  • 30 day challenge for March: no external email

    Matt Cutts
    26 Feb 2014 | 12:41 am
    In January 2014, my 30 day challenge was to limit my social media. That was a productive month. In February 2014, my 30 day challenge was to eat more slowly. I did that by counting to ten between chewing bites of my food. I tend to wolf down my food, which doesn’t give my stomach time to say “Hey, I’m full enough to stop.” I was also raised to finish everything on my plate, but sometimes it’s better to stop eating and leave leftovers on the plate. It’s actually been a really great challenge, and one I hope to keep doing in some form. For March 2014, my 30…
  • The decay and fall of guest blogging for SEO

    Matt Cutts
    20 Jan 2014 | 11:51 am
    Okay, I’m calling it: if you’re using guest blogging as a way to gain links in 2014, you should probably stop. Why? Because over time it’s become a more and more spammy practice, and if you’re doing a lot of guest blogging then you’re hanging out with really bad company. Back in the day, guest blogging used to be a respectable thing, much like getting a coveted, respected author to write the introduction of your book. It’s not that way any more. Here’s an example unsolicited, spam email that I recently received: My name is XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX and I work…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Weekend Favs July Twenty Six

    John Jantsch
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Weekend Favs July Twenty Six written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. A little paddle boarding on the Severn River near Annapolis Good stuff I found this week: KingSumo Headlines App – Automatic headlines…
  • 30 Tips for Great Digital Marketing

    Guest Post
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    30 Tips for Great Digital Marketing written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Tara Banda – Enjoy! A man walks into a bar/restaurant/hotel/car repair shop. Chances are, he found it online. That’s because today’s consumers, 80% according to Google, rely more on the Web to find and choose local businesses. So how do you make sure that these consumers find and choose your local business? By using a mix of these four strategies for great digital marketing:…
  • Social Media Marketing for Lead Generation

    Guest Post
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Social Media Marketing for Lead Generation written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Michael Bird– Enjoy! photo credit: whoohoo120 on Flickr Let’s say you’ve devised the perfect marketing strategy for your small business, a photograph business. It involves placing ads in papers and passing out business cards. The business comes in, and for a while things are good. After a few more months, however, it seems that the leads have dried up.
  • Weekend Favs July Nineteen

    John Jantsch
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Weekend Favs July Nineteen written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. Part of my presentation at World Domination Summit Good stuff I found this week: Briefmetrics – Weekly email report for your Google Analytics…
  • SEO Blended Copy: Dos and Don’ts for Boosting Your Website’s Organic Discoverability

    Guest Post
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    SEO Blended Copy: Dos and Don’ts for Boosting Your Website’s Organic Discoverability written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Maria Orozova – Enjoy! These days, it’s all about organic: organic produce, organic pressed-juice, holistic baby diapers made from all-organic materials – the list goes on. So, it should come as no shock the role that organic SEO plays in your website’s discoverability, even over paid alternatives like pay-per-click.
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • Designing nanoparticles that can deliver drugs more easily

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:33 am
    MIT engineers created simulations of how a gold nanoparticle coated with special molecules can penetrate a membrane. At left, the particle (top) makes contact with the membrane. At right, it has fused to the membrane. (Credit: Reid Van Lehn) A new study led by MIT materials scientists reveals the reason why gold nanoparticles  can easily slip through cell membranes to deliver drugs directly to target cells. The nanoparticles enter cells by taking advantage of a route normally used in vesicle-vesicle fusion, a crucial process that allows signal transmission between neurons. In the July 21…
  • Understanding graphene’s electrical properties at the atomic level

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:11 am
    An illustration of a graphene nanoribbon shaped by the beam of a transmission electron microscope (credit: Robert Johnson) University of Pennsylvania researchers have used a cutting-edge microscope to study the relationship between the atomic geometry of a ribbon of graphene and its electrical properties. A deeper understanding of this relationship will be necessary for the design of graphene-based integrated circuits, computer chips, and other electronic devices. The study was published in the journal Nano Letters. The researchers used Brookhaven National Laboratory‘s…
  • A cost-effective nanotube-based catalyst for producing hydrogen fuel

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    A new technology based on carbon nanotubes promises commercially viable hydrogen production from water (credit: Tewodros Asefa) Rutgers researchers have used carbon nanotubes as a catalyst for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, which could replace expensive platinum for making clean-burning hydrogen fuel — which could one day replace expensive, environmentally harmful fossil fuels. The Rutgers technology is also far more efficient than other low-cost catalysts investigated to date for electrolysis reactions, which use electric currents to split water molecules into hydrogen and…
  • Curiosity’s images show Earth-like soils on Mars, suggest microbial life

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Rover image from Gale Crater reveals soil features similar to paleosols on Earth (credit: NASA) Ancient fossilized soils potentially found deep inside an impact crater suggest microbial life. Soil deep in a crater dating to some 3.7 billion years ago contains evidence that Mars was once much warmer and wetter, says University of Oregon geologist Gregory Retallack, based on recent images from Curiosity. The images from the impact Gale Crater, Retallack said, reveal Earth-like soil profiles with cracked surfaces lined with sulfate, ellipsoidal hollows, and concentrations of sulfate, comparable…
  • Study suggests probiotics could prevent obesity and insulin resistance

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    Obese vs. lean mouse (credit: Wikimedia Commons) Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered that engineered probiotic bacteria (“friendly” bacteria like those in yogurt) in the gut produce a therapeutic compound that inhibits weight gain, insulin resistance, and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice. “Of course it’s hard to speculate from mouse to human,” said senior investigator Sean Davies, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pharmacology. “But essentially, we’ve prevented most of the negative consequences of obesity in mice, even though they’re eating a high-fat…
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    Marc Andreessen

  • Beware the ‘Edifice Complex’ — and 9 Other Ways to Damage a High-Growth Startup

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    Here are 10 ways to grievously damage your high-growth tech startup – and hurt the perception of Silicon Valley in the process. None of these are specific to any one company ; they’re general patterns we’ve observed across multiple cycles of tech startups. MOREFiled under: Uncategorized
  • What It Will Take to Create the Next Great Silicon Valleys (Plural)

    23 Jun 2014 | 10:01 am
    Photo: Patrick Nouhailler/ Flickr   The popular recipe for creating the “next” Silicon Valley goes something like this: *Build a big, beautiful, fully equipped technology park; *Mix in R&D labs and university centers; *Provide incentives to attract scientists, firms, and users; *Interconnect the industry through consortia and specialized suppliers; *Protect intellectual property and tech transfer; and *Establish a favorable business environment and regulations. Except … this approach to innovation clusters hasn’t really worked. Some have even dismissed these government-driven…
  • This is Probably a Good Time to Say That I Don’t Believe Robots Will Eat All the Jobs …

    13 Jun 2014 | 8:49 am
    Image: Tobias Higbie THE ROBOT TWEETSTORMS by @PMARCA One of the most interesting topics in modern times is the “robots eat all the jobs” thesis. It boils down to this: Computers can increasingly substitute for human labor, thus displacing jobs and creating unemployment. Your job, and every job, goes to a machine. This sort of thinking is textbook Luddism, relying on a “lump-of-labor” fallacy – the idea that there is a fixed amount of work to be done. The counterargument to a finite supply of work comes from economist Milton Friedman — Human wants and needs are infinite, which…
  • When Carl Icahn Ran a Company: The Story of TWA.

    18 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    From “TWA – Death Of A Legend” by Elaine X. Grant in St. Louis Magazine, October 2005. ––– Ask any ex-staffer what went wrong with the [bankrupt] airline, and you’ll get one answer: Carl Icahn, the corporate raider who took over TWA in 1985 and systematically stripped it of its assets… In 1985, Icahn launched a sneak attack, buying up more than 20 percent of the airline’s stock… Icahn, though he already had a fairly dark reputation for buying and breaking up companies, told TWA what it wanted to hear: He wanted to make it profitable… But soon…
  • Why is Carl Icahn Making Up Another Conspiracy Theory about eBay, Marc Andreessen, and Microsoft?

    Marc Andreessen
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    On Monday, Carl Icahn claimed to have uncovered evidence of a “workaround of the technology that was the subject of the licensing dispute between eBay and Skype’s founders and that was reportedly the cause of Microsoft ‘walking away’ [from buying Skype as an alternative to eBay selling Skype to the Silver Lake syndicate].” (1) There was no workaround. There was speculation about and discussion of a potential workaround. I never believed it would work. Had there been a workaround, the Skype syndicate wouldn’t have had to settle the litigation with the founders…
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • 24 Quotes From YWP

    Matt Mullenweg
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    24 Quotes On The Future Of Business And Work, From ‘The Year Without Pants’.
  • Blinkist Book Summaries

    Matt Mullenweg
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    I’ve been enjoying a new-to-me app called Blinkist, which is basically summaries of interesting non-fiction books. The summaries are really well-written, and I enjoy reading them as refreshers even when I’ve read an entire book already. Many business or non-fiction books I read would have been better as an article, and you can tell when a publisher has encouraged an author to pad the book a bit so they can sell it for more, and the Blinkist version often satisfies my curiosity there. And finally there’s some I read that just whet my appetite for more, and I end up ordering…
  • The Fermi Paradox

    Matt Mullenweg
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Do you know what the Fermi Paradox is? Take 20 minutes to read this article and I promise you’ll never look at the stars the same way again.
  • Smaller Temples

    Matt Mullenweg
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    What caused the problem with movie theaters is not Netflix, but YouTube. What is making the old temples crumble is not smaller temples, but it’s rather this kind of polytheism — you know, you make your own gods. Paola Antonelli, a curator of the MoMA and apparently their first web designer, quoted in Megan Garber’s article The Most Modern Curator.
  • Attention Minutes

    Matt Mullenweg
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am, the environmental journalism non-profit I’m on the board of, has received a Knight Foundation grant to “allow newsrooms to better measure audience engagement, beyond clicks and page views, by creating an open-source WordPress plugin that will measure ‘attention minutes’ to determine how long users are interacting with content.” I’m excited to see what they come up with, and that it will be open source, perhaps it’s something we can incorporate into Jetpack down the line. If hacking on that sort of thing and saving the planet is interesting…
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    blog maverick

  • AEREO – Everything Old is New Again

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    AEREO deserves a lot of credit for their effort.  It was a long and expensive shot to do what they went for.  But they went for it.  And they attempted to pivot after their SCOTUS loss. I was watching with interest, because it is something we had examined 15 years ago at The technology has obviously gotten better on all sides of the equation, but sometimes a good idea is a good idea. Even if it is hard to make work.  This is from January of 2000. What is fascinating is the alliances and attempts that were being made or considered.   We also did the same kind of work to…
  • The Idiots Guide to High Frequency Trading

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    First, let me say what you read here is going to be wrong in several ways.  HFT covers such a wide path of trading that different parties participate or are impacted in different ways. I wanted to put this out there as a starting point . Hopefully the comments will help further educate us all 1.  Electronic trading is part of HFT, but not all electronic trading is high frequency trading. Trading equities and other financial instruments has been around for a long time.  it is Electronic Trading that has lead to far smaller spreads and lower actual trading costs from your broker.  Very…
  • High Frequency Trading, and Proof that the SEC Approach to Insider Trading is Completely Wrong

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Got to love Mary Jo White, the Chairwoman of the SEC.  While Michael Lewis’s book Flash Boys was getting all the headlines and was the topic of some of the best television  on CNBC, ever, Ms White used the firestorm to ask for more money for the SEC. Shocking ? The only shock would be if she didn’t use any occasion the SEC was in the public eye to ask for more money. It is unfortunate because there is no greater waste of money than what the SEC spends trying to enforce  insider trading laws. Let me give you some examples of just how poorly the SEC manages our tax dollars when…
  • The Back to the Future Arbitrage of Silicon Valley and what it will take to beat it

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    I’m not a huge fan of Silicon Valley. It reminds me so much of Hollywood and the movie and TV industry. In Hollywood every one will talk and listen to you about your project.  But while they are standing there, right in front of you, they are not looking at you. They are looking past you to the next project where they can raise/sell more.  Where they can be a bigger star. There is always a bigger fish. Who ever is standing in front of them is hopefully just the bait. Silicon Valley has become the exact same thing these days. No one wants to literally start from scratch in a garage and…
  • My 2 cents on Sports Marketing and what I learned from SMU Basketball this week

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    23 Feb 2014 | 9:46 am
    I had the pleasure of going to an SMU Basketball game this past week. It wasn’t a huge game from a standings perspective. It wasn’t a big rivalry game.  It wasn’t a game between 2 powerhouse teams. It was an important game as every game is for an up and coming team like SMU.  But there was no one outside the two teams that were really paying attention to the outcome. Bottom line, it was a game on the schedule. It was a game on the schedule for every one but SMU basketball fans.  For SMU basketball fans it was their chance to show off to any and all newcomers who walked…
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    Tom Peters

  • Some StuffTweets18 July 2014

    Tom Peters
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Brief snippets FYI … Topic ONE: Generational management. I’m sick-to-death of the “How do we manage ‘Gen Whatever’” bullshit. My response thereto: As leader, commit yourself fully to helping everyone grow every day. Gen A. Gen B. … Gen X. Gen Y. Gen Z. Nothing new. Damn it. People you work with can smell your […] The post Some StuffTweets18 July 2014 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Detroit

    Shelley Dolley
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Did you see the recent article, “The Post-Post-Apocolyptic Detroit”? Before I met Tom Peters, I lived in Detroit. My husband had an idyllic, cookie-cutter suburban ’60s upbringing there with a family full of auto workers. All his grandparents were immigrants, happy to see their children thrive in post-WWII Detroit. He spent the ’80s in downtown […] The post Detroit appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • “Mastery”Total Real Estate TrainingAnnual Education ConferenceSydney, 15-16 July 2014

    Cathy Mosca
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Tom is addressing a group of the most successful realtors in Australia and New Zealand. He and Rupert Murdoch are the principal keynoters. (Mr. Murdoch is in town to, among other things, celebrate the 50th anniversary—15 July—of the launch of his national newspaper, the Australian.) “The pattern is one I’m familiar with,” Tom says of […] The post “Mastery”Total Real Estate TrainingAnnual Education ConferenceSydney, 15-16 July 2014 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Excellence. NO EXCUSES! Update

    Cathy Mosca
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Tom has continued to tinker with his now super-sized document, Excellence. NO EXCUSES! He asked the opinion of his Twitter followers, and they approved the addition of “Moral Bedrock of Management,” available here. It is now item number 6 in this latest version of Excellence. NO EXCUSES! We encourage you to download it, or one […] The post Excellence. NO EXCUSES! Update appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • New Master Slideset

    Cathy Mosca
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    After a year of self-education, Tom has lots of new observations to include in his Master slides. Get the newest PPT here, or on The post New Master Slideset appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Intuitive Systems

  • Buy Now buttons in the Twitter stream

    Dave Taylor
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    Jason Del Ray over at Re/Code is reporting that “Buy Now” buttons showed up for a short period of time in the mobile Twitter app, likely as a test. Apparently it’s related to a partnership that has been building with a shopping site called Fancy. Here’s how it looked when it was being displayed by Twitter user Federica Merigo: Very interesting! And I won’t comment on the proposed price of those sneakers, other than to say, holy cow, that’s an expensive pair of shoes! More seriously, go look at a similar tweet from Federica on Twitter now,…
  • Don’t Request Endorsements from Strangers

    Dave Taylor
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:28 pm
    There’s a temptation in social media to push every button, flip every switch, and share everything with everybody. Privacy? Bah. That’s for old schoolers. Nowadays all the cool kids are oversharing, right? To some extent, that’s true, but there are still certain things that people need to be more thoughtful about, and an email I got this afternoon from a fellow Linked-In user highlighted this rather forcibly. Here’s what I received. The name’s been blanked out to protect their privacy: Here’s what’s important to know: I have no idea who Karin J is,…
  • What’s a Blog Brand Ambassador?

    Dave Taylor
    21 Feb 2014 | 11:39 am
    I’ve been talking with a couple of different tech firms about the possibility of serving as a brand ambassador. “What’s that?” I can hear you ask. It’s where you serve as a band spokesperson in return for product and, quite often, financial compensation. To find out what kind of deals are the norm, I asked a few colleagues about how they work with companies in the role of spokesperson or brand ambassador. Here are the answers I received (scrubbed for anonymity): I have been on both sides of the equation with Brand Ambassadors and Paid Celebrity Spokespersons for…
  • Interview with Sergio Troiani, inventor of the KLOQE

    Dave Taylor
    9 Feb 2014 | 7:05 am
    I received an email pitch from Sergio Troiani about his Kickstarter campaign for a new iPhone case. A new case? After I’d seen thousands of different cases at CES less than a month ago? I was intrigued, and our subsequent discussion about what he was doing turned into this Q&A. Keep in mind when you’re reading that he’s a 19yo sophomore in college… Q: What’s KLOQE and why is it interesting? KLOQE is the only all-alumimnum iPhone case on the market that mimics the look and design of the iPhone without interfering with cell phone reception. Q: An interesting…
  • Worried about hackers, China implements national smartphone OS

    Dave Taylor
    23 Jan 2014 | 9:11 am
    A fascinating story showed up a few days ago about the Chinese Academy of Sciences building its own smartphone operating system that looks a lot like it’s based on Android but has some of its own features and, likely, tightened security options. In fact, China Operating System (or “COS”) is designed to run on a variety of devices including both smartphones and personal computers, according to the developers. Given that China is well known monitoring and filtering Internet traffic it’s not much of a leap to conclude that there are certain additional features baked into…
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    Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni

  • Changing the Conversation

    Valeria Maltoni
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    I've been reading more while on a completely offline vacation (remember those?) and came across this quote in David Leddick's excellent book I'm not for Everyone. Neither are You. He says in confrontation, never answer the way people expect you to. I would add, especially by email, which is not a conversation, even though it feels like one. When you are having a disagreement with someone, it is something  like a tennis match. The ball goes back and forth over the net. You say one thing. The other person responds exactly as they are expected to. Nothing advances. No one is convinced. No minds…
  • Digital Trails, Technology Roles, and Feedback Loops

    Valeria Maltoni
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Making Sense: Digital Trails This Is How Your Financial Data Is Being Used to Serve You Ads Whether you like it or not. AdWeek: Everyone in advertising is buying exhaustive records of your purchases—all your purchases—and comparing them to your viewing habits so that they know which ads you saw and whether or not they changed your behavior. Where Online Services Go When They Die. The Atlantic: When any sizable online service disappears, a piece of our civilization's cultural fabric goes with it. In this case, the missing cultural repository is Prodigy, a consumer-oriented online service…
  • Happy Birthday to Me

    Valeria Maltoni
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Valeria is an experienced listener. She designs service and product experiences to help businesses rediscover the value of promises and its effect on relationships and culture. She is also frequent speaker at conferences and companies on a variety of topics. Book her to speak here.
  • When Science, Customer Service, and Human Subjects Research Collide

    Valeria Maltoni
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Two points of note on research about human subjects to provide better service experiences: Social media platforms and the technology companies that produce our shared social playgrounds blur the boundaries between practice and research. They (we?) have to, in many cases, to improve the products that companies provide users. That’s no easy thing if you’re in the business of providing a social experience through your technology! But that does not exempt companies, any more than it exempts researchers, from extending respect, beneficence, and justice to individuals sharing their daily…
  • Warby Parker's CEO on Disruption and Consumer Experience

    Valeria Maltoni
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses, which means that 15% of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. Neil Blumenthal co-founded Warby Parker# out of his apartment in Philadelphia in 2009-2010 to create an alternative to three problems: rising prices of glasses a mediocre customer experience low innovation in the sector In the process, he learned a thing or two about what makes a good business work (B Corporation) by designing a product and experience that together make the marketing built-in. They sold their first inventory in 3 weeks and had 20,000…
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • Design Problem

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    FOUND on a school restroom door. If you don’t turn the little latch to the right when you exit, the door automatically locks behind you, and nobody else can use the restroom. Instead of fixing the door, they made a sign.
  • Online Training to Make Sites and Apps Accessible

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    ACCESSIBILITY IS LIKE the weather: everyone talks about it, but not enough of us do anything about it. Austin-based Knowbility is one of the few groups in the world with the commitment and expertise to change this. If enough of us fund their new IndieGogo project, they’ll gain the resources they need to create online modules that teach the world how to make our sites work for people with disabilities. This is a cause any web designer or developer should be able to get behind. I love the web because it is democratic, agnostic, and empowering. Progressive enhancement, responsive design, and…
  • Original Hip Hop Art

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    WHY THE INTERNET was invented: this single-page, no-frills website presents a trove of original, old-school hip hop party posters mainly designed by Buddy Esquire and Phase 2, and featuring legendary rappers before they got famous. Word to your mother. Hat tip: Fred Gates Design.
  • Netdiver returns

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    PIONEERING design ‘zine Netdiver is back, baby! Founded by my friend and colleague Carole Guevin in 1998, Netdiver was one of the first web ‘zines to seriously explore and promote design and design culture on the web. In its pages, you would discover pretty much everything exciting that was happening in web and digital design, photography, industrial design, and digital filmmaking. Sites as fine (and as different) as Swissmiss and The Great Discontent can trace more than a strand of their DNA back to Netdiver and its creator. Like many of the great zines and blogs from the first…
  • The Color Purple

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    WHEN my daughter was little, she used to ask me my favorite color. I was a grownup, and could only supply a grownup’s answer: “I love the way light looks in late afternoon,” I might say. Or, “Red and black can make powerful statements in graphic design.” Grownups don’t have favorite colors. But children do. Rebecca Meyer had a favorite color. It was purple. A color that might be expressed in the hexadecimal language of web design as #663399. As many of you know, Eric and Kat Meyer lost their daughter Rebecca to cancer on Saturday. Rebecca Alison Meyer was a ray of light. She was…
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • 3 digital designs that earn word of mouth

    Andy Sernovitz
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. We don’t always share techie examples of word of mouth marketing, because word of mouth shouldn’t rely on digital or social media to work. But that doesn’t mean your web strategy couldn’t use a little WOM boost. Here are three ways to do it: 1. Feature your customers 2. Give it some personality 3. Make sharing fun 1. Feature your customers For their first anniversary, Free People, a women’s clothing retailer, replaced models with photos…
  • How to make water, pushpins, and Boring remarkable

    Andy Sernovitz
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. It’s easy to feel like the underdog out there sometimes. Maybe you can’t afford that store space in the cool part of town, maybe it’s hard for your product to stand out, or maybe you have a name like Boring. Whatever your obstacle, you can make your stuff more remarkable with a little ingenuity. Here are three word of mouth strategies that turned underdog situations into word of mouth opportunities: 1. Make a scene 2. Make a partnership 3. Make it…
  • Newsletter #997: The “Make It Ugly” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] The race to make the flashiest, most impressive, and most beautiful is a crowded one. Sometimes it’s worth it to make something great — but sometimes, doing the opposite can help you stand out. Here are a few examples to inspire you: 1. Compete with personality 2. Try lots of different things 3. Make it one-of-a-kind 4. Check it out: Fly Art 1. Compete with personality For crowd-funded…
  • Why useful is remarkable

    Andy Sernovitz
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. We love viral stunts and funny ads as much as the next person. But there’s a more sustainable way to get your customers to talk about you that earns word of mouth for the long term. Here are three ways to do something so useful your customers can’t help but talk about it: 1. Make recommendations 2. Do more than say “thanks” 3. Make the small details count 1. Make recommendations When you check out at Barnes & Noble, they give you a list of…
  • Newsletter #996: The “Your Customers are Innovators” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Paying attention to your customers’ feedback, criticisms, and compliments isn’t enough. You could be missing something even more remarkable: the innovative ways they can promote your stuff. Here are three examples of when companies were inspired by their customers: 1. Show them off 2. Make them feel special 3. Focus on specific groups 4. Check it out: London’s historic paintings…
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  • Create the Best Pay-Per-Click Landing Page in 7 Easy Steps

    Guest Blogger
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Image via Flickr user Andrew Pescod This is a guest contribution from Poulami Ghosh of PPC Ads Management. If conversion rates really matter to you, you should be aware that every marketing campaign has to have a dedicated landing page. This is particularly true with regard to PPC where you have to pay for every single click. Ask any PPC company and it will tell you the same thing. However, it is not enough to know that you should use a landing page. You also have to know how to craft one, so that your marketing efforts rise above the average and become exceptional. There are seven steps to…
  • Three Ways to Outperform Your Online Competition

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    This is a guest contribution from Emma Henry of True Target Marketing. There’s no denying that plenty of us are trying to make a living on the internet. The good news is that it’s still early days when it comes to building a successful online business. In reality, very few businesses know how to effectively execute strategic online marketing campaigns. Now is the perfect time for you to take advantage of this gap in the market and outperform your online competition. With some sound advice, a strategic approach, and a solid implementation plan, your online business performance can go from…
  • How Social Media Can Affect Your Search Engine Rankings

    Guest Blogger
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    This is a guest contribution from digital media project manager Sandeep Sharma. Now more than ever, marketing experts are improving their marketing strategy with fewer resources, and they are shifting marketing budgets from traditional to digital tactics like search engine optimization and social media. Companies, too often, omit their social media marketing strategy from their SEO strategy, which is a grave mistake. A study  conducted by Ascend2 indicates that companies with the strongest SEO via social media strategies now produce the best results, and vice-versa. Companies that consider…
  • How I Earned $15000 from The Problogger Job Board

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Andy Nathan, of Smart at the Start. I have a secret formula for using the Problogger job board that will enthrall many, and bring others to tears with their boredom. That is OK! I do not want everyone to use what I am about to explain below, because that just means more business for me.  In fact, I struggled with whether I should even share this information to anyone, because…well… human greed being what it is. Over the past year, I have automated the process on the Problogger job board to the point where I spend roughly 5-10 minutes prospecting for…
  • Content Isn’t King… Here’s What Is!

    Darren Rowse
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Over the years I’ve heard many debates in the blogosphere about what is ‘king’. ‘Blogging is King’ was something many argued almost 10 years ago as it began to rise in popularity. ‘Content is King’ was the catch cry for many years… then it became ‘Community is King’ for a while as community management became the big thing. ‘Twitter is King’ was something I heard a number of bloggers crying (as they gave up their blogs to get onto Twitter), ‘Facebook is King’ was the cry a few years later when setting up pages…
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    Brian Solis

  • The 2014 State of Digital Transformation

    Brian Solis
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Today, I’m proud to announce the release of Altimeter Group’s second report on Digital Transformation. This new report is aimed at executives and digital strategists to help them (you) further understand the state of digital transformation as you plan your next steps and investments. In our initial report, “Digital Transformation: Why and How Companies are Investing in New Business Models to Lead Digital Customer Experiences (DCX),” we learned that digital transformation was as much about technology as it was about people. It was a much more human story, one that shared…
  • Live Your Brand the Way Your Customers Do

    Brian Solis
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I recently spent some time with PRNews editor Steve Goldstein. As part of a fireside chat we’re doing at the upcoming 20/20 Summit in San Francisco, Steve asked a few questions that lead to a pretty deep conversation. I wanted to share it with you here. Digital Darwinism is Real: Compete for the Future (Compete for You) Now PR News: In your book “What’s the Future of Business?” you suggest that while it’s a good thing that companies are investing more resources in managing their online reputations, the cost can be immense and the efforts are rarely aligned with customer…
  • The Disconnect in Connecting the Workplace

    Brian Solis
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    There’s a lot of talk about the future of work… Technology is indeed connecting us in ways that improve communication, discovery and connectivity. The world is becoming a much smaller place as a result. Chances are that you are connected in one network or another to people in at least 12 other countries. Although social networking and smartphones are relatively new as a staple in the everyday life of adults and kids, how we as consumers use these networks and devices is outpacing how we as employees use technology in the workplace. Over time, how we make decisions as consumers,…
  • The Top 25 Socially Engaged Companies on LinkedIn Invest in Employee and Customer Relationships

    Brian Solis
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    LinkedIn and Altimeter Group published a joint report on the value of corporate social media and its role in customer and employee engagement. To do, we formed a baseline of companies that were actively engaged on a platform we could effectively study. After eight months of research, we assembled a list of the Top 25 Socially Engaged Companies based on how they use LinkedIn to engage employees and customers in the following areas: 1. Content marketing 2. Employee engagement 3. Talent and recruitment 4. Sales LinkedIn and Altimeter Group then conducted targeted and controlled surveys to gather…
  • Social Media is Lost Without a Social Compass

    Brian Solis
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Marcia W. DiStaso and Denise Sevick Bortree recently published a university-level textbook to address an important topic by the same name, The Ethical Practice of Social Media in Public Relations. As they were wrapping up the editing of the book, I was asked to contribute the foreword. Upon reading some of the manuscript, the answer was, YES! Of course, I asked if I could share it here with you and I’m happy to announce that it’s included below… About The Ethical Practice of Social Media in Public Relations Given the high rate of social media use by the public, organizations…
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    Joho the Blog

  • [eim] Alphabetical order explained in a mere 27,817 words

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    This is one of the most amazing examples I’ve seen of the complexity of even simple organizational schemes. “Unicode Collation Algorithm (Unicode Technical Standard #10)” spells out in precise detail how to sort strings in what we might colloquially call “alphabetical order.” But it’s way, way, way more complex than that. Unicode is an international standard for how strings of characters get represented within computing systems. For example, in the familiar ASCII encoding, the letter “A” is represented in computers by the number 65. But ASCII is…
  • Municipal nets, municipal electric power, and learning from history

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    The debate over whether municipalities should be allowed to provide Internet access has been heating up. Twenty states ban it. Tom Wheeler, the chair of the FCC, has said he wants to “preempt” those laws. Congress is maneuvering to extend the ban nationwide. Jim Baller, who has been writing about the laws, policies, and economics of network deployment for decades, has found an eerie resonance of this contemporary debate. Here’s a scan of the table of contents of a 1906 (yes, 1906) issue of Moody’s that features a symposium on “Municipal Ownership and…
  • Why I have not been blogging much: it’s my book’s fault and more

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    My blogging has gone way down in frequency and probably in quality. I think there are two reasons. First, I’ve been wrapped up in trying to plot a new book. I’ve known for about three years the set of things I want to write about, but I’ve had my usual difficult time figuring out what the book is actually about. For example, when I was planning Everything is Miscellaneous, I knew that I wanted to write about the importance of metadata, but it took a couple of years to figure out that it wasn’t a book about metadata, or a book about the virtue of messiness, or two dozen…
  • Michelle Obama on working parents

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:21 pm
    In case anyone has forgotten what honesty sounds like:
  • If I were Shakespeare…

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Well, here’s what I would do if I were Shakespeare & Co., a theatre company in Lenox, Massachusetts of which I am inordinately fond, as consistent readers of this blog know (hi, Mom!). Yesterday my wife and I went to an open rehearsal of a scene from Henry IV, Part 2, Scene 2. For about an hour we watched Malcolm Ingram (Falstaff), Kevin Coleman (Shallow), Ariel Bock (Silence) and Michael F. Toomey (Bardolph) being directed by Jonathan Epstein, who has abridged and combined the two Henry IV’s. The rehearsal started out fascinating and got even better from there. The actors in…
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  • Fighting Pigeons, and Other Home Office Visitors

    Craig Newmark
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Hey, I get a lot of appreciated disturbances at my home office. Sometimes the visitors act as my alarm clock, and other times they're drooling. Here's a brief look from my window… Fighters, or …? Insects are delicious, or, Woodpecker waking Craig up at five am is hilarious. Steller's Jay locks in best target in the Squirrel-resistant Suet Palace. (note to self: refill the Palace) A Robin, bath interrupted, and indignant. Craig's wake up call is sometimes provided by two raccoons, here's one of 'em. Others have discovered a new way to wake up Craig: a…
  • Why I speak ONLY for myself

    Craig Newmark
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Hey, recently I've made a point of reminding people that I haven't been a spokesman for craigslist, or had any role in management since 2000. My deal is that, as a manager, I kinda suck, but I found my calling in customer service, and every day I saw how we helped people put food on the table and put a roof over that table. Customer service is a big part of what inspires me; also consider that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."(Martin Luther King Jr.) For a few years now (time flies!) I've been working on public service and…
  • Respect for the Federal worker

    Craig Newmark
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    The NextGen Public Service Awards will be awarded soon, and I was asked to do a little video thanking people for their service. Here's the video, couple minutes, maybe indulge me by taking a look: The gist is the Fed workers don't get no respect, and that's way unfair. In the video I extend my respect, and suggest that Feds can get the respect they've already earned by posting good news regarding their work in social media. Then, they can ask friends, including me, to further Share and retweet those posts.  (I'm already doing so for multiple agencies.) Please bring…
  • The Road to Hell's Paved With Good Intentions

    Craig Newmark
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Hey, recently I wrote a blog post outlining some of my philosophies, and mentioned that there was more to come. I figure I should follow through. On Time Management and Effectiveness -  When I think about effective orgs, I ask, do they have the ability to actually get things done? Because that's not true of a lot of nonprofits or other well intentioned people or groups. A lot have good intentions, but there's a saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. It's important to mean well, but also have the ability to get stuff done. Cole Valley update, by the…
  • 5 Things You Should Know About the Military Consumer Campaign

    Craig Newmark
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Folks, "today's service members and their families must be extra vigilant in guarding against scams and predatory lending practices. With separation from family and friends, frequent relocations, the stresses of deployment and a steady paycheck, scam artists are often quick to target [these communities]." Cmdr. Peter Hoegel says this over on the Department of Defense's website in his article, 5 things you should know about the Military Consumer Campaign. Photo illustration courtesy of the Office of Military Community and Family Policy This has to do with bad actors…
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    The Dish

  • Do Autodidacts Know Best?

    Andrew Sullivan
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Annie Murphy Paul argues that advocates of self-directed learning don’t have a lot of evidence in their corner: In a paper published in Educational Psychologist last year, Paul A. Kirschner of the Open University of the Netherlands and Jeroen J.G. van Merriënboer of Maastricht University challenge the popular assumption “that it is the learner who knows best and that she or he should be the controlling force in her or his learning.” There are three problems with this premise, van Merriënboer and Kirschner write. The first is that novices, by definition, don’t yet know much about…
  • The Best Of The Dish This Weekend

    Andrew Sullivan
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Another grueling weekend in the Middle East, but some relief here at the Dish. Six posts worth revisiting: the perils of auto-correct; the dirty mouths of babes; Edmund White’s brilliant appreciation of friendship; visualizing Debussy; a religious history of the Great War; and an adorable nine-day-old white lion. The most popular post of the weekend – by a mile – was The Worrying Vacuity Of Hillary Clinton; followed by Why Am I Moving Left? 19 more readers became subscribers this weekend. You can join them here - and get access to all the read-ons and Deep Dish - for a…
  • The Lie Behind The War

    Andrew Sullivan
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Katie Zavadski, fresh from a Dishternship, nails down a critical fact in the latest Israel-Hamas death-match. As the Dish has noted before, the Israeli government knew from the get-go that the murderers of three Israeli teens – the incident that set off this bloody chain of events – were not doing official Hamas’ bidding even in the West Bank, let alone Gaza: After Israel’s top leadership exhaustively blamed Hamas for kidnap of 3 teens, they’ve now admitted killers were acting as “lone cell.” — Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) July 25, 2014 This was…
  • Gazing At The Stars And Finding God

    Andrew Sullivan
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    In an interview about their forthcoming book, Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?, Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller – both Jesuit priests who are planetary scientists at the Vatican Observatory – respond to a question about whether or not science “disproves” the Bible: Guy: Science doesn’t prove. Science describes. The Bible isn’t a book of propositions to be proved or disproved; it’s a conversation about God. So that question presupposes a radically false idea of what science is, and what the Bible is. Paul: We never ask if science disproves…
  • Heroes On A Human Scale

    Andrew Sullivan
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Dana Staves considers how reading Virginia Woolf’s diary helped her reconsider the literary giant: Her final entry is unremarkable. But it’s her final sentences that broke my heart, that has haunted me for months to follow: “And now with some pleasure I find that it’s seven; and must cook dinner. Haddock and sausage meat. I think it is true that one gains a certain hold on sausage and haddock by writing them down.” Sausage and haddock? She’s Virginia Woolf, she terrifies me and astounds me, and I love her, and her final written words to the world of her diary,…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Mr. G, Ketubahs, Sarongs and Flight Time

    Jessica Gottlieb
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    If you aren’t a Jew you might be unfamiliar with a Ketubah. The Ketubah is the marriage contract. It outlines the husband’s duties to his wife and then asks that the wife be a good wife because apparently it is much simpler to be a good wife than a good husband. In this way it is an archaic piece of paper. But what you don’t see (because you don’t read Hebrew) is that in every Ketubah the husband is required to read all of his wife’s emails. I’ve circled the part that reads, “A good and righteous husband shall read all emails his wife sends him…
  • Listen To This Mother: Transgender Issues

    Jessica Gottlieb
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    There are a couple of transgender kids in the neighborhood. There are complications when it comes to changing for PE, swimming at camp and as puberty approaches the parents will need to make decisions about possible medical interventions. I don’t have to make these decisions so I cannot possibly imagine what it would be like to have a child transition genders. I don’t worry about heaven and hell, afterlife or a bible but I know that many of you do and if you are one of those people this video should give you more comfort and inspiration than most. We all know some androgynous…
  • ecoATM – Cash for Mobile Devices (Which I May or May Not Hoard)

    Jessica Gottlieb
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    There might be a Palm Pilot in my nightstand drawer right now. There was definitely an iPhone 4 (not even a 4s) on my dresser up until last week. It didn’t do much of anything and hadn’t been moved except for dusting for years. So because I do everything for you guys (and because ecoATM asked me to and sponsored this post) I found an ecoATM and brought in for cash. I’d been waiting for an electronic equipment recycling day but this seemed like a better idea. I went over to the mall in Burbank and used the machine much like you’d use any ATM but instead of putting in…
  • How to Read an Email from Similac

    Jessica Gottlieb
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Today I sent an email to a man named Lance and started with the following: I hope you never have children And then I went on to scold him for his predatory behavior. I didn’t mention the fact he called me a few minutes before 7am or that a woman from his office called me shortly after I posted this. Post by Jessica Wilzig Gottlieb. So I’ll go ahead and disseminate his email for you. It should be entertaining. Before I do this however I’d like new moms to know something. Abbott Laboratories will never fund and then publish a study that demonstrates you do not need their…
  • Does Your Kid Know What a Flash Button is?

    Jessica Gottlieb
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    My kids love to stay home alone. This is in part because they don’t want to go places with me like grocery and drug stores but also in part because they enjoy the independence and the quiet. I understand and respect this so I allow them their freedom with just a few rules in place. No swimming Do not answer the door for anyone Answer the home phone, it’s how I’ll reach them I had a zillion errands to do before the kids went to camp so I left Jane and Alexander home alone. I gave him a call from the grocery store to find out what he wanted and the phone rang and rang some…
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    Bijan Sabet

  • "The best fashion shooter I ever met just had one lens. It was a Hasselblad 150. The front element..."

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    “The best fashion shooter I ever met just had one lens. It was a Hasselblad 150. The front element looked as though someone had put a cigarette out on it. She didn’t own any other lens so she never had to think about which lens she would use or how she would work. She just did her work and it was stellar. No choices, just the right choice. No confusion just vision. Amazing. But now we’re all so fearful we feel like we need to have “all of our bases covered” even when we’re just doing this for fun. That’s why it’s not as much fun.” - The Visual Science Lab.: What I learned…
  • These are the good old days (Hasselblad 503CW | Carl Zeiss...

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    These are the good old days (Hasselblad 503CW | Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 | Kodak Portra 400)
  • Weighty Ghost — Wintersleep

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Weighty Ghost — Wintersleep
  • Woodridge Farm — Sherborn, Massachusetts. July 2014.  A lovely...

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Woodridge Farm — Sherborn, Massachusetts. July 2014.  A lovely day at the barn with Ellie. The horses are so graceful and majestic. And watching my daughter enjoying her passion is something that gets me every time.  It’s interesting comparing this roll of film from the Mamiya 7ii with the photographs I shared yesterday taken with the Hasselblad. Feels like the Mamiya is sharper but there is something different and appealing about how the Zeiss lens draws with the old Hassy.  (Mamiya 7ii | 80mm f/4 | Kodak Portra 400)
  • Sam gets a pool! (Hasselblad 503CW | Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80...

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Sam gets a pool! (Hasselblad 503CW | Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 | Kodak Portra 400)
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  • Who at the Table is an Indie iOS Developer?

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Until last night’s unofficial Xcoders I hadn’t thought to ask this question. There are a ton of Mac and iOS developers in the Seattle area — and almost all the iOS developers are making money either via a paycheck (they have a job) or through contracting. The only local indie iOS-only developer I could think of was me — and even that won’t be true for much longer, as we’re working on Vesper for Mac. There probably are other local indie iOS-only developers, but I just can’t think of them at the moment. At any rate, they’re rare. To be fair, there aren’t that many more indie…
  • Prefixes Considered Passé

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    Me on Twitter: Decided. No longer prefixing classes in app code, even with Objective-C. I can hear your screams and I don’t care. Prefixing was always a poor solution to the lack of namespaces in Objective-C. There was no enforcement anywhere — and a prefix like RS could stand for Ranchero Software, Red Shed, Red Sweater, and Rogue Sheep. (Those are all real companies that used RS.) A couple things have made me decide not to use prefixes in app code class names anymore. First is that I’m spoiled by Swift. I didn’t think it would make much difference to me to be able to use naked class…
  • Better Words

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    James Somers (via Gabe Weatherhead, via Michael Tsai) writes about using a better dictionary — and how to get it installed on your Mac, in Had double-rainbow guy been raised on this older Webster’s, he might have read this: Besides the ordinary bow, called also primary rainbow, which is formed by two refractions and one reflection, there is also another often seen exterior to it, called the secondary rainbow, concentric with the first, and separated from it by a small interval. It is formed by two refractions and two reflections, is much fainter than the primary bow, and…
  • Swift and Internal Access as Default

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    So if internal access is the default, and I don’t want to use it (or want to use it exceedingly sparingly), what do I do? I can think of a few options. Just pay attention. By convention treat internal as private, and pretend that other objects can only see what’s public. The compiler won’t enforce this, but it’s the kind of convention that’s easily enforced manually if it’s habit. Actually mark every damn thing as either public or private. Just don’t ever use the default. That’s a pain, but also the kind of thing that’s not that hard if it’s habit. Modularize. The last one…
  • Swift Access Control

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    It’s out, and we have public, internal, and private levels of control. Public means the world can see it; internal is visible inside a target; private is inside-the-file only. (I think I have this right.) My first thought: I’m not sure I’ll ever use internal. My second thought: protected would have been nice. I actually used this in Objective-C, back in the days when we’d declare our instance variables. My third thought: maybe I don’t really care about protected. I’ll clarify. With my Objective-C header files I’m accustomed to thinking about only two levels of access: public and…
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    Rex Hammock's

  • The NYT’s Chronicle: A Timeline of the Usage of Words & Phrases

    Rex Hammock
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    (Above: According to Chronicle, the word “Rex” peaked a century ago. Oh well.) The New York Times has opened to the public a graphing tool called Chronicle, an N-gram viewer that generates a timeline chart of the usage of a word or phrase appearing in the New York Times during the past 162 years. The tool is very similar to Google’s Ngram Viewer a graphing tool that generates a timeline of words or phrases appearing in books scanned into the database of Google Books. Alexis Lloyd, Chronicle’s creator, explains it in this blog post. Quote: Two years ago, I created…
  • How John Seigenthaler Changed Wikipedia

    Rex Hammock
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    John Seigenthaler, the legendary editor of Nashville’s daily newspaper, The Tennessean, died yesterday (Friday, July 11, 2014) in his Nashville home. In addition to recounting his remarkable career in journalism and public service, an event nine years ago that’s now referred to by early contributors to Wikipedia as “the Wikipedia Seigenthaler incident” earned a paragraph in Mr. Seigenthaler’s New York Time’s obituary. As a Nashvillian and admirer of Mr. Seigenthaler for decades, I was angered in 2005 by that thoughtless and vulgar prank that became one of…
  • A Simple, Clever, Why Didn’t I Think of That Idea

    Rex Hammock
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    For years, I’ve been fascinated with the ways in which one can tell stories with maps using simple tools Google Maps provides. (Since my first attempt at doing it, the tools have become incredibly more sophisticated). On the website for the public radio show, This American Life, I just ran across a map-as-feature that I can’t recall seeing on another news site. It could be on lots of them, I just don’t recall ever having seen it. And it could have been on This American Life’s website for years, but I just saw it for the first time today. This American Life calls the…
  • The Pundit’s Worst Fear: When Facts Don’t Support the Narrative

    Rex Hammock
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:56 am
    All week, anyone who follows the news has been carpet-bombed with punditry informing them that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s defeat was because he supported immigration reform. Yet now, polls on both the right and left are revealing that immigration reform was far down on the list of issues that influenced the election’s outcome. Reporting on a poll conducted by Americans for a Conservative Direction, Politico says, “Only 22 percent of Virginia residents who voted for Cantor’s opponent, Dave Brat, cited immigration as the primary reason for their vote. About 77…
  • This Interactive Chart is Great, Except for How it’s Not

    Rex Hammock
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:44 am
    I really want to love this epic interactive chart on as much as I’ve loved previous ones. It certainly succeeds in what it set out to do: present data in a visual form that comes as close as possible to demonstrating the unequal distribution of economic impact during the period in time popularly called, “the Great Recession.” I want to love it because it is so rooted in principles I appreciate as a reader: the use of devices such as “sparklines” that enable a vast array of datapoints to be displayed together, in one cohesive, easily comprehensible…
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    Berkeley Blog

  • It Takes a Family to Feed One Athlete

    Berkeley Blog
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    t’s July and once again I’m sucked into the vortex of the Tour de France. In the first week of the race, a young rider from Toulouse who was in an early breakaway, won in on a steep but short summit finish in a drenching downpour. One of the race moderators, mentioned how the winner, Biel Kadri, used to raid his mother’s small grocery store after a ride and scarf all her remaining baguettes and cheese. This reminded me of feeding my former bicycle-racer son before and after a ride, and I thought of all the mothers, and fathers, who similarly fueled their children’s racing careers over…
  • Another Publishing Magnate Bites the Dust

    Berkeley Blog
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:58 pm
    A publisher whose print magazines, including Maxim and The Week, are still in full swing despite the detritus of print media, died this week. Felix Dennis, a gaminlike Brit and underdog of the ruling class, made his hundreds of millions by playing to the baser instincts of human nature....much as Shakespeare once did. He loved porn -- whether it was sex porn as in Maxim or computer porn as in Computer Shopper or pop music porn as in Blender -- and hired the best writers, like Charlie Cooper, to write great prose about porn for the people. A poet himself, he not only wrote thousands of rhymes,…
  • Fix-It Weekend

    Berkeley Blog
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Things tend to break sequentially in my life, much like the Fukushima meltdown. This weekend, I had my first flat tire in years, high up in the Berkeley hills. Although it was a Sunday and lots of cyclists pedaled past asking if I had everything, I would have never asked for help. Cyclist’s Code of Honor: Fix Your Own Flats. I remembered all the techniques my former bicycle racing coach, Mike Cox, had showed me for changing a flat, so I put the bike upside down, resting it on the seat, removed the front wheel, and got out my tools. While a single mosquito water-boarded me with its buzz, I…
  • From a Service to a Step 'n Fetch It Economy

    Berkeley Blog
    4 Jun 2014 | 9:13 pm
    The other day I was walking down San Pablo Avenue in Albany, where just 160 years ago gold miners used to carouse away their earnings at French bordellos and bars, when I saw a Google maps car with the camera mounted on top parked in the lot of our Goodwill store. So a Google maps driver can only afford to shop at a thrift store? And now, on my bicycle rides around town, I’ve had to avoid collisions with Spoonrocket food delivery cars speeding along my bicycle streets and sprouting red flags like the horns on stampeding bulls. Another disruptive service: I signed up for a private driver to…
  • Return of the Spanish Inquisition: Happy Hour Fitness

    Berkeley Blog
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Xabier Zapata is arguably the zaniest spinning instructor in the world. Equal parts drill sergeant and pantomimist, Xabi, as he’s affectionately called by his enthusiastic devotees, uses exaggerated body gestures to instruct sweaty spinners at his Happy Hour Fitness on Ensenada off Solano Avenue in north Berkeley. The gym is strategically located a block away from La Farine, whose morning buns replenish about half the 500 calories Xabi claims one burns up in his 40 minute workout, which is followed by 15 minutes on the mat. The language barrier presents itself because Xabi – who came to…
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