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  • Google: The Information-First Conglomerate

    John Battelle's Search Blog
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:43 pm
    The post Google: The Information-First Conglomerate appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Larry Page on the cover of Fortune, Nov. 13 2014 Last week Google CEO Larry Page got the Fortune magazine cover treatment, the latest of many such pieces attempting to quantify Google’ sprawling business. The business press is obsessed with answering the question of whether we’ve reached “Peak Google.” (Clearly Fortune’s opinion is that we have not, given they named him “Businessperson of the Year.”) “Peak Google” is what I like to…
  • Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code

    Fred Wilson
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:08 am
    The Hour Of Code is a great hack that introduces coding to students in K-12 schools all around the country. Most schools don’t have CS teachers and CS classes. But any teacher in any classroom in any school can find one hour to get their students in front of a computer writing code. And so that’s what the hour of code does. Last year 15mm students did an hour of code. Think about that for a second. 15mm students wrote code for an hour last year. That’s a gateway to something more for the students, teachers, and schools. Which is exactly the point. The Hour Of Code happens…
  • Become a Bigger You
    Chris Brogan
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I found myself observing many people who were dressed for their nights on the town as if they were starring in a movie or TV show about Vegas. They wore shiny faux-gold sunglasses at night (pretty sure they don’t do this at home). They left three or so buttons undone on their shirts (can you imagine that kind of look at your office?). They wore little black dresses and super high heels and they carried purses that glittered like warfare. As judgmental as I like to be, I am enamored with the idea because in all cases, people were allowing themselves to play, to…
  • Your beliefs are bupkis

    Scripting News
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    From Banksy. Never more relevant.
  • The last minute glitch

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    I got a note from Joni Mitchell yesterday.  Well, not just me. Everyone who got her new boxed set got the note. The note takes responsibility for some of the tracks on the CD not matching the order of the liner notes. Apparently, the brilliant artist needed more time, and cared enough about her work to re-arrange it until the last minute, and was brave enough to speak up and take responsibility. So, it's not just you. The last minute looms large. The glitch is in how we define the last minute. We can't make the feeling go away, but we can be clear about when the last minute…
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  • Your beliefs are bupkis

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    From Banksy. Never more relevant.
  • How to rebuild journalism

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    I read Emily Bell's speech and her piece in the Guardian over the weekend. They fairly well reflect what you hear from journalism pundits these days. I don't think they know how to listen to technology. They of course, being journalists, focus on the money. But there's a lot of open tech available for them to use. They don't look there. It's like the blind men and the elephants, or Don's Amazing Puzzle (try it!). You see what you expect to see. Journalism is conservative. It wants things to stay the same. Tech is the opposite. It's invested only in upheaval. There's your conflict. The story…
  • My two tech motivations

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    I want to keep the things that are open open. I want to make more things that are open. I need more surface to develop on. I don't at this time work inside a big company. Maybe the only way to play with the good toys is to hook up with one. The more things in #1 keep breaking the harder it is to be independent. Otherwise when people guess my motivations, and they do often, they err wildly. I'm not "for" or "against" anyone. I am not fighting a moral battle. I don't care if anyone else is good or bad. That's for God to decide. Think of me as a showrunner or a movie producer. I have shows I…
  • Everything is broken

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Remember when Microsoft won BTW, the same thing happened with Microsoft when they "won" the browser wars. Quality went to hell. It got so bad we all switched to Macs. Think that can't happen again? I hope you're wrong. iTunes I can't copy files from my main Mac to my iPhone so I have to set it up on my laptop which, for some reason, is able to copy files to my iPhone. I copy some songs over there, but it says it's waiting for something to happen. No problem. I let it have an hour to get 12 songs copied. When I come back, it's still waiting. Here's the screen. This is typical. It never works…
  • Little Pork Chop's corner-turn

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The transition of Little Pork Chop to a whitelist-based app has been a great success. Basically people are using it for short-form blogging via Twitter. I get to learn from watching how they use it. I'm already getting ideas. Everyone wins.
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The last minute glitch

    Seth Godin
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    I got a note from Joni Mitchell yesterday.  Well, not just me. Everyone who got her new boxed set got the note. The note takes responsibility for some of the tracks on the CD not matching the order of the liner notes. Apparently, the brilliant artist needed more time, and cared enough about her work to re-arrange it until the last minute, and was brave enough to speak up and take responsibility. So, it's not just you. The last minute looms large. The glitch is in how we define the last minute. We can't make the feeling go away, but we can be clear about when the last minute…
  • A three-step marketing ladder

    Seth Godin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    Probably worth reviewing at your next marketing meeting (or every marketing meeting)... There's a three-step ladder: Awareness Education Action Awareness is when someone knows you exist. The knock-knock part of the knock-knock joke, the person who has another interest and trust to want to know more.  Awareness is sexy You don't need to be known by everyone (or even most people) merely the right ones Awareness probably isn't as much of your problem as you think it is Awareness-seeking is addictive (and easy to measure) Education is the story we tell, the transfer of information and…
  • Sign your work

    Seth Godin
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:52 am
    We expect authors, painters and singers to identify themselves, to sign the work they do. And surgeons and lawyers as well. What about managers, committee members, engineers and everyone else who makes something? Who made this policy? Who designed this menu? Who approved this project? If you're not proud of it, don't ship it. If you are, sign your work and own the results. We'll know who to thank. If you work for a place where work goes unsigned (internally, in particular) it's worth asking why.        
  • The jobs only you can do

    Seth Godin
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    One of the milestones every entrepreneur passes is when she stops thinking of people she hires as expensive ("I could do that job for free") and starts thinking of them as cheap ("This frees me up to do something more profitable.") When you get rid of every job you do that could be done by someone else, something needs to fill your time. And what you discover is that you're imagining growth, building partnerships, rethinking the enterprise (working on your business instead of in it, as the emyth guys would say). Right now, you don't even see those jobs, because you're busy doing things that…
  • A little more than a bushel, a little bit less

    Seth Godin
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Marketing works best when the effort you put into it is a little more than you think you need and a lot more than the market expects from your project. And projects work best when the amount you need to get done is a little less than the resources you have available. Marketing rewards a taut system, a show of confidence, the ability to be where you need to be with a true story that works. Projects reward slack, the ability to keep your schedule and your quality, to watch the critical path and to make smart decisions. The common errors, then: Pick too big an arena for your marketing, and seem…
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  • Richard Scarry's Busy Town in the 21st Century

    Jason Kottke
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Oh, this is great. The butchers, farmers, doctors, and children's book librarians of Richard Scarry's original Busy, Busy Town give way to the non-lending officer, one-percenter service provider, fart-sound app maker, and lowly immigrant in Tom the Dancing Bug's 21st century Busy Town. Tags: Busy Busy Town   Richard Scarry   books
  • The Denim Breaker Club

    Jason Kottke
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    I don't recall if I ever tweeted about it, but a few months ago I had this idea for a service for the wealthy who wanted properly broken-in jeans but didn't want to bother wearing them around for months first without washing.1 It's basically a dog-walking service but for jeans. It was mostly a joke, but in the age of Uber taxiing kittens to your office for you to cuddle with, no such idea is truly off the table. Huit Denim Co. is experimenting with a beta feature called the Denim Breaker Club. You are going to break our selvedge jeans in for our customers. You will have to agree to not wash…
  • Vanishing Spirits

    Jason Kottke
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    Photographer Ernie Button photographs the dried remains of single malt scotch whiskies, which end up looking like desolate landscapes on distant worlds. Curious as to how these patterns were formed by some kinds of whiskey but not others, Button reached out to an engineering professor at Princeton. Dr. Stone's group found that the key difference in whisky is that unlike coffee, it consists of two liquids -- water and ethyl alcohol. The alcohol evaporates more quickly, and as the fraction of water increases, the surface tension of the droplet changes, an effect first noticed in the 19th…
  • RadioISS

    Jason Kottke
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    RadioISS plays streams of the radio stations that the International Space Station passes over on its continual orbit of Earth. As I'm writing this, the ISS just floated over the southern tip of South American and RadioISS is playing Radio 3 Cadena Patagonia AM 789 from Patagonia, Argentina. Ah, it just switched to Alpha 101.7 FM out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. They're playing One by U2. Tags: ISS   music   radio   space
  • A Brief History Of Graphics In Video Games

    Jason Kottke
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    From Stuart Brown, a five-part video series on the history of graphics in video games. Here's part one: The entire playlist is here. Tags: Stuart Brown   video   video games
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    Charlene Li

  • How Good Is Your Social Business Governance?

    Charlene Li
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    In our research and client work at Altimeter, one of the most misunderstood issues we see is social business governance. I’ve seen it defined as everything from social media policies and risk management to organizational structures. My colleague Ed Terpening and I just published a report on how to think about governance – and in […] The post How Good Is Your Social Business Governance? appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Lessons from the Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Charlene Li
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    25 years ago, I was living in Amsterdam watching the events unfold in Berlin, as the Wall Fell. I saw history in the making on the TV and wanted to be there to witness it. I bought a ticket and took the night train to Berlin, arriving early Saturday morning. I found a youth hostel, […] The post Lessons from the Fall of the Berlin Wall appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Fun Foray: Electric Vehicle Test Drive

    Charlene Li
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Occasionally, I’ll depart from my usual writing about business and technology and post about something more personal, which I call a Fun Foray.  I recently had the opportunity to test drive an electric vehicle (EV) over the weekend — a Chevy Spark — thanks to the Experience Electric #TheBetterRide program. Background: I’m an ardent hybrid owner […] The post Fun Foray: Electric Vehicle Test Drive appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • My TED Talk: Leading in the Digital Era

    Charlene Li
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    I crossed an item off my bucket list when I gave a TED Talk at TED@IBM on Sept. 23rd. The event was part of the new TED Institute, which partners with companies to create TED-curated events. The title of my talk was “Giving Up Control: Leading in the Digital Era”. One key data point from Gallup […] The post My TED Talk: Leading in the Digital Era appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Blogging as a State of Mind: Reflections on 10 Years of Blogging

    Charlene Li
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Ten years ago today, I wrote my first blog post, entitled “Blogging as a State of Mind”. I still vividly remember the moment — my palms were sweating as I pressed the “Publish” button on my Typepad blog for the first time. I was excited, but nervous about what was going to happen. What would […] The post Blogging as a State of Mind: Reflections on 10 Years of Blogging appeared first on Charlene Li.
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  • [Sponsor] The New Doxie Go Wi-Fi — Scan Anywhere, $50 Off for DF Readers

    Daring Fireball Department of Commerce
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Just released: Doxie Go Wi-Fi is the tiny, rechargeable document and receipt scanner that scans anywhere — no computer required — then syncs wirelessly to your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Doxie’s elegant Mac and iOS apps make it easy to go paperless. Doxie handles any workflow — save scans to your desktop, share with your favorite apps, or send to cloud services like Evernote and Dropbox. A new open developer API lets you build Doxie support into your service, software, or personal paperless workflow. Check it out — and, just for Daring Fireball readers, get $50 off now…
  • Darren Wilson’s Testimony Is Unbelievable

    John Gruber
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    Ezra Klein, writing at Vox: But on Monday night, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch released the evidence given to the grand jury, including the interview police did with Wilson in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. And so we got to read, for the first time, Wilson’s full, immediate account of his altercation with Brown. And it is unbelievable. I mean that in the literal sense of the term: “difficult or impossible to believe.” But I want to be clear here. I’m not saying Wilson is lying. I’m not saying his testimony is false. I am saying that the…
  • Android Gradient Screenshot Madness

    John Gruber
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Peter-Paul Koch: It turns out that there are differences between gradients on the various Android devices. This is not a browser thing, but an actual device thing. I compared the same gradient test on different Android devices in Firefox, Android WebKit, and Chrome, and found the same differences between the browsers. It became obvious that there are incompatibilities between these Androids’ graphical … thingies, and that browsers don’t (can’t?) work around them. So I thought I’d write a snarky post embellished with some screenshots. It was when I had made those screenshots that…
  • Paul Ford on HTML5 and the World of Web Standards

    John Gruber
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    Paul Ford, writing for The New Yorker: You might have read that, on October 28th, W3C officially recommended HTML5. And you might know that this has something to do with apps and the Web. The question is: Does this concern you? The answer, at least for citizens of the Internet, is yes: it is worth understanding both what HTML5 is and who controls the W3C. And it is worth knowing a little bit about the mysterious, conflict-driven cultural process whereby HTML5 became a “recommendation.” Billions of humans will use the Web over the next decade, yet not many of those people are in a position…
  • iPhone 6 Pixels

    John Gruber
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    Bryan Jones put the iPhone 6 (regular) display under a microscope: When the iPhone 5 came out, Apple bonded the display to the glass in an effort to get the pixels closer to the surface and Apple has appeared to make the pixels in the 6 even closer still. Some of what we are seeing with the iPhone 6 may be a polarizing filter underneath the glass, but even so, the glass appears thinner and required less focus distance adjustment to get from the surface of the glass to the pixel on another microscope. I don’t know what that precise distance is in microns between the surface of the glass and…
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  • Five Things I Learned In Five Years

    David Armano
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    According to the US Department of labor—the average tenure at at job for 2014 is 4.6 years. In less than a month, I'll be celebrating five years at Edelman, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect in what can be learned in five years, not just on the job but in life as well. I'm a big believer that looking back can help you look forward, so here are are a few things I've learned over the past five years. Mentorship Comes In Many FormsThe traditional image of a mentor is someone who takes you under their wing, puts time aside for you, and imparts wisdom—often a more senior person…
  • Responsive Brand: Chevrolet's #Technologyandstuff

    David Armano
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The Responsive Brand In A Real Time Business Environment In Edelman’s Brandshare study of 15,0000 people worldwide—we asked consumers to tell us which brand behaviours were most important to them. The number one most important behaviour indicated was a brand’s ability to respond quickly to concerns and complaints with 78% of consumers saying it’s important but only 17% feeling brands do this well. But we think a brand’s responsiveness goes beyond replying to people’s concerns and also extends into all forms of communication and engagement in a real time context.  Recently,…
  • Societal: The Third Dimension Of Modern Day Brand Building

    David Armano
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    I started writing this blog back in 2006 and the namesake was completely intentional. "Logic+Emotion" symbolizes the way we've been building brands for the past sixty plus years. Marketers have always known that they have to reach people emotionally in order to capture their attention. We're emotional beings by design and often times make decisions based on how we feel. Our emotions serve as clues that explain our behaviors. We buy clothes because we need them—but the styles and brands we choose have more to do with our psycology than the basic need we must fill. In the same breath we have…
  • Did Google Just Re-Invent E-mail With Inbox?

    David Armano
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    While Google Glass appears to be in its death throes, Google is quietly if not systematically re-inventing the digital work horse many of us have a love hate relationship with (mostly hate these days)—E-mail. I've been spending some time with Google's recently released app simply called "Inbox" and after five minutes of use the only thing that kept popping up in my head was this: Is it possible that Google is making e-mail enjoyable again? That's a lofty goal because right now for many of us, e-mail has become a second and third full time job. We use it so much at work that we're often…
  • Three Things Consumers Want From Brands Today: Responsiveness, Involvement and Conviction

    David Armano
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    I'm doing a mini tour of Texas this week having just left Austin and tomorrow I present some of our findings from Edelman's 2014 global study, Brandshare, in Dallas (full report here). The last time I talked about Brandshare, I focused on the macro theme of the report—that consumers indicated brands aren't living up to their side of the relationship when it comes to the value exchange that exists (or doesn't) with brands. The important context here is that we are talking about the relationship beyond the transactions (consumer buys product or services and "consumes"—rinse and repeat). We…
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  • Massive Spreadsheet: Collaborative Economy Funding

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Click on the above image, or you can advance to the SpreadSheet of the Collaborative Economy Funding, to see a mulit-tab analysis of funding, which I update on a regular basis.  Caveat: This sheet is incomplete: there’s data that people continue to submit to me, and also early stage funding is often not reported in public. The Collaborative Economy continues to be a darling of tech investors. In a few short years, these companies have received incredible funding, totaling nearly $7 billion across 169 startups, with no signs of it slowing, as startups continue to seek investors to raise…
  • Funding Comparison: Social Networks vs Collaborative Economy

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Social networks were the first phase of digital P2P. They enabled anyone to create media and then share it. The Collaborative Economy is the second phase. It enables anyone to create goods and share what they already own. So, how similar or different are the funding amounts for these two movements? This post provides some insight. There are many ways to compare industries. I’ve conducted analysis on: adoption rates, attitudes, growth rates, and, in tech-heavy industry, funding rates. While investors have often known to be wrong, funding indicates bullish attitudes based on financial…
  • WSJ Essay: The Ups and Downs of Crowd-Based Resources

    2 Nov 2014 | 3:24 am
    Below is my most recent essay to the WSJ Accelerator series, a dedicated section for the the fast-moving business audience. In this essay, I explore how we’re drinking our own champagne at Crowd Companies, by exploring and adopting crowd-based services. The Ups and Downs of Crowd-Based Resources Entrepreneurs today have no shortage of crowd-based services to augment their business models. Most people are probably familiar with Lyft and Uber, the ridesharing transportation services, but a large and dynamic industry of crowdsourced tools has emerged to help manage many aspects of running…
  • The Three Reasons the Collaborative Economy is Happening Now

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Your customers are making their own goods in the Maker Movement and sharing their resources, rather than buying them from you! Do you know why? We’ve conducted pragmatic research via interviews and other methods to find out. Consumers don’t need to continually buy from traditional companies because they are making, sharing, renting and lending goods & services among themselves. [This rising behavior is being caused by three major trends: Social, Economic, and Technology drivers]   Analysis of Three Market Drivers: The Causes for the Collaborative Economy In the research…
  • Slides and Data: The Collaborative Economy Disrupts Revenue

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Below: see embedded slides, also on Slideshare Disruption Data: The Collaborative Economy Enables P2P Commerce from Jeremiah Owyang Ten years ago, we forecasted that social media would be disruptive to corporations. It was, but mainly to marketing functions, customer care, and corporate communications functions. Fast forward to today, using these technologies and mobile apps, we’re seeing the rise of people getting what they need from each other: They’re sharing homes, cars, rides, money, goods, and their time. This Collaborative Economy is forcing companies to rethink the relationship…
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  • The Tyranny of Expectations

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Last year I rejoined the ranks of the spouse-free. Things sure changed since the last time I was single. For starters, it is not necessary for men to ask women for revealing selfies. Those photos just start showing up on your phone after you exchange numbers. A revealing selfie in 2014 is essentially just a digital business card for your dating life.I have also discovered that the most-used characters on my phone keyboard are emoticons. When single people text each other, every sentence has to end with an exclamation mark or a smiley emoticon or else it looks like you lost interest since the…
  • Uber Gets the Buzzfeed Treatment

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Recently a dipshit editor named Ben Smith over at Buzzfeed ambushed Uber executive Emil Michael by taking out of context something Michael said at a private dinner and publishing it under a misleading headline. It was such a clever ambush that Emil Michael couldn't hope to explain himself without inflaming things further. So he wisely issued a half-assed non-apology-sort-of-apology to make it all go away.But he's stained. That stuff lives forever on the Internet. It was a total hit job and Buzzfeed pulled it off. As Buzzfeed's own article explains, they have a grudge with Uber…
  • A Life Well-lived

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How do you know if you're living your life right? Is there a standard for that sort of thing?I came up with a little graph of what I think a well-lived life looks like. The idea here is that we are born 100% selfish, as babies. But if we manage our lives well, our selfishness declines continuously until death. Death is the ultimate lack of selfishness.I came to this idea by observing the natural evolution in my own selfishness over the years. In my twenties I would have chewed through a hundred not-yet-dead bodies to get to the top of the pile. In my fifties, I make most of my decisions…
  • How to Stop Teens from Texting while Driving

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    You would become a billionaire if you built a device to stop teens from texting and driving. The insurance companies would love it.I think I figured out an elegant way to stop teens from texting. Yes, I could form a company to produce the product myself. But building a company takes time, and luck, and patent applications, and lots more. I would be dicking around trying to form a company while thousands of people die in the meantime.So I'm going to release this idea for anyone who wants to take a run at it. I think insurance companies would be first in line. And I think they can act…
  • The Transparency Party

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The other day a friend mentioned that he would vote for the first presidential candidate that agrees to wear a GoPro camera on her head and live-stream every working minute of the presidency. My first reaction to the idea was that it was funny but impractical.But . . . the idea was coming from one of the smartest people I know. So I listened as he unfolded his thoughts. There's a lot of cleverness baked into this simple idea, and it is more doable than you first think.Imagine a charismatic, science-loving candidate, under 40, running a presidential campaign while wearing a GoPro on her…
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  • The Most Spectacular Place You’ll Never See

    Doc Searls
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Unless you look out the window. When I did that on 4 November 2007, halfway between London and Denver, I saw this: Best I could tell at the time, this was Greenland. That’s how I labeled it in this album on Flickr. For years after that, I kept looking at Greenland maps, trying to find where, exactly, these glaciers and mountains… …were. While I’m sure there are good maps of Greenland somewhere (Nuuk? Denmark?), Google, Bing and the rest are no help. Nor are the fat world atlases. Here’s an island the size of a continent, with lots of Fjords and islands and…
  • On “native” advertising

    Doc Searls
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    In an email today I was asked by a PR person if I wanted to talk with somebody at a major newspaper about its foray into “native” advertising — a euphemism for ads made to look like editorial matter. Among other things they asked if native advertising would “signify the death of credible journalism.” Here was my response: I think tricking up advertising to look like journalism crosses a line I wish (name of paper) would keep up as a thick wall. In publishing, editorial is church and advertising is state. The difference should be clear, and the latter should not be…
  • Some thoughts on App Based Car Services (ABCS)

    Doc Searls
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:18 pm
    I started using Uber in April. According to my Uber page on the Web, I’ve had fifteen rides so far. But, given all the bad news that’s going down, my patronage of the company is at least suspended. As an overdue hedge, I just signed up with Lyft. I’m also looking at BlaBlaCar here in the U.K. (where I am at the moment), plus other alternatives, including plain old taxis and car services again. But here are a few learnings I’ve gained in the meantime. First Uber isn’t about “ride sharing.” That’s just marketing gloss at this point. Instead Uber is what’s coming to be…
  • Summer vs. School

    Doc Searls
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    This was me in the summer of ’53, between Kindergarten and 1st Grade, probably in July, the month I turned six years old: I’m the one with the beer. And this was me in 1st Grade, Mrs. Heath’s class: I’m in the last row by the aisle with my back against the wall, looking lost, which I was. Some kids are good at school. I sucked at it until my junior year in college. That was when I finally grokked a rule: Find what the teachers want, and give them more than that. When I shared this insight with my wife, she said “I figured that out in the third grade.” She…
  • Winter arrives

    Doc Searls
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    It’s already snowing across eastern Pennsylvania and much of New Jersey and upstate New York: Still raining steadily here in New York, but hey: snow might come. Either way, Winter’s here.
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  • Attention All Software Engineers: Please Volunteer During The Hour Of Code

    Fred Wilson
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:08 am
    The Hour Of Code is a great hack that introduces coding to students in K-12 schools all around the country. Most schools don’t have CS teachers and CS classes. But any teacher in any classroom in any school can find one hour to get their students in front of a computer writing code. And so that’s what the hour of code does. Last year 15mm students did an hour of code. Think about that for a second. 15mm students wrote code for an hour last year. That’s a gateway to something more for the students, teachers, and schools. Which is exactly the point. The Hour Of Code happens…
  • The Emerging Architecture Of Internet Applications

    Fred Wilson
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    The bitcoin blockchain is not just going to change the way money works on the Internet (and off). It’s going to change the way Internet applications are built. We have been working hard to understand how things are going to look in five to ten years and Joel Monegro has been providing much of that thought leadership inside our firm. Since we are not into keeping our insights to ourselves, we have encouraged Joel to publish all of our work in this area (and every area). And today Joel has posted something that is really important and needs to be understood by every Internet/mobile…
  • Orbital Boot Camp

    Fred Wilson
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    One of the things I am most proud of is the alumni group at USV. It is an outstanding group of men and women who have gone on to do some awesome things. We don’t have a career trajectory at USV. We bring talented people in for a while, we learn from them and they learn from us, and then they head out into the world and do great things. One of these alums is Gary Chou. Everyone who has met Gary knows he is an incredible person. He is generous to a fault. Which is an asset in my book. He is also very talented. He operates at the epicenter of making, coding, designing, building, and…
  • Comments Are Dead, Long Live Comments

    Fred Wilson
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:19 am
    Yet another mainstream media site took down comments this week. In the post explaining the move, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher explained that “as social media has continued its robust growth, the bulk of discussion of our stories is increasingly taking place there, making onsite comments less and less used and less and less useful.” That led to a fair bit of discussion around the notion that “commenting is dead.” And like many things that are “dead”, the truth is that they are flourishing elsewhere. Just this week we had a post here at AVC with 880…
  • Video Of The Week: Hating On People

    Fred Wilson
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    I’m not a celebrity by any means, but I get hated on in public every so often. hahahahaha Fred Wilson your an IDIOT! — Ty Hudson (@ooko0) April 8, 2011 It doesn’t feel good to be honest. I really like what Jimmy Kimmel did here to highlight the issue
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    John Battelle's Search Blog

  • Google: The Information-First Conglomerate

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:43 pm
    The post Google: The Information-First Conglomerate appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Larry Page on the cover of Fortune, Nov. 13 2014 Last week Google CEO Larry Page got the Fortune magazine cover treatment, the latest of many such pieces attempting to quantify Google’ sprawling business. The business press is obsessed with answering the question of whether we’ve reached “Peak Google.” (Clearly Fortune’s opinion is that we have not, given they named him “Businessperson of the Year.”) “Peak Google” is what I like to…
  • The Web Will Kill Apps

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The post The Web Will Kill Apps appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Lots of the “apps are killing the web” meme going around these days, with the latest batch of casket sealant come from no greater validator of commonly agreed upon wisdom than the Wall St. Journal. “The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It” argues Christopher Mims, and it’s hard to argue with him given the preponderance of current evidence. I disagree. I am in the midst of a long stew on the future of mobile, it’s taken me through deep links and intelligent links, to the future…
  • The Internet Big Five: Doubling In Three Years On A Trillion Dollar Base

    16 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The post The Internet Big Five: Doubling In Three Years On A Trillion Dollar Base appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. From time to time I have tracked what I call the “Internet Big Five” – the key platform technology companies that are driving the Internet economy. Nearly three years ago I wrote the first of this series – The Internet Big Five. I identified Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook as the “big five,” and compared their relative strengths in financials, consumer reach, and technology strengths. Some of the metrics were…
  • Whither the Public Commons? Enter The Private Corporation

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:10 pm
    The post Whither the Public Commons? Enter The Private Corporation appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (image) From time to time a piece reminds us that we are in a slow, poorly articulated struggle over what we hold as a public commons. That was the case with Vanity Fair’s Man and Uber Man, a profile of Uber’s Travis Kalanick by Kara Swisher. Swisher deftly captures Kalanick’s combative approach in prosecuting what he calls Uber’s “political campaign” to beat established regulated markets in transportation, a campaign he believes he must…
  • Else 11.03.14: It’s Over, Google. Now What?

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    The post Else 11.03.14: It’s Over, Google. Now What? appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (image) Our friends in the press have decided that search has had its decade in the sun, and I can’t disagree, at least as it was known before. The question of how it becomes something else is still very much afoot, but not solved. But glimmerings abound, including from Twitter. For more, read on for the week’s best links…. Google’s dominance in search is nearing its peak – Quartz A number of “Peak Google” pieces are in the air. But let’s…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Basecamp Stickers

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    I really dug Apple’s Stickers commercial and the other day I thought, “Heck! We have stickers and laptops and dubstep!” So, why not make one of our own? I found the song and created a short waveform animation which I used as a template for the stop motion. I took 900 separate images of the sticker positions and cut it down to the 30 seconds you see here. Check out the full 60-second video here.
  • Sharing a first draft

    Jason Fried
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Been working on some copy for the Basecamp site. I don’t know where it’s going to go yet – maybe on a new page, maybe it’ll replace something else, maybe we’ll even test it as the new home page. But I wasn’t thinking of where it was going to go when I wrote it. I was just thinking about what I wanted to communicate, what I wanted to say. It’s sort of an ode to project managers. So I wrote it. It’s not done, but I thought I’d share it so far. Here it is: You’re responsible for getting a project done. You need to pull together a variety of…
  • Writing-first Design

    Jonas Downey
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    A quick way to measure a designer’s maturity is to watch what they do at the beginning of a project. Inexperienced designers are often smitten by the allure of new tools and quick results, so they’ll jump in to Photoshop or Sketch and start messing with layouts and style explorations. Seasoned designers know this can be distracting, so they might start by doing research or drawing in a paper sketchbook instead. Sketching is great, but before I start sketching, I start writing. Writing first has lots of advantages, regardless of the project you’re working on. Here are a few examples.
  • A Glimpse of Artificial Intelligence

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    At 8:15 AM I called Safelite Auto Glass for a quote to fix a chip in my car’s windshield. I wasn’t expecting to get the work done today, but the customer service rep gave me a great deal. We scheduled the appointment for 9:30 AM. Then he asked if he could send me an email confirmation. Normally I don’t give out my email address because I don’t want to get on another mailing list. However, in my past experience there’s been miscommunication between the corporate call center and the place of service. In truth, the $50 Safelite quote was way below the $140 dealer…
  • Art and Craft

    Wailin Wong
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Priceless cultural artifacts and works of art belong in a museum, as Indiana Jones taught us. But if the museum doesn’t have the space for that painting or Cross of Coronado, these pieces go to companies like The Icon Group. Photo by Michael Berger Founded in 1980, The Icon Group is a specialized moving and storage business that performs the vital but unsung task of boxing up fine art objects and storing them safely. There’s an incredible amount of knowledge and skill that goes into handling an oddly shaped or fragile piece, and companies like The Icon Group only gain that…
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  • Become a Bigger You

    Chris Brogan
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I found myself observing many people who were dressed for their nights on the town as if they were starring in a movie or TV show about Vegas. They wore shiny faux-gold sunglasses at night (pretty sure they don’t do this at home). They left three or so buttons undone on their shirts (can you imagine that kind of look at your office?). They wore little black dresses and super high heels and they carried purses that glittered like warfare. As judgmental as I like to be, I am enamored with the idea because in all cases, people were allowing themselves to play, to…
  • Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade Mourning My Childhood’s Holiday Rituals

    Chris Brogan
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    It’s the strangest thing: I’m sitting on a plane bound for Las Vegas where I’ll attend the premiere of a documentary that I participated in, and I am doing what I do mostly: observing people and their decisions. An older woman in the seat in front of me is on her iPad and using the in-flight wifi, a marvel of technology that allows us nearly unfettered access to the universe while at 30,000 feet! And here’s what she’s doing. She’s typed “brown fur sweater” into the search bar at . Continue ReadingThe post Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade…
  • Look Beyond the Sniper Rifle

    Chris Brogan
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    I had the pleasure of interviewing Brandon Webb, CEO of Force 12 Media about many things: his writing, his web empire, his books, his view on ISIS, and a lot more. His background, such as it is, includes having run the US Navy SEAL sniper training program and training several of the world’s deadliest snipers. What ended up being interesting to me is that Brandon is often brought onto shows to comment as a US Navy SEAL, but they tend to underutilize his perspective, or ask general questions like, “Boy, it sure is hard to get through your training as a SEAL, isn’t it?”…
  • You Need a Better Network

    Chris Brogan
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    I am fortunate to know people like Carey Lohrenz, the first female F14 combat pilot, who gave me the shirt in the picture above. She wrote a great book called Fearless Leadership, by the way, a Wall Street Journal bestseller about how to be a better personal leader and then how to lead others. She’s a top shelf kind of person to know, and I intend to connect with her as often as possible over the coming years. I added her to my Whatsapp account for that reason, too. I want to be able to connect with her when I need something, or when I have something to offer her. Continue ReadingThe…
  • Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I’m pretty excited to announce a new project I’m doing with the legendary Grant Cardone on his Whatever it Takes Network. It’s called Freakshow and it’s a video show about entrepreneurship but often from the perspective of some extraordinary types you wouldn’t normally get a chance to sit down with and talk business. If you like my other projects, you’ll have a blast with this. Continue ReadingThe post Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon appeared first on
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  • A syllabus for Thanksgiving break

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    "Last night I sat there struggling with the duty I have to destroy that innocent notion of hers, a notion born of my ignorance and my privilege, the privilege shared by so many other well-intentioned but naive white parents."
  • One of the daily ways in which I betray my primitive ancestors

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    No, Paleolithic humans did not drink lattes, and they were grumpy and aggressive as shit.
  • Keeping watch over her flock

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    Glad tidings of great joy Coco brings to her ailing sheep.
  • My ailing Butternut

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Sharing my bed with the other kid this week.

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I'm sure that there are at least fifty posts on my site with that title, but this one... this one really deserves it.
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    Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO

  • Election Day should be a holiday

    Matt Cutts
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    I’m looking at this list of federal holidays, and you know what I’m thinking? I’m thinking fuck Columbus Day. Who the hell cares about Columbus Day except for mattress stores? Instead, let’s scratch Columbus Day and make Election Day a national holiday. Turnout on Election Day was only 36.6 percent in 2014, according to Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont. If we made Election Day a holiday, it would be easier for people to vote. People would actually start to look forward to Election Day, too. By the way, you know you else would like to make Election Day a holiday?
  • Premortems

    Matt Cutts
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Google has a pretty good culture of doing postmortems. When something fails, someone close to the failure tries to document what happened and why. A good postmortem document should also point the way to avoid similar mistakes in the future. Mistakes happen, but you don’t want to make the same mistakes over and over again. Instead, it’s important to try to get to the root of a problem and fix it there. Failure can be a good thing if you learn valuable lessons along the way. But it’s also a rule of thumb of software engineering that it’s 10x harder to catch a problem at…
  • Watching Anita Sarkeesian at XOXO

    Matt Cutts
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    I had one more experience at the XOXO Festival that I wanted to mention. I really enjoyed Anita Sarkeesian’s talk. You can watch it here: Sarkeesian explained her experience with humor and grace, and that really resonated with me. I don’t want to join the tone police–passionate voices have a role in this discussion too, and passion may work well for others. But I know it can be hard to take abuse while making your case with civility, and I admired Sarkeesian’s ability to rise above the fray. As part of my job, I’ve unfortunately become somewhat of a connoisseur…
  • Fostering open source services

    Matt Cutts
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Open source is really good at creating products. Almost any commercial software package or product like Word, Excel, Windows, or Photoshop has a great open source equivalent. However, open source has been less successful at creating services. Where’s the open source version of Google, or Facebook, or Twitter, or Gmail, or Craigslist? You could sum it up with this drawing: Now to be fair, the bottom-right box isn’t completely empty. There’s Wikipedia, which is a phenomenal service/website supported by donations. There’s Tor, where many companies and people volunteer to…
  • Powerful USB chargers

    Matt Cutts
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:14 pm
    If you’re a geek like me, there’s probably a bank or cluster of micro USB chargers somewhere in your house for recharging phones, tablets, Kindles, headphones, etc. Lately I’ve been playing with a couple USB chargers that I really like. One is a USB charger with 3.5 amp (!) output. Just for context, a typical micro USB charger might be one amp. So this adapter has the potential to charge USB devices much faster than a conventional charger. The other USB charger is 4A, but with dual micro USB plugs. So each micro USB plug puts out 2 amps–which is still quite a lot. I…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Work Simply

    John Jantsch
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:37 am
    Work Simply written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Carson Tate photo credit: garryknight via photopin cc Routine, process, to-do and task lists – that’s how we get stuff done right? Turns out the most productive individuals all have one thing in common and that’s a system. In search for that one, perfect system people use GTD, Franklin-Covey, Note pad, Evernote and a variety of hybrid tricks and tools. My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Carson Tate, author of…
  • Weekend Favs November Twenty Two

    John Jantsch
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    Weekend Favs November Twenty Two 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. Trained another great group of Duct Tape Marketing Consultants this week! Good stuff I found this week: Boomerang Calendar – Google…
  • Social Media Gives Consumers and Brands a Direct Connection

    Guest Post
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    Social Media Gives Consumers and Brands a Direct Connection 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 Jessica Davis– Enjoy! photo credit: Matt Hamm via photopin cc Remember a time when it was not possible to share your opinions about a specific product with others because there was no outlet. Not too long ago, the consumer was considered to be at the bottom of the pyramid. There was no way to display dissatisfaction with the services received or products…
  • How and Why to Conduct a Meaningful Content Audit

    Guest Post
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    How and Why to Conduct a Meaningful Content Audit 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 Liz O’Neil Dennison – Enjoy! You’ve probably heard that a content audit is essential for driving engagement and revenue with content. But what is it, exactly? Why do you need one? And how do you do begin to tackle such a laborious task? Read on. What Is a Content Audit? A content audit is a qualitative analysis of all the content your company has ever published…
  • Telling the Story of You

    John Jantsch
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Telling the Story of You written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Judy Carter photo credit: Will Tull via photopin cc Storytelling in business is a hot topic. Marketers, leaders and brand builders are all encouraged to create narratives around their business, culture and even products. Pay attention to a great deal of the television advertising you see today and you’ll find that many possess a little story about who you could become if you only bought their product. Stories possess the power to drive emotional…
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • Disruptive sounds help aging brain ignore distractions

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:59 pm
    (Credit: iStock) As we age, we have an increasingly harder time ignoring distractions. But by learning to discriminate a sound amidst progressively more disruptive distractions, we can diminish our distractibility, new research in Cell Press journal Neuron reveals. A similar strategy might also help children with attention deficits or individuals with other mental challenges. Distractibility (the inability to sustain focus on a goal due to attention to irrelevant stimuli) can have a negative effect on basic daily activities, and is a hallmark of the aging mind. Where were we? Oh, right, the…
  • New targeted, noninvasive treatments for mental illness to combine TMS and ultrasound

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Transcranial magnetic stimulation can stimulate brain circuits near the surface for treating conditions like depression and anxiety; ultrasound (right) can reach deeper into the brain and more precisely. Stanford researchers hope to combine them. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons and Stanford University) A new interdisciplinary Stanford University initiative called NeuroCircuit aims to find the specific brain circuits that are responsible for mental-health conditions and then develop ways of noninvasively stimulate those circuits to potentially lead to improved treatments for depression, anxiety,…
  • Wireless electronic implants deliver antibiotic, then harmlessly dissolve

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Optical (and corresponding IR) images of the dissolution of implant device (top row: powering induction coil with resistor/heater) (credit: Tufts University) Imagine an electronic implant that delivers a drug when triggered by a remote wireless signal — then harmlessly dissolves (no post-surgical infection concerns, no fuss, no muss) within minutes or weeks. That’s what researchers at Tufts University and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana have demonstrated* in mice, using a resistor (as a source of heat for releasing drug and help dissolving the implant) and a…
  • Does virtual reality space you out?

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    (Credit: IMAX Corporation) Put rats in an IMAX-like surround virtual world limited to vision only, and the neurons in their hippocampi* seem to fire completely randomly — and more than half of those neurons shut down — as if the neurons had no idea where the rat was, UCLA neurophysicists found in a recent experiment. Put another group of rats in a real room (with sounds and odors) designed to look like the virtual room, and they were just fine. “Since so many people are using virtual reality, it is important to understand why there are such big differences,” said Mayank Mehta,…
  • How permanent stress may lead to mental disorders

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    Microglia cells from rat cortex before (left) and after (right) traumatic brain injury (credit: Wikimedia Commons) Activated through permanent stress, immune cells in the brain can cause changes to the brain, resulting in mental disorders, a research team headed by professor Georg Juckel, Medical Director of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) LWL university clinic, has found. The research was based on psychoneuroimmunology, the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. The team focused mainly on microglia, a type of glial…
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Email Spell Check

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    I kind of want spell check for emails I receive, not just ones I send. Also someone needs to make a Ubiquiti server hosting service.
  • Life Hack

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Life Hack: Put leftovers on top of your Mac Pro to keep them warm.
  • Science of Hits

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    “Because the most-popular songs now stay on the charts for months, the relative value of a hit has exploded. The top 1 percent of bands and solo artists now earn 77 percent of all revenue from recorded music, media researchers report. And even though the amount of digital music sold has surged, the 10 best-selling tracks command 82 percent more of the market than they did a decade ago. The advent of do-it-yourself artists in the digital age may have grown music’s long tail, but its fat head keeps getting fatter.” — The Shazam Effect.
  • Peak Beard

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    “If, like me, you are a staunch pogonophile and do not believe there is a single man who cannot be improved with a beard, these are happy times indeed.” The Guardian asks Have we reached peak beard?. Also check out their take on the lumbersexual, which a closet full of plaid shirts might indicate I’m trending toward.
  • Munchery is Eating the Restaurant

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Munchery is Eating the Restaurant, a cool write-up of Munchery which I’ve been a long-time fan of and is an Audrey company. Whenever I’m in SF I order from Munchery.
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    blog maverick

  • My Conversation with Business Insider about Net Neutrality

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Hey Mark, A few things that stood out from your recent string of Tweets: Yes, broadband speed and quality have gotten better. But it’s still behind the most of the developed world. We pay a lot more on average for slower speeds on average. The overarching problem is that there is no competition among ISPs. They each have monopolies where they operate. That in turn gives them little incentive to provide better service, invest in infrastructure, and so on. In fact investment in those things have declined over the last four years. Allowing ISPs to compete would be wonderful, but…
  • Another interview about streaming media from 1999

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    As I clean up or find old emails for whatever reason, its always interesting to run across old interviews I did about the future of streaming media.  This interview was with Kevin Werbach who along with Esther Dyson wrote one of the leading newsletters of the time. Here is the entire email, the good and the bad At 02:48 PM 8/9/99 -0400, Kevin Werbach wrote: Thanks for your message.  I’ll definitely be in touch when I put the piece together (probably either September or October), as your perspective would be very helpful. The primary question I’m asking is how streaming video…
  • The 6 Things You Need to Know to be Great in Business

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
    There are no shortcuts in business.  In order to be successful there are some things that you must know.  These are not all of them by a long shot, but IMHO they are 6 of the most important   1. Know how to sell. Selling means being able to convey why your product or service, which may be you if you are looking for a job,  will make things better. Selling is never about convincing. It is always about helping. 2. Put yourself in the shoes of your customer If you know how to put the person you are dealing with in a position to succeed, you can be successful. In order to do this, you…
  • 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…
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    Tom Peters

  • 12 Whirlwind Days in Japan

    Tom Peters
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    One essayist ungrammatically called Japan “uniquely unique.” Ungrammatical or not, it is perhaps accurate. In addition to jet lag following a 13+ hour flight from Boston to Tokyo, the intrigue of Japanese culture per se gripped me instantly. My wife, Susan, is a tapestry weaver, textile designer, and avid gardener, and this was her first […] The post 12 Whirlwind Days in Japan appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Video: Tom on Mittelstand

    Cathy Mosca
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    Tom recently had a chance to talk to CNBC on a subject that’s dear to him: Germany’s Mittelstand. Medium-sized companies that are a driving force in the economy. He’s been a champion of the phenomenon for years, so it’s good to see that others are joining the discussion. Watch the video to get in on […] The post Video: Tom on Mittelstand appeared first on Tom Peters.

    Tom Peters
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Respect is not “earned.” Respect given is automatic—though you may upon occasion discover that it was not, alas, merited. Respect is the default position. Disrespect must be earned. Respect is the greatest motivator of all. Every human being has an interesting story. You’ll find it if you give a shit. (And listen.) Everyone has a […] The post RESPECT++ IN 140 CHARACTERS appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Guadalahara

    Cathy Mosca
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Tom’s chosen topic for his appearance today in Guadalahara is “Innovate … or Perish.” If you were in the audience and would like to have the slides he used, you can download the PowerPoint presentation here. There’s also a long Web-only version if you want more in-depth coverage of the topic. Enjoy! The post Guadalahara appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • The Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 42Revision, 27 October 2014

    Tom Peters
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    What follows is a slightly revised version of the Project Leadership Excellence 42 list from my presentation last week to the PMI Leadership Institute confab. We have also attached this list in both PDF and PowerPoint formats. 1. Politics as nuisance-distraction vs. “Politics Is Life. RELISH It.” 2. IQ > EQ vs. EQ > IQ. […] The post The Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 42Revision, 27 October 2014 appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni

  • Secrets, Gossip, and Rumors

    Valeria Maltoni
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    Noah Brier has an interesting bit about secrets# in which he quotes Peter Thiel on secrets (I go from Zero to Italian). Thiel uses gossip as an example of silly secrets. Maybe. Yet I like to look a bit more closely to what is behind behaviors. If you are in the business of behavioral change/impact, you should be interested in understanding how information spreads. In my research and work on influence over the years, I have come across the ideas of gossip and rumors as two ways people -- i.e. social animals -- use to connect with each other. The intent and place they come from vary slightly.
  • Overcoming the Three Most Common Challenges with Content Production

    Valeria Maltoni
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    As consumers, it is easy to see how technology is transforming our experience by giving us the ability to research and compare options when it comes to product choices. Likely, the brands that win our preference strike a good balance between convenience, cost, and a compelling story. Research shows that by the time they click “buy” – physically, and online – people have done their due diligence. On average, individuals are 57% through their research process by the time they contact a sales person. Shoppers and customers using a web site and/or walking into a store are armed with…
  • Content Strategy for the Customer Journey: Marketing that Makes Business Sense

    Valeria Maltoni
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    First, I’d like to offer some definition: a content strategy is the systematic approach for an organization to deliver the most relevant and appropriate content to the person seeking it at the time of need.It takes into consideration a) how content is experienced -- for example, items like screen size, and considerations like mobility -- b) how it is delivered -- the technology managing it, and considerations about it becoming a pathway for collaboration -- and c) its governance, or the processes and corporate policies that determine the why, what, where, when, and who of content…
  • Digital Prescription for Building a Good Web

    Valeria Maltoni
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    So SnapCash is really an identity play for ads and revenue for SnapChat and an ecosystem play for large mobile base for Square. Got it. — Bradley Leimer (@leimer) November 18, 2014 Making Sense: On the one hand we move through physical spaces like drones, by force of habit; on the other, we are becoming quite good at spotting differences that create an advantage for us. So far, it is a skill we are using mostly when shopping. How to Stop Annoying Behaviors and Handle Offensive People. Adam Grant: Dan Pink, is on a mission [...]. He’s the host of a new show on National Geographic called…
  • Designing to the Way Things Are

    Valeria Maltoni
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    The first step in a healthy process of figuring where to next is about recognizing where we are now. This means taking more of an outsider view -- because in our day-to-day we get so involved in what we do and say that we forget to notice their full impact. For example, taking the time to articulate how we work. Making it apparent by writing it down, including the connection and disc-connection points, so that we can: talk about what we want better make the/any roadblocks visible confront issues (hard on issues, soft on people) redraw, re-connect, and/or create the roadmap Change is often…
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • Diversity and Web Standards

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    ON THIS year’s Blue Beanie Day, as we celebrate web standards, we also celebrate our community’s remarkable diversity—and pledge to keep things moving in a positive, humanist direction. Racism, sexism, misogyny and other forms of foolish, wrongful pre-judging have no place in our beautiful community. As hard as we work to make sure our websites work for everyone, let’s work twice as hard to be certain we are just as open-hearted and welcoming to our peers as our designs are to our users.
  • No Ken Do (Musketeer Barbie Saves the Prince)

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    I WATCHED dozens of Barbie videos hundreds of times when my daughter was three and four years old. I can’t praise their animation, dialog, or other cinematic and literary qualities, but this I can say in their favor: every Barbie video we watched was feminist and empowering in its messaging. This was not the Barbie my girl cousin grew up with, wondering which outfit she should wear to please Ken. This Barbie kicked ass. In one video, set in 18th Century France, Barbie and her roommates overcame sexism to become Musketeers. They exposed a conspiracy, beat male villains at swordplay, and…
  • Love, Devotion, Surrender

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    5:00 AM at San Francisco Airport, Gate 41. A young mother, whose orange capped son sleeps profoundly across her lap, is not faring well with her mobile phone call. Her voice cuts like a razor through the somnolent silence. Mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, she cries. I don’t speak Spanish so it is the only word of her conversation I understand. The rest of the half-asleep passengers pretend not to listen. Her nails are elaborately pretty. There is a catch in her voice. The phone call ends and she hums to her child. She is so young.
  • Tested

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    WE ARE at a test prep program in Flatiron, where Ava is grudgingly taking an entrance exam. Lance, the program director, is good. He guarantees he can get Ava into a good middle school if she works. She is very resistant but between us we are making some progress. The place is about as fun-oriented as it could be. Lance is a game designer and animator. He is honest and doesn’t talk down to kids. But Ava is angry. She does not want to be here. Like many artistic people, she hates doing anything that doesn’t interest her. Also she sees the prep school as evidence that her mom and I…
  • Blue Beanie Day Tees & Hoodies

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    JUST IN TIME for Blue Beanie Day 2014, I’ve teamed up with our friends at Cotton Bureau to bring you Blue Beanie Day Tees and Blue Beanie Day Hoodies. For sale at cost (no profit). Hurry! Only 14 days left to buy: The eighth annual Blue Beanie Day in support of web standards will be celebrated around the world on November 30, 2014.
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Lewis Bertolucci on making Humana an Affordable Care Act resource in social media

    Andy Sernovitz
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a post from my company,’s blog. Check it out for more profiles and stories about the people running social at really big brands. Humana’s Head of Social Media, Lewis Bertolucci, has been a member since 2012. He sat down with us to let us behind the scenes of their social strategy during a very interesting time for the healthcare insurance industry. “Many people think of tax season and enrolling in healthcare in similar ways,” says Lewis Bertolucci, Head of Social Media at Humana, a health insurance company with over 12 million…
  • Don’t let the conversations end when the campaign’s over

    Andy Sernovitz
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a post from our project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. While one-off campaigns can be great for starting conversations, they can lose momentum quickly. Cards Against Humanity had such a promotion over the holidays. They told their fans they could pay whatever they wanted (even nothing) for the holiday edition of the game. That got a lot of people talking. But instead of letting the conversation stop after the holidays, Cards Against Humanity sent out a hilarious infographic that gave the details of the promotion. They…
  •’s area dedicated to dog people

    Andy Sernovitz
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a post from The Pursuit of Happiness, a blog on happy workplaces and work culture at my company, GasPedal. Check it out for more posts like this every week. Some people at work are dog people. Some aren’t. So how do you keep everyone happy? At, they have a “doggy daycare” of sorts — a large office space in their San Francisco office where dog-loving employees can bring their dogs to work each day. Dogs are confined to this area, which keeps the rest of the office quiet and dog free — and it still lets dog lovers bring their best friend to…
  • Newsletter #1015: The “Turn It Around” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    20 Nov 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.] Negative word of mouth, PR flubs, cavities — you can’t avoid them all, but some smart companies know what to do to turn them around and earn loyal fans and customers. Here’s how: 1. Before something bad happens 2. After something bad happens 3. While something bad is happening 4. Check it out: If The Moon Were Only One Pixel 1. Before something bad happens Everyone jokes…
  • Sharon Crost on five ways Hitachi Data Systems uses big social data to map the customer journey

    Andy Sernovitz
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a post from my company,’s blog. Check it out for more profiles and stories about the people running social at really big brands. For this case study, we dove into a presentation by Hitachi Data Systems’ Senior Social Business Lead, Sharon Crost, at our Brands-Only Summit in Orlando. Like most BtoBs, Hitachi has a difficult time mapping out their buyer’s journey. “It’s really difficult to say what our buyers actually use to make a decision and how we attribute that to revenue,” says Sharon Crost, Senior Social Business Lead for…
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  • Man Vs. Machine: Get Better Sales by Keeping Marketing Automation Human

    Guest Blogger
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Image via Flickr user Peyri Herrera This is a guest contribution from Veronica Taylor. Marketing automation without a human element is just a robot on autopilot. Before, during and after each automated campaign it is essential for real people to plan, edit and review. When campaigns aren’t working, they need to be tested and updated. Most people think of marketing automation as efficient yet impersonal. When used correctly, however, most automated marketing solutions now provide the possibility for highly targeted messages based on each customer’s personal interests, preferences…
  • 5 Sources of Ideas for My Blog Posts

    Darren Rowse
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    On a recent webinar over at I was asked by John: “Where do you get your ideas for blog posts?” It’s a question we get a lot so I thought it might be a good one to write up here on the blog. Discuss: I’m also keen to hear your experience on the question because I’m very aware that my approach is just one of many ways to go about generating blog post ideas. 1. Questions from Readers Perhaps the #1 place I get inspiration for blog posts is the inspiration for this one – a question from a reader. As I look back at the most popular posts here on…
  • How to Use Google in the Most Unusual Way to Make Your Self-Editing Faster, and Better

    Guest Blogger
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first and second post in this mini series here and here.… “[...] then the evening came and she found herself sitting by the drawing board again, trying to [...]“ Um … wait a minute, is it “sitting by the drawing board” or “sitting at the drawing board”? Damn it, I never remember, and both sound okay to me! How do I check this?! … Oh, the struggles of every blogger attempting to edit their own work. There are thousands of expressions just like the one above, causing us problems on…
  • 5 Quick Questions with Robert Scoble: What Makes a Great Tech Blog?

    Stacey Roberts
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Robert Scoble is the brains behind the blog Scobleizer (which he’s just abandoned in favour of solely microblogging on Facebook), and a well-respected authority on social media, tech, and blogging. He has worked for Microsoft, and is currently with Rackspace. We were super-fortunate to grab a few minutes of his time to answer five questions about how to make your tech blog a success. What do you think are the essentials a tech blog should have in order to be successful? Define success! For some, it might be just getting an industry discussion going. Others might want to build a media…
  • Google Introducing ‘Mobile Friendly’ Tags in Search Results and Signal It Will Start Impacting Search Rankings

    Darren Rowse
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Over the last couple of years any blogger who has paid attention to their analytics will know that how people are reading blogs is changing. No longer are people simply arriving on your blog on their desktop computer or laptop but on tablets, mobile phones and more. Today I took a look at the change in how people arrive on my blog (Digital Photography School) over last 3 years. I doubt the results will surprise anyone. The growth in mobile/tablet traffic has been remarkable. When I look at the last period in the chart in more detail and look at just this month (November) the trend continues…
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    Brian Solis

  • The Gap Between Big Data and Big Insights: Turning data into engaging stories

    Brian Solis
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Have you seen the popular HTC One TV commercial featuring Gary Oldman? It’s quite brilliant really. A highly celebrated A-list actor is paid millions to say little more than “blah blah blah” throughout the entire commercial. I’m reminded of it because that’s the reaction I tend to have these days when I hear the words “big data.” It’s almost as if I’m transported to the classroom in a Peanuts episode listening to the muted voice of the teacher muttering incomprehensible monotone words. It’s not that big data isn’t important. Believe me, it’s the foundation for the…
  • Customer Experience Happens To You Not Because of You…But It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way

    Brian Solis
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
      Earlier this year, I was asked to write the foreword for a new book focused on experience marketing and CX. The opportunity appeared while I was in the throes of researching and writing my (not yet announced) book. As hard as it was to pull away from it, I must admit that it was a welcome distraction. So, I stopped what I was doing and read the manuscript for Connect: How to Use Data and Experience Marketing to Create Lifetime Customers by Lars Birkholm Petersen, Ron Person, Christopher Nash. As usual, the deal was that I would be allowed to publish the foreword upon the release of the…
  • Spotify, Taylor Swift and The Music Industry’s Missed Opportunity

    Guest Author
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    Guest post by Monica Corton (@momusing), Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs & Licensing Next Decade Entertainment, Inc. If you have any connection to the music biz, it’s been hard to ignore story after story of the pull out of Taylor Swift’s catalog from Spotify. As a music publisher, I have to say that I too share all of the frustrations that both Swift and Big Machine’s, Scott Borchetta have with the bad royalty structure that exists with regard to streaming music. Spotify is not alone in this and certainly not the worst player by far (some could point to Pandora for…
  • Digital Transformation is About Empathy First and Technology Second

    Brian Solis
    10 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Every day, there’s seemingly yet another disruptive trend that emerges out of nowhere which affects consumer behavior and the future of everything along with it. Many of you already follow some of the most notable trends disrupting markets today and I know you’re devising new strategies as a result in order to compete in these ever shifting markets. - Real Time - Social Media- Mobile - Sharing Economy - Peer-to-Peer Economy - Maker Economy - Internet of Things - Crowd Funding/Lending This wheel of disruption keeps turning and the Butterfly Effect it unleashes with each revolution…
  • Curate This! We are the Network Now

    Brian Solis
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    My good friend Steve Rosenbaum released his new book, “Curate This,” to help us learn the ins and outs content curation. This is his second book and also the second time I’ve had the privilege to write his foreword. In fact, this time around, I wrote two. I’d like to share the first with you here. I’m sure I’ll publish the second at some point in the near future. and I wanted to share it with you I’ve known Steve Rosenbaum since the mid 2000s. We’ve worked together and over the years, we’ve grown to become great friends. Before we met in the real…
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    Joho the Blog

  • Welcome to the open Net!

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    I wanted to play Tim Berners-Lee’s 1999 interview with Terry Gross on WHYY’s Fresh Air. Here’s how that experience went: I find a link to it on a SlashDot discussion page. The link goes to a text page that has links to Real Audio files encoded either for 28.8 or ISBN. I download the ISBN version. It’s a RAM (Real Audio) file that my Mac (Yosemite) cannot play. I look for an updated version on the Fresh Air site. It has no way of searching, so I click through the archives to get to the Sept. 16, 1999 page. It’s a 404 page-not-found page. I search for a way to play…
  • [siu] Accessing content

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Alex Hodgson of ReadCube is leading a panel called “Accessing Content: New Thinking and New Business Models or Accessing Research Literature” at the Shaking It Up conference. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people. Robert McGrath is from ReadCube, a platform for managing references. You import your pdfs, read them with their enhanced reader, and can…
  • [siu] Panel: Capturing the research lifecycle

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    It’s the first panel of the morning at Shaking It Up. Six men from six companies give brief overviews of their products. The session is led by Courtney Soderberg from the Center for Open Science, which sounds great. [Six panelists means that I won’t be able to keep up. Or keep straight who is who, since there are no name plates. So, I’ll just distinguish them by referring to them as “Another White Guy,” ‘k?] NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters.
  • [siu] Geoff Bilder on getting the scholarly cyberinfrastructure right

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    I’m at “Shaking It Up: How to thrive in — and change — the research ecosystem,” an event co-sponsored by Digital Science, Microsoft, Harvard, and MIT. (I think, based on little, that Digital Science is the primary instigator.) I’m late to the opening talk, by Geoff Bilder [twitter:gbilder] , dir. of strategic initiatives at CrossRef. He’s also deeply involved in Orcid, an authority-base that provides a stable identity reference for scholars. He refers to Orcid’s principles as the basis of this talk. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong.
  • APIs are magic

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    (This is cross-posted at Medium.) Dave Winer recalls a post of his from 2007 about an API that he’s now revived: “Because Twitter has a public API that allows anyone to add a feature, and because the NY Times offers its content as a set of feeds, I was able to whip up a connection between the two in a few hours. That’s the power of open APIs.” Ah, the power of APIs! They’re a deep magic that draws upon five skills of the Web as Mage: First, an API matters typically because some organization has decided to flip the default: it assumes data should be public unless there’s a…
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  • Special Thanks to Vets

    Craig Newmark
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
      During Fleet Week, I took a brief tour on the USS Kidd through the Golden Gate and back. They wanted to do something special for the President, so they made this hat for him. And, folks, I got a non-POTUS version of the hat so you can see what they look like up close: On board, I learned: it's a "ship" not a "boat" UPDATE: chatting with a senior Marine, he tells me they call it a boat to irritate sailors the ship floats in what they call "water" Again, thanks to all the vets out there, for all that you do… (and you can also follow the USS Kidd…
  • What "New Power" Means for #GivingTuesday

    Craig Newmark
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    History keeps getting itself made, and now and then, regular people get a chance at sharing power. Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms articulated this much more eloquently in Understanding “New Power”. I'm pretty passionately committed to this for at least the next twenty years, have already been practicing it daily for the last twenty years. Here's my nerdly take on the thing: Recently, we saw the British, American, and French revolutions each spread power around to different ends. In the UK and US, we got different forms of representative democracy, but in France, we got some…
  • New, Free App Aids Military Families

    Craig Newmark
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Military families shouldn’t have to struggle to find information they need. MyMilitaryLife, an app by the National Military Family Association, eliminates the stressful search by connecting families with credible and tailored information. With the new Military Spouses Advice feature, spouses can recommend resources and share their expertise. Users have unique access to advice from fellow military family members. Spouses can also rate resources and provide reviews on programs and services they’ve used. MyMilitaryLife is free for both iPhone and Android devices. Features include: Customized…
  • Everyone, thanks!

    Craig Newmark
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Okay, I've gotten a big surge of support in the last few days, like fan mail and social media stuff. That means a lot to me. It all relates to two different but related areas: 1. Standing up to find trustworthy news. Like I say, a trustworthy press is the immune system of democracy. The Trust Project is the pointy end of the spear on the news professional side. Unfortunately, I might fulfill that role on the news consumer side. (I don't like that.) 2. Standing up against untrustworthy reporting attacking my community. My stuff is mostly very quiet, long term, since I'm in…
  • Tis the Season to Give Back

    Craig Newmark
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    Folks, I believe that it's really important to give back to our communities. One way to do that is to participate in CrowdRise's #GivingTuesday Holiday Challenge for nonprofits. I'm giving $50K to go toward the winner of the Challenge, and together, with the other donors, there will be $250K in prize money. CrowdRise has been working hard to make this Challenge and #GivingTuesday bigger then past years. One way they're doing that is by creating a Giving Tower. It's going to be a hologram tower. Each time someone donates, a brick is added to the tower. You can…
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    The Dish

  • The Best Of The Dish Today

    Andrew Sullivan
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    As bad as your wintry travels might get this Thanksgiving, be grateful you’re not these guys: What you’re seeing: A UTair flight froze to the ground at Igarka airport in Siberia on Tuesday, and passengers had to get out and push the 30-ton aircraft to get it moving again. One of the men in the video is heard saying: “Real men can plant a tree, build a house, and push a plane,” according to the Siberian Times. The temperatures in the region above the Arctic Circle hit below 52C, and the brakes froze because they used the wrong kind of grease. We’re staying in by…
  • Pass The Gravy, Pass On The Partisanship

    Andrew Sullivan
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Michael Brendan Dougherty recommends we avoid political squabbling over Thanksgiving: These advice columns are becoming a genre unto themselves. The stock villain: crazy right-wing uncle, the jokes about stuffing. But I recognize them by what they unwittingly emulate: guides for religious evangelism. The gentle, righteous self-regard, the slightly orthogonal response guides, the implied urgency to cure your loved ones of their ignorance. Your raging uncle will know the truth, and the truth will set him free. That’s a problem. Our politics are taking on a religious shape. Increasingly we…
  • A Poem For Wednesday

    Andrew Sullivan
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    “Poem of Thanks” by Sharon Olds: Years later, long single, I want to turn to his departed back, and say, What gifts we had of each other! What pleasure—confiding, open-eyed, fainting with what we were allowed to stay up late doing. And you couldn’t say, could you, that the touch you had from me was other than the touch of one who could love for life—whether we were suited or not—for life, like a sentence. And now that I consider, the touch that I had from you became not the touch of the long view, but like the tolerant willingness of one who is passing through. Colleague…
  • If You Read Just One More Thing On Ferguson

    Andrew Sullivan
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:35 pm
    You could do a lot worse than this Facebook post by Benjamin Watson. If you think we are becoming incapable of nuance and balance in our public debate – and I do – then this piece is a reason to hope. (Photo: A protester in Ferguson waves a black-and-white modified US flag during a march following the grand jury decision on November 24, 2014. By Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Yglesias Award Nominee II

    Andrew Sullivan
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:06 pm
    “What is the point of this bill? Does this bill not in fact play into the hands of those who seek to slander us? Into the very hands of those who wish to show that even among us, there are those who see contradiction between our being a free people in our land, and the freedoms of the non-Jewish communities in our midst? The declaration of independence, in its depth and greatness, bound together two components of the state as Jewish and democratic, democratic and Jewish,” – Israeli president Reuven Rivlin, a Likudnik who has become the country’s conscience in its rush to…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    Jessica Gottlieb
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    I know I’ve forgotten things. I know that I’m not supposed to recommend a gardenia scented candle in the middle of winter but I refuse to believe that my home shouldn’t smell like gardenias all year long. I don’t have a zillion kid toys listed because the reality is that kids know what toys they want and they’ll be sure to let you know. I didn’t list a specific charity because I’m always hopeful that people will give close to home and close to their hearts. This year my holiday gift guide lives on Pinterest. I’ll be adding to it as I find new…
  • Poodle Pancreatitis

    Jessica Gottlieb
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    I missed everything Tuesday. I missed most of the afternoon Sunday, all of Monday and everything Tuesday too. I missed the LA Auto Show and I missed driving Toyota’s Mirai, the new Fuel Cell Vehicle. I missed out on participating in my own life because I have a poodle with pancreatitis. In case you were wondering pancreatitis is diagnosed with four hours spent at the vet’s office and $387. Something happens to make it work out that way but I’m not sure what the actual logistics to it are nor do I much care. Junior has been moaning, crying and not eating. He wouldn’t…
  • Visiting Los Angeles With Kids

    Jessica Gottlieb
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    There are a million travel articles about how to visit Los Angeles with kids and they will tell you a lot of the same things. Go to Disneyland, go to the beach, try the El Capitan. I have been able to be Disneyland free for at least the past five years, “go to the beach” is lame, it’s like someone just points West and says, “go”, and though the El Capitan is a great place to see a movie, it’s what you do before and after that matters. I’ve partnered with Expedia to bring you some tips for visiting Los Angeles with your family. Los Angeles is the…
  • The LA Auto Show is Coming

    Jessica Gottlieb
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Remember a couple of days ago when I was all, “I love my kids and I want to spend time with them.”? Well, that was a few days ago & I still love my kids but I am about to abandon them for three days and I’m totally okay with that. It’s AUTO SHOW TIME. I’m starting to get emails from the manufacturers about parties, press conferences and off sites and I realize that I’m looking forward to this more than I ought to. The folks at Lexus won’t tell me what they’re unveiling but I did recently attend an event where I got to sit in and start the…
  • George W Bush Reminisces About His Father and Drunk Driving

    Jessica Gottlieb
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    This morning I was making Alexander breakfast and listening to NPR. George W Bush was giving an interview about the biography he wrote about his father. I was intrigued and every time W talks I like to listen. I want to know what made Reagan call him The Idiot Son (besides the obvious). Today he proved himself to be absolutely moronic and more than a little dangerous (but as it’s Veterans Day we already knew that about him). If you’re not interested in listening to the full eight minutes you can begin around the 3:30 mark. This is where W talks about his “youthful…
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    Andrew Grumet's Weblog

  • Dentist chair conversations

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    I paid a visit to my dentist this week.  As I sat in the chair having a sort of half-conversation with her, tubes and picks sticking out of my mouth, it struck me how both unusual and applicable dentist chair conversations are.  Have you ever had a conversation where you’re completely engaged with an idea and just can’t get the words out fast enough, your mind constantly racing ahead?  The pitfall in these situations is that you don’t take the time to listen, appreciate and react to the ideas of the person you’re conversing with.  The conversation may become…
  • Pastry

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Late this week I tried my hand at pastry, using Weekend Bakery’s croissant dough recipe.  It’s a multi-day process.  Thursday night I mixed the dough, the standard flour-water-yeast-salt components that make up all yeast-leavened breads, plus some milk and butter. Also Thursday, I created the butter sheet.   The goal is to create a square of butter about a half cm thick and 17 cm on a side.  You can actually buy these pre-made — see here or search for “butter sheets”.  But they’re not hard to make.  There are lots of blog posts and videos about how…
  • Good UX

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Here are two recent experiences I had with software, that represent a great experience I’d like to see more of: Uber mobile app: When entering your credit card information, instead of manually typing in the number, you take a picture of your credit card, and the app OCRs it from the image. Fitbit Aria: When setting up the scale, software running your computer locates the scale’s wi-fi server, connects to it and automatically syncs your settings, including your home wi-fi login.  No fiddling around tapping things into a keypad on the scale. Bravo, and encore!  
  • Flan

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I made my first flan this weekend — from Jaques Pepin’s recipe.  It’s been in the fridge overnight.  The big unmolding happens soon!  I’ll post a follow-up picture when that happens. In other news, I’ve updated the software that runs this blog and am testing it out.  I’m also pondering, given the alternative places to write and reach people on the web, how I want to engage going forward.  I definitely want to continue to write on my own domain.  WordPress was a great tool for that ten years ago.  Is it the best tool for that now?   We shall see.
  • Bitcoin

    25 Mar 2013 | 10:45 pm
    I spent some time last night wrapping my head around how bitcoin works.  Here’s a summary that I wrote up for a friend earlier today. The summary is a bit on the technical side. The heart of the system is a global, public ledger listing all transactions on the network.  The ledger is called the “block chain”, a term derived from the underlying tech. Balances are held by ‘addresses’ which function much the same way as bank accounts. An “address” is the public side of a public key / private key pair. Transactions can only be initiated by the…
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  • Print Numbers to the Console Painlessly with this One Weird Trick

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    I’ve given up trying to remember NSLog number formatters. I was cool with it until Macs got 64-bit processors — and then I just lost it when I stopped being able to use %d most of the time. And now I’ve given up even looking up the number formatters. With the new literals syntax it’s just so easy — as in this line of code I just wrote: NSLog(@"t: %@", @([d2 timeIntervalSinceDate:d])); What did I want? %f? I don’t need to know or care.
  • Web Performance

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    I continue to be freaked-out about how bad is web performance. HTTP Archive says that the average transfer is 1907K, which is down just a little from last month, but still outrageous. For comparison, my iPhone app Vesper is 5.0MB, which is less than three web pages. And you don’t have to re-download it every time you use it. One of the strengths of the browser-based web is — or ought to be — that it’s lightweight. Going to any given site should not require an amount of data transfer that’s a significant fraction of downloading a native app. The situation right now is crazy. Scott…
  • Tom on Extensions and Sharing Data

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Here’s how you share data between iOS apps and app extensions.
  • Le Guin

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    Mom sent me a link to the video of Ursula K. Le Guin’s short talk at the National Book Awards. It’s great.
  • Tumult Wow

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Sure, the Tumult folks are pals. But check out the video for Tumult Hype Professional.
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    Rex Hammock's

  • A Clearer View of the Future of Google Glass

    Rex Hammock
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    (See Update) November 14, 2014, via Reuters: Of 16 Glass app makers contacted by Reuters, nine said that they had stopped work on their projects or abandoned them, mostly because of the lack of customers or limitations of the device. Three more have switched to developing for business, leaving behind consumer projects. Last year, I observed in a post–one that included an email exchange  with Don Norman of Nielson-Norman and author of The Design of Everyday Things–that I believed the product release of Google Glass was bungled by Google. As much as I’m a fan and customer of…
  • For Long Time Readers of RexBlog, a Flying Car Video

    Rex Hammock
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:26 pm
    First: A Flashback to the year 2006 when I blogged all year about stories I’d see regarding flying cars. The truth is, you could pick out any year and read just as many articles about people who are going to start having a commercial version of a flying car next July. For some reason, next July is always far enough in the future so reporters will forget to check back in. Anyway, I just saw this and thought it was too 2006 to pass up. At least they didn’t claim it would be available next July. Related posts: The flying car I don’t expect to see anytime soon (but I keep…
  • Review: The Podcast “Serial”

    Rex Hammock
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    This is the post where I am officially joining the quickly-expanding fan club of Serial (Website | iTunes), the new audio podcast spin-off from Ira Glass’s public radio program, This American Life. It joins Chicago’s WBEZ’s incredible lineup of podcasts that are setting a high standard for the production and distribution of media that are opening eyes (but more importantly, ears) for a coming revival of audio programming unmatched since the golden age of radio (which I’m not old enough to recall personally, despite rumors to the contrary). Unlike This American…
  • Top Ten List of Reasons to Ignore Top 10 List Blog Posts

    Rex Hammock
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Here are the top ten reasons to avoid blog posts that are top ten lists. They are boring and repetitive.. They are obvious. No one reads past #3. So bloggers make up stuff from 5-10. Moses. Now there was a great list writer. A grocery shopping list is good to have. A grocery shopping list is good to have. Did you notice #7 repeated #6? No one else noticed it. They are boring and repetitive. Related posts: Scoble’s A-List Top one list of list-thing I always look forward to this time of year Lists of blog lists
  • When Responsive Design Meets SEO Headline Writing

    Rex Hammock
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    In the olden days of print, there was a term called “orphan ” that referred to a headline or paragraph with a lonely word dangling on a line by itself. The copy editor would rewrite it “to get rid of the orphan.” (For a discussion of widows and orphans, see: Today, when we all read our news on various size screens on sites with “responsive design,” the headline length is not measured by “size” but by its relationship to the width of a container that I’ll just call “a column” (i.e., 100% of…
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  • It's Not About Who Owns Your Data. It's What They Do With It.

    Berkeley Blog
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Andreas Weigand, the guy who built Amazon’s cloud services and is now an itinerant speaker in academic environments, sports a maniacal smile, as if he’d just discovered the algorithm that led to the creation of the universe. Discovery is his modus operandi, as if the world were made for his personal exploration. The other day, at his invitation, I sat in on the final session of his course on the Social Data Revolution, held at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Information, or the iSchool. This session was about data ownership and featured Pete Warden, founder of JetPack and someone who…
  • Reinventing Oneself

    Berkeley Blog
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    If corporations are given the status of personhood – at least under the law – then people can also act as if they are corporations. The other day at yet another conference – it’s the season for convening after summer’s respite – I met a friend who has reinvented herself. She now does x instead of y, which she did when I talked to her a couple of years ago, and in a way she reminded me of IBM, which used to sell computers and now hawks services and which continues to morph as CEOs come and go. It’s disconcerting for flagpoles like myself, who stake an ideological ground base and…
  • Media is Messy

    Berkeley Blog
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Just back from the Berkeley Cybersalon on the Media Makeover, which I moderated with a panel of five seasoned journalists exploring new territory on the Internet. Dan Gillmor, who first envisaged citizen journalism before the advent of smartphones and tweets, said media is in a messy period. His main worry is that the monopoly carriers, like Comcast, will determine who gets quick access or not, and as for the ability to find interesting stuff that's not driven by advertising, "We've already given it all away to Google." More upbeat were the younger journos:  Jennifer 8…
  • Why Should Cyclists Spin? Let Me Count the Ways.

    Berkeley Blog
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    At Happy Hour Fitness in Berkeley, where I take spinning class once a week, I’m the only spinner who regularly rides a bicycle -- both for commuting, because I don’t have a car, and recreation, because I love riding around the East Bay hills. Most of the people in my class don’t even have a bicycle, or if they do, prefer to spin indoors on a faux cycle that goes nowhere. At the same time, most cyclists I know wouldn’t be caught dead in a spinning class unless it’s raining, which it doesn’t seem to do anymore in California. But cyclists could really benefit from spinning class, as…
  • iPhone 6 versus Knausgaard 3

    Berkeley Blog
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    While most of my friends are hungering to get their hands on the iPhone 6, I'm champing at the bit to secure an English translation of Karl Ove Knausgaard's volume 3, the latest book translated from the Norweigian in this author's six-volume epic, My Struggle. If I were his publisher, I'd rename the title Hitler ruined for everyone My Hunger for Life because this memoir by the stay-at-home father of four describes every quotidian moment of life, from changing diapers filled with excrement to cooking a meal of fish and potatoes, as if it were a testament to his need to feel…
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  • Rejection letter reply

    Gerard McLean
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Hey guys, Thank you for actually sending me a rejection letter. In a world where the default is just to do nothing, you have already risen up to the 1% of desirable companies to work for. I get why you may have rejected my application in that you are able to attract a large number […]
  • What do you see

    Gerard McLean
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    What do you see in the photo above? Look very closely before you answer. Really, really closely. Before I tell you what I see, I need to share a short story with you. When my son was young, Saturday was grocery-shopping day. My job was to occupy him for the hour or so it took […]
  • Basic ad fail

    Gerard McLean
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:03 am
    I clicked on a link on the Pure WOW newsletter (don’t judge!) that led me to an ad for a Coach leather briefcase here. “Wow, I want that,” I thought to myself. So I clicked on the ad, which brought me to this page on After scrolling around a bit on the collection of […]
  • Your most impressive accomplishment

    Gerard McLean
    22 Feb 2014 | 10:58 am
    As I dig deeper into the world of job-hunting tools on the internet, I ran across the site I’ve known it was there for some time, so this is actually a rediscovery by accident. I was following the fox hole that Secret built and decided to apply for their open Community Manager job. One […]
  • The most interesting thing about you — tl;dr

    Gerard McLean
    19 Jan 2014 | 8:06 am
    “I chase stray turkeys, catch them and bring them back to their pens,” he answered in the most matter-of-fact way to one of my interview questions. I hired him immediately to assemble and repair bikes, a job he then held for four years, even through the winter. I figured anyone willing to chase down turkeys […]
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