Saturday
Oct302010

Week of 2010/10/24

[Comment]

I came across following article in the NyTimes this week: "Android Market Is Attracting More App Developers". There was one section that stood out:

"Google is not associated with things you pay for, and Android is an extension of that, said Mr. Hall of Larva Labs. You don’t pay for Google apps, so it bleeds into the expectations for the third-party apps, too.".

Which made me realize how Google-ig the Android phones are. Apps are free, paid by ads, which are distributed, managed, and sold by Google's ad platform .. another good reason for me to stick with paid apps on the iOS platform.

[NyTimes]

  • "Mount Everest Cell Towers Installed" [nytimes]
  • "Soaring Above India’s Poverty, a 27-Story Home" [nytimes]
  • "Microsoft Buying Canesta to Bolster Gesture Technology" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Firesheep In Wolves' Clothing: Extension Lets You Hack Into Twitter, Facebook Accounts Easily [link]
  • Mint Data [link]
  • Attention and Information [link]

Saturday
Oct232010

Week of 2010/10/17

[Comment]

It was just a matter of time until some company figured out how to link ad-world with real-world. While web-browsing, while checking Facebook or LinkedIn we get marked with different "unique-user-id"s. Those id's by themselves are pretty harmless, they don't contain any "personal information". But if you are able to link those together and enrich them with personal information from Facebook or LinkedIn, they suddenly become extremely valuable, especially for the advertisement industry .. and it sounds like that is happening .. ka-boom.

[NyTimes]

  • "The Mundane Credit Card Gets a Modern Makeover" [nytimes]
  • "E-Readers Collective" [nytimes]
  • "Big Networks Block Web Shows From Google TV" [nytimes]
  • "Who Lives There: A Home in the Pyramid Atop Seattle's Smith Tower" [nytimes]
  • "iPhones for Toddlers" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Rapleaf's Web: Much Wider Than You Think [link]
  • There is No New Media: It’s All New Consumption [link]
  • How augmented reality apps can catch on [link]

Saturday
Oct162010

Week of 2010/10/10

[Comment]

The Reality show concept came to the movies. My oldest daughter pointed out that the movie "The Social Network" feels like Reality television. The movie is built on the same ingredients that help to make those TV shows popular. I have to agree, but I still liked the movie, and at least the actors were real actors.

[NyTimes]

  • "A Cob Oven and the 36-Hour Dinner Party" [nytimes]
  • "How the 'Kitchen Incubator' Really Works" [nytimes]
  • "Celebrating Boomboxes, the 'Instant Parties' of the '80s" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Video: Coachelletta [link]
  • Video: Ze Frank's web playroom [link]
  • Aston Martin "Cygnet" concept city car to go into production [link]

Saturday
Oct092010

Week of 2010/10/03

[Comment]

It was a great week for Science. "Physicists win Nobel using sticky tape and pencil" and the completion of the "Census of Marine Life".

[NyTimes]

  • "Flawed Bank Paperwork Aggravates a Foreclosure Crisis" [nytimes]
  • "Zuckerberg’s Legal Options Are Slender" [nytimes]
  • "Geolocation Services Can Help Build Your Business" [nytimes]
  • "Companies Need 4 Leadership Types, Says VMware’s Chief" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • The .ly domain space to be considered unsafe [link]
  • 360 degree cockpit views [link]
  • Video: The Rise of the Angels by Naval Ravikant [link]
  • Book: Business Model Generation [link]

Saturday
Oct022010

Week of 2010/09/26

[Comment]

David against Goliath .. Content against Service .. AOL against Google .. Project Devil against Watch This Space - "Better Content - Better Ad" against "Display ads are big - They're gonna be huge" .. and I'm not even liking the ad market. I still struggle with the fact that content on the web gets measured indirectly via ads placed with that content .. a weird but obviously profitable system .. AOL at least tries to make it look better .. the content and the bundled ad.

[NyTimes]

  • "Netflix Faces New Competition in Streaming" [nytimes]
  • "A Simple Swipe on the iPhone, and You’re Paid" [nytimes]
  • "Shapeways and Its 3-D Printing Comes To New York" [nytimes]
  • "The Claim: Gargling With Salt Water Can Ease Cold Symptoms" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Video: Journalism in the Age of Data [link]
  • Video: Multi-Tasking is Bad For Your Brain. Here’s How To Fix It. [link]
  • Video: Giggling Politician .. Buendnerfleisch [link] [link]

Sunday
Sep262010

Week of 2010/09/19

[Comment]

20 years ago my Macintosh got infected by a computer virus spread via an infected floppy. Today USB and memory sticks became the perfect medium to distribute viruses and malware. It is pretty easy to understand why. Most everyone would be tempted to check out the content stored on a USB-stick, especially if the stick was lying on the ground in front of a company building.

[NyTimes]

  • "Malware Hits Computerized Industrial Equipment" [nytimes]
  • "Code Known as Flash Cookies Raises Privacy Concerns" [nytimes]
  • "A Loophole Big Enough for a Cookie to Fit Through" [nytimes]
  • "Insect Dinners: Waiter, There’s Soup in My Bug" [nytimes]
  • "Doctor’s Orders: Eat Well to Be Well" [nytimes]
  • "In Worries About Sweeteners, Think of All Sugars" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Buildings of Detroit [link]
  • Video: Desktop Manufacturing [link]
  • Video: BYUN [link]

Saturday
Sep182010

Week of 2010/09/12

[Comment]

When and how will the "China-bubble" burst? I'm already prepared to be paying double for my cloth and tech gadgets. I don't expect China to be able or willing to produce those products for close to nothing for much longer.

[NyTimes]

  • "China’s Factories Look to Revamp Business Models" [nytimes]
  • "Boeing Plans to Fly Tourists to Space" [nytimes]
  • "Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent" [nytimes]
  • "Vintage Bottles via New Technology" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Entelligence: Will carriers destroy the Android vision? [link]
  • Glympse - Share Your Where [link]
  • Video: Gestalten - Christoph Niemann [link]
  • Red Eye [link]

Saturday
Sep112010

Week of 2010/09/05

[Comment]

While using my iPad or my iPhone it now happens frequently that I click/touch on ads on web-sites I visit. By doing this I generate money for an ad-system I don't like, a system I don't want to support, paid by a manufacturer of product I'm not even interested in ... And all because it is so easy to "miss-touch" things on an iPad.

[NyTimes]

  • "YouTube Deal Turns Copyright Videos Into Revenue" [nytimes]
  • "Entrepreneurs Rise in Ashes of India’s Caste System" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Danah Boyd: How Censoring Craigslist Helps Pimps, Child Traffickers and Other Abusive Scumbags [link]
  • The Wilderness Downtown .. brilliant! [link]
  • Eataly [link]
  • Video: Why an iPad can't replace a newspaper? [link]

Saturday
Sep042010

Week of 2010/08/29

[Comment]

I start seeing more and more people in the subway using their iPads. They seem to either read eBooks or they seem to use their iPads to listen to music, headphones connected. I can't stop thinking that over time the weight and the size of the iPad, compare to a Kindle, Nook, or iPod, will convince them that their iPad is of much better use at home or at the coffee-shop, and not on the subway.

[NyTimes]

  • "Touchable Gadgets Win Over Users" [nytimes]
  • "Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites" [nytimes]
  • "A Book Attracts Loads of Facebook Fans. But Why?" [nytimes]
  • "Print or Pixels? Publishers Strive to Advance Both" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers, Study Finds [link]
  • Let a Thousand Personalized Newspapers Bloom [link]
  • Steve Jobs at Stanford [link]

Saturday
Aug282010

Week of 2010/08/22

[Comment]

A hypocritical newspaper reader? I'm sitting at the airport. Reading one of those hotel-provided newspapers. It feels weird, it feels so old-styled. What a waste of resources. Why would everyone still read those newspapers ... Every Sunday morning I enjoy my two hours of news and article browsing in my beloved newspaper. I like to 'stumple-upon' interesting articles; those articles I would have never seen in the online version of the newspaper. I like its 'single-tasking' way of consuming information; reading only ... and it somehow smells good.

[NyTimes]

  • "Technology Leads More Park Visitors Into Trouble" [nytimes]
  • "In Georgia, a Megamansion Is Finally Sold" [nytimes]
  • "People Subscribers to Get Free App for iPad" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Why I’m Reading Blogs Again [link]
  • Privacy and Facebook's Widgets [link]
  • The illustrated guide to a Ph.D. [link]
  • Video: The 2010 99% Conference [link]