John Battelle on "Focus On The User" →
Recently there’s been much controversy over Google’s apparent hard-coding of Google+ profiles into Google search results. In response developers from Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace have produced Focus On The User, exposing the negative impact on more relevant search results. John Battelle, co-founder of Wired and author of the Google book The Search, explains how this happened and what...
Why The Movie Industry Can’t Innovate and the... →
Steve Blank: The music and movie business has been consistently wrong in its claims that new platforms and channels would be the end of its businesses. In each case, the new technology produced a new market far larger than the impact it had on the existing market. 1920’s – the record business complained about radio. The argument was because radio is free, you can’t compete with free. No...
U.S. Website Blackout Draws Praise in China →
LA Times: Internet users in China speak admiringly of the public rebellion against anti-piracy bills in Congress. Such a display would be nearly impossible in China.
Anonymous Takes on DOJ →
Surprisingly good reporting on the Anonymous’ response to the FBI’s take-down of the site MegaUpload following public backlash against the SOPA legislation from Mother Jones: Within minutes of the announcement, Twitter accounts associated with Anonymous, the shadowy hacker collective, announced #OpMegaUpload, a massive retaliation against government and entertainment industry...
Siri's Got a Thing For Students →
WolframAlpha, the knowledge engine that does much of Siri’s heavy lifting, preempted Thursday’s Apple Education Announcement with an announcement of it’s own. Apple Insider: Wolfram announced the launch on Wednesday, directing interested teachers and students to education.wolfram.com to find a “new way to integrate technology into learning.” I guess...
Making Love To Webkit →
Steven Witten’s mindblowing redesign pushing the limits of CSS3D (make sure to view in a current Webkit browser, ie Chrome/Safari, and try the site navigation buttons).
China answers Tor →
Not only is China able to identify Tor sessions, it can do so in near real-time and then probe the Tor bridge relay and terminate the session within a couple of minutes.” Amazing. (via slashdot, image via Carakrater)
Second Crack →
Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper, describes Second Crack: So why did you make this? Because I’m a programmer, and this is what I do. Some people jog away from their house every day, only to jog back. Others walk on a treadmill, expending energy to get nowhere. In both cases, it may appear to others that they’ve accomplished nothing, but they’ve chosen to do these...
Why Pirates Wear Eyepatches →
Pirates would wear eyepatches not because they have horrible empty eye holes, it was so that they would have one eye already adjusted to darkness when they go under deck. They went underdeck quite often so it was handy to be able to see better straight away rather than wait for the eyes to adjust. (Via Reddit)