The Royal Canadian Mint will end production of the penny this fall thanks to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s austerity budget, and he told reporters Friday that the coins are a “nuisance.” “The penny is a currency without…
Nice to see some sanity up north. Hopefully this can trickle south and we can ditch both the penny and the paper single dollar bill.
Paul Steckler and David Raskino recently spoke at Sup’Internet, a web design and engineering school in Paris, about So.cl and Fuse Labs. The school put together a video with some highlights and an interview, enjoy!
Tooting my own horn a bit, but I like this video. Thanks Yannick for making it.
Om Malik says Google is planning to launch Google Drive next month (maybe as soon as next week). Yes, finally.
He touches upon some of the illustrious history of the Google Drive rumors throughout the years, but they haven’t actually been rumors. Google had a project several years ago that they were widely using internally, but they killed it. The project started up again last year and again, Google started widely testing it internally, which they’ve been doing for months now to make sure it’s just right.
This time they will launch it.
There was a time a few years back when I would have looked forward to Google Drive. But in all the intervening years other people stepped into the void. Dropbox serves very nicely and is integrated with most of my devices. SkyDrive is really coming along, getting almost all of the things I need and with 25GB of storage it really is pretty nice as a backup solution for documents. Box.net with 50GB storage is solid even if the UI is a touch odd. And all my music is backed up to Amazon for the price of buying an album last year.
So Google Drive…. better be something great, something game-changing. And I don’t know what that is but once upon a time Gmail made us all stand up and reassess email. I just suspect this will be a “meh” moment. Let’s see if I eat my words and by how much.
This is a clever idea and to my knowledge novel. Complaining about the weather is a Northwest specialty, why not show that yes in fact yesterday was better/worse.
To assist here is the forecast I snapped from yesterday; this is an easy app in these parts:-) http://flpbd.it/oWKoi
Interesting read from a guy who left Google (disclaimer: I don’t know him,
no idea what he is doing at Microsoft). The interesting quote is a
paragraph towards the end (italics and highlighting are mine):
*As it turned out, sharing was not broken. Sharing was working fine and
dandy, Google just wasn’t part of it. People were sharing all around us and
seemed quite happy. A user exodus from Facebook never materialized. I
couldn’t even get my own teenage daughter to look at Google+ twice, “social
isn’t a product,” she told me after I gave her a demo, “social
is people and the people are on Facebook.” Google was the rich kid who,
after having discovered he wasn’t invited to the party, built his own party
in retaliation. The fact that no one came to Google’s party became the
elephant in the room.*
I use that same line in speeches I give. My analogy is that social is like
the internet was 20 years ago. We had the same discussions, we had the same
people adding “the Internet” to their product packaging and features. But
it was deeper than that, the net was going to be the fabric intertwined
with just about everything we do. And social is heading that direction too,
it’s just early days.
It’s unclear whether Rush Limbaugh’s apology will be enough to keep his advertisers. The conservative radio host has now lost seven advertisers, with flower company ProFlowers being the latest. Two mattress companies, …
Still no real apology from Rush Limbaugh. A real apology in a case like this would be actually doing something different such as testifying before Congress or using his considerable audience to discuss this issue fairly and openly.
Hi Sharper, of course I noticed the difference between the wp and wm curves. The post is about the fact that wp phones hardware are lagging behind. I just think it's sad that there aren't any wp vendors out there that push the spec limits a little more. I think it's important for them in order to reach the next step in the graph. Which is the hockey stick part that both android and iOS have managed to trail. But I think its a little lazy to just assume I was lazy. All the best // Johan
Fair enough in some senses, the text of the post calls out the lack of broad-spectrum hardware. My point though is really that the headline could just as easily have been “WP is on pace with Android” or even “Big inflection point for WP needed”.
Calling this lazy reporting is a concern I have when an article omits calling out a key piece of information that would otherwise balance this, ie *why* this is a time of possible inflection.
I certainly don’t mean disrespect or calling you lazy; your publication rate alone suggests energy and I enjoy your feed.
It would be nice to see more CEOs act this way. Yes, Limbaugh apologized. But does anyone, anyone at all, think he means it? He is surely sorry the money is being pulled, but Limbaugh has a history of awful misogynistic comments, this is a pattern, not an incident.
“I’m sorry” should only work if you one is in fact sorry. And is going to change. When we see Limbaugh testifying before Congress about the need for responsible healthcare legislation, including birth control, we’ll talk.
Swallowing a line almost wholesale. If G+ were simply an exercise in
getting biographical data they would add that to Gmail or any other
service sign up. Easy. No huge cost.
But the writer here swallows that line. No critical question like”hey,
can’t you infer that data anyway?” or “isn’t the location data more
important?” Sure, Google can target better with more biographical data
but it’s a drop in the bucket.
At the very end is a blurb noting that bio data is already too little,
fighting the last battle.