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How MailChimp learned to treat data like orange juice and rethink email in the process

Inkling Habitat interactive e-book publishing platform rolls out to select publishers

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It's not another alternative for individual authors looking to self-publish (at least for now), but professional publishers looking to create and distribute interactive e-books now have a new option to consider in the form of Inkling Habitat. Initially available to select publishers in an early adopter program (a broader...
Inkling Habitat interactive e-book publishing platform rolls out to select publishers
SpiderOak takes on Amazon S3 in archival storage

REUTERS: The American People Are Essentially Slaves To Their Apple Gadgets (AAPL)

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Here's a weird one from Chris Taylor at Reuters. He says Americans are spending way too much money on iPhones, iPods, iPads, and everything else Apple makes. Taylor calls it an "Apple Tax," saying that people are burning their hard earned cash on devices and accessories they don't need: The...
REUTERS: The American People Are Essentially Slaves To Their Apple Gadgets (AAPL)

The next generation business: Data is the new platform

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When thinking about the value of the data a company collects vs. the traditional value of the product it may produce, collecting and analyzing broad categories of customer + product data is becoming equally — if not more — valuable than the product itself. And, if the data is becoming...
The next generation business: Data is the new platform

SAP: The Client/Server Is Back And It Is Cloud

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SAP is having a blogger and analyst event this week that is an education in how a big company can be one day exciting and another gives a reminder of how different they are compared to the startups of the world. That was pretty well summed up today when SAP’s...
SAP: The Client/Server Is Back And It Is Cloud

Finding the Universe's cosmological constant using something we can create in the lab

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Those of you who know my writing will know that I don't use many analogies.Analogies have a very useful place in helping people understand difficult concepts, but they also have a tendency to be a end up strained beyond their limits. Now, imagine how I would react to a...
Finding the Universe's cosmological constant using something we can create in the lab

The iPad, the Kindle, and the future of books

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Writing for the New Yorker, Ken Auletta surveys the ebook landscape: it's Apple, Amazon, Google, and the book publishers engaged in a poker game for the hearts, minds, and wallets of book buyers. Kindle editions of books are selling well: There are now an estimated three million Kindles in use,...
The iPad, the Kindle, and the future of books

Rulers of the Cloud: Will Cloud Computing Be the Second Coming of Cisco?

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Cisco is betting heavily on the network as the platform. We took a look at the role of the network in the emerging landscape of cloud computing as part one of analysis of "Will One Company be Dominant in Cloud Computing". We started with Cisco, since the cloud implies the...
Rulers of the Cloud: Will Cloud Computing Be the Second Coming of Cisco?

The iPad Is Not Changing Music Production And Performance

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Shared by Jesse Stay Singer's been rather critical lately. I'm not sure I see the benefit of this post, but he's a reputable source. Singer's a great DJ. The early adopters tend to overvalue what’s new.  That’s fine and nothing out of the norm, it’s just what they do.  But...
The iPad Is Not Changing Music Production And Performance

RovAir Aims to be the Airbnb of Mobile Broadband Plans

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Got a mobile broadband device that you only really use a few times a month? Me too. If you’re sick of two-year contracts and monthly fees that go mostly to a gadget that sits idle in your bag until you’re out of range, there are a couple of different alternative...
RovAir Aims to be the Airbnb of Mobile Broadband Plans

Attention Game Developers And Console Manufacturers: 'Always On' Is NOT The Same As 'Always Connectable'

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Game publishers and console manufacturers have been feeling some intensified heat from customers about "always on" requirements. (SimCity, anyone?) Microsoft has been battling rumours that the new Xbox will need an internet connection to function, an issue greatly magnified by some unfortunate tweets by its (former) Creative Director. Ubisoft...
Attention Game Developers And Console Manufacturers: 'Always On' Is NOT The Same As 'Always Connectable'

The Power Users Guide to Google

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Using just a small fraction of Google's vast application offerings? That's about to end! Remember that old maxim that says we use only about 10 percent of our brain’s capacity? It’s been proven as hokum by modern neuroscience, but we think we can safely apply the same basic analogy to...
The Power Users Guide to Google

MICROSOFT: The iPad Mini Is An Overpriced Toy (AAPL, MSFT)

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Microsoft's Windows boss Steven Sinofsky took a shot at Apple's new iPad mini. Ina Fried reports Sinofsky was bragging about Windows 8 laptops that only cost $279, but are fully functional laptops. He compared to the iPad mini saying, "Here we are talking about 7-inch recreational tablets for $329." In...
MICROSOFT: The iPad Mini Is An Overpriced Toy (AAPL, MSFT)

10gen CTO Eliot Horowitz on the Rise of MongoDB, Partnering with Red Hat, and Hiring in a Talent Crunch

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Mr. Horowitz Earlier this week, 10gen, the promising AlleyCorp startup launched by DoubleClick cofounder Dwight Merriman, announced a new partnership with an eye toward helping developers who work with big data and cloud technologies. The boost in market share probably doesn't hurt either. 10gen both develops and sponsors the open...
10gen CTO Eliot Horowitz on the Rise of MongoDB, Partnering with Red Hat, and Hiring in a Talent Crunch

Jesse's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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Just as with our discussions on the efficacy of rain dances, I am most fascinated by stories of the baffling choices of copyright maximalists which, albeit unintentionally, most definitely promote content piracy/theft [insert Chris Dodd's buzzword of the week]. With that in mind, my favorites list will consist of stories...
Jesse's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

Apple CEO: When Others Violate Our Patents, They're Copying Our Hard Work; When We Violate Patents, The System Is Broken

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Apple has certainly been quite the aggressor over the last few years when it comes to patents, so it's interesting to hear that, at the latest All Things D Conference, CEO Tim Cook appears to have a bit of a double standard. You see, when others infringe upon Apple's patents,...
Apple CEO: When Others Violate Our Patents, They're Copying Our Hard Work; When We Violate Patents, The System Is Broken

Mixtaping.FM does a good job of reimagining the mix-tape for the digital generation

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Despite the plethora of plus-points stemming from the dawn of the digital music era, it’s difficult not to hanker for the halcyon days of yore, when mix-tapes ruled the roost. I’m sure mix-tapes can’t have been as good as I remember them, but I know many people with a similar...
Mixtaping.FM does a good job of reimagining the mix-tape for the digital generation
AWS is the McDonald's of the cloud. Who's the Burger King?

Find out just how weak your password choices are with My1Login's test page

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The password management service My1Login offers a smart way to remember all of those passwords and key phrases by literally boiling them all down to one. Now it is also offering a Web page where visitors can find out why they might need a password manager and measure the strength...
Find out just how weak your password choices are with My1Login's test page
Warm extremes in Earth's climate becoming more common

Open Data Event Rallies Developers

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“In any organization you can be a Dilbert or a Wally,” according to Craigslist founder Craig Newmark. “Dilbert hasn’t given up yet, but Wally has.” The analogy was appropriate for the developer-heavy crowd at last week’s Open APIs for Government event. The setting–San Francisco City Hall–was also appropriate, because Newmark...
Open Data Event Rallies Developers
5 reasons why the future of Hadoop is real-time (relatively speaking)

Why Facebook Thinks It Is Like A Chair

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Today Facebook revealed its first-ever TV spot, produced by advertising agency Wieden & Kennedy. The gist: Facebook is like a chair. "Chairs are for people. And that is why chairs are like Facebook," the ad explains. Zuckerberg gave an additional explanation, after announcing Facebook had reached 1 billion active users:...
Why Facebook Thinks It Is Like A Chair

Gary McKinnon hacking prosecution called 'ridiculous' by US defence expert

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Hackers like McKinnon should be recruited, not prosecuted, if the US wants to dominate cyber warfare, one expert saysA US government adviser on cyber warfare has criticised the efforts to extradite the computer hacker Gary McKinnon from Britain, saying such people should be embraced rather than prosecuted.John Arquilla, a professor...
Gary McKinnon hacking prosecution called 'ridiculous' by US defence expert

Pinterest locked in stalemate with image owners

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Image-sharing site Pinterest has been in negotiations for months with photo service Getty. A breakthrough could dispel some of the copyright questions hanging over the hot startup — but one expert says not to hold your breath. According to Bill Rosenblatt, an engineer and authority on digital rights issues, the...
Pinterest locked in stalemate with image owners

Chris Anderson calls for consortium to develop a standardized UAV platform

www.engadget.com
"If you're in this room, you're the best of the best," Chris Anderson addressed the audience with his customary flair for the dramatic. Complimentary, sure, but not without merit -- the former Wired editor-in-chief was speaking to a classroom full of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) developers, a number of...
Chris Anderson calls for consortium to develop a standardized UAV platform
90 Seconds on The Verge: Monday, July 16th, 2012

The Copyright Lobotomy: How Intellectual Property Makes Us Pretend To Be Stupid

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Here are two words that have no business hanging out together: "used MP3s." If you know anything about how computers work, that concept is intellectually offensive. Same goes for "ebook lending", "digital rental" and a host of other terms that have emerged from the content industries' desperate scramble to...
The Copyright Lobotomy: How Intellectual Property Makes Us Pretend To Be Stupid
Don't hold your breath for that Nokia tablet
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