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Lessons from Janey Godley: How to Tweet Overheard Dialog Like a Master

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Traveling by train from Glasgow to London can be such a bore - but not when you're sitting next to fascinating people like Tim and Freya. Scottish comic and writer Janey Godley overheard the soon-to-be-ex lovers squabbling and seized the opportunity to live-tweet the event. Analyzing Godley's technique, we've uncovered...
Lessons from Janey Godley: How to Tweet Overheard Dialog Like a Master

The Key To Marketing A Unique Breakthrough Product Like The Lytro Camera

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The Lytro may be a breakthrough product, but there's a huge set of unknowns created when you try to sell something as unique as this camera. Forget about all the fancy tech residing inside the Lytro's little rectangular body. How the heck are you supposed to market something that's so different from anything...
The Key To Marketing A Unique Breakthrough Product Like The Lytro Camera

"The brain of the New York Times, the body of BuzzFeed" -- Slate's third act

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Slate started life as as a scrappy web pioneer under Microsoft in 1996. Since then, it has gone on to carve out an enviable perch in the liberal media establishment as part of the Washington Post Company. Now, as Slate enters its 17th year — a fine run for any...
"The brain of the New York Times, the body of BuzzFeed" -- Slate's third act

Booting Up: Eating Your Own Dogfood Edition

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Good morning, sunshine! (Photo: flickr.com/globochem App.net would like feedback on its terms of service. [The Next Web] Facebook employees are reportedly strongly encouraged to use Android phones, so they’ll take the terribleness of Facebook’s Android app seriously. [Business Insider] Microsoft has a new, wildly unimpressive logo. [ZDNet] Tumblr just blew...
Booting Up: Eating Your Own Dogfood Edition

USB Floppy Disk Drive

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The famous 5.25″ floppy – single-sided or double-sided, sir? Imagine swapping such disks when playing games, and installation proved to be a pain when you have seven, nay, eight of these floppies to go through. 3.5″ floppies were far sturdier and less prone to damage, so why not usher in...
USB Floppy Disk Drive

Reading Every Comment

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I have said many times, here and elsewhere, that I read every comment left on AVC. That is a true statement and remains true to this day. But I can also tell you that it is a struggle and gets more so every day. Yesterday on my flight to the...
Reading Every Comment

Apple Schooled Music Execs Then, Here Are The Lessons Online Video Should Learn Now

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Editor’s Note: This post is written by guest author Peter Csathy, who is President & CEO of online video enabler and transcoding company Sorenson Media. Previously, he served as President & COO of online music pioneer Musicmatch. Thus, the following is written from the perspective of a long-time media executive,...
Apple Schooled Music Execs Then, Here Are The Lessons Online Video Should Learn Now
6 technologies and innovations that could finally go mainstream in 2013
Thermaltake Level 10 M mouse shows off the finer side of performance (hands-on)

A vision for Microsoft's smartwatch and four more Surface family members

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If Microsoft ever releases the smartwatch that the Wall Street Journal reports is in development, the gadget won't just be entering a wearable computing market that has yet to be proven out. The watch would also extend a family of Surface hardware devices that no one is clamoring to...
A vision for Microsoft's smartwatch and four more Surface family members

Hackers Team GhostShell Leak 120,000 Records From 100 Major Universities in 'Project WestWind'

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screengrab Team GhostShell returned late Monday with Project WestWind: a leak of 120,000 records from 100 major universities around the world. Team GhostShell is the hacking group behind Project Hellfire, which launched in August this year. Project Hellfire lifted 1 million accounts from 100 websites around the world, compromising data from the CIA and...
Hackers Team GhostShell Leak 120,000 Records From 100 Major Universities in 'Project WestWind'

STUDY: Pinterest Tops Facebook In Shopping Engagement

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As Facebook enters the ecommerce game, a new study shows that it still has work to do to catch up with Pinterest. According to statistics from Bizrate Insights, 69 percent of online consumers who visit Pinterest have found an item they've bought or wanted to buy, compared with 40 percent of...
STUDY: Pinterest Tops Facebook In Shopping Engagement

Editor's Letter: The new consoles are coming

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In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news. This week I'm writing from a special place: from the perspective of a Google Glass owner. Well, to be honest I'm not wearing them this exact moment -- I'm actually at 30,000 feet,...
Editor's Letter: The new consoles are coming

Rich Kids Of Google Glass

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You know, I’m sort of jealous. Because I’ve eaten something like three Po’boy sandwiches in the past three days, and every single time I’ve wondered, as I was eating, where the odd name Po’boy originated. But didn’t want to take out my grubby phone during the meal to find out. I’ve...
Rich Kids Of Google Glass

ThinkGeek offers $500 HAL 9000 replica, makes you answer to 'Dave'

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It was a little over a year ago that ThinkGeek gave folks a chance to add a bit of 2001 to their home with the IRIS 9000 iPhone dock, but it's really gone the extra mile this year. The retailer has today announced its new HAL 9000 Life-Size Replica,...
ThinkGeek offers $500 HAL 9000 replica, makes you answer to 'Dave'

Conversation starter Branch opens to the public

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Branch, the communications service that has won the backing of two Twitter founders, is now exiting private beta as it looks to become a hub for online interaction. Last month, I profiled the company and its young Princeton drop-out founder Josh Miller, who explained that Branch was trying to be...
Conversation starter Branch opens to the public

FurniGadget: N+ew freezes your e-waste into a stool

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This is one of Rodrigo Alonso's stools. It's part of a series of furniture called N+ew, which stands for "No More Electronic Waste," the Chilean artist felt the best way to dispose of electronic gadgetry that had fallen by the wayside, was to encase it in epoxy resin and...
FurniGadget: N+ew freezes your e-waste into a stool
Cliptamatic combines Hulu+Twitter for video-based mobile communications

'Bill of Rights' wants to keep massive online classes from being 'Instagram of higher ed'

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Remember all the hubbub last month when Instagram changed its Terms of Service, outraging users who were concerned that they had become the product? Well, to keep that from happening to the new wave of massive open online courses (MOOCs), a group of 12 educators, including MOOC-provider Udacity, has released...
'Bill of Rights' wants to keep massive online classes from being 'Instagram of higher ed'
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