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Should mobile phones be banned in schools?

www.guardian.co.uk
A headteacher says pupil behaviour is better and bullying is down since he barred mobiles in his school. So should others follow suit? Teachers argue for and againstNo - they help independent study"You'll have someone's eye out with that" used to be the refrain of teachers in my day. In...
Should mobile phones be banned in schools?
Social media might drive brand awareness, but search still drives the sales

Oh Look, The Number Of People Employed In The Movie And Music Recording Business Just Hit An All Time High

www.techdirt.com
The common refrain coming out of the MPAA and RIAA over the past few years has really focused on "jobs, jobs, jobs!" This is a message that often works with Congress. If you can convince Congress that "jobs" are at risk, they go scrambling to protect those jobs, even if...
Oh Look, The Number Of People Employed In The Movie And Music Recording Business Just Hit An All Time High
NOVA series tours Earth history, Aussie style

Why AOL Is The Weirdest Successful Tech Company In America Right Now

www.businessinsider.com
Yesterday was a historic day for one of America's most confounding companies. AOL ended an eight-year money-losing slump in 2012, the company announced this morning, as all of its divisions ended the year "quasi-profitable" for the first time under Tim Armstrong's reign as CEO. AOL was dubbed by some the "hottest tech stock of...
Why AOL Is The Weirdest Successful Tech Company In America Right Now

Could Instagram have become a successful, independent business?

thenextweb.com
When Instagram got acquired by Facebook this week, the scale of public outrage surprised me – what did people expect the startup to do long-term other than get acquired? I tweeted out this question and a number of people replied that they wished it had stayed independent and made a...
Could Instagram have become a successful, independent business?

Appature's Kabir Shahani: 'Your idea doesn't really matter ... it's the value your idea creates'

www.geekwire.com
Appature’s Kabir Shahani with Jeff Dickey of NextCast Kabir Shahani and his team at Appature want to help marketers create intensely personal customer experiences. How are they going to do it? By leveraging the incredible opportunities the current technology space is affording them, aggregating massive amounts of data, and always...
Appature's Kabir Shahani: 'Your idea doesn't really matter ... it's the value your idea creates'

Apple reportedly lands radio service deal with Sony ahead of WWDC

www.engadget.com
Apple was supposedly waiting for a deal with Sony before it could launch its rumored internet radio service. Well, that may have just happened: AllThingsD claims that Apple has reached an agreement, which gives it the all clear for an announcement at WWDC. Developing... Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Internet,...
Apple reportedly lands radio service deal with Sony ahead of WWDC

HTC's One: At long last, the best smartphone is an Android phone (review)

venturebeat.com
July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale Finally, there’s an Android phone that doesn’t make me miss anything about the iPhone. It’s called the HTC One, and it’s the best Android phone I’ve ever laid hands on. It might also be the best smartphone I’ve...
HTC's One: At long last, the best smartphone is an Android phone (review)
Dear Eric Schmidt, It’s Been 6 Months — Where Are Those iOS-Slaying Android Exclusive Apps?

Twitter Introduces Bit.ly-Baiting URL Shortener, T.co

www.fastcompany.com
Say goodbye to the bit.lys that pervade your Twitter stream--along with all the other custom URL shortners from your favorite publications--Twitter is rolling out its own way to shorten those unruly post on the Twitter blog announces the change.As early as this summer, any links shared via Twitter will be...
Twitter Introduces Bit.ly-Baiting URL Shortener, T.co

Hatch Is An iPhone Pocket Pet From The Makers Of To-Do App Clear That Goes Beyond Your Standard Tamagotchi

techcrunch.com
Impending and Realmac software, the team behind super simple to-do list Clear, has a new project in the works called Hatch. This is a marked departure from a GTD app, one that has more in common with the Tamagotchis that were once everywhere, long before the advent of the smartphone....
Hatch Is An iPhone Pocket Pet From The Makers Of To-Do App Clear That Goes Beyond Your Standard Tamagotchi

Google Drive for Android updated with card UI and refined scanner funtion

www.engadget.com
Cards, cards, cards... that's the refrain around the Google campus these days. Everything is getting turned into cards. That now includes your documents stored on Drive, too. The Google Drive app for Android was updated today with a whole new UI that moves towards the refined Holo design of...
Google Drive for Android updated with card UI and refined scanner funtion

Head vs. Tail - How To Shift Your Priorities For Each Type Of Account

searchengineland.com
“There aren’t enough hours in a day” is an old – but true – refrain about the nature of an SEM’s job. The list of things we could be doing in any given day to optimize accounts is a daunting one. Agreed? Fantastic. As long as we’re on the same...
Head vs. Tail - How To Shift Your Priorities For Each Type Of Account

Is The Next iPhone In Already In Patent Trouble?

techcrunch.com
With the upcoming Apple conference on September 12, the company is expected to release a new iPhone compatible with 4G LTE connectivity around the world. Yet, competitors such as Samsung and HTC are already warning Apple that if Apple releases a new iPhone with LTE connectivity, they will sue the...
Is The Next iPhone In Already In Patent Trouble?

Data-Focused Locu Raises $4M Series A From General Catalyst, Lowercase, Lightbank & SV Angel

techcrunch.com
Locu, the data-focused startup launched out of Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s lab at MIT to provide structure to the world’s information, has just announced a $4 million Series A round led by General Catalyst Partners. Also participating in the round were Chris Sacca’s Lowercase Capital, Lightbank and SV Angel, as well...
Data-Focused Locu Raises $4M Series A From General Catalyst, Lowercase, Lightbank & SV Angel

Changing the apparent size of the hole messes with golfers' putting

arstechnica.com
For many sports, performance is all about hitting a target: striking a ball with a bat, placing a golf or soccer ball in just the right spot, etc. A common refrain among athletes who have had a successful performance is that those targets seemed large—they perceived the ball as...
Changing the apparent size of the hole messes with golfers' putting

4 Reasons Facebook Dumped HTML5 and Went Native

highscalability.com
Facebook made quite a splash when they released their native iOS app, not because of their app per se, but because of their conclusion that their biggest mistake was betting on HTML5, so they had to go native. As you might imagine this was a bit like telling a...
4 Reasons Facebook Dumped HTML5 and Went Native
Facebook Must Make Home A Layer Atop Your Widgets And Homescreen, Not A Replacement

Will Apple's new high-street hire change the way we buy Apple products?

econsultancy.com
Few CEOs have it as good as Apple's Tim Cook. Just look at his company's performance in the first quarter of his tenure. But as strong as Apple is currently, Cook can't sit back and hope that the company Steve Jobs took to new heights will run itself. He'll have...
Will Apple's new high-street hire change the way we buy Apple products?
Thanks to Purina and Amplify, "cat hackathons" are now a thing

Here's Proof That Apple's Latest Mac Ads Aren't Its Worst Ads Ever (AAPL)

www.businessinsider.com
When Apple released its latest Mac ads, the overwhelming response was negative. A common refrain about the ads is that Steve Jobs would have never approved such dreck. Well, guess what Jobs did approve dreck. Here's video evidence of some terrible Apple ads from the Jobs' era, via Steve Troughton...
Here's Proof That Apple's Latest Mac Ads Aren't Its Worst Ads Ever (AAPL)

AT&T: We did fine at the Super Bowl, but give us more spectrum

gigaom.com
AT&T had quite the Super Bowl. At the game AT&T’s networks carried 215 GB of traffic, placed 74,204 phone calls and transmitted 722,296 SMS messages, according to its public policy blog. AT&T reported no problems in handling the traffic and had, in fact, been prepping for game day by...
AT&T: We did fine at the Super Bowl, but give us more spectrum

Tim Cook addresses the 'Apple would never' crowd, saying it will make anything except a crappy product

thenextweb.com
One of the most common cries of the Apple commentary game is that ‘Apple would never’ do ‘x’. Whether that’s a larger iPhone or a smaller iPad or a cannibalization of their own market with a similar product, the common refrain is that Apple as a company would shy away...
Tim Cook addresses the 'Apple would never' crowd, saying it will make anything except a crappy product
Startups deny censorship in wake of Lupe fiasco at Inauguration party

It's The Execution That Matters, Not The Idea

techdirt.com
For years we've tried to explain the difference between ideas and execution, and how lots of people have ideas (in fact, many have the same ideas entirely independently), but without good execution, those ideas aren't really worth much at all. This point comes up a lot in the debates we...
It's The Execution That Matters, Not The Idea

Girl Loses Friends Because Her Phone Is Too Big To Carry

techcrunch.com
Somewhere on the dance floor, she vanished. It would have a been no problem, except her smartphone was so large she left it at coat check. In the pursuit of a big, beautiful screen, she’d sacrificed why people carry phones in the first place. We had no way to find...
Girl Loses Friends Because Her Phone Is Too Big To Carry

Lenovo faces uphill battle in U.S. smartphone market

www.pcworld.com
A Lenovo phone currently on sale in Asia. ThinkPad loyalists may be in for a real treat soon: The current owner of the brand says it wants to bring Lenovo-brand smartphones to the U.S.within a year. It's not as wild an idea as it may seem to those who...
Lenovo faces uphill battle in U.S. smartphone market

Arduino, 3D Printers, Kickstarter, and BitCoin

www.avc.com
AVC regular Dan Ramsden posted a thougtful essay on GigaOM yesterday. After I read it, I sent Dan an email and I said "do you think big beats little in this phase we are in?" Dan replied that he did and asked me what I thought. I think David beats...
Arduino, 3D Printers, Kickstarter, and BitCoin

a16z

cdixon.org
VCs are experts at analyzing industries and identifying new opportunities, which is why it’s odd that the VC industry itself has so stubbornly resisted change. Two years ago I wrote a post where I argued that innovative new VC firms are finally starting to change this: Top tier entrepreneurs are...
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