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Darwinian innovation, social media, and what is next for the Valley and its investment community

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There’s been some excellent commentary on the subject of technological innovation in the past few days, and where and how it occurs. As you might expect, Silicon Valley has been the discussion’s in-room elephant. Views of its present, past, and future prominence are as diverse the people who populate it....
Darwinian innovation, social media, and what is next for the Valley and its investment community

The inescapable ’80s: 8-bit, SimCity, and Wing Commander all make a comeback

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I do everything I can to not dwell too much on the 1980s and early 1990s, but sometimes I just don’t have any other choice. I think it’s a generalized problem you experience as you get older: try as you might, you can’t completely abandon your formative years, full of...
The inescapable ’80s: 8-bit, SimCity, and Wing Commander all make a comeback

RT @Kiss_n_Atl: RT @BroRandy Seven articles that are well worth reading http://ow.ly/1oVJj #worthyofattention

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RT @Kiss_n_Atl: RT @BroRandy Seven articles that are well worth reading http://ow.ly/1oVJj #worthyofattention

Facebook extends its Exchange ad retargeting service to the News Feed

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Today Facebook announced a key change to its advertising products, allowing advertisements placed through its Exchange service to be placed directly in the News Feeds of users. Previously, ads serviced by the Facebook Exchange program were limited to the right-hand column of users’ screens. Facebook cites the News Feed as...
Facebook extends its Exchange ad retargeting service to the News Feed

Following Surface Pro pen complaints, Microsoft is 'working with partners' to ensure compatibility

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If you are one of the folks who picked up a Surface Pro this past weekend, you might have realized that not all applications play nice with its much-touted pen. Photoshop is an oft mentioned example. Microsoft, we learned today, is working on the issue. Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet...
Following Surface Pro pen complaints, Microsoft is 'working with partners' to ensure compatibility

Journalists Cheering On Censorship Is A Form Of Hate Speech

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We already wrote a little about a French politician's support for the idea that Twitter should help the French government censor speech it doesn't like. I learned about it because of a post by Glenn Greenwald, which is absolutely worth reading. Greenwald's piece, though, focuses much of his anger not...
Journalists Cheering On Censorship Is A Form Of Hate Speech
Google Is Working On A Search System That Can Understand Your Emotions (GOOG)

Iceland's Cheap, Green Cloud: How Datacenters Could Drive Big Changes On A Tiny Island

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Iceland. A fascinating, strange place. And misunderstood. Did you know the famous Blue Lagoon isn't a random miracle of nature -- it's a man-made pool filled with run-off water from the power plant next door? Or that Iceland's entire national population, just north of 300,000, is comparable to U.S. cities...
Iceland's Cheap, Green Cloud: How Datacenters Could Drive Big Changes On A Tiny Island

The State and Future of Twitter 2010: Part Two

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The influence and promise of Twitter is only now starting to materialize. Everything that occurred prior to Chirp has lead us to this moment and as such, is almost worthy of categorization as BC (Before Chirp). Everything that happens now, is almost symbolic of a new movement (AC, After...
The State and Future of Twitter 2010: Part Two

The Internet Association: Strong on paper, but as yet untested in war

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Recently published on the pages of The Next Web is an editorial piece by the Internet Association, a group that claims to represent the core group of Internet companies and their policy wishes. As far as words go, the piece is worth reading. That in mind, it’s not the sort...
The Internet Association: Strong on paper, but as yet untested in war

EU VP On Aaron Swartz: If Our Laws Hold Back Benefits From Openness, We Should Change Those Laws

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As Techdirt has reported over the last ten days, the death of Aaron Swartz has provoked an outpouring of grief from friends and colleagues, who understandably wish to express their shock and anger at what happened. You'd expect that. What you might not expect is for a Vice-President of the...
EU VP On Aaron Swartz: If Our Laws Hold Back Benefits From Openness, We Should Change Those Laws

Here’s What A Facebook Response To A User Data Subpoena Looks Like

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Last year, Facebook got a little more transparent explaining what kind of data it would provide to law enforcement officials when they made formal subpoenas for user profiles. Now, we can have a look at exactly what that Facebook account report looks like, perhaps for the first time. The document...
Here’s What A Facebook Response To A User Data Subpoena Looks Like

The Legacy Of 24

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Hampton Stevens takes stock of the show that just ended its eighth and final season:24 is the most influential TV drama of all time. There isn't even a close second. No other series—not The Sopranos, The Wire, Hill Street Blues, or ER, has had a tenth of the cultural...
The Legacy Of 24

Cards Against Humanity's 'Pay-What-You-Want' sale results in $70,000 donation to Wikipedia

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Today Cards Against Humanity announced that its ‘Pay-What-You-Want’ holiday promotion for its card game resulted in a profit of $70,066.27. The company donated that sum to Wikimedia, the parent corporation of Wikipedia. According to Cards, it sold around 85,000 sets of its game, with the average paid price averaging out...
Cards Against Humanity's 'Pay-What-You-Want' sale results in $70,000 donation to Wikipedia

7 stories to read this weekend

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Oh boy! What a dreary long and rainy weekend in San Francisco. In rest of the country, not so much. Here are some stories I think might be worth reading – mostly because it is the weekend. They are different fare from the usual stuff you are likely to encounter...
7 stories to read this weekend

Good @nytimes article about the use and misuse of measurement and statistics. Worth reading. http://nyti.ms/ahTqyv

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Good @nytimes article about the use and misuse of measurement and statistics. Worth reading. http://nyti.ms/ahTqyv

Twitter Investor Chris Sacca to Third-Party Developers: Stay the Course

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Shared by louisgray Worth reading just for this line: "Business Insider has attained a level of sensationalism that I can’t take seriously as journalism any more. Just look at how many times they retweeted their own article today." Note I never share Business Insider because I am not subscribed, and...
Twitter Investor Chris Sacca to Third-Party Developers: Stay the Course

Early Lessons From New Zealand's 'Three Strikes' Punishments

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New Zealand has the unhappy distinction of being in the vanguard of using the "three strikes" approach of punishment for people accused of sharing unauthorized copies online. As in France and the UK, this was brought in without any preparatory research to ascertain its effectiveness, and without any real thought...
Early Lessons From New Zealand's 'Three Strikes' Punishments

Inexpensive ebooks are nudging parents into reading digitally to their kids

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The following headline doesn’t quite pass the gut-check test, and isn’t precisely true, but is worth reading: “Half of Bedtime Stories Now Read on E-Books.” That is the title to a piece in SmartMoney, which notes a survey by The Reading Agency and Ipsos Mori, stating that just under 50%...
Inexpensive ebooks are nudging parents into reading digitally to their kids

Pioneer adds two new Elite receivers to its 2012 lineup

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Pioneer's 2012 AV receiver lineup is growing by two with the new VSX-42, priced at $450, and the $650 VSX-60. Both feature six HDMI inputs on the back, Ethernet, video scaling, optional Blutooth ($99) with A2DP, AirPlay, DLNA, Panadora and iOS or Android apps. The VSX-60 sets itself apart...
Pioneer adds two new Elite receivers to its 2012 lineup

SCREENSHOTS: Here's Your First Look At Firefox's Operating System For Smartphones (GOOG, AAPL)

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Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, is launching an open-source mobile operating system for smartphones. Peter Judge over at TechWeekEurope got his hands on a bunch of screenshots of the new Firefox mobile operating system for smartphones. It looks great. The new operating system seems to combine the best bits from both the...
SCREENSHOTS: Here's Your First Look At Firefox's Operating System For Smartphones (GOOG, AAPL)

FORMER GROUPON-LIVING SOCIAL CUSTOMER: Today Is The Happiest Day Of My Life--The Coupons Finally Expired!

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A few months ago, we ran a horror story from a customer of the daily deal companies (specifically, Living Social). The customer, who runs a restaurant, had developed his theory about these companies the hard way--by trying them. What he concluded was that the daily-deal companies did not attract people...
FORMER GROUPON-LIVING SOCIAL CUSTOMER: Today Is The Happiest Day Of My Life--The Coupons Finally Expired!

Some Facts & Insights Into The Whole Discussion Of 'Ethics' And Music Business Models

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I know we've written a few times now about David Lowery's now infamous shaming of an intern because she apparently doesn't give him enough of her money, but that story keeps getting attention. Thankfully, a lot of that attention comes in the form of people from all over the music...
Some Facts & Insights Into The Whole Discussion Of 'Ethics' And Music Business Models

What to read this morning: news, analysis & smart takes

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Wondering what to read this morning and get informed? Here are my picks of stories worth reading and some news that is worth noting. Plus a couple of great pieces from GigaOM, and a little self-serving link at the bottom. There is too much news about Thanksgiving shopping madness, but...
What to read this morning: news, analysis & smart takes

Browsers and Apps in 2012

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It’s like this: The browser’s doomed, because apps are the future. Wait! Apps are doomed because HTML5 is the future. I see something almost every day saying one or the other. Only it’s mostly wrong. [If you don’t want to read my opinions, hop to the end of this...
Browsers and Apps in 2012

Getting To Simpson Bowles

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The President's Commission on Fiscal Reform, known as Simpson Bowles because it was led by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, recommended that we find $6 trillion in spending cuts and new revenues to get the Federal Budget to a healthy place.  I stopped by the Wharton Economic Summit last week...
Getting To Simpson Bowles
Tim Cook's Life Is "Incredibly Simple," Just Like Apple's Products

Twitter Annotations: developer and user nirvana or the biggest nightmare

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So yesterday was big announcement day for Twitter at their Chirp Developer Conference which followed some recent announcement by the company that didn’t sit well with the developer community. The highlight that got most of the attention of course was the fact that Twitter finally has the beginnings of...
Twitter Annotations: developer and user nirvana or the biggest nightmare

It's The Execution That Matters, Not The Idea

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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

Appeal Over Former RIAA Lobbyist Judge Allowing Prenda To Get Info On Over 1,000 John Does Moves Forward

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You may recall Judge Beryl Howell, the former RIAA lobbyist who helped author the DMCA, and also went against a very large number of other judges dealing with copyright trolling lawsuits by ruling that it was perfectly fine to lump over 1,000 John Doe defendants into a single lawsuit and...
Appeal Over Former RIAA Lobbyist Judge Allowing Prenda To Get Info On Over 1,000 John Does Moves Forward
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