Year: 2007

  • Mary Meeker Tidbits from Web 2.0 Summit

    I always enjoy Morgan Stanley analyst, Mary Meeker’s view into the internet industry. Her presentations are chock full of facts and figures and it’s the closest thing to a Harper’s Index for the Internet that we have. Here are some highlights from her list: 91% of mobile users keep phone within 1 meter reach 24×7 […]

  • Go on, cheat a little

    Yahoo has joined up with the folks at the New York Times crosswords to promote the new Search Assist feature with a contest. The idea is that you fill the puzzle out successfully and you too can be entered into a drawing for one of five trips to Hawaii. Thing is, this thing is a […]

  • Yes, but ours go to “11”

    If you haven’t checked out the new Yahoo Search Assist, by all means do. Someone’s finally got the clustered search and suggestive results thing right. Type something into search.yahoo.com and hesitate just a bit and the pane will come rushing out with suggestions. On a lighter, Ryan Grove, one of the engineers who worked on […]

  • SkyMall Mashups

    JR Conlin always does these great write-ups on items of interest that he pulls out of the SkyMall catalogs that you always find tucked into the seatback pocket on airlines. In homage to JR as well as a wink to the mashup culture of silicon valley, here’s my version of the genre. “What would happen […]

  • Mining the NY Times Archives

    Dave Winer looks to the recently released New York Times archives as rich loam of fertile content upon which many applications can be built. In another life, as a product manager for factiva.com, I came to appreciate the meta-data the Times would attach to their content as something Factiva would leverage for its clients. Factiva […]

  • MyBlogLog, more than just faces on a page

    Most people first notice MyBlogLog as the service behind the Recent Readers widget you see on various sidebars like the one over at TechCrunch, Yodel, or PassiveAggressiveNotes. Once you spend a little time with the service you’ll see that it’s a whole lot more. Yeah, we have stats. They’re basic but that’s the idea. Keep […]

  • paidcontent.org gets into finance

    Rafat Ali and Staci Kramer over at paidcontent.org have added a Finance tab to their site and along with it launched a financial index of the top 100 new media sites. Dow Jones has quite a nice little business from licensing its various indexes to financial firms and mutual funds that wanted to benchmark themselves […]

  • Nutrition education lunch boxes have high levels of lead

    In an ironic twist of fate, 56,000 lunch boxes distributed by California’s Department of Public Health with the logo Eat Fruits & Vegetables and be Active were found to contain high levels of lead paint. Yes, these were manufactured in China. A full recall is underway.

  • Long Journey West to the Farallons

    Photo by Todd Sampson Our first trip on Todd’s sailboat out beyond the Golden Gate was very relaxing. There was pretty much no wind so we ended up motoring almost the entire 90 miles out and back to the Farallon Islands. Not that I mind – I was a bit nervous having never ventured out […]

  • The Wall Comes Down

    Everyone wondered if the New York Times would be able to pull off their Times Select premium news experiment. Despite projections of up to $10 Million in annual subscription revenues as of Wednesday morning most areas of nytimes.com will be free of charge. This is excellent news for bloggers who will now be able to […]