Month: March 2009

  • The Premium Upsell

    Todd Sampson has a great take on publisher’s reaction to the text-to-speech feature on the new Amazon Kindle. Rather than view this feature as a threat to their existing Books on Tape business line, they should look at Amazon’s electronic distribution of their text as a potential channel for an upsell. The quality of the […]

  • Up and to the Right

    It was windy today so we flew a kite. More photos here.

  • Calacanis on Value of twitter

    Jason Calacanis expands upon his offer to pay twitter to get his Mahalo account onto twitter’s suggested user page. It’s the distribution channel and potential click-thru traffic he’s looking for, and click-thrus to his site equals registered users and a lifetime relationship with Mahalo that can be monetized over time. The top 20 slots on […]

  • Dopplr City Colors

    Did you know that dopplr assigns a unique color to each city? Neither did I. It’s not just random either – there’s an algorithm at play here. From the dopplr blog: We wanted a deterministic RGB colour value for each city. At first, we tried mapping the latitude and longitude of a city to a […]

  • Yahoo Developer Network, Points for Style

    Dan Theurer, one of the original evangelists of the Yahoo Developer Network, gave a talk (which I unfortunately did not attend) about lessons learned from building YDN. His slides are well worth a glance for anyone interested in building a developer community around their APIs. Lessons Learned – Building YDN View more presentations from Dan […]

  • Spokeo Repositioned as a Snitch

    While it may be technically true, I’m not a big fan of Spokeo’s new positioning.

  • Facebook Business Model – Public Profiles

    With over 175M users, Facebook has famously opened up for distribution of marketing messages from businesses, brands, and celebrities. My wife Tivo’d an appearence by Mark Zuckerberg on Oprah introducing it to its mainstream audience and most surely to any brand marketer interested in reaching Oprah’s audience. If Jason Calcanis puts the value of a […]

  • Lenovo’s Fashionable Netbook

    Lenovo’s Fashionable Netbook

    Although still in concept (UPDATE: Lenovo now saying this is a two year mockup), this is the closest thing I’ve seen to a netbook as fashion accessory (note the burled walnut finish). The belt clasp also acts as a mouse, or so says the caption the the photo on the Lenovo picture feed, and the […]

  • The Family Gathering

    While everyone was down in Austin for the annual gathering of the tribes, I sorted through an old box of photos trying to streamline my memories. I don’t have many prints anymore so most of what I found was from the last century (love saying that!). It was nice to actually hold the prints in […]

  • iPhone is internet 1997

    One of the things that just seems crazy to me is that the iPhone cannot run applications in the background. The iPhone developer site explains: If you are running an application such as AOL Instant Messenger on your iPhone, everytime you receive a call or browse away from the application you would be signed out, […]

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