Link roundup

Link roundup February 17, 2013


  1. Google Could Pay Apple $1 Billion Next Year To Remain Default Search Engine On iOS, Report Says | TechCrunch »

    Google could pay more than $1 billion in 2014 to remain the default search engine on iOS.

    Now this is big business. And it says a lot about how much iOS users are worth to Google, if they’re prepared to pay that much.

  2. The next 10 years in mobile | TechCentral »

    Nokia reported at MindTrek 2010 that the average person looks at their phone 150 times a day, or once every six-and-a-half minutes of every waking hour.

    This is why something like Google Glass Project will succeed. We’ll quickly grow tired of pulling the phone out of our pocket.

  3. 14,000 people fooled by fake SAS Instagram account | Media Culpa »

    @scandinavianairlines, promised two tickets to New York including 5 stars (sic) hotel to the first 20,000 people that followed the account.

    @kullin does a great job of reporting the latest Instagram scam where people create fake brand accounts promising great prizes to new followers.

    However, I’m not sure that I agree with Hans when he writes

    And for brands, it is always wise to secure the most apparent versions of your brand name on popular social networks. At least that makes it a bit harder for others to use your brand to scam people.

    You should make it easy for people to research your digital presence, but it’s the audience’s responsibility not to fall for tricks like this. Having an account on a network just to protect your name gives an illusion that you’re present there, sort of like having a phone number. When you don’t reply, people will get mad. Also, if people find three instances of your brand on Twitter, which should they mention? My advice would be: make sure you have an official list of your social media accounts and URLs on your site.

  4. f.lux: software to make your life better »

    During the day, computer screens look good—they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at the sun.

    f.lux is an app for your Mac that changes the screen warmth to remove the blue notes in the evening. Since blue light affects our sleep, this is a good thing to use in the evenings in order to allow your brain to start winding down. I’m giving it a try to see how it works.


  5. Facebook Gets a Multibillion-Dollar Tax Break – Businessweek

    Even though Facebook (FB) reported $1.1 billion in pre-tax profits from U.S. operations in 2012, it will probably pay zero federal and state taxes

    … and they will get a tax refund of $429 million. I guess Facebook and Zuckerberg weren’t fans of Warren Buffett and his supporters who wanted to pay their fair share of taxes.


  6. The Amazon Archipelago | Critical Legal Thinking

    Con­trol is abso­lute: the work­ers are under 24 hour sur­veil­lance. They work under guard, they eat at the guards’ behest.

    Is this a report from North Korea? No, it’s from Germany, a well known company’s warehouse. Read, be horrified and demand answers from Amazon.

  7. Subway Restaurant In France Says “Adieu” To Gay Couples On Valentine’s Day / Queerty

    But the owner indicated only male-female (or “h/f” for homme-femme) couples were allowed to use it—and insisted he was within his rights because same-sex marriage hasn’t official passed in the country.

    A Subway restaurant in France refuses a Valentine’s day offer to same sex couples. Subway blame the franchisee and claim s/he’s been “reprimanded” but this shows just one thing: the franchise concept is bad for a brand. Because I as a consumer don’t buy that you as a brand owner can get the benefits, but blame the shortcomings on your business partners. So yes, Subway, I still blame you.

    EDIT: two of my tweeps made me realize that the article says Subway closed that shop. Which is a) swift action and b) Subway taking their responsibility.

  8. Your body language shapes who you are

    This TED talk is great. It’s a simple thing, it takes 120 seconds to do, it helps everyone – and it doesn’t cost anything to implement. You do want to see this!
  9. Facebook May Soon Be Tracking You At All Times

    Facebook is “developing a smartphone application that will track the location of users … even when the program isn’t open on a handset.”

    As always, I’m positive to sharing data on a voluntary basis (for example, on my blog you can see where I am as I share my position through Google Latitude). But I’m sceptical to Facebook monitoring where you are, because I can’t see that the benefit for users outweighs the intrusion in privacy. Add to that that Facebook repeatedly has shown that respect for privacy is more an afterthought than something top of mind.  But Facebook and its advertisers will think this is golden.


  10. A Most Peculiar Test Drive | Blog | Tesla Motors

    On the third leg, where he claimed the car ran out of energy, he stopped charging at 28%. Despite narrowly making each leg, he charged less and less each time. Why would anyone do that?

    New York Times reporter John Broder writes a story about how the Tesla Model S didn’t deliver. The problem for the mr Broder is that Tesla logs all the data about the car, and present them all. And there are things that don’t add up. It certainly seems like mr. Broder already had the story outlined before the test drive. If you’re interested, there’s also a very interesting discussion on Hacker News.


  11. DMCA As Censorship: Site Reposts Articles About Disgraced Researcher, Claims Copyright, Has Originals Removed

    While all of the links to the site in the original DMCA takedown now lead you to a 403 Forbidden error message, it’s pretty clear that the site copied all of RW’s content and then filed a DMCA takedown to get the originals down.

    If you’re at all interested in copyright laws, this is a must read. Anil Potti is a scam, and he found an “online reputation management firm” that uses US copyright legislation against original content creators. This is why I have a real problem with “online reputation management firms”. Unless you’re the victim of some vindictive SEO douche bag, you should be fine if you just follow the golden rule: “be honest and do good shit”.

  12. Seth’s Blog: Open, generous and connected

    fear is the damper on all three. Fear of failure, intimacy and vulnerability. Fear closes us up, causes us to self-focus and to disconnect.

    Seth writes very insightful stuff. This, I loved so much that I’m changing my motto from “Be honest and do good shit” to “Be open, generous and connected. Be honest and do good shit”

  13. AP bans use of words “husband,” “wife” for legally wed gay couples

    Generally AP uses couples or partners to describe people in civil unions or same-sex marriages.

    It’s lucky AP banned ‘homophobia’ first, because that’s what I’d call this reasoning. Now I have to stick with ‘asshattery’.

  14. Yours vs. Mine | Dustin Curtis

    should the interface refer to the user as “your” or “my” when talking about the user’s stuff, as in “my profile” or “your settings”?

    Great thoughts on copywriting for app interfaces.

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