Link roundup June 17, 2013

  1. The Curse Of The Network Effect | TechCrunch

    • Marketplaces where either the buyer or seller expects to choose from an exhaustive listing – so-called “complete” marketplaces – typically give-up far more value than they are able to capture.
    • Unless they facilitate the transaction itself, these businesses often find themselves in a bind.

    Insightful about monetizing services or marketplaces that rely on being complete from the founder of an event listing service.

  2. Facebook Made Me Do It – NYTimes.com

    In a study of social exchange systems like Facebook, when people were told that their networks liked the content they were sharing, they shared more. But when they were told that people in their network did not like their shared content, they actually shared even more to figure out what their network might like, and “come up with more content that was edgier,” he said.

    I think that this is true in lack of approval/disapproval (if we don’t get likes or comments at all). If we get active disapproval my guess is that we’d be prone to share less rather than more. Interesting nonetheless.

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  3. How Accurate Are Fitness Trackers?

    But the devices were far less reliable in tracking the energy costs of light-intensity activities like standing or cleaning, often misinterpreting them as physical immobility. Only the calorie cost of typing was overestimated, and only by the armband monitor, which considered the arm movements involved to be far more dynamic than they actually are.

    That wrist worn devices are bad at detecting when we bike isn’t a surprise, but that they’re bad at detecting standing is news to me.

  4. Fertile Ground – Marco.org

    I don’t think most developers of mature, non-trivial apps are going to have an easy time migrating them well to iOS 7. Even if they overcome the technical barriers, the resulting apps just won’t look and feel right. They won’t fool anyone.

    This is another side of the coin of iOS7. It remains to be seen if Marco is right (I hope so). And if he is, I wonder if Apple did this as a conscious choice, or if it’s a (lucky) circumstance. This is an interesting post nonetheless.

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  5. Did Apple Just Ally With Microsoft Against Google?

    It’s a huge win for the giant of Redmond, which has long been hunting for more fronts to open up on Google in the search wars.

    This isn’t a win for Microsoft, it’s a huge loss for Apple users. Have you seen the Bing Challenge? It claims that most people choose Bing’s results when compared to Google’s. However, asking people to “just search for anything” makes it hard to evaluate the results. I did the challenge, but with with five searches that I actually needed results for. Result? Google won 4 of the rounds. Twice. There’s a reason people don’t use Bing, and it’s not “habit”.

  6. Microsoft Has Hired People To Make Positive Comments About Xbox One On Reddit, Contractor Says

    Obviously, we can’t confirm this story. We asked Microsoft for comment on if they have people on their payroll using Reddit and will update when they reply.

    This is sort of a damned if you do, damned if you don’t story. It doesn’t matter what Microsoft says here: they obviously can’t confirm it. However, the fact that this story can be born says a lot: the Xbox One is receiving a lot of negativity. Had it not, there would be no need to even fabricate a story such as this. So in the end, it’s still a product that (mostly) sucks according to people.

  7. The Irrationality of Giving Up This Much Liberty to Fight Terror

    we aren’t trading civil liberties for security, but a sense of security. We aren’t empowering the national-security state so that we’re safer, but so we feel safer.

    This isn’t happening only in the US. It’s happening in the EU and in Sweden. Everyone should read this, and realize that it’s time to say NO. Politicians gain from giving us a sense of security (not actual security) as it gives them more power.

  8. Smartphones vs tablets vs traditional PCs – and how iOS changed the world
    I love this visualization of smartphones vs tablets vs “traditional PCs”. And the post in itself contains a lot of insights about how iOS changed the world of computing, and also the challenges ahead. Note that this was written way ahead of the release of iOS 7 (and that Apple missed delivering on key features, such as “being able to choose another default app than Apple’s own”)

    Read the whole post here: Fraser Speirs – Blog – The iOS 7 Power User Challenge

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  9. “It was the perfect search engine,” Singhal said. “You could ask it a question and it would tell you exactly the right answer, one right answer—and sometimes it would tell you things you needed to know in advance, before you could ask it.”

    I recently switched to an HTC One and after trying out Google’s voice control in it, I really see how it could in just a few years become something akin to the Star Trek computer. It’s much more intuitive than Siri on my iPhone (and I did ask her lots of stuff). After having used Google’s voice control on Android, I’m even more agog about trying out Google Glass.

  10. Facebook is just fine — How to use the internet — Medium

    My newsfeed is almost all signal. This is, in part, because I am ruthless. If you are overtly negative (which is different than having opinions differing from my own), you get hidden. If I don’t find value in your postings, you get hidden.

    As much as I criticize Facebook for their shortcomings, it’s also good to give credit where it is due – and Facebook does have an amazing service at its core, just like Craig Mod writes here. The key is, just as mr. Mod writes, to hide everything that isn’t relevant and teach Facebook what you like and what you don’t. I do this a lot.

Link roundup May 28, 2013

  1. Violence & Silence: Jackson Katz, Ph.D at TEDxFiDiWomen 

    This is a very interesting talk that nails my issue with the “men’s rights movement”. They’re busy being bitter about women acting and getting recognition (in the form of attention) for it.Also, when thinking about domestic violence as a men’s problem brought an old Radiolab episode to mind. It’s about “the unchangeable nature of male baboons’ violent behaviors” and how it in fact can be changed. Human men are baboons.

  2. Google Glass has been banned from all of Caesars palace and pretty much every strip club & bar. While apps like Winky lets you take photographs with a wink alone, people are getting increasingly worried about privacy with these high-tech eyes around.

    I’m guessing that this ban applies to Memoto too. The point is: no matter what we think about it, “Public Privacy” is a real oxymoron, and as such it never existed. This just makes us really aware of it.

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  3. I didn’t really know what to do, so I agreed to see a doctor so that everyone would stop having all of their feelings at me.

    This is a very good account of what it’s like to go through a depression. You do want to read it so you’re prepared when it happens to you or someone you love. It has funny pictures too. Just click and read!

     

  4. Ministry of Silly Systems
    The blog post Ministry of Silly Systems shows how government agencies are creating the opposite of a simple, delightful, shareable experience. It&#8217;s almost as if they didn&#8217;t want you to contact them. This is exactly how Migrationsverket works in Sweden, except they&#8217;re not this friendly.<br /><br />
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    The blog post Ministry of Silly Systems shows how government agencies are creating the opposite of a simple, delightful, shareable experience. It’s almost as if they didn’t want you to contact them. This is exactly how Migrationsverket works in Sweden, except they’re not this friendly.

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  5. Android’s Market Share Is Literally A Joke | Tech.pinions – Perspective, Insight, Analysis

    Two farmers bought a truckload of watermelons, paying five dollars apiece for them. Then they drove to the market and sold all their watermelons for four dollars each. After counting their money at the end of the day, they realized that they’d ended up with less money than they’d started with. “See!” said the one farmer to the other. “I told you we shoulda got a bigger truck.”

    John Kirk gives a lot of facts about why the Android market is just like the two farmers above: Android has a bigger truck, but it’s not a profitable market.

  6. The Next Facebook — Medium

    A story from a recent college graduate highlights this difference best: Facebook’s Graph Search was turned on for her and she was amazed at the people she could find. “Mutual friends in the double-digits and identical musical tastes and they like Lost In Translation?!”

    I never thought of Graph Search as being able to find “niches within niches” – but that’s what it’s for. However, just as the article says: Facebook doesn’t have any good way to connect to these people. The next big network will allow that. But I don’t think it will be a new network that does it, it will be one of the existing.

  7. Google ‘s Best New Unadvertised Feature: Photo Search With Visual Recognition

    I’m blown away by the new photo search in Google where it’s recognizing subjects in my own photos

    This is a killer feature in Google+. Although I love Flickr, this makes me want to move all my photos to G+.

  8. Thread: My one talk with Marissa Mayer

    All I remember of it was there came a point in the conversation when Mayer had had enough. She just got up and left. I think the people remaining in the conference room were a little embarassed. Google didn’t do anything to change the BlogThis! button.

    Marissa Mayer worked at Google back when they acquired Blogger. The promised not to change anything, just like Yahoo! now promise not to change Tumblr. Dave Winer’s moral in this story is insightful, and a reminder to all current Tumblr users.

  9. You only get one chance to be a beginner

    This is the time to do the impossible, because you don’t know enough to know what can’t be done yet.

    Simple, beautiful, brilliant. In a lot of cases it’s better to embrace being a beginner instead of fearing it.

  10. HTC First discontinued by AT&T: First ‘Facebook phone’ a flop | BGR

    Our source at AT&T has confirmed that the HTC First, which is the first smartphone to ship with Facebook Home pre-installed, will soon be discontinued and unsold inventory will be returned to HTC

    Ouch for HTC and Facebook. But I’m happy that customers saw through this. Facebook as a launcher? Bad idea. There might come a time when Facebook is everywhere, but I’m happy it’s not here yet.

  11. Seth’s Blog: The reason they call it a browser

    Call it attention inflation. More time spent looking, less time spent clicking. We’re being conditioned to sit back and assume that action is the exception, not the rule.

    Brilliant as he most of the time is, Seth Godin writes about why we interact less even though we spend more time online. This definitely hooks into the UMOT/ZMOT and being context aware, providing the right information at the right time to the right visitor.

  12. Samsung is hurting Android – Opinion – Trusted Reviews

    Here is a dirty secret: it is in Samsung’s interest to damage Android.

    I never realized that Samsung might be trying to hurt Android, but reading this it seems like the perfect strategy. For Samsung. The problem is that to become Apple, you need products that really work – which Samsung doesn’t. The new features on the Samsung Galaxy 4 are disappointing (read: they only work with Samsung’s own apps).

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  13. Really small apartments
    These photos tell a story that’s very hard to grasp for someone living in Sweden. Stockholm is the city in the world with the most single-person households (per capita) and living in apartments as small as these is most likely unthinkable for every Swede who has a home. See more at These apartments are so small they can only be photographed from the ceiling – Quartz

Link roundup April 22, 2013

  1. Facebook’s Android app can now retrieve data about what apps you use [Update]

    “To offer the Home app launcher and to improve the way it works over time, users give permission for Facebook to retrieve a list of apps installed on your phone,”

    Facebook has a kind of loose relationship with privacy. They are more of the “it’s easier to be forgiven, than to get permission” persuasion, meaning that I’d be careful about giving them access to too much. For me, the limit is at Facebook Home – I would not install it.

  2. Google streetview inside Björn Borg HQ

     

    Google Streetview inside Björn Borg HQ. Now you can get off  the street, and inside the office. With lots of easter eggs in the form of people in underwear.

  3. MC10 Hydration Video (by MC10)

    I argued a while ago with friends whether you can be considered a cyborg because of smartphones and self-tracking gadgets. With this patch, I’d say that we’re definitely there.You apply it on your skin, and it reads your hydration level. And updates your smartphone. Company MC10 also make a self-tracking wrist band that I’m hoping I get a chance to try out.

    Also: kudos to MC10 for making a video with an athlete and choosing a woman. It would be so easy to pick a man, as sports is a male dominated area.

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  4. Bitcoin Explained (by Duncan Elms)No matter if you believe in Bitcoin or not, you should know what it is. Here’s a 3 minute crash course.?
  5. Tech specs – Google Glass Help

    High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.

    The tech specs for Google Glass are out. I like them, the focus isn’t on putting in a lot of new things – instead they aimed at making it as unobtrusive as possible. For example bone conduction for sound so that you don’t need ear pieces. I’m a bit worried about the battery life though, as the projected battery life often is longer in the specs than in actual use. If it turns out to be any less than one day, it’ll be a big setback.

    Or, in the words of the brilliant @claes:

    “One day” battery time.

    Android owners know what this means.

    “Hello Glass, turn off Bluetooth”.
    “Hello Glass, turn off Sync.”
    “Hello Glass, turn off 3G,”
    “Hello Glass, turn off GPS.”

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  6. The 7 most interesting social media stats and what to learn from them

    The science of social timing: When, how often and where should you post?

    This is an interesting collection of statistics and surveys, like “how long should a Facebook update be” or “when should you Tweet”. While this is a good place to start, remember that your tribe isn’t average: applying these numbers on your digital presence is a good start, but you need to monitor and tailor make it for you. This might mean that you end up doing the opposite of the “best practice” described in one of these surveys.

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  7. Report: More People Are Watching Netflix Streaming Content Than Cable Networks – Consumerist

    that translates into the average U.S. subscriber watching 87 minutes of content [on Netflix] per day.

    What this article doesn’t say is that a lot of cable networks also are suppliers of internet. And internet is crucial to get Netflix. Cable networks in the us are conditioning the customers to the fact that bandwidth costs, and that unlimited bandwidth isn’t free or cheap. So cable networks are essentially changing their model so they keep providing the infra structure for content providers to deliver content to viewers.

  8. Bernstein Ponders Lengthening PC Cycle

    Tablets and smartphones aren’t replacing PCs, says Sacconaghi, but they are likely “lengthening the replacement cycle” as they cut into some of the PC’s workload and make their replacement less urgent.

    I’ve never thought about it, but it does make sense that tablets would extend the life of a laptop or PC. Partly because the reason above, but also partly because it’s an investment in technology cheaper than buying a new computer – and yet expensive enough to make you think twice about both buying a tablet and getting a new computer.

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  9. When sci-fi meets human rights

    The Natalia Project, by Civil Rights Defenders, is a bracelet that makes sure that violence against human rights activists doesn’t go unnoticed. They need your help: join the project to get alerts when a human rights activist is kidnapped.

  10. Why I’m Giving Up On Android

    This is my own term, not theirs. Moar is different from more because it’s instinctive. Moar short circuits rational thought; it’s the feeling you get when you eat some bacon, and then want 16 strips of bacon because bacon is delicious even though, if you thought about it, you know it’ll make you ill.

    This is interesting, because this is exactly the opposite of Steve Jobs’ philosophy – instead of asking consumers “what do you want” and delivering that, he created what he knew was useful. For that strategy to work, you have to be a genius at usability and UX. This is exactly what most mobile manufacturers lack today.

  11. “There is now software to create fake accounts,” Mr. De Micheli said in an interview. “It fills in every detail. Some fake accounts look even better than real accounts do.”

    Very interesting about how and why the market for fake Twitter followers works – and the fake accounts are getting really good.

  12. Guests don’t want to learn a new way to turn on the shower, they don’t want to burn themselves, they just want the water to come out, at the right temperature, in the right direction, with the right quantity. The first time.

    ‘Designer hotel’ showers are a great place when you want to look for when form wins over function. And it’s not only the controls, sometimes it’s the shower, likeat First Hotel Grims Grenka in Oslo. Designing something fancy isn’t hard. Designing something fancy and easy to use is. Seth Godin nails it as always.

    (And these rules very much apply to web sites, apps and technical gadgets too)

  13. Earlier this year, our friends at Return Path predicted that mobile was to surpass web and desktop client usage by July, 2012. We found that this event happened as early as February, when mobile overtook webmail client usage.

    This is another thread starting to fringe from Microsoft’s empire. iOS devices are more popular for reading e-mal than Outlook. People are rather quickly getting used to non-Microsoft software. How long before Office plunges? Keep in mind that in 2012, Office stood for for almost 60% of pre-tax profit for Microsoft.