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The Week In Signal

By - August 26, 2010


Here you go, all you 188K or so RSS readers. I know you really count on this round up, so you know what I’m doing each night around ten PM….

Friday Signal: A Pre-Weekend Potpurri

Thursday Signal: Google’s About FaceBook

Weds. Signal: Valuable Point of View, Well Stated, Is the Foundation…

Tuesday Signal: A Latesummer’s Night Stream

Monday Signal: FM Makes a Move

Thanks for reading!

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The Week In Signal

By - August 06, 2010


Folks, you have every right to be upset with me this week, my writing simply ceased, I was on vacation, at least in terms of creating longer form posts. However, Signal did not take the week off, and here are the week’s offerings:

Friday Signal: Let’s Do Launch

Thursday Signal: Highest Order Bit

Weds. Signal: What’s our Policy?

Tuesday Signal: Dog Days

Friday Signal: Vacation Ahoy!

Thanks for reading. I promise to be back soon.

Signal Update

By - July 28, 2010

201007281034.jpgEvery day I spend an hour or two curating a set of links that I find provocative, useful, or important, adding a few lines of commentary to boot. It’s called Signal, and you can consume it in three ways – as an email newsletter (sign up on the Signal Home Page in the upper right hand corner), in your RSS reader, or on the web.

For those of you who like to click on links, here are the last three Signals for your enjoyment:

Weds Signal: Get Out There And Be Counted!

Tuesday Signal: Control, Alter, Delete

Monday Signal: Summertime, and The Linkin’ Is Easy…

Thanks for reading…and I hope my August semi-break, coming soon, will allow me to write longer pieces here with more frequency. I’ve been hard at work on some Web 2 Summit projects, expect more on that late next month.

Recent Signals

By - July 11, 2010

For all 185K of you RSS readers out there, here are the past week or so of Signals:

Monday Signal: Finally, a Slow Weekend. Sort Of.

Friday Signal: Who Needs Basketball? We Have Signal.

Thursday Signal: Mogul Mania

Weds. Signal: More Noise, Same Signal

Tuesday Signal: A Fourth of News

Thanks for reading, all of you. I’m still stunned at the growth of my RSS feed, from 130K or so to 185K in just a few months. I don’t deserve it, given how sparse my postings have been.

The Latest Signals, For All You RSS Junkies

By - May 17, 2010

As I do every three Signals or so, here are the links for you RSS readers out there. And for all you readers trying to decipher what I’m on about, there are hints all over these roundups. Not that you’re paying attention that closely, but still, the threads are there.

Tuesday Signal: Consider This

Monday Signal: The Open Book

Friday Signal: Thank God It’s Not Monday

Microsoft Got Hand(s)

By - March 19, 2010

msft logo.pngFrom my Friday Signal over at FM’s blog:

….It’s a very big year for Microsoft, in terms of the initiatives the company is launching, in particular in the consumer space (its business/commercial space is already cranking out tons of products, but the company’s focus on consumer products has hit a tipping point). Natal, Bing (updated version is coming soon), Windows Phone 7, Office 2010, the company’s cloud initiative (which has sigificant consumer angles)…it’s quite a lot.  

Recall three of the major trends that I predicted for 2010: One, that someone will create an open gaming platform; two, that Microsoft will take second place in search share (from Yahoo); and three, that we’ll see a major advance in the user interface of the web.

Here’s how Microsoft might address those opportunities, in order: Xbox, Bing, and Natal (not to mention Pivot and stuff like PhotoSynth). Now, imagine how these all might work together. Xbox is more than a gaming platform, it’s a major portal to social networking and engagement in the living room (there are more than 20 million users of Xbox Live, for example). Combined with Natal, you’ve got a new gestural interface to the digital world. And there is no reason why you can’t use Natal to surf the web on your TV (and, in time, your PC), given the right UI and apps. Were Microsoft to decide to open up a web-savvy API and SDK into the Xbox and let its legions of developers innovate on that interface, imagine what might occur. And, of course, Bing would be the search engine of choice for this living room environment, driving share. Sounds like a stretch? All the pieces are there. It’s now about whether the company can take many hands, and make great work. (more)