Filing

Now, you know you're old and, well, not very hip when you LOOK FORWARD to a long weekend because it will let you GET YOUR FILING DONE. And you spend Saturday night …. filing paper. But that's exactly my situation. Regardless of our digital lives, I have a bi-annual…

Filing

Now, you know you’re old and, well, not very hip when you LOOK FORWARD to a long weekend because it will let you GET YOUR FILING DONE. And you spend Saturday night …. filing paper. But that’s exactly my situation.

Regardless of our digital lives, I have a bi-annual ritual going where I file all the paper that comes across my desk at home – all the insurance forms, the household bills, the little league rules….

Tonight I stared down a full box of paper that needed to be filed, and…I am stoked: I conquered the mess. I’ve now got neatly ordered file folders, which I’m sure I’ll ignore for the next seven or so years of my life, then toss out.

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Memo To Murdoch: Buy Bebo

If Myspace is so last year, then buy what's hot this year while it's still not too pricey. This is fashion, baby. You have to keep up with the times……

If Myspace is so last year, then buy what’s hot this year while it’s still not too pricey. This is fashion, baby. You have to keep up with the times…

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Web 2 Trademark Issue

There's a tempest out there in blog land about my partners' use of the "bigfoot letter" tactic in defending their Web 2.0 trademark as it relates to conferences. Many of my readers are asking about it. I'm going to wait to comment on this in detail till I talk…

There’s a tempest out there in blog land about my partners’ use of the “bigfoot letter” tactic in defending their Web 2.0 trademark as it relates to conferences. Many of my readers are asking about it. I’m going to wait to comment on this in detail till I talk to Tim, who is on vacation and out of touch this week, but in short, I think this response from O’Reilly is pretty good. They screwed up by not first having a conversation with the folks in Ireland, and they relented on forcing the trademark issue right away. I’m sure Tim will have more to say about it, as it happened while he was gone, and I want to talk to him before I dive too deep. Meanwhile, this is not some evil plot to “own” Web 2.0. It’s narrowly limited to its use as a trademark for conferences. Remember, Web 2.0 is also about having a business that works. And not protecting your trademarks is simply bad business practice.

Update: Lots of comments, and also, remember that Tim is really offline, and has no idea this has happened. I want to hear from him, but meanwhile, Cory at BB has weighed in, and I like what he has to say.

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Brilliant Video On The Difference Between Apple and MSFT

This is the difference between Apple and Microsoft, in a nutshell. Thanks, JH. OK, I KNOW this is old, but I did NOT KNOW this was an internal Microsoft video. That makes this so much funnier….

This is the difference between Apple and Microsoft, in a nutshell.

Thanks, JH.

OK, I KNOW this is old, but I did NOT KNOW this was an internal Microsoft video. That makes this so much funnier.

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Score One For Net Neutrality…

But don't relax yet. From Wired News: The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved legislation aimed at preventing broadband providers from discriminating against unaffiliated services, content and applications. Content providers like Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have expressed concerns that they would be forced to pay ISPs extra to ensure…

But don’t relax yet. From Wired News:



The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved legislation aimed at preventing broadband providers from discriminating against unaffiliated services, content and applications.

Content providers like Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have expressed concerns that they would be forced to pay ISPs extra to ensure consumers can access their content.

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Dell: Paid Inclusion, Of A Stripe

When I read this in the Journal today, I thought, "isn't this deal already done?" Then I remembered that, no, it was simply discussed, but not inked. So now it's official – Google is playing the distribution game, just like Microsoft does. From the (paid reg required) article: Google…

When I read this in the Journal today, I thought, “isn’t this deal already done?” Then I remembered that, no, it was simply discussed, but not inked. So now it’s official – Google is playing the distribution game, just like Microsoft does. From the (paid reg required) article:

Google Inc. and Dell Inc. have reached an agreement to install Google software on millions of Dell personal computers before they are shipped to users, said Google’s Chief Executive Eric Schmidt.

Under a roughly three-year pact, Google, of Mountain View, Calif., would pay Dell to have its desktop software for searching the content of a user’s hard drive and emails, and a Web browser search toolbar installed on the computers, according to people in the industry familiar with the matter. Dell would also set the default search engine for users to Google’s offering, one of the sources said. Financial terms are not expected to be disclosed. Talks between Google and Dell were first reported in The Wall Street Journal in February.

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EBay, Yahoo: Now It’s Interesting

I'm reeling from a 12 hour (yes, 12 hour) trip from Chicago to SF last night but this morning's news must be at least noted, for now: Yahoo and eBay are hooking up, clearly a move against Google – eBay accounts for hundreds of millions of dollars in Google's…

I’m reeling from a 12 hour (yes, 12 hour) trip from Chicago to SF last night but this morning’s news must be at least noted, for now: Yahoo and eBay are hooking up, clearly a move against Google – eBay accounts for hundreds of millions of dollars in Google’s revenue. From what I can make out, however, this deal does not change eBay’s relationship with Google, rather, it marks Yahoo’s first major syndication win in years. From USA Today:

Under the deal, Yahoo will be exclusive third-party provider of all graphic ads throughout eBay’s auction site. Yahoo has also chosen EBay’s online payment system, PayPal, to allow its customers to pay for Yahoo Web services.

It’s tempting to say Google loses here, and while I am sure the company would love to have eBay’s site amongst its syndicated partners (like AOL and Ask), I am not surprised in the least that Yahoo won this round. The market tends to balance itself, and this is a major proof point.

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Memo to Chicago O’Hare: Heal Thyself

I know this is totally off topic, but I've had the truly life changing experience of routing through Chicago's O Hare airport three times in the past week. As much as I'd like to report that things have changed at the proudly self proclaimed "world's busiest airport", alas, this…

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I know this is totally off topic, but I’ve had the truly life changing experience of routing through Chicago’s O Hare airport three times in the past week. As much as I’d like to report that things have changed at the proudly self proclaimed “world’s busiest airport”, alas, this report is quite the opposite. I lost more than two days of my life to that hell hole. In short, Chicago O’Hare sucks, and I, for one, would rather spend three extra hours in the air simply to avoid landing there, and I’d heartily recommend anyone who might be considering O’Hare as a destination to, well, reconsider before the place sucks you into the seventh circle of hell, a place from which I am only now emerging. I think.

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Melanie’s Round Up

Amazon gets book smart Amazon adds an Online Reader for search inside books. John says, "If this is what I think it is, this signals that Amazon is getting into all forms of readable content online, a shift in biz model strategy." Resource Shelf summarizes the features: – Search…

Amazon gets book smart

Amazon adds an Online Reader for search inside books. John says, “If this is what I think it is, this signals that Amazon is getting into all forms of readable content online, a shift in biz model strategy.”

Resource Shelf Amazon Readersummarizes the features:

– Search for words or phrases in the book (you can also search the entire Amazon.com database or A9).

– View single pages or continuous pages by scrolling

– Zoom in or Zoom out (very useful)…

…and notes that this is all part of Amazon’s step further into the “upgrade program where you can read purchased books online, print pages, add notes, bookmark pages, etc.” which “is similar to what you can already do with books accessible (for free).”

Technorati & AP team-upPicture 1-2

Technorati and the Associated Press begin sharing a dynamic feed of the most blogged about AP articles at its +400 member sites. The Technorati announcement: Increasingly, what the blogosphere says about a news story becomes part of a more complete story, lending diverse perspectives and often expert commentary…When readers visit an AP member Web site that uses AP Hosted Custom News, they will see a module featuring the “Top Five Most Blogged About” AP articles right next to the article text, dynamically powered by Technorati. Additionally, when readers click on an AP article, Technorati will deliver “Who’s Blogging About” that article.

This follows similar service partnerships Technorati shares with the WashPost and other publications. Bloggers cheer.

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