Maybe This Company Can Predict How Google Me Will Fare

Interesting investment by Google Ventures in a company called Recorded Future, a wonderful play on verb tenses and words. The company is a "temporal and predictive analysis engine." That just sounds cool. Google is co-investing with the CIA's investment arm. That's interesting, no?…

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Interesting investment by Google Ventures in a company called Recorded Future, a wonderful play on verb tenses and words. The company is a “temporal and predictive analysis engine.” That just sounds cool.

Google is co-investing with the CIA’s investment arm. That’s interesting, no?

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Signal Update

Every 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…

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!

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This Week In Signal

For all 186K of you loverly RSS readers, here are the past five Signals: Friday Signal: Is Apple Evil? Is the Web Over? Is Privacy Dead? Is This Thing On?! Thursday Signal: Why I Love My Job, Again. Weds. Signal: The Numbers Tell The Story Tuesday Signal: I Got Yer…

For all 186K of you loverly RSS readers, here are the past five Signals:

Friday Signal: Is Apple Evil? Is the Web Over? Is Privacy Dead? Is This Thing On?!

Thursday Signal: Why I Love My Job, Again.

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What Means This, To “Go Google”!?

I thought it meant to search! Apparently, in this context, it means "to drop Microsoft Office and use our software!" I almost feel like a relic pointing out the obvious, but when I got my latest paper-based Fortune magazine (yes, I do subscribe to a few still), I found…

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I thought it meant to search! Apparently, in this context, it means “to drop Microsoft Office and use our software!”

I almost feel like a relic pointing out the obvious, but when I got my latest paper-based Fortune magazine (yes, I do subscribe to a few still), I found the image at left on the back cover.

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What Would You Ask Fred Wilson?

Tomorrow I will be at the Geo Loco conference in SF, interviewing Fred Wilson, partner at Union Square Ventures, investor in Twitter, Zynga, Etsy, Tumblr, Foursquare, and many others, and general good guy. Fred is great on stage, and we have a lot to talk about, given our mutual interests….

bio_fred.jpgTomorrow I will be at the Geo Loco conference in SF, interviewing Fred Wilson, partner at Union Square Ventures, investor in Twitter, Zynga, Etsy, Tumblr, Foursquare, and many others, and general good guy.

Fred is great on stage, and we have a lot to talk about, given our mutual interests. But as I was preparing for the discussion, I pinged Fred and asked if he thought it’d be a good idea if I asked all of you for input. Of course he said yes.

So, what do you want to hear from Fred? What should I ask him?

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The Facebook App Economy: Revival Time?

Who remembers the utter gold rush that was the Facebook Platform back in 2007, back when everyone, and honestly, really, EVERYONE, in the industry was busy answering the question "What's Your Facebook Platform strategy?" Well I sure do. At FM, we had meetings to address this question, meetings driven…

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Who remembers the utter gold rush that was the Facebook Platform back in 2007, back when everyone, and honestly, really, EVERYONE, in the industry was busy answering the question “What’s Your Facebook Platform strategy?”

Well I sure do. At FM, we had meetings to address this question, meetings driven by me, by my staff and my senior executives, and of course, by our investors, who were asking the same question of every portfolio company they had. (And…do you believe…when Facebook launched Platform, it only had 20mm users?!)

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On Math, iPhones, Android, and the 100K Phone Gap

The media really, really, really loves to write about Apple and the iPhone these days. It reminds me of Google in 2004, when the media fell in love with the concept of search. Besides the antennae story, which I find hopelessly over reported, the latest iPhone rhapsody has been…

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The media really, really, really loves to write about Apple and the iPhone these days. It reminds me of Google in 2004, when the media fell in love with the concept of search.

Besides the antennae story, which I find hopelessly over reported, the latest iPhone rhapsody has been how many iPhone 4s Apple has sold – apparently, 3 million as of last Friday. Friday was July 16th. The iPhone 4 launched on June 24, so that’d be 23 days to reach the 3 million mark.

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We Are Capable of Many States

In this overwraught essay, a novelist yearns for a time before addiction to technology slowly drained us of our humanity. I don't buy it. We can both be connected and be fulfilled. We can stop, disconnect, read a book, make love without checking our devices for updates. And we can…

In this overwraught essay, a novelist yearns for a time before addiction to technology slowly drained us of our humanity.

I don’t buy it.

We can both be connected and be fulfilled. We can stop, disconnect, read a book, make love without checking our devices for updates. And we can also be connected, while still being human. In fact, being human is being connected. We’ll figure out the instrumentation that works for us.

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Search, Foursquare, and Checking Into States of Mind

I've written before about my relationship with Foursquare, and I'm sure I will again. I've tweeted my complaint that the "friend" mechanism is poorly instrumented (in various ways), and I should note that this is certainly not just a Foursquare problem (more on "Friendstrimentation" shortly). But today I wanted to…

Screen shot 2010-07-14 at 1.06.43 PM.pngI’ve written before about my relationship with Foursquare, and I’m sure I will again. I’ve tweeted my complaint that the “friend” mechanism is poorly instrumented (in various ways), and I should note that this is certainly not just a Foursquare problem (more on “Friendstrimentation” shortly).

But today I wanted to build on my earlier post, “My Location Is a Box of Cereal,” and Think Out Loud a bit about what I’d really like to do on Foursquare: I’d like to check into a state of mind.

What do I mean by that?

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