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  • An alternative path to self-acceptance

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    Penelope Trunk
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    This post takes place in Beverly Hills. I’m just going to tell you right now that I go there to get Botox. If anyone is surprised, I’ll be surprised. The path to self-acceptance is paved with injectables. Step 1: Try to change yourself. I was going to write a big post about how I’m confessing to getting Botox and then I thought better of it, that it would make me look too old. Then I thought maybe it’ll make me look rich. Because honestly, Botox is really expensive and it’s not just Botox but also fillers. I don’t even know what the brand is. I just go to the dermatologist and say…
  • Why we don't speak up at work

    Signal vs. Noise
    Claire Lew
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job. He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for my friend. I asked if he’d mentioned these moments to his boss. Maybe his boss had no idea these were problems in the first place. My friend acknowledged that this was most-likely true. But then he said this: “Even if I did speak up, I don’t think anything would change.” His words struck me. I had almost forgotten – I had felt the exact same way…
  • AEREO – Everything Old is New Again

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    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    AEREO deserves a lot of credit for their effort.  It was a long and expensive shot to do what they went for.  But they went for it.  And they attempted to pivot after their SCOTUS loss. I was watching with interest, because it is something we had examined 15 years ago at Broadcast.com The technology has obviously gotten better on all sides of the equation, but sometimes a good idea is a good idea. Even if it is hard to make work.  This is from January of 2000. What is fascinating is the alliances and attempts that were being made or considered.   We also did the same kind of work to…
  • Smaller Temples

    Matt Mullenweg
    Matt Mullenweg
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    What caused the problem with movie theaters is not Netflix, but YouTube. What is making the old temples crumble is not smaller temples, but it’s rather this kind of polytheism — you know, you make your own gods. Paola Antonelli, a curator of the MoMA and apparently their first web designer, quoted in Megan Garber’s article The Most Modern Curator.
  • Rebecca Lieb on “Building an Active, Participatory Conversation with Your Customers” with B2B LeadsCon Summit 2014 on August 14-15, 2014

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  • An alternative path to self-acceptance

    Penelope Trunk
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
    This post takes place in Beverly Hills. I’m just going to tell you right now that I go there to get Botox. If anyone is surprised, I’ll be surprised. The path to self-acceptance is paved with injectables. Step 1: Try to change yourself. I was going to write a big post about how I’m confessing to getting Botox and then I thought better of it, that it would make me look too old. Then I thought maybe it’ll make me look rich. Because honestly, Botox is really expensive and it’s not just Botox but also fillers. I don’t even know what the brand is. I just go to the dermatologist and say…
  • Leaving your options open sets you back

    Penelope Trunk
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    When I was trying to get on the national volleyball tour, that was the only thing I was focused on. So eventually, I played professional beach volleyball. When I was trying to get my memoir published, I was focused on that more than anything else, and eventually, University of Colorado Press came through. And when I was running my last startup, I was always focused on funding. That’s why my company never failed. But now I have a new company that is well funded. And I have a blog that allows me to feel like a published writer every time I hit the publish button. I have reached so many of…
  • How to choose between two jobs

    Penelope Trunk
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    About a month ago I got a stack of catalogues from Restoration Hardware in the mail. My first thought was that I had purchased so much at Restoration Hardware in the past year that I am now one of their top customers. I thought about my friend Maria, who teaches people how to choose a color for anything in their home. She can make you feel like a genius and I’m pretty sure that means everything she buys from Restoration Hardware tax deductable. Before I was her friend and could call her all the time to ask about every little color question in my life (should my dark brown leather sofa be…
  • #1 Rule for giving advice to women

    Penelope Trunk
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Black people should not wear hoodies. That’s one way to deal with the problem of people shooting black people. Maybe not the best. Who even knows. I have a friend who is white, married to a black guy and they have two sons, who, as you can guess, count as black in this country. Even she has no idea how to teach black boys to avoid getting shot. This makes sense. But I am mystified when I see that the Global Summit for Women this year was all men. That’s the picture, up there. TechCrunch, gospel of the tech sector, knows they have to put women in charge of telling women to have big…
  • Test yourself: Are you preachy, arrogant, and annoying?

    Penelope Trunk
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The secret to the success of this blog is that instead of showing you how perfect my life is, I show myself drinking in the morning, before work. My husband is always worrying that I make us look bad, so he makes up rules like how I can’t write about our sex life, and then I violate the rules while pretending to follow them. Like, I write about our not-having-sex life.  For example, it’s asparagus season so there is no oral sex because asparagus doesn’t change the smell of just your pee. The truth is that you guys don’t want to read anyone who thinks she knows…
 
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  • Why we don't speak up at work

    Claire Lew
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job. He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for my friend. I asked if he’d mentioned these moments to his boss. Maybe his boss had no idea these were problems in the first place. My friend acknowledged that this was most-likely true. But then he said this: “Even if I did speak up, I don’t think anything would change.” His words struck me. I had almost forgotten – I had felt the exact same way…
  • The Distance goes tiki

    Wailin Wong
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing about journalism is that it’s a professional excuse to be nosy. I contacted the bar owner, Jim Oppedisano, et voilà! Our newest story for The Distance takes you inside the Hala Kahiki, a tiki bar established nearly 50 years ago by a family that’s never traveled west of California. One of the many fascinating things about the Hala Kahiki is that its…
  • Contest: Two Free 3-Day Passes to Pitchfork Music Festival

    Jamie
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Our friends (and Basecamp customers) at Pitchfork Media are bringing the Pitchfork Music Festival back to Union Park in Chicago this July 18–20. They use Basecamp to plan and organize the entire event, and we’re giving away two pairs of 3-day passes to the festival to celebrate! How do you enter? Tweet a lyric, song title, album name, or artist related to “Basecamp”. Add the hashtag #basecampmusic. Here’s an example: Ace of Basecamp, The Sign-off. #basecampmusic— asianmack (@asianmack) July 7, 2014 When is the contest over? We’ll be watching the…
  • Talking with a UbiDuo

    Jason Fried
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    A few weeks ago I spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference in Nashville. After my talk, I had a scheduled book signing over in the conference bookstore area. Most people came up, said hi, chatted a bit, bought a book, shook hands, and then moved on. But one guy came up, put a laptop-like device on the table, unhinged it, spun one side around to me, flipped up a little screen, and then did the same on his side with his half of the device. It took about 10 seconds to set up. Then he started typing. The screen was split in two horizontally. At the top was what he was typing. On the bottom was what…
  • Crossing Streams

    Jamie
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:06 am
    When I switched to Android a few years ago, I promised myself this: I’d switch back the minute Apple added smart notifications, app data sharing, widgets, and a better keyboard to iOS. Apple’s WWDC keynote yesterday was exciting. Craig Federighi is super awesome (I wanna hang out with him). iOS is finally getting the Android features I love. Yesterday I was ready to switch back, but now I’m not so sure. Some iOS fans have pointed to Google’s Android as being a poor copy—thermonuclear theft. On the surface there are similarities, but conceptually Android started from…
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  • AEREO – Everything Old is New Again

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    AEREO deserves a lot of credit for their effort.  It was a long and expensive shot to do what they went for.  But they went for it.  And they attempted to pivot after their SCOTUS loss. I was watching with interest, because it is something we had examined 15 years ago at Broadcast.com The technology has obviously gotten better on all sides of the equation, but sometimes a good idea is a good idea. Even if it is hard to make work.  This is from January of 2000. What is fascinating is the alliances and attempts that were being made or considered.   We also did the same kind of work to…
  • The Idiots Guide to High Frequency Trading

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    First, let me say what you read here is going to be wrong in several ways.  HFT covers such a wide path of trading that different parties participate or are impacted in different ways. I wanted to put this out there as a starting point . Hopefully the comments will help further educate us all 1.  Electronic trading is part of HFT, but not all electronic trading is high frequency trading. Trading equities and other financial instruments has been around for a long time.  it is Electronic Trading that has lead to far smaller spreads and lower actual trading costs from your broker.  Very…
  • High Frequency Trading, and Proof that the SEC Approach to Insider Trading is Completely Wrong

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Got to love Mary Jo White, the Chairwoman of the SEC.  While Michael Lewis’s book Flash Boys was getting all the headlines and was the topic of some of the best television  on CNBC, ever, Ms White used the firestorm to ask for more money for the SEC. Shocking ? The only shock would be if she didn’t use any occasion the SEC was in the public eye to ask for more money. It is unfortunate because there is no greater waste of money than what the SEC spends trying to enforce  insider trading laws. Let me give you some examples of just how poorly the SEC manages our tax dollars when…
  • The Back to the Future Arbitrage of Silicon Valley and what it will take to beat it

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    I’m not a huge fan of Silicon Valley. It reminds me so much of Hollywood and the movie and TV industry. In Hollywood every one will talk and listen to you about your project.  But while they are standing there, right in front of you, they are not looking at you. They are looking past you to the next project where they can raise/sell more.  Where they can be a bigger star. There is always a bigger fish. Who ever is standing in front of them is hopefully just the bait. Silicon Valley has become the exact same thing these days. No one wants to literally start from scratch in a garage and…
  • My 2 cents on Sports Marketing and what I learned from SMU Basketball this week

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    23 Feb 2014 | 9:46 am
    I had the pleasure of going to an SMU Basketball game this past week. It wasn’t a huge game from a standings perspective. It wasn’t a big rivalry game.  It wasn’t a game between 2 powerhouse teams. It was an important game as every game is for an up and coming team like SMU.  But there was no one outside the two teams that were really paying attention to the outcome. Bottom line, it was a game on the schedule. It was a game on the schedule for every one but SMU basketball fans.  For SMU basketball fans it was their chance to show off to any and all newcomers who walked…
 
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  • Smaller Temples

    Matt Mullenweg
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    What caused the problem with movie theaters is not Netflix, but YouTube. What is making the old temples crumble is not smaller temples, but it’s rather this kind of polytheism — you know, you make your own gods. Paola Antonelli, a curator of the MoMA and apparently their first web designer, quoted in Megan Garber’s article The Most Modern Curator.
  • Attention Minutes

    Matt Mullenweg
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Grist.org, the environmental journalism non-profit I’m on the board of, has received a Knight Foundation grant to “allow newsrooms to better measure audience engagement, beyond clicks and page views, by creating an open-source WordPress plugin that will measure ‘attention minutes’ to determine how long users are interacting with content.” I’m excited to see what they come up with, and that it will be open source, perhaps it’s something we can incorporate into Jetpack down the line. If hacking on that sort of thing and saving the planet is interesting…
  • Canvas Fingerprinting & AddThis

    Matt Mullenweg
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Propublica has a piece on canvas fingerprinting done by the ad service that uses the trojan horse of sharing buttons, AddThis: Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block. Regardless of the usefulness of this particular technique, which seems to not be effective enough to stick around, services like AddThis and ShareThis will always spy on and tag your audience when you use their widgets, and you should avoid them if you care about that sort of thing. That’s why we put sharing buttons into Jetpack that are much more privacy (and performance) friendly.
  • New Yorker on WP

    Matt Mullenweg
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    The New York Times writes about how The New Yorker is overhauling its design and online presence, including experimenting with paywalls and this wonderful nugget: The new site, designed to be cleaner, with new typefaces, will be based on the WordPress publishing system. It is expected to be easier to navigate for mobile users — among the fastest-growing segments of the readership. The New Yorker is one of my top 3 favorite publications in the world, and I’m very excited they’ll be using WP for their next chapter.
  • Ibrahim Maalouf Wowed Me

    Matt Mullenweg
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    One of the most surprising performances I saw at the North Sea Jazz festival was a French-Lebanese trumpet player named Ibrahim Maalouf. He plays a trumpet with a special additional fourth valve — three is standard — that allows him to more easily play Arabic maqams or scales with quarter tone and three quarter tone intervals along with equal temperament western ones, like Don Ellis. He also has a way of playing that sounds most like singing in his inflections and vibrato. This is the best video I could find of one song he did called “Beirut,” and I’m amazed…
 
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  • Podcast: “Yellen from the Rooftops”

    Howard Lindzon
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Image courtesy of The Fly An extreme sugar high and a delayed fight means you get an extra, high-energy podcast from me this week. Grandma Yellen, who probably couldn’t even define social media, really got me going on Tuesday with her silly statements about social media and biotech companies having “substantially stretched” valuations. Specifically, in her latest Monetary Policy Report she wrote this: Valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially stretched—particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable…
  • Momentum Monday: Chips and Dip

    Howard Lindzon
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    So I’m podcasting. Officially and, hopefully, regularly. Specifically, I’m reviving “Momentum Monday,” the show where I talk about making money. You can expect stock talk, tech talk, and, let’s be honest, any other talk I want. In this episode, I’m joined by JC Parets, Mr. All Star Charts, and tech reporter Jennifer Van Grove. We get into long volatility, “chips and dip” stocks, the Yahoo and AOL merger rumors, and LinkedIn’s purchase of Newsle. I’m not a big LinkedIn guy but I love Newsle. I’ve been using it for years. Love…
  • StockTwits and DraftKings team for British Open challenge

    Howard Lindzon
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    DraftKings and StockTwits are teaming up. You thought stock picking was hard, but picking winners in golf has been even more difficult lately. Martin Kaymer? He’s the CYNK of the golf world. Well StockTwits is never one to back down from a challenge so join the crowd in picking a British Open winner. You can join right now. The contest is open to 50 people and it officially starts on Thursday. We are hoping to fill it with StockTwits members, traders, and investors. It costs $20 to join and there are prizes to win. Here is the official breakdown: 1st place wins $500 2nd place wins $250…
  • Disney or CYNK…

    Howard Lindzon
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Disney is up 86x in the last 30 years. Slow pokes. For you english majors let me translate….if you had invested $1 in Disney 30 years ago, it would be worth $86 today. I would dig up a quick CNBC clip for you if they had one in the last year. If you had taken that one dollar in June of 2014 and had invested it in CYNK Technologies…you could buy The Los Angeles Clippers (one of their hats for sure). The financial media has latched on to this story like my baby puppy latches on to my sweaty sock. CNN Money has the money (no CNN pun intended) headline…’Tech stock soars…
  • The Wall Street ‘WTF Zone’… The SEC Should Ban Price Targets

    Howard Lindzon
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    I harp on this a lot on my blog, but once again I want to point out the silliness and awful nature of price targets by Wall Street banks. In December, Goldman Sachs upgraded the price target on Lumber Liquidators LL to $112. A few shekels were made by traders in the know, but alas it looks like the next few weeks were the last good time to sell the stock. I have a friend Jack with a paid service who was short this stock for the last few months and hopefully will allow me to share his newsletter that detailed the reasons. In the meantime, yesterday, the stock imploded and the reasons are not…
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  • How to Gather 100,000 Emails in One Week (Includes Successful Templates, Code, Everything You Need)

    Tim Ferriss
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    This story is about the launch of Harry’s, a new men’s grooming brand. Specifically, it will explain how they gathered nearly 100,000 email addresses in one week (!).  This post includes all the email templates, open-source code, and insider tricks that you can use to replicate their success.  It’s similar in depth to my previous how-to post, Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days. This post is of great personal interest to me, as I’ll be doing a ton of fun stuff with email soon.  For a sneak peek, click here.  Now, on to Harry’s……
  • How to Learn Any Language in Record Time and Never Forget It

    Gabriel Wyner
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Preface from Tim Back in 2012, Gabriel Wyner wrote an article for Lifehacker detailing how he learned French in 5 months and Russian in 10, using mostly spare time on the subway.  That article went viral. But don’t run off! That was nothing but version 1.0.  This post gives you version 2.0 and more. He’s spent the last two years refining his methods and putting them on steroids. Kevin Kelly, founding editor of Wired, was the one who told me, “You have to check this guy out. His new book is amazing.” Keep in mind that I’d previously told Kevin that I thought…
  • Two E-Mail Autoresponses That Work

    Tim Ferriss
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    E-mail is the single largest interruption in modern life. In a digital world, creating time hinges on minimizing it. The first step towards controlling the e-mail impulse is setting up an autoresponse, which indicates you will be checking e-mail twice per day or less. This is an example of “batching” tasks, or performing like tasks at set times, between which you let them accumulate. In this post, I will share two of my own tried-and-true e-mail autoresponses, one short and one long. Your success with batching — whether laundry, phone calls, or e-mail — will depend on…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 18: James Altucher on How to Say “No”, Fail Better, and Build Businesses

    Tim Ferriss
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    James Altucher Listen on iTunes, download (right click “save as”), or stream it now below: This episode of The Tim Ferriss Show is sponsored by Bluehost, which I used for my first WordPress blog, and I still use them for sites today. Click here for a special offer! Now, on to our guest… James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, and bestselling author. He has founded or co-founded more than 20 companies, including Reset Inc. and StockPickr. 17 have failed, and 3 have made him tens of millions. He has published 11 books, the newest of which is The Power…
  • The Tim Ferriss Show, Episode 16: Joe De Sena on Grit, Endurance, and Building Empires

    Tim Ferriss
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Listen on iTunes, download (right click and “save as”), or stream it in the below player now: This episode is brought to you by…you guys. To help keep this podcast going, please check out the Tim Ferriss Book Club, where, every 1-2 months, I highlight one book that’s changed my life. Here are the first four books. Now, on to our guest…Joe De Sena. Joe De Sena is the co-founder of The Death Race, Spartan Race (1M+ competitors), and more. Among other things, he has completed the famously grueling Iditarod dogsledding race…on FOOT. And what about the Badwater…
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  • It's only high school if you let it

    Seth Godin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    "I'll show them!" Creative people need fuel. Overcoming the resistance and quieting the lizard brain takes a lot of work. Often, we seek external forces to excite us, inspire us or push us to take the leap necessary to do something that might not work. And so we read what the critics write, mistakenly believing that it will help improve the work. Or we go to a conference and mentally start comparing ourselves to everyone. He seems to get more respect. He has a better speaking slot. They forgot to list me in the program. She didn't make eye contact. They must have known that I didn't want to…
  • Same as it ever was

    Seth Godin
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    Here are two of the first photographic portraits ever taken, far more than a hundred years ago: They could have been taken with Instagram, no? I'm all in favor of self-driving cars and advanced robotics that will change everything. But few of us get to do that for a living. Mostly, we find new ways to do old things, better. No need to fool yourself into holding back just because your innovation or product doesn't contain a flavor that's never been tasted before or an experience previously unimagined. Find something that will touch us, move us, improve us or change us. Then ship.
  • Where's your bumper?

    Seth Godin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    If you spend just a few minutes listening to a great radio station, you'll know it's them. They've worked hard to make sure that the promos they run sound unique and welcome and friendly. You're home. People in radio call these little promo moments, "bumpers." Now that we're all in the media business, we can have them too. During their glory days, MTV understood this. Anyone could run music videos, of course, but the promos, the little in-between shorts, those could only belong to one network. Many listeners to Sirius/XM recoil when they hear the incessant bumpers that run on channels devoted…
  • Finding your peer group

    Seth Godin
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    Your peer group are people with similar dreams, goals and worldviews. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth. They're not in your business, but they're in your shoes. Finding a peer group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost your career can experience.        
  • Go first

    Seth Godin
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    Before you're asked. Before she asks for the memo, before the customer asks for a refund, before your co-worker asks for help. Volunteer. Offer. Imagine what the other person needs, an exercise in empathy that might become a habit.        
 
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  • The Pro-Rata Opportunity

    Fred Wilson
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Mark Suster has a good (and long as is his wont) post up on the topic of the changing structure of the VC business. Mark focuses on something important that is probably not getting talked enough about when people talk about the VC business these days. I like this slide from his post: “Capturing pro-rata” is sooooo important in early stage venture. You make 20 investments in a fund. One is going to return the entire fund. Two more are going to return it again. A few more are going to have strong outcomes and return it again. The rest are noise when it comes to fund returns (but you…
  • Independent Directors

    Fred Wilson
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    Boards are important. They might not do the day to day work of company building but they set the tone at the top. The group that the CEO reports to has a big impact on the CEO’s mindset which trickles down. If you raise capital for your business you are likely to get investors on your board. If you choose well you might get some good board members that way. But you might also get indifferent or worse. The biggest piece of advice I give to entrepreneurs on the topic of boards is to get some independent directors on their board. Ideally these would be peer CEOs who have a lot of…
  • Flurry

    Fred Wilson
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Yesterday our portfolio company Flurry announced it was being acquired by Yahoo! I thought I’d provide a bit of history since this was an interesting investment for us. Back when Apple was launching its app platform in the winter of 2008, we met with Greg Yardley who had teamed up with Jesse Rohland to build an analytics service for app developers. We had known Greg from his work with Seth Goldstein at Root and we were fans. And it seemed to be a smart idea to give developers the ability to see what people were doing in their mobile apps. So we provided seed financing to Greg and…
  • Free International Roaming With A Premium Upsell

    Fred Wilson
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    I just landed in Berlin after an overnight flight from the US. In the past, turning on your phone after landing overseas could be an expensive experience as the phone downloads all the email you received since taking off at international mobile data rates. I’ve used a host of techniques over the years to avoid the experience of landing, turning on my phone, and immediately getting a text message that I’ve blown past my international data roaming cap. I’ve turned off mobile data and waited until I got to hotel WiFi to download my email but that meant no mobile data for…
  • Messaging, Notifications, and Mobile

    Fred Wilson
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    I’ve written about this stuff before, but I continue to be interested in it. I actively use the following messaging apps on my phone: Kik – my primary channel for The Gotham Gal, my daughter Jessica, and USV people Snapchat – my primary channel for my son Josh SMS – my primary channel for my daughter Emily and a lot of my friends Hangouts – secondary channel for my daughter Jessica and USV people Twitter DM – primary channel for people who don’t have my cell number Though I don’t use them, I realize the following apps are quite popular in the US…
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  • New scalable solutions for data analysis with R

    Federico Castanedo
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The R programming language is the most popular statistical software in use today by data scientists, according to the 2013 Rexer Analytics Data Miner survey. One of the main drawbacks of vanilla R is the inability to scale and handle extremely large datasets because by default, R programs are executed in a single thread, and the data being used must be stored completely in RAM. These barriers present a problem for data analysis on massive datasets. For example, the R installation and administration manual suggests using data structures no larger than 10-20% of a computer’s available RAM.
  • Signals from OSCON 2014

    Mac Slocum
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Experts and advocates from across the open source world assembled in Portland, Ore. this week for OSCON 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly notable. How tiny satellites and fresh imagery can help humanity Will Marshall of Planet Labs outlines a vision for using small satellites to provide daily images of the Earth. Tim O’Reilly on empathy amidst technology and transformation Tim O’Reilly discusses the importance of values, empathy, and culture in technology. He asks: “What kind of world do we want to…
  • In search of a model for modeling intelligence

    Beau Cronin
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    An orrery, a runnable model of the solar system that allows us to make predictions. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.Editor’s note: this post is part of our Intelligence Matters investigation. In my last post, we saw that AI means a lot of things to a lot of people. These dueling definitions each have a deep history — ok fine, baggage — that has massed and layered over time. While they’re all legitimate, they share a common weakness: each one can apply perfectly well to a system that is not particularly intelligent. As just one example, the chatbot that was recently touted as having…
  • Four short links: 24 July 2014

    Nat Torkington
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Neglected Machine Learning Ideas — Perhaps my list is a “send me review articles and book suggestions” cry for help, but perhaps it is useful to others as an overview of neat things. First Crowdfunded Book on Booker Shortlist — Booker excludes self-published works, but “The Wake” was through Unbound, a Threadless-style “if we hit this limit, the book is printed and you have bought a copy” site. Watson Can Debate Its Opponents (io9) — Speaking in nearly perfect English, Watson/The Debater replied: “Scanned approximately 4 million Wikipedia…
  • Podcast: Design for how the world should work

    Jenn Webb
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Editor’s note: this podcast episode is the first in our new bi-weekly O’Reilly Radar Podcast series. You can subscribe through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. As the Internet is increasingly embedded into our physical world, it’s important to start designing for physical and intentional interactions with interfaces to supplement the passive, data-gathering interactions — designing smart devices that service us in the background, but upon which we also can exert our will. In this episode, Josh Clark (in an interview) and Tim O’Reilly…
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  • Baidu Shoots Up Google Play Download Rankings With Apps That Boost Android Performance

    Kyle Russell
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
     Chinese search engine giant Baidu had a good month on the Google Play Store in June, shooting up seven ranks to crack the top 10 publishers by downloads, according to App Annie’s latest global app index. Baidu’s growth wasn’t on the back of its search capabilities. App Annie’s data shows that two apps, DU Battery Saver and DU Speed Booster, accounted for most of the jump. Read More
  • YC-Backed Kamcord Launches An App For Watching Mobile Game Replays

    Kim-Mai Cutler
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
     As reports of Google’s interest in buying Twitch continue unabated, it’s clear there’s an enormous market for video of gameplay. A few players stepped up a couple years ago to tackle the same concept for mobile gaming. Y Combinator-backed Kamcord was one of them. They built a layer that developers could integrate, letting gamers easily record and share their gameplay.… Read More
  • Cities Petition FCC In Fight For Municipal Broadband

    Julian Chokkattu
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
     Cities like Chattanooga, Tenn., have led the charge of providing public broadband services to local communities. Today, Chattanooga and Wilson, N.C., another city that provides municipal broadband, took it a step further by filing petitions to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), asking them to remove state laws that restrict the right to provide broadband services outside their… Read More
  • Yammer’s David Sacks Departs Microsoft After Two-Year Tenure

    Alex Wilhelm
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
     Today Yammer’s founder and former CEO David Sacks announced that he will depart Microsoft, the software company that purchased his social enterprise startup for $1.2 billion. His exit, which comes two years after the June 2012 acquisition of Yammer, follows standard timing. When companies are purchased, existing employees are often given two-year contracts, sometimes with earnouts attached. Read More
  • TechCrunch TV’s New Show Incubated Is All About What It’s Like To Be In A Tech Accelerator

    Ryan Lawler
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
     With our latest TechCrunch TV series, Incubated, we’re hoping to provide startup founders with all the info they might need before they make the decision to apply to an accelerator. Every Wednesday afternoon over the next 10 weeks, we’ll be releasing a new episode of Incubated, each of which will be focused on one of the top accelerators in the U.S. Read More
 
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  • Why I speak ONLY for myself

    Craig Newmark
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Hey, recently I've made a point of reminding people that I haven't been a spokesman for craigslist, or had any role in management since 2000. My deal is that, as a manager, I kinda suck, but I found my calling in customer service, and every day I saw how we helped people put food on the table and put a roof over that table. Customer service is a big part of what inspires me; also consider that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."(Martin Luther King Jr.) For a few years now (time flies!) I've been working on public service and…
  • Respect for the Federal worker

    Craig Newmark
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    The NextGen Public Service Awards will be awarded soon, and I was asked to do a little video thanking people for their service. Here's the video, couple minutes, maybe indulge me by taking a look: The gist is the Fed workers don't get no respect, and that's way unfair. In the video I extend my respect, and suggest that Feds can get the respect they've already earned by posting good news regarding their work in social media. Then, they can ask friends, including me, to further Share and retweet those posts.  (I'm already doing so for multiple agencies.) Please bring…
  • The Road to Hell's Paved With Good Intentions

    Craig Newmark
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Hey, recently I wrote a blog post outlining some of my philosophies, and mentioned that there was more to come. I figure I should follow through. On Time Management and Effectiveness -  When I think about effective orgs, I ask, do they have the ability to actually get things done? Because that's not true of a lot of nonprofits or other well intentioned people or groups. A lot have good intentions, but there's a saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. It's important to mean well, but also have the ability to get stuff done. Cole Valley update, by the…
  • 5 Things You Should Know About the Military Consumer Campaign

    Craig Newmark
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Folks, "today's service members and their families must be extra vigilant in guarding against scams and predatory lending practices. With separation from family and friends, frequent relocations, the stresses of deployment and a steady paycheck, scam artists are often quick to target [these communities]." Cmdr. Peter Hoegel says this over on the Department of Defense's website in his article, 5 things you should know about the Military Consumer Campaign. Photo illustration courtesy of the Office of Military Community and Family Policy This has to do with bad actors…
  • Your Ideas to End Online Harassment

    Craig Newmark
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hey, I've been reaching out to my networks to crowdsource ways to end online harassment after the release of the Online Harassment Infographic that revealed that 25% of American adults have been bullied, threatened, or harassed online, or know someone who has. The first step toward dealing with unacceptable behavior is to understand the problem, then we can get rid of it. To that end, I've been asking people on the ground what we can do to get rid of this problem. We got lots of good responses, and I'm including some of them here: "Trolls generally shut down their online…
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