James A. Robertson / Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants:
Customers have the power — Scoble makes a point about feeds, but it's really a much bigger point - customers have a lot more control over sales situations than they used to. Subscribing to a feed is just an example of this: the writer is selling his content, and the customer gets to decide whether it's worth buying.
John B. Roberts / clock:
I don't want everything to be full-text — I use my RSS feeds as notification. I want to scan. — I want to somehow squeeze the juice out of a couple of hundred feeds, leave the pulp behind, and spend the real time on the six to nine posts a day which are worth three to five minutes each.
Ten Rules for Web Startups — #1: Be Narrow — Focus on the smallest possible problem you could solve that would potentially be useful. Most companies start out trying to do too many things, which makes life difficult and turns you into a me-too. Focusing on a small niche has so many advantages …
New York Times:
Calling Out the Cable Guy — TERRY DENSON and Dan York are not exactly boldface names in entertainment industry circles, but perhaps they should be. After all, nearly $30 billion and the future of two Baby Bells hang in part on whether these two refugees from the television programming world find success in their new jobs.
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
THE TV BROADCASTING BUSINESS STINKS — Terry Heaton says "Broadcasting is an industry in deep trouble, and it will take innovation and integrity to save it from a real disaster." He then shows the stock charts over the past year for the 12 publicly listed companies that own TV stations.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Time to allow hard drives pre loaded with Music....and change Harry Fox — its the simplest of ideas. Take any MP3 player, Ipod, PSP, whatever and pre load it with songs. With 30, 60 and 100gbs capacities, the potential is amazing. How simple it would be if the user could sample and choose.
99 USEFUL RUN COMMANDS — Do you use the Run feature in Windows XP? For most, this feature remains unused (or rarely used). Why is that? Well, First off nearly all of the Run Commands Correspond to a particular Control Panel Item or a Utility, Tool or Task that can be accessed through Windows.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Why aren't Bloglines or Newsgator OPML Editor compatible? — I kept trying to open my OPML file in the OPML Editor and it wouldn't open. I had a few complaints about that as well. I tried both the OPML file that NewsGator exported as well as the one that Bloglines exported.
Dutch tech firm wants to rid the Web of the .com — AMSTERDAM—A Dutch technology company has breathed life into a project to rid the Internet of suffixes such as .com, and instead offer single names which can be countries, company names or fantasy words. — Such a system, which enables countries …
Jenna / Popgadget:
Electric Clothing Stain Remover — I wonder if this gadget works as well as it says because if it does, I can think of countless times when the electric stain remover would have come in handy. Stains always seem to get me as I'm about to walk out the door, so I have to choose between blotting …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Greedy Grateful Dead widow burns down online show-library — A reader writes, … This is pretty disappointing. Deadheads made the Grateful Dead some pretty substantial fortunes over the years by acting as unpaid, volunteer evangelists for their commercial offerings.
Gary Price / Search Engine Watch Blog:
New Tools, Video Trials, and Services from AOL and MSN — During my daily work I come across lots of interesting, often non-search related items, (yes, it's possible) that I think are deserving of notice. Sometimes, as in today's roundup, they come from some of the big names in online.
User Agents — I woke up this morning thinking about User Agents (ok - I was also thinking about Naomi Watts and Sean Penn who were amazing in 21 Grams.) A commenter on my Personalize Feed post pointed out that most of the big online aggregators include subscriber counts in their user-agent headers …
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