• ‘Answers About Android’

    A very interesting interview with Daniel Danker, “the BBC’s head of iPlayer, apps and all that stuff,” questioning why their Android client lags behind the iOS client: It will never be as easy to develop for Android as Apple because of the variety of devices, but we’re not upset about that – it’s where the […]

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  • ‘Recognizing We Have a Problem’

    Jonathan Poritsky on the massacre in Conneticut: The most important thing for us to do today, as a nation, is to recognize that we have a problem, that there have been a string of senseless murders that have made 2012 a depressingly bloody year. And recognizing that we can and must do something to prevent […]

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  • ‘The Web We Lost’

    I just posted a quote by Anil Dash from his fantastic post about the way things were on the web, but I love this bit from Jason Kottke commenting on Dash’s post: The thing that really irritates me and deeply disappoints me about Twitter specifically is that the people who started that company and those […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Anil Dash

    “We get bullshit turf battles like Tumblr not being able to find your Twitter friends or Facebook not letting Instagram photos show up on Twitter because of giant companies pursuing their agendas instead of collaborating in a way that would serve users.” — Anil Dash

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  • A TSA Christmas Special

    Dionne Anglin reporting for a FOX affiliate in Dallas, TX on a seventh grade girl with brittle bone disease who was detained by the TSA: “I said, ‘What do you mean? What did you test her for?’ ‘Oh she tested positive for explosive residue.’ Okay… at that point you would think they would test her […]

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  • The B&B Podcast #88: Legacy Twitter Relationships

    For the final show of 2012, Shawn and Ben record a show in their old style of casual conversation. Topics include teething, Amazon Prime, OmniFocus, scaling back on Twitter followers, Time Magazine’s top 10 gadgets of the year, and more. I had fun this week, a bit longer to make up for no more shows […]

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  • ‘I’m Sticking With Apple Maps’

    Jim Dalrymple tried out Google Maps and is deciding to stick with Apple Maps: On the way, I ignored some directions to see how it would handle being re-routed. It did okay, but there was a long lag as it figured out where to take me next and instead of finding the best route from […]

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  • Trade Unions of America

    Growing up I had a lot of the thoughts that young budding entrepreneurial types have: Why isn’t everything just free? Oh, communism doesn’t work? Ok. Why is “made in China” bad? Oh, now it isn’t? Why do we have unions? …Well? Unions did an amazing thing for workers across the world — they made common […]

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  • Making Money on the Web: Ads versus Paywall

    As most readers know, I made the switch from an advertising supported site in July 2012 to a paywalled site. I have plenty of reasons for the switch, but more interesting to most of you is: “how’s it going?” Well. Kinda. I’ve thought quite a bit on how to approach this and I think all […]

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  • ‘Pageview Journalism’

    Tom Foremski writing for ZDNet about ‘pageview journalism’: The result is what we have today: a bland me-too media landscape which publishes huge numbers of the same stories. We’ve all seen that now haven’t we. Hell, you’ve seen it here too. A new hot iOS app comes out and there are fifty sites publishing a […]

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  • Quote of the Day: The Oatmeal

    “When I ‘declined’ an interview, what actually happened was you emailed my MOTHER and she had no idea what Buzzfeed was, so she said no.” — The Oatmeal

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  • The Most Interesting Section of the Fortune Interview of Larry Page

    Miguel Helft, in an interview with Google’s CEO Larry Page, has one of the most humorous back and forths I have read in a while: So in light of that, Apple’s still a partner. It’s a competitor. You and Steve Jobs were friendly. At times. At times. You said that whole thing about Android and […]

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  • More on Retina Displays and How Disruptive They Are

    Kyle Baxter takes exception to my stance that retina displays are disruptive, stating in a response on his site: I would prefer a retina iPad Mini obviously, but between a retina display and a small, lightweight form, I choose the smaller, lighter form. It contributes more to the device’s usability than does a brilliantly clear […]

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  • Keyboard Maestro Macro: Append to Quote File

    (This post is a part of a series on Keyboard Maestro, see more here.) One of the things that I have always loved doing is saving quotes. The problem for me has aways been where to save those quotes. As it turns out, I don’t often go back and read the quotes — they are […]

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  • Skydrive and Verbs

    Quentin Hardy writing of his experience with Windows 8 on the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga: That evening I was at dinner with Satya Nadella, the head of Microsoft’s server and tools business. “You should have just used our online service through Skydrive,” he said, referring to Microsoft’s online storage service. I pointed out that this was […]

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  • Quote of the Day: MG Siegler

    “Again, there will be winners in this space. And the only thing I’m certain of is that those winners won’t look or act anything like The Daily.” — MG Siegler

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  • ‘Why I’m writing on the iPad’

    Jason Snell writing about, well, writing (on his iPad): Using the iPad slowed me down and got me to think about what I was writing in a way that using my trusty MacBook Air never would. That perfectly encapsulates a feeling that I have been getting from my iPad too. I use iA Writer on […]

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  • ‘T-Mobile USA Plans to Ditch Phone Subsidies’

    Sinead Carew reporting for Reuters on changes coming for T-Mobile: Under the unsubsidized model, Legere said customers will be able to upgrade their phones when they want to by trading in the device. T-Mobile USA’s bigger rivals have been restricting upgrades to keep their subsidy costs under control. This is going to be fascinating to […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Jim Dalrymple

    “It’s a lot of fun to play loosey goosey with numbers isn’t it Amazon?” — Jim Dalrymple

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  • The B&B Podcast #87: Listener Q&A

    Shawn and Ben answer questions submitted by you guys, the listeners. Ranging from App.net, Twitter clients, website memberships and Ben’s paywall, what podcasts we listen to, and more. This wasn’t live, but a really good show — not that I am biased or anything.

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