What I’m reading and finding for November 28th 2011 through November 30th 2011:

  • Facebook’s Settlement With FTC Confirmed: Privacy Changes Must Be Opt In – UPDATED | TechCrunch
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just issued a statement on the Facebook Blog confirming that his company has settled with the FTC over charges that it has violated user privacy over the years. Facebook is now “required to obtain consumers’ affirmative express consent before enacting changes that override their privacy preferences”, effectively making opt in all future privacy control changes to the audience of previously shared data or content. Facebook must also submit to privacy audits every 2 y…
  • Watch a VC use my name to sell a con. | jwz
    – jwz
    Normally I just ignore navel-gazing tech-industry articles like this, but people keep sending it to me, so I guess this guy is famous or something. Michael Arrington posted this article, “Startups Are Hard. So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining” which quotes extensively from my 1994 diary.
    He’s trying to make the point that the only path to success in the software industry is to work insane hours, sleep under your desk, and give up your one and only youth, and if you don’t do that, y…  show all text
  • From Twitter – Windows phone demo on your current phone RT @ChrisPirillo Try this on your Android or iPhone http://t.co/CYXviGiu
  • Facebook Targeting IPO For Between April and June 2012 – WSJ.com
    Facebook is targeting dates between April and June 2012 for an initial public offering of its stock. The company is exploring raising $10 billion in an IPO that could value Facebook at more than $100 billion.
  • From Twitterhttp://t.co/5TpJJcNC Microsoft Buys VideoSurf to Improve Video Search on Xbox Live
  • From Twitterhttp://t.co/GAPvOHJL Introducing the World’s First USB 3.0 to HDMI Device

What I’m reading and finding for November 22nd 2011 through November 28th 2011:

  • Fliers Still Must Turn Off Devices, but It’s Not Clear Why – NYTimes.com
    New technologies are often greeted with fear and that is certainly true of a disruptive technology like cellphones. Yet rules that are decades old persist without evidence to support the idea that someone reading an e-book or playing a video game during takeoff or landing is jeopardizing safety.
  • My 10 years of blogging: Reflections, Lessons & Some Stats Too — Tech News and Analysis
    – Om Malik
    Ten years is a long time. Sometimes it is so long that one forgets a lot more than one remembers — like the fact that it I have been blogging for a decade. I would have totally forgotten about the amount of time that has passed, had it not been for (what else) a blog post from Fred Wilson, one of the more engaging and rigorous bloggers on the web. It just so happens he is a venture capitalist, but he would be a great blogger without the VC tag as well.
    His post made me ask myself: how long has …  show all text
  • The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy | Naomi Wolf | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
    – Naomi Wolf
    The violent police assaults across the US are no coincidence. Occupy has touched the third rail of our political class’s venality
    US citizens of all political persuasions are still reeling from images of unparallelled police brutality in a coordinated crackdown against peaceful OWS protesters in cities across the nation this past week. An elderly woman was pepper-sprayed in the face; the scene of unresisting, supine students at UC Davis being pepper-sprayed by phalanxes of riot police went viral  show all text
  • From Twitterhttp://t.co/W0GooSOn How to fight back against oversharing on Facebook
  • Customers hit by pepper spray at Wal-Mart describe scene of chaos – latimes.com
    – Debbie Goffa
    Matthew Lopez went to the Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch on Thursday night for the Black Friday sale but instead was caught in a pepper-spray attack by a woman who authorities said was “competitive shopping.”
    Lopez described a chaotic scene in the San Fernando Valley store among shoppers looking for video games soon after the sale began.
    “I heard screaming and I heard yelling,” said Lopez, 18. “Moments later, my throat stung. I was coughing really bad and watering up.”
    Lopez said customers were alrea…  show all text
  • Google Now Censors The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, 4Shared and More | TorrentFreak
    – Ernesto
    Since January 2011, Google has been filtering “piracy-related” terms from its ‘Autocomplete‘ and ‘Instant‘ services.
    Google users searching for terms like “torrent”, “BitTorrent” and “RapidShare” will notice that no suggestions and search results appear before they type the full word. As a consequence, there’s sharp decrease in Google searches for these terms.
    Initially only a handful of “piracy-related” terms were censored, but a recent update to the blacklist includes nearly all the top file-…  show all text
  • From Twitter – INFOGRAPHIC Here’s How To REALLY Use LinkedIn http://t.co/bM8abYBK

What I’m reading and finding for November 20th 2011 through November 22nd 2011:

  • The Facebook Phone is Real, and Its Name is Buffy – Liz Gannes and Ina Fried – Mobile – AllThingsD
    – Liz Gannes and Ina Fried
    This is the first in a series of posts this week about the Facebook phone.
    After years of considering how to best get into the phone business, Facebook has tapped Taiwanese cellphone maker HTC to build a smartphone that has the social network integrated at the core of its being.
    Code-named “Buffy,” after the television vampire slayer, the phone is planned to run on a modified version of Android that Facebook has tweaked heavily to deeply integrate its services, as well as to support HTML5 as a …  show all text
  • Facebook is gaslighting the web. We can fix it. – Anil Dash
    – Anil
    Facebook has moved from merely being a walled garden into openly attacking its users’ ability and willingness to navigate the rest of the web. The evidence that this is true even for sites which embrace Facebook technologies is overwhelming, and the net result is that Facebook is gaslighting users into believing that visiting the web is dangerous or threatening.
    In this post I intend to not only document the practices which enable this attack, but to also propose a remedy.
    1. You Cannot Bring Y…  show all text
  • From Twitterhttp://t.co/7RdssR0W Kindle Fire app sideloading in 3 easy steps
  • Mashable Fires Editor-at-Large Ben Parr – John Murrell – News – AllThingsD
    – John Murrell
    Tech news site Mashable and its editor-at-large, Ben Parr, have parted ways under circumstances that apparently were less than amicable. The writer and entrepreneur, who had worked for the site since 2008, was fired, according to a brief Mashable statement.
    Word of Parr’s departure began to bubble out late Sunday, when mail to his Mashable address started kicking back an automated “no longer here” response, and his bio page was edited to identify him as “the former editor-at-large.”
    Parr then c…  show all text
  • The Facebook Freaky Line — Scobleizer
    – Robert Scoble
    It seems everyone is getting freaked out by Facebook once again. Molly Wood at CNET says that Facebook’s automatic sharing features are ruining sharing. That got everyone to pile on over on Techmeme.
    First, what does this automatic sharing feature (otherwise known as “frictionless sharing”) do? Well, every time I play a song on Spotify, for instance, it tells everyone something like “Robert Scoble is listening to Skrillex on Spotify.” On Facebook’s web interface that shows up over on the right …  show all text
  • From Twitter – Walkable Roller-Coaster Sculpture Opens in Germany | Gadget Lab | http://t.co/bV2UnqPJ http://t.co/7mlFTP6h
  • From Twitter – Missed Tech.Days Online Last Thursday? Get the Recordings Here – UK TechNet – Site Home – TechNet Blogs http://t.co/kWYYjGzF

What I’m reading and finding for November 18th 2011 through November 20th 2011:

  • From Twitter – How Facebook is ruining sharing | Molly Rants – CNET News http://t.co/FGhDpslT
  • Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi | UCDavis Bicycle Barricade
    18 November 2011
    Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
    Linda P.B. Katehi,
    I am a junior faculty member at UC Davis. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and I teach in the Program in Critical Theory and in Science & Technology Studies. I have a strong record of research, teaching, and service. I am currently a Board Member of the Davis Faculty Association. I have also taken an active role in supporting the student movement to defend public education on our campus and …  show all text
  • From Twitter – Here’s Why 200+ Record Labels Just Vanished From Spotify – Summify http://t.co/BgUoVyOI
  • From Twitter – I only recently learned about Marcel the Shell. Video 2 is out and it is even better than the first. http://t.co/CA0QluiJ
  • Police officer pepper-sprays seated, non-violent students at UC Davis – Boing Boing
    – Xeni Jardin
    [Video Link, by terrydatiger].
    At the University of California at Davis this afternoon, police tore down down the tents of students inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, and arrested those who stood in their way. Others peacefully demanded that police release the arrested.
    In the video above, you see a police officer [Update: UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike] walk down a line of those young people seated quietly on the ground in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience, and spray them all wi…  show all text
  • The Rumors Are True. I Am Leaving TechCrunch. | TechCrunch
    – Sarah Lacy
    This won’t come as a surprise to a lot of people, but I am leaving TechCrunch.
    My departure is something people have speculated about since Michael Arrington’s ouster two months ago, but it wasn’t an easy decision for me. This isn’t a knee-jerk reaction out of loyalty for my friend, nor is it about making a big “F-you, AOL!” statement. I’ve spent the bulk of my maternity leave agonizing about whether to stay or go– the first half of it trying to find a way to stay and feel good about it, and the  show all text
  • From Twitter – The end of an era The Yahoo! billboard comes down. – The San Francisco Egotist http://t.co/aoxazke5

What I’m reading and finding for November 16th 2011 through November 18th 2011:

What I’m reading and finding for November 14th 2011 through November 16th 2011:

  • ThinkUp Archives and Analyzes Your Social Media Life | Smarterware
    – Gina Trapani
    The software I've been building for the past two years, ThinkUp, left beta today. Download ThinkUp 1.0 to install on your web server, or launch ThinkUp on Amazon EC2 in under 60 seconds. Here's a rundown of what ThinkUp is, what it does, and why it's important.

    Every day, internet companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google mine your online social life to advertise to you more effectively. Those companies host and control your data, and you don't. Case in point: if you've tweeted more than 3…  show all text

  • Police Begin Clearing Zuccotti Park of Protesters
    The New York City police began clearing Zuccotti Park of the Occupy Wall Street protesters about 1 a.m. Tuesday, saying the camp would be “cleared and restored” before the morning.

  • OccupyNYC – live streaming video powered by Livestream
    OccupyNYC on Livestream. 24 hour news and information concerning Occupy Wall st. in Liberty Plaza, New York City. – Watch live streaming Internet TV. Broadcast your own live streaming videos, like OccupyNYC in Widescreen HD. Livestream, Be There.

  • The Death Of The Spec | TechCrunch
    – MG Siegler
    Earlier today, my colleague Matt Burns wrote a post noting that most tablet makers may be largely failing because they’ve sold their soul to Android and are now just in the middle of a spec war, which no one can win. I’m gonna go one step further in that line of thinking: the spec is dead.
    There have been a few key stories from the past couple of weeks that highlight this new reality. Barnes & Noble unveiled the new Nook Tablet. Consumer Reports looked at the iPhone 4S. And the first reviews ca…  show all text

  • From Twitter – Lost cities found beneath sands of Sahara by satellites • The Register http://t.co/jfiN4smp
  • From Twitter – Using Google+ Ripples to Connect with Influencers | SEOmoz http://t.co/NyWvt49c
  • From Twitter – Microsoft outlines plans to deliver Windows 8 versions of its embedded products | ZDNet http://t.co/3e3Dkgvr

What I’m reading and finding for November 11th 2011 through November 13th 2011:

What I’m reading and finding for November 9th 2011 through November 10th 2011:

What I’m reading and finding for November 5th 2011 through November 8th 2011:

What I’m reading and finding for November 2nd 2011 through November 5th 2011:

  • From Twitterhttp://t.co/mCN3bhoR OCZ Plans On Offering Low Cost TLC Solid State Drives Just In Time For The HDD Shortage
  • All the Groupon IPO really proves is that the bubble is back — Tech News and Analysis
    – Mathew Ingram
    After a wave of reports that Groupon would have to drop the price on its initial public offering or even cancel it altogether because of skepticism about the company and its business model, the pendulum of optimism swung back again by Friday and the shares listed at $20 — well above the range Groupon was originally planning — and jumped as high as $30 when they first opened. So what happened? Did Groupon’s business suddenly improve? No, it’s still as questionable as ever. What happened says a l…  show all text

  • Stop-Motion Music Video Shot Over Two Years with 288,000 Jelly Beans
    – Michael Zhang
    Want to see what pure dedication looks like? This music video for the song “In Your Arms” by Kina Grannis is a stop-motion animation done with a background composed of jelly beans. It’s a crazy project that required 22 months, 1,357 hours, 30 people, and 288,000 jelly beans. They could have used CGI, of course, but each frame was carefully created by hand and photographed with a still camera. It’s even more mind-blowing given this fact: none of it was done with a green screen. Here’s an intere…  show all text

  • Welcome TechCrunch’s Newest Writers, Josh Constine And Eric Eldon | TechCrunch
    – Erick Schonfeld
    Ever since I became Editor of TechCrunch in September, I’ve been looking for great writers to help fill out our coverage in Silicon Valley. And now I am pleased to announce that I’ve hired not one, but two: Josh Constine and Eric Eldon
    Both come from Inside Facebook, where Eldon is the editor and Constine is the lead writer.  Very few bloggers understand the ins and outs of Facebook as much as them.  Constine even has a Masters in Cybersociology from Stanford (he’s that into it).  Not only is C…  show all text

  • From Twitter – Amazon Prime adds new reading option with Kindle Owners Lending Library — Engadget http://t.co/kI3kk8zz
  • @twitterstories

  • From Twitter – Maximum PC | Google Posts Then Pulls Gmail iOS App http://t.co/IpZMzlDy