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August 15, 2014 at 12:25pm

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A year of tech industry hype in a single graph

A year of tech industry hype in a single graph

11:56am

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On designing the new Foursquare

On designing the new Foursquare

August 13, 2014 at 3:14pm

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If I were to pick a side, though, I would still say that Yo is stupid brilliant. To expose the potential of notifications in a novel way is admirable, though IMO they are at the point where they have figured out that selfies are a thing, but haven’t yet created Snapchat.

— amanda peyton :: slash blog

August 11, 2014 at 2:56pm

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I’m impressed with Open Table’s e-commerce play, offering customers that book with them to pay their bills directly from the mobile app, with no hastle

I’m impressed with Open Table’s e-commerce play, offering customers that book with them to pay their bills directly from the mobile app, with no hastle

10:04am

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Photo: Is life good? If not, change something [from HBR]

Photo: Is life good? If not, change something [from HBR]

August 9, 2014 at 10:48am

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The problem of using YouTube to pilot new TV concepts, characters and hosts is that we are talking about two different media and two different audiences. Both media have totally different languages, rhythms and experiences. This is why YouTube audiences can’t be bothered with TV content repurposed on the Internet, and television audiences can’t understand the buzz about these new Internet stars.

— http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/09/the-new-tv-pilot-season-bringing-youtube-stars-channels-and-bloggers-to-tv-screens/

August 8, 2014 at 6:08pm

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the smartphone is itself a social platform quite unlike a desktop web browser. All apps can access the address book, giving them a ready-made social graph, and the photo library, reducing the hassle of uploading to different sites, and push notifications, removing the hassle of checking lots of different sites. This is why we have dozens of social apps that have passed the 1m, 10m or even 100m user milestone

— http://ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2014/8/1/app-unbundling-search-and-discovery

July 15, 2014 at 3:26pm

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On-demand streaming was up 42% over the first half of 2013, racking up 70 billion play in the first half of 2014. Meanwhile, digital track sales fell 13% to 593.6 million and album sales fell 11.6% to 53.8 million … As a whole, dismal digital and physical sales dragged total music sales plus streaming industry down 3.3%. Back in the analog world, hipsters are making a serious impact as vinyl sales rose 40% over 2013 to 4 million in the first half of this year. That’s the only medium where sales grew.

— Music Streaming Eats Downloads With On-Demand Up 42% Over 2013, Digital Sales Down 12% | TechCrunch

July 9, 2014 at 10:49am

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Snapchat now has surprise situational filters, like this “Manhattan” tag.  I’ve also seen “Brooklyn” show up.

Snapchat now has surprise situational filters, like this “Manhattan” tag.  I’ve also seen “Brooklyn” show up.

July 2, 2014 at 8:26am

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I have three modes for listening to music and a primary services for each. Passive – Songza, Intent Based – Rdio, Discovery/Social – SoundCloud. I use Songza the way most people use Pandora.

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Right now mine are “Passive — iTunes Music”, “Intent Based — Spotify”, and “Discovery/Social — Spotify / Tumblr / SoundCloud / Shazam”.  But that third category for me is weak, I do a little bit of discovering across a ton of apps, and am not immersed in any of them like I used to be with Hype Machine.

[Quote from fred-wilson]