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  • "The price cut, moreover, to $199 for the Sony Reader Pocket due out at the end of this month, makes it the lowest-priced device yet in the e-reader category. And open standards make it appealing for those afraid of locking into a proprietary system. Sony has a deal to offer Google's 500,000 digitized book collection to Reader users free, and recently announced a commitment to convert the Sony eBook Store to the ePub format, an open standard backed by the International Digital Publishing Forum, by year's end."
  • My friend, journo Charlotte Anne Luca, is asking for people to help in her effort to research her mom's cancer. Many people have already been helpful. Check this out to see if you can help:

    "Now here’s the part where my friends who are journalists, research librarians, and just dogged diggers can help: What else or where else should we look for? Is this the best option? What do you know?"

  • SO TRUE!!! "Every day, around 30 new people follow me on Twitter. Then around the exact same number of people usually unfollow me. They’re apparently upset that I haven’t blindly reciprocated their “friendship,” despite the fact that they’ve never even said “hi” or interacted with me. They’re so obsessed with numbers games… that they don’t seem to understand the most basic social networking principle, where you have to be sociable and personally interact with people before you win their trust and friendship."
  • Charlotte Anne Lucas told me about this: "Kind of like Utterli but stronger live streaming audio.Kind of like Kyte, but audio-er."

    Official blurb: "ipadio allows you to broadcast from any phone to the Internet live. Phone blog, collect audio data, record and update the world, or simply let your mates know what you're doing – ipadio is integrated with Social Media & Blogging platforms."

  • Case study in how to craft a tweet fox maximum usability & promotional value. Very valuable advice from Jakob Nielsen which can apply beyond simple marketing & promotion uses of Twitter.

    "Text is a UI: It's a common mistake to think that only full-fledged graphical user interfaces count as interaction design and deserve usability attention. As our earlier research has shown, URLs and email both contribute strongly to the Internet user experience and thus require close attention to usability to enhance the profitability of a company's Internet efforts. In fact, the shorter it is, the more important it is to design text for usability."

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links for 2009-08-22

  • Not sure what SmartBrief actually does, but seems like an interesting aggregator worth checking out further.a
  • "The landing pages were first mentioned at the AP’s annual meeting in April, but further details haven’t emerged until now. In material distributed to some members last month, the news guide is described as “a central location to which headlines, promotional products and other content developed by AP could point.” What that will mean in practice is similar to what you find in the digital content of other news organizations: All references in AP articles to, say, Bill Clinton would link to the landing page with aggregated content and other material about the former president.

    "But, of course, those links to the landing pages would come from member news sites with excellent PageRank, the key metric used by Google to determine search results. (For instance, CNN, which carries AP content, has the maximum and extremely rare PageRank of 10.) It’s easy to see how the AP’s landing pages could, in short order, shoot up near the top of results for popular, news-related search terms."

  • "It is an emotional state Panksepp tried many names for: curiosity, interest, foraging, anticipation, craving, expectancy. He finally settled on seeking. Panksepp has spent decades mapping the emotional systems of the brain he believes are shared by all mammals, and he says, "Seeking is the granddaddy of the systems." It is the mammalian motivational engine that each day gets us out of the bed, or den, or hole to venture forth into the world. It's why, as animal scientist Temple Grandin writes in Animals Make Us Human, experiments show that animals in captivity would prefer to have to search for their food than to have it delivered to them.

    "For humans, this desire to search is not just about fulfilling our physical needs. Panksepp says that humans can get just as excited about abstract rewards as tangible ones. He says that when we get thrilled about the world of ideas, about making intellectual connections, about divining meaning, it is the seeking circuits that are firing."

  • "AT&T subscribers, we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that as of September 6th, AT&T will begin requiring that all smartphones sign up for a smartphone data plan. The good news is that customers with smartphones purchased prior to September 6th with non-smartphone data plans will be grandfathered in and will not have to upgrade their current plans. Note that if you currently use a feature phone with a data plan and you upgrade to a smartphone on or after September 6th, you will not be able to keep your current MediaNet plan."
  • And here's why if you're ignoring mobile, you're already missing out:

    "Here's why PC giants like Apple, Dell, Microsoft, and everyone else all want a piece of the smartphone market: By the end of 2011, worldwide smartphone sales will pass worldwide PC sales, RBC analyst Mike Abramsky estimates, approaching 400 million annual shipments of each."

  • "Fennec" is the code name of the effort to build a mobile version of Firefox. Fennec is half of the Mozilla mobile effort to enable mobile phones with Mozilla software – for the other half, see Embedding.
  • "Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo are planning to join a coalition of nonprofit groups, individuals and library associations to oppose a proposed class-action settlement giving Google the rights to commercialize digital copies of millions of books."
  • AJR article I'm quoted in. We talked for about an hour on several topics, one quote gets in. I'm not complaining, I've done that too. Just makes me think how much great content gets wasted in the traditional journalism process. There's gotta be a better way. She did a good job, though.

links for 2009-08-21