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.

One thought on “links for 2009-08-22

  1. Hey, Amy. Re the first item: I really like SmartBrief and subscribe to a few by email. The best, for me, is the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s SmartBrief, since I’m not totally up on that industry but need to be for work. They also have SmartBriefs for social media and mobile, which are fine and I subscribe to them, but you’re less likely to find new stuff there.

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