Interesting Tidbits New Year’s Day Edition!


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Things worth reading for December 31st through January 1st:

Flipboard’s Mike McCue: Web format has ‘contaminated’ online journalism | Technology | Los Angeles Times – “It’s generally agreed that the Web isn’t a very good place to read. With constantly changing, amorphous formatting and an invariably ad-choked feel, the Web has never been able to replicate the quiet, unencumbered pleasure of reading in print. The trick, McCue says in the following excerpts, is to marry the best of print’s aesthetic and the best of the Web’s speed, reach, and mobility.”

Should Digital Collections Be Worth Something? – MTT – Music Think Tank – Just a reminder: “Of the more than 8 million people that are estimated to buy a Kindle this year, only a small fraction of them understand that the ebooks bought on the device are licensed – not owned – which means they can’t lend or sell their titles. By agreeing to Amazon’s terms of service, which they didn’t read, they’ve accepted these conditions. Soon, single ebook lending may be allowed on the Kindle, but users won’t be allowed to buy used ebooks.”

Why Internet of Things Will Change Mobile Networks: Tech News and Analysis « – Om has some nice projections about the future of “the internet of things.”

The Future of TV, starring Social Media – Nice review of social potential with broadcast and cable television.

Newsarama.com : An Oral History of CAPTAIN MARVEL: The SHAZAM Years, pt. 1 – Fantastic multi-part history of the original Captain Marvel. If you like the character, then don’t miss this great piece by Newsarama. “Our super-sized oral history of Captain Marvel continues today as we look back at Captain Marvel’s return to comics. If you haven’t read our previous installments, you can check them out here!”

    Interesting Tidbits for December 31st


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    Things worth reading for December 31st:

    Google destroys its brand difference :: CultureBy – Grant McCracken – Grant’s ability to put his finger directly onto a problem consistently impresses me.

    Argentina’s Dancing with the Stars Is Pretty Much Straight Up Porn – To say this is “NSFW” is to make the understatement of the century… if “Dancing with the Stars” did this they’d have a 100% share on Nielsen… but only for one episode as they’d be shut down.

    More From Jon Stewart’s ‘Fresh Air’ Interview : NPR – I enjoyed this interview between Terry Gross and Jon Stewart a LOT.

    Beware of Generational Ethnocentricism – Don’t miss this terrific post by Carol about the actual differences between millennials and, uh, us.


    Stephen Hawking’s Radical Philosophy of Science | Big Questions Online – “According to the University of Cambridge cosmologist Stephen Hawking, however, not even science can pull us out of such belief dependency. In his new book, The Grand Design, co-authored with the Caltech mathematician Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking presents a philosophy of science he calls ‘model-dependent realism,’ which is based on the assumption that our brains form models of the world from sensory input, that we use the model most successful at explaining events and assume that the models match reality (even if they do not), and that when more than one model makes accurate predictions ‘we are free to use whichever model is most convenient.’ Employing this method, Hawking and Mlodinow claim that ‘it is pointless to ask whether a model is real, only whether it agrees with observation.'”

    Diminishing Returns in Humanities Research – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Another in a series of (relatively) recent articles about the deplorable state of humanities education and the corrupt system that supports it.

    10 Big Tech Questions for 2011 – Alexis Madrigal & Nicholas Jackson – Technology – The Atlantic – Nice Q&A about the big current hi-tech issues from The Atlantic.

    Review: Scholars of the World Unite! | The National Interest – More on the floundering university system, this time in a review of two books in the conservative journal “The National Interest.  Worth a read.

    YouTube – Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty – Dutton died young at 66 this week.  Here’s the sort of thing we’ll miss– a TED video that condenses a lifetime of thinking into 15 minutes. You’ll enjoy the animation by Andrew Park, who also (I think) animated Steven Berlin Johnson’s noted TED talk a few months ago.

    Apple, Google TV, Foursquare to Face Malware Attacks in 2011, Says McAfee – Security – News & Reviews – eWeek.com – “Researchers at McAfee Labs predicted on Dec. 28 that cyber-criminals will target the latest and talked about online platforms, including Google TV, Apple’s iPhone, and foursquare, in 2011.<br />
    “Noting that the threats landscape has “changed considerably” in 2010, McAfee Labs’ 2011 Threat Predictions report said criminals will exploit geo-location services, social networking tools, mobile devices and other online platforms in 2011. The “marked” increase in malware sophistication is also expected to continue, according to the report.”

      Interesting Tidbits for December 30th


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      Things worth reading for December 30th:

      MapQuest, Yelp and Other Websites Ally Against Google to Sell Local-Business Ads – WSJ.com – “A band of Internet rivals is joining together in hopes of jump-starting sales of online ads to local businesses, and of defending their turf in the emerging local market from Google Inc.

      “Using technology developed by New York-based start-up Yext Inc., some of the Web’s top locally oriented sites, such as AOL Inc.’s MapQuest and Yelp Inc., are testing out a new way to attract ad dollars from local businesses ranging from veterinary clinics to gyms to restaurants. The sites are offering a $99-a-month service that allows businesses to add a marketing message, such as a special offer, to the basic phone-and-address information that appears about them in local search results or map listings. The message tag would appear with the company’s listing across more than a dozen local websites, including MapQuest, IAC/InterActive Corp.’s CityGrid, Yelp and Yellowbook.”

      More Professionals Embrace Self-Publishing to Burnish Credentials – WSJ.com – More on self-publishing… this time from the Journal.

      The Shadow Scholar – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education – From November– a sprezzatura performance by an anonymous college-paper-writing gun for hire. Pair this with the Economist article on grad school I posted a few days ago and you’ll get REALLY scared:

      “You’ve never heard of me, but there’s a good chance that you’ve read some of my work. I’m a hired gun, a doctor of everything, an academic mercenary. My customers are your students. I promise you that. Somebody in your classroom uses a service that you can’t detect, that you can’t defend against, that you may not even know exists.”

      Skype – The Big Blog – Skype for iPhone now with video calls – Big news!  I only wish this had been true when I was in Europe recently and FaceTime didn’t work.

      MediaShift . 2010: The Year Self-Publishing Lost Its Stigma | PBS – Interesting piece by Carla King– do you agree?

      44% of Online Sharing Occurs Through Facebook [INFOGRAPHIC] – Wonder if @ShareThis @schigel data concurs?

      2000 iMac compared to the 2010 iPhone – Ars Technica OpenForum – This was linked in the io9 infographic bookmark right next to this one, but if you look closely for a sec you see how far the technology has changed in 10 years… imagine another 10 years!

      2000 Vs. 2010: How the world has changed – Interesting infographic, surfaced by @jowyang.

      Interesting Tidbits for December 28th through December 29th


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      Things worth reading for December 28th through December 29th:

      “The Future of Privacy: How Privacy Norms Can Inform Regulation” – Important October 2010 talk by Danah Boyd: “I’m not going to solve the definitional debate, but I do need to give you a sense of how I conceptualize privacy so that you can understand where I’m coming from. I focus on people’s ability to successfully manage a social situation and the flow of information that helps define that situation. Privacy requires that people can meaningfully interpret the context and that they have agency over how information flows. Privacy isn’t about controlling functional access to content as much as knowing what to share when and how it will flow. While spaces and moments are marked as private, privacy is experienced over time. Most importantly, privacy is networked. It’s not just about the information that an individual shares; it’s about what can be interpreted about someone based on their relationship to others and their everyday interactions. Privacy is fundamentally about both context and networks.”

      How to Change the World: How to Kick Butt On a Panel – An oldie but a goodie. If more panelists and moderators did this I’d hate panels less.

      Year in Review: 10 Trends in Mobile Technology – WSJ.com – “The momentum in technology is now with devices that can easily be carried around and the applications that sustain them.  The Journal runs through the defining moments of that transition this year and look at what to expect in 2011.”

      Can Premium VOD Make Up for Losses at the Box Office?: Video « – “BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield notes that ticket sales over the last 10 days are down some $140 million, or 28 percent from the same period last year. With a blizzard keeping many on the East Coast bundled up inside, we can expect sales to continue to decline in the final week of the year. Sales are down 8 percent quarter-to-date and could finish down 9 percent if the trend — and the blizzard — continue. But more disappointing than the weak ticket sales is weak attendance; according to Greenfield, at the same time, that attendance is down 12 percent in the quarter so far. It’s clear that even with higher ticket prices due to the premium placed on 3-D movies, studios aren’t able to make up for the drop in attendance.”

      The New Capitalist Manifesto • Netflix’s Big Mistake – “Advantage in the 21st century is constructive, not just competitive. There are five sources of constructive advantage (each discussed in detail in the Manifesto): loss advantage, responsiveness, resilience, creativity, & difference. Netflix’s overlords aren’t just failing to strive for a single one of these—reading Reed Hastings, it’s pretty clear that they’re not even beginning to think in 21st century terms. Rather, they’re reliant on brand, scale, and market share—all of which are already starting to limit them from creating thicker, more enduring value (as real costs rise, and marginal returns diminish). When a boardroom can’t even perceive the contours of the competitive landscape, achieving superiority becomes something less than a game of chance. My prediction’s simple: a player like Apple, laser focused on resilience and creativity, will be able to disrupt this ponderous, info-poor, coordination-intensive, diminishing returns-focused model with ease, grace, and fluidity.”

      Dating Sites Try Adaptive Matchmaking  – Technology Review – “Joseph Essas, vice president of technology for eHarmony, was lured to the company from Yahoo three years ago. Since then, he has developed and implemented a new layer of predictive matching algorithms that are based on Yahoo’s system for targeting advertising to specific users who have revealed preferences and behaviors over time. The matchmaking software gathers 600 data points for each user, including how often they log in, who they search for, and what characteristics are shared by the people they actually contact.”

      Move Over Michael’s: Lure is New York’s New-Media Power Lunch Spot | TheWrap.com – ““You’re going to see more faces you know at Michaels,” says Dan Abrams, NBC News’ chief legal analyst and the web entrepreneur behind Mediaite. “But at Lure, you are going to see the people you’ll have to know five years from now.””

      Interesting Tidbits for December 23rd through December 27th


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      Things worth reading for December 23rd through December 27th:

      JWT: 100 Things to Watch in 2011 – Terrific deck.  Well worth the time.


      Jon Stewart’s Advocacy Role in 9/11 Bill Passage – NYTimes.com – “Did the bill pledging federal funds for the health care of 9/11 responders become law in the waning hours of the 111th Congress only because a comedian took it up as a personal cause?

      “And does that make that comedian, Jon Stewart — despite all his protestations that what he does has nothing to do with journalism — the modern-day equivalent of Edward R. Murrow?”


      The Decline Effect and the Scientific Method : The New Yorker – Important piece by Lehrer (subscription required): “If replication is what separates the rigor of science from the squishiness of pseudoscience, where do we put all these rigorously validated findings that can no longer be proved? Which results should we believe? Francis Bacon, the early-modern philosopher and pioneer of the scientific method, once declared that experiments were essential, because they allowed us to “put nature to the question.” But it appears that nature often gives us different answers.”


      Groupon, Google, and value on the Internet : The New Yorker – Nice piece by Surowiecki on Groupon (subscription required): “even if Groupon doesn’t end up changing the way we shop, there’s still a good chance that it will make a lot of money—maybe even more than some of its revolutionary brethren. When we think about the Internet, we often think of businesses in black-and-white terms: either they’re huge, world-changing hits or they’re flops. But that’s a false dichotomy. These days, the Web is full of good, solid businesses that may not be remaking the world but that are helping give people what they want. If that’s what Groupon ends up being, well, there are worse fates.”


      Why KCET never became a major player in the PBS network – latimes.com – KCET, the Sesame Street station of my youth, is cutting ties with PBS! Oh the horror! Read this to find out about the underlying sturm und drang.


      Doctoral degrees: The disposable academic – Quietly terrifying article about the rampant overproduction of PhDs in the US and around the world compared to the lack of jobs for the highly educated and the difficulties in finding work when your academic speciality is super narrow. If you have a youngster or young friend considering a doctorate, this is a must read.


      Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders | Video on TED.com – Terrific talk… and if you’re raising a daughter an important one.


      ANA Task Force Out to Prove Procurement’s No Villain – From November 2010– good article on a risingly important issue.


      Why Blogs (Still) Aren’t Dead…No Matter What You’ve Heard — Regator Blog – “Let’s start by looking at the full report at the original source—always a good place to start when the waters are murky. The Mashable article’s (current) headline states: “Everyone Uses E-mail, But Blogging Is On the Decline.” According the study Schroeder based the post on, this is false. As the handy-dandy chart below (from the same Pew study) shows, blogging is on the decline in Millennials (18-33) and G.I. Generation (74+) but on the increase in all other age groups with an overall increase from 11 percent of internet users in December 2008 to 14 percent in May 2010. In general, blogging is on the rise. One more time for those who are still freaking out: Blogging is not in decline. Put away your shovels and call off the funeral.”

      The Best Compliment Ever


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      This morning my 5 year old son had a haircut, and upon sitting down in the chair he turned to Eddie — who also cuts my hair — and said, “I want to look just like Daddy.”

      Here’s an image that Kathi took at the time.

      Talk about a holiday present!

      Interesting Tidbits for December 22nd through December 23rd


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      Things worth reading for December 22nd through December 23rd:

      Hits and Misses From Madison Avenue – WSJ.com – Nice year-end review by Suzanne.


      IPhone and Android Apps Breach Privacy – WSJ.com – And people wonder why customers don’t trust big internet?

      “An examination of 101 popular smartphone “apps”—games and other software applications for iPhone and Android phones—showed that 56 transmitted the phone’s unique device ID to other companies without users’ awareness or consent. Forty-seven apps transmitted the phone’s location in some way. Five sent age, gender and other personal details to outsiders.

      “The findings reveal the intrusive effort by online-tracking companies to gather personal data about people in order to flesh out detailed dossiers on them.”

        Start-Up Scoops Up Unsold Tickets – WSJ.com – “ScoreBig Inc., which has raised $8.5 million from investors including private-equity firm Bain Capital and media executive Shari Redstone, has been quietly testing a system that aspires to do for concert and sports tickets what Priceline.com does for airline seats and hotel rooms: Allow customers to buy them at cut-rate prices, while avoiding the whiff of desperation that typically accompanies discounts.”

        ‘Mission: Impossible’ Director Takes on Challenge – WSJ.com – Interesting!

        FCC Chairman to Propose Approval of Comcast-NBC Deal – WSJ.com – “WASHINGTON—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Thursday will propose approving Comcast Corp.’s deal to acquire control of NBC Universal from General Electric Co., according to sources familiar with the matter.

        “The proposal still needs full commission approval, which isn’t expected until early 2011. And it will include a number of conditions on the deal, requiring that Comcast make NBC and its other Comcast-owned video content available to pay-TV competitors at reasonable, nondiscriminatory terms, according to people close to the FCC’s negotiations.”

        E-Mail’s Big Demographic Split – NYTimes.com – Interesting data, but note that it’s hampered by comScore’s webmail bias. That is, what about on-the-computer email clients like Outlook? “In the last year, time spent using e-mail sites like Yahoo and Hotmail has fallen 48 percent among 12- to 17-year-olds, according to comScore, a market research firm. The statistics only include time spent with e-mail on computers, so the decline may be somewhat offset by teenagers using e-mail on their phones.”

        Facebook Passes Yahoo To Become Second Largest Traffic Source For Videos On Media Sites – “When it comes to getting people to watch online videos from media sites, Google is still the largest source of outside traffic. Search drives views. But the second largest source of traffic is not Yahoo, Bing, or another search engine. It is now Facebook. According to a report on Online Video & The Media Industry put out jointly by Tubemogul and Brightcove, Facebook passed Yahoo in the third quarter to become the No. 2 source of traffic to online videos at media sites. (The study measures videos across the Brightcove network, with a focus on newspaper, magazine, broadcaster, brand, and online media sites).”

        Net neutrality: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile react — Engadget – VERY useful… “Amazingly, the FCC still hasn’t released the full text of the net neutrality rules it passed by a contentious 3-2 vote yesterday, so we can’t really say much about what’s in them — and while this sort of delay is typical of the Genachowski FCC, it hasn’t stopped the carriers from issuing statements on the new rules… Sprint commended the FCC, T-Mobile needs some time to look things over, AT&T called it a “fair middle ground” but railed about “radical voices” and “heavy-handed government regulation” (seriously) and Verizon — well, Verizon issued what appears to be a veiled threat to sue everyone. That’s pretty interesting, since it sure looks to us like the FCC all but rubber-stamped last summer’s Google / Verizon neutrality proposal, but you never know what’s happening behind closed doors… We’ve rounded up all the reactions below — check ’em out. ”

          Interesting Tidbits for December 21st through December 22nd


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          Things worth reading for December 21st through December 22nd:

          I m a g i n e >>>> t o m o r r o w: Driving behavior with game dynamics – Very useful piece by David De Boer (who I’m now tracking) on game dynamics. Didn’t hurt that he cites @christydena.


          New Poll: Americans Say ‘No Thanks’ to Online Tracking – “NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Most Americans do not want to be tracked by online advertisers, according to a new Gallup poll released Tuesday.

          “Major marketers such as AT&T are increasingly tracking users’ habits on the web so they can better deliver specific ads to specific kinds of people. The practice, known as behavioral targeting, has come under a renewed government scrutiny, specifically by both the Obama administration and the Federal Trade Commission.<br />

          “When asked if advertisers should be allowed to match ads to people’s specific interests based on other websites they’ve previously visited, a clear majority of 67% said no, compared with 30% who said yes.”


          Community and Context: Thoughts on Closing Comments – Alexis Madrigal – Technology – The Atlantic – Nice post about online community provoked by a contestatory Jaron Lanier post in The Atlantic, surface to my attention by @kathiiberens. NOTE: Jaron Lanier is keynoting #iMediaSummit ‘s Breakthrough event in March.

          “This afternoon, several of our readers questioned our decision to close the comment thread on Jaron Lanier’s post about WikiLeaks, “The Hazards of Nerd Supremacy.” The discussion transformed into an extended Twitter conversation with some of my favorite writers, professors, and readers about the ethics and strategy of that decision. I’d like to walk through my thinking with you all here.”


          What Facebook Has in Store for Its ‘Places’ and ‘Deals’ Features – The eMarketer Blog – Nice interview with Noah and Emily White about Facebook moving into Foursquare and Groupon territory.

          MediaPost Publications Time-Shifted Viewers Still Watch Commercials 12/22/2010 – “Time was that DVRs were going to destroy TV’s ad-supported model. But a new Nielsen report shows viewers watch a notable amount of commercials that they could zap, which is helping increase C3 ratings, the industry currency.

          “The research shows that C3 ratings rise 16%, thanks to people watching commercials while using a DVR. That data is for 18- to-49-year-olds for ABC, CBS, CW, Fox and NBC combined.”


          YouTube – Candlelight – The Maccabeats – Hanukkah – Fascinating meta-cover or a cover, with Taio Cruz coming first with “Dynamite” and then Mike Thompkins’ celebrated a capella cover of it that got play on YouTube and TV. Here we have a Hanukkah themed one… very interesting and well worth a look.

          Technolog – ‘Open’ Internet just a pipe dream – Nice overview by Wilson Rothman about why Net Neutrality matters.

          How not to go crazy traveling with young children – Boing Boing – For any parent who has traveled with a small child, this is a must read.

          FCC Gives Government Power to Regulate Web Traffic – WSJ.com – “The rules would allow phone and cable companies to offer faster, priority delivery services to Internet companies willing to pay extra. But the FCC proposal contains language suggesting the agency would try to discourage creation of such high-speed toll lanes.

          “Companies that operate mobile wireless networks would have fewer rules to contend with. Phone companies wouldn’t be able to block legal websites from consumers. They also can’t block mobile voice or video-conferencing applications. Wireless providers would be allowed to block other applications, however, that they say could take up too much bandwidth on wireless networks.”


          After Critiquing Facebook, Google Researcher Paul Adams Joins It – Interesting… the Google Brain Drain continues…

          Interesting Tidbits for December 20th to December 21st


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          Today’s Top Story? *definitely* Net Neutrality… with other goodies included:


          Net Neutrality Rules Are Imminent From the F.C.C. – NYTimes.com – New York Times has a dimmer view of today’s FCC act:

          “But a wide swath of public interest groups have lambasted the proposal as “fake net neutrality” and said it was rife with loopholes. One group, Public Knowledge, said that instead of providing clear protections, the F.C.C. “created a vague and shifting landscape open to interpretation. Consumers deserved better.”

          “Notably, the rules are watered down for wireless Net providers like AT&T and Verizon, which would be prohibited from blocking Web sites, but not from blocking applications or services unless those applications directly compete with providers’ voice and video products, like Skype.”


          FCC Gets Votes to Pass Net-Neutrality Rules – WSJ.com – WSJ’s down-the-middle take: “Phone and cable companies have offered some praise, as have some venture capitalists, including John Doerr, who called it “pragmatic balance of innovation, economic growth and crucial investment in the Internet.”

          “For the most part, phone and cable companies have said they didn’t want new rules on Internet lines. But they have mostly backed AT&T Inc.’s push to compromise with Mr. Genachowski.

          “Liberal activists and some consumer advocates have sharply criticized the proposal, saying it allows too much leeway to big broadband providers and falls well short of promises made by President Barack Obama, including limits on how the rules apply to mobile broadband networks.”


          Four takes on why net neutrality matters – Useful review: “In Internet time, things change fast. Google is moving into television. WikiLeaks is changing the paradigm of international relations. Newspapers, movies, radio and TV are all available on handheld devices. And the FCC is poised to act on far-reaching rules of the road for the Internet. Four new books offer different maps of this territory from different angles, none capturing completely the thin line we tread between information utopia and a preprogrammed cultural dystopia.”


          Al Franken: The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time – Important post from Sen. Franken:

          “Imagine if Comcast customers couldn’t watch Netflix, but were limited only to Comcast’s Video On Demand service. Imagine if a cable news network could get its website to load faster on your computer than your favorite local political blog. Imagine if big corporations with their own agenda could decide who wins or loses online. The Internet as we know it would cease to exist.

          “That’s why net neutrality is the most important free speech issue of our time. And that’s why, this Tuesday, when the FCC meets to discuss this badly flawed proposal, I’ll be watching. If they approve it as is, I’ll be outraged. And you should be, too.”


          Net neutrality plan has the votes at FCC – Computerworld – IDG News Service – Michael Copps, the swing vote at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for a set of network neutrality rules, said Monday he will vote for the proposal.


          E-Mail Use Falls as Young Chat and Text – NYTimes.com – Nice color piece on how Facebook’s email service is different.  Doesn’t really work for business but fine for personal messages, in my humble…


          Augmented Reality on Your Phone – NYTimes.com – “According to a new report released by Forrester research on Monday, the technology behind augmented reality apps has improved enough so that these apps may well become an integral part of using a mobile phone, augmenting real life with broad strokes of information and commentary.”


          Law and the Multiverse Blog Mixes Lawyers and Superheroes – NYTimes.com – “You might not have thought to ask these questions. You might have, in other words, a life. But a new blog and the interest it is generating shows that there are people who look at an epic battle between superheroes and supervillains and really, really want to know who should be found liable for the broken buildings and shattered streets.

          “Those people now have a blog called Law and the Multiverse: Superheroes, supervillains, and the law. Kicked off on Nov. 30, it addresses questions like: “What if someone is convicted for murder, and then the victim comes back to life?” And whether mutants are a legally recognizable class entitled to constitutional protection from discrimination. “


          Let It Dough! – NYTimes.com – Very funny.

          Targeted TV Ads Set for Takeoff – WSJ.com – “After years of promises and false starts, TV commercials targeted at individual homes may finally be ready for prime time.

          “DirecTV Group Inc. is planning the biggest rollout yet of “addressable ads,” allowing advertisers to reach close to 10 million homes with commercials tailored to each household. Dog owners, for instance, could see ads for dog food, not kitty litter, while families with children could be shown minivan spots.

          “The satellite-TV service provider has struck a partnership with Starcom MediaVest, a unit of Publicis Groupe SA that buys ad time on behalf of heavyweight marketers such as Procter & Gamble Co. and Coca-Cola Co. Starcom has committed to spend $10 million to $20 million on the new service next year.”

          Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel, of ‘Bethenny Ever After,’ Finds Having a Baby Is Good for Her Brands – WSJ.com – Fascinating in a train-wreck sorta way.


          Wired 11.09: PowerPoint Is Evil – “Presentations largely stand or fall on the quality, relevance, and integrity of the content. If your numbers are boring, then you’ve got the wrong numbers. If your words or images are not on point, making them dance in color won’t make them relevant. Audience boredom is usually a content failure, not a decoration failure.

          “At a minimum, a presentation format should do no harm. Yet the PowerPoint style routinely disrupts, dominates, and trivializes content. Thus PowerPoint presentations too often resemble a school play -very loud, very slow, and very simple.

          “The practical conclusions are clear. PowerPoint is a competent slide manager and projector. But rather than supplementing a presentation, it has become a substitute for it. Such misuse ignores the most important rule of speaking: Respect your audience.”

          Interesting Tidbits for December 20th from 06:34 to 07:15


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          Things worth reading for December 20th from 06:34 to 07:15: