“Unless Sharon’s sources are hallucinating, therefore, Comcast and NBC certainly seem to be discussing a deal, if not actually agreeing on one. We know Brian Roberts wants a content company. So we’re going to interpret Comcast’s denial pretty literally here… it hasn’t yet reached a deal.”—Comcast Denies Having Deal To Buy NBC (via mikehudack)
“For years, the Democrats in our federal government lived in legislative exile - a power diaspora. But all that changed in 2006, when the Democrats regained control of this nation’s House of Representatives. And its Senate! And with that control, they still failed to get timelines for Iraq War withdrawals, government-negotiated prescription drug prices, any kind of meaningful environmental legislation - actually, [they] really failed to get anything. Basically, the Democrats seem like the kind of people who switch to Geico - and lose money.”—JON STEWART, The Daily Show (via inothernews)
“What I like about it is that it’s got universal coverage, it’s customer driven, and there are no intermediaries shopping on people’s behalf,” she added. “And there’s no waiting lists or rationing like in the U.K. or Canada.”
Since being made mandatory in 1996, the Swiss system has become a popular model for experts seeking alternatives to government-run health care. Indeed, it has attracted some unlikely American admirers, like Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News talk show host. And it has lured some members of Congress on fact-finding trips here to seek ideas for overhauling the United States system.
The Swiss approach is also popular with patients like Frieda Burgstaller, 72, who says she likes the freedom of choice and access that the private system provides. “If the doctor says it has to be done, it’s done,” said Mrs. Burgstaller. “You don’t wait. And it’s covered.”
The idea is to allow people to curate lists of Twitter accounts. For example, you could create a list of the funniest Twitter accounts of all time, athletes, local businesses, friends, or any compilation that makes sense.
Yes, I know, a bombastic title, but telling. It’s clear we are in the age of RSS redux, bite-sized syndication for the masses. IE/FireFox/Safari couldn’t mainstream RSS, neither could MyYahoo, Bloglines, Pageflakes/Netvibes, Technorati, or even the best-of-breed web RSS app, Google Reader. It took little Twitter to get the form factor right for individual syndication, and now they want to reinvent OPML aka the blogroll. “And the old shall become new again.”
I’m not complaining. It’s yet another brilliant example of externalizedinnovation by Twitter, and they’ve wisely chosen the right item to steal from 3rd party devs (TweetDeck, Seesmic, PeopleBrowsr, etc.) to further mainstream their product. So, while Twitter Search allows us to aggregate ideas or information via entity (people, places, things) detection, Lists allows us to aggregate and syndicate people, something that never quite made it out of the primordial ooze stage for RSS and never even existed in social networking proper. Now, I haven’t seen the API yet, but imagine if you could use Lists to pull together multiple Twitter Searches, or better yet, execute Twitter Searches against given Lists (or Lists of Lists for the algorithmically inclined). What we’re seeing here is the power of abstraction and applying prior atomic functions against the arbitrary aggregate. What Twitter Search disassembles, Lists reassembles.
My prediction (and it’s a safe one) is that most people (>85%) will never create a list other than their following and follower lists, which is in line with curator vs. consumer numbers. However, there will be an active, dislocated, niche focused, minority contingent of domain experts creating, leveraging and repurposing Lists in quantity.
In some ways, this seems like a bit of a defensive move against aggregated threats from SuperFeedr, RSScloud, and even Google Wave on top of Google Reader. There’s still value on the table from a delivery perspective (true multicast vs. polling, etc.), but Twitter, with Retweet and Lists, is inching toward covering their bases from the data model perspective.
Will Twitter Lists signal the shift of value from quantity to quality for followers/following? TBD.
Hi all — I’m putting the word out about a lil writing opportunity. Please pass along to anyone who may be interested!
__ __ __
Urlesque.com, an internet trends and web humor site, seeks experienced freelance contributors who can curate funny, smart collections of web content.
The right candidate must… - Be an internet junkie with the ability to recognize and report on emerging trends - Have a good sense of humor - Be comfortable in a fun, relaxed atmosphere while remaining strict on meeting deadlines - Have a keen attention to detail - Be able to work with quick deadlines - Be open to receiving pitches and also proactive to submit ideas and pitches
Familiarity with HTML a major plus.
Sound like you? Please send your resume, links to relevant work and pay range (per post) to kelly @ urlesque.com.
Pro Publica, he wrote, “has collected some $14 million in donations since inception, including $8.5 million in 2008. In addition to an $8 million donation from the Sandlers in 2008, Pro Publica collected $554,734 from half a dozen other organizations like the MacArthur Foundation, the Monarch Fund, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies, according to its tax return.”
But that tax return included another, even more eye-popping factoid. The editor of Pro Publica, Paul E. Steiger was paid $570,000 in 2008.
Some of my most popular Tumblr posts have been my cellphone fauxlaroids. So I thought I’d put together a Tumblr dedicated solely to these kind of photos — this is the closest you’ll see me get to a personal diary.
And much like anyone, I have an occasional need to shoot in an excessively photobloggy way, so this is where I’ll indulge in tilted shots of buildings, close-ups of street detritus, shmoopy girlfriend photos, GPOYWs, “the mundane” and so on and so on.
“We are not here because the domain name could cause confusion. We do not have a declaration from the president of the international association of imbeciles that his members are blankly staring at the Respondent’s website wondering ‘where did all the race baiting content go?’ We are here because Mr. Beck wants Respondent’s website shut down. He wants it shut down because Respondent’s website makes a poignant and accurate satirical critique of Mr. Beck by parodying Beck’s very rhetorical style.”—
In a blog posting to Newsmax John Perry wrote about a coup scenario involving the U.S. military. He clearly stated that he was not advocating such a scenario but simply describing one.
After several reader complaints, Newsmax wanted to insure that this article was not misinterpreted. It was removed after a short period after being posted.
Newsmax strongly believes in the principles of Constitutional government and would never advocate or insinuate any suggestion of an activity that would undermine our democracy or democratic institutions.
Mr. Perry served as a political appointee in the Carter administration in HUD and FEMA. He has no official relationship with Newsmax other than as an unpaid blogger.
“Sometimes Fox brings on the criticism itself, they don’t cover rallies and tea parties, they cheerlead for rallies and tea parties, and as a journalist I’m totally against that. They pretend to be a journalist, and at the same time they’re saying, ‘I’m not a journalist. They go on the air after they give their opinions, which is fine with me, they then state as facts things that aren’t facts at all.”—Bernie Goldberg Calls Out Fox News Hosts ‘Pretending to Be Journalists’…on Fox News
It is designed to expand the iPhone and iPod touch media concept to its next potential level: as a slate-like replacement for books and magazines, plus all of the media, gaming, app, and web functionality of the iPhone and iPod touch.
It is not meant to compete with netbooks. It’s an iPhone OS media player and light communication device.
Apple is currently planning to announce it on or before January 19, 2010, and to use an iPhone-like hype buildup period to start selling it in May or June.
“HarperCollins Publishers announced Monday that 24-year-old Islip, NY resident Gerard Dillow has accepted its offer of $250,000 to publish his Facebook status from 56 minutes ago, which reads, “In it to win it, suckas.” “We’re confident that In It To Win It, Suckas will be a huge success when it hits stores next summer,” editorial director Edith Dalrymple said of the forthcoming hardcover, which will feature a 140-character forward by Shit My Dad Says author Justin Halpern. “The fact that Gerard’s status already has six ‘likes’ and seven comments—only two of which are from him—tells us this property has a solid built-in audience.” Dillow’s book will be released just two weeks after the film IKEA QUEEN BED FRAME AND BOX SPRING!!!!!!!!!! REDUCED PRICE!!!!!!!, which was optioned from the popular Craigslist post.”—Man’s Facebook Status Given Book Deal | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source (via kmaverick)