Monthly Archives: September 2010

Reading roundup for Wed Sep 15: Nokia acquisition = death, texting while walking, another IIMK startup, dealing with shrinking cities, Muslim chick-lit and more

In the same week as Nokia World, we read this article on the Guardian about how being acquired by Nokia was the kiss of death for the startup Dopplr. (“Since then, Dopplr has fallen completely out of the web’s view. … Continue reading

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Reading roundup for Sun Sep 12: the RSS reader is dead – again, thoughts on opposing net neutrality, an IIMK startup, a remarkable life and more

In tech, we read another article about the irrelevance of the RSS feed reader. Comically, to bolster its case, it cites another article from 2006 that also pronounced the RSS reader dead. Google Reader was a wonderful idea to begin … Continue reading

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Reading roundup for Sat Sep 11: Android closed or open, Nokia and dreamers, the media and the Yamuna, bicycle-friendly Portland and more

We begin today by a rant on how, thanks to carriers (mobile operators), Android is often more closed – and more anti-customer – than even iPhone. (“What happens when Verizon won’t update your phone to the latest greatest Android software … Continue reading

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Reading roundup for Fri Sep 10: The Napster guy, Apple’s design culture, cashless society, Westerners are the real weirdos, when green isn’t really green and more

Today we begin with a profile of Sean Parker in Vanity Fair. Parker, of course, hacked into military databases, founded Napster, then Plaxo, and was the president of Facebook – all by the time he was 26. (“Parker, a svelte, … Continue reading

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Reading roundup for Wed Sep 8: he Kindle, she paperback, University goes overboard with Facebook, John Grisham’s repeated failures, degrading ambition and more

Today in tech, we’re reading about couples who’re split between physical books and reading on the iPad or Kindle. The larger story, of course, is about how publishers are walking the delicate line between appealing to adopters of digital books … Continue reading

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Reading roundup for Tue Sep 7: the workcation generation, future workplaces, the ultraconservative prank website, TOIs CWG skeleton, the CWG theme song and more

Today, we’re reading commentary on our age’s inability to disconnect from work while on vacation, our self-expectation of all-time-availability. Just very good, very true and quite sad. (“Five years ago, in Barbados, none of us consulted a computer. Three years … Continue reading

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