Monthly Archives: November 2010

Mobile payments between Indian banks: looks promising–sort of

From the press release (pdf) for the Interbank Mobile Payment Service launched by the RBI and a number of Indian banks: The service provides an inter operable infrastructure for the banks to offer real time money transfer facility to their … Continue reading

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Well, it had to be a touchscreen, then

Steve Jobs, in an interview with Playboy mag in 1985: Playboy: Most computers use key strokes to enter instructions, but Macintosh replaces many of them with something called a mouse–a little box that is rolled around on your desk and … Continue reading

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Yahoo circa 1998 as Ponzi scheme

Paul Graham, as part of an article on Yahoo!’s problems: By 1998, Yahoo was the beneficiary of a de facto Ponzi scheme. Investors were excited about the Internet. One reason they were excited was Yahoo’s revenue growth. So they invested … Continue reading

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Strategy Taxes

From Robert Scoble on why Google can’t build something like todays-darling-of-the-echo-chamber Instagram: 6. Google’s engineers can’t use any Facebook integration or dependencies like Instagram does. That makes it harder to onboard new customers. I’ve downloaded a few iPhone apps this … Continue reading

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Oh, how much is that second-hand app on the home screen?

Frédéric Filloux in his Monday Note column describes a rights-based (as opposed to files-based) future for managing digital content (whether magazines or books): A first phase is likely to consist of an extension of what we have today, i.e. a … Continue reading

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Great nations and global cities in the 21st century

You are living in some small town in Ukraine or Kenya or some other place, foreign or domestic. You long to break out and go to a place where people are gathering to think about the things you are thinking … Continue reading

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The man who wrote “the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans” has passed on, two new generations of Americans later

Ted Sorensen died last week at 82. A recurring character in every book and account of JFK and RFK that I have read, his principal characteristic was that he was Young. That Ted and the one in the NYT obituary … Continue reading

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Recently read

Changing words to change the debate: Steve Jobs changed “open v/s closed” to “fragmented v/s integrated” in the Android v/s iPhone debateothon. Developers don’t rush to new platforms: Marco Arment of InstaPaper and Tumblr fame lists three reasons why they … Continue reading

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Perpetual Panic Conflictinator

Jon Stewart at his Rally for Sanity: “The country’s 24-hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems but its existence makes solving them that much harder.” The black-or-whiteness, open-and-shutness, did-he-or-didnt-he-ness, correlation-and-causation-be-damnedness of too many of our English, … Continue reading

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About downtime and disconnecting

Two articles read within 24 hours: One: ‘Whatever happened to downtime?’ “Why do we give up our sacred space so easily? Because space is scary. During these temporary voids of distraction, our minds return to the uncertainty and fears that … Continue reading

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