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The Zen Bank. It exists.

Last year, Matt Mullenweg (of WordPress fame) thought out loud about a bank he’d love to set up. Matt’s bank would focus on safety, ‘Google-like’ simplicity, ‘white-glove’ customer service – and be usable with the tools of today. … At … Continue reading

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Curated computing: jargon (sometimes) is a good thing

Curated Computing: Fancy cynical analyst term. Here is Forrester Research declaring a new era (‘Post-iPad’, no less). A consumer can do anything with a Windows PC or Mac… the iPad operates very differently. [It] works more like a jukebox than … Continue reading

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Net neutrality and health care – separated at birth?

A US Appeals court forbade the FCC from interfering with Comcast’s decision to throttle BitTorrent traffic. You know, this net neutrality debate will end up resembling the one over health care. We’ll reach a stage where the FCC’s powers to prevent … Continue reading

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About the smartphone category called iPhone-like

From an email exchange with a friend asking about the Nexus One (the ‘Google phone’) launch. Thoughts about the Nexus One’s prospects Does it have better hardware, a better screen, better battery life, better price, more freedom, better apps, better … Continue reading

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Google Impatient

“Wouldn’t it be great, then, to start from scratch and design something based on the needs of today’s web applications and today’s users?” – the Chrome Comic, Sep 08 In other words, if you can’t build it fast enough, we’ll do … Continue reading

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Pieces of Blog

Joshua Schachter of Del.icio.us fame on how the different parts of a blogging system could be decoupled and run off specialized web applications: authoring by desktop apps, storage of raw posts and hosting on Amazon S3, templates by WordPress, feeds … Continue reading

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Notable recently

For India and China, a Climate Clash With Their Own Destiny (NYT): “India and China are encouraged to balance their internal duties as developing countries with their external responsibilities as emerging giants. They are told to short-circuit history, to avoid … Continue reading

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Among the ten worst ideas of the decade is

the Blackberry (and iPhone and the Treo), a reminder of just how unconnected we were not ten years ago. (via the Washington Post’s list of the ten worst ideas of the decade.)

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Is the American Dream over?: David Brooks and Gail Collins of the NYT debate if the current crisis is an indication that American Life is inherently unsustainable, or merely another manifestation of the problem of inequality of skills. PayPal Taps … Continue reading

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How do Indians download music to phones without a PC?

From Nokia’s EVP of services (the guy responsible for Nokia’s push into email, music, apps and the like): In India, for example, Nokia’s music download service is becoming popular mostly because many people don’t have PCs and are using their … Continue reading

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