You are the product

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I’m ruining this blog post by Derek Powazek by quoting the end, but… we should all stop saying, “if you’re not paying for the product, you are the product,” because it doesn’t really mean anything, it excuses the behavior of bad companies, and it makes you sound kind of like a stoner looking at their… Read more »

EdgeRank is broken

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What is EdgeRank? EdgeRank is the Facebook algorithm that decides which stories appear in each user’s newsfeed. The algorithm hides boring stories, so if your story doesn’t score well, no one will see it. This is an utterly broken system. Why? Because it ranks things based on pre-determined algorithmic data corpi that don’t really hone… Read more »

1,000,000,000

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According to a post by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook has reached the elusive one billion active user mark. The post sets out a beautiful odyssey of connecting people worldwide and being a wonderful, flowery existence for the users. Of course that’s not the case right now. Facebook keeps screwing user data over as if it’s meaningless… Read more »

Instagram’s removing of live filters

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From Daring Fireball… So, for whatever reason, Instagram feels that live filters aren’t a part of the best experience it can provide. And it appears that they’ll be ‘phased out’ in future versions of the app I’m not sure what they’re doing. Gruber reckons the issue is that as Instagram moves into new platforms it… Read more »

$twitter

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Twitter have added a hashtag-esque function to allow users to see the stock market price of a company. All you do is add a dollar sign to the front of a company trading name, e.g. $GE. Nifty, but third party apps won’t have this for a little bit I imagine. Moreover, Twitter’s third-world offering of… Read more »

20 year old Zuck was a dick

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This could make Facebook implode. The timing is perfect, and after 5 minutes of trading today the company was down 11%. Zuckerberg secret IMs from college

Is Zuck ready?

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Mind-boggling figures aside, the question on many minds is this: Is Mr. Zuckerberg really ready for this? Is he — there’s no sugarcoating it — grown up enough to lead a public corporation that is more valuable than McDonald’s or Goldman Sachs? This is a question that keeps coming from those watching the IPO roadshow…. Read more »

Reddit dismisses Facebook support of CISPA

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Alexis Ohanian, one of the co-founders of reddit did a TV interview and mentioned Facebook’s support for CISPA, a new US bill that runs along the same lines as SOPA, with new provisions. The primary concern is that it’s unfair for Facebook, who have so much information on users, to support a bill that allows… Read more »

Instagram wanted $2b

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Instagram’s sale to Facebook for $1 billion is still a huge talking point in the industry. As it turns out, Systrom wanted $2 billion for it, knowing how much it was worth to Facebook (Zuck had approached them the previous summer). If true, it means Zuckerberg managed to wipe $1 billion off the asking price… Read more »

Simpler Google

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More than 170 million people have upgraded to Google+, enjoying new ways to share in Search, Gmail, YouTube and lots of other places. It’s still early days, and there’s plenty left to do, but we’re more excited than ever to build a seamless social experience, all across Google. This is actually a fantastic looking update…. Read more »