Firefox’s Billion, Amazon’s Misstep, and Facebook’s Hole

Here’s another appearance on Radio Australia’s Breakfast Club, now called something else, which after a hiatus is back on every Friday—around 1.15 GMT. Here’s the audio of the segment (about 10 minutes’ worth). Here’s what I talked about: My own experiences at the hands of Facebook’s disabling team. Lawsuit: Amazon Ate My Homework – Digits …

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Facebook Wants to Be Twitter, While Twitter May Have to Be More Like Facebook

Here’s another appearance on Radio Australia’s Breakfast Club which is pretty much every Friday—around 1.15 GMT—and here are some links to the things I talked about this week. Here’s the audio of the segment (about 10 minutes’ worth). Facebook’s move to be more like Twitter. As I said on the show, Facebook fears that its …

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The Cup Final, the Uplifting Video and the iPod

Hang on, let me check my iPod first Technology, however small, can be the difference between winning a cup final and losing it. Manchester United faced Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup Final on Sunday, and it’s instructive how video technology was, in a way, the difference between the two sides. After no goals in …

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Radio Australia topics, Nov 7

I make an appearance on the excellent Breakfast Club show on Radio Australia each Friday at 01:15 GMT and some listeners have asked me post links to the stuff I talk about, so here they are. Follow football on your cellphone through vibrations: a team in Scandavia has come up with a way to convey …

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Website Members Take Over Football Club

A new model of football ownership? The BBC website reports that Fans’ community website MyFootballClub has agreed a deal to take over Blue Square Premier outfit Ebbsfleet United. The 20,000 MyFootballClub members have each paid £35 to provide a £700,000 takeover pot and they will all own an equal share in the club. Members will …

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Soccer 2.0

  Photo: The Offside In Soccer 1.0 the manager is king. But an Israeli football team is experimenting with a sort of crowd-sourcing, wisdom-of-the-Kop type approach, where fans monitor the game online and suggest starting line-up, tactics and substitutions. Reuters reports from Tel Aviv that “diehard football fan Moshe Hogeg was so upset when star …

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How to Play Football With Nails and Popsicle Sticks

Well, actually if you do that you’ll be infringing a patent. I love reading patents, but I rarely understand them. This one I do, since it uses words I understand, like ‘roofing nails’ and ‘elastic bands’: clipped from patft.uspto.gov A board game for at least two individuals to play. The board game is a modified …

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Europe’s Top-heavy Leagues

 Spanish Primera Liga (48%)  German Bundesliga (54%)  English Premier League (47%)  French Ligue 1 (47%)  Greek Ethniki Katigoria (6%)  Dutch Eredivisie (25%)  Italy Serie A (24%)  English Championship (29%)  Scottish Premier League (29% This doesn’t have a lot to do with technology, but it’s an excuse to play around with sparklines, Edward Tufte’s approach to feeding data …

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The World Cup Changes

Maybe it’s cos I don’t follow other sports as slowly, but this World Cup is beginning to feel like a media watershed in several different — and surprising — ways. First off, the supply of World Cup footage to YouTube, and “live” commentary by cellphone from those in the stadium to those outside threatens to …

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