October 2012

  1. The Nexus 4 is a warning: If you're going Android, you're following the carriers' rules

    Making a deal with the Mafia is never without risks. Some mobsters require particularly steep payments, including, but not limited to: broken kneecaps, a horse's head for a pillow, or a bad trip to the barbershop. Others, like, say, AT&T and Verizon, require other concessions, like an exclusive device here or the installation of crapware there.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Predicting irrational shoppers: Commerce Sciences applies behavioral economics to ecommerce

    Behavioral economics, as its well-known proponent Dan Ariely describes it, “is interested in the same questions as classical economics, but without assuming that people are rational.”

    By Mick Weinstein , written on

    From the News desk

  3. As Hurricane Sandy moves up the East Coast, a surprisingly adept tool emerges: SMS

    The last time I wrote about the Short Message Service (SMS) protocol was when it was being used to help keep sheep alive and measure just how hot (hormonally) Switzerland's bovines are at any given moment. These tools, while helpful, only appeal to a very specific subset of phone owners – namely, European shepherds and cow farmers.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Vimeo launches tips jar for content creators. More of this, please, media industry

    Vimeo has just launched a tip jar to help content creators earn money from their videos. A “pay to view” option is coming soon. These are the first steps in what could become a widespread micropayments ecosystem on the video-sharing site. It's a positive step for content creators. While tips are not about to fix their revenue problems, they could become handy bonuses.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Helpshift raises $3.25m to manage mobile-centric help desks

    Sure, the mobile Web is intuitive with all its swiping and touching and boiled down feature simplicity. But even the most intuitive app-- from the developer point of view-- can be totally confusing for users. And when things fail, an overly simple interface can be a hindrance. The first time I set up my Uber account I accidentally mis-typed a digit in my phone number and there was absolutely no way to change it in the app. I had to contact a friend at the company to fix it. That's clearly an unworkable solution for the masses.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Enough with the entitled whining -- Facebook isn't running an advertising charity

    Facebook's history has not been without a healthy dose of entitled outrage. Each time the company releases a new feature, users are horrified (NOOOO! Not change!) and threaten to boycott. The spirit of those boycotts are frequently undercut by the fact that they're organized... on Facebook.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  7. An adrenaline-pumping alternative to the Lobby Conference


    By Kym McNicholas , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Detroit's LevelEleven gets $1M of local funding to gamify sales organizations

    At the beginning of the last century, Detroit was America’s “Silicon Valley.” That is to say, it was the center of innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation. The last decade has been particularly brutal on the Motor City, but in fairness its decline was long in the making as entrenched conglomerates turned to protectionism rather than disruption as their business model of choice.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

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