I just finished Steven Johnson’s latest book on Innovation and am struck...– Information Arbitrage - Elite quants: hedge fund vs. start-up?
While this is presents a very interesting content tiering model for some future...– The Future of Digital Media: 4 Tiers, Consumers Lose - Seeking Alpha
Guilt-Ridden People Make Great Leaders - Harvard... →
The students who were more guilt-prone were considered better leaders. Our take is that guilt activates a keen sense of responsibility for one’s actions. What I wonder is, Does guilt make people better leaders but, at the same time, make them averse to taking on leadership positions because they feel that responsibility? We don’t know yet.
Spitzer Cross-Examination of Jeffrey Toobin re:... →
SPITZER: It seems to me that Bob Woodward arguably did something much more egregious. He took real-time decisions about why we were going to war in Afghanistan, the discussions are rationale, where we would go spoke to the most senior political and military officials in the nation and blasted that out in the book. A clear distinction. TOOBIN: Well, again, there is a distinction in part because...
FCC May Force Hulu to Override Programming... →
“Comcast would be required to offer NBC Universal programming to any online video provider that has reached a similar deal for content with some of NBC’s competitors, such as Walt Disney Co. or Fox Television, a division of News Corp.” (WSJ on the impending FCC ruling) That’s a bit vague, so we won’t really know what Genachowski intends until he goes public with his proposed rules. ...
Why Google Dropped Groupon (according to Paul... →
The actual problem with the transaction came down to the break fee. Groupon got very worried that this deal would fall apart due to anti-trust regulations (Google has had problems with this before). Groupon wanted to sell, but in case the deal fell apart, they wanted to get paid anyway, and that’s the purpose of a break fee. At the end of the day, since Google couldn’t come up with a a...
Game Design Has Become a Game →
“Good games have regular feedback loops and social game development has these in spades,” says John Passfield, creative director at 3 Blokes Studios. “The majority of time in traditional game development is spent building a game behind closed doors which is more like training for the Olympics. Whereas social game development puts you smack in the middle of a full season where you’re...
Our current data,” the study’s authors wrote, “indicate that exercise training...– The Benefits of Exercising Before Breakfast - NYTimes.com
Diet: Imagine each bite, and maybe you'll eat less... →
[Carey Morewedge, a professor of social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh]…said he believes imaginary eating works because it triggers habituation, the psychological phenomenon that explains why we are able to get used to things that initially seem annoying — the roar of an airplane engine, for instance, or dim light in a restaurant. It occurs when extended...
War for Tech Talent Hits ‘White Hot’ New York... →
”[Dave Carvajal, the founder and CEO of Dave Partners] highlighted three main areas of labor shortage in the New York startup scene. First, engineers and programmers. Second, online marketing people who “really understand marketing analytics.” And, third, product developers.”
A VC: The Present and The Future (continued) →
The big platforms out there, Apple, Android, RIM, Facebook, Twitter, etc are powerful but fragile. They need to keep innovating and providing users AND developers real value. As myspace has shown, when platforms stagnate they can easily fall apart and the decline can be fast and devastating.
CEO Cameron Lewis gave me the following example: ‘Companies like Google...– Spend Matters: An Intriguing New Company: Statz Turns Data into Consumer Dollars
The whole-sun approach could lead to breakthroughs in predicting solar...– Global Eruption Rocks the Sun - NASA Science
Internet Access Should Be Application-Agnostic -... →
Excellent post by Brad Burnham at USV why the currently proposed FCC framework for dealing with the open Internet and, specifically, the relationship between access and application providers needs to modified to allow for an application-agnostic solution. “The Internet we know today exists only because, until now, there have been no gatekeepers between consumers and service providers. We...
When Picard’s legal team deposed Kohn’s daughter Rina Hartstein, she took the...– Sonja Kohn: Madoff’s Partner in Crime - The Daily Beast
Something tells me that Cuban may be wrong in the...
Mark Cuban predicts success of Netflix and others will be short-lived as pay TV providers expand offers.
KCET’s move may just be the first of many as local stations search for new ways...– NPR and PBS — This Time It’s the Fight of Their Lives | TheWrap.com
Water conservation may have enabled recent... →
From the Comments: “Aside from the scientific significance of this discovery, which I’m not qualified to weigh in on, I’m really glad that Mono Lake is even there now for this discovery to be made. There was a long, hard battle to save it from excessive tributary diversions to slake the thirst of Los Angeles. I’m glad I was able to put my money where my mouth was for part...
Panelists say there’s reason to worry about excess deposits of calcium in...– Medical Panel: Don’t Go Overboard On Vitamin D : NPR
Arsenic-eating microbe may redefine chemistry of... →
The finding implies that “you can potentially cross phosphorus off the list of elements required for life”, says David Valentine, a geomicrobiologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Bob Cesca: Why Exactly Is President Obama Acting... →
None of that is true. The Bush tax rates for the wealthy don’t stimulate the economy, but unemployment benefits do. The Bush tax cuts haven’t created any jobs in ten years, and middle class wages have stagnated. The stimulus worked (not well enough, but it worked). And the Democrats slashed the budget deficit by record numbers.