"A higher percentage of independent advisors use social media than other types of advisors and yet…"

Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 8:23 pm
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“A higher percentage of independent advisors use social media than other types of advisors and yet independent advisors were the largest group to say social media does not support business objectives “at all,” the survey says.”

Social Media Losing Some Appeal With Financial Advisors

"I, for one, would like priority boarding for free, special food for free, with special dispensation…"

Saturday, November 26th, 2011 at 11:47 am
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““I, for one, would like priority boarding for free, special food for free, with special dispensation to scream, yell, run and joyously disturb my fellow high-fare, stressed-out, paying passengers without being hauled off the plane in handcuffs,””

Traveling With Kids? Readers Prefer You Didn’t by https://findings.comMichelle Higgins (via Findings.com)

With Flixster, Studios Bet Consumers Will Buy Movies Again – NYTimes.com

Saturday, November 12th, 2011 at 11:52 am
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With Flixster, Studios Bet Consumers Will Buy Movies Again – NYTimes.com:

Retailers like Wal-Mart are working on UltraViolet access sites, but the only way to use the cloud-based service for now is via Flixster. Once consumers buy an UltraViolet-enabled DVD or Blu-ray set … they can set up an account on Flixster and type in a code provided on the disc packaging to claim their digital rights.

That may seem complicated for consumers in the age of Netflix and iTunes. “We recognize that the product is not perfect today,” Mr. Tsujihara said. “We don’t have the luxury of waiting a year until we have everything perfect.”

The New Patterns of Culture: Slow, Fast & Spiky « TEST

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 8:10 am
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The New Patterns of Culture: Slow, Fast & Spiky « TEST:

they’re Spiky – there are no technical or economic constraints keeping the spotlight in one place anymore, so attention can move on as quickly as it arrived. This is the major shift that we are missing when we are nostalgic for the 20th century. We’re only just beginning to learn what culture looks like in spiky networks, and only just beginning to invent the companies and institutions that can survive long enough to support and invest in culture in this landscape.

"A fascinating study in The Review of Financial Studies showed that financial professionals tended to…"

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
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“A fascinating study in The Review of Financial Studies showed that financial professionals tended to performance chase at about the same levels as consumers investing directly. The TD Ameritrade data supports this conclusion on the subset of professionals that are RIAs, and charging on a percentage of assets model.”

Financial Advisors Show Poor Market Timing – CBS

News
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"You’d like to think that since these institutions are getting the best students, the students who go…"

Sunday, November 6th, 2011 at 9:57 pm
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““You’d like to think that since these institutions are getting the best students, the students who go there would have the best chances to succeed,” he says. “But if you take two students who have the same high school grade-point average and SAT scores, and you put one in a highly selective school like Berkeley and the other in a school with lower average scores like Cal State, that Berkeley student is at least 13 percent less likely than the one at Cal State to finish a STEM degree.””

Why Science Majors Change Their Minds

(It’s Just So Darn Hard)
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"One of the big errors of our time is believing that what happens online is separate from what…"

Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at 4:20 pm
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““One of the big errors of our time is believing that what happens online is separate from what happens offline,” says Paul Levinson, author of New New Media and professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University in New York.”

Anonymous Comes Out In The Open : NPR

"Operating a bit like a stealth business news network, The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday announced a…"

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 at 7:13 am
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Operating a bit like a stealth business news network, The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday announced a major expansion of its video unit, which is now producing three and a half hours of live programming each weekday and will soon produce even more.

The Journal, which already produces far more live video than other newspapers in the United States do, is acting on the idea that video is fast becoming a critical part of news Web sites, even for the entities that have historically profited from words, not moving pictures.



Lacking big hair and big personalities, the video operation is consciously unlike television, but it does have slick graphics, branded segments and — as of late — TV-like pauses for commercial breaks. Over the summer The Journal extended several of its 10-to-12-minute newscasts to half-hours. Mr. Murray said it was a “money-making enterprise.”

For the most part the programs rely on The Journal’s existing staff. Readers and users “like seeing our reporters live. They like being able to go to places and see the things that our reporters can see. And technology allows us to do it now,” Mr. Murray said.



NYT

"Not understanding your own psychology is the downfall of many an investor. The best financial plan…"

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at 8:35 am
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“Not understanding your own psychology is the downfall of many an investor. The best financial plan becomes worthless if you are unprepared for the emotional turmoil that accompanies the ups and downs of markets.”

On Investing: The many hats of great investors – The Washington Post

"They “were the equivalent of scrubbed, West Point recruits,” he said in reference to a prestigious…"

Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 7:05 am
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“They “were the equivalent of scrubbed, West Point recruits,” he said in reference to a prestigious U.S. military academy. “No tattoos, no piercings, no 14-year-olds,” the former Sony manager said. “I remember saying, ‘We’re so screwed.’ No one in that group was going to say ‘Why the fuck do we need a (computer) mouse.’””

Special Report: Sony stumbles: Did Stringer’s makeover fail? | Reuters

"During the market crash, there was a direct correlation between clients who did not panic and those…"

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 9:29 pm
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“During the market crash, there was a direct correlation between clients who did not panic and those who opened the firm’s e-mails”

Tweets That Mean Business

http://www.suck.com/daily/2000/04/10/

Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 1:27 pm
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http://www.suck.com/daily/2000/04/10/:

Without a common framework, Web designers have been free to merrily vomit up unique and incompatible interfaces as often as they please. It’s what makes the Web such a visually exciting place. It’s also what makes actually using the Web such a consistent exercise in frustration.

"Alone Together": An MIT Professor’s New Book Urges Us to Unplug | Fast Company

Monday, January 17th, 2011 at 11:25 pm
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“Alone Together”: An MIT Professor’s New Book Urges Us to Unplug | Fast Company:

if you don’t learn how to be alone, you’ll always be lonely, that loneliness is failed solitude. We’re raising a generation that has grown up with constant connection, and only knows how to be lonely when not connected. This capacity for generative solitude is very important for the creative process, but if you grow up thinking it’s your right and due to be tweeted and retweeted, to have thumbs up on Facebook…we’re losing a capacity for autonomy both intellectual and emotional.

The Case of the Vanishing Blonde | Culture | Vanity Fair

Sunday, January 16th, 2011 at 12:02 pm
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The Case of the Vanishing Blonde | Culture | Vanity Fair:

The “system” is the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). The F.B.I.-administered database now has well over eight million DNA offender profiles. Local, state, and federal law-enforcement officials routinely enter DNA samples recovered from convicts and from the scenes and victims of unsolved crimes, and over the years the system has electronically matched more than 100,000 of them, often reaching across surprising distances in place and time. It means that when a DNA sample exists a case can never be classified as entirely “cold.”

In Defense of The Memory Theater | Open Letters Monthly – an Arts and Literature Review

Monday, January 3rd, 2011 at 11:21 pm
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In Defense of The Memory Theater | Open Letters Monthly – an Arts and Literature Review:

As I look over my own shelf, I see my life pass before my eyes. The memories grafted onto each volume become stirred and awakened by a glance at the spine, which presents itself to be touched, opened, and explored. Without the bookshelf’s landscape to turn to, that manifest remainder from a lifetime of reading, how would one think?

Streamonomics

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 at 12:33 pm
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Streamonomics:

Much is made of Apple’s controlled platform versus Google’s Android openomics. But In actuality Google’s model requires them to keep HTML 5 and H264 open across both platforms in order to preserve the ubiquity of search data and YouTube. Google preserving Flash on its platform buys them allegiance to a desktop model that is being replaced at the very moment as we’re switching to the streaming cloud. If we arrive at the ? Icon or click on an image to start a video that doesn’t work, we don’t blame Apple, we blame everybody else.

Andrew Womack, Co-Founder of the Morning News, Talks About Blogging and Founding an Online Magazine — The Good Men Project Magazine

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 at 12:23 pm
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Andrew Womack, Co-Founder of the Morning News, Talks About Blogging and Founding an Online Magazine — The Good Men Project Magazine:

The future of online publishing is currently on hold, interminably delayed by iPad apps. In fact, this should be a very exciting time for anyone who’s not pouring their resources into making an iPad clone of their publication—the playing field is leveling out. The Gourmet Live team got it right, but their goal wasn’t to create a version of a magazine to sell through the iPad—it was to create a new kind of user experience via a known, beloved brand.

Peter Vesterbacka, Maker of Angry Birds Talks about the Birds, Apple, Android, Nokia, and Palm/HP | Mobile and Social Media

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 11:10 pm
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Peter Vesterbacka, Maker of Angry Birds Talks about the Birds, Apple, Android, Nokia, and Palm/HP | Mobile and Social Media:

Angry Birds is a true mobile wonder with over 50 million downloads, 80% of users keeping the app installed, and as Peter Verterbacka, the “Mighty Eagle” of Rovio, makers of Angry Birds puts it, that number is without the holiday stats, which broke a record of a million downloads a day.

Another mind boggling statistic about Angry Birds, and you should sit down for this one, is that there are 200 million minutes played a day on a global scale.

When Campaigns Manipulate Social Media – Jared Keller – Politics – The Atlantic

Sunday, November 21st, 2010 at 12:49 pm
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When Campaigns Manipulate Social Media – Jared Keller – Politics – The Atlantic:

Truthy, a research project devoted to tracking the spread of memes online. Named after Stephen Colbert’s from-the-gut “truthiness,” the Truthy team uses an algorithm based on election-specific keywords and mood indicators — a type of sentiment analysis very similar to the one used at the University of Indiana to predict changes in the stock market — to follow political misinformation campaigns on Twitter. The Truthy team, inspired by the Massachusetts election, decided to track digital astroturf campaigns during election years

Foursquare’s New Partnership With PepsiCo Takes Focus Off of Places

Sunday, November 21st, 2010 at 12:17 pm
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Exclusive: Foursquare’s New Partnership With PepsiCo Takes Focus Off of Places | Fast Company
http://www.fastcompany.com/1703807/exclusive-foursquare-partners-with-pepsi-unveils-linked-loyalty-rewards-accounts-facebook-pl?partner=rss

Foursquare has also designed a unique vehicle for check-in rewards that is far less linear and ephemeral than traditional location-based reward programs. Rather than, say, earning a free coffee for becoming “mayor” of Starbucks (or just giving away 10,000 pairs of free jeans like Facebook and Gap’s one-off promo), Foursquare and PepsiCo have tailored rewards to user behavior, irrespective of in-store check-ins. Now, when participating customers earn Foursquare’s “Gym Rat” badge, they might be offered a SoBe Lifewater; or, if you often check in bright and early, Foursquare will recognize you’re a morning person, and may offer Tropicana orange juice or Quaker Oats—all specials on PepsiCo products, redeemable at Safeway stores.

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Briton Paul Chambers Loses Twitter Case, but Wins Following – NYTimes.com

Saturday, November 13th, 2010 at 12:24 pm
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Briton Paul Chambers Loses Twitter Case, but Wins Following
– NYTimes.com
:

“The authorities don’t seem to understand the way Twitter works,” said Padraig Reidy, news editor of Index on Censorship, a London magazine that covers free-speech issues. “There’s no provision in the law for people being hyperbolic, sarcastic or ironic. For a country that prides itself on its sense of irony, that is unfortunate.”

"economic power in the 21st century is not going to look like economic power in the 20th century. The…"

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 8:54 am
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“economic power in the 21st century is not going to look like economic power in the 20th century. The crucial fact about the new epoch is that creativity needs hubs. Information networks need junction points. The nation that can make itself the crossroads to the world will have tremendous economic and political power”

The Crossroads Nation – NYTimes.com

Type Fonts for Campaign Signs Go Conservative – NYTimes.com

Sunday, October 31st, 2010 at 10:08 am
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Type Fonts for Campaign Signs Go Conservative –
NYTimes.com
:

But this year, Democratic and Republican candidates alike have largely forsaken modish fonts like Gotham, choosing instead fonts that look like they were banged out on a vintage typewriter or carved into an ancient temple.

"They believe that presenting information in a way that is hard to digest means a person has to…"

Sunday, October 24th, 2010 at 10:37 pm
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They believe that presenting information in a way that is hard to digest means a person has to concentrate more, and this leads to “deeper processing” and then “better retrieval” afterwards.

It is an example of the positive effects of what scientists call “disfluency”.



BBC News – Making things hard to read ‘can boost learning’

Article: Why Online2Offline Commerce Is A Trillion Dollar Opportunity

Sunday, October 10th, 2010 at 10:51 am
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Why Online2Offline Commerce Is A Trillion Dollar Opportunity http://tcrn.ch/c4Vf6o this idea is significant, despite the silly o2o nomenclature and corporate babble accompanying it in the piece: think about how the discovery, payment, and performance measurement of offline commerce can move online (via Instapaper) rob zand | robzand.com | twitter: robzand | phone: 708-robzand