Tech News – August 11th 2012 to August 17th 2012
Tech news – August 11th 2012 to August 17th 2012:
- Interpreting some of Twitter’s API changes – Marco.org –
Twitter has posted some of their upcoming API-policy lockdowns and restrictions in this post from Michael Sippey, euphemistically titled “Changes coming in Version 1.1 of the Twitter API”.
First, from Twitter’s Display Guidelines, which will become requirements for all apps:
“Individual Tweet” section
Embedding tweets in a blog post in any way other than their dynamic embed code is effectively prohibited:
[3a] Reply, Retweet, and Favorite action icons must always be visible for the user to inte… show all text
- Why I Changed My Mind On Klout (And Invested) « Uncrunched –
- Michael ArringtonKlout has been one of my go to punchlines for some time now. For example – in May I wrote a post titled “My Detailed Thoughts On Klout” that contained a single word in the post itself: “Why?”
The problem I had with Klout was that it was just another meaningless social game to play. People were wrecking their heads trying to game it and get their score up higher.
To keep his [Klout] score up, Lee tweets up to 45 times a day—an average of one every 32 minutes. “People like food porn,” he notes, “… show all text
- Braintree, a Payments Company, Buys Venmo for $26.2 Million – NYTimes.com –
- By JENNA WORTHAMBraintree, a mobile payments company that provides the software that lets a number of popular start-ups, including Fab.com, Airbnb, Uber and LivingSocial, process payments on smartphones, acquired another payments company called Venmo, a service that lets people send and receive money via text message.
- Mobile app startups are failing like it’s 1999 | @andrewchen –
- Andrew ChenStop the madness The long cycle times for developing mobile apps have led to startup failures that look more like 1999 – it’s like we’ve forgotten all the agile and rapid iteration stuff that we learned over the last 10 years. Stop the madness!
Today, seed stage startups can now get funded, release 1 or 2 versions of their app spread over 9 months, and then fail without making a peep. We learned the benefits of how to iterate fast on the web, and we can do better on mobile too.
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- Hope For Flickr? Marissa Mayer Joins Photo-Sharing Site, Reportedly Doubles Team [Update: It Wasn't Her] | TechCrunch –
- Anthony HaUpdate: I still haven’t heard anything from Yahoo, but we’ve learned that the account was fake — apparently Mayer does have an account, but it’s set to private. We’ve also learned that Mayer is searching for a new head of Flickr.
It looks like Flickr may be getting some much-needed love from its corporate parent Yahoo — Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer just created an account on the photo-sharing site.
That may not seem like a big deal, but neither Carol Bartz nor Scott Thompson, Yahoo’s past two … show all text
- A One Year Student Reporting Lab within Homicide Watch DC by Homicide Watch — Kickstarter –
Homicide Watch is raising funds for A One Year Student Reporting Lab within Homicide Watch DC on Kickstarter! Change the way crime is covered. Create a reporting lab within Homicide Watch DC to cover every murder in Washington for one year.
- PREMIUM FISHER | My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her… –
My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court
I’ve been sending out some impertinent tweets about Progressive Insurance lately, but I haven’t explained how they pissed me off. So I will do that here as succinctly as possible. There’s a general understanding that says, “insurance companies— oh they’re awful,” but since Progressive turned their shit hose on my late sister and my parents, I’ve learned some things that really surprised me.
I’ll try to cleave to the facts. On Ju… show all text
- Relaxing rain audio for work, play and sleep –
- Mitt Romney Would Pay 0.82 Percent in Taxes Under Paul Ryan’s Plan – Matthew O’Brien – The Atlantic –
- Matthew O'BrienPaul Ryan's plan is a path to prosperity for Mitt Romney
Under Paul Ryan's plan, Mitt Romney wouldn't pay any taxes for the next ten years — or any of the years after that. Now, do I know that that's true. Yes, I'm certain.
Well, maybe not quite nothing. In 2010 — the only year we have seen a full return from him — Romney would have paid an effective tax rate of around 0.82 percent under the Ryan plan, rather than the 13.9 percent he actually did. How would someone with more show all text
- A Risky Rationale Behind Romney’s Choice of Ryan – NYTimes.com –
- By NATE SILVERWhen a prudent candidate like Mitt Romney picks someone like Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate, it suggests that he felt he held a losing position against President Obama.
- Mitt Romney will name Paul Ryan as his VP. Here’s what that means. –