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Image Performance

By Lara Swanson
January 21, 2014

[Ed note: This is the second in a series of posts on web design and performance. You can see the introductory post here.] Images make up the majority of most sites’ page weight. Thanks to their size and the number …

Four short links: 29 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 29, 2013

Mozilla Web Literacy Standard — things you should be able to do if you’re to be trusted to be on the web unsupervised. (via BoingBoing) Berg Cloud Platform — hardware (shield), local network, and cloud glue. Caution: magic ahead! Shark …

Lessons Learned from Cultivate

By kmatsudaira
October 22, 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of co-chairing Cultivate.  The conference was one-day event focused on technology and leadership. The Backstory The original idea for the conference came from my co-chair, Eli Goodman, who wanted a place where like-minded folk …

Building Great Tech Company Culture

By Eli Goodman
September 4, 2013

I was lucky enough to have a chance to talk with Greg Leppert, co-founder of the awesome website Svpply. He’s always had a unique and eloquent perspective on what makes organizations stay grounded and do good work, so I was …

Four short links: 22 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 22, 2013

The Anti-Virus Age is Over — for every analyst that an AV company hires, the bad guys can hire 10 developers. 3D Printing’s 2014 Renaissance (Quartz) — patents on sintering about to expire which will open up hi-res production. Happened …

Four short links: 11 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 11, 2013

Sifted — 7 minute animation set in a point cloud world, using photogrammetry in film-making. My brilliant cousin Ben wrote the software behind it. See this newspaper article and tv report for more. Vehicle Tech Out of Sync with Drivers’ …

Strata Week: Intel wants you to reap the benefits from your personal data

By Jenn Webb
May 24, 2013

Intel’s taking the lead in the new “data economy” Intel is looking to take the lead in what it has dubbed the “data economy,” helping consumers and individuals realize and retain more value from their personal data. Antonio Regalado and …

Strata Week: Movers and shakers on the data journalism front

By Jenn Webb
April 19, 2013

Reuters launches Connected China, Pew instructs on downloading its data, and Twitter gets a data editor Yue Qiu and Wenxiong Zhang took a look this week at a data journalism effort by Reuters, the Connected China visualization application. Qiu and …

Content ownership and resale

By Joe Wikert
April 8, 2013

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen some landmark decisions on whether you really own that content you bought and if you can resell it. First, in the Kirtsaeng vs. Wiley case we learned that it’s OK to buy low-priced print books …

The media-marketing merge

By Mac Slocum
March 25, 2013

I ran across a program Forbes is running called BrandVoice that gives marketers a place on Forbes’ digital platform. During a brief audio interview with TheMediaBriefing, Forbes European managing director Charles Yardley explained how BrandVoice works: “It’s quite simply a …

Forking the book

By Adam Hyde
January 22, 2013

As one of the first mass produced industrial artifacts the book remains a solid cultural signifier of stability. That aura is pretty strong and attractive and makes it pretty hard to think about books as being anything other than static …

An innovation agenda to help people win the race against the machines

By Alex Howard
November 14, 2012

If the country is going to have a serious conversation about innovation, unemployment and job creation, we must talk about our race against the machines. For centuries, we’ve been automating people out of jobs. Today’s combination of big data, automation …

Thin walls and traffic cameras

By Alistair Croll
October 19, 2012

A couple of years ago, I spoke with a European Union diplomat who shall remain nameless about the governing body’s attitude toward privacy. “Do you know why the French hate traffic cameras?” he asked me. “It’s because it makes it …

The many sides to shipping a great software project

By Andy Oram
September 9, 2012

Chris Vander Mey, CEO of Scaled Recognition, and author of a new O’Reilly book, Shipping Greatness, lays out in this video some of the deep lessons he learned during his years working on some very high-impact and high-priority projects at …

Commerce Weekly: Bringing mobile payment to the mainstream

Commerce Weekly: Bringing mobile payment to the mainstream
By Jenn Webb
August 23, 2012

Here are a few stories that caught my eye this week in the commerce space. The race is on Earlier this month, mobile payment company Square teamed up with Starbucks to bring mobile payment to the coffee mogul’s 7,000 locations …

Publishing News: Consequences and questions from the Twitter kerfuffle

Publishing News: Consequences and questions from the Twitter kerfuffle
By Jenn Webb
August 3, 2012

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the publishing space this week. 20-20 hindsight On Sunday, Twitter suspended British journalist Guy Adams’ account after he tweeted NBC executive Gary Zenkel’s email address. Much kerfuffle ensued, Adams wrote …

Four short links: 27 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 27, 2012

Social Media in China (Fast Company) — fascinating interview with Tricia Wang. We often don’t think we have a lot to learn from tech companies outside of the U.S., but Twitter should look to Weibo for inspiration for what can …

Should the Freedom of Information Act extend to data in private companies?

By Alex Howard
July 25, 2012

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which gives the people and press the right to access information from government, is one of the pillars of open government in the modern age. In the United States, FOIA is relatively new — …

Does the Open Government Partnership merit more oversight and attention?

By Alex Howard
July 25, 2012

There are any number of responsibilities and challenges inherent in moving forward with the historic Open Government Partnership (OGP) that officially launched last September. Global Integrity’s recent assessment of the National Action plans submitted to the Open Government Partnership by …

Four short links: 20 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 20, 2012

Intercepted Drones — The demonstration of the near-disaster, led by Professor Todd Humphreys and his team at the UTA’s Radionavigation Laboratory, points to a “gaping hole” in the US’s plan to open US airspace to thousands of drones, Fox noted: …

Faster and stronger: Looking back on Velocity 2012

Faster and stronger: Looking back on Velocity 2012
By Mike Loukides
July 10, 2012

Mike Loukides highlights talks from Velocity 2012, including: Bryan McQuade on the importance of understanding the full stack, Dr. Richard Cook on failures and complex systems, Mike Christian on redundant data centers, and John Rauser on the value of outliers.

Top Stories: July 2-6, 2012

Top Stories: July 2-6, 2012
By Mac Slocum
July 6, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Andy Kirk made the case for open-minded criticism of visualizations, Brett Slatkin explained why you still need to own a website, and Greenleaf Book Group CEO Clint Greenleaf discussed the complicated relationship between publishers and Amazon.

You still need your own website

By Mac Slocum
July 3, 2012

Brett Slatkin's hope for a federated social web hasn't worked out as expected, so he's shifting perspective from infrastructure to user behavior. Here he explains why you shouldn't abandon your website for third-party platforms.

You still need your own website

You still need your own website
By Mac Slocum
July 3, 2012

Brett Slatkin's hope for a federated social web hasn't worked out as expected, so he's shifting perspective from infrastructure to user behavior. Here he explains why you shouldn't abandon your website for third-party platforms.

OSCON Business Leadership Day

By Kevin Shockey
June 29, 2012

I encourage you to give the Business Leadership track a look. You'll need to have the tutorial pass to attend, and while I hope all of the tutorials are great on Tuesday, if you're bored, please stop by room F 151.

Copyright and "intellectual disobedience"

By Mac Slocum
June 18, 2012

"Sita Sings the Blues" creator Nina Paley explains her "intellectual disobedience" stance on copyright and notes that current copyright laws are "completely out of touch with human behavior."

Copyright and "intellectual disobedience"

Copyright and
By Mac Slocum
June 18, 2012

"Sita Sings the Blues" creator Nina Paley explains her "intellectual disobedience" stance on copyright and notes that current copyright laws are "completely out of touch with human behavior."

Publishing News: Britannica isn't dead, it's digital

Publishing News: Britannica isn't dead, it's digital
By Jenn Webb
March 16, 2012

Encyclopaedia Britannica unloads its print product, a Belgian copyright group wants libraries to pay for reading to children, and PayPal does a 180.

Publishing News: Britannica isn't dead, it's digital

By Jenn Webb
March 16, 2012

Encyclopaedia Britannica unloads its print product, a Belgian copyright group wants libraries to pay for reading to children, and PayPal does a 180.

Publishing News: The threat of censorship, from a non-government entity

By Jenn Webb
March 9, 2012

PayPal's demand on Smashwords is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Elsewhere, proposals to get publishers past piracy and a newspaper study reports grim results.

Publishing News: The threat of censorship, from a non-government entity

Publishing News: The threat of censorship, from a non-government entity
By Jenn Webb
March 9, 2012

PayPal's demand on Smashwords is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Elsewhere, proposals to get publishers past piracy and a newspaper study reports grim results.

Strata Week: The Megaupload seizure and user data

Strata Week: The Megaupload seizure and user data
By Audrey Watters
February 2, 2012

In this week's data news, Megaupload users face data deletion, Bloomberg opens its market data interface and Pentaho changes its licensing for Kettle.

Strata Week: The Megaupload seizure and user data

By Audrey Watters
February 2, 2012

In this week's data news, Megaupload users face data deletion, Bloomberg opens its market data interface and Pentaho changes its licensing for Kettle.

An open response to Sen. Blumenthal on Protect IP and SOPA

By Mike Loukides
November 30, 2011

SOPA and Protect IP are proposing remedies to copyright violation that never come under the scrutiny of the legal system.

How Twitter helps a small bookstore thrive

By Sarah Milstein
November 28, 2011

Learn how Omnivore Books, a cookbook store in San Francisco, uses Twitter to solidify relationships with customers and break through the publisher blockade.

How Twitter helps a small bookstore thrive

How Twitter helps a small bookstore thrive
By Sarah Milstein
November 28, 2011

Learn how Omnivore Books, a cookbook store in San Francisco, uses Twitter to solidify relationships with customers and break through the publisher blockade.

Strata Week: 4.74 degrees of Kevin Bacon

Strata Week: 4.74 degrees of Kevin Bacon
By Audrey Watters
November 22, 2011

Facebook research questions the "six degrees of separation" rule, Gnip gets into the real-time financial data business, and eBay looks to put Hunch's recommendation engine to use.

Strata Week: 4.74 degrees of Kevin Bacon

By Audrey Watters
November 22, 2011

Facebook research questions the "six degrees of separation" rule, Gnip gets into the real-time financial data business, and eBay looks to put Hunch's recommendation engine to use.

VoIP Drupal reaches out to the developing world

By Andy Oram
November 21, 2011

The VoIP modules form a door through which Drupal can move into a vast world of touch tone telephones, smart telephones, and text messaging, and therefore toward integrating a huge range of users in developing regions who use those technologies instead of desktop or laptop computers.

Strata Week: Why ThinkUp matters

Strata Week: Why ThinkUp matters
By Audrey Watters
November 17, 2011

Data democratization gets an important new tool with the release of ThinkUp 1.0. Also, DataSift offers another way to get the Twitter firehose, and Google offers a little more access to its BigQuery data analytics service.

Strata Week: Why ThinkUp matters

By Audrey Watters
November 17, 2011

Data democratization gets an important new tool with the release of ThinkUp 1.0. Also, DataSift offers another way to get the Twitter firehose, and Google offers a little more access to its BigQuery data analytics service.

Access or ownership: Which will be the default?

Access or ownership: Which will be the default?
By Mac Slocum
November 10, 2011

Business, media, publishing, data, education — these are all areas where access vs. ownership has organically popped up in Radar's coverage. But which model will win out in the long term?

Access or ownership: Which will be the default?

By Mac Slocum
November 10, 2011

Business, media, publishing, data, education — these are all areas where access vs. ownership has organically popped up in Radar's coverage. But which model will win out in the long term?

Access or ownership: Which will be the default?

By Mac Slocum
November 10, 2011

Business, media, publishing, data, education — these are all areas where access vs. ownership has organically popped up in Radar's coverage. But which model will win out in the long term?

Access or ownership: Which will be the default?

Access or ownership: Which will be the default?
By Mac Slocum
November 10, 2011

Business, media, publishing, data, education — these are all areas where access vs. ownership has organically popped up in Radar's coverage. But which model will win out in the long term?

If your data practices were made public, would you be nervous?

If your data practices were made public, would you be nervous?
By Audrey Watters
November 1, 2011

Solon Barocas, a doctoral student at New York University, discusses consumer perceptions of data mining and how companies and data scientists can shape data mining's reputation.

If your data practices were made public, would you be nervous?

By Audrey Watters
November 1, 2011

Solon Barocas, a doctoral student at New York University, discusses consumer perceptions of data mining and how companies and data scientists can shape data mining's reputation.

Four short links: 31 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 31, 2011

Solitude and Leadership -- an amazing essay on the value of managing one's information diet. Far more than yet another Carr/Morozov "the Internet is making us dumb!!" hate on short-form content, this is an eloquent exposition of the need for long-form thoughts. I find for myself that my first thought is never my best thought. My first thought is...

Four short links: 27 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 27, 2011

ScriptCover -- open source Javascript coverage tool. Using the $35 Tablet from India (VentureBeat) -- nice description of the tablet and what it's like to use. What makes the Aakash tablet different is that its creators didn't strive for perfection. Instead, the emphasis was on getting the product into the market quickly so it could be adopted, tinkered with,...

Strata Week: A step toward personal data control

By Audrey Watters
October 20, 2011

Data democratization takes a step forward with Singly 1.0, The New York Times and The Guardian debate the finer points of word clouds, and Mary Meeker presents her annual report on Internet trends.


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