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The Amazon whisperer, invisible interfaces, FDA vs 23andMe, and robots usher in a new polical order

By Jenn Webb
November 27, 2013

The Radar team does a lot of sharing in the backchannel. Here’s a look at a selection of stories and innovative people and companies from around the web that have caught our recent attention. Have an interesting tidbit to contribute …

Square Wallet, the Apple Store, and Uber: Software Above the Level of a Single Device

By Tim O'Reilly
November 8, 2012

Back in 2003, Dave Stutz, in his parting letter to Microsoft, wrote a prescient line about the future of technology: “Useful software written above the level of the single device will command high margins for a long time to come. Stop …

Commerce Weekly: Streamlining Facebook's ads

Commerce Weekly: Streamlining Facebook's ads
By Jenn Webb
June 21, 2012

Payvment launches a one-click Facebook ad service, PayPal revamps its website with consumers and mobile in mind, and a Best Buy exec says in-store mobile use has a scale issue. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

After a tussle with new hardware interfaces

After a tussle with new hardware interfaces
By Andy Oram
October 14, 2008

Hopes are high that we're enter an exciting new world of ground-breaking human-friendly devices. But will humans be able to master all the new human-friendly interfaces? I worried about this a couple weeks ago after I had the pleasure of checking out FILE 2008, the Electronic Language International Festival in São Paulo, Brazil. My conclusion is that such interfaces are hard to design properly, as well as hard to use.

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