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New Release 2.0 on Money 2.0

By Jimmy Guterman
April 30, 2008

One year ago, we published an issue of Release 2.0 entitled "When Markets Collide" (download a PDF), in which we considered what Wall Street and Web 2.0 might have to teach one another. Quite a bit, it turned out: the key parallels we uncovered include latency (both have to do their jobs more or less instantly), connectivity (it's the liquidity...

SpongeBob SquarePants Supports O'Reilly Research Finding

By Jimmy Guterman
April 6, 2008

In O'Reilly Radar's recent reseach report, Virtual Worlds: A Business Guide, we contend that virtual worlds will go mainstream. The most powerful data point supporting our argument is that the most active and popular virtual worlds nowadays tend to be those populated by children. The next generation is growing up playing virtual worlds. And now one of the biggest purveyors...

New O'Reilly Radar Report: a Business Guide to Virtual Worlds

By Jimmy Guterman
March 6, 2008

Virtual worlds, particularly Second Life, have generated much excitement -- and much skepticism. In Virtual Worlds: A Business Guide, the newest O'Reilly Radar report, Ben Lorica, Roger Magoulas, and the O'Reilly Radar team get past the hype (and the anti-hype),...

Everything I Knew About Metcalfe's Law Turns Out To Be Wrong

By Jimmy Guterman
March 2, 2008

In the recent Release 2.0, which covers the next generation of CRM, I invoke Metcalfe's Law, which I've always understood to state that "the value of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of users on...

@TED: Best of Day 4 and a Wrap-Up

By Jimmy Guterman
March 1, 2008

The last day at TED is a combination of exhaustion, anxiety, and wistfulness: exhaustion because we've been neglecting our sleep, anxiety because we remember how much work awaits us after the event is over, and wistfulness because we realize we...

@TED: Best of Day 3

By Jimmy Guterman
March 1, 2008

The joke among TEDsters is that, around the third day, it becomes an endurance sport. It's one thing to be in a room listening to spectacular insights for a few hours. It's another to be doing so for half a...

New Release 2.0 on Next-Generation CRM ... and a New Installment of Our Facebook Application Platform Report

By Jimmy Guterman
February 29, 2008

In this month's Release 2.0, we consider the next generation of customer relationship management (CRM) and the search for an all-in-one-place inbox and address book. We need some sort of universal inbox and address book because it's not just email...

@TED: Best of Day 2

By Jimmy Guterman
February 29, 2008

It was a day of extremes at TED, ranging from an extended session examining the pervasiveness of evil to an evening celebration of some of the most life-affirming ideas possible. It also ranged from the sober (how to survive a...

Teaching design to businesspeople

By Jimmy Guterman
February 28, 2008

The "D" in TED stands for "design," and it's become a truism that design is a crucial element of business success. Ask Apple. But the conventional wisdom still maintains that design is a "soft" art, not worthy of attention...

@TED: Best of Day 1

By Jimmy Guterman
February 28, 2008

If nothing else, TED is a trip. The veteran conference has gone through many permutations. Under curator Chris Anderson, TED is still full of technology, entertainment, and design, but it has really lived up to the change-the-world rhetoric that was...

Steve Jobs rules the recording industry. Now what?

By Jimmy Guterman
February 11, 2008

Last night's Grammy Awards ceremonies were even less relevant than usual, no small achievement. The TV broadcast began with a "performance" by that cutting-edge new artist Frank Sinatra and fell down from there. The only real emotional charge of an...

Money:Tech Day 2: Best Lines of the Day [MoneyTech]

By Jimmy Guterman
February 7, 2008

Like yesterday, the second day of Money:Tech was stuffed with early signals on everything from using website visits to predict the unemployment rate to the emerging market for catastrophe bonds. Here are just a few of the choice lines today:...

Money:Tech Day 1: Best Lines [MoneyTech]

By Jimmy Guterman
February 6, 2008

There's so much going on at Money:Tech today that I won't try to cheapen it my squeezing it all into a blog post. Indeed, we're planning a full issue of Release 2.0 in April to capture how much has happened...

The Industry Standard is back. Why?

By Jimmy Guterman
February 6, 2008

The Industry Standard ably chronicled -- and, eventually, mirrored -- the Internet boom that began a decade ago and died a few years later. (Disclosure: Despite its occasional excesses, I am honored to have been associated with the magazine.) After...

One Laptop Per Child will succeed even if it "fails"

By Jimmy Guterman
January 13, 2008

The way people are dismissing the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project this week reminds me of how people were treating Hillary Clinton during the five days between her Iowa defeat and her New Hampshire comeback. To many observers, the...

Open Source Hardware Enters the Mainstream

By Jimmy Guterman
January 6, 2008

A little suggested Sunday morning reading... We use this space, in part, to discern early signals of oncoming trends, and we're especially gratified when those trends show up in the mainstream. In today's New York Times you can read What...

You can opt out any time you like but you can never leave

By Jimmy Guterman
January 5, 2008

Here's a brief follow-up to this week's thread on Facebook, Plaxo, and Scoble. This morning I found several dozen Plaxo notices in my inbox. Enough is enough, I thought, so I followed the instructions to opt out of all future...

Who will be the next Open Source Public Enemy #1?

By Jimmy Guterman
January 4, 2008

During the end-of-the-year break, a traditional time for bad news since fewer people than usual are paying attention, The SCO Group was delisted by NASDAQ. It was the latest bump down for SCO, best-known in recent years for claiming it...

Greatest error message ever?

By Jimmy Guterman
January 3, 2008

Adobe pushed out an upgrade of its Creative Suite. I installed it, as prompted. This is what happens when I try to run any element of the Suite after the install: Click on the modal dialog box and the program...

Marcel Proust, Alpha Geek

By Jimmy Guterman
January 2, 2008

Tim recently sent around a recommendation for The Victorian Internet, Tom Standage's enjoyable look at a decidedly pre-Silicon Valley tech boom, although the inflated promises of that period (i.e., the telegraph will bring about world peace) remind us of some...

The future is almost here, but the demo has been here for a while now

By Jimmy Guterman
December 28, 2007

Forbes and others are reporting that Apple has applied for a patent for "a wireless system that would allow customers to place an order at a store using a wireless device such as a media player, a wireless personal digital...

New Release 2.0: Open Source Hardware

By Jimmy Guterman
December 26, 2007

As a trusted colleague suggested recently, putting the words "open," "source," and "hardware" next to one another in a sentence is a sure way to cure insomnia among business people. But, before those non-alpha geeks among you click away, you...

iTunes Finally Allows Streaming ... At Least to Grammy Voters

By Jimmy Guterman
December 13, 2007

Despite protestations by the Cupertino Claque to the contrary, Apple Kremlinologists assume that Steve Jobs and Co. have had a music-streaming strategy ready to go, should the competition force it. That hasn't been necessary yet: The various DRM-encumbered music-streaming services...

Back Issues of Release 2.0 Available

By Jimmy Guterman
November 2, 2007

Plenty of people have been asking if we could make individual issues of Release 2.0 available for sale. We have, and they're all available at http://radar.oreilly.com/r2/backissues.html. For those looking forward to our next issue (December), it will cover open source...

Search Engine Optimization and the Race to the Bottom

By Jimmy Guterman
October 30, 2007

In the Radar back-channel, Wesabe's Marc Hedlund points us to a provocative post by Merlin Mann likening today's obsession with Google search rankings to cargo cults. Indeed, the desire for high rankings on a Google search page and the implied...

Web2Summit: Jonathan Zittrain, Contrarian ... and Worried

By Jimmy Guterman
October 17, 2007

We're big fans of Jonathan Zittrain here at Radar. Back in the June "Code Is Law" issue of Release 2.0, we wrote: "If you read anything else this month, make it Jonathan Zittrain's How To Save The Internet in this...

New Release 2.0: The Web's Edge

By Jimmy Guterman
October 17, 2007

We're only a few hours away from the beginning of this year's Web 2.0 Summit. It's a good time to note the publication of the new issue of Release 2.0, which shares its topic with the conference: The Web's Edge....

[Web2Summit]: Jonathan Zittrain, Contrarian ... and Worried

By Jimmy Guterman
October 17, 2007

We're big fans of Jonathan Zittrain here at Radar. Back in the June "Code Is Law" issue of Release 2.0, we wrote: "If you read anything else this month, make it Jonathan Zittrain's How To Save The Internet in this...

Want New Music? You Name the Price. Really.

By Jimmy Guterman
October 1, 2007

In the just-sent-to-the-printer October issue of Release 2.0, we examine some examples of what's happening on the Web's edge. One of those examples is the music business and the various attempts to resurrect it. As spelled out in Daniel J....

Will Anyone Pay for a Newspaper Online?

By Jimmy Guterman
September 18, 2007

Earlier today, The New York Times Company validated several weeks of rumors and, as reported on our sibling publishing blog, announced that its TimesSelect experiment is over. Starting midnight tomorrow night, all content on the NYTimes.com site will be available...

Palm Kills Foleo Shortly Before the Market Would Have

By Jimmy Guterman
September 5, 2007

It's been a tough time for longtime Palm fans. Those of us who have followed the geniuses behind the handheld stalwart through their work at Palm, Handspring, and Palm again (points awarded for those who remember the brief stops at...

Google to Host AP News

By Tim O'Reilly
August 31, 2007

I do a lot of reasoning by analogy. I try to learn from history and from other situations with parallels to the present. (See for example the logical track leading through my papers The Open Source Paradigm Shift to What...

The Economist on Google, Power, and Transparency

By Jimmy Guterman
August 31, 2007

In a superb cover story this week, Who's Afraid of Google?, The Economist argues that "Google needs a change of heart ... Pretending that just because your founders are nice young men and you occasionally do things for free, society...

Yahoo and China: Another Update

By Jimmy Guterman
August 29, 2007

Those following the claims by Yahoo officials that they have no choice but to do what the Chinese government wants them to do might remember, back in 2000, how strongly the company fought against what it considered meddling by the...

New Release 2.0: Information Visualization

By Jimmy Guterman
August 27, 2007

If you spend much of your time in meetings, chances are you’ve been confronted with a slide that attempts to tell a story. It might look something like Peter Norvig’s witty reduction of Lincoln’s thrilling Gettysburg Address to a soporific...

The Ethics of Web Advertising (and a 10-Year-Old Secret Revealed)

By Jimmy Guterman
August 21, 2007

Jakob Nielsen, who's been writing about usability roughly since our prehuman ancestors crawled out of the primordial muck, has a characteristically rigorous post about banner blindness in which he examines, among other things, the ethics of display advertising. It starts...

Revenge by Gadget

By Tim O'Reilly
August 18, 2007

It was interesting to see the Wall Street Journal picking up on a trend we've been watching at Make: magazine, namely the emergence of devices that let people interfere with other people's devices. In an article entitled Revenge by Gadget,...

The Limits of Efficiency

By Jimmy Guterman
August 9, 2007

During the 2001-2002 tech downturn, two alpha geeks I respected recommended Getting Things Done, a book by David Allen that promised a path to stress-free productivity. As a longtime freelancer who was very stressed-out by the need, suddenly, to do a lot more work to earn way less compensation than I enjoyed during the boom, the book was quite useful. Although author Allen recommends that adherents will get the most benefit if they follow all the tenets of its rather all-encompassing system, I found that even paying attention to a handful of its directives led to getting more things done with less stress. The idea that you take every incoming demand and immediately determine whether you need to do it, defer it, delegate it, or delete it is quite sensible and works in many business and personal settings. Even a little of the plan went a long way. By developing what Allen calls a "leakproof collection system" for all these incoming demands -- and by having a notepad or PDA-like device with you at all times -- helps you get the mundane stuff down so you can concentrate on the fun higher-level stuff without the nagging feeling that you're forgetting something/everything. As James Fallows wrote in an essay about Allen in The Atlantic (registration required), "I've internalized Allen's gospel to the extent that I try always to have a note pad --paper or electronic -- with me; and I'm nervous when someone tells me he's going to do something but I don't see him write it down." Although I found the "GTD" system helpful in everything from prioritizing tasks to keeping my email inbox under control, I also found the GTD movement rather cultish...

Yahoo and China: An Update

By Jimmy Guterman
August 8, 2007

In our most recent published issue of Release 2.0 (a new one is coming in two weeks), we examine what happens when code makes law, and when code and law collide. Our interview with Lawrence Lessig dwells on what happens...

Law is code

By Artur Bergman
August 6, 2007

Code-is-law, a term originating from Professor Lawrence Lessig, has been on the collective mind of Radar lately. Tim blogged about it, and the last issue of Release 2.0 explored it further. I found code-is-law on my mind at Foo Camp...

Release 2.0 Presents ... Release 1.0

By Jimmy Guterman
July 12, 2007

We're endeavoring to make Release 2.0 a must-read for businesspeople who want insight into the future of technology. One of the reasons we want to make it the best we can is that we want to be worthy of its...

Yahoo's Chance To Defeat Google in the Arena That Really Counts

By Jimmy Guterman
July 11, 2007

Yahoo has the misfortune of being a successful company that is constantly compared to an even more successful one, Google. Despite some very canny acquisitions (such as del.icio.us and flickr), it has gone through a number of strategic shifts, the...

Clay Shirky, a Shinto Shrine, and the Sentence of the Year

By Jimmy Guterman
July 10, 2007

If, like me, you were unable to attend Supernova this year and you're still kicking yourself, you can stop now. Conference organizer (and former Release 1.0 editor) Kevin Werbach has begun posting videos of the proceedings. I've only seen one...

Are We Magicians?

By Jimmy Guterman
June 25, 2007

Back at the D Conference in 2005, I remember taking notice at how many times Bill Gates used the words "magic" and "magical" to describe what Microsoft's products do. Similarly, as the run-up to the release of the iPhone finally...

Lawrence Lessig: Beyond Copyright, Copyleft, Etc.

By Jimmy Guterman
June 20, 2007

Earlier today I posted here about the new issue of Release 2.0 and how much of it is built on Lawrence Lessig's notion of "code is law." Well, it turns out that Lessig remains too fast for the rest of...

New Release 2.0: Living in Code

By Jimmy Guterman
June 19, 2007

Today we're publishing the new issue of Release 2.0. What follows is drawn from my editor's letter in this issue. If you read anything this month other than this issue of Release 2.0, make it Jonathan Zittrain’s Saving the Internet...

The Life of the Chinese Gold Farmer

By Jimmy Guterman
June 13, 2007

In the upcoming issue of Release 2.0 (which we'll discuss here in depth shortly), we extrapolate on Lawrence Lessig's notion of "code is law" in many different ways, and Radar's Brady Forrest has a piece on how laws play out...

Don't Call Me a User!

By Jimmy Guterman
June 6, 2007

I hate the word "user." As has often been noted, there are only two industries that refer to their customers as users: high tech and illegal drugs. Is this the company we want to keep? As a writer in business...

A Fable For Our Time

By Jimmy Guterman
June 4, 2007

Several months back, my fellow Radarite Allison Randal used this space to tell us five things we may not have known about here. Coming in at #2: "I study a new language every year. This year is Afrikaans." I find...

Two of Us: Bill and Steve at D

By Jimmy Guterman
May 31, 2007

It's late evening in Carlsbad, Calif., site of the Wall Street Journal's fifth annual D conference, an expensive and exclusive meeting of technology and media bigwigs. It has been a day full of acquisition announcements (News Corp. picked up Photobucket,...


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