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Making electronic music in the Long Tail

Calling the author a skeptic of the Long Tail isn't the half of it. Stefan Goldmann sees the current environment as being a serious step down for both artists and their fans/listeners:

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Why Twitter is gunning for Tweetdeck

Well, it's not like Twitter ever claimed to be open source. But still, this article doesn't make for happy reading if you're a happy Tweetdeck user.

As always the reasons boil down to the same old story: "controlling the user experience."

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Sweeping condemnations as an information age survival strategy

While stating the hard truth that in an age of culture abundance we are fated to miss most of what is created because our lives are too short to take it all in, the author makes a point about how people cope. It might not be a happy solution, but it's at least a strategy, and something to bear in mind the next time you hear someone say something like this:

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Five comments about the information age

The thing about this article by historian Robert Darnton is that he's not incorrect about any of these five points, but that they don't go as far as he seems to think they do. Given the quality of the work he creates in his own specialty, one wishes he would push himself to dig deeper.

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Tracking influence on Twitter

Grabbing this article the considers this recent study more on the assumption that the study might be interesting to critique than to swallow whole. Might spur a worthwhile blog post about influence in social media.

As a Linked-In employee (who wrote the article I've linked to here) puts it:

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Reprogrammable Chips Could Enable Instant Gadget Upgrades - Technology Review

"The new chips—made by a startup called Tabula—are a cheaper, more powerful competitor to an existing type of reprogrammable chip known as a field programmable gate array (FPGA). FPGAs are sometimes shipped in finished devices when that is cheaper than building a new chip from scratch—usually things that are expensive and sell in low volumes such as CT scanners. More commonly, FPGAs simply provide a way to prototype a design before making a conventional fixed microchip."

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