Links for November 17th through November 20th:
- Mark Twain’s Autobiography Is Flying Off the Shelves – NYTimes.com – “We are dearly hoping we’ll get more copies in a couple of weeks,” Mr. Ingram said. “I’m sure every bookseller in the world is saying, ‘I should have been sharper, I should have thought this one through more carefully.’
- Why Gravity’s Interest Graph Effort is Un-Interesting: Tech News « – I think the challenge with services that use Twitter to draw inferences about me is that they only have an incomplete picture of me. My Twitter identity is very tech-centric. It ignores some of my real-world interests, and frankly, I don’t care to share a few things with the rest of the planet. In other words, Twitter can’t really help mirror the real me.That said, it’s simple enough to build a content-discovery system based on the interest graph, and predictably, that’s why the company is building a news discovery service, The Orbit. I don’t think it’s really a very valuable service – i.e., it’s a terrible business idea. The idea of an interest graph is something that was initially championed by Hunch, which instead of doing natural-language processing, decided to start with a combination of machine learning and statistical learning.
- Challenges in Leading Entrepreneurial Ventures – And Solutions (Video) | MIT Entrepreneurship Center – The following class is a result of this collaboration between faculty members Professor Matt Marx, Professor Fiona Murray, Professor Edgar Schein and Senior Lecture and MIT Entrepreneurship Managing Director Bill Aulet. It examines the difference between entrepreneurial leadership and general business leadership with specific focus on the challenges that result herein. After this, the faculty explores solutions to these unique challenges and examples in this valuable “mens et manus” collaboration to craft rigorous and practical solutions for the challenges facing entrepreneurs as they start and grow their companies.
- Of a Kind – Know and Own – tumblr store
- Happy Cog (design award winning nyc firm)
- www.newyorkdick.org – the url makes you think one thing – but no its about street art!
- 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web
- Patti Smith’s Memoir, an Elegy for Robert Mapplethorpe, Wins National Book Award – ARTINFO.com – Smith’s is no drug-and-scandal-addled compilation of rock reminiscences, although all the likely characters from Janis Joplin to Allen Ginsberg are present. Instead, it offers tender insight into a generation of lost young bohemians struggling to grow into artists and find their place in the creative world of the 60s and 70s. Its focus lingers on Mapplethorpe, from his buttoned-up days of Catholic devotion to his nights running from proprietors of Times Square pornography shops and hustling through midtown in a jaunty sailor cap. Simultaneously, though, we see Smith transform from a shy aspiring artist and poet to the tangled-haired songstress made iconic by Mapplethorpe’s portraits and her own poignant melodies.
- New York Times restructures its Web newsroom – Yahoo! News – We begin with the obvious: Jim Roberts has worked tirelessly to make our Website the envy of our profession. Starting January 1, he will become Assistant Managing Editor for News, working closely with Jill, John and me to shape the daily report for Nytimes.comand the print paper. As an editor who has established both his reputation as a news-driver and his credibility in the digital realm, Jim is well equipped to help us aim our ambitious journalism onto the home page and front page, to help us make strategic decisions about when and where a story should be published and how it should be augmented with video, multimedia and social media. Besides working with the Masthead on the daily news report, he will continue to work with the makers of Web news to make sure we preserve and strengthen our creativity and dominance on the Web.
Girl Talk – All Day samples Stowe Boyd • Social Cognition, From Defrag – ognition is social, at the core, and much of what people do, or decide to do, is channeled and amplified by the connections with others.The research I summarized today all points in one direction: it all points to our ties to others, our connections, as the source of strength, happiness, performance, and values. I will be undertaking a investigative project in 2011 digging into this sort of research, and its impacts on business and society. [Stay tuned.]We need to build social tools with that in mind. These are not the side effects of tools, but their central purpose. To weave the fabric of web culture.
- I condense this to something like a mantra: I am made greater by the sum of my connections, and so are my connections.
- Who Destroyed Epic Records? – The Hollywood Reporter – According to eyewitnesses in the crowd, Epic Records president Amanda Ghost, 36, a career songwriter who had held the top spot at the label for 20 months, stepped onto the stage, grabbed the microphone and, with her native North London accent, spoke her mind. Among a string of expletives, says a source: “She was screaming: ‘Who booked this fucking place? It sounds like shit! We don’t treat our artists this way at Epic. I’m not letting them play another minute!’ ” — and pulled the plug on the show. “The room just got silent.”Six days later, a memo issued by Sony Music Label Group chairman Rob Stringer — brother of Howard, CEO of Sony Entertainment — announced that Ghost would be leaving the company at year’s end. “Amanda has been an important creative force at Epic in the past two years,” it read. “In returning to the natural focus of her artistic career, I look forward to us working together in the future.”
- The Future of Advertising – In its fight for survival, the advertising industry is at war with itself. Generalists are competing with specialists. Interactive shops are vying to become full-service agencies, while traditional shops are yearning to become digitally integrated. “The Great Race,” as Forrester Research dubbed it in March, drives a more intense competition over an already shrinking pie, and there won’t be room for everyone. En route to the center, agencies are chasing one another to the bottom. “I spoke to a high-level CMO the other day,” says Profero’s Reitkopf. “She said, ‘I work with a holding company’s promotions company, its social-marketing company, its response-marketing company. Every time we’re in the room together, it’s fine, but the minute I walk out to get a cup of coffee, someone will follow me and tell me they can do what the other agencies do for cheaper.”
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