None of these was worth an entire post.

  1. Universal Music Group Refuses to Renew Apple's Annual License to Sell Their Music on iTunes: So this is what it looks like when an industry that has existed for decades begins to die. I wonder who's going to lose out more? Apple because people some people stop buying iPods because they can't buy music from Jay-Z and Eminem on iTunes or Universal Music Group for closing itself out of the biggest digital music marketplace in the world in the midst of declining CD sales worldwide. It's as if the record labels are determined to make themselves irrelevant by any means necessary. 

  2. Standard URLs - Proposal for a Web with Less Search: Wouldn't it be cool if every website in the world used the exact same URL structure based on some ghetto reimplementation of the Dewey Decimal System? That way I could always type or  to find the Harry Potter book on whatever book website I was on instead of typing "harry potter goblet of fire" into a search box. Seriously.

    This is the kind of idea that makes sense when you are kicking it with your homeboys late at night drinking 40s and smokin' blunts but ends up making you scratch your head in the morning when you sober up, wondering how you could have ever come up with such a ludicrous idea.

  3. Facebook has 'thrown the entire startup world for a loop': This post is by a startup developer complaining that Facebook has placed limits on usage of their APIs which prevent Facebook widgets from spamming a user's friends when the user adds the widget to their profile. What does he expect? That Facebook should make it easier for applications to spam their users? WTF? Go read Mike Torres's post Facebook weirdness then come back and explain to me why the folks at Facebook should be making it easier for applications to send spam on a user's behalf in the name of encouraging the "viral growth of apps".

  4. Does negative press make you Sicko? Google ad sales rep makes impassioned pitch to big Pharmaceutical companies and HMOs to counter the negative attention from Michael Moore's Sicko by buying Google search ads and getting Google to create "Get the Facts" campaigns for them. I guess all that stuff Adam Bosworth said about Google wanting to help create better educated patients doesn't count since patients don't buy ads. ;) Talk about making your employer look like an unscrupulous, money grubbing whore. Especially 

    Do no evil. It's now Search, Ads and Apps

  5. People Who Got in Line for an iPhone: I was at the AT&T store on the day of the iPhone launch to pick up a USB cable for my fianc´e. It took me less than ten minutes to deal with the line at around 8:00PM and they still had lots of iPhones. It seems people had waited hours in line that day and I could have picked one up with just ten minutes of waiting on launch day if I wanted one. I bet if you came on Saturday the lines were even shorter and by today you could walk in. Of course, this is assuming you are crazy enough to buy a v1 iPhone in the first place.


Tuesday, July 3, 2007 8:28:50 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Bear in mind that UMG not renewing the monthly contract doesn't mean that they're going to stop selling music via iTunes. They're just shifting to shorter-term contracts, for which each negotiation will consist of temper tantrums and threats.

I think the point is that withdrawing completely is not a credible threat by UMG: they'd lose too much money. Doing it this way means they can issue less severe but more credible threats: to withdraw certain artists or albums, or to release to iTunes sometime after they've released the CDs.

I'm not sure their strategy is quite as dumb as /. thinks. For decades yet there is going to be a hard core of digital refuseniks and people scared of lawsuits. UMG's strategy seems to be to accept a much smaller volume of sales, but make the margins so high that they can maintain profits.

That conflicts with the alternate strategy to sell a lot more music at lower margins. Apple obviously would prefer that one as it sells more iPods.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007 9:02:15 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I thought about the whoel v2 idea with the iPhone and am very happy I didn't wait. The device is truly a marvel and people unsatisfied or disappointed with it need a reality check.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007 2:00:36 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
The Facebook article is more subtle than that. FB had already given users the ability to mark apps as too spammy, but this put the onus on the user. By shifting the throttling burden onto the app, FB shifted responsibility to where it belongs and reduce or eliminate the problem in the first place.

However, and this is the thrust of the developer's arguments, FB did this by making a breaking change to their notifications.send API. They gave FB developers 3 days warning to change their apps (although it ended up taking 6 days to roll out the change - interesting), and then made the breaking change to their API without even bumping the version number.

Is the entire Web 2.0 in perpetual beta? At what point do web companies stop treating their "platforms" as mutable ideas that can change at a whim (however well-intentioned those whims may be) and start treating them as stable products that need to evolve gracefully according to some well-messaged plan to the developer community?

There was also a second point to the developers' rant, namely that the numbers don't back up the hype. That the virality of apps has been overstated, and that in fact the FB platform has changed such that it's less likely to happen again. The first of these statements is true and easily verified by the metrics FB provides. Last time I looked, 3 of the top 10 apps were developed by Facebook themselves, 6 were making up for deficiencies in the FB user interface/experience, and 1 was a third-party hit. None were installed by more than 25% of the total user base. Which is only 25M users anyway. As for the rest of it... ehh, stop your whining, there's no such thing as free lunch. FB apps need to do a better job of meeting the needs of FB users if they want to attract and retain a larger percentage of the FB populace.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007 9:32:58 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
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