I feel similarly about Apple’s other recent “Pandora for x” acquisition, Booklamp. Recommendations and discovery in general are important to Apple (erm, App Store), so this may not be just about books or podcasts.
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I think it’s much more likely that this Swell acqui-hire has nothing to do with podcasts and will never involve the Apple podcast app. It was probably to bring the staff and recommendation algorithms to strategically important areas in which Apple currently isn’t very successful but needs to be: iTunes Radio and Beats Music.
A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: What am I trying to say? What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? And he will probably ask himself two more: Could I put it more shortly? Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly? But you are not obliged to go to all this trouble. You can shirk it by simply throwing your mind open and letting the ready-made phrases come crowding in. They will construct your sentences for you — even think your thoughts for you, to a certain extent — and at need they will perform the important service of partially concealing your meaning even from yourself. It is at this point that the special connection between politics and the debasement of language becomes clear. George Orwell: ‘Politics and the English Language’ (via Daring Fireball)
The publishing industry has been waiting for two subscription-related shoes to drop, says Michael Shatzkin of publishing consultant Idea Logical. ‘One is the Amazon shoe, and the other is the Penguin Random House shoe,’ he says. ‘Amazon because they have the customers, and Penguin Random House because they have the books.’ Amazon Is Testing Unlimited Kindle Books - Businessweek
The ideological premise of the Internet of Things is that surveillance and data production equal a kind of preparedness. Any problem might be solved or pre-empted with the proper calculations, so it is prudent to digitize and monitor everything. The Lights Are On but Nobody’s Home (via iamdanw)
I strongly believe that the tech community has a responsibility to nudge startups in a benevolent direction. That doesn’t mean you can’t make money, grow aggressively, and outcompete obsolete business models. I just think we can do that without plundering the community like a bunch of Captain Planet villains. So disrupt with care.
Yay for the Captain Planet reference. Also, this sort of piece never would have appeared on Mike Arrington’s TechCrunch.
So forget all that rhetoric about how America is great because of people like you and me and Steve Jobs. You know the truth even if you won’t admit it: If any of us had been born in Somalia or the Congo, all we’d be is some guy standing barefoot next to a dirt road selling fruit. It’s not that Somalia and Congo don’t have good entrepreneurs. It’s just that the best ones are selling their wares off crates by the side of the road because that’s all their customers can afford. The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats - Nick Hanauer - POLITICO Magazine
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