Monthly Archives: December 2007

Weekly reader – December 15, 2007

Interesting reads from this week: Why Lane Hartwell Popped the ‘Bubble’ Video (WIRED) – The hilarious video by the Richter Scales parodying the Web 2.0 bubble to the tune of “We Didn’t Start the Fire” disappeared from the Web after … Continue reading

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Yahoo! Local gets Yelpy

Yahoo! Local has rolled out some new features to increase the Web 2.0-ness of its local search product: RSS feeds. You can subscribe to feeds of all reviews near you. If you find a reviewer you like, you can stay … Continue reading

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Google My Maps gets bloggy

Google is continuing its efforts to turn its My Maps personal mapmaking tools into a geographic blogging platform. Back in October, they added profile pages for map creators. I wrote at the time that it would be nice to have … Continue reading

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Searching for a search engine that understands deep dish pizza

Update: If you’re looking for deep dish pizza near O’Hare, see my step-by-step guide to Gino’s East on Higgins. Having gone to school in Chicago, I love deep dish pizza. Unfortunately, there’s no Carmen’s or Giordano’s in the D.C. area. … Continue reading

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Online subscriptions and dumb criminals

A couple of interesting stories from the media this week: Success Without Ads – The New York Times looks at the success of Consumer Reports, online and offline. The all-subscription and no ad products have been remarkably successful. The magazine … Continue reading

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Buying physical space for online products

This time of year, there’s always a lot of talk about driving clicks to bricks: how online affects offline purchases. Whether it’s an actual purchase that is picked up in store or just online research that influences store purchases, the … Continue reading

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Google Chat and AIM, together at last + free SMS

Google has integrated AIM into its chat in Gmail, delivering what Google and AOL announced nearly two years ago when they renewed their search deal and Google invested $1 billion in AOL. The integration is not true interoperability, like what … Continue reading

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Hngry. Snd pzza now.

In a first for the U.S. pizza market, Papa John’s is now letting you order your carbs by text message. This won’t work for last-minute cravings. You have to create an online account at and pre-configure the pies that … Continue reading

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Introducing the Rival Crockpots

I haven’t been a fan of video games in general because they tend to be anti-social. But with the Wii and now Rock Band, they’ve become really good group experiences. Rock Band is an incredible game that lets four people … Continue reading

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Facebook improves News Feed algorithm

In a much anticipated move, Facebook has changed its News Feed algorithm. The new algorithm rewards applications that compel their audiences to interact with them regularly. Scrabulous is a great example of a winner from this change.   Under the … Continue reading

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