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Why I think Facebook Has Gone Rogue

I agree entirely with what you say! I don’t really use Facebook any more, but I still use Smart Twitter to post my tweets onto Facebook because so many friends only live on Facebook – to them that’s the internet!!!

But I want to add that the “network effect” you speak of is observed elsewhere: why are so many tech companies in Silicon Valley? Or car companies in Detroit? In those two examples the logic is a little more concrete but the basic idea is the same – it’s a proximity effect. Sure Google could move to the middle of the desert and save a ton of money on rent and make their solar panels much more effective, but they loose much more from being out of the tech community!

Also, the free market has pre-requisites (and they’re not to be confused with effects). One of those is information – consumers need to have and be able to understand the information pertaining the product/service they’re buying. That’s why there’s standardized nutrition information on food, and labels on clothing, and oversight on pharmaceuticals that are beyond the average consumer’s comprehension, so we can make informed choices. That kind of thing is missing from all social networks – not just Facebook – and some (like Facebook) take advantage of that. It’s not really a free-market if it’s inefficient, and it might sound counter-intuitive but a little regulation could go a long way to make the market freer by helping consumers understand their choices and make informed comparisons.

Why I think Facebook Has Gone Rogue

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POP RADIATOR: Has Adam Yauch gone (too) spiritual?

Anyone that has been making music as long and as successfully as the Bboys have are certainly entitled to a little slack when it comes to public commentary but the email sent out by Adam Y. seems a tad overboard. There is no harm in his email but it certainly begs the question if reality is…

The private lives of celebrities should probably remain private for this very reason! Can you still enjoy the music now that you know the musician is like in real life?!

POP RADIATOR: Has Adam Yauch gone (too) spiritual?

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Internet filters force 90-year-old magazine to change name, block useful information

johnnylecanuck:

infoneer-pulse:

90-year-old Canadian history magazine The Beaver is changing its name. Why? In brief, Internet filters. In being named for the dam-building creature that is Canada’s national emblem, it is also named for a prominent slang word for female genitalia. This means that anyone behind a web filter, such as those commonly used at schools and libraries, may be unable to read it.

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This is just sad, the Beaver is a proud and noble animal….
Chuckle….

Seriously!? I can just imagine someone out in the school yard listening to the kids, analyzing their conversations, then adding sexual euphemisms to the filter as they come-up! They probably have a committee too! And gov’t funding!!! I wonder where kids get their disdain for authority?

Internet filters force 90-year-old magazine to change name, block useful information

Hide/Remove Google Buzz Updates from Your Gmail Inbox – google buzz – Lifehacker

Thanks to Life Hacker – and @JohnnyCanuck – I’m no longer distracted by Buzz when I open my GMail. Not that there’s anything wrong with Buzz but I use Twitter, and everyone and everything else uses Twitter. But so far all Buzz does is clone your Twitter and other social posts. If you want to Buzz your friends have to Buzz too – if they’re still on Twitter they won’t get your Buzzes. In essence, Buzz is like a glorified feed reader that lets you make comments and stuff to yourself – kind of like Google Reader (except I prefer and use Reader often during the day).

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The Rocket

This is Maurice “The Rocket” Richard. The most storied hockey player the Habs have ever had.

Actually, I’d really like to know where this post ends up and how it looks when it gets there.

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This is Maurice “The Rocket” Richard. The most storied hockey player the Habs have ever had.

Actually, I’d really like to know where this post ends up and how it looks when it gets there.

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Apple’s New Stance On ‘Cookie Cutter’ Apps: Add More Features Or Perish

For this reason alone I would love to be Steve Jobs or who ever is in charge of the App Store. Dictatorial power with a militant attitude! What a job!!! And this is going to scare the bejeezus into developer so their apps are rich and stable. Wouldn’t that be wonderful if all developers only release rich & stable applications?

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