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  • Mixpanel Debuts Activity Feeds To Help Zoom In On Individual User Activity, Improve Customer Support

    Mixpanel Debuts Activity Feeds To Help Zoom In On Individual User Activity, Improve Customer Support

    Mixpanel, the analytics company that has made a name for itself changing the way analytics are handled in a world where models designed for web-based products don’t necessarily transition to mobile models, today introduced a new feature called Activity Stream. Basically, it’s like having a Path-like timeline of your visitor’s actions on your site, but with more detail and with… Read More

  • Klout Would Like Potential Employers To Consider Your Score Before Hiring You. And That’s Stupid.

    Klout Would Like Potential Employers To Consider Your Score Before Hiring You. And That’s Stupid.

    Let’s put it out there right now: I am personally not a fan of Klout, which ranks people based on their Internet interactions and engagement on services like Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. I have nothing against the company whatsoever, and this is a vertical that someone was going to get into sooner or later. However, I still feel like the whole concept is bunk. Read More

  • Discovr Unveils People Finder App, Helps You Surface Interesting People On Twitter

    Discovr Unveils People Finder App, Helps You Surface Interesting People On Twitter

    Discovr, the company behind what’s still one of my all-time favorite mobile app discovery tools, Discovr Apps, is out today with a new application for finding people. Not surprisingly, it’s called Discovr People. The startup, which also has apps in the Music and Movies verticals, is not trying to compete with the trendy “ambient location”/people-stalking apps hitting… Read More

  • Soylent, I mean solar, power is people!

    While the developed nations of the world spend huge amounts of money trying to eek out just a little more efficiency from traditional solar panels made from silicon, an industrious young lad from Nepal has figured out how to use human hair to get 9V of electricity from the sun. The fine articles are a little light (ha!) on the science, but even if there’s some hyperbole in these… Read More

  • Bicycle-mounted mobile phone chargers actually improve Kenyan lives

    Two dollars is a princely sum in Kenya. But that’s what people there have to pay to charge their mobile phone at a charging station—sometimes just an old car battery on the side of the road. So, in yet another example of technology actually improving people’s lives (rather than just giving hipsters an opportunity to bump into other hipsters), two students have developed a… Read More

  • Anti-sleepyhead sun warrior kit from Japan


    Japanese toymaker People [JP] recently released a bizarre invention that is supposedly able to turn all sleepyheads into early risers. The so-called Okiro! Asa Ichiban Taiyou Senshi – Charenjaa Kitto (Wake up! First Sun Warrior of the Morning – challenger kit) is Nippon only and made to support the “early to bed early to rise” program of the Japanese Ministry of… Read More

  • Using cellphones to track people's movements, study human behavior

    What does your cellphone say about you? Not in the fashion sense—it says you’re a dork—, but what does it say about your behavior? It turns out, quite a lot. A recent study tracked people’s movements using their cellphone. You take your cellphone around with you everywhere, so what better way to track someone? And wouldn’t you know it, most people are… Read More

  • Celebrity Baby Blog is Acquired: People.com's Gain Is FM Publishing's Loss

    It’s nice to see blogs growing up, even if they are about babies. People.com has bought Celebrity Baby Blog, a fast-growing blog started four years ago by Danielle Friedland. She confirmed the deal earlier this week, after MediaWeek broke the story. The site has an editorial staff of 17 editors, contributors, writers, and reviewers (presumably, not all full time). The blog is an… Read More

  • Google hires first engineering chief for Europe

    Google has appointed its first ever Vice President of Engineering in Europe, in a move which could herald new local products from the search giant. Nelson Mattos (Ph.D.) will oversee Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in a sign that Google is increasingly interested in concentrating its management talent in high growth areas, like Europe, for its products.
    In a statement Alan Eustace, Senior… Read More

  • The Internet Address Book the Identity Search Engine.

    About a month ago Roberto Bonanzinga pinged me with details of The Internet Address Book (IAB), an identity search engine that scanned a host of popular social networks – MySpace, LinkedIn, Delicious, Skype etc. – to find a person’s various identities and/or profiles. Although this feature alone was potentially useful it was rather singular. At the time, it seemed like… Read More

  • The week when London partied … Paris next.

    Last week was a great week for catching up with a few people. Wednesday I caught up with Euan Semple, until then I had resisted Twitter but sadly I have been drawn into this backchannel web craze. Thursday was Media Tech 2006. Congratulations to Richard Youngman from Library House for his hard work in getting the event together. One of the highlights for me was the VC panel session with… Read More

  • British designers blogroll.

    I recently came across this interesting website called “stuff and nonsense” don’t ask me how or why – I don’t remember but I did bookmark it instantly because it contained a wonderful blogroll of links to British¬†designers and developers who share a passion for web standards and accessibility. Read More