What does Facebook really want?

So in sum­mary: “every step you take, every bond you break, every move you make I’ll be watch­ing you.” — Mark z (or Sting, lol) #f8  via @rahafharfoush

from The New Yorker:

The more our online lives take place on Face­book, the more we depend on the choic­es of the peo­ple who run the company—what they think about pri­va­cy, how they think we should be able to orga­nize our friends, what they tell adver­tis­ers (and gov­ern­ments) about what we do and what we buy. We’ll rely on whom they choose as part­ners to give us news and music. Real issues are at stake, in oth­er words—not just the size of pho­tos and whether you can poke.

 

Wait, Verizon maybe or ATT

So, the rumor is that Ver­i­zon will be hav­ing an iPhone soon. The ques­tion for an almost out of con­tract account that has an upgrade avail­able is — stay put or jump ship.

So, is ATT per­fect no. In fact prob­lems in their net­work involve the length of time it takes us to get mes­sages more than any­thing else. Often after check­ing the phone and not see­ing any mes­sages half an hour lat­er there are half a dozen and they are all time stamped before my first check.

That hap­pens with or with­out a smartphone.

What we want to know is can Ver­i­zon do bet­ter than that?

flipboard rocks!

Well, I down­loaded the Flip­board app for our brandy new iPad. Both the iPad and Flip­board are pret­ty sweet. Both are first gen­er­a­tion so they’ll only get better.

First time you launch Flip­board you load your con­tent zones; each with a par­tic­u­lar cat­e­go­ry. Tax­on­o­my is a real dri­ver in this mag­a­zine. The sec­ond big dri­ver is your social net­work. Unfor­tu­nate­ly the inter­est in this app was under­es­ti­mat­ed by it’s team and they can’t acti­vate the new users fast enough. We’re get­ting impa­tient and it has­n’t been 72 hours.

Why are we impa­tient? Because we want to share with peo­ple we know. This aug­ments our use of twit­ter in a very intu­itive way. We man­age pages at Face­book and would love to share in my more open ways — as in with­out Face­book. Shar­ing means step­ping out­side of a net­work – that’s what makes twit­ter so open and what makes Face­book so closed.

We’re look­ing for­ward to using Flip­board full-tilt when our twit­ter and if nec­es­sary Face­book accounts can be tied in.

So until then we are thrilled to read their well designed feeds that feel exact­ly like a mag­a­zine that we would have built. It’s one with cul­ture, sci­ence, and tech with words, amaz­ing images, and video too. It’s wicked fast and the origa­mi flip feels real­ly good.

It’s a beau­ti­ful and easy to to use inter­face but can be a bit con­fus­ing when you step in and out of read­ing on the web. Most dis­con­cert­ing things dis­ap­pear, well repo­si­tion them­selves if you have looked at them once. This is the most dif­fi­cult aspect of flu­id mag­a­zines. How do I find that again? Maybe it will be eas­i­er when your social net­work cre­ates a lev­el of impor­tance and con­ver­sa­tions begin. We’ll see.

First expe­ri­ence with Flip­board? It alone makes the iPad worthwhile.

About Flip­board:

Found­ed by Mike McCue, for­mer CEO of Tellme, and Evan Doll, for­mer senior iPhone engi­neer at Apple®, Flip­boardTM began a quest today to trans­form how peo­ple dis­cov­er and share con­tent by com­bin­ing the beau­ty and ease of print with the pow­er of social media. Flip­board also announced the imme­di­ate avail­abil­i­ty of it’s Flip­board App for iPadTM, a social mag­a­zine that brings to life the sto­ries, pho­tos, news and updates being shared across Twit­ter and Face­book. Flip­board­’s first pub­lic demo will hap­pen at the FORTUNE Brain­storm Tech con­fer­ence in Aspen, Col­orado at 4:40pm MDT tomorrow.

Are we square?

square-signature-screen

Sim­ply, Square is a com­pa­ny that will let you make cred­it or deb­it card trans­ac­tions from a smart­phone. Square is a new com­pa­ny who has a founder from anoth­er inter­est­ing com­pa­ny, twitter.

Cred­it and deb­it card trans­ac­tions take all kinds of devices phys­i­cal and tech­ni­cal includ­ing mer­chant accounts that cost you a bun­dle each month whether you make a trans­ac­tion or not. This is dif­fi­cult for small busi­ness­es, sole pro­pri­etors, crafts­peo­ple, and artists.

The sto­ry is that “In Feb­ru­ary 2009, Jim McK­elvey wasn’t able to sell a piece of his glass art because he couldn’t accept a cred­it card as pay­ment” and the next day Square was born.

The whole process seems ter­ri­bly slow for a small trans­ac­tion but the advan­tages of mar­ket­ing offers to fre­quent cus­tomers, an iden­ti­ty ver­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem, text and e‑mail receipts, and trans­ac­tions to the cloud make it a play­er in this ser­vice space.

I know that I’m ready to try it out.

video from TechCrunch:

square-signature-screen

Sim­ply, Square is a com­pa­ny that will let you make cred­it or deb­it card trans­ac­tions from a smart­phone. Square is a new com­pa­ny who has a founder from anoth­er inter­est­ing com­pa­ny, twitter.

Cred­it and deb­it card trans­ac­tions take all kinds of devices phys­i­cal and tech­ni­cal includ­ing mer­chant accounts that cost you a bun­dle each month whether you make a trans­ac­tion or not. This is dif­fi­cult for small busi­ness­es, sole pro­pri­etors, crafts­peo­ple, and artists.

The sto­ry is that “In Feb­ru­ary 2009, Jim McK­elvey wasn’t able to sell a piece of his glass art because he couldn’t accept a cred­it card as pay­ment” and the next day Square was born.

The whole process seems ter­ri­bly slow for a small trans­ac­tion but the advan­tages of mar­ket­ing offers to fre­quent cus­tomers, an iden­ti­ty ver­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem, text and e‑mail receipts, and trans­ac­tions to the cloud make it a play­er in this ser­vice space.

I know that I’m ready to try it out.

video from TechCrunch:

Green takes on new meaning in Iran.

WHERE IS MY VOTE?

This was a great site that I found about actions tak­en around the world to sup­port the elec­tion pro­test­ers in Iran. An easy to nav­i­gate site that incor­po­rat­ed map loca­tions. It used your IP to present you with an appro­pri­ate map view. You could drag and posi­tion the map to see oth­er areas.

At the height of the protests the map was filled with green. The sea of green was infor­ma­tion made visable.

Sor­ry I did­n’t get it up soon­er. The site is still live although it has changed.

iPhone app planning : wish list

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Ok, I don’t have an iPhone yet. Basi­cal­ly because I was­n’t will­ing to be an ear­ly adopter this time. Now I’m more inter­est­ed. Video capa­bil­i­ties and the addi­tion of inter­fac­ing with third par­ty devices is very com­pelling. My almost dead Razr is another.

I have a love/hate rela­tion­ship with my Razr. I love that it is a flip phone. I hate that my con­tacts have a dif­fer­ent entry for each num­ber rather than grouped by per­son. I love that my phone is small and stur­dy. I hate that I can’t read the keys in the bright sun. I love that my phone can take being dropped. I hate that I have to lis­ten to a whole mes­sage before I can delete it. I hate that tex­ting is impossible.

I love that it has the Motorol­la logo — the bat sig­nal on it. And most of all I love that Jack the Cin­gu­lar logo is still on my phone. I hate ATT.

So, I’m sure I will have the same rela­tion­ship with my iPhone. I’ll love my iPhone but I will still hate ATT.

But, I’ll have lots of apps that I can’t wait to get my hands on.
Koi Pond, Bloom, Spore, Lev­el, Com­pass, Pan­do­ra, iTunes, Tweet­ie, Bloom, Shazamm …

That’s a start.

Any­thing I’m missing?