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The Devil’s in the Details – Frictionless Checkout

Recently I’ve become a fan of Lot18, a flash sale site for wine lovers, which works much like Gilt Groupe for wine. Like Gilt, they offer quality products at a discount to standard retail, and their site features rich descriptions and photos. They’ve also taken advantage of some best practices in flash sales, including: Daily […]

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Tethered Thunderbolt Faster Than My Office DSL

I love my new Thunderbolt Android phone on Verizon’s network. It’s a battery hog, but I’ve managed to tease out almost a full day’s usage with judicious battery management. The best thing, though, is Verizon’s 4G LTE network, which kicks ass. I just moved into new office space in downtown SF, and we have AT&T’s […]

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Twitter’s New Homepage Speaks Volumes

If there was any doubt about the direction Twitter might be headed as a company, I think this new design clears that right up.

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The Never-ending Twitter Ordeal

As you might guess from the fact that I’m @peter on Twitter, I was a pretty early adopter. In fact, I signed up almost immediately after the service went live. For the past three years I’ve enjoyed using the service, and it’s been fascinating to see its evolution. Imagine my surprise, then, when nine days […]

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A.P. Achieves New Depths of Cluelessness

You really couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried. The Associated Press is well on its way to becoming the RIAA of the news industry. Their latest stunt involves one of their VPs sending a cease and desist letter to a Tennessee radio station (WTNQ), asking them to remove an AP video they had […]

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What’s Your Real Twitter Cred? – A Better Metric

People who propose a count of followers or followees on Twitter as a meaningful measure of a user’s “authority” are completely missing the mark. Twitter is a social, interactive tool, so to measure influence properly we need a more appropriate metric. In this post I detail what those measures should look like and why they’re […]

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How Web Designers Really Spend Their Time

I stumbled across this image the other day. Unfortunately, it’s all too accurate a representation of how web designers are forced to spend their time these days. In other news, death to IE!

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Choking on an Apple

Not sure what’s going on right now, but it appears that Apple.com is borked. This can’t be good for the almighty Jobs.

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Drink for free all week

Hooray! Web 2.0 Expo is here. What does that mean? Well, beside the fact that there are way more tech nerds in SF than usual, it also means a lot of companies are spending perfectly good VC money to get you liquored up. For all you party animals out there, here’s a quick list of […]

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