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Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks. Prior to his death on Oct. 5, 2011, Steve Jobs made sure that the elevation of Tim Cook—his longtime head of operations and trusted deputy—to Apple chief executive officer would be drama-free.

Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks

“He goes, ‘I never want you to ask what I would have done,’” recalls Cook. “‘Just do what’s right.’ He was very clear.” In Cook’s first 16 months on the job, Apple has released next-generation iPhones and iPads and seen its stock price rise 43 percent. Though it hasn’t yet expanded into new product categories (still no Apple TV set), the company has changed in significant ways, largely because of Cook’s calm and steady influence. Bloomberg Businessweek: How has Apple changed since Oct. 5, 2011? In creating these great products we focus on enriching people’s lives—a higher cause for the product. Sean_obrien : Watching the debate on Xbox... 3 ideas you should steal from HubSpot. iOS5 split keyboard in use - tehkr. Sean O'Brien: A tweet of a tweet from iO...

The Blood Test Gets a Makeover. Photo: Mitchell Feinberg.

The Blood Test Gets a Makeover

Some advice from Jeff Bezos by Jason Fried of 37signals. Jeff Bezos stopped by our office yesterday and spent about 90 minutes with us talking product strategy.

Some advice from Jeff Bezos by Jason Fried of 37signals

Before he left, he spent about 45 minutes taking general Q&A from everyone at the office. The role of the Internet as a platform for collective action grows. A survey released this week by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and Life Project shed light on the social side of the Internet.

The role of the Internet as a platform for collective action grows

The results offered insight into the differences between the connected and the disconnected, revealing that Internet users are more likely to be active participants, with some 80 percent of Internet users participating in groups, compared with 56 percent of non-Internet users. These findings confirm the impact of the the Internet on collective action, observed Beth Noveck, NYU law professor and former deputy CTO for open government at the White House.

“Internet users are more active participants in groups and are more likely to feel pride and a sense of accomplishment.” Why Websites Suck : The World. Beyond Hawaiian-Shirt Friday: Groupon, Hulu Inspire Employee Innovation With Radical Trust. Inside the multi-million dollar video streaming giant, Hulu, CEO.

Beyond Hawaiian-Shirt Friday: Groupon, Hulu Inspire Employee Innovation With Radical Trust

Why Don’t We Video Chat More Often? Video Calls Are Common In Star Trek - So Why Don't We Use Them In The Real World?

Why Don’t We Video Chat More Often?

One of the most common staples of any futuristic movie or book has always been the video (or even holographic) phone call. From Back to the Future to Star Trek, it seems as though people in the future are always chatting it up in style. Online Identity Isn’t a Transaction — It’s a Feeling: Tech News and Analysis « Former Twitter CEO Evan Williams noted in a blog post this weekend that online identity is one of the thorniest issues any web-based service has to deal with — in part because the word “identity” means a number of different things.

Online Identity Isn’t a Transaction — It’s a Feeling: Tech News and Analysis «

Williams tried to parse the term’s various meanings in his post, including authentication, reputation and personalization. But one thing he doesn’t really grapple with is that what we mean by “our identity” can change depending on where we are and what we’re doing, and that may be the most difficult problem of all to solve. The post — one of the first the former Twitter executive has written on his personal blog in almost two years — breaks down what Williams calls the “Five Easy Pieces of Online Identity,” something he and Twitter CTO Greg Pass came up with to help them understand the idea. These pieces include: Authentication.

Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles". The Great Ephemeralization. I recently had the pleasure of reading The Great Stagnation, Tyler Cowen’s excellent “Kindle Single” about the future of innovation and economic growth.

The Great Ephemeralization

Cowen makes the case that, contrary to the right-of-center conventional wisdom, the American economy is in the midst of a decades-long period of mediocre economic growth. Previous generations of Americans enjoyed an abundance of “low-hanging fruit”—cheap land, technological breakthroughs like electricity and the internal combustion engine, rising levels of education, an end to racial and gender discrimination—that allowed rapidly increasing living standards with relatively little effort.

But now, he says, the orchard is getting bare. Since the 1970s, big innovations have been few and far between, and this explains the comparatively slow rate of GDP growth in recent decades. We Don’t Need No Frickin Architects « Systems Thinking, Lean and Kanban. All Hail The Cord Cutters: Tech News « It was almost four years ago when we decided it was time to launch our online video blog, NewTeeVee.

All Hail The Cord Cutters: Tech News «

While Yelping, I was presented with this great... - tehkr. Canvas continues innovative use of game mechanics - with a shop - tehkr. Barak Hachamov: What Google “Contextual Di... RSW/US Survey Finds That Digital-Only Shops Must Diversify to Stay Relevant. Being digital alone won't cut it anymore.

RSW/US Survey Finds That Digital-Only Shops Must Diversify to Stay Relevant

Digital shops that don't diversify their offerings face the same creeping irrelevance as traditional agencies that give lip service to digital, according to marketing executives polled in a new survey from RSW/US. More than two-thirds of the 174 marketing executives polled (67 percent) said digital shops need to offer more traditional services to remain relevant, while just a third thought digital-only firms could survive long term.

Why Is Email the Prize in the Facebook-Google Battle? Google and Facebook may act like toddlers fighting over a toy, but there is a lot more going on in their recent too-public spat about user emails. Google publicly shamed Facebook this week for not giving its users the option to export the email contacts of their Facebook friends and import them to Gmail. The rapid-fire kerfuffle between the two companies came after private talks about sharing such data had broken down, and is apparently working, with tech industry opinion seeming to side with Google, even though few if any users seem to actually care about the issue. Sooner or later, if users start demanding to own their email lists and complaining about Facebook being evil, it will happen.

Wikileaks and the Long Haul. What Smart TVs Need to Succeed. The Internet and TV are finally converging, in a way consumers seem to be responding to. Wilfred Martis, Intel 's GM of consumer electronics in the digital home group, says that while we've heard this before, it's different this time. We agree. Intel is trying to brand smart TVs as something different from Internet-connected TVs - poised to be a hot item this holiday season - that have web-based features but fall short of being smart.

Understanding the Language of Innovation - H. James Wilson - Research. By H. James Wilson | 9:45 AM April 7, 2011 We all know innovation has its own language conventions, rich with revolutions, evolutions, ecosystems, and more.