Celebrating Two Steves

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow […]

Bay Area Bubble Blowers

According to Silicon Beat, Vizu, a San Francisco-based start-up that does interactive Web-based polling, has raised $1 million in a first round of funding. John Keehler of Random Culture says, “When a company that produces web-based polls can get 1 million in funding, we’re in a bubble.” That may be, or the people at Vizu […]

Charting The Storyline

From The New York Times: To promote their upcoming season of “The Sopranos,” HBO, a division of Time Warner, and Deep Focus, an online marketing agency, have created an interactive map of New Jersey, using satellite maps from Google, and have highlighted important points of the most recent season’s storyline. The map has about 15 […]

Talent Leak At Technorati

ValleyWag brings to our attention three defections from Technorati, the blog tracking site. Jason DeFillippo, Derek Powazek and Niall Kennedy all are heading for the exit. None of the men publicly claim this has anything to do with Technorati. In fact, DeFillippo goes out of his way to say what a great boss, mentor and […]

More Proof That Focus Groups Are Bunk

Evan Tishuk of Orange Coat pointed us to this Seed Magazine article which looks at the Super Bowl spots consumers truly liked, not the one they said they liked. UCLA neuropsychiatry researcher, Marco Iacoboni, scanned the brains of people while they watched commercials from Super Bowl XL and observed their neural activity. Iacoboni and his […]

You Can’t Fool Mother Google

Pocket Lint: Google has flexed its muscles and dropped BMW Germany from its search engine following the German car manufacturer’s attempts to artificially boost its popularity ranking. The move is likely to send shockwaves through the Internet industry over fears that one company has such power and affect over a website’s access to the public. […]

Pay Per Send

NYT: Companies will soon have to buy the electronic equivalent of a postage stamp if they want to be certain that their e-mail will be delivered to many of their customers. America Online and Yahoo, two of the world’s largest providers of e-mail accounts, are about to start using a system that gives preferential treatment […]

How To Crack Consumers Up

Advertising for Peanuts brings our attention to yet another medium for advertising—eggs. EggFusion of Boulder, CO seeks to “promote freshness with every impression.” With most marketing communications, consumers may briefly see or hear a message, but rarely do they tangibly engage with it. Yet with eggs, consumers hand-select, feel, break and interact with the message […]

Fashion Establishment Threatened By Model Who Builds Her Own Brand

Blogger and podcaster, Anina, who also happens to be a top fashion model based in Paris, has been told by Slides to drop the tech stuff or find another agency. they say that fashion and technology do not go together. they say,that i can not do both things and that i must choose to either […]

Badware Outed

USA TODAY: Here’s a new way to attack spyware: embarrass its purveyors. A free website (StopBadware.org) plans to provide a list of programs that contain spyware and other malicious software. It will also identify companies that develop the programs and distribute them on the Internet. Consumers can then decide if a program is safe to […]