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Tell Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA!
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Hey, really enjoyed your article for Business Insider. Would love to pitch you on a story. If you may be interested, my email is paulsonpetra at Gmail
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Latest editorial by +Jason Calacanis!


"For the better part of the last two decades we've compared the lean-forward experience of computers with the lean-back experience of television.

At Mahalo today, as we were brainstorming new apps, we discussed an idea I had for a new app. Our president Jason Rapp asked, "Well, do you see it as a lean forward or a lean back experience?"

I thought for a minute and said, "Neither, it's more of a tablet experience. What would you call that? We need a name for that."

Then it hit me. Duh?

"It's the curl-up experience!" I blurted out.

Everyone nodded in complete understanding.

In fact, the most important experience in media is no longer learning forward into your computer, or leaning back to consume video, it's curling..."
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I really like your writing, it's clarity.
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Starting in 2012 I'm following the lead of +Robert Scoble and maximizing five screens to their fullest potential: iMac with extra monitor, laptop, iPad and iPhone wit it.
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May Santa bring you more monitors

I hope you all get tons of monitors. This is how I keep on top of everything going on on social networks.

The Windows on my iMac are, from the left:

1. Quora.
2. Hacker News.
3. Google+.
4. Gmail.
5. Techmeme.
5b (hidden): Spotify.
5c (hidden): Skype.
6. Facebook.
7. Salesforce Chatter.
8. Twitter.

On the iPad: StreamBoard.
On the iPhone: Teleportd.
On the MacBook Air: AngelList.
On the Vizio 65-inch TV: Apple TV or Comcast or Xbox.

All of these windows stream and change in real time.

The microphones are Blue Microphones (my favorite is the Baby Bottle on the left).

This system absolutely rocks and I feel so fortunate to be able to afford it. I remember seeing multiple monitor systems when I worked at Microsoft and feeling so jealous that I couldn't afford them.

By the way, I blame +MG Siegler for this. He wrote in Techcrunch that the new iMac could support two Thunderbolt monitors and I knew then that I had to have this system.

This has made me a lot more productive although I'm still horrible at answering email. I do read every single email, though.

Anyway, hope Santa brings you all more monitors. I've decided you can't have enough.

Oh, off screen I have a Google Chromebook and a Toshiba Tablet, along with a few other phones, but I figure I'd only include those screens I regularly use.
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If only Google did this for Hurricane Katrina...
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Google just released a digital archive of the areas of Northeastern Japan affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami via Google Maps Street View and a special website entitled "Build the Memory."

"A virtual tour via Street View profoundly illustrates how much these natural disasters have transformed these communities," Street View Senior Product Manager Kei Kawai writes on the Google blog. "If you start inland and venture out toward the coast, you’ll see the idyllic countryside change dramatically, becoming cluttered with mountains of rubble and debris as you get closer to the ocean. In the cities, buildings that once stood proud are now empty spaces."

The "Build the Memory" site features before and after imagery to see exactly how the tsunami affected that particular area.

"To help people share their photographs and videos that did survive, Google created this site, “Mirai e no kioku”, which means “Memories for the Future” in Japanese," the site states. "It is our hope that this will help people rediscover lost memories of their homes and towns."
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Every day a couple of dozen folks email me asking me to tell them what I think of their products.

When I have the time, or interest, to respond I generally ask myself a battery of questions:

a. Is the logo iconic?
b. Could you tell me the domain name over the phone once and have me type it in correctly?
c. Is it clear within 10 seconds what the purpose of this product or service is? Does it matter if it is clear?
d. Is the design world-class?

Those are tactical questions that let me know the person has skills. Everyone can pass those tests with a couple of months of hard work.

My two brutal questions, which you can't simply pass with a couple of months of hard work, are how recommendable and unforgettable your product is.

Here is how I ask them:

1. Would I recommend this product?
2. Will I remember this product next month and next year?
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I love +Leo Laporte! Great chat with +Robert Scoble at LeWeb.
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The leader of the Laportean cult

Here's +Leo Laporte in Paris in a fun conversation about his past while hanging out with me at the LeWeb Conference.

Do you watch http://live.twit.tv ?
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This is an awesome app! I've already made my Top 10 Kanye West Songs playlist. Think you have a better Top 10? Add yours to Top10 so we can compare!
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Recommendation and discovery engine Top10 recently launched a Spotify app for users to create and share top 10 playlists with friends and other users on the platform. In order to access the apps, you will need to download the Spotify preview version.

Users can easily click and drag tracks to make top 10 playlists based on artist, genre, era and more. There are currently 2K+ top 10 lists in the app that you can browse and subscribe to.

When you create a Top 10 Kayne West Songs playlist, for example, Top10 will add it to the collection and from there, you can...
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In the next couple of years, Walmart will start selling private-label products to replace every branded product they offer, a source familiar with Walmart practices told LAUNCH.

Walmart has 30+ private labels that cover essentially every category at Walmart from food to clothing to office supplies. Walmart competitor Amazon, which is apparently opening its own retail stores, also has white-label products but not nearly as many, with only three brands: AmazonBasics, Pinzon for kitchen products and Strathwood for homes.

If Amazon decides to create more private-label brands, it would have significant leverage over pricing of top brand products and pose even more of a threat to Walmart.

As Mashable reported in June, Amazon surpasses Walmart in areas like customer service ranking, acquisitions, online presence and even prices. Still...
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