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If you're interested in the fascinating political intrigue missing from the otherwise wonderful Argo -- involving Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger and David Rockefeller -- check out this fascinating 2008 piece by former Newsweek reporter, David Parry. 

The diabolical meddling of Kissinger in the Iran hostage crisis has its roots in his undercutting of the Vietnam peace talks on the behalf of candidate Richard Nixon.

http://www.consortiumnews.com/2008/122808.html
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I do have a blog, but I'm behind the 8-Ball there (www.stevewax.com). I'm working on some new posts so maybe I'll take your suggestion to heart. What are you up these days? 
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US Open at Madison Park - I don't need a stinkin' ticket!
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Why doesn't the mobile version of Google Calendar allow you to add reminders to an event on your phone? You have to create the event in the mobile version, then you move to the desktop version and fiddle around trying to add reminders there. And half of what you need to do is blocked by a big dialog box that says, "Not working on your browser? Have you tried the mobile version?"
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Hackers remotely erase all of a Wired writer's data on his iPhone, iPad, & MacBook -- including every photo of his baby daughter. It could happen to you because Amazon & Apple let the hackers in: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/all/
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very interesting story
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Department of small #fails: the iPad edition of the New York Times seems to be regularly stripped of the photos that appeared in original articles. I freqently see references to images that don't exist, for instance --

"A Road Movie, In Print Version"

"The idea of an entire magazine devoted to those curves is pretty great. Below are some of my favorite spreads from the latest Curves."

There are no "spreads" from the magazine.There's only a thumbnail of the cover of the magazine up at the top. What gives?

http://nyti.ms/QZ4j7i

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Yeah, the Times seems to be the best at digital among "papers", but still way behind their real business competitors, Gawker, Huff Post, etc. One man's floor is another's ceiling as Paul Simon said.
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Digiday just published my thoughts about the Silicon Valley ad challenges. I'm curious if you agree or disagree with my point of view: http://www.digiday.com/agencies/why-silicon-valley-fumbles-ads/

I went to high school in the Valley, and have always been in awe of its out of size influence on both technology and progressive finance. But there's been a definite stumble on the part of entrepreneurs out there when it comes to social media and advertising. 

I believe the dance between Wall Street, The Valley, and Madison Ave around this issue, has largely been ignored by the mainstream business press -- with the exception of the troubled Facebook IPO. This, in my opinion, has caused many problems for both clients and agencies.

An important issue for people involved in marketing, no?
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From Instagram's new Terms of Service, “You agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you..."

Apparently this includes such use by Instagram parent, Facebook. Hmm...
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Lest we forget Stewart Brand, a true genius still living in our midst:

"Information wants to be free. Information also wants to be expensive. Information wants to be free because it has become so cheap to distribute, copy, and recombine - too cheap to meter. It wants to be expensive because it can be immeasurably valuable to the recipient. That tension will not go away. It leads to endless wrenching debate about price, copyright, 'intellectual property', the moral rightness of casual distribution, because each round of new devices makes the tension worse, not better."

—spoken at the first Hackers' Conference, and reprinted in the May 1985 Whole Earth Review. The quotation is an elaboration from his book, The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at MIT, published in 1987.
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Will NBC survive the Olympics?
 
#curiosity  / NBC time delay comparison.  

NBC can suck it.
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And gymnastics for the ladies. My word how many tournaments are there within the sport? And why does NBC have to show each one AND each apparatus!
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Reading MY Times piece about Marcus Samuelsson, of Red Rooster, going commercial, I see shocking news about Ferran Adrià of elBulli, the most experimental & purest restaurant in the world.

"Oh shit" I yell, Ferran Adrià..." "He died?" my girlfriend asks. "No worse!"

And I read her the following:

"Adrià, who won three Michelin stars for his avant-garde cuisine at elBulli, on the Costa Brava in Spain, is consulting on food trends with PepsiCo, the maker of soda and Fritos. He helped develop a line of Lays potato chips in flavors like chicken."

Oh, shit indeed! http://nyti.ms/OGvpQO
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"Obama should aspire to make America the launching pad where everyone everywhere should want to come to launch their own moon shot, their own start-up, their own social movement. We can’t stimulate or tax-cut our way to growth. We have to invent our way there."

"The majority of new jobs every year are created by start-ups. The days when Ford or G.E. came to town with 10,000 jobs are over. Their factories are much more automated today, and their products are made in global supply chains. Instead, we need 2,000 people in every town each starting something that employs five people." -- Thomas Friedman NYT http://tinyurl.com/cuwdvlm
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Oh my: "While Facebook and Google enjoy a 16.8 percent and a 16.5 percent share of the online display ad market in the United States this year, Yahoo’s share has fallen to 9.1 percent — a big drop from 2008, when the company’s share of the market stood at 18.4 percent — according to eMarketer."
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