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Techcrunch does not have the War Nerd.  Good Article.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The War Nerd: Let’s put Islamic State’s menacing advance into perspective by… looking at a map

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@Nathaniel, I believe that there is no need to stalk each and every move made by Facebook and Google users.  Advertisers just need to ask spenders for what they are looking for.


I am looking for an Electric Minivan, or the like, and I am willing to pay several tens of thousands of dollars for that vehicle .  I WANT to see ads of Electric Minivans but I don't want to have to pay to see them.  Why do I have to be nickel-and-dimed to death by paying for: Internet Access at Home (Comcast today) or for Mobile Data (T-Mobile today)?


I will let anybody that makes Electric Minivans know that I want one and that they can feed me ads all day about Electric Minivans but just have them pay for my access to those ads in exchange.  What is $50 or so a month in exchange for a $10K+ purchase?


Why do advertisers waste money by making me watch ads that I am not interested in if all that they have to do is ask me what I want to see ads for?


Advertisers, please start with the spenders needs.

1 month ago on Facebook prepares to bolster its stalking abilities with new ad tools

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@BrianShanahan @RaulLopez Sounds like Human Nature... can we get some Automated Trading SW as VCs?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Factorli killed by VegasTechFund due to over-ambition, because irony is dead too

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Respectfully, how is this different from: "I need $500K... actually, I need $1M... well, maybe $10M..."

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Factorli killed by VegasTechFund due to over-ambition, because irony is dead too

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C'mon, just get on with it...

2 months, 2 weeks ago on BREAKING: Judge strikes down Techtopus wage theft settlement

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Thanks for the article, just this morning I was wondering what message I wanted to give out. I chose a Yes t-shirt.  Tomorrow it will be a Mars One t-shirt, maybe a SpaceX one for Saturday.  I like the gray, black and blue one from Trep Wear.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Trep Wear launches to make it easy for the rest of us to identify tech wankers

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Thanks for sharing. As a three-time entrepreneur I admire anybody that leaves their job and starts a company. Best wishes getting back on your own track.


2 months, 2 weeks ago on Startups Anonymous: You may know my name, but I’m a fraud

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Here I advocate @sarahcuda where she presents the need to reduce friction in the adoption of a service. Facebook is already doing that with free internet access and so are streaming media services through t-mobile.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on San Francisco cab company admits ridesharing defeat, threatens to convert to limo service

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Time for Uber/Lyft to provide free devices to hail cars...

2 months, 3 weeks ago on San Francisco cab company admits ridesharing defeat, threatens to convert to limo service

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How is Secret different from a blocked phone number?

I don't use or advocate Secret but I'm curious why blocked phone numbers are not targeted (as far as I know) in anti-bullying efforts.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Secret founder doesn’t care if teenagers kill themselves, as long as they don’t cause a PR headache

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Nothing like being ready for the Hunger Games when they come...

2 years, 4 months ago on Forget Gamification, Build a True Fitness Game Instead

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My grandfather used to tell his family that he arrived safely to the countryside ranch by calling three times and hanging up after a couple of rings. My grandmother knew not to answer the phone at about the time that he should have arrived to his destination in the land of Carlos Slim. I'll check if my grandfather has a patent on that... Thanks for the article, it brought back good memories. Also, play with words, they are cheaper than toys...

2 years, 5 months ago on Starscriber to Help Carlos Slim Better Monetize Chile’s Prepaid Mobile Users

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The funny thing is that I WANT to be targeted by advertisers.  I joined MyBrandz sharing all the brands I liked/owned (and then it shut down), I joined Hunch, bared my likes (and it kept recommending something I already said I did not like), what else do I need to do to be targeted by advertisers for the things I want to buy?

2 years, 5 months ago on In Plain Sight: The Inconsequential Outrage Over Facebook’s Privacy Scandals

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IPOing in this bear-controlled stock market is equivalent to giving birth during a storm in the Mayflower, still people did it and that is how the United States of America was born. Congratulations FB for doing it and PandoDaily for appreciating it.

2 years, 5 months ago on No Pop Equals a Flop? Welcome to the Irrational World of Public Markets, Facebook

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What if you don't send a single pixel of the original image, are you still violating a copyright? What if you don't send the vowels of words?

2 years, 5 months ago on You Might Be Breaking the Law, and Tumblr Might Pay the Price

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The problem I have with Quora is the typical "Chicken" and "Egg" problem. People that are experienced in Media Transformation (my field) don't spend much time in Quora or LinkedIn because they are working hard on solving specific problems and interacting with other developers on IRC! So if I want to get answers on technical questions I have to search on Google or Bing for postings on IRC or other fora.

In Quora I have found interesting threads related to engineering and some good and relevant contributors to those threads but they are rare.

Don't get me wrong, I think Quora is a good idea (at least people post questions and answers on Quora vs LinkedIn where everybody is mostly just nice to each other in the interest of networking but provide little technical support) but I don't think that Quora has been able to attract a critical mass of thinkers and doers to make it The Place to be.

Why are so many people afraid of asking questions and providing answers in the technical field?

2 years, 6 months ago on Quora Co-Founders Share Numbers, the Secret to Surviving the Hype Cycle

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Is the spelling going to change officially too?

2 years, 6 months ago on Kleiner Perkins Caufeild & Byers to Experience “Big Changes”

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I actually think that yahoo should at least change its name to become relevant again. No amount of fat trimming is going to make it hip. I don't think that there is anything wrong with letting good people do what they want, that is how start-ups are created. Think the Big Bang and create hundreds or thousands of startups from the remaining good people don't force them to dance on another Titanic, but then the layoffs may do the same. Best wishes to all yahoos!

2 years, 6 months ago on The “D” in Action: Yahoo Layoffs Coming Wednesday, International to Be Hit Hard

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