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Google is shutting down Reader.
There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.
There is nothing on the Internet I use as much as I use Reader, including Twitter and email. This sucks, though as Marco Arment noted, it’ll likely lead to better RSS services in the future.
Remember the twelve seconds when iGoogle mattered? Well, Google is finally killing it, along with a bunch of other stuff nobody uses. How long until Google Reader makes this list?
Retro love: A similar post from three years ago, which mentions the killing off of Dodgeball and the origin of Foursquare.
It turns out that smart people are actually fairly stupid.
Perhaps our most dangerous bias is that we naturally assume that everyone else is more susceptible to thinking errors, a tendency known as the “bias blind spot.” This “meta-bias” is rooted in our ability to spot systematic mistakes in the decisions of others—we excel at noticing the flaws of friends—and inability to spot those same mistakes in ourselves.
Not unrelated: Google isn’t making you stupid (or smart).
Our compulsive talk about information overload can isolate and abstract digital technology from society, human persons, and our broader culture. We have become distracted by all the data and inarticulate about our digital technologies.
Asking whether Google makes us stupid, as some cultural critics recently have, is the wrong question. It assumes sharp distinctions between humans and technology that are no longer, if they ever were, tenable.
Cross posted from http://bit.ly/M12Csd
The strangely compelling game mechanic powering Google+.
It’s hard to know why this game works so well, but the genius of Zuma or Tetris or Angry Birds inheres in the smallest details. There’s something brilliant in the way objects teeter in Angry Birds or the way the frog ball shooter thing rotates in Zuma. The way the 1 floats up in Google isn’t quite in that league, but it’s still great — and a hell of a lot more useful.
These are everywhere today, but I couldn’t not post them. Business Insider has dug pretty deep into the history of Twitter, offering a revised look at its start-up days, an interview with “forgotten founder” Noah Glass and the revelation that they turned down a $10-billion offer from Google.
The first thing Evan Williams did when he bought Odeo back from investors was to change its name to Obvious Corp.
What he did next was shocking to everyone involved. He fired the man who was Odeo’s founder and Twitter’s biggest champion, Noah Glass.
“I remember when Noah told me he wasn’t going to back to Twitter,” says McClure. “I was shocked.” “We were out at night and he said it looked like he wasn’t coming back. He had taken a two week break and I thought it was just a little break. Hard to hear him say that. It kind of blew my mind because I felt like we all identified with this, and of course I was worried about the team.”
Why was this so shocking? Probably because everyone we talked to, from employees to the more hands-on investors, all agreed that Twitter would not have been created without Glass.
Odeo engineer Evan Henshaw-Plath describes Glass, Dorsey, and Florian Webb as Twitter’s “actual founders.”