Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How Gmail Happened   

Technology

Harry McCracken, writing for TIME about the development of Gmail, which launched ten years ago today: The first true landmark service to emerge from Google since its search engine debuted in 1998, Gmail didn’t just blow away Hotmail and Yahoo … Continue reading →

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sweep the Sleaze   

Design

Oliver Reichenstein, arguing back in 2012 against the ubiquitous social sharing buttons used by most websites: Social media buttons are not a social media strategy, even though they’re often sold that way. Excellent content, serious networking and constant human engagement … Continue reading →

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Google broke Canada’s privacy laws   

Technology

Susan Krashinsky reporting for The Globe and Mail: The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada on Wednesday made public an investigation that began last year after a man complained about ads targeted to him based on a medical condition. … Continue reading →

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Why Companies Kill Products We Love   

Technology

Brad Hill writing for AllThingsD: Technology is a resolutely balkanized world of island-states (Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and many others). Each one is trying to convert itinerant visitors into permanent residents, lock them in to using high-margin attractions, and … Continue reading →