Spent most of the day geodashing so not much reading. May do some catchup tomorrow.
Fairly obvious why Facebook blocked this: As another less on of how your social networking company could care less about services to you and maximizing profits for itself an interesting new service is being blocked by Facebook. Recommendations on where to eat, no way, that’s way too lucrative an advertising channel for Facebook itself to let someone else muscle in on it. But, OTOH, it’s pretty pathetic to think that people today would get “news” from their social network, yet one more dumbing down (unless your friends happen to be journalists). And, of course, Facebook had to block this as well, greedy, greedy, greedy.
Is this valid or denailist paranoia? It’s hard to tell since a quick Google search turns up no science, just a lot of opinion by people whose credentials are missing. If the science were there I think it would be a bit more obvious so I think this falls in the denialist category (as Michael Specter outlines in his book). People have some really stupid ideas about food and this might be one of them. However, there does appear to be a substitute for BVO so at least this bit of food paranoia could just be handled. BVO is still in Mountain Dew but anyone drinking that isn’t worried about health anyway.
Surface is hot and flying off the shelves: Hold the presses, I guess we can’t say that since MS won’t disclose any sales. Let’s see if Surface were flying off the shelves do we think MS wouldn’t be screaming about their success? I guess Surface is a ho-hum. Cute clicking ads are going to attract as many kids as Zune did and business is yawning. Poor old Balmer, so stuck in the 90s.
OK, Now I know who Chet Pipkin is, but the real tidbit (for my interest) is that Cisco just sold Belkin its home networking product line, primarily Linksys (which I was sad to see disappearing in the Cisco wasteland). It appears Cisco doesn’t know how to make money on low-cost products. But after being see-sawed around I wonder if there is anything left of Linksys or just the name.