23.03.2012 Category: Weekly Reads

What we read this week (23 Mar)

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Nicholas Felton talks about Facebook’s Timeline design, online behavior tracking is a collective bargain, and while Google rethinks their Wallet strategy, Sweden is considering getting rid of cash altogether.

Quotes of the week

The challenge is no longer the technology, the challenge is in running a successful business and getting those products in people’s hands in ways that feel natural, useful and delightful.

-Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

“optimized for retinas.” Kinda describes present-day tech strategy in general. I bet we’ll remember our other senses soon enough though.

-Kyle Cameron Studstill

Articles of the week

  • Domus: An interview with Nicholas Felton
    Interviewed by Dan Hill, Nicholas Felton, data visualizer extra-ordinnaire, explains some of the thinking and process behind Facebook’s Timeline design.
  • The Atlantic: It’s Not All About You: What Privacy Advocates Don’t Get About Data Tracking on the Web
    Helpful reflections on the deeper implications of online behavioral tracking. Let this quote show the framing: “The privacy discourse frames the issue in an ego-centric manner, as a bargain between consumers and companies: the company will know x, y and z about me and in exchange I get free email, good recommendations, and a plethora of convenient services. But the bargain that we are making is a collective one, and the costs will be felt at a societal scale.”
  • Bloomberg: Google Said to Rethink Wallet Strategy Amid Slow Adoption
    Google Wallet sees a very slow adoption rate. Beside the fact that the technology – as in mobile devices with NFC chips – haven’t really hit the market that heavily, Google sees also a problem in convincing carriers to accept their technology. The main reason for this: the mobile payment market is expected to grow quickly and into billions of revenues. The carriers want a piece of that cake and Google isn’t providing them with an incentive to use their technology instead of something that the carriers can build for themselves.
  • AP: In Sweden, cash is king no more
    Sweden was the first nation that introduced cash money and it is now the first to openly discuss of getting rid of it too. A world without cash might seem inevitable, but it’s not quite here yet, and there is privacy to consider as well: Without cash, there is no way of paying for anything without being tracked.
  • Striding with ITV into the future of news
    Made by Many launched the new version of the ITV News site and are covering their work for it on their company blog. They focussed the project on the question of “What would news be like if we had networked digital media (and digital cameras and phones and laptops) but there had never been newspapers or broadcast TV news programmes?” Tons of great insights about how to develop digital products in this series of articles.

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