Whenever I travel, as I did last week to DC, it gets hard to deliver you a fresh Signal on its regular schedule. The benefit of missing a day or two, however, is I can review my stash of backed up links for true value. Here are the stories of the past five or so days that made it through the filter, including two long reads, two great visualizations, and a fair amount of thi and that:
Gorgeous Wind Visualization (EWarning) If you missed it, it’s worth the click.
Watch this: Kinect turns a dancer into a 22,000-point musical sculpture (Verge) Really cool. The Kinect is just beginning to spread its wings. It’s way more important than “just a gaming gadget.”
A Round Up of ALL of Google’s April Fools Jokes. Fair play, they really make an effort…(TNW) It’s really quite something what Google does around the world with April Fools.
Google Reportedly Targets Amazon and Apple With Online Tablet Store (Wired via WSJ) Well, perhaps Google has learned from it’s initial attempt with the Nexus phone. I sure hope so. We could use an alternative to the iPad that really works.
Take a Lesson from Print Media: Clean Up Web Layouts (AdAge) Matt has a good point. We need to evolve the model for display, again.
The Case Against Googlemeld (DD) “Google’s acquisition of Admeld means that publishers are giving Google a first look at inventory. This means Google has a de facto first right of refusal. You can be sure it will take the best ones. It also means any arbitrage goes to Google.”
Pinterest to Address Copyright Infringement (BH) Last week Pinterest updated its terms of service, clearly aware that it may be in for some backlash.
Capitalism: A Ghost Story (Roy) A very disturbing piece that, while long and clearly of a mind, I encourage you to read.
Article: Video Top Asset Created for Content Marketing (EM) Why am I not surprised!
As Viewing Habits Change, Political Ads Switch Screens (NYT) ““This will likely become the first truly digital election because so many people are not paying attention to live TV.”
Google’s Future: What The Search Engine Will Look Like In Next 20 Years (TA) Well, a lot about the next version of search, but not so much on what the business model will be. If Google uses voice and intuitive algorithms to serve us what we want before we even know it, how will it get us to click on paid links? I think they’re hard at work on figuring that out…
Spectrum of revenge: how the FCC is under attack from Congress and AT&T (Verge) I met with the Chair of the FCC last week, and he says it’s not as bad as it might sound here. But the war for spectrum, and what to do with it, is real and very, very important.
Twitter Rolls Out Small Business Ad Program (TNW) Big week for Twitter, as this platform opens up the SMB market for a company that previously was focused only on large brands.
Google’s Spending On Traditional Advertising Grows Four-Fold to $213 Million (WSJ) Google is becoming a major brand advertising spender, which is very interesting.
Confirmed: The Internet Does Not Solve Global Inequality (TAO) Well, duh. But worth remembering.
Martin Sorrell: Internet Has Created More Value Than It Has Destroyed (AdAge) A debate with Jaron Lanier, whose book (You Are Not A Gadget) I am reading now…
World War 3.0 (VF) Another very long read, but if you can spare the time and care about , it’s really worth it.
FM’s program of the day is our CM Summit in New York, this May14-15. It’s the kickoff event to Internet Week, and will feature some of the best minds in Internet media and marketing.
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