This is an apology for the way we previously handled illegally sold copies of 1984 and other novels on Kindle. Our “solution” to the problem was stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles. It is wholly self-inflicted, and we deserve the criticism we’ve received. We will use the scar tissue from this painful mistake to help make better decisions going forward, ones that match our mission.
With deep apology to our customers,
Jeff Bezos Founder & CEO Amazon.com
If other executives, politicians and public figures (not to mention the communications people advising them) regularly demonstrated humility like this, our society would be far less cynical.
"Google is big. Very big. Its millions of servers process about 1 petabyte of user-generated data every hour. It conducts hundreds of millions of searches every day. This is no accident; bigness is the very point of Google. The company’s great skill—its competitive advantage—is its ability to find meaning in massive sets of data. The larger the data sets, the more potential meaning can be derived and the better its search results become. The better Google’s search results, the more people use its search engines and the more data the company collects. It is a virtuous feedback loop, harnessing the power of network effects to create a more useful product.”
Aside from being a total badass rocker, Carrie is one of my favorite bloggers. From her latest post:
But the Jackson model of worship appears somewhat outdated, more akin to Elvis impersonators. Phish fans, on the other hand, utilize an organizational and structural mode that’s married to technology, making it more nimble, pervasive and powerful.
Then God way up in heaven, for whatever it was worth, Thought He’d have a big old party, thought He’d call it planet Earth. Don’t worry about tomorrow, Lord, you’ll know it when it comes, When the rock and roll music meets the risin’ shinin’ sun.
"… why is it that all the old newspaper guys think there’s some giant pile of money at the top of the trust pyramid? There isn’t. All the money is at the bottom. In the muck. In the details. Where Gawker plays. Where Techcrunch plays. It’s not aggregating the “top trusted content, it’s owning a category and being the best and, ideally, only ones there.
Journalists don’t win this game. Publishers win this game.”
The logic of the Internet, a medium that is natively good at helping groups communicate at vanishingly low cost, is that the act of forming a public has become something the public is increasingly doing for itself, rather than needing to wait for a publication (note the root) to do it for them. More publics will form, they will be smaller, shorter-lived, and less geographically contiguous, and they will overlap more than the previous era’s larger, more rooted, more stable publics.
"Extraordinarily, it is in the US, the world’s largest music market, that has traditionally championed intellectual property rights, that performers and producers have no rights to be paid when their music is broadcast over the radio. Other countries without broadcast rights are Rwanda, China, Iran, and North Korea."
Story I had never heard regarding the derivation of one of the great MJ tracks, Wanna Be Starting Something:
"Dibango’s phone started ringing. Friends and relatives were calling to offer their congratulations: Michael Jackson was singing his song! But Dibango’s pride turned to puzzlement when he bought the album, only to find that the song was credited to Michael Jackson and no one else."