Daniel Rhodes

in perpetual search of product-market fit.

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Don’t be Google

At some point in the recent past, the Mountain View brass realized that owning the Web is not enough to survive. It makes sense—people are increasingly using non Web-based avenues to access the Internet, and Google would be remiss to not make a play for that business. The problem is that in branching out, Google has also abandoned its core principles and values.

I think this sums up the bizarre behavior coming out of Google in the past few years. Such behavior is consistent with other industries where the barriers to entry are high and the result is that companies must act with a heavy hand against other companies in order to stay afloat, leaving their customers to suffer by the wayside. Viacom, Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast come to mind.

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The Limits of Human Vision

With the iPad 3 and it’s new retina display, one has to ask when what we see on screen will be imperceptibly different to the world around us. It turns out there is quite a ways to go.

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Sounds of Space

An amazing video taken from launch to landing of the Space Shuttle’s solid rocket boosters. What is most striking, however, is the sound.

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Signing on to Apple

In the latest update for Apple TV, Netflix introduced a way to sign up using just your Apple ID. This could be a very important experiment because it indicates that Apple is interested in offering single sign-on to other developers as well. In fact, Apple is already offering a primitive form of single sign-on to games who integrate Game Center.

If this functionality were offered to all developers on a wider basis, it would be the ultimate lock-in tool for the platform as users realize they can’t easily port over to other platforms.

I would be surprised if Google is not thinking about this same thing on Android in connection with Google Plus, especially given that Facebook is almost certainly going to be launching their phone with this functionality baked in later this year.

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The Most Astounding Fact

It’s hard to be self-centered after watching something like this.

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