“So if you’re Microsoft in 1999, you bake it into Windows. If you’re Google in 2011, you bake it into search. All you do is make your core product heavier. The thing you wanted to kill doesn’t go anywhere. It hardly notices what you did. The users might care to the extent that they’re annoyed. The thing that makes Facebook great is that it incubated in the market with real users. It was made by real users. It was formed by actual use. One day at a time, one feature at a time, in public, every home run visible, and every mis-step. Products like the one Google just announced are hatched at off-sites at resorts near Monterey or in the Sierra, and were designed to meet the needs of the corporation that created it. A huge scared angry corporation.”—Scripting News: Google Yawn
“The next generation of innovation on the Web will be anchored by a browser that is an honest broker committed to the interests of the individual user and developer, providing amazing experiences that match those offered by proprietary platforms; and user control and developer reach and freedom that is superior to proprietary platforms. As Firefox has transformed the browser landscape before, it must do so again.”—Firefox/VisionStatement - MozillaWiki
“A Mountain View start-up is promising that its camera, due later this year, will bring the biggest change to photography since the transition from film to digital. […] The breakthrough is a different type of sensor that captures what are known as light fields — basically, all the light that is moving in all directions in the view of the camera. That offers several advantages over traditional photography, the most revolutionary of which is that photos no longer need to be focused before they are taken.”—Start-Up Lytro Aims to Sharpen Focus of Entire Camera Industry - Ina Fried - News - AllThingsD
“Benjamin said… This is the most terrible change I’ve seen, and if it is not reversed promptly, I will be canceling service.”—
This is one of 5,000 comments on the Netflix blog post about their recent redesign (“New Look and Feel for the Netflix Website”). That’s right, 5,000 comments. We all know that Netflix solidly belongs in the Google’s "test everything and their moms" camp so there’s no reason to doubt their new design tested well. Today Netflix announced removal of all Sony movies. That’s a huge chunk of popular content from a service that only exists to distribute content. Wanna guess how many comments that blog post will get? There’s not a single person who signed up on Netflix because they enjoy web site design discussion but that’s good for 5,000 comments. In for a penny, in for a pound.