New iPhone Predictions

New iPhone Predictions

Just a couple of quick predictions for the September 10th Apple announcement. As rumor of a gold iPhone run rampant I’ll throw a few of my own predictions out there: There will be an iPhone 5S and 5C. C will…

Protecting yourself in the modern surveillance state

Protecting yourself in the modern surveillance state

I’ll reserve commentary on the revelations that the NSA is monitoring the online activity of every single American and has been doing so for years for another post. The purpose of this post is to outline reasonable steps you can…

2013 Internet Trends

2013 Internet Trends

Mary Meeker, internet prophet of the VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB) released her annual internet trends report this week. As usual the report is fascinating. You can check it out here. Here are a few of the data…

Must download apps

Must download apps

I need to do posts like this more often. People are always asking me about the hot new apps, here are a couple recommendations. All of these apps are free. Sunrise – An app to manage your schedule. It seems…

I can't wait to switch to T-Mobile

I can’t wait to switch to T-Mobile

File that under things I never thought I’d say. T-Mobile’s CEO is making waves today saying it is time to “Stop the Bullshit” and he couldn’t be more right. The iPhone is finally coming to T-Mobile which is the last…

An update on boaw.com invites

An update on boaw.com invites

This week we got news that A Small World was kicking out members to maintain the “integrity” of their membership. At the same time, my review of ASW’s spiritual successor Best of All Worlds was one of my top blog…

Shots fired as new war over search begins

Shots fired as new war over search begins

Facebook made a major announcement this morning. It wasn’t a phone like some people keep predicting (which is never happening). They announced they are launching Graph Search (use that link to sign up for the beta), which allows you to…

Hacktivist dead at 26

Hacktivist dead at 26

A lot has been written about the death of Aaron Swartz in the past few days. I don’t have much to add to the conversation other than to say it’s extremely disconcerting to encounter someone your own age only to…

Foursquare takes on Yelp

Foursquare takes on Yelp

Last week Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley sat down for an interview at LES co-working space Projective. The event was part of Pando Daily’s ongoing speaker series. Since it was a short five minute walk from my apartment, I decided to…

Gangnam Style's Rise to Cultural Phenomenon Has Now Escalated to Conspiracy Levels

Gangnam Style’s Rise to Cultural Phenomenon Has Now Escalated to Conspiracy Levels

Suddenly PSY’s Gangnam Style is a huge deal in the US. For those of you who read my Tumblr, you were ahead of the curve on this one. PSY has been all over American media for the past few weeks….

You should also be keeping up with my Tumblr

You should also be keeping up with my Tumblr

It is called Inside Kyle Libra’s Mind. It’s more of a constant stream of interesting or funny things I find on the web as opposed to (slightly) more developed thoughts I write here. Anything that makes me pause and think,…

Communication Breakdown – Twitter Revokes Tumblr’s API Access

Twitter has made a series of seemingly strange moves lately regarding their API access. First they imposed limits on third party app developers. At the time I didn’t really have a good explanation. Today Twitter made another announcement, this time…

Details matter

Details matter

Alex Rainert (Head of Product at Foursquare) was kind enough to respond to a random email I sent him (see previous post). Something in his email signature caught my eye. Compare my email signature with his. Note: I blacked out…

Some random ux / ui / web product thoughts

I’m in the process of wrapping up several major client projects (one I’ve been working on for six months, how time flies…) and so naturally I’m having to start talking to people about what I’m going to work on next….

One tiny step in the right direction

HBO has recently caught a lot of flak for not allowing their programming to be distributed online. You can’t buy it on iTunes, you can’t get it anywhere. The one exception is HBO GO, which is the online counterpart to…

Nine year old shames school into action through blogging

This story about a nine year old student shaming her school into action through blogging is amazing. From the article: Martha Payne had some sad-ass lunches at her school in Scotland — unsatisfying food that sometimes had more hair than…

Bubble Talk

There is a raging debate among everyone in the tech scene, from pundits to programmers. Are we in the midst of a giant bubble. Here are two really good takes. The State of Startups (No, It’s Not A Bubble) –…

Could you go an entire year without the Internet?

Short answer: absolutely not. But Paul Miller, writing for The Verge, plans to do just that. I just don’t see how this is even feasible. How is a technology journalist going to go without the Internet? I can see how…

Is there any money in publishing free content online?

I’ve been having some interesting discussions with a client about this very question. Is there any money in publishing free content online? Like any good burning question, this has resulted in some good longform reading. The Newspaper That Almost Seized…

What is the 24th Letter?

What is the 24th Letter? Sometimes it seems like I’m asked the question, “what other projects are you working on” about ten times a day. Especially now that one of the startups I’ve done some contract work for is having…

Gawker’s New Comment System is Really Smart

Early today Nick Denton rolled out Gawker’s new commenting system after a few weeks (or maybe just one week, I’m not completely sure) of completely disabling commenting on the site. It’s a great blend of allowing people to use existing…

Iran is turning off the internet?

There is a long running inside joke among my friends about “your internet?!?!?!” Some background – in college we had notoriously bad internet. It was slow and constantly just went out. One day I called the help line to report…

Internet Trends to Keep Watching

A couple of internet related trends to be on the look out for: Facebook app BranchOut is quickly reaching a tipping point. It’s LinkedIn for Facebook friends. It seems like it’s catered to a slightly more blue-collar, less professional crowd….

Why I Am Leaving Company X

In the last 24 hours there has been a firestorm created around a NY Times Op-Ed titled “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs.” The article itself is a great read, but so are all the other reactions. There are two…

What do people think when they Google me?

The other day I was chatting on gchat with an acquaintance who I had met a couple of nights beforehand while out with some people. She was asking me about my web site, which had been brought up in conversation…

How Facebook Poaches Google Employees

I was speaking with a friend recently. We were talking about the investigation into tech companies having non-compete agreements for each other’s employees. Which, for the record, is definitely wrong and breaks anti-trust laws. He told me that as a…

An Update on Address Book Gate

Address Book Gate, terrible name, I know. I wrote about the apps taking address book info controversy last week. Here’s a couple of updates: Your address book is mine: Many iPhone apps take your data What iOS apps are grabbing…

This is why people hate Hollywood

MG Siegler has a great write up here. He explains how the studio owning the rights to The Bodyguard staring Whitney Houston has been pulling the rental rights from companies like Netflix in order to profit from the star’s death….

Controversy, journalism, disclosures and the future of web content

Over the past few days there has been a minor scandal brewing, which has now turned into a flame war between several prominent journalists (for clarity, I’ll use that term). It started with New York Times writer Nick Bilton, publishing…

Do we really understand the implications of location based services?

Scott Hanselman writes: The strangest thing just happened. I’m sitting here in a hotel in New Zealand and my phone pops up an alert from a push-to-talk voice chat application I recently installed called Voxer. It’s a voicemail from a…

Check out this web app: News.me

Something I’ve noticed recently is that some days I don’t have time to check Twitter at all. I feel a little out of the loop, because often these are the same days that I don’t really check out any news…

The Rise of Anonymous

Author Alan Moore, creator of the original V for Vendetta, recently gave the BBC some of his thoughts on the Anonymous movement and it’s co-opting of the Guy Fawkes mask as its symbol. From the article: As for the ideas…

How do people game Twitter to increase followers?

I assumed people just created bots and then pointed them towards a specific account. It turns out that there is a service that you allow to use your account to randomly follow people. It then checks to make sure the…

The Rise of Longform Web Journalism

Every year Nick Denton (the guy who built Gawker and turned it into a $300m media empire) puts out a memo about the state of journalism and publishing on the web. It’s always interesting to see what someone at the…

Supercuts are the new Time Lapses

For those of you who know me well, it’s no secret that I love timelapse videos. There is something about them that is mesmerizing. They have been everywhere for the past few years. People are constantly making them. Now I…