Why Are Lyrics Sites So Profitable? (And How Bob Dylan Wins)

Lyrics searches area a major deal, especially in search advertising. Do a search on Google or Bing for your favorite song with “lyrics” attached and you’ll see a number of results. Companies such as AZLyrics, Sing365, MetroLyrics, SongMeanings, Lyric Freak etc all tend to out rank even artist sites as they compete with each other …

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Quantifying Myself in 2014

I’ve been meaning to get around to doing a Thinking Daily about this. Hopefully, I’ll get to that sooner than later. Hint: I’m a big fan but for reasons you might not guess. More soon (hopefully): We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely …

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I like this Alot

Worth your time to go read as it will change the way you interact with other humans (and Alots)… So the next time you are reading along and you see some guy ranting about how he is “alot better at swimming than Michael Phelps,” instead of getting angry, you can be like “You’re right!  Alots …

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The Problems with Bitcoin

Good piece that I hits the points that have unsettled me about bitcoin all along… I want Bitcoin to die in a fire: this is a start, but it’s not sufficient. Let me give you a round-up below the cut.Like all currency systems, Bitcoin comes with an implicit political agenda attached. Decisions we take about …

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Sprint Buying T-Mobile??

As a loyal fan of T-Mobile’s no-contract services, I can only respond with “whaaaaa????” Please dear baby divinity no… Sprint, the third biggest wireless carrier in the US, is preparing to buy out its rival T-Mobile, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. While the deal is a ways off, Sprint is expected …

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The Story Behind a T-Shirt

Whatever you’re doing right now, stop it. And go look (watch) this amazing production: Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt. Code is on GitHub.


Andy Beaumont on the plague of Pop-Ups 2.0 and the reason why publishers of all sizes are rushing to put them on their sites (hint.. doing analytics wrong): I have tested this design pattern with real people, and a significant portion of them believe that they must do what the box is begging them for …

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Tom Merritt and the New Economy

Tom Merritt is not only an excellent sci-fi author (seriously), but an amazing talent in podcasting and tech punditry. I’ve listened to him from the days of TechTV a decade ago into CNet’s Buzz Out Loud and into his daily show on TWiT called Tech News Today. So, this sucked… After some soul searching, I’ve …

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Why You’ll Buy a Chromebook Soon

I can’t say how much I love my Chromebook… nice thought piece on TechCrunch about the Chromebook threat to Microsoft and why it’s more than a browser… This time, the company is targeting Chromebooks, Google’s cheap ChromeOS-based, web-centric laptops. Why is Microsoft worried about Chromebooks? Because it can see the writing on the wall. via …

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Gotta say… I want one of those tupperware containers.

Just when you thought the technology industry couldn’t get any stranger, the latest idea from the retail giant is to offer an audacious delivery-by-drone service. via Amazon unveils delivery by drone: Prime Air. No, seriously | ZDNet.

The Ministry and Drug Gang Economics

I’d argue the same is true for ministers and most any level of professional job given our current economic mega-recession and the tendency of those inside the core to overstay their welcome… The academic job market is structured in many respects like a drug gang, with an expanding mass of outsiders and a shrinking core  …

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Worlds Colliding

I’m a big fan of Pawn Stars. It’s the one “reality show” I can watch (when I’m in a hotel or via the History Channel app on my Nexus 7). So, I was apprehensive about clicking this given I also love Paul Thurrott’s podcast “Windows Weekly” on TWiT and knowing his…um… love for Chromebook since …

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