- pathod — A pathological HTTP daemon for testing and torturing client software. (via Hacker News)
- A Walk Through Twitter’s Walled Garden (The Realtime Report) — nice breakdown of Twitter’s business model choice and consequences. Twitter wants you to be able to see the pictures and read the articles shared in your its Tweets, without leaving the garden. Costolo told the Los Angeles Times that “Twitter is heading in a direction where its 140-character messages are not so much the main attraction but rather the caption to other forms of content.” (You know all the traffic that Twitter’s been driving to web sites? Don’t count on it being there next year.) (via Jim Stogdill)
- My Computing Environment (Jesse Vincent) — already have a set of those gloves on order.
- How Speedo Created a Record-Breaking Swimsuit (Scientific American) — A new 3-D printer at Aqualab fabricated prototypes of the cap and goggles for testing within hours, rather than sending drawings to a manufacturer and waiting weeks or months. “In the past we couldn’t do many changes to the original design,” Santry says. “With this process, we completely revolutionized the goggle from scratch.” (via Eric Ries)
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How can we commit to Google's platform when its services flicker in and out of existence?
Torturing HTTP, Twitter Business, Mobile Setup, and 3D Printing Olympic Gold
Infochimps opens up a data platform, de-anonymization via writing style, data for the public good.
Infochimps adds a platform-as-a-service product, researchers show how writing style can identify specific people, and a new report looks at how data can help governments and citizens.
Will a "Netflix for ebooks" catch on? 24Symbols is counting on it.
24Symbols, a kind of Netflix for ebooks, aims to benefit readers and publishers alike. Company co-founder Justo Hildago outlines the books-as-a-service model in this interview.
Netflix's Matt McCarthy on building apps that work across platforms.
Matt McCarthy explains how WebKit and A/B testing play important roles on Netflix's many apps. Plus: Platform lessons Netflix has learned that apply to other developers and companies.
Apple's approach to the cloud is business as usual, and that's what makes it interesting.
From custom chips, to the data centers backing its new iCloud effort, Apple is committed to controlling the end-user experience. The web has no place in their vision.
Here's a handful of ways Amazon could revolutionize the Kindle.
Amazon is positioned to advance the Kindle platform much faster and further than they have in any 6-12 month period. Joe Wikert outlines new features he'd like to see.
Flipboard's focus is on the content. Sources and platforms take a backseat.
One of Flipboard's goals is to bring quality content to readers without focusing on the content's source or original platform.
- Android Patterns — set of design patterns for Android apps. (via Josh Clark on Twitter)
- Preview of Up and Running with Node.js (O’Reilly) — Tom Hughes-Croucher’s new book in preview form. Just sorting out commenting now. (via Tom on Twitter)
- #Blue Opens for Business — a web app that gets your text messages. You can reply, and there’s an API to give other apps read/write access. Signs the text message is finally becoming a consumer platform.
Pandora's model could apply to other content creators and distributors.
Pandora isn't betting on one platform, it's betting on all of them: computers, mobile devices, stereos, even cars. It's a smart move — and one that should be studied — because it meshes with the digital consumption habits of users.