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Steve Yegge on Good Agile, Bad Agile.
(With a specific emphasis on Google.) Weighs in at 6,000+ words, but enjoyable reading for the most part. In any case, I have to support anyone who writes that “anything that calls itself a “Methodology” is stupid, on general principle.”

Flickr set of old BBC technology.
Incredibly cool retrotech goodness, but bear in mind that I also spent a vacation visiting the VLA, so your mileage may vary.

Rubel on RSS aggregators as ad networks
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Early experiments with ad-only RSS feeds pretty much flopped, though I’ll concede that none (as far as I know) included any intelligent targeting capability. As far as incorporating targeted advertising, I’d probably bet on NewsGator rather than Bloglines (top desktop apps + web, though NewsGator online is painfully sluggish for me these days).

Side note: it’s mind boggling that none of these online aggregator folks are even asking for any meaningful demo information. Behavioral targeting is great and all, but unless your advertisers can target women in the New York metro area your pricing probably stays at banner ad levels, and you’re just giving up the most fundamental targeting tool available.

Web Worker Daily.

Just because I’m not sure I’ve linked to it before. Good reading.

Venturebeat on xuqa.com.
I like: rather that trying to come up with ways to de-emphasize the popularity contest aspect of social networking sites, just build a social networking site that’s explicitly a popularity contest. Says Venturebeat:

The stated goal is become the richest most popular person. The users build currency acquiring “peanuts,” by engaging in any number of activities, such as playing poker or winning modeling contests. More intriguing, though, users can get peanuts by signing up for offers from advertisers.

Real Networks creates RSS-focused toolbar/site.
Real Networks might want to talk to the ToolButton folks about their download and usage projections.

Techdirt Mike on Newspapers and New Media
Man, I love Techdirt. Mike points to Vin Crosbie’s opinion piece, as well as a web of related TD posts. On the question(s) of newspapers’ relationship to new media, Mike says:

So what is the answer? Well, Crosbie believes its in really personalizing content. That is, finally recognizing that not only is the internet different than paper, it lets you do new and useful things that simply couldn’t be done on paper. Instead of just copying the offline experience, make it much, much better.

Amen, brother. See also my post from yesterday, linked below.

BT has a futurologist?
Yesterday I pointed to an interview with the NY Times’ futurist. Fair’s fair, so BT’s…um, futurologist…gets the nod today.