The Rich See a Different Internet Than the Poor: Scientific American

Google received a patent on technology that lets a company dynamically price electronic content. For instance, it can push the base price of an e-book up if it determines you are more likely to buy that particular item than an average user; conversely, it can adjust the price down as an incentive if you are judged less likely to purchase. And you won’t even know you are paying more than others for the exact same item. via The Rich See a Different Internet Than the Poor: Scientific American. Just as I was lauding G+ SciAm publishes this.

AJ goes to Texas. The passing of an era. I remember well the ALS game with the dropped third strike. Norm and Herb were at the game and had to call me at home because Ed Farmer and DJ were talking about what the call was. AJ will be missed by me among other fans.

Don’t Keep Readers Out, Make Them Want to Come in

According to a Guardian executive, thanks in part to the growth of the Facebook app, social sharing is now close to generating as much traffic to the paper’s website as search does — a fairly incredible statistic, considering that social produced just 2 percent of the traffic to the site as recently as six months ago. The Washington Post has seen similar success with its social-sharing app, and the paper’s ombudsman recently described how   the Post sees these kinds of tools as a better short-term response than a paywall: in other words, a way of increasing readership instead of trying to restrict it. This is from Don’t build a paywall, create a velvet rope instead by Mathew Ingram in GigaOm, and I couldn’t agree more. The Guardians’ strategies lately are going to be effective as far as I can see. They are going to publish reports from experts but let local people contribute as well.