[MyAppleMenu] Jun 3, 2010

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**** Steve Jobs Is Wrong: The iTunes Model Won’t Help Media <http://gigaom.com/2010/06/02/steve-jobs-is-wrong-the-itunes-model-wont-help-media/>
Mathew Ingram, GigaOM

More than anything, it feels like an industry grasping at any straw it can, in the hope of building a life raft.

**** Smart Designer Exports Dumb Pictures Of Text <http://blog.fawny.org/2010/06/02/wired-app/>
Joe Clark

There’s no live text, meaning there’s no search. It also means there’s no accessibility on the first computers that are accessible by default if you the developer do no extra work at all.

**** The Mac Sale Returns With Ten Apps For $50 <http://www.macworld.com/article/151723/2010/06/the_mac_sale.html?lsrc=rss_main>
David Chartier, Macworld

**** Candid Answers From AT&T On The New iPhone Data Plans <http://www.tuaw.com/2010/06/02/candid-answers-from-atandt-on-the-new-iphone-data-plans/>
Erica Sadun, TUAW

**** Tethering Fee Sours AT&T Plan Deals <http://www.macworld.com/article/151718/2010/06/tether_fees.html?lsrc=rss_main>
Lex Friedman, Macworld

While some of the changes certainly seem positive, AT&T’s approach to tethering, along with its plan for data overage fees, strikes me as rather hostile to customers.

**** Analytics And Unannounced Products <http://www.appleoutsider.com/2010/06/02/analytics/>
Matt Drance, Apple Outsider

The challenge, as Jobs notes, is ensuring these packages don’t cross the line of transmitting sensitive information about the user or their device. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find that common ground.

**** There's Something Sleazy About AT&T Capping Data Plans Right After Raising Early Termination Fees <http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/article/Theres-something-sleazy-about-ATT-capping-data-plans-right-after-raising-early-termination-fees/1275504976>
Joe Wilcox, Beta News

**** How iTunes Genius Really Works <http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/guest/25267/?ref=rss>
Christopher Mims, Technology Review

Ever since the feature debuted in 2008, there's been a lot of speculation about how iTunes Genius accomplishes its playlist-building magic. Now an engineer at Apple that works on the iTune Genius team has revealed some tantalizing clues--a rare disclosure for the infamously secretive company.

**** How AT&T Is Spinning Its iPhone Sales <http://www.infoworld.com/d/infoworld/how-att-spinning-its-iphone-sales-746?source=footer>
Lisa Schmeiser, InfoWorld

**** Apple And The Regulators <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/03/opinion/03thu2.html>
New York Times

For its tactics to violate antitrust laws, Apple would need to possess what is known as a “dominant” market share. But Apple controls only about a quarter of the smart-phone market. There are more phones on the market using the Android operating system.

It is not obvious how the market should be defined, however. There are about four times as many applications written for Apple as for Android devices. And experts estimate that Apple accounted for virtually all the roughly 2.5 billion app downloads last year. Antitrust regulators are right to look into whether the company is leveraging this clout to stymie the development of applications for its rivals, closing the door on competition.

**** The Good And The Bad Regarding AT&T’s New Data Plans <http://daringfireball.net/2010/06/good_and_bad_regarding_att_data_plans>
John Gruber, Daring Fireball

**** Will The Apple iPad Eat Your TV? <http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/pda/2010/jan/28/apple-ipad-tv>
Mercedes Bunz, The Guardian

The Apple iPad will probably never replace television, but it is likely to cut a big piece out of it. Chad Evans of MLB.com, the official website of US Major League Baseball, is leading the attack.

**** Opinion: Time For Apple To Open Up The iPhone <http://www.macworld.com/article/151695/2010/06/iphone_open.html?lsrc=rss_main>
Jason Snell, Macworld

I’m here to say to Apple that while I understand very well the reasons for the company’s walled-garden approach to native iPhone OS apps, the strengths of that approach have now been surpassed by the bad publicity and reputation that Apple and its products are now getting in the market as a whole.

The Tomorrow Weblog

**** Online Help For Parents Who Volunteer <http://ptech.allthingsd.com/20100602/online-help-for-parents-who-volunteer/?mod=ATD_rss>
Pui-wing Tam, Wall Street Journal

**** Nokia Unveils Bicycle-powered Phone Charger <http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20006677-54.html?part=rss&amp;subj=news&amp;tag=2547-1_3-0-20>
Candace Lombardi, CNET News

The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit, which can be attached to any bicycle, powers up from the pedaling motion of the bike's rider. A dynamo--the electricity generator--is powered by the front bicycle wheel as a rider pedals and transfers electricity to a charger attached to the handlebar, which a phone plugs into.

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**** Hive Of Nerves <http://www.theamericanscholar.org/hive-of-nerves/>
Christian Wiman, The American Scholar

To be alive spiritually is to feel the ultimate anxiety of existence within the trivial anxieties of everyday life.

**** Cuckoo! Cuckoo! <http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/01/cuckoo-cuckoo/?partner=rss&emc=rss>
Olivia Judson, New York Times

To what extent do our preconceived notions narrow our perception of the planet, and ourselves?

**** A River Runs Through Him <http://moreintelligentlife.com/content/places/laura-barton/a-river-runs-through-him>
Laura Barton, Intelligent Life

Here, 700 miles from the headwaters, the Mississippi stretches three-fifths of a mile wide, far across to the dark, wooded banks of Illinois. It runs north into Iowa and south to Kentucky, but right on this particular curve the river lies deep and silty, its banks rich with black walnut, maple and hickory trees, and the water itself, dappling blue and gold and olive-green. Standing here, I agree with Twain, who called this view “one of the most beautiful on the Mississippi”.

**** It's No Crime To Be Funny <http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2010/jun/03/colin-bateman-crime-funny-books?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theguardian%2Fbooks%2Frss+%28Books%29>
Colin Bateman, The Guardian

Crime fiction used to entertain us with double acts such as Holmes and Watson – but when and why did it lose its sense of humour?


**** 从电视职能看本地华语电视节目的不足 <http://www.zaobao.com/yl/yl100603_003.shtml>
赵敏, 联合早报


**** Crooked Bridge Not On Agenda <http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_534319.html>
Straits Times

The controversial crooked bridge project to replace the Causeway was not discussed when the prime ministers of Singapore and Malaysia met last week, says Malaysia's foreign minister.

**** The Censorship Of History In Singapore: A Response <http://asiancorrespondent.com/the-asia-file/the-censorship-of-history-in-singapore-a-response>
Ben Bland, Asian Correspondent

The NLB's actions send a signal to students, academics and others interested in history that certain subjects ought to remain off limits. Unfortunately there is no clear signal about where exactly these red lines (or "out-of-bounds markers", as they are often dubbed in Singapore) are drawn so ambitious Singaporean academics (or those who want to ensure that they can get a job) invariably give even vaguely sensitive issues a wide berth.

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