Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention

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Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Rednod, GigaOM, Human 2.0, the author of Complete Web Monitoring and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks), Hugh McGuire (The Book Oven, LibriVox, Bite-Sized Edits, Media Hacks) and I decided that every week or so the three of us are going to share one link for each other (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another:

  1. Google(graphic) – Google’s Acquisition Appetite – "I’m a fan of things that help us understand the world clearly. This infographic from shows the acquisitions Google‘s made over the past few years, with several useful dimensions: why they acquired the company, the price they paid, and how much impact it’s had on their business. It also shows that the company hasn’t been idle; Google’s practically a second exit strategy in the Valley." (Alistair for Hugh).
  2. Cream, Sugar, and a High-Speed Connection – The Smart Set. "Seven years ago, Wired ran a piece on Wi-fi being a condiment like ketchup and sugar: free with your purchase. That day has arrived, but not because companies like McDonalds decided to offer it as an incentive. Hotels still charge outrageous amounts for bandwidth (the fancier the hotel, the more expensive the bytes – a perfect example of price elasticity  if ever there was one.) But free wifi has becoming ubiquitous broadband, just an iPhone or Android away. Has free Internet run its course as a marketing ploy?" (Alistair for Mitch).
  3. Russia in color, a century ago – "Picture this: The year is 1910. There’s a man, named Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (born in 1863), sitting on a stone in a riverbed in the Caucasus Mountains. He’s a photographer. He’s wearing a grey wide-brimed hat, mustaches and well-trimmed beard, a dark suit, the kind of suit fashionable in the early 1900s. He’s holding a bamboo stick in his hands. It’s the summer time… Imagine what that man looks like, a hundred years ago. Now go look at these photos. Report back." (Hugh for Alistair).
  4. Google’s Earth – The New York Times. "William Gibson on Google." (Hugh for Mitch).
  5. Danny And Annie – StoryCorps. "When I think about the Internet, this is what I hope the Internet will always be. I’d love to be able to put into words what this video is about, but I think the first comment from Katie Armstrong says it best: ‘This is such an incredibly powerful piece. Their love is…wow…it’s what I’ve always imagined love to be. Thank you so much for sharing this. I can’t stop crying!’" – I have also embedded the video below. (Mitch for Alistair).
  6. Neal Stephenson And Greg Bear Launch First Digital ‘Social Book’ – Digital Arts. "I’m not even going to editorialize on this as Hugh and I have batted back and forth the concept of ‘what is a book?’ Here is what this news items says: ‘The two authors released the first chapter, along with artwork, a map and other materials of The Mongoliad on Wednesday. Stephenson and Bear will release new chapters of the speculative fiction novel, set against the Mongol invasion of Europe in the 13th century, in weekly installments, according to a press release. New chapters will be available on the web and on handheld devices, starting with Apple‘s iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The authors will collaborate with readers through Pulp, a participatory publishing tool from Subutai, a publishing technology company with Stephenson as its chairman. Five other authors, as well as artists, fight choreographers and other experts, will contribute to the book. ‘Pulp is what Gutenberg would have come up with if he hadn’t jumped the gun and released 600 years early,’ Stephenson said in a statement. ‘Kindles and iPads were little better than expensive drink trays until we came up with this.’" (Mitch for Hugh).

Now, it’s your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.


  1. Thanks for making me cry lol. I guess it means I am not dead inside. Good to know. 😉

  2. This has always been one of my favourite. It’s not new but social media catapulted this amazing story to the forefront.

  3. Mitch: I’m feeling like the world’s biggest wuss right now after seeing that “Danny & Annie” video.
    I found it to be very powerful and appreciate that you shared it with us!
    With respect and appreciation,
    Paul Castain

  4. What a fabulous way to share a touching story with such a strong message. Danny and Annie never took their love for granted. They reveled in it instead and in the most simple ways.
    My day will be different because of this piece. Thanks for that! Patti

  5. Thanks Mitch for all these links, very useful and inspiring.
    What has more than inspire me this week is the new book and the company BRAINS ON FIRE:
    They really got my brain on fire and re-energized me so much
    Hope it will have a similar effect on you
    Let me know your thoughts

  6. Hi Mitch,
    Great content as always…heart warming is an understatement, Danny and Arnie captures the essence of true love and life-long devotion.
    Congrats on all the success and keep up the good works.
    Best Regards,

  7. Thanks for sharing the Danny And Annie StoryCorps video with Alistair .. and with us.
    There are a lot of parallels between Danny and Annie, and Owen and Charlotte, my parents. It was touching to watch and made me appreciate that much more the 34 years my parents had together, and the time I had (and have) with each of them.

  8. As much as we would all love to be like Danny and Annie, a love like that is rare and only a few get to live such an intense love for one another.
    Wish I had something to share this week, I promise to have something for next week.
    Thanks for sharing this Mitch.

  9. Thanks so much for sharing these inspiring links you guys – here’s one of my favorites:

    there are more available on – my two favorites are the one above “We are all connected” and “A Glorious Dawn.”

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