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WebBreakStuff get it absolutely right with their post today on Web 2.0 startups and the scourge that is wanting to be the next X (where X is one of Myspace, Facebook, Flickr or Delicious) and forgetting about designing new, compelling experiences that make users want...

Ed Yourdon on the top-down, command-and-control mindset behind many decisions on corporate blogging (and the things that go with it such as dumb, restrictive policy in other areas) and how the mindset is destructively wrong and will end up hurting the businesses that continue to...

The Weekend Australian Financial Review ran a two-page spread on Web 2.0 entitled BOOM! Old business besotted by new internet. While the title sounds promising what Dierdre Macken's excellent article essentially boils down to is the failure of Australian business to grasp (or more...

Continuing today's theme of Web 2.0 identifying features, Chris Anderson at The Long Tail has an excellent post up discussing the notion of transparency as a factor in corporate blogging. It makes excellent reading, and Chris is a smart guy. I'm actually reading The...

The UK's Observer is running another article on the Web 2.0 heat coming out of the Valley. It's a good read, looking at a few of the trendsetters and the "gold in them hills" mindset that's driving some of the new SilVa entrepreneurs. Well worth...

I very much like this. Regular readers of acidlabs will know we're fans of Getting Things Done. Eric Mack extends David's Two Minute Rule to email - if the email will take more than two minutes to reply to, just delete it. Now, this is obviously...

Over at Joel on Software, Joel delivers a sound slapping to the designers of the new Windows Vista who have managed to give the user a mind-numbing 15 options when trying to figure out how to switch off their computer. This confusing set of possibilities is...

I doubt it somehow. Like Ben Barren, I can't imagine that last weekend's Andrew Olle Media Lecture 2006 is Minister Coonan's (the Australian Communications Minister, a Cabinet-level post) original work. She focuses on emergent issues in blogging and collaborative media as a legitimate alternative...