Ev Williams talked about Twitter partnering with 65 different cell-phone carriers to serve as an SMS news feed for the developing world, saying, “We’ve always held it important to make Twitter reach the weakest signals,” and saying Twitter’s number one goal was to “be a force for good” (hmm, sounds familiar!). There was practically an entire Haiti track featuring Cameron Sinclair of Architecture of Humanity and Andy Carvin of NPR, who talked about CrisisCamp, a wave of worldwide spontaneous hackathons for Haiti–volunteer, open-source geeks improving emergency response from afar through maps and apps. … [Read more...] about Screw Monetization! It’s All About Ethonomics at SXSW
Most important — although Donahoe won’t come right out and say this — eBay wants every transaction to end with PayPal. “Milo is inventory where you are, and PayPal is paying where you are,” says Sam Shrauger, PayPal’s VP of global product and experience. That Marc Jacobs bag? It would be paid for via PayPal’s Express Checkout. The local Starbucks, which wants to shoot you a dollar for your next Frappuccino when you’re two blocks away? It pops that “cash” into your PayPal account, where it sits until it expires in an hour. That new Canon camera you’re eyeing but aren’t yet ready to purchase? Scan its bar code into your PayPal “wish list” — which PayPal is currently prototyping — “and then, when I walk by a retailer who has that in stock,” says Shrauger, “they make me an offer that’s better than anybody else’s.” … [Read more...] about How Jack Abraham Is Reinventing EBay [Update]
"On a scale, this explosion is scaled down from a nuclear bomb rather than up from a conventional bomb," said Roland Alford, managing director of Alford Technologies, a British company that specialises in disposal of explosive ordnance. "This is probably up there among the biggest non-nuclear explosions of all time." … [Read more...] about Beirut explosion | What is ammonium nitrate and why is it dangerous?