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Louis Grey had a great post Thursday – Information Streams Accelerating the Attention Crisis – on something a growing number of people I respect are worrying about, like Tom Foremsky, and Hutch Carpenter. This isn’t the old run-of-the-mill “information overload” issue people have been whinging about since Gutenberg started printing books, or since big honking “mini-computers” started spewing reams of paper reports back in the last century. It’s worse than that, much worse. We all – or at least most…

Got this email (reprinted with permission) from Mike Stokes in New Zealand yesterday on my birthday (yes, I am now version 5.3): Hi Bob, As a fan of your writings for years (and especially your books, which I still refer to), you are the first person I wanted to run our new software past. And, as my daughter says to emphasize her point, I would like to say “I mean it” – your ISV advice…

The answer to this elementary school riddle used to be something called a newspaper, but the new answer is 37signals latest product for the iPad: Draft. What does Draft do? On a black background you can draw with your finger in white or red, email your draft or post it to 37signals’ Campfire. You can undo, use an eraser, or delete a draft. And that’s it. For (a relatively expensive) $9.99. Best app I’ve bought yet…

One of the great things about doing a startup now is the growing range of tools, services, meetups, associations and conferences available to you. The numbers of these resources both Online and off grow each month. These new tools and services can shave months off the development cycle while improving your startup’s game. In Chapter 4 of my new book, The Web Startup Success Guide I cover 16 of these new tools and services, how…

Update (January 11, 2012) – Google Maps API Free changed slightly in April 2011 in two ways: “You can require users to log in to your Maps API Implementation if you do not require users to pay a fee.” and “You can charge a fee for your Maps API Implementation if it is an Android application downloadable to mobile devices from the Android Market.” API License section 9.1.3 Examples (a) (b). However, if you charge…

Over the last few days you may have heard of Microsoft’s new program for startups, BizSpark. I am now a BizSpark Network Partner, so if you are interested in taking advantage of what Microsoft is offering please contact me at bob.walsh@47hats.com (Please, include the word BizSpark in the subject so I can spot it quicker.) Before you do so, definitely have a look at the BizSpark FAQ and Portal to see if you/your company qualify.…