Scripting News for 7/5/2007

Thanks to CNET & Apple 

Thanks to CNET for the boost for nytimesriver, and thanks to Apple for putting the focus on mobile news sites. We’re getting much more flow today, in one day, than we did in the last three months. Awesome. That’s the power fo both CNET & Apple.

This is, imho, the best way to read news on a mobile device. And the Times produces so much great news. The iPhone and the Times were made for each other.

BTW, when you see the little speaker icon, that’s a podcast. When you click, the audio plays. Works great on an iPhone. Think about how rational and futuristic that is.

And of course nytimesriver runs great on any mobile device, it was originally developed for my Blackberry. 🙂

Doc Searls on Steve Jobs in 1997 

Seems like a good time to link back to Doc Searls’ piece on Steve Jobs, shortly after he returned to Apple in 1997. “These things I can guarantee about whatever Apple makes from this point forward,” Doc said…

1. It will be original.

2. It will be innovative.

3. It will be exclusive.

4. It will be expensive.

5. It’s aesthetics will be impeccable.

6. The influence of developers, even influential developers like you, will be minimal. The influence of customers and users will be held in even higher contempt.

7. The influence of fellow business artisans such as Larry Ellison (and even Larry’s nemesis, Bill Gates) will be significant, though secondary at best to Steve’s own muse.

Up on Cripple Creek 

Don Park writes to say “Adobe crippled audio recording in Flash so that bits from microphone are always sent directly to server-side *without* compression.”

6 responses to this post.

  1. kinja is a VERY convenient “river-of-news” style aggregator on mobile devices…


  2. this could be a new boom for news organizations…”flow/stream/river” of news.


  3. Posted by Larry on July 5, 2007 at 2:20 pm


    Now seems like a good time to re-publish Doc Searls’ piece on Steve Jobs, written after Jobs’ return to Apple. Once upon a time you referred to it often, and what it says, seems prophetic.


  4. Hey dave, here’s a user style sheet I had whipped up for Of course I can’t find a way to use it on iPhone 😦

    Just thought I’d pass it along in case you were interested.

    b {margin: 1em 0 .2em 0; font-size: .8em; font-family: arial; text-transform: uppercase; color: gray; font-weight: normal;}

    p {margin: 0 0 1em 0; font-size: .9em;}

    a {color:#004276; text-decoration:none; font-size: 1.3em}


  5. Posted by Michael Gartenberg on July 5, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    What’s interesting is the interest in reading contnet on mobile devices post the iPhone launch. It’s not a new concept and the iPhone isn’t necessarily the best device but the one thing Apple has done is to show what’s possible to mainstream consumers and that’s an important first step.


  6. Posted by Solo on July 5, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    Hey Dave,

    Since you posted a pic of Dr. Bonner’s castile soap you might want to check out this documentary:
    I haven’t gotten to see it yet, but am looking forward to it.

    Also: Congratulations on the newsriver finally making it. I have been using it on my (Palm) Samsung i-500 and even on the desktop since you first started it and am glad that the iPhone is making it accessible to more folks.


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