6 things you need to read today

by Dave on May 20, 2010

Every weekday, I post the best of what I find online for you to read. Here’s today’s installment.

Google announces Google TV. At today’s Google I/O event, the company’s Senior Product Manager Rishi Chandra described Google’s plan “to bring the entire Web to the television set…to take the best of what TV offers these days and the best of what the Web offers and combine them.” The goal is to bring search — a feature of the web that Google dominates — to television. Additionally, Google TV’s software is built on Android 2.1, which means Android smartphones can be used as remotes. I’m very interested to see where this goes, though I can’t get the image of WebTV out of my head.

An epic collection of posts about Twitterrific’s future. The Iconfactory’s Ged Maheux, David Lanham and Craig Hockenberry detail the lessons learned from developing their popular Twitter client, Twitterrific, while offering sneak peaks at its next incarnation. From Ged:

“Somewhere during Twitterrific’s evolution from the desktop to the iPhone, we forgot how to say no. We said yes to too many of the latest features, 3rd party services and user requests. Eventually this “leap before you look” approach increased the complexity of the user interface and made the app’s settings too confusing for even us to figure out. A growing chorus of users told us the app was too hard to understand. We had lost our way.”

It’s an honest exploration that will appeal to business owners, developers, designers and anyone who’s had to learn from experience.

iPads are outselling Macs in the US. About 200,000 iPads are being sold per day (vs. approximately 110,00 Macs). Just wait until international iPad sales begin on the 28th. Still doubt that these things are going to be huge?

Apple changes policy, now accepts cash for iPads. I still think it’s strange that they didn’t until now.

Tweet you and the horse that you rode in on. Perspective:

“The speed record for the nearly two thousand mile Pony Express route was set at seven days, 17 hours with the delivery of Lincoln’s inaugural address. Can you imagine if the recipients of that letter opened the dust-covered envelope to find a message that only included one line: ‘Abraham just checked-in at the U.S. Capitol.’”

Bart’s wall. Every single line ever written on the Springfield Elementary School blackboard. 288 lines and 7,697 characters.

Previous installments here.

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