“Been an all-star. Been a champion. Free throw line, you hear ‘em chanting, ‘MVP! MVP!’ Kobe Bryant a.k.a. envy me!” – Lil Wayne on Kobe Bryant
Happy President’s Day!
Did you catch the NBA All-Star game last night? There have been some great All-Star games in the past, but last night’s game was one for the ages. Individual performances aside–Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Amare Stoudemire particularly stood out–this was a very exciting game. Going into the final quarter, the West was up by 17 points. People thought the game was over at that point, but Lebron James was not going out like that. Thanks to Lebron’s stellar 4th quarter performance–14 points, 3 assists, and 5 rebounds–the East was able to pull within 2 points with 2:34 left in the game and kept it interesting right until the end. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late and the West was able to hold on for the victory.
With the NBA All-Star weekend now done, it’s time to turn our attentions to the Melo-drama–does anyone think he’s not going to the Knicks?
Since the Super Bowl, there’s been an event every Sunday. What’s next Sunday? The 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
Every week there are tons of small business articles published. Unfortunately, you do not have the time to scour the net to gather small business articles. No need. I have gathered several of the best small business articles from the past week in this edition of the UPrinting™ Small Business Article Roundup.
In this small business article published on The New York Times “You’re the Boss Blog,” Robb Mandelbaum writes about the proposed cuts to Small Business Administration (S.B.A.) programs in the 2012 S.B.A. budget. A budget is yet to be set for fiscal year 2011. If Congress fails to set a budget, spending will remain at 2010 levels.
9 out of 10 people will read the title of this Mashable post by Sarah Kessler, “Why 3 Startups Are Betting That You’ll Want to Stream Your Browser History,” and think, “What? Streaming your browser history?” You are not alone.
The reason I read this article was not out of interest in the startups, but rather out of curiosity as to why anyone would want to share their browser history. I mean, even Sarah acknowledges that the concept of sharing your browser history feels counter-intuitive.
After reading about them I was intrigued. We currently have streams on Twitter and Facebook, but if there were a way to show what your friends are reading/viewing in your browser that may be intriguing. There are currently two approaches to sharing the data users are browsing. Sitesimon and Voyurl use a black list of sites to prevent certain sites from being shared. Dscover.Me uses a white list of sites that users can share. The white list approach is also used in the original version of Sitesimon, but the next version will scratch this. The white list approach is restrictive and takes away a large portion of the internet. It seems counter-intuitive to have a white list when users are trying to discover new content.
I tried the services and of the three, I have to say Voyurl is the one I prefer. In a feature I feel should be featured by StumbleUpon, you can view a live stream of what Voyurl users are viewing. This is a really cool feature, especially because you can filter it by content. For example, you can select “SPORTS” and only sport related results will show. Nothing groundbreaking, but it’s cool if you want to see what sport stories people are looking at.
Give the services a try and judge for yourself.
Waiting for your car at the car wash? Got a layover between flights? This Inc. article suggests 10 apps that will help you pass the time while also possibly help you “up your networking game.” With the emergence of QR codes for marketing and social networking, if you are going to check out just one of these apps, check out Jump Scan. I will be doing a thorough post on QR codes next week.
Be sure to check back every Monday for a new Small Business Article Roundup.
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