Flickr Mobile Makeover

It was only two months ago that Flickr unveiled a beta version of their mobile site optimized for iPhone and iPod touch users, but now it’s official.

Compared to their previous mobile endeavor, this update of the site is nothing short of leaps and bounds ahead. Beyond a svelte new interface that makes browsing, not only, your and your contacts’ activity a breeze, it also puts Flickr’s much touted “interestingness” photos within easy reach.

However, undoubtedly the biggest boon to come with this update is the ability to play back videos — or “long photos” as Flickr so poignantly likes to refer to them as. (It should be noted, though, this only applies to videos uploaded since December 3. Videos on the site previous to that date will be updated for mobile playback in the coming months.) Without delving into the technical details, Flickr is able to do this by utilizing their parent company’s, Yahoo!, Video Platform. Via said platform, Flickr can serve video to the dizzying array of available handsets on the market that support it, and accommodate for their varying screen sizes and codec dependencies, including the iPhone/iPod touch.
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How Clinton Campaign Mimics An Over-funded Startup

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If we’ve learned anything from the desperate fight between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the democratic nomination for President, it is that success is never inevitable. (Image from award-winning cartoonist, Nick Anderson, of The Houston Chronicle.)

The analysis of why Obama surged so effectively against the self-proclaimed assumptive nominee, Clinton, has been instructive in all kinds of ways relevant to Found|READERs, especially a leader’s ability to communicate in a way that inspires the rank and file to action — a skill every founder ought to have. (See: The Difference btw. A Tactician and A Leader, Thought of the Day: ‘Yes you Can!’; Credentials vs. Judgment.)

Now this morning I’ve read what must be the most incisive and devastating postmortem on Clinton’s implosion, penned by none other than liberal New York Times columnist, Frank Rich. I call it to your attention because Rich’s descriptions of the Clinton Machine remind me too much of something else: the bloated, over-hyped, Kool-aid drinking, but strategically lethargic animal we know around here as the over-funded startup. Such characteristics of glutony do not guarantee success. They doom one to fail. Read More about How Clinton Campaign Mimics An Over-funded Startup