Monthly Archives: January 2013

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U.S. LGBT Households Make 16% More Shopping Trips than the U.S. Average

Average spend per trip is the same at about $50.

In looking at the 52-week period ending July 6, 2012, shopping rates for same-sex partnered households were nearly the same as those for the average U.S. household in the three main traditional channels (grocery, mass merchandiser, and drug). However, same-sex households shop more than the average U.S. household in several other important retail channels, such as warehouse club stores, pet stores, online retailers, electronics stores and health food retailers.

Ladies spend more on cat food, gents on dog food. Seriously.

(via @karsh)

Rdio’s Remote Control is Keeping Me from Buying a Jambox

tl;dr: Rdio’s Remote Control feature is aces.

Even as I try to cut down the amount of information I consume and focus on higher quality information, the people I trust to share things with me share so many interesting things, I constantly have a bajillion browser tabs open, waiting to be read. So I occasionally buckle down with Chrome for an hour or two (or three, or four…).

At the same time, I have an Rdio queue a mile long, full of tracks and albums my musichead friends have shared that I want to check out. I’ve found that a great time to listen to the queue is while cruising through browser tabs. When I’m listening to my queue, I’m deciding if I like sounds/tracks/albums and whether I want to keep them, add them to a playlist, etc. (It’s active enough listening that doing that while reading in browser tabs qualifies as multitasking where neither of those activities are being completed with the proper attention. But that is not the point.)

I can manage my Rdio queue and the tracks therein from the Rdio app on my laptop, and with Remote Control I can plop my iPhone on the Bose speaker dock and play the music over there. It sounds a lot better but my ears are not cut off to my environment (like my wife, the dog, the doorbell, etc.). This all happens over wi-fi. With a Jambox I could accomplish the same over bluetooth and keep my phone handy. But that would require me to buy a Jambox, whereas I already have all these other things on hand.

I didn’t think it was that big a deal until I tried it. Now I don’t want to run Rdio any other way while I’m at home.

“The cable industry has done everything it can to bundle programming and force consumers to buy things they don’t want,” said Gene Kimmelman, a former Justice Department antitrust lawyer. “Finally, one piece of their bundle has become so expensive that it may finally force the cable industry to shift gears and split the bundle out of fear of pricing its own customers out of the market.”

I’m so ambivalent on cable tv and sports.

Now that we’ve been without cable tv for a while, I’m over the hump of missing casual sports viewing. I sometimes miss it because I miss out on the social experience of watching a big game while reading tweets about said game. However, the biggest games (basically, season-end championships) are still on network tv, which I can get over-the-air.

At the same time, I’d like to see sports leagues outside the MLB, NHL, NFL, and NBA get equal time. I’m personally most interested in the WNBA, but I’d be happy to see soccer and lacrosse get some airtime. What the media tells people is worthwhile becomes worthwhile to people. It’s the same phenomenon where most professional athletes are grossly overpaid, but I’d like professional female athletes to be paid equally to their male counterparts.

On the other other hand, the WNBA has done a fantastic job of making all their games available online for a nominal fee. I’d be willing to pay much more than last season’s price of $5/season for (almost) all league games. Now, for a higher price, I’d like to see in-arena production improve, and I’d like a little better quality that is watchable on my tv, not just on my iPad. That is tiding me over, and in fact that flexibility of access is preferable to dealing with a cable company. But it would be super if it actually looked good on my tv.

So, on a tangent, can we get apps for Apple TV? I see icons for NHL, MLB, and NBA on my Apple TV, and I think that content beyond clips can be accessed if I have the proper online account with those leagues’ respective sites. Can I not get to WNBA Live Access that way? Or can I get the WNBA Center Court app (which I have installed on my iPhone and iPad) for my Apple TV?

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Rising TV Fees Mean All Viewers Pay to Keep Sports Fans Happy

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How Newegg crushed the “shopping cart” patent and saved online retail

Soverain isn’t in the e-commerce business; it’s in the higher-margin business of filing patent lawsuits against e-commerce companies. And it has been quite successful until now. The company’s plan to extract a patent tax of about one percent of revenue from a huge swath of online retailers was snuffed out last week by Newegg and its lawyers, who won an appeal ruling [PDF] that invalidates the three patents Soverain used to spark a vast patent war.

Soverain will lose the $2.5 million it stood to gain from Newegg, as well as two much bigger verdicts it won against Victoria’s Secret and Avon. Those two companies were ordered to pay a total of almost $18 million, plus a “running royalty” of about one percent, after a 2011 trial. The ruling in the Newegg case is a total wipeout for a patent troll that had squeezed many millions from online retailers, was backed by big-firm lawyers, and was determined to collect hundreds of millions more.

I found the winning piece of evidence to be rather delightful. I won’t spoil it for you; click through and read.

(via @jaygarmon)