Quick hits during summer vacation 2007

While I’ve been on vacation from the blogosphere, here are some quick hits:

* CNN.com re-designed over this past weekend. There are many fine touches, but I continue to be blown away by how low of a priority video is to big news sites. While the new CNN.com places video above the fold, they’re only small, motionless links to recent stories. They are a major cable news outlet: Where’s the huge, auto-starting video player? The live stream? The special features? The popular videos?

* I updated my own site to display my most recent Flickr photo, as well as a collage of my recent links and Google Reader shared items. Visit the site in your web browser (not via RSS) and look on the sidebar to see the changes.

* Call me prescient but I’ve noticed a major tectonic shift towards Facebook over the past few weeks. It wasn’t all the blogosphere buzz that sealed it for me- rather, my most MySpace-ardent friend recently made the non-ironic jump to Facebook. That’s evidence.

* Retail heads-up: BabyUniverse.com has recently messed around two of my friends. In both cases, the friends ordered car seats, had their credit cards charged, and then were told there would be a long delay for their products to arrive. Then in each case, the friend contacted their credit card issuer, who contacted BabyUniverse. In both cases, BabyUniverse immediately relented and sent out the car seats, despite previously claiming they were out of stock. Buyer beware?

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