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John Pavley
John Pavley has worked at Apple Computer, DoubleClick, Yahoo, LimeWire, and Spotify. He is currently the CTO of The Huffington Post.

Entries by John Pavley

Nonkiller Apps Are The Future: Here's Why

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 3:06 PM

I first heard the term "killer app" in 1992, when a fellow Apple engineer explained to me that every computer needed one. Without a killer app, the computer would never cross the chasm between being a toy for a small audience of enthusiasts and becoming a must-have tool...

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Why The Experts Are Probably Wrong About The Crack-Up

(87) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 12:12 PM

Many technology experts are blaming the software behind for all the problems Americans have encountered while trying to sign up for health insurance in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.

That's not how I see it.

A look at's source code, on its own and through a couple...

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A Quick Look at iTunes Radio and Spotify Radio

(37) Comments | Posted September 21, 2013 | 2:24 PM

Disclaimer: I've worked at both Apple and Spotify in the past.

The public release of iOS 7 included iTunes 11 and iTunes Radio. I'm excited about iTunes Radio for one big reason: Internet Radio services are a great way to discover new music. Pandora, iHeart and Spotify Radio do a...

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Introducing HuffPost News on iOS7

(18) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Reading Time: 7 minutes


The original Macintosh user experience was a revolution back in 1984. It set the stage for Microsoft to become wildly successful with a new fangled input device call the mouse and a new on-screen experience called...

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If You Like Books, You'll Like BookLikes

(20) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 11:08 AM

One way to really understand someone is to look at the books on their bookshelf. Here's a picture of mine and it's a picture of my soul:


It's disorganized with technical books mixed in with science fiction, non-fiction, philosophy and art. Like many book...

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Free Speech and Identity Verification: Combating the Challenge of Trolling

(4289) Comments | Posted September 1, 2013 | 1:30 PM

Reading Time: 4 minutes

All of us at the Huffington Post, keeping in mind our obligation to be of service to the membership, are very serious about the problem of trolling. For the HuffPost community to grow and develop we must emphasize fairness in access, promote civil discourse,  reduce vitriol...

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Sneak Peek: HuffPost Brings Real Time Collaboration to the Newsroom

(35) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 12:42 PM

6 minute read + video

Trigger warnings: computer jargon, monster movie references

If you're a regular reader of the Huffington Post you might not have given much thought to the technology behind the news articles that you read, share, and comment upon on our site. Since...

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A Marketplace for Stronger Connections Between Neurons

(29) Comments | Posted August 4, 2013 | 2:04 PM

5 minute read

A few months ago I was looking for advice about building a big data team. I contacted Parshu, one of the best search guys I've worked with. I was thinking in the back of my mind, if Parshu wasn't doing anything interesting, unlikely as that might be,...

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The Inside of Facebook Now Available on the Outside

(17) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 1:33 PM

Today Facebook announced Embedded Posts, which lets content creators easily insert public Facebook posts into articles, blogs, slideshows, and just about any page on a website. HuffPost is thrilled to be part of the launch of this new way to get more Facebook goodness into the heart of...

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Teach a Kid Functional Programming and You Feed Her for a Lifetime

(133) Comments | Posted July 28, 2013 | 11:30 AM

Last Thursday night we took the HuffPost Tech Team out for an exciting night of ping-pong. We're passionate about Table Tennis. If you come to visit the Huffington Post you'll often find our engineers facing off around the wiff-waff table after a hard day of coding and debugging. In the...

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HuffPost Is a Virtual World

(10) Comments | Posted June 29, 2013 | 7:50 PM

Last week I blogged about MUDs (multi-user dungeons) and how they pioneered much of what we see on the web today in social networks, or really in every robust Internet application. One of the resources I mentioned was Richard Bartle's Designing Virtual Worlds. My...

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Want to Know What's Next for Social Internet Applications? Start Mudding!

(51) Comments | Posted June 23, 2013 | 12:42 PM

"In the mud someone as scrawled, "MAGIC WORD XYZZY." -- Colossal Cave Adventure

Almost all of what we do on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Google+ was predicted, some might even say preordained, by an ancient race of wizards and warriors in the 1970s and 1980s. These pioneering gamers...

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How to Cheat the Iron Triangle With Tony Schwartz

(26) Comments | Posted June 15, 2013 | 3:33 PM

There is an old saw that every software engineer eventually stubs a toe on:

"You can get it done on time, you can get the features you want, or you can get it at the price you planned on paying, but you can't achieve all three simultaneously."


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Game of Thrones: Who Is Daenerys Targaryen and Will She Live Until Book Seven?

(173) Comments | Posted June 8, 2013 | 6:40 PM

This Sunday marks the end of the truly heroic third season of HBO's Game of Thrones. One of the pleasures of following both the TV series and the books is trying to figure out what author George R.R. Martin is doing with these characters. The most...

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Technical Literacy: Can Everyone Learn to Code?

(305) Comments | Posted May 26, 2013 | 9:34 AM

I believe everyone should learn to code. I've written about this topic before and hold myself up as an example: if an art major can learn to code and find success in technology land, why can't everyone do it?

I don't feel particularly well designed for coding...

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The Future of the Web As Seen From Google I/O Day Two

(26) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 6:49 AM

It's the second day at Google I/O 2013 in San Francisco. While the other members of the HuffPost tech team on site have been pursuing sessions on Android and Google Glass, I've been focused on something much more mundane: the World Wide Web.

The web is 20 years old and...

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Reporting in From Google I/O 2013 Day One

(4) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 7:49 AM

I'm blogging from the 2013 edition of the Google I/O conference in San Francisco today. It's been a busy day that included a three-hour keynote, six hours of booth duty, several technical sessions, and mad gifts to each attendee.

Google I/O is to software developers as Burning Man...

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250 Million Comments and Counting

(172) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 12:57 PM

Today, the Huffington Post community posted its 250 millionth comment. The conversation is not only alive and well on but thriving on HuffPost Live, on our international editions and on our iPhone, iPad, and Android applications.

When Arianna co-founded the Huffington Post back in May 2005, our community...

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Miner Mike, the Bitcoin Minter

(72) Comments | Posted April 27, 2013 | 6:06 PM

A couple of days ago I met a mysterious hacker in a coffee shop near Google's Manhattan office and entered into the dark underworld of bitcoin trading. Well, actually it was a sunny day and buying bitcoin was a totally above-the-board process. And the "mysterious hacker" was my buddy Mike...

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Big Brother, Little Brother, Social Brother

(8) Comments | Posted April 20, 2013 | 8:10 PM

A Story of Three Brothers

This is a story of three brothers. The oldest brother was known as a real control freak. He wanted to know everything about everyone. He knew what was best for his family and he certainly didn't trust them to make their own choices. Let's call...

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