What I’m reading and finding for August 28th 2011 through August 31st 2011:
- “Respect Explorer’s Heritage” | TechCrunch–
When photos started circulating yesterday of the new interface for Windows Explorer in Windows 8, I was sure they were a joke. Surely, this was an Onion mock-up. Or maybe they were from some Apple fan making fun of Microsoft’s design aesthetic in which more is quite often… more. I mean, there’s no way that this is something Microsoft could actually release — let alone in 2012, right?
As Windows chief Steven Sinofsky and Windows management team member Alex Simons detail in length on the B… show all text
- From Twitter – http://t.co/44nTwUd Streaming Services Compared Amazon, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Netflix and VUDU
- The Memory Buyer’s Guide: What’s the Best RAM for My System? – How much do you need? How fast should it be? Are latencies important? Today, we’ll be covering everything you need to know to get the right RAM for your system.
- Death Threats and Hate Crimes, Attacks On Women Bloggers Escalating | IttyBiz–
I’m going to tell you a story and it’s very, very important. Please read it, all the way through. Women’s lives are at stake.
Once upon a time, there was a website. We’ll call it Mean Website 1. The owner of this website didn’t seem to like me very much. As a successful woman on the internet, this is hardly surprising.
The comments on Mean Website 1 got a little out of control, and people said some Not Very Nice Things. Because I am a woman, naturally these Not Very Nice Things quickly degenera… show all text
- Seesmic Focuses On The Social Enterprise; Debuts Android, iPad Apps For Salesforce CRM | TechCrunch–
Social application developer Seesmic is making a big move into the social enterprise and is debuting a dedicated Android app and iPad app for Salesforce’s CRM product (Windows Phone 7 will also be added soon), called Seesmic CRM. The Android app will be launched tomorrow morning at Salesforce’s annual conference, Dreamforce, and Seesmic will launch the iPad app in a few weeks.
For background, Seesmic, which was founded by French entrepreneur Loic Le Meur, helps you monitor and track the social … show all text
- H-P’s One-Year Plan – WSJ.com–
- Hurricane Irene Hype: How the Media Went Overboard – The Daily Beast–
What I’m reading and finding for August 25th 2011 through August 28th 2011:
- When @Irene Met Hurricane Irene – Digits – WSJ–
By Vauhini Vara
When Hurricane Irene started moving up the eastern seaboard, Irene Tien, a 28-year-old New Yorker, provided a punch line for her coworkers.
“I’m very, very calm and pretty relaxed and laid-back—pretty much the opposite of a hurricane,” says Ms. Tien. “I guess that’s funny.”
It became less funny when people started mistaking Ms. Tien for the hurricane on Twitter. On the social-messaging service where people post 140-character messages that anyone can read, Ms. Tien has since 2006… show all text
- 031 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!–
- Twitter, faster than earthquakes–
- City Orders Evacuation of Coastal Areas–
With Hurricane Irene pushing toward the East Coast, officials made plans to shut down the city’s mass transit system on Saturday, and the mayor ordered a mandatory evacuation of certain coastal areas.
- Bloody Thursday: Google Deadpools All Slide Products Except One | TechCrunch–
Because we needed more big tech news this week. Yes, it’s true that Google has just brought the hammer down on Slide, as Liz Gannes of AllThingsD first reported earlier this evening. Yes, it’s also true that Max Levchin is leaving. Now we also know the fate of all of the Slide products. And it’s not pretty.
All of them are being discontinued — except one, we’ve learned. This means both the Slide products before Google’s acquisition of the company a year ago, and the newer ones that the Slide te… show all text
- New Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘I’m Thinking Printers’ | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source–
SAN FRANCISCO—Following the resignation of Apple founder Steve Jobs, incoming CEO Tim Cook called a meeting of shareholders and members of the press Thursday morning to announce that he envisioned printers as the company’s future.
- Steve Jobs’s Best Quotes – Digits – WSJ–
Steve Jobs has stepped down as CEO of Apple, the company he founded and turned into the largest technology company in the world. Although his tenure as CEO will be remembered for ushering in fundamental changes in the way people interact with technology, he has also been known for his salesmanship, his ability to turn a phrase – and a knack for taking complicated ideas and making them easy to understand. Below, a compendium of some of the best Steve Jobs quotes.
“It takes these ve… show all text
What I’m reading and finding for August 22nd 2011 through August 24th 2011:
- Steve Jobs Resigns As CEO Of Apple | TechCrunch–
Title says it all. More to come. For now, the letter from Steve Jobs himself:
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly rec… show all text
- Russia plans $65bn tunnel to America – Times Online–
Russia has unveiled an ambitious plan to build the world’s longest tunnel under the Bering Strait as part of a transport corridor linking Europe and America via Siberia and Alaska.
- One Year Later, Facebook Killing Off Places …To Put Location Everywhere | TechCrunch–
It was almost exactly one year ago that Facebook launched Places, their location-based offering. Reading the press at the time, you would have thought it was going to be the Foursquare-killer, the Gowalla-strangler, the Loopt-beheader, etc. Nevermind that Facebook partnered with all of them for the launch — those guys were done.
Fast forward to today: Foursquare recently raised a large round of funding valuing them at $600 million. And Facebook is killing off Places.
To be clear, Facebook is not show all text
- Magnitude 5.8 – VIRGINIA–
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards
- Web Surfing Makes You Work Better, Study Says – WSJ.com–
Don’t feel guilty about browsing the Internet at work—turns out it may actually improve your performance, a new study says.
- SimpleGeo Cofounder Matt Galligan Steps Down; Will Focus On Helping TechStars And A Non-Profit | TechCrunch–
Last November, location startup SimpleGeo brought in former Digg CEO Jay Adelson to replace co-founder Matt Galligan as CEO. At the time, Galligan slid into the role of Chief Strategy Officer and became more of a public face for the company. Now he’s leaving the company entirely.
You can read the news on SimpleGeo’s blog here, as well as Galligan’s own thoughts here. But essentially this is something that has been in the works ever since Adelson took over those many months ago, Galligan tells u… show all text
- International Wireless Trip Planner – Figure out what you need for wireless communications while on your trip.
What I’m reading and finding for August 20th 2011 through August 22nd 2011:
- From Twitter – http://t.co/bUV0vO5 Study Computer Science Online at Stanford for Free
- Watch Now – Al Jazeera English–
- From Twitter – http://t.co/CiBwk6E Netflix HD on Atom Workaround
- Skype To Acquire Year-old Group Messaging Service GroupMe | TechCrunch–
Skype will acquire group messaging service GroupMe, a service that was born at a hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in 2010. GroupMe was founded by Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci.
The terms of the deal, including price, aren’t being disclosed.
Just a couple of months after TechCrunch Disrupt the company closed a $850,000 round of financing from Betaworks, SV Angel, First Round Capital, Lerer Ventures and a number of prominent angels. Early this year the company raised $10.6 million more show all text
- Twitter Just Got the Respect it Deserves–
If you’re one to check your analytics on a daily basis you may have noticed a pretty sharp increase in referrals from Twitter’s “t.co” domains. We noticed it almost immediately on Wednesday but naively didn’t pay much attention.
A few days later and with the t.co
domain suddenly our number no 1 domain source of referral traffic, it was time to pay some attention to exactly what had happened.
In the simplest of terms, from last Wednesday, all links (longer than 20 characters) posted show all text
- Twitter Just Got the Respect it Deserves–
If you’re one to check your analytics on a daily basis you may have noticed a pretty sharp increase in referrals from Twitter’s
- Marc Andreessen on Why Software Is Eating the World – WSJ.com–
Far from a bubble, we’re watching a new generation of tech start-ups realize the Web’s original potential, says Marc Andreessen.
What I’m reading and finding for August 18th 2011 through August 19th 2011:
- Apple Sneaks A Big Change Into iOS 5: Phasing Out Developer Access To The UDID | TechCrunch–
Apple is making a lot of big changes to its mobile operating system with iOS 5, which is dribbling out in betas for developers ahead of a general release later this year. But there is one big change some developers are just starting to take notice of that Apple isn’t talking about that much. In a recent update to the documentation for iOS 5 (which is only available to registered Apple developers, but a copy was forwarded to me), Apple notes that it will be phasing out access to the unique device show all text
- Tech community, are we MTV or TED? – The Washington Post–
50Kings founder Francisco Dao issues a challenge to the tech community to stop following a Kim Kardashian-style business model.
- Google+ Hangouts Can Now Be Initiated From YouTube–
Google has quietly rolled out yet another feature of its Google+ social network, letting users click Share from any YouTube video, revealing an icon that suggests watching the video with friends in a Google+ hangout.
Google didn’t formally announce this new feature, instead revealing it via product manager Brian Glick on — where else — Google+, where he casually mentioned it like so:
You can now start a Google+ Hangout with a YouTube video, directly from YouTube. Watch with your friends. 🙂
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- #Hub140 – @HubSpot Acquires Social Media Marketing Company @oneforty – http://bit.ly/Hub140–
- The Secret of the Fibonacci Sequence in Trees – Great read. 7th grader has some great ideas for getting more power from solar cells.
- Google Hires Silicon Valley Tech Blogger Louis Gray as Google+ Evangelist | TechCrunch–
Notable Silicon Valley tech blogger and startup consultant Louis Gray is finally turning his passion for Google’s products and services into a career. Gray has just accepted the position of Product Marketing Manager on the Google+ team, an evangelist role involving the promotion of Google’s new Facebook competitor, Google+.
The role is loosely defined, but will involve working with Google+ engineers to improve the product, setting future goals for Google+, and, most importantly, promoting the s… show all text
- AT&T to kill $10/month texting plan – AT&T confirmed today that it will dump its $10 per month texting plan next week.
What I’m reading and finding for August 16th 2011 through August 18th 2011:
- From Twitter – HP to Buy Software Company, Spin Off PCs – Bloomberg http://t.co/sQNR2ee via @BloombergNews
- The Greatest Customer Service Story Ever Told, Starring Morton’s Steakhouse | Peter Shankman–
The following story is entirely true. More importantly, I swear on my entire professional reputation and all I hold dear to me that the story below was in no way staged, planned in advance, or in any way faked. This is real. And most importantly: This is AMAZING.
When my alarm clock went off at 3:30 this morning, I knew I was in for a long day. I was catching a 7am flight out of Newark to Tampa, Florida, for a lunch meeting in Clearwater, then heading back to Newark on a 5pm flight, getting me … show all text
- Microsoft keeps the pressure on VMware around its latest virtualization licensing changes – Microsoft has no plans to follow VMware’s lead with new pricing/licensing changes in the virtualization space that have led to VMware customer outcry. In fact, with Windows 8, Microsoft is taking the opposite tack, officials said.
- From Twitter – The Ultimate Guide To “LinkedIn Today” & How To Optimize Your Presence On It http://j.mp/q5a1L4 cc @Comprendia @StacyZapar
- Jeremy, Call Your Mother — She’s Worried Sick | TechCrunch–
When we switched to Facebook comments several months ago, we spun it as a way to combat the trolls. But you know, there was actually a secret agenda. We wanted to bring families closer together.
And it’s with great pleasure that I can now announce that it’s working.
Earlier today, we ran a post entitled, “German Court Suspends Galaxy Tab Injunction In The Apple-Samsung Case“. Apple, Android, courts, lawsuits, intrigue — fairly standard TechCrunch fare. But a comment on the story was easily bett… show all text
- From Twitter – How to emerge victorious after the imminent Social Crash. http://t.co/WdlJhAJ via @spin
- Google’s Android Press Release Generator–
What I’m reading and finding for August 14th 2011 through August 16th 2011:
- President Obama Joins Foursquare–
Foursquare has just gained its highest-profile user yet: President Barack Obama.
“The White House is now on Foursquare, a location-based social networking website, which is the latest way for you to engage with the administration,” The White House said on its blog. “There are over 10 million people already “checking in” around the world, and now you’ll be able to discover “tips” from the White House featuring the places President Obama has visited, what he did there, plus historical information… show all text
- Rope-A-Dope, Indeed–
Sometimes you want so badly to say “I told you so!” after months of getting kicked in the ass, that you do so without really looking into what you’re writing about. Or even thinking, really.
Such is the predicament Dan Lyons finds himself in today.
The artist formerly known as Fake Steve Jobs wrote the following this morning immediately after hearing about Google buying Motorola:
Everyone was baffled when Google made those crazy bids for the Nortel patents last month. Remember? They bid things … show all text
- Exclusive: Guess who else wanted to buy Motorola? — Tech News and Analysis–
Google may not have had much of a choice when it came to buying Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. If it didn’t, someone else would have and that would have put the company in an even bigger patent hole.
Our sources say that Motorola was in acquisition talks with several parties, including Microsoft for quite some time. Microsoft was interested in acquiring Motorola’s patent portfolio that would have allowed it to torpedo Android even further. The possibility of that deal brought Google to the show all text
- 21 Outrageously Beautiful Free Poster Fonts for Designers –
- Stop Coddling the Super-Rich–
We mega-rich should not continue to get extraordinary tax breaks while most Americans struggle to make ends meet.
- A Theory of Everything (Sort of)–
From Athens to Barcelona, the middle classes are boiling mad. Why now?
- Control what apps (including Google+ games) have access to your account information –