Tech news – May 28th 2012 to May 31st 2012:

Tech news – May 22nd 2012 to May 27th 2012:

Tech news – May 15th 2012 to May 22nd 2012:

  • SpaceX | Launch Central
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  • Aaron Sorkin To Adapt ‘Steve Jobs’ for Sony | /Film
    – Peter Sciretta
    Last year we heard that Sony wanted Academy Award-winning The Social Network/The West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin to write the screenplay for a Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Isaacson‘s best-selling biography. Sony had purchased the rights in a $1 million deal made just days after the Apple co-founder’s passing on October 5th 2011. Last we heard, Sorkin was “strongly considering” the project. Since then, another movie from an independent producer based on Jobs’ life starring Ashton Kutcher has …  show all text
  • Facebook’s business model – Chris Dixon
    – chris
    Startups usually succeed because of a single major product or business innovation. Google is unusual in that they succeeded because of two major innovations: their core search product, and their keyword advertising business model. Back in 2000, when Google was wildly popular but generating no revenue, the conventional wisdom was that their business model was uncertain. Then Overture invented keyword advertising and Google adopted the same model. This turned out to be both wildly profitable and …  show all text
  • GM Says Facebook Ads Don’t Pay Off –
    General Motors plans to stop advertising on Facebook after determining its paid ads had little impact on consumers. The news comes just days ahead of Facebook’s IPO.
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  • How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet
    – Mat Honan
    Web startups are made out of two things: people and code. The people make the code, and the code makes the people rich. Code is like a poem; it has to follow certain structural requirements, and yet out of that structure can come art. But code is art that does something. It is the assembly of something brand new from nothing but an idea. More »
  • Quora gets $50 million. Q: Why? A: Because it can… — Tech News and Analysis
    – Om Malik
    Quora co-founders Charlie Cheever & Adam D’Angelo @ Crunchies 2010
    Quora, a Palo Alto-based knowledge (read: Q&A) community has raised a whopping $50 million in Series B funding from co-founder Adam D’Angelo along with Facebook early funder Peter Thiel, Northbridge Ventures and Matrix Ventures. D’Angelo, who was chief technology officer of Facebook, has put $20 million of his own money (big props for that) in Quora while others chipped in the rest.  D’Angelo co-founded the company with Charlie …  show all text

Tech news – May 12th 2012 to May 14th 2012:

Tech news – May 7th 2012 to May 12th 2012:

Tech news – May 5th 2012 to May 7th 2012:

  • Could These Start-Ups Become the Next Big Thing?
    The start-up scene is on fire, but a few stand out from the crowd.

  • The Cozy Compliance of the News Corp. Board
    A board remains in lock step with Rupert Murdoch, despite a growing storm of investigations.

  • Quote and Comment
    Tom Brokaw blasts the White House Correspondents Association dinner. 
    On Meet the Press Sunday, Tom Brokaw of NBC News, an iconic figure in broadcast journalism, ripped into the annual ritual that media people in DC call “the prom,” hoping that their gentle ridicule of it will defuse some of the rage that they know the event inspires outside the Beltway club.
    Brokaw essentially told them that the game is up. The people he meets on his book tours are saying: “What’s happened with political cover…  show all text

  • Real-time Facebook ‘likes’ displayed on Brazilian fashion retailer’s clothes racks | The Verge
    Fashion retailer C&A may be a fading brand in much of Europe, but its Brazilian arm is doing what it can to stay on the pulse of social media. A new initiative called Fashion Like allows people…

  • Cloud is a corporate strategy, not a tactical solution — Cloud Computing News
    – Mark Thiele, Switch
    As an IT community we are still stuck in the past relative to the strategic nature of cloud. Many of us are looking at the adoption of cloud as just another technology, and are leaving the decisions on how to adopt, own, and manage the cloud up to engineers. But acquiring a cloud management platform is not an engineering decision — it’s a strategic one. Do engineers need to be involved? Yes, but your cloud adoption strategy has already failed if you don’t treat cloud as the operational construct  show all text

  • Draw Something Loses 5M Users a Month After Zynga Purchase – Forbes
    We may be seeing the beginnings of a lesson as to why it's not always the best idea to buy your competition outright. Mobile giant Zynga's game development philosophy has always been, "If you can' beat 'em, buy 'em," followed by the less welcome "If you can't buy 'em, clone […]

  • Two brilliant moves that helped create the Apple iOS powerhouse by Dalton Caldwell
    Most new announcements by Apple are digested and understood by the tech press instantaneously. Great products are great products, and it doesn't take much time to realize how exciting things like the iPad or Retina displays are. But some moves can take years to completely understand.
    So, I now bring you, my two favorite tactical moves by Apple, which I have only recently come to fully appreciate.
    Move #1: Windows Compatible iPods
    I remember it like it was yesterday. The summer of 2002.
    I had a …  show all text

  • If VLC can ship a free DVD player, why can’t Microsoft? | ZDNet
    – Ed Bott
    Microsoft’s decision to remove support for playing DVD movies in Windows 8 has caused some confusion. If the VLC media player can provide DVD support for free, why can’t Microsoft? For starters, Microsoft isn’t French.

  • 20 Mouthwatering Instagram Pics [FOOD PORN]
    – Christine Erickson
    The Best of Instagram Series is presented by T-Mobile. Its 4G Tweet Race, a week-long campaign launching May 3, pits Twitter users against one another in a daily, frantic race for retweets. There are 7 races, and the winners of each heat win a new HTC One™ S phone with a year of T-Mobile’s Unlimited Value service, and the final winner takes home $4,000.
    Instagram users often get a bit of flack for oversharing their food photos. Now that the photo-sharing app is available for iOS, Android and po…  show all text

  • Is This Censorship? Facebook Stops Users From Posting ‘Irrelevant Or Inappropriate’ Comments | TechCrunch
    – Colleen Taylor
    Updated. Today was just another Saturday morning in blog land when Robert Scoble, the well-known tech startup enthusiast, went to post a comment on a Facebook post written by Carnegie Mellon student (and TechCrunch commenter extraordinaire) Max Woolf about the nature of today’s tech blogging scene. Scoble’s comment itself was pretty par-for-the-course — generally agreeing with Woolf’s sentiments and adding in his own two cents.
    But when Scoble went to click post, he received an odd error messag…  show all text

Tech news – May 4th 2012 to May 5th 2012:

  • From Twitter – RT @bjdraw Been dealing with WiFi issues since I updated to Lion and finally found a simple fix!
  • The Samsung Galaxy S III: The First Smartphone Designed Entirely By Lawyers
    – Ron Amadeo
    The Galaxy S III is… well… it's ugly. There's really no other way to put it. But why? Why is it ugly? I don't mean aesthetically, why is it ugly, I mean, "How did something like this ever make it out of Samsung's design studio?" I'll tell you how, it was never in the design studio. This phone design was born down the hall, in a room where the door sign reads "Samsung Legal."
    It was designed by lawyers.
    I can tell just from the press shots, this thing is a Samsung lawyer's dream. I'm sure you  show all text

  • Postscript: Adam Yauch : The New Yorker
    – Sasha Frere-Jones
    I first met Adam Yauch in 1982, in Brooklyn, when I was fifteen. I was sitting on the red steps in the lobby of St. Ann’s, where I was a sophomore in high school. His bandmate, Michael Diamond, was a grade ahead of me. Occasionally Mike and I would talk about records and argue. We talked about doing a newsletter, but that was also just talk. His hardcore band, the Beastie Boys, was getting bigger in the very small pond of downtown Manhattan. (In the nineteen-eighties, folks didn’t play rock mus…  show all text

  • Sequoia Confirms Existence of “Stealth” Scout Program. Who’s Next? | PandoDaily
    – Sarah Lacy
    On Wednesday we uncovered a potentially worrying trend of VCs investing in very early stage companies by giving money to network rich, cash poor entrepreneurs — or “scouts.”
    Ostensibly, the trend has a lot of advantages for the investors involved. Scouts get to become angel investors quicker than their liquidity schedules might allow, more startups get funding, and venture firms get a pulse on deal flow they might not have seen otherwise. The only problem? Entrepreneurs at the receiving end have  show all text

  • AT&T Chief Regrets Offering Unlimited Data for iPhone –
    – By BRIAN X. CHEN
    Randall Stephenson, AT&T's chief executive, spoke about the state of the wireless industry at a conference this week, and he shared some surprisingly frank comments about the iPhone. He said he loses sleep over services like iMessage.

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  • Facebook’s numbers by Dustin Curtis
    I like to look at raw numbers every once in a while, without external influence, to recalibrate my ability to judge the magnitude of things. Here are some of the numbers from Facebook's most recent S-1 filing (published on May 3rd) which I think are important as metrics to compare against when thinking about relative success and opportunity. (Sources are at the bottom.)
    Total users and engagement
    125,000 M Friendships 2,000 M Likes per day 1,000 M Comments posted per day 901 M Monthly active us…  show all text

  • The Disgrace Of Yahoo « Uncrunched
    – Michael Arrington
    “The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
    Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson has lied about receiving a computer science degree. Or at any rate he’s never corrected his biographical information that includes that information, and it’s nearly impossible to believe that he simply never noticed it.
    The allegation was first raised by Third Point LLC, a Yahoo shareholder, in a letter to the board of directors earlier today (embedded here).
    Yahoo confirmed the accuracy of …  show all text

  • LinkedIn Acquires Professional Content Sharing Platform SlideShare For $119M | TechCrunch
    – Leena Rao
    LinkedIn has just acquired professional content sharing platform SlideShare for $119 million in cash and stock. We’ve pasted the release below.
    SlideShare is a sharing platform for business documents, videos and presentations. SlideShare lets anyone share presentations and video and also serves as a social discovery platform for users to find relevant content and connect with other members who share similar interests. The company also has a huge enterprise following, and companies like IBM and …  show all text

Tech news – May 1st 2012 to May 3rd 2012:

  • Evernote Raises $70M At A $1B Valuation To Prep For An IPO, And The Next 100 Years | TechCrunch
    It's official. To transition from a startup into a late-stage company that aims to be around for 100 years, Evernote today confirms it's raised a $70 million Series D round of funding at a $1 billion valuation.  Meritech Capital and CBC Capital were chosen to lead the round because they're the firms that can help Evernote prepare for an eventual IPO.Evernote doesn't need the money. It still has much of the $96 million that it's raised to date in the bank plus over one million paying customers o…

  • How To Fix Popchips’ Racist Ad Campaign – Anil Dash
    – Anil
    Update: I just got off the phone with Popchips founder Keith Belling, who was sincere and contrite as he offered a thoughtful, apologetic response that indicates he understood much of what I was trying to say here. I'm cautiously optimistic to see the company's response, and willing to give them time to do it properly. Maybe we can get a good result.

    I like Popchips; I probably eat them once a week. Well, I used to. But they stopped that habit, and revealed a much larger, more complex problem…  show all text

  • Google is making a huge and annoying mistake. – WWdN: In Exile
    – Wil Wheaton
    I like Google Plus. Some of the smartest people I've ever read are on Google Plus, and the Hangout is amazing.
    But Google is doing everything it can to force Google Plus on everyone, and it's pissing me off.
    Yesterday, I tried to like a video on YouTube. I wasn't signed in to my Google Plus account, and this is what I saw:
    Where the thumbs up and thumbs down used to be, there is now a big G+ Like button. When you go anywhere near it, you get a little popup that tells you to "upgrade to Google…  show all text

  • just tristan. – what’s next.
    Once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky, you nail your dream job. It happened to me a little over two and a half years ago when I walked onto the 5th floor at 36 Cooper Square. From day one, the opportunity at foursquare enabled me to think big, take risks, re-imagine what’s possible … and following an incredible journey, I have decided to resign from foursquare to pursue my next big dream. The past two and a half years spent with the foursquare team have been nothing less than life-changing and it  show all text

  • Bing Strips Down Results Page To Make Google Look Like “Search Overload” | TechCrunch
    – Josh Constine
    While Google keeps cramming its search results pages full of tools and social content, today Bing confirmed with me the full roll out a redesigned search results page that completely clears the left sidebar, and replaces the tabbed header with a cleaner set of links. Bing’s Facebook integration is also more subtle now, instead of plastering names and faces beneath Liked results.
    This more relaxing, dare I say zen, design gives Google a more claustrophobic and exhausting feel by comparison. Micr…  show all text

  • Mozilla Slams CISPA, Breaking Silicon Valley’s Silence On Cybersecurity Bill – Forbes
    While the Internet has been bristling with anger over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, the Internet industry has been either silent or quietly supportive of the controversial bill. With one exception. Late Tuesday, Mozilla's Privacy and Public Policy lead sent me the following statement: While we wholeheartedly support a […]

  • Apple rejecting applications which use Dropbox. The horror. « Dropbox Forums

  • Android Ported to C# – Xamarin
    – Miguel
    Oracle and Google are currently in a $1 billion wrestling match over Google’s use of Java in Android.
    But Java is not the only way to build native apps on Android. In fact, it’s not even the best way: we have been offering C# to Android developers as a high-performance, low-battery consuming alternative to Java. Our platform, Mono, is an open source implementation of the .NET framework that allows developers to write their code using C# while running on top of the Java-powered operating system,…  show all text

  • Twitter Blog: Discover better stories
    – twitter
    The Discover tab makes it easy to discover information that matters to you without having to follow additional accounts. Starting today, the Discover tab will begin to surface content that is even more personalized and meaningful to you. We’ve incorporated additional personalization signals to select Discover stories, including Tweets that are popular among the people you follow and the folks they follow. The Discover tab’s new design shows who tweeted about particular stories. You can click “…  show all text

  • Facebook Is Urging Members to Add Organ Donor Status
    In a rare foray into social engineering, Facebook announced a plan to encourage users to list their donor status on their pages, a move that organ transplant experts are calling historic.

Tech news – April 28th 2012 to May 1st 2012:

  • Top Startup Incubators And Accelerators: Y Combinator Tops With $7.8 Billion In Value – Forbes
    Incubators and accelerators are popular destinations for new entrepreneurs. Forbes ranks the top tech incubators in the U.S.
  • The Digg Team Is Going To WaPo, But The Assets Aren’t | TechCrunch
    – Anthony Ha
    Has The Washington Post acquired Digg, as reported in The Next Web? Sort of.
    We’re hearing that the Post has hired the Digg team, but is not acquiring the site or the technology. In other words, this is a talent acquisition, and in fact Digg properties, patents, and assets are still for sale.
    TheNextWeb’s report provoked some “what the hell?” reactions on Twitter, but a talent acquisition makes a little more sense. The Post isn’t trying to revive a struggling social news site. Instead, it’s rec…  show all text
  • I’m leaving the internet for a year | The Verge
    The Verge is a technology-focused news publication founded in 2011 by Joshua Topolsky and Marty Moe in partnership with Vox Media and its CEO Jim Bankoff. The Verge’s mission is to offer breaking news coverage and in-depth reporting, product information, and community content via a unified, modern platform.
  • Start-Ups Look to the Crowd
    The Pebble, a watch that is being developed to work with the iPhone, has raised more than $7 million in financing on Kickstarter, a case that has signified the site’s coming of age.
  • Mark Zuckerberg Joins Viddy: Here Comes the Speculation
    Viddy just got an all-star new member after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg signed up to the mobile video app service.
  • How Much Revenue Does It Take To Be A $1B Public Company? | TechCrunch
    – Contributor
    Editor’s note: Patrick Moran is an executive at New Relic, a SaaS web app performance company with over 21,000 active customers. Follow him on Twitter @patrickmoran.
    With all the chatter about Billion dollar valuations — like Instagram, Evernote, Splunk —  combined with recent S1 filings and IPOs, the topic of tech company valuation is coming to the forefront of people’s minds. Specifically related to the software industry, the growing number of SaaS IPO candidates of late is signaling an impor…  show all text
  • Disruptions: Start-Ups Keep Revenue at Zero to Cash In on Acquisition –
    Small start-ups that make money often find it difficult to recruit additional investment. By keeping their revenue at zero, they can pluck a projected valuation out of thin air.
    – chris
    Every week a “we are in a tech bubble” article seems to come out in a major newspaper or blog. People who argue we aren’t in a bubble are casually dismissed as promoting their own interests. I’d argue the situation is far more nuanced and that people who engage in this debate should consider the following:
    1) Public tech companies: Anyone with a basic understanding of finance would have trouble arguing many large public tech companies are trading at “bubble valuations” – e.g. Apple (14 P/E), Go…  show all text
    Apple serves as a window on how technology giants have taken advantage of tax codes written for an industrial age and ill suited to today’s digital economy.