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  • Will Apple Sideline Siri Before She Kills Google?

    Will Apple Sideline Siri Before She Kills Google?

    Editor’s note: Dan Kaplan is a freelance Content Strategist and armchair futurist. He has worked in marketing for Asana, Twilio and Salesforce. In the wake of Apple’s big iOS 7 reveal, there has been much hoopla and quibbling. The bulk about it has centered around the design choices made by Jony Ive, his team and (apparently) some icon designers in marketing. Read More

  • Startups Compete To Win The Mobile App CRM Battle

    Startups Compete To Win The Mobile App CRM Battle

    Editor’s note: Ankur Jain is a venture investor at Nexus Venture Partners. Nexus invests in early and early growth stage companies across sectors in India and the U.S. The rapid growth of mobile device usage has created major gaps in CRM capability; as smartphone adoption has exploded, companies have scrambled to launch mobile apps, many of which are disconnected from an… Read More

  • Tomorrow’s Surveillance: Everyone, Everywhere, All The Time

    Tomorrow’s Surveillance: Everyone, Everywhere, All The Time

    Everyone is worried about the wrong things. Since Edward Snowden exposed the incipient NSA panopticon, the civil libertarians are worried that their Internet conversations and phone metadata are being tracked; the national-security conservatives claim to be worried that terrorists will start hiding their tracks; but both sides should really be worried about different things entirely. Read More

  • Launching A Startup? Make A Clean Legal Break From Your Employer First

    Launching A Startup? Make A Clean Legal Break From Your Employer First

    Editor’s note: Stephanie Singer practices law at WilmerHale, where she advises emerging companies in the technology and life sciences industries on formation, financings and ongoing corporate matters. Before quitting your job to launch a startup, read the documents you signed with your current employer carefully. They could contain provisions that put your new venture at risk. Read More

  • Big Labor’s Anti-Immigration Rumor Machine

    Big Labor’s Anti-Immigration Rumor Machine

    Editor’s note: Vivek
    Wadhwa is a fellow at Stanford Law School, Director of Research at
    Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and VP of
    Innovation and Research at Singularity University. The
    passage of immigration reform by the Senate was a big step forward.
    The bill is far from perfect, but goes a long way towards solving
    Silicon Valley’s talent shortage — and… Read More

  • State Machinery For State Machines

    State Machinery For State Machines

    My name is Andrew Auernheimer. I used to believe problems could be solved with criticism and discourse in our marketplace of ideas. Three years ago I incremented an integer on a public web API and analyzed the output for all to read. It was then demanded I apologize for abusive arithmetic. I disagreed that addition could be abhorrent, so now I write this from the Special Housing Unit of a… Read More

  • Virtuix Omni Takes Virtual Reality In Every Direction

    Virtuix Omni Takes Virtual Reality In Every Direction

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Part videogame accessory and part exercise equipment, the Virtuix Omni was inspired by the success of Kinect a few years ago, itself a response to the “Wiimote controller” that defined Nintendo’s last gaming console. While both products get you off the couch, they… Read More

  • Today’s Acqui-Hires Will Become Tomorrow’s Innovators

    Today’s Acqui-Hires Will Become Tomorrow’s Innovators

    Editor’s note: Peter Relan is a former programmer and Internet executive, as well as a successful serial entrepreneur, Silicon Valley executive, angel investor, and technology veteran. There is no doubt about the unprecedented wealth of talent in Silicon Valley, both technical and entrepreneurial. The area has become known as a mecca, and for some the Wild West, of digital innovation. Read More

  • The Technical Interview Is Dead (And No One Should Mourn)

    The Technical Interview Is Dead (And No One Should Mourn)

    Allow me just a little self-congratulation. Two years ago I wrote “Why The New Guy Can’t Code,” about my contempt for the standard industry interview procedure for software engineers, condemning Microsoft and Google in particular for their brain-teasing riddles and binary search questions. And lo and behold, this week Google’s head of HR admitted: “Brainteasers are… Read More

  • Old Ideas Are Better Than The Idea You Just Thought Of

    Old Ideas Are Better Than The Idea You Just Thought Of

    Editor’s note: Jake Knapp is a design partner at Google Ventures. It drives me crazy every time I hear about Mailbox, the fancy-pants email app that Dropbox bought for a gazillion dollars. I mean, come on, it’s such an obvious idea — the app’s killer feature is “email snoozing.” It’s basically organized procrastination, and it’s been around… Read More

  • Agent Smartwatch Banks On Design, Developers, Distribution To Survive Battle

    Agent Smartwatch Banks On Design, Developers, Distribution To Survive Battle

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A guy walks into a watch store and… a smartwatch business partnership is formed. OK, it’s not a funny joke; in fact, it’s not a joke at all. When Secret Labs’ founder and CTO Chris Walker walked into the House of Horology store… Read More

  • The Secret Science Behind Big Data And Word Of Mouth

    The Secret Science Behind Big Data And Word Of Mouth

    Editor’s note: Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School and author of the New York Times bestseller Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Why do some companies, products and services get more word of mouth than others? It’s not luck. There’s a science behind it. Social media gurus always preach that no one talks about boring products or boring ideas. So you… Read More

  • Doing Mobile Monetization The Right Way

    Doing Mobile Monetization The Right Way

    Editor’s note: Chris Moore is a partner at Redpoint Ventures where he focuses on making investments in consumer Internet, online marketing and SaaS companies. This year alone, there is an $11.4 billion mobile advertising opportunity, which means there is tremendous upside for nimble and innovative startups with disruptive mobile-first models. As we saw from Facebook last year… Read More

  • Silicon Valley Real Estate Update: The Craziest Market In The U.S. Just Got A Little Less Crazy

    Silicon Valley Real Estate Update: The Craziest Market In The U.S. Just Got A Little Less Crazy

    Editor’s note:Glenn Kelman is the CEO of Redfin, a technology-powered real estate broker backed by Madrona Venture Group and Greylock Partners. Well what do you know! After writing on TechCrunch for the past year about how Silicon Valley’s Gatsbyesque wealth couldn’t find much real estate to buy, Bay Area inventory is up. Bidding wars are down. And rising rates are… Read More

  • Diary Of A 5,000-Hours-Per-Year Internet Troll

    Diary Of A 5,000-Hours-Per-Year Internet Troll

    Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. I know you do it. We all act like we don’t do it, like we’re all pristine human beings who WOULD NEVER do perverse things like that. But I know you do it. And you do it a lot. You respond to trolls. Read More

  • Can BuzzFeed Be Stopped?

    Can BuzzFeed Be Stopped?

    It’s been a good week for old media. The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal have all done a superb job of reporting on the NSA/PRISM revelations. Unfortunately it has also been a terrible decade for them. Newspaper advertising revenue has fallen by more than half since 2007, and paywalls aren’t even coming close to covering that… Read More

  • Trading Faster Than The Speed Of Reality

    Trading Faster Than The Speed Of Reality

    Editor’s note: Michael Wellman is a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering.  At 1:07 p.m. on April 23, a hijacked AP Twitter account falsely reported an attack on the White House. Seconds later, major US stock indexes started to fall. They were down 1 percent by the time the tweet was publicly identified as bogus… Read More

  • Apple’s Golden State: Just Doing What’s Right

    Apple’s Golden State: Just Doing What’s Right

    Among his last advice he had for me, and for all of you, was to never ask what he would do. “Just do what’s right.” That’s what Tim Cook told the audience of Apple employees at the memorial for Steve Jobs, following his passing in 2011. Now, nearly two years later, we’re starting to see that plan being executed. Read More

  • How Apple’s iOS Fragmentation Problems Distort Design Thinking

    How Apple’s iOS Fragmentation Problems Distort Design Thinking

    Editor’s note: Kevin Marks is VP of Open Cloud Standards at Salesforce.com, and a host and co-founder of TummelVision.tv. As someone who uses both Android and iOS regularly, I’m getting increasingly frustrated by fragmentation. However it’s not on my Android devices I see this, but rather on the iOS ones. I install a popular, well-funded application like Instagram, Flickr… Read More

  • Waiting For Prometheus

    Waiting For Prometheus

    What is the real issue brought up by this whole PRISM debacle? It’s not that the government is willing to overstep its role using national security as an excuse. That’s been going on for thousands of years. It’s not that companies in a position of power are willing to throw those that rely on them under the bus in order to get ahead. Again, that’s nothing new. And… Read More