Editor’s Picks

  • Apple’s iCloud Is No Dropbox Killer (It’s Much More)

    Apple’s iCloud Is No Dropbox Killer (It’s Much More)

    With today's reveal of the next version of OS X - OS X 10.8, aka Mountain Lion - Apple is more deeply integrating its iCloud service into the operating system itself. No longer will storing your documents in the cloud feel like an extra, value-added feature - it will feel like part of the OS itself. The cloud is just another drive, Apple seems to say, and saving to the cloud should look and feel… Read More

  • Surprise! OS X Mountain Lion Roars Into Existence (For Developers Today, Everyone This Summer)

    Surprise! OS X Mountain Lion Roars Into Existence (For Developers Today, Everyone This Summer)

    Confirmed: Apple can still surprise. On July 20 of last year, Apple began a journey. With OS X Lion (aka OS X 10.7), the company started taking some of what they had learned from iOS, and the iPad specifically, and putting it in their more mature OS. Today, that transition continues with OS X Mountain Lion. Yes, Apple is already ready to show off the next version of OS X — technically 10.8… Read More

  • Facebook Launches Verified Accounts and Pseudonyms

    Facebook Launches Verified Accounts and Pseudonyms

    Facebook, a service built on real names and real identities, will tomorrow start allowing prominent public figures to verify their accounts and then opt to display a preferred nickname instead of their birth name. Those with verified accounts will gain more prominent placement in Facebook's "People To Subscribe To" suggestions. Verified accounts are not a departure from Facebook's policy that… Read More

  • False Alarm: Why The Apple/Foxconn Debacle Clouds The Real Manufacturing Mess

    False Alarm: Why The Apple/Foxconn Debacle Clouds The Real Manufacturing Mess

    I was walking home last week and the entire street - and some of the sidewalk - was blocked by large fire trucks and a gaggle of firemen in full regalia. The ladder truck was already planted firmly on the asphalt, ready to send a stream of water soaring over nearby apartment buildings and more trucks were coming, clogging the one-way street further. Convinced I was about to see an inferno, I… Read More

  • Piracy at VEVO's Sundance Party

    Music Labels’ Joint Venture, VEVO, Shows Pirated NFL Game At Sundance

    Over the last decade the major music labels — and their trade organization, the Recording Industry Association of America — have established a repeated pattern of attacking consumers in the name of squelching illegal file-sharing. Piracy, they claim, has been the industry’s undoing, accounting for an over 50% drop in sales since 1999 (the industry likes to discount the impact of legal… Read More

  • Yelp Ads Are Not A Rip-Off, You Pay To Seal The Deal

    Yelp Ads Are Not A Rip-Off, You Pay To Seal The Deal

    Yelp built its ad business by attracting users that know what they want, just not who to buy it from -- exactly when ads are most effective. That's why I find today's VentureBeat piece by Rocky Agrawal titled "Yelp advertising is a rip-off for small advertisers" to be ridiculous. His sources say Yelp charges a $600 CPM, or 1,000-times the standard online CPM rate. Yes, these ads are expensive… Read More

  • Keep It Simple, Stupid: The Enterprise Version

    Keep It Simple, Stupid: The Enterprise Version

    Back in 2009, my colleague MG Siegler wrote a brilliant piece titled 'Keep It Simple, Stupid,' which delved into how having a simple and easy to use product is a key formula for winning in the consumer tech space. A few days ago, Greylock Partner John Lilly echoed MG's thoughts, explaining that simplicity is quite simply very hard to beat. While this doctrine has been applied tonconsumer… Read More

  • The Wheel: What Is The Foxconn Debate Really About?

    The Wheel: What Is The Foxconn Debate Really About?

    Thirty spokes meet at a nave; Because of the hole we may use the wheel. Clay is moulded into a vessel; Because of the hollow we may use the cup. Walls are built around a hearth; Because of the doors we may use the house. Thus tools come from what exists, But use from what does not. - Tao De Ching There's a carousel in a small Cape Cod town that we visited this summer and the kids rode… Read More

  • Surprise! Location App Highlight Actually Creates Serendipity

    Surprise! Location App Highlight Actually Creates Serendipity

    The big promise of location-based mobile apps is that they can help you find something great in real life without you meaning to look for it. But that hasn't usually been my experience. Instead, whether because of the friction of having to check in, the lack of adoption by friends outside of tech, or whatever else, I simply forget to use them. That has changed with Highlight, a new passive… Read More

  • The Ecommerce Revolution Is All About You

    The Ecommerce Revolution Is All About You

    Personal recommendations have always been a part of ecommerce, but there has been little innovation since Amazon introduced retail and product personalization 10 years ago. But with the increasing mountains of data at digital retailers' fingertips, ecommerce is about to get even more personal. The fact is that right now there is little iteration from personalized ecommerce beyond what is taking… Read More