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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

  • FounderSoup: Stanford and Andreessen’s New Startup Generator

    FounderSoup: Stanford and Andreessen’s New Startup Generator

    A single entrepreneur alone is vulnerable to shortsightedness, to fatigue. But with a team comes diverse perspective, encouragement, and the wherewithal to push through problems. That’s why a group of Stanford computer science and business students started the Andreessen Horowitz-backed FounderSoup program. It’s designed to give entrepreneurs with an idea or a fledgling company… Read More

  • Dirty Money

    Dirty Money

    The New York Times has published a long article on Foxconn which, while it doesn’t provide much in the way of new information, does act as a sobering reminder of just how companies like Apple can make so very much money. When our own John Biggs visited Foxconn, he focused on the company itself, its scale, its intentions. When I wrote about Apple’s suppliers failing to meet… Read More

  • Google, Look Out Behind You!

    Google, Look Out Behind You!

    Google has been fighting the threat of Facebook for some time. It is now fighting for its life on two fronts! Facebook and now Apple loom large as it attempts to chart the future. Google missed the streets numbers for its Q1 earnings last week and has seen its stock decline from $670.25 to yesterday’s close of $569.49. Apple, by comparison, has just beaten, no annihilated, the… Read More

  • A Foothold For HealthTech: Ultra-Cheap Pacemakers

    A Foothold For HealthTech: Ultra-Cheap Pacemakers

    I read with great interest Vinod Khosla’s column two weeks ago that discussed the role of tech in healthcare. But as much as tech has to offer the healthcare institution, its effects are perhaps more reliably trackable in the actual medical devices field. A functioning “Dr. Algorithm” would be great – but a “tricorder” device, like that being chased by… Read More

  • BeachMint Raises Another Big Round: $35 Million For Celebrity-Backed Shopping Experiences

    BeachMint Raises Another Big Round: $35 Million For Celebrity-Backed Shopping Experiences

    BeachMint — an ecommerce startup that lets customers subscribe to receive products hand-picked by celebrities each month  — has quickly become one of the hottest companies in Los Angeles. Today the company is announcing that it’s raised a $35 million funding round with some big-name investors: the round is being led by Accel Partners, with participation from Goldman Sachs… Read More

  • Google Stockpiles Data Ammo Through Privacy Merge, Guns To Win Relevancy War

    Google Stockpiles Data Ammo Through Privacy Merge, Guns To Win Relevancy War

    Data is ammunition in the war for information relevancy. And Larry Page, the prototypical war-time CEO, has just told everyone to empty their ammo packs so Google can build one big bomb with the words “Facebook” and “Twitter” and “Apple” chalked on the side. The privacy policy change announced today rolls more than 70 separate policies into a single one… Read More

  • Apple’s Massive Numbers And Some Context

    Apple’s Massive Numbers And Some Context

    Simply looking over the numbers, it might be hard to wrap your head around what Apple just announced for their Q1 2012 results. A company this big is not supposed to be able to nearly double revenue year-to-year. Nor are they supposed to more than double profit. But Apple did both. The numbers are so big that they almost seem like they should be typos — especially coming after a quarter… Read More

  • Was Megaupload Targeted Because Of Its Upcoming Megabox Digital Jukebox Service?

    Was Megaupload Targeted Because Of Its Upcoming Megabox Digital Jukebox Service?

    Last Thursday the US Justice Department came down hard on Megaupload and its mega founder, Kim Dotcom. In the days since, there has been a shake-up of sorts in the digital storage realm. Several smaller sites have drastically changed their business models. Others, like MediaFire, reached out to me after I published this post attempting to distance themselves from Megaupload. However, yesterday… Read More

  • The Uphill Battle Of Social Event Sharing: A Post-Mortem for Plancast

    The Uphill Battle Of Social Event Sharing: A Post-Mortem for Plancast

    Nearly three years ago, I left my position at TechCrunch to start my own Internet business, with the idea of creating a web application that’d help people get together in real-life rather than simply helping them connect online as most social networking applications had done. Alas, our efforts began to stall after several months post-launch, and we were never able to scale beyond a… Read More

  • What Happened To Kodak’s Moment?

    What Happened To Kodak’s Moment?

    A Kodak Moment: a rare, one-time moment that is captured by a picture, or should have been captured by a picture Click. We all had them: times you reached for a camera to stop life for a second, to grab a memory. For decades, Kodak was the rock solid standard in photography and as the 131-year old company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, “Kodak moments” may be all that’s left… Read More

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