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  • Why Apple Bought Anobit

    Why Apple Bought Anobit

    Apple finally confirmed earlier reports that it bought Israeli semiconductor startup Anobit Technologies. Apple did not confirm the price, which is believed to be between $400 million and $500 million. Apple bought Anobit for two reasons: its flash memory controllers are a key component of all Apple's leading products (from iPads and iPhones to MacBook Airs), and in one fell swoop it just added… Read More

  • Do We Need Doctors Or Algorithms?

    Do We Need Doctors Or Algorithms?

    I was asked about a year ago at a talk about energy what I was doing about the other large social problems, namely health care and education. Surprised, I flippantly responded that the best solution was to get rid of doctors and teachers and let your computers do the work, 24/7 and with consistent quality. Later, I got to cogitating about what I had said and why, and how embarrassingly wrong… Read More

  • Google Fuses Google+ Into Search — And There Are Bigger Changes Afoot

    Google Fuses Google+ Into Search — And There Are Bigger Changes Afoot

    Since the launch of Google+, Google has been putting a lot of muscle behind promoting and integrating the service into its core products. Fire up a new Android 4.0 device, and you'll be prompted to create a Google+ account if you haven't already. They've given it TV ads, not to mention a priceless promotion on its homepage. And today, Google is launching an update to its core search engine at… Read More

  • Scheming Intentions

    Scheming Intentions

    From Vannevar Bush to PageRank, the World Wide Web was built on hypertext, the notion that any morsel of information can link to any other. But that was always only a dream, and a rapidly-dissipating one of late. Nowadays even Web links are likely to terminate at warnings, paywalls or registration screens. Anil Dash rages that "Facebook is gaslighting the Web" with its treatment of content… Read More

  • Nobody Wins At CES

    Nobody Wins At CES

    Rather than do a CES pre-round-up of exciting products I'd like to address this interesting slant on the whole "massive electronics trade show in the middle of the desert" concept that has kept the Gadgets crew here up for the past few weeks. MG said Apple won CES. He was being snide, but, in a way, honest because, in the end, nobody wins CES. The Consumer Electronics Show is, as its name… Read More

  • For The 5th Year In A Row, Apple Wins CES. Before It Starts. Without Showing Up.

    For The 5th Year In A Row, Apple Wins CES. Before It Starts. Without Showing Up.

    Are you ready for CES? I know I am. The PR emails are flowing in and I'm going to respond to every single one of them. I can't wait to hear about Samsung's social media stuff. And Vizio's new thingy. I can't wait to get my hands on that one thing made by those guys who did that other thing last year that no one bought. It's gonna be fantastic. So pumped. ... No, I'm not going to CES. I've… Read More

  • After A Breakout 2011, Yammer Works On A Big New Funding Round

    After A Breakout 2011, Yammer Works On A Big New Funding Round

    Yammer, the Facebook/Twitter for companies, has been coming into its own, even as big competitors like Salesforce try to compete with rival enterprise social networking products. Having generated somewhere between $5 million and $10 million in revenues over 2010, Yammer more than doubled that in 2011, reaching towards $25 million according to sources close to the company. Now, it's working on a… Read More

  • Do Blogs Need Comment Reels? Yes, and Here’s How

    Do Blogs Need Comment Reels? Yes, and Here’s How

    Commenting on blogs is broken. But what we need is a solution, not an abandonment of the concept. The question comes up every few months, but new social commenting technology means there are better answers now than ever before. Over the last day MG Siegler, MacStories, and mobile developer Mike Gemell have all written about choosing the nuclear option and turning off comments entirely on their… Read More

  • Why Don’t Smartphones Have A “Guest Mode”?

    Why Don’t Smartphones Have A “Guest Mode”?

    "Hey, can I see your phone real quick?" Oh, crap. What tabs did you leave open in Safari? Did you delete those photos (you know, those photos. The ones you promised her you'd delete?) That My Little Pony app that you totally-installed-just-to-test-your-download-speed-seriously-shut-up... is it still there? Quick, hand it over before you pique their curiosity! Or say "no" and be the weirdo… Read More

  • CrunchBase Reveals: The Average Successful Startup Raises $25.3 Million, Sells For $196.8 Million

    CrunchBase Reveals: The Average Successful Startup Raises $25.3 Million, Sells For $196.8 Million

    Most investments fail but the few successful ones more than make all the money back -- or so startup investors hope. But what sort of returns do these profitable exits bring in? According to a new analysis of all the exits listed in CrunchBase, the average successful company has raised $25.3 million, and sold for $196.8 million, for investor profits of 676% (if you assume the investors own 100% of… Read More