Thievery Corporation is a Washington DC-based duo that defined and popularized a genre of music loosely called globetronica. They just released their latest album, Saudade. I caught up with Rob Garza (one half of the group) to talk about Internet, creativity, streaming, Pandora and Spotify. Read more »
The future of the media business continues to be an important and oftentimes confusing discussion. Here are a few thoughts. Read more »
New Gilded age, return of the Mad Men, David Letterman’s last great moment, Kevin Kelly, Bill Gross, fraught life of a Raiderette and beyond quantum computing — that’s what’s on the menu this weekend. Read more »
Zebras, bucks, deer, chimpanzees and cows — it is the Animal Planet edition of what to read this weekend. And they are all thought-provoking stories. Happy reading! Read more »
Sotheby’s troubles, $1000 Genome, Silver Thief is on the loose, A food site breaks up with Facebook, what are the technical textiles of tomorrow and the sexiest dog in Chicago are among this week’s recommendations. Read more »
If you are interested in reading about Box, its horrid financials and high cost of customer acquisition, or the new reality for enterprise focused startups, then I suggest you stop reading this. Because this is really about Aaron Levie, the co-founder of Box.net and me. Read more »
Why it sucks to be a retail worker, the Target failure and Candy-Crushed?: These are three of the top seven stories I recommend for this weekend’s reading. Read more »
Silence as a luxury; the end of rhinos and the price we will pay; outsourcing humanity; the unkindness of aging; Tutankhamun’s blood; and a conversation with genetics giant and Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner — are on the menu this week. Read more »
Suzanne Vega, Rupert Murdoch’s broken marriage, Silicon Valley’s circus of innovation, Tom Steyer, the inconvenient billionaire; South Sudan’s old enmities and Facebook’s plan to conquer the world — some of the stories on menu this weekend. Read more »
Who is Jimmy Fallon, Presidency outsourced, everything that is wrong with Donald Trump, why do we hate Google buses, the last days of Ambercombie & yet another Texas politician who is ambitious. These and more stories are on reading menu this week. Read more »
I couldn’t be more proud of the strong company that we have built over the last seven years. It’s now time for Gigaom, and for me personally, to break new ground. Read more »
Email is a bane and a boon and it keeps growing. Email and its sheer size and scope keeps attracting founders – young and old – who are lured by the potential riches. Javier Soltero, co-founder and CEO of Acompli, thinks he has what it takes to win. Read more »
The huge price tag attached to Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp — one of the largest web deals in history — actually makes more sense than you might think at first glance. Read more »
Here are some stories and opinions from around the web about the deal that will impact how we access our broadband and how it affects the future of the Internet. Read more »
Facebook engineers and data scientists are exploring love, data and our modern times in a series of blog posts. Highly recommended, even though I wish they could infuse some passion into their writing about such a emotional topic.
This week on menu: Madame Sex, Money Ball comes to Basketball, Kiev Crisis, Software Backdoors and Bounty Hunters, Mexican Drug Cartels and their supply chain is open for business, Click Fraud and of course, Endless Love. Read more »
Uber has hired Jeff Holden, until recently a vice president at Groupon, to become its chief product officer. We got to know ex-Amazonian Holden when he launched Pelago, makers of Whrrl. The app failed to get major traction because it was ahead of its time and was acquired by Groupon. Holden, however impressed us deeply then with his clear insights about the market. At Groupon too he continued that streak. It is a great hire for Uber, which could use direction and focus as it builds out the last-mile mobility infrastructure. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a more hyper-personal version of Uber come to market in the near future.
Comcast is acquiring its nearest cable competitor, Time Warner Cable, for $45 billion. While it might seem like the deal is about video, our math says it is all about broadband. And it always has been. Read more »
A decade after it was started in Lithuania, GetJar, one of the earliest app stores has been acquired by a Chinese company specializing in Android apps that wants to cash in on the need for smarter app discovery. Read more »
Before he was the front-runner to be the next CEO of Microsoft, I sat down with Satya Nadella in San Francisco. We talked about the cloud, competition and the future of Microsoft. It’s very revealing, the challenges facing whoever is soon-to-be-announced new CEO. Read more »
Like Kickstarter, Indiegogo has helped transform how creative projects, charities and gizmos get funded. And now the San Francisco-based Indiegogo is going global with a whopping $40 million in new funds from investors like Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and IVP. Read more »
TV fanboy with his own show; drugs and death in the Animal Planet, NSA and blackmail, death on a diamond and crazy A-Rod stories and more importantly, shadow banking. Oh, and why stories go viral. Read more »
Competing directly with Uber is really hard. Maybe others that want to overthrow the traditional taxi system should try a few new tactics. Read more »
What is it to be a model in China, Big data and big pharma equals big money, how Iceland got its mojo back, why does everyone love toast, the White ghetto and the joy of unfollowing — some of the stories on menu this weekend. Read more »
One in 19 people in this world have diabetes. Many of them are poor, live outside of the US and have access to very little resources, both financial and medical. I question the wisdom of Google chasing the smart contact lens instead of something more pragmatic. Read more »
In an interview, Nest’s CEO tells us why a union with Google is a good idea (hint: infrastructure and scale) and how he can now get back to designing killer product experiences. Read more »
Riverbed Technology, a San Francisco-based networking company has received an unsolicited proposal from Elliott Management Corporation to acquire all outstanding shares of Riverbed for $19.00 per share in cash that values the company at a shade over $3 billion. That is a 6.4 percent premium over recent closing price of Riverbed stock. Elliot and affiliates owns about 10.5% of Riverbed.
AT&T today introduced “sponsored data” and while it might seem like a good way for AT&T to make more money, in the end this will be like cutting off its nose to spite its face. And startups will bear the brunt of it. Read more »
The Don King is done; what does a mid-level bookie have to do to make a living; Intelligent plants and why TED is not the answer and why and how to deal with depression of a connected mind. Great words start to 2014. Read more »
Christmas is time to give and receive gifts. Many of the gifts these days happen to be related to technology. I asked my colleagues what were the best gifts, ones they love the most, they received this year. Here is that short list. Read more »
Amazon’s cloud services helped jump start a lot of entrepreneurial activity and now its globe trotting, maverick CTO Werner Vogels believes it help global small and medium sized businesses embrace the cloud and SaaS — which in the end is a good news for AWS. Read more »
Can we build a brand new American energy system, the future of computer science, what Paul Krugman thinks of Bitcoins, a Californian chef in Copenhagen, President Obama and climate change — that’s the menu for this week. Read more »
The Atlantic’s sister publication, Quartz (QZ) yesterday published a provocative piece under the headline — 2013 was a lost year for tech. It was a good way to boost attention, but it also highlights a trend of looking at technology from a narrow lens of consumer-tech. Read more »
How iPhones make anorexia worse; Bitcoin and political ideology; the David and Goliath equation; the 1200 year old phone; resurgence of al-Qaida and New York’s attempt to become a tech-hub — these are some of the stories on the menu this weekend. Read more »
Beyonce has scored a major coup with her newest album, which was released exclusively on iTunes and sold nearly 830,000 copies in three days. It also is a sign of the times and an apt epitaph of the physical media. Read more »
Lionsgate Television Group has optioned rights to Nick Bilton’s New York Times best seller Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, the company announced today. Allison Shearmur is set executive producer and Bilton, a columnist and reporter for the New York Times, will write the screenplay and serve as producer, Lionsgate said in a press release. Hatching Twitter debuted at #5 on the Wall Street Journal’s Hardcover Business list. The book will be turned into a TV series, which will be much like Orange is the New Black.
For Hipstamatic creators, it has been a bitter sweet journey. The company was at the top of the world, making millions every year and then lost out to Instagram. Now the company is betting on curation to revive its fortunes with the new version of Oggl. Read more »
Over the past 12 years, blogging has gone from being a niche curiosity to becoming a catch-all phrase for everything from rants to press release rewrites. However, what has not changed is its ethos and its importance in an increasingly content rich world. Read more »
This infographic shared by ABI Research, a market research firm is a great visualization of our increased connectedness. This state of connectedness is going to only increase.
What’s on menu this weekend? How about Paul Walker, future of work in age of anxiety, rise and fall of demand media, the Made in USA premium and why we need bubbles. Plus much more. Read more »