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 »
After a successful iOS launch four months ago, Quip arrives on Android today. The mobile-centric collaborative word processor has a few Android-only features that make it worth the look. Read more »
It was a spectacular Cyber Monday! And it was the biggest online shopping day in history according to IBM, which tracks online retail via its Digital Analytics service. There was a 20.6 percent increase in online sales, with the biggest boost coming from mobile,which accounted for over 17 percent of total online sales, up 55.4 percent from 2012. Mobile traffic was 31.7 percent of all online traffic, up 45 percent over 2012. The five-day online sales period – from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday – was the highest ever in terms of spending. It was 16.5 percent over the same period in 2012. IBM didn’t share actual dollar figures on amount of money spent.
Over the weekend, news broke that Telefonica was killing Jajah. While the news created a lot of consternation, the reality is that both parties got what they needed from the $207 million deal. Investors made money and Telefonica got something else. Read more »
Amazon is measured when it comes to revealing its future plans and is reticent to share details. And when it does, it does so with its own ends in mind. That begs the question: why did Jeff Bezos pre-announce Amazon drone delivery so early? Read more »
Akamai Technologies says it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Prolexic Technologies, a Hollywood, FL.-based cloud-based security company, whose products are focused on protecting data centers and corporate applications such as email, file transfers, and VPN from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Under the terms of the agreement, Akamai will acquire Prolexic in exchange for a net cash payment of approximately $370 million.
Large phone and cable companies added nearly half-a-million broadband subscribers during the third quarter of 2013. The U.S. seems to be on its way to 100 million subscribers, and Comcast seems to be the big winner of the broadband sweepstakes. Read more »
Comcast’s Xfinity broadband network — 20.28 million subscribers — is on its way to becoming one of world’s largest IPv6 networks, thanks to a new software upgrade by ARRIS, a cable equipment maker. The Suwanee, Ga.-based company (that also includes Motorola’s Home Business) recently released a software upgrade that has enabled IPv6 support for more than 4 million ARRIS TG862 gateways —boxes that are used to connect to the Internet, offer phone service and act as a wireless access point— currently deployed across the Comcast broadband network. Comcast has been planning to completely rollout IPv6 across its network by early 2014.