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ZTE and Motorola indicated that they are making Intel-powered smartphones. Samsung announced the Microsoft Windows 8 powered ATIV-S phones, beating Nokia to the punch. These are first signs of PC-business behemoths trying hard to find relevance in a mobile-first world of Apple, Google and Qualcomm. Read more »

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It is always fun to watch successful founders come back into the startup arena again. Joshua Schachter, who created the social-bookmarking service Delicious, is back with Tasty Labs and today released, a platform for micro-task collaboration. It seems like a good platform for creatives. Read more »


Growing number of music blogs makes it difficult to checkout all the music highlighted by the musical tastemakers. Enter, a smart blog aggregator that is making discovery of music more personal and simple. And now they have an iPhone app, that is worth checking out Read more »

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Mobile phones and the rise of broadband means that fewer and fewer people need a landline. The baby bells are feeling the impact and here are two charts that highlight this precipitous decline. Of course, cable guys are doing fine, thanks to triple play offers. Read more »

Imagine all these as cores on one chip. The industry is.

Semiconductors, the building block of most of our technology products are the canary in the coal mine: if they are doing well, the future looks bright for tech sector. And when they are not, well future’s not so bright. Analysts are worried about chip-business these days. Read more »

Weekend Plans

And here I am, once again offering you seven interesting stories to read this weekend. Some of them are about tech, others about books and coffee. They are all good reads and I hope you enjoy them. Read more »

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Connected Internet TV set with apps
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The growing sales of Internet connected televisions and DVD players has helped bolster the demand for online video content. One would think that it would be new content, but that’s not the case. People want to watch movies and other broadcast fare, a study shows. Read more »

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Hewlett Packard and Dell, two companies that are the face of the PC business, reported terrible financial results for the second quarter of 2012. They talk about a cloud makeover. Too bad, they missed the mobile opportunity and have no presence in tablet & smartphone business. Oops! Read more »


Halcyon Molecular, one of the many companies that was working on low cost DNA sequencing technologies has quietly ceased operations, mostly because of lack of funds, our sources tell us. The company had raised upwards of $20 million in funding from Founders Fund, Elon Musk and others. Read more »

Weekend Plans

And I am back: after a week’s hiatus from the newsletter, I resumed my online reading and have put together a short list of articles for you to read this weekend. There is a little too much Internet stuff this week, but it’s all good. Enjoy. Read more »

Square's Jack Dorsey at GigaOM RoadMap

Square and Starbucks have entered into a sweeping and wide ranging agreement that would cement Square’s role in the emerging mobile commerce economy. The coffee giant will accept payments through Pay with Square. Square will also process Starbucks’ U.S. credit card and debit card transactions. Read more »

Mark Pincus

Zynga like many of its big web counterparts is grappling with the shift of consumers to the mobile platforms. Lack of mobile monetization opportunities are only part of the problem for the company that is beholden to Facebook and desktop-web for its growth and revenues. Read more »


Spotify, Songza… the list of Pandora’s competitors keeps growing longer. But that doesn’t seem to impact the music discovery company’s growth. More people are listening to Pandora more often every month — a trend that isn’t going to change as radio-listening continues to move online. Read more »

Weekend Plans

Gore Vidal, a preeminent American writer, passed away this week. In his honor I have cobbled together some essential reading about the great writer. Of course, there are some other articles that would make perfect summer reading too. Hope you enjoy these. Read more »

Spool flow

Facebook plans to introduce “read-it-later” features into its mobile app. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, because this was one of the core offerings of Spool, a tiny startup Facebook acquired earlier this summer. Read more »

Weekend Plans

It has been one of the most hectic weeks. We had earnings from tech stalwarts, we saw the release of the latest Apple OS X. And Google launched Google Fiber. I am actually surprised that I got any reading done this week. Here’s my recommended list. Read more »


LivingSocial, the other social commerce company is not yet public, but its results are, thanks to the investment it received from Amazon. In its 10-Q, Amazon revealed that during the for the second quarter of 2012, LivingSocial lost $93 million on sales of $138 million. Read more »

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