Ben Thompson maps out the symbiotic relationship between Social & Communications. It dovetails nicely with my news & analysis about why Instagram is launching messaging. It can be summed up by this tweet of mine: ”Most modern applications need a layer of communication – comments, lightweight signals such as likes & messaging.” This in-turn led to a fun twitter conversation with contributions from John Lilly, Josh Williams, Adam Besvinick, Charles Ying and Semil.
Selfies, Selfies and more selfies: so much so it is the word of the year and in order to celebrate and understand the concept of selfie, I decided to curate seven of the best pieces I have read around selfies. Read more »
Instagram, a visual communication platform is looking for way to expand its appeal to its 200 million (and growing) community of users. First it was short-form video. Now it has a whole new feature up its sleeve. What is that? Read on to find out. Read more »
Qualcomm, facing some headwinds in its business, is looking to trim some fat, sources tell us. The company cut some VP level executives and many others in order to rein in expenses. Some details… Read more »
Pinterest on Wednesday announced Place Pins, a new variation of its core product that allows folks to pin and create boards for places they like or want to visit. Pinterest’s diversification comes close on the heels of a massive round of funding at nosebleed valuations. Read more »
Did Twitter really leave a billion dollars on the table? Or was it smart? Why did Chegg crash and what makes Zulily IPO so hot? Those answers plus more pointers abut the direction that IPO markets might take in next few months. Read more »
Instagram started experimenting with advertising recently. It is only following what its members have already started doing – embedding commercial messages into instagrams they share. It might pose an interesting challenge for the photo network. Read more »
Compass-EOS is an Israeli company that is trying to rethink routing. It has invented a new optical chip to do that. And all that means it has needed money – about $160 million in total, of which $42 million came just recently. Read more »
When it comes to US broadband, AT&T trails Comcast both in terms of speed and customers. But it is doing its best to catch up: Today the company announced that is now has more than 10 million customers who are subscribing to its U-verse High Speed Internet service. U-Verse uses a hybrid combination of fiber optic and copper networks, and it is much faster than AT&T’s older DSL networks. Nearly 60 percent of all AT&T wireline broadband subscribers are using U-Verse. Comcast has 21 million broadband subscribers, while AT&T has 16.4 million total broadband customers, including DSL. Earlier this year, AT&T rolled out U-verse High Speed Internet Power with up to 45 Mbps download speeds in 79 markets. As we have previously noted, AT&T has plans to bump up speeds up to 75 and 100 Mbps in the near future.
The role of Amazon’s web services in revolutionizing the startup ecosystem is well illustrated by the spectacular rise of Dropbox, an online storage service. Their symbiotic relationship shows why Amazon has such a massive lead over rivals in the ever evolving business of cloud computing. Read more »
The Internet Unpluggers, Somalia’s Pirate King, How Couchsurfing fell on hard times, Rock star scientist Pardis Sabeti, the rise of Robots and the fall of the House of Moon are all on the menu this week. Enjoy! Read more »
Dropbox today announced a new version that allows seamless switching and co-existence between work and personal dropbox accounts. The new version of the software puts lot of control in the hands of administrators who can keep a tight control on file sharing related activities. Read more »
Kno, launched with much fanfare, raised nearly $100 million in venture capital and debt, only to find out that the world of education didn’t care much for the company’s products or for that matter the company itself. It crash landed at Intel last weekend. Read more »
Rob Enderle has been analyst for too long and has mostly been wrong about his favorite target, Apple. And now he has turned his guns on Amazon (Web Services) and points out that IBM is going to win the war with AWS. I think we all have a different definition of winning, especially considering the troubled cloud effort by IBM. Anyway read the piece, if nothing, for a chuckle!
Sincerely, a San Francisco-based mobile gifting app started by Matt Brezina has been acquired by Provide Commerce, a subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation. Provide owns e-commerce brands such as ProFlowers, RedEnvelope, Personal Creations, Shari’s Berries, Gifts.com and others. Brezina (also the co-founder of Xobni) launched the company with backing from the likes of Spark Capital and First Round Capital and its first product (Postagram) was a mobile photo postcard. Terms of the deal were not announced, but this is not an acqua-hire type acquisition – Provide will double the team which will stay in San Francisco. Everyone involved in the deal – investors, employees and others are in the black with this sale.
Twitter is making its debut on the public markets and with that the fortunes of its founders, employees and many of its investors will change. As it crosses into adulthood, Twitter and its new owners need to remember this one thing — Twitter is us! Read more »
Design isn’t just about aesthetics, it’s about the creation of experiences that add value to your life. Tomorrow we’ll kick off two days of discussion about experience design for the tech industry at our Roadmap conference. Read more »
What’s on the menu? Killer Drones, the man who mastered them and another who uses them; 20,000 warcrimes later; the rise of the machines and are we becoming puppets of a wired world. Plus, who is Marty Sullivan? Hint: Ask Tim Cook. Read more »
Five years after co-founding Kickstarter, Perry Chen is moving up to the chairman’s office and being replaced by his co-founder Yancey Strickler. Another co-founder, Charles Adler, is moving to an advisory role. Kickstarter now boasts 5 million backers who have pledged close to a billion dollars. Read more »
For Comcast, broadband is a gift that keeps giving and the company today announced that it added 297,000 new customers during in its third quarter ending September 30, 2013. That brings the total number of broadband customers to 20.283 million subscribers. The growth in its broadband business has been pretty robust during 2013: the company has so far this year added 917,000 broadband subscribers and brought in about $7.7 billion in revenue.
The experience design conference for the tech industry is just a week away. Come join us for Gigaom’s Roadmap conference in San Francisco. Read more »
Instagram is a unique place and offers a unique experience, one that is hard to imagine with ads and commercial messages. And that day arrived last week. My reflections on what it mean for brand and display advertising. Read more »
Kevin Kelly, is a great role model for any and every technology writer. Former editor of A Whole Earth Catalog, co-founder of The Well (an online community) and founding executive editor of Wired Magazine is a man of ideas. My reflections after meeting him last week. Read more »
The story of a refugee Armenian family fleeing Syria, Jonathan Franzen, Funny math of clothing sizes, Facebook Feminism and Sheryl Sandberg, Paul Krugman on Climate Change and why have young people stopped having sex in Japan — these plus chess are on menu this weekend. Read more »
Snapchat, the hottest consumer service in tech-town is getting even more money – a rumored $200 million — and some say is now being valued at over $3.5 billion. True or not, Snapchat remains one of the fastest growing social platform. Read more »
Today we’re introducing an updated look for Gigaom that honors the standards of our past as we push ahead into the future. Read more »
Apple’s fall iPad event kicks off at 10am PT, and we’ll cover it live here. Sure, the big iPads will get a refresh, but what about the iPad mini or a keyboard accessory for the iPad line? Read more »
During the heyday of industrial and manufacturing economy, what mattered was the brand. Today, what matters is the complete experience, one that hides technology, infrastructure and complexity and in the process creates a bond between us and the product. Read more »
We covered Apple’s fall iPad event here in this live blog, and here’s how it happened. Read more »
For all the design-centric folks out there, mark off your calenders for November 5th and 6th — RoadMap is almost two weeks away. Read more »
AT&T is probably/maybe going to introduce higher speed broadband tiers, according to leaked information via a website glitch reported by DSL Reports. The website glitch (since fixed) indicated that AT&T will introduce 4 U-Verse tiers: 75 Mbps ($91), 100 Mbps ($111), 150 Mbps ($155) and 300 Mbps ($199 a month). Of course, the timing and availability is anyone’s guess. Elsewhere, CenturyLink (incorporating former phone company, Qwest) is planning to introduce a gigabit service in Las Vegas for $145 a month, though when bundled with television it is much cheaper – $80 a month. I pay $40 a month for my 200 Mbps connection, thanks to my local independent ISP.
Tellabs was a high flyer during the telecom and networking bubble of the 1990s and early 2000s. Now it is being sold for proverbial nickels and dimes to a private equity firm that is building up an optical portfolio, betting on a new boom. Read more »
Boost Mobile, a discount wireless carrier and a division of Sprint, has become the latest carrier to offer Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. The phones will go on sale on November 8. Like its other phones, Boost will offer the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c with a contract-free “unlimited” plans that include 2.5GB of full-speed data per month, with throttled speeds thereafter. While there have been rumors of slower iPhone 5c sales, Apple is still rolling out its phones to new carriers, especially in the overseas markets.
AT&T, in what seems to be an effort to shore up its finances for future acquisitions, says it has struck a $4.85 billion deal with Crown Castle, a company that operates wireless towers across the world. As part of the deal, AT&T will lease 9,100 cell towers for an average lease of 28 years and will sell 600 towers outright to Crown Castle. The leased towers can be acquired by Crown Castle for $4.2 billion. It is rumored in telecom circles that AT&T is looking to expand its network footprint internationally.
Google cars, new attitudes towards mass transit, crazy future we live in, David Byrne, Zulily IPO, Malcom Gladwell, TED Talks and why bags made from crocodile skins so expensive — these are some of the stories on menu this weekend. Read more »
Nimble Storage of San Jose wants to go public on the New York Stock Exchange and indicated as much in a registration filing with Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). The 5-year-old company, which makes flash-based storage systems and competes with the likes of EMC and NetApp, wants for raise up to $150 million and will likely trade under the symbol, NMBL. No further details on how many shares it hopes to see become available. It has raised about $40 million from Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners.
It’s a good day for Googlers, as the company’s stock has crossed an ephemeral milestone: $1,000 a share. Read more »
Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, is an inspired choice by Apple CEO Tim Cook to run its retail and online businesses. She could become the change that changes Apple and be a future CEO candidate. Or fail spectacularly. Either way it will be fun to watch. Read more »
It is our core philosophy that everything with a digital heart beat will be connected and that in turn will redefine our relationship with the world around us. The big question – one we will explore at Mobilize 2013 – what happens when everything is indeed connected. Read more »
Kanye West’s “Gone,” an eight-year-old song, hit the BillBoard Hot 100, thanks in part to a viral video hit on YouTube that used it as a soundtrack. That bump in the rankings shows that media ratings and rankings are mere relics of the past. Read more »