Jeff Bezos has always thought three steps ahead. His purchase of The Washington Post shows he’s thinking about where Amazon will be and what it will need politically. Read more »
A lot of ink (pun intended) has been spilled on why Jeff Bezos bought the Post, how much Jeff Bezos loves reading and what Jeff Bezos will do with the media company. The right question to ask is: What does it all mean? Find out! Read more »
Is save and read it later service Pocket becoming like my old (forgotten TiVo) — lot of saving and a lot less reading? CEO of Pocket says no, not really. But when I look at my own data, I read only a third of what I save. Read more »
TDS Telecom of Madison, Wis., says it has closed its $267.5 million purchase (first announced in February 2013) of Alamogordo, N.M.-based Baja Broadband, a small independent phone company that provides broadband, video and voice services to over 214,000 homes in parts of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. It has 59,000 high-speed Internet customers and in 2012 has annual sales of $85.6 million. It was owned by private equity firms, M/C Capital and Columbia Capital.
Longreads is a virtual startup with five part-timers and funded primarily by members. And it has quietly energized the demand for in-depth storytelling on the web, thanks (ironically) to the rise of tablets and smartphones, those weapons of mass distraction. Read more »
It is remarkable to see Wi-Fi, a technology so core to our modern existence, brought alive by color and illustrations. These five gorgeous visualizations show us how Wi-Fi networks propagate and work in the real world. Read more »
40daysofdating is a website that combines text, photos and video to tell the story of two friends Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman who after failing at finding love, are dating each other and sharing the experience. It is like reality television, except for the web. Read more »
Drew Johnson, a columnist for Chattanooga Free-Press newspaper, recently wrote an editorial that blasted President Obama, “Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough.” The editorial, which lamented the gigabit fiber network built in Chattanooga, generated a lot of attention, but earlier this week Johnson was fired by the paper for changing the headline of the editorial without permission. The new headline for the editorial is – President Obama’s policies have harmed Chattanooga enough. Johnson later tweeted that he was the first person to be fired for writing the most read article in the newspaper’s history. The episode illustrates the heated debates around municipal funded networks (fiber or otherwise), often fueled by the lobbying dollars incumbent monopolies.
President Barack Obama has nominated Michael P. O’Rielly, for the job of FCC commissioner. This is a Republican vacancy. O’Rielly was an advisor to Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn and has spent a majority of his life working for some senator or the other. A Senate committee recently approved Tom Wheeler as the chairman of FCC.
Time Warner Cable saw its broadband growth slow during the three months ending June 30, 2013. And that’s not all — the company saw a huge decline in video customers as well. Oops! Read more »
The privacy and anonymity apps are hugely popular and that is reflected in rising valuations of these companies. Whisper app is the latest to benefit from this trend and is about to raise $15 million in series B funding led by Sequoia Capital. Read more »
Comcast is the leading broadband provider in the U.S., and the second quarter only enhanced its lead. It added 187,000 new customers and made a whopping $2.56 billion from its broadband business during the quarter ending June 30, 2013. Read more »
Former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor and his co-founder Kevin Gibbs, formerly of Google have launched Quip, which has developed a post social, post-mobile word processing service that works on the PC, web and a plethora of iDevices. Read more »
After being on a downward slide for nearly a year, past one month has seen Apple reverse the losses a little bit. though we don’t think it is becoming a trillion dollar company anytime soon. Read more »
Today we’re opening up registration and announcing the first speakers for our third annual RoadMap conference, an experience design event for the tech industry. Speakers include Square co-founder Jack Dorsey, typographer Erik Spiekermann and many more. Read more »
The New York Times reporter Tanzina Vega takes a closer look at the mega merger of advertising industry giants – Publicis and Omnicom – and outlines how technology evolution is reshaping the business of Don Draper. A great read that well augments my analysis of the deal from yesterday.
Publicis Groupe of Paris and Omnicom of New York are merging to create world’s biggest advertising group. The deal is as much influenced by technology as it will influence the technology landscape as media, content and technology continue to become even more enmeshed. Read more »
Rise of internet-enabled cut-and-paste fashion, men’s insults from across the Atlantic, San Francisco’s busyness, Jim Rodgers, rise of predictive policing and smart cities — those are some of the topics on the menu this week. Read more »
This new photo-sharing app, which was built by the guys behind CoTweet, is a pretty neat way of sharing photos by allowing friends to add them to a stream and create video clips. Read more »
Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt who took the job in 2001 will retire at the end of 2013 and hand over the chief executive gig to Rob Marcus. Perhaps this will open possibility of a merger with John Malone. Read more »
Zynga tends to hire executives — and then say goodbye to them after about 16 months. That’s about how long it takes for Mark Pincus to fall out of love with new hires. Read more »
Doug Tompkins, founder of The North Face, talks to the Guardian about the negative impact of technology on the planet and why he believes that it might be time for us to dismantle the techno-industrial society. He also shares his thoughts about Steve Jobs, whom Tompkins describes as a friend.
Moorman cites family health issues as reason for stepping back from president’s role. Read more »
Eight years after it floated the idea of blanketing San Francisco with free wireless Internet access, Google is ready to launch WiFi in 31 of city’s parks. If you use a smartphone, you gotta be happy about it. I know I am. Read more »
The rise of smartphones has led to a smarter shopper, one that is almost always looking for a bargain. A new study shows that this behavior of price matching is rising and the beneficiary is none other than Amazon, which has out-Googled Google. Read more »
Dan Loeb, the activist investor and CEO of Third Point, is selling a substantial part of his Yahoo stock, making a profit of $655 million and leaving the board along with his two appointees. The question is why, and more importantly, why now? Read more »
The security of Apple’s Developer Center website was breached on Thursday and three days later, Apple explains why it continues to be offline. Read more »
On menu this week: Amar Bose and his genius, what’s up with selfies, Microsoft wants to be hip again, and there is a sports channel bubble, in case you noticed. Of course there is some discussion about American journalism and changing San Francisco. Read more »
Oscar is the name of the healthcare insurance focused startup co-founded by Joshua Kushner, well known for his investments in companies such as Warby Parker, Fab and Instagram. Forbes magazine has some details of the company, which we first reported on about eight months ago. Read more »
Hi, a new mobile web-first app from Craig Mod, a publisher and former product designer of Flipboard, wants to create a narrative map of the world by combining photos, location and some text. It is simple and worth trying out. Read more »
We’ve all heard about the brain drain at VMware. Now we know where some of those brains are headed — to Datrium, the startup funded and founded by VMware co-founder Diane Greene. Read more »
I’ve been tweeting for seven years, ever since Twitter was launched, and it’s still an amazing thing to me. Read more »
It started life as Skype Public API in 2004 and was reborn in 2011, but it is time for Skype Desktop API to sail into the sunset. Yes, Microsoft is killing it and is asking developer to instead embrace Skype URIs. Read more »
Shinola watches, reinventing a feed reader, how apps featured on the App Store fare, the risky business of war reporting and of course, the riskiest business of being a solider — these are some stories featured in this week’s recommended reading list. Read more »
Dr. Amar Bose, one of the leading lights of acoustics has died. He was 83. A life long academic, he also started Bose Corporation in 1964. He is survived by his son, Vanu Bose. Read more »
More time we spend on smartphones, more money is going to be spent on mobile advertising, or at least that is the conclusion I am drawing from the numbers released by IAB that show a big bump in mobile ad spending during 2012. Read more »
The New York startup scene keeps booming and the latest boost is coming from social commerce company, The Fancy, that is said to have raised $53 million in new funds and is valued at a whopping $600 million. Read more »
This week on the menu, we have end of car culture, what made the 747 so popular, our obsession with body data, and New York — of course, we are talking about new office space and Don Draper’s future. Read more »
A report in The New York Times says that the mobile app accompanying the Jay-Z’s new music album is collecting a whole lot of personal data, including access to social media accounts on phones. And if that isn’t enough, someone has already cloned it. Read more »
Douglas Engelbart, a legendary American inventor and computing icon who invented the first computer mouse and helped develop much of the modern PC user interface, passed away last night, according to his family. Read more »