The mobile news app that Nick D’Aloisio created for Yahoo ditches personalization for old-time restriction: just a few news stories you ought to know. And that’s it.
"Celebrate Life Magazine" — a Catholic, pro-life publication — in a recent article by Terrell Clemmons, has compared me to a Nazi. But, not just any run-of-the-mill, "Springtime for Hitler" kind of Nazi.
The Android-based console is calling it quits as a hardware unit.
Hard Earned Lessons From Ben Horowitz
Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Ben Horowitz gets real in his recently released book The Hard Thing About The Hard Things. While most start-up stories read like a romance novel, Ben’s book is more like watching the film Fight Club.
In the last few years the PCSK9 inhibitors have been one of the few bright lights in an otherwise dismal field of new cardiovascular drugs. Now the FDA is raising questions that could dramatically slow down the progress of these new cholesterol-lowering drugs.
As this year’s SXSW Interactive conference gets under way in Austin, Texas, it’s worth remembering that no matter who different the conference is compared to previous years, it’s still one of the best environments the interactive community has to promote growth and the exchange of ideas.
@Kapor’s “Latin@s in Tech” was one of the best pre-events this year at SxSW Interactive. Here’s why.
With the Galaxy S5 revealed and the iPhone 6 still months away, the rumor mill is setting its sights on the next Nexus, or perhaps Nexii, if you believe the latest word out of Europe that Google and LG are working together on a Nexus 6 to be introduced at the same time as a Nexus smartwatch in the second half of this year.
You remember the first time you saw a 1080p full HD movie or video feed. All those beautiful pixels bouncing around in front of you magically transforming the content you were watching into something that looked like it was being played out right in the room with you. The old cliche’ rang true back then and still does today. Once you’ve been exposed to full HD, watching anything standard definition is such a let down that it feels like a complete waste of time and good content. For many early adopters and enthusiasts, the same can be said when drooling over new 4K Ultra HD monitors and UHD TVs with full 4K UHD content piped in or while working with all that glorious screen real estate. It’s all just so gorgeous, magnificently better than standard 1080p HD renderings and once you’ve seen it, of course your eyeballs will never be the same.
Over the last decade, International Women’s Day has become a major circle on the calendar for social entrepreneurs, NGO leaders, corporate cause-makers, politicians and feminist organizers working to guarantee full civil and economic rights for half the world’s population. Tomorrow will see an explosion of gatherings, articles, speeches, television segments and discussions on the leading global social justice of our time (indeed, it’s getting started today with a major event at the United Nations).
By Jonathan Follett
Nature abhors a gradient. A high-contrast gradient is forming, and so capital is flowing.
The letdown is that the Dickensian duality that follows isn’t about headline bus-protesting Bay Area social inequality, but a different sort of growing gap between haves and have-nots. The item in question is growth—the have-nots once were haves, the haves once were non-existent and tens of billions of dollars of market value hang in the balance. This is Old Tech versus New Tech.
Once dubbed the Four Horsemen, Intel, Dell, Microsoft and Cisco have predictably matured and slowed. At times, with uncertainty around leadership, they have been “Headless Horsemen”, ceding the trail to galloping growth of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and more.
Throw in IBM, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard and almost none of these companies are dominant or significant players in mobile. The aging former camp has less differentiated products, rising competition, slower growth, weaker marketing and more and more resemble utilities.
These companies used to grow at double digits. But adding up the revenues of IBM, Cisco, Intel, HP, Oracle and Microsoft, they’ve actually fallen 1.5% since last year. Best estimates suggest they recover and grow a measly 2.5% next year. Until now they’ve leveraged large global sales forces to find incremental growth in rising emerging markets, which has offset declining sales growth in developed markets. But emerging markets are now troubled. Cisco has seen sales from Brazil and Russia drop 20-30%, now faces mounting competition from China’s Huawei and others, and its traditionally high 60% margins are under attack. Despite Buffett’s foray into IBM, its stock performance is 33% worse than the market (down 13% versus up 20% for S&P 500). It’s hard for IBM to grow very far or very fast from $100 billion in revenue. It is easier to cut 15,000 workers from its staff of 430,000, which is like excising a tumor with a population the size of an entire university.
So they’ve all rationally followed the playbook for maturing industries through history: cut costs, divest units (for IBM: first Lenovo, now servers), raise cash, buyback shares, raise dividends to retain shareholders and buy growth through M&A to stave off revenue declines.
Amazon recently snagged a patent for “anticipatory shipping” that is, where they ship you the goods before you even place your order (based on past purchases). Until they actually get the trucks rolling (or drones dropping) one Chicago-based startup is stepping in to make reordering a variety of products from different retailers more seamless.
In a long article that points to a 64-year-old California man Dorian Nakamoto as Bitcoin’s creator, the most compelling evidence that he is truly the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto are remarks made on his doorstep while he attempted to wave Newsweek journalist Leah McGrath Goodman away. “I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it,” Goodman reports he said. “It’s been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection.”