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Scott Galloway on Amazon and Whole Foods

Scott Galloway: Amazon / Whole Foods will be the fourth-largest grocer in the US, and will likely post growth rates no $10B+ retailer, sans Amazon, has registered. The Seattle firm will apply its operational chops and lower (zero) profit hurdle to the Whole Foods business model and bring prices (way) down. Show More Summary

Who Americans Spend Their Time With

Via Jim Coudal, who summarizes this perfectly: “Poetry, in data”. ?

How to Build Smaller Apps

Ben Sandofsky: Popular social networking apps are over 400 megs. With weekly releases, over one year you’ll download twenty gigs of data. Since we launched Halide, the most unexpected compliment we’ve heard is about its size. At 11 megs,...Show More Summary

Bad App Citizens

Jon Darke: This got me thinking — as a user who has a lot of apps installed, how much bandwidth does my phone use to keep my apps updated? […] One Friday I turned off auto-update for apps and let the update queue build up for a week....Show More Summary

Chris Lattner on His Stint at Tesla

Chris Lattner has updated his resume with his accomplishments at Tesla. Unsurprisingly, it sounds like he got a lot done in just five months — including, ironically, addressing an engineering talent retention problem. ?

Google Will Stop Reading Your Emails for Gmail Ads

Mark Bergen, reporting for Bloomberg: Google is stopping one of the most controversial advertising formats: ads inside Gmail that scan users’ email contents. The decision didn’t come from Google’s ad team, but from its cloud unit, which...Show More Summary

Nintendo: Switch Shortages Are ‘Definitely Not Intentional’

Kyle Orland, reporting for Ars Technica: Since the days of the NES, people have accused Nintendo of intentionally underproducing hardware in order to drive an artificial feeding frenzy of demand in the marketplace. With the NintendoShow More Summary

More Than 1,000 Uber Employees Ask for Travis Kalanick to Return

Dan Primack, reporting for Axios: More than one thousand current Uber employees have signed a letter o the company’s board of directors, asking for the return of deposed CEO Travis Kalanick “in an operational role.” One of its venture capital investors also is chiming in, with a similar message. Not surprising to me at all — Uber was made in Kalanick’s image. ?

Uber’s Biggest Problem: Its Business Model

Christopher Mims, in his column for The Wall Street Journal: But even when it steers through that thicket of crises, Uber will have to come to grips with a fundamental vulnerability that is increasingly apparent in the company’s business model. Show More Summary

Kara Swisher: ‘Susan Fowler Proved That One Person Can Make a Difference’

Kara Swisher: It was Lao Tzu who said that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” In the case of complete and utter change reeling through Uber right now — culminating in the resignation of its once untouchableShow More Summary

Gizmodo Investigation Exposes Websites Collecting Form Data Before You Hit ‘Submit’

Great investigative work by Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu for Gizmodo: During a recent investigation into how a drug-trial recruitment company called Acurian Health tracks down people who look online for information about their medical...Show More Summary

Inside Travis Kalanick’s Resignation

Mike Isaac, reporting for The New York Times: Travis Kalanick’s final hours as Uber’s chief executive played out in a private room in a downtown Chicago hotel on Tuesday. There, Mr. Kalanick, who was on a trip to interview executive candidates for Uber, was paid a surprise visit. Show More Summary

Narrative Maps for ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books

Sarah Laskow, writing for Atlas Obscura: The last installment of the original “Choose Your Own Adventure” series came out in 1998, but since 2004, Chooseco, founded by one of the series’ original authors, R.A. Montgomery, has been republishing...Show More Summary

John Markoff’s Interview With Scott Forstall and Members of the Original iPhone Team

The Computer History Museum (now on YouTube): Museum Historian John Markoff moderates a discussion with former iPhone team members Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra and Scott Herz, followed by a conversation with Scott Forstall. Fascinating stories. Forstall was great. Show More Summary

‘Four Things in Those Two Sentences’

Kara Swisher on Travis Kalanick: Uber confirmed the resignation, and the company’s board issued a statement that said, in part: “Travis has always put Uber first. This is a bold decision and a sign of his devotion and love for Uber.” (For those who don’t speak fluent tech director, there are four things in those two sentences that are not true.) ?

Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns as C.E.O.

Mike Isaac, reporting for The New York Times: In the letter, titled “Moving Uber Forward” and obtained by The New York Times, the investors wrote to Mr. Kalanick that he must immediately leave and that the company needed a change in leadership. Show More Summary

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Chris Lattner Out at Tesla

Chris Lattner: Turns out that Tesla isn’t a good fit for me after all. I’m interested to hear about interesting roles for a seasoned engineering leader! That was quick — he was only hired 5 months ago. ?

The Outline: ‘Inside Apple’s Global War on Leakers’

William Turton has quite a scoop for The Outline: A recording of an internal briefing at Apple earlier this month obtained by The Outline sheds new light on how far the most valuable company in the world will go to prevent leaks about new products. Show More Summary

The Talk Show: ‘Egg Freckles’

New episode of my podcast, The Talk Show, with special guest Serenity Caldwell. We look back at WWDC 2017 — iOS 11, the new iPad Pro models, MacOS 10.13 “High Sierra”, updated Mac hardware and a tease at the upcoming iMac Pro, whereShow More Summary

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