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Filed Under:Technology / Internet
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Archived Since:April 6, 2008

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Songs of Anger

One last post on the Songs of Innocence giveaway fiasco. Marco Arment: It was a sloppy, ham-fisted execution uncharacteristic of Apple, much like the painfully awkward, forced, cheesy Tim/Bono marketing skit announcing this promotion...Show More Summary

Tim Cook’s Charlie Rose Interview

Easily the best and most interesting interview with Tim Cook I’ve ever seen. A must-watch for anyone interested in Apple and Cook’s leadership. Part two airs tonight. (It’s Hulu, alas, so I suspect it isn’t available worldwide.) ?

Requiem for the iPod Classic

Mat Honan: For ten years my iPod — in various incarnations — was my constant companion. It went with me on road trips and backpacking hrough the wilderness. I ran with it. I swam with it. (In a waterproof case!) I listened to sad songs that reminded me of friends and family no longer with me. Show More Summary

Apple, U2, and Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Peter Cohen, writing for iMore: Let me say at the outset that I’m pretty ambivalent about U2 myself. They’ve never been one of those bands that I’ve absolutely had to have the latest album from. In fact, Songs of Innocence is he only...Show More Summary

‘Why Amazon Has No Profits (and Why It Works)’

Benedict Evans: When you buy Amazon stock (the main currency with which Amazon employees are paid, incidentally), you are buying a bet that he can convert a huge portion of all commerce to flow through the Amazon machine. The question to ask isn’t whether Amazon is some profitless ponzi scheme, but whether you believe Bezos can capture he future. Show More Summary

U2’s Forgettable Fire

Sasha Frere-Jones’s track-by-track review of U2’s Songs of Innocence: “California (Blah Blah Blah)”: The track sounds like seventeen different bands averaged out in Yelp and turned into an Active Rock Smoothie. Nowhere near as good as “Drunk In Love.” ?

Panasonic CM1: Hybrid Camera/Smartphone

The most interesting Android phone I’ve seen in years: it’s more like a point-and-shoot camera with a phone than a phone with a camera. ?

Dropbox 2014 Transparency Report

They also published their “Government Data Requests Principles”. Sounds like they’re doing right by their users. ?

Chris Ware’s ‘The Last Saturday’

The Guardian: A brand new graphic novella by the award-winning cartoonist Chris Ware, tracing the lives of six individuals from Sandy Port, Michigan, published in weekly episodes. Great work from Ware, as always, and an interesting presentation from The Guardian. (Via Coudal.) ?

Markus Persson: ‘I’m Leaving Mojang’

Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson: I love you. All of you. Thank you for turning Minecraft into what it has become, but there are too many of you, and I can’t be responsible for something this big. In one sense, it belongs to Microsoft now. Show More Summary

Mojang: ‘Yes, We’re Being Bought by Microsoft’

Mojang makes it official: As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and he majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. OverShow More Summary

Record Pre-Orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple: Apple today announced a record number of first day pre-orders of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, with over four million in the first 24 hours. Demand for he new iPhones exceeds the initial...Show More Summary

Why Apple Pay Could Be the Mobile-Payment System You’ll Actually Use

Rich Mogull, writing for Macworld: But aside from the technical differences, Apple is in a unique position due to its business model. It doesn’t want or need to rack transactions. It doesn’t want or need to be the payment processor. It isn’t restricted by carrier agreements, since it fully controls the hardware. Show More Summary

Letter of Recommendation

Chris Breen sings the praises of his former colleagues at Macworld. An awful lot of talented writers just hit the market. ?

Larger iPhone 6 Plus Sells Out, ‘Record Number’ of iPhone Pre-Orders

I spent over an hour trying to order from the online Apple Store (4.7-inch, space gray, 128 GB) to no avail. The closest I got was a properly configured phone but a disabled “Add to Cart” button. Gave up, went to the Verizon website, and successfully ordered there. Show More Summary

PC Guys Aren’t Going to Just Walk In…

CNBC: Apple faces a mountain of challenges as it seeks to break into mobile payments with Apple Pay, a PayPal executive told CNBC on Thursday. “Payments is a tough ecosystem and you know, other players, other major consumer InternetShow More Summary


Horace Dediu: As in the Revolutionary User Interface story,  the symmetry in approach to the launch is telling, but what I want to note is that the three things which the iPhone was defined as being are no longer things that it is most...Show More Summary

Facebook and Politics

Derek Williams, writing for the NYT: The “Custom Managed Audiences” tool works like this: A campaign or group uses its own list of potential voters (or buys one from a state authority or private vendor) and uploads it to Facebook. The...Show More Summary

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