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Marketing and Loyalty

William Anderson ably pooh-poohs this goofy HBR piece by Alexander Jutkowitz, in which Jutkowitz argues that Apple is proof that “loyalty” has killed marketing. ?

Dieter Bohn on the Sony SmartWatch 3

Dieter Bohn: Of course, “but it works” is a very low bar. It’s hard to escape he feeling that Android Wear is in a bit of a holding pattern until we see how people respond to the Apple Watch. Or maybe we’ll see some big updates at this year’s Google I/O developer conference. This photo says it all. ?

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‘So, Let the Learning Continue’

Martin Scorsese-narrated iPad ad, airing during tonight’s Academy Awards. ?

Meet the Tweet-Deleters

Speaking of Twitter, Kevin Roose reports on an interesting sub-culture: Like most media workers, Matthew Lazin-Ryder, a Vancouver-based producer with CBC Radio, spends a fair amount of time on Twitter. When he tweets, his messages are seen by some percentage of his 3,470 followers. Show More Summary

Twitter’s Dilemma

Good piece by Matthew Panzarino on where Twitter is and where it’s going: At times (quite a bit) the way that Twitter has chosen to roll out features and products has felt schizophrenic. And that’s no wonder, really, as the company now serves two masters. Show More Summary

? On the Pricing of Apple Watch

I now think Edition models will start around $10,000 — and, if my hunch is right about bands and bracelets, the upper range could go to $20,000.

The iPhone and Modularity

Good piece from Ben Thompson last week: From this perspective — the hardware perspective — the iPhone is quite modular. Apple has [785 different suppliers][1], and while not all of them contribute to the iPhone, the vast majority do, making everything from screws to memory to [camera lens assemblies][2]. Show More Summary

Proposal to Change App Store Revenue Split to a Progressive System

Jeff Hunter: Therefore, please consider changing the App Store 70% / 30% revenue split to a tiered rate, where Apple takes less of the developer’s first revenues. For example, perhaps Apple could take nothing from the first $100K in annual revenue for a developer, and 30% after that. Show More Summary

Lenovo Is Breaking HTTPS Security on Its Recent Laptops so They Can Inject Adware

The EFF: News broke last night that Lenovo has been shipping laptops with a horrifically dangerous piece of software called Superfish, which tampers with Windows’ cryptographic security to perform man-in-the-middle attacks against the user’s browsing. Show More Summary

Neener Neener, You’re Making Gobs of Money. Wait.

Leo Kelion, writing for BBC News: Jony Ive appeared to attack the Moto Maker scheme in an interview in which he criticised the idea of giving consumers huge choice over how their handsets were made to appear. Rick Osterloh, president of Motorola, told the BBC his company had a “different philosophy”. Show More Summary

Stephen Foskett: Why the Gold Apple Watch Edition Must Cost $10,000

Stephen Foskett, who writes about watches at Grail Watch: My prediction is that the 42 mm Apple Watch Edition will retail for $9,999 with the 38 mm Apple Watch Edition retailing for $7,999. This covers the cost of the gold case, theShow More Summary

The Great SIM Heist

Blockbuster report from Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley, for The Intercept: American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect...Show More Summary

Norm Macdonald on SNL’s 40th Anniversary Special

Great behind-the-scenes look at writing for SNL: It was always difficult to fit in that final celebrity. We never wanted a celebrity to be dumb, although many, even within the show, thought that was the idea. The idea was for Connery to be abusive and Burt to be dismissive. Show More Summary

? The Artful Dodge

The artful dodge: the rumor was actually right; it’s the shipping product that contradicts that rumor that is in fact wrong.

Coughing Up a Hairball

Tim Higgins, writing for Bloomberg: Dan Akerson, retired chief executive officer of General Motors Co., said Apple Inc. should steer clear of the business of making cars, though a push into automobile electronics would be a better move for the iPhone maker. Show More Summary

Chris Breen Leaves Macworld to Join Apple

Leaving Macworld? Not surprising. Joining Apple? Surprising. Maybe it shouldn’t be, though. ?

‘Designed by Comcast in Philadelphia’

I wouldn’t roll my eyes so hard if the remote didn’t look so much like all of Comcast’s other crappy remotes. ?

What’s Up With Apple Watch Edition’s Digital Crown?

Dan Moren raises a question I’ve wondered about ever since Apple Watch was unveiled: Apple’s photos of the Edition models’s digital crowns shows them color-coordinated with their straps — red strap, red center on the digital crown; white strap, white band; etc. But then how does that jibe with the idea of easily-swappable straps? ?

The Price of Gold: $1,200 Per Ounce

Every time I write about the gold Edition models of Apple Watch being priced at $5,000 to $10,000, I get flooded with emails telling me I’m off my rocker. Here’s the thing. Gold has cost well over $1,000 per ounce for the last several years. Show More Summary

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