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On the Primacy of Search Ads

While researching today’s column, I stumbled across this interesting WSJ interview with JetBlue marketing chief Marty St. George: WSJ: If you were only allowed to use one advertising vehicle, which would it be and why? MR. ST. GEORGE: Search ads — because they fill seats. Show More Summary

? On the Long-Term Viability of Apple’s Customer-First Strategy

Slumps are inevitable. And I worry that eventually, during such a slump, “the market” will put irresistible pressure on Apple’s future leadership to start acting more like a typical company — one that only pays lip service to creating great products and putting customers first.

ESPN Is Breaking Up With Bill Simmons

Not surprising, given what happened last year, but interesting nonetheless. It reeks to me of corporate spite — Simmons is both the best and best-known sportswriter today. He produces great work and brings a large audience. The onlyShow More Summary

The Talk Show: ‘Sloppy on the Side’

This week’s episode of my podcast is all about the watch. That’s it. With very special guest Adam Lisagor. Brought to you by these great sponsors: Rails Tutorial by Michael Hartl: Learn web development With Rails. Save 15 percent with code “gruber”. Hullo: Your new favorite pillow. Show More Summary

Image Scaling Using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks

Norman Tasfi, writing for the Flipboard engineering blog: This past summer I interned at Flipboard in Palo Alto, California. I worked on machine learning based problems, one of which was Image Upscaling. This post will show some preliminary results, discuss our model and its possible applications to Flipboard’s products. Some really impressive results. ?

On A-Rod and Cheating

Wallace Matthews, reporting earlier this week for ESPN New York: For the first time since the next potential court battle involving Alex Rodriguez became public, a New York Yankees official has gone on record confirming that the club...Show More Summary

NFL Report: ‘More Probable Than Not’ Tom Brady Knew Footballs Were Doctored

John Branch, reporting for the NYT on the NFL’s long-awaited report on the Patriots’s systematic under-inflation of game balls: A short time later, Anderson looked around the locker room. The wo bags of balls were gone. It was the first time in his 19-year career as an N.F.L. Show More Summary

Sonos Fights and Wins Against Patent Troll

Craig Shelburne, co-founder and general counsel for Sonos: In 2012, a newly formed patent assertion entity (PAE) called Black Hills Media filed a suit against us for alleged infringement of 11 patents they had acquired from defunct companies. Show More Summary

Brian X. Chen on Customer Service and Product Reviews

Interesting piece from Brian X. Chen for the NYT: Product reviews are broken. They are great at telling you about he speed of a computer or the brightness of a screen. But there’s a big gaping hole in evaluations of most products, from phones to computers to televisions. Show More Summary

Oculus Rift to Ship in ‘Q1 2016’

Oculus VR (now a division of Facebook): Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce that the Oculus Rift will be shipping to consumers in Q1 2016, with pre-orders later his year. The Rift delivers on the dream of consumer VR with compelling content,...Show More Summary

Apple Opens Third-Party Watch Band Program

I’m interesting to see what this market winds up looking like. Will luxury retailers like Tiffany and Louis Vuitton make bands for Apple Watch? ?

‘One Day They’ll Understand Apple’

Ken Segall: The truth is, being wrong about Apple’s future often stems from being wrong about Apple’s past. If you can’t appreciate what led o past successes, it’s tough to see the future ones. Evergreen material. ?

Craig Hockenberry on discoveryd

Craig Hockenberry: So, Mom, it’s time to stop reading. I’m pissed off and you know how I get when that happens. In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, look at this shit. A network process using 100% of the CPU, WiFi disconnecting at random times, and names, names (1), names (2), names (4). All caused by a crappy piece of software called discoveryd. ?

Brian X. Chen on the Upcoming New Apple TV Remote

Brian X. Chen, writing for the NYT: When Apple introduces its new TV box this summer, the remote control will gain a touch pad and also be slightly thicker than he current version, according to an employee briefed on the product, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the device was confidential. Show More Summary

[Sponsor] Review Monitor: App Store Reviews in Slack

If you have an app in the App Store and a team that uses Slack, you need LaunchKit’s Review Monitor. Once you register your app, Review Monitor tracks new app reviews and automatically posts them into your team’s Slack channel, your app’s Twitter account, or your email inbox. Show More Summary

The Verge: Apple Pushing Music Labels to Kill Free Spotify Streaming Ahead of Beats Relaunch

Micah Singleton, reporting for The Verge: The Department of Justice is looking closely into Apple’s business practices in relation to its upcoming music streaming service, according to multiple sources. The Verge has learned that Apple has...Show More Summary


What a thrill and honor for the great fans of Boston to witness this historic dinger from the most productive career hitter in the game today. ?

Speaking of Apple Products and Water Resistance

David W. Brown, writing for The Atlantic back in 2011: When engineers working on the very first iPod completed the prototype, they presented their work to Steve Jobs for his approval. Jobs played with the device, scrutinized it, weighed it in his hands, and promptly rejected it. Show More Summary

Water Resistant-ish

Paul Kafasis goes deep (well, 1 meter deep) on Apple Watch’s water resistance: It turns out that much like yourself, a bit of water won’t kill he Apple Watch, but four blows right to the face probably will. ?

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