Anthony De Rosa

Friends, lovers, investors and the messy world of disclosure

By Anthony De Rosa
May 17, 2011

Michael Arrington, the bull in the china shop that is the tech industry, recently revised his 2009 proclamation that he would divest himself from the companies he was covering and stop investing in startups to avoid a conflict of interest. In his revision, he announced he has begun investing in startups again and rationalizes it by making the investments public record. This has led to cackles from his peers, most notably from Kara Swisher who pointed out the hypocrisy of his boss Arianna Huffington to allow Arrington to be the sole exception to her policy of not allowing her employees to invest in the companies they cover.

Google raises Internet appliances from the dead

By Anthony De Rosa
May 11, 2011

A decade ago, we wondered what happened to the product that Google just announced. The Chromebook, Google’s version of a netbook, finally has the ecosystem and infrastructure to support it. Many have declared the PC age on its deathbed, with mobile on the verge of overtaking its marketshare. Google simply believes the PC will evolve, into the cloud and beyond local based storage.

Is this the end of Skype as we knew it?

By Anthony De Rosa
May 10, 2011

The first time I used Skype I was in awe. The video quality, the effortlessness it allowed me to see and hear my family far away over my laptop computer screen was magic. It was even more magical when I tried it on my iPhone — a Dick Tracy moment. And it was more impressive than FaceTime because it allowed me to talk to anyone with Skype, not just with those who had an iPhone.

Bin Laden death breaks on twitter

By Anthony De Rosa
May 2, 2011

It began with the White House announcement that President Barack Obama would make a statement at 10:30pm ET. The speculation on Twitter was that this was either going to be a major update on events in Libya or that Osama Bin Laden had been captured or killed. Below is the twitter stream starting from last night with some comments in between that give it context.