John C. Abell

Egypt’s Internet gambit misfires. Surprised?

January 31, 2011

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As China prepared to quell the Tienanmen Square protests in 1989, the government of Deng Xiaoping made a crucial tactical decision: It ordered western networks to shut down their satellite trucks, making sure the violent end to the revolution would not be televised.

The next Google is — Google?

January 24, 2011

google_timeIt’s a sort of Silicon Valley parlor game played by the tech press and hungry, aspiring would-be entrepreneurs: Who will be the next Google? With a shift at the top of the search giant which restores a founder to the corner office, the next Google may just be Google.

Gird yourself for the Verizon iPhone stampede — not

January 17, 2011

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Considering the frustration AT&T’s iPhone customers have vented since nearly the first day the wireless company became the exclusive carrier for Apple’s revolutionary smartphone, you might think that we’ll be seeing lines outside Verizon stores, saturation media coverage and another appearance from Greg “First In Line Guy” Packer.

CES hangover: Deliver us from ‘evil’ tech

January 10, 2011

Let us all now give thanks to the passage of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the tech bazaar which debuts the bizarre, the pointless and sometimes the amazing. We can finally catch our breath as tech news goes into a January lull — along with retail shopping, print ad sales and feature films with any Oscar potential.

For newspapers, the future is now

January 3, 2011

Let’s just put it this way: This wasn’t exactly the decade of the newspaper.

Five backward-compatible forecasts for 2011

December 27, 2010

Innovation doesn’t know what day it is. It’s also true that we never seem to predict the most interesting things which actually do happen. Oh sure — years of speculation preceded Apple’s iPad announcement last January. But did anyone actually figure on the iPad?

An open letter to CEOs: Why so Twitter averse?

December 20, 2010

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Dear CEO of [Your Name Here]: Why aren’t you on Twitter?

In retrospect, I have come to understand your relative lack of interest in blogging, when blogging was the thing to do. It’s time consuming. It’s easy to overthink (and underthink). A blog requires readers to find you, and return — embarrassing if they don’t. You always have to feed the beast (darn you, pesky time stamps).

WikiPiques: Let’s all just calm down

December 10, 2010

John Abell is New York bureau chief for Wired.com. The opinions expressed are his own.