Tech wrap: Clash of tech titans looming?

August 11, 2011

Apple Inc’s increasingly effective patent war against rivals like Samsung Electronics may mask its real target: arch-foe Google Inc. Poornima Gupta writes: “Recent success in blocking sales of Samsung’s latest Galaxy tablet in most of Europe and Apple’s challenges to the Korean giant in Australia reflect an aggressive effort to defend its top position in the red-hot mobile market from the runaway success of Android.”

Is Google+ serving advertisers, users, or Google execs? Yes.

By Guest Contributor
June 30, 2011

By Marco Arment
The opinions expressed are his own.

Breaking news: a huge advertising company would like you to give them as much of your personal information as possible and encourages you to use their services more frequently, for more reasons, and for longer durations each time so they can show you more ads and make more money from the advertisers.

My response to Bill Keller: Trivialization makes you stupid

By Guest Contributor
June 28, 2011

By Zeynep Tufekci
The opinions expressed are her own.

New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller has recently kicked up a lot of discussion with his comments about social media. I hope to reply to some of the substantive questions he raised over time. But first, I think we need to discuss the discussion.

Social media and the Vancouver riots

By Zachary Goelman
June 20, 2011

Vancouver police arrested almost 100 people after a riot broke out Wednesday, and are looking to lock up more, with the help of YouTube.

Is a Facebook iPad App finally coming?

June 17, 2011

In the nearly 15 months since Apple launched its iPad, there’s been one conspicuous absence for users of the tablet: a Facebook app.

Tech wrap: LinkedIn shares skyrocket in debut

May 19, 2011

LinkedIn made its remarkable debut on the New York Stock Exchange, at times trading more than 171 percent above its IPO price of $45. The stampede to buy the stock had some remembering back to another time when investors also loved tech stock IPOs: the 1990s and the dotcom bubble.

Today In Music: MySpace’s entertainment focus to lead to job cuts. Tomorrow perhaps?

January 11, 2011

We’d previously heard that MySpace is on course to cut jobs soon and AllThingsD today put that number at around 550 to 600 jobs and promises the announcement will be coming tomorrow.

Aretha Franklin is alive, and Twitter is growing up.

By Kevin Kelleher
December 28, 2010

USA/First Charlie Sheen died a tragic if imaginary death in a snowboarding accident. Now poor Aretha Franklin is being mourned on Twitter for a demise that has yet to happen.

Foursquare still struggling to become more than a niche app

By Kevin Kelleher
December 27, 2010

USA/When was the last time you played Foursquare? Not the mobile app that lets you check in at a coffeeshop or store in hopes of becoming its “mayor”. But the original game involving a red rubber ball and a grid chalked onto asphalt.

What the rise of “HMU” says about Facebook’s success in 2010

By Kevin Kelleher
December 17, 2010

Facebook had an extraordinary year in 2010, bringing in $2 billion in revenue, being named best place to work and seeing Mark Zuckerberg named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. One key strategy that drove that success, as Zuckerberg made clear when he announced Facebook Social Inbox, was that the company built a platform that adapted to its most active users.