News & Analysis

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    Douche ex machina: “Silicon Valley” –and Pied Piper — find their savior in the show’s very own Sean Parker

    Both Silicon Valley and its protagonists’ startup Pied Piper may have found their savior — and it arrived in a McLaren the color of a Flintstone Push-Up Pop, blaring Limp Bizkit’s “Nookie.” At the end of last week’s episode, Richard and the rest of the Pied Piper team faced one of two seemingly inevitable fates: Either the company could fight the baseless lawsuit brought against it by the Google-esque company Hooli and likely go bankrupt in the process, or sell the…
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    Looking for “the next Facebook”? It’s actually one of Zuckerberg’s own properties: Messenger

    Facebook will now allow consumers to make high definition video calls with the mobile applications for Messenger, the dedicated communications service that has become a social platform unto itself around the world. The feature is free to use and available right now in the Messenger applications for iOS and Android devices. A Windows Phone release hasn’t been revealed, and it’s not clear if the feature will eventually come to Messenger’s desktop site. Video calls are the latest in Facebook’s efforts to…
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    Apple Watch buyers feel the agony of its tick-tock release, as the company struggles to fill orders

    Perhaps the most interesting thing about Apple is how it’s managed to produce so many devices, so quickly, year after year after year. Designing an iPhone is laudable; shipping millions of iPhones is awe worthy. Yet it seems that the company may not keep that racket going much longer. Slice Intelligence reports that of the 1.7 million people who pre-ordered an Apple Watch, only about 376,000 of them received one in the mail last weekend. That might seem impressive. Apple is entering…
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    The War Nerd: Bentleys for Houthis!

    The Saudis are finally getting some bang out of all the bucks they’ve spent on weapons over the past 50 years, with Saudi planes bombing Yemen for more than a month now. There was a short, very short, break in late April, when the campaign was supposed to shift gears to a more “political” phase, but that lasted, oh, a few hours. Literally a few hours. The break was announced on April 21, and on April 22, the inevitable headline…
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    Discover will soon support Apple Pay

    Discover has announced that its credit cards will soon be compatible with Apple Pay, the tool that allows people to purchase goods with their iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches instead of with a physical credit card. This deal means Apple Pay now supports all major credit cards. [Source: Discover]
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    Some ‘random jerks’ compromised Tor exit nodes to spy on an email service

    An email provider that uses the Tor network to promise its users some degree of anonymity revealed Thursday that someone attempted to spy on its users by operating at least 70 of the exit nodes that connect Tor users to the “clearnet.” SIGAINT, the provider in question, suggests an intelligence agency was trying to spy on its users. It claims that the scope of the operation, combined with the lack of law enforcement requests in the month preceding…
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    “In many ways, the Internet of the future will feel different from the Internet we know today. Instead of seeking it out, we’ll be surrounded by it. And instead of extracting data from it, we’ll be fed a constant stream of curated, personalized information to help us solve problems and live better—and live better together.”


    — Nest's Tony Fadell

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    Six people overdosed on Silk Road-purchased drugs

    The government claims that at least six people died as a result of overdosing on drugs purchased from the Silk Road marketplace, whose (alleged) founder currently awaits sentencing for operating the site. The parents of two of those people are expected to testify in the sentencing hearing; attorneys for Ross Ulbricht, the accused founder, have asked to postpone. [Source: Ars Technica]
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    Uber, the Rashomon

    [Editor’s note: This post, by John Battelle, was originally published on his own blog. It is republished here with his permission.] Our industry loves a rashomon, and in the past year or two, our collective subject of debate has been Uber. Perhaps the fastest growing company in history (its numbers aren’t public, but we’ll get to some estimates shortly), Uber has become a vector for some of the most wide-ranging arguments I’ve ever had regarding the tech industry’s impact…
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    SessionM’s Lars Albright is the quintessential Boston founder — which may not be a bad thing

    One criticism you often hear about Boston startups is that they don’t have a clue how to self-promote. While there is a growing class of young companies that have no problem pumping their own tires — companies like Alfred, transportation startup Bridj, and alcohol delivery company Drizly come to mind — there is still a large number of entrepreneurs who have trouble talking about their success. Two great examples of this staying-under-the-radar trend are fitness tracking app RunKeeper and furniture…
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    Hackers read Obama’s emails thanks to basic phishing attacks

    Russian hackers have read President Obama’s emails. The New York Times reports that the correspondence was collected after the hackers compromised the White House’s unclassified network. And while the emails aren’t classified, they could still contain sensitive information, as CNN revealed when it first reported on the breach. The report is based on testimony from unnamed American officials familiar with the investigation into this hack. Those officials claim that the hackers were not able to compromise the…
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    Tesla’s site and Twitter account were hacked

    Tesla was hacked over the weekend. Its Twitter account was used to offer free Teslas to anyone who called a computer repair shop in Illinois, and its website was defaced with the “name” of its hijackers. Elon Musk’s Twitter account was also “seemingly hijacked briefly around this time.” [Source: TechCrunch]
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    Nokia says it won’t make smartphones

    Nokia has refuted reports that it plans to re-enter the smartphone business in the near future. The company was originally thought to be eyeing the consumer market with a fresh eye now that it’s not shackled by its disastrous partnership with Microsoft. While that might still be the case, it seems Nokia was bothered enough about Recode’s report that it felt a need to refute it. [Source: The Verge]
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    Apple bans fart apps from its smartwatch

    Apple has banned fart apps from the Apple Watch. If you’re the type of person who spends a few hundred dollars on a wrist computer and then decides to use it primarily as a high tech whoopee cushion, this is probably horrible news. If you’re an adult you’ll probably appreciate never having to hear a sick, digitized fart emerge from countless twenty-somethings’ wrists. [Source: Gizmodo]
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    The quantified self, just for yourself

    Over the past few weeks Pando has published a series of articles on the “quantified self” —  the vogue, particularly amongst Silicon Valley types, for measuring all that is measurable about our health and fitness in order to make us even more perfectly perfect versions of ourselves. The term was coined by Wired’s Kevin Kelly in 2007 and today finds form in Fitbits, Up Bands, Glow fertility trackers, and even jabbing a needle into one’s arm to measure whatever “hematocrit” might be.…

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