April 2012

  1. Blogging Is Dead, Long Live Sharing

    In past jobs, I’ve been tasked with getting my peers to share stories about their work. This, if you’ve never tried it, is a drag. People’s affection for their work is rarely so enthusiastic that they want to sit down and write up a few paragraphs about it, much less so if the work itself hasn’t been very successful.

    By Philip Bump , written on

    From the News desk

  2. A Battle Of Wits For Internet Glory

    Do you fancy yourself as some sort of Internet funny man? Does every comment you leave explode into a dazzling spectacle of upvotes? Are you the last standing disciple of online jocosity, raised in the ancient writings of Maddox and Seanbaby?

    By Greg Kumparak , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Airbnb Faces Off Against 40-Year Old San Francisco Hotel Laws

    For every one step forward that San Francisco takes to help businesses, it takes another step backwards. Case in point is the recently mandated regulations that are going to end up impairing the ability of Airbnb to operate in the city at current rates.

    By Trevor Gilbert , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Impossible and Inevitable: When Core Users Turn On You

    Ask any founder about their very first users. They'll more than likely gush over how grateful, excited, blessed, and even suprised they are that some group of strangers chose to spend time using the thing they built.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  5. After Eight Years, the Web 2.0 Conference Is Over

    Before there was Disrupt or Launch or any of the other myriad of smaller social media confabs, there was Web 2.0.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Game Time Is Over, Now Do Some Work

    Working on the PandoTicker gives me a unique perspective of the high-level stuff that's going on in the industry, affording me the chance not only to add a little bit of snark to the Ticker posts (who doesn't love snark?) but also to catch up on some of the latest trends, and either praise them or call bullshit.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Dolphin Mobile Browser Adds Voice Control for iOS: Party Trick or Value Add?

    If a mobile browser adds voice navigation, and no one is around to talk to it, does it make a dent in the marketplace? Dolphin, the Sequoia Capital funded iOS and Android browser known previously for its gesture based navigation, has integrated Nuance speech recognition technology, the engine behind Apple’s Siri, to launch its “Sonar” voice navigation for iOS. Ranked as the ninth most popular mobile browser globally in February 2012 by StatCounter with 0.78% market share, Dolphin is hardly a juggernaut. After more than a year as an Android-only app, it was finally released for iOS in August 2011 following its 2009 launch. The browser app’s creator MoboTap reports approximately 13 million downloads to date across all platforms, with about one-third that number of current daily active users. The company says that navigation within other mobile browsers is a painful and cumbersome experience, problems which its gesture and voice control aim to solve.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

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