July 2012

  1. Fast Chat: Will NBC's Live-Streaming Hurt Olympic Ratings?


    By Lauren Ashburn , written on

    From the News desk

  2. In Defense of Twitter

    There's been a lot of negative hoopla surrounding Twitter in recent weeks. I have a slightly different point of view from the Twitter-haters, which isn't surprising considering that my startup Branch relies primarily on Twitter for authentication and distribution.

    By Josh Miller , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Burning Questions for the New York Times About That Fake WikiLeaks Op-Ed

    Yes, we know by now that WikiLeaks punked former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller with a fake op-ed over the weekend, and they fooled NYT tech reporter Nick Bilton in the process. But I have so many burning questions for Bilton. Here’s what I want to know: Why did you Tweet the link in the first place? To anyone who read the piece, it was clear that it was a fake. The biggest giveaway: two spaces after the first sentence. Come on – even the New York Times has moved beyond the typewriter. You initially called the op-ed an “Important piece”. Now that you know that it wasn’t written by Keller, do you still think it’s important? Or was it just that you didn't actually read it? You didn’t read it, did you, Nick? Seriously, you were just sucking up to your former boss, right? In your retraction Tweet, you wrote: “I just deleted a Tweet sent late last night that was from a fake NYT Bill Keller account.” Do you really think that’s a retraction? That’s like a toddler going poo-poo in his diaper and saying, “I just went poo-poo in my diaper," and then just standing there, waiting for someone to clean it up. What would be more embarrassing, to say you were fully taken in by the prank and believed all along that the op-ed was written by Keller? Or to admit that you didn’t actually read it but Tweeted that it was “important” anyway? After notifying Twitter that the @nytkeIler account might have been a fake, why did you leave your original Tweet up for so long? Are you seriously still using Flickr? Two days later, you Tweeted an Instagram photo of your dog near a San Francisco beach with the comment, “There are certain parts of SF that literally look fake." Who can we even trust anymore? Could that, too, be the sorcery of WikiLeaks? Shouldn’t the same corrections standard that applies to the New York Times also be applied to NYT reporters using Twitter to disseminate “news”? Sorry that I’m doing this just after Arrington beat up on you about the Craiglist thing. I like you as a reporter, too, and I’m on your side in that debate. No hard feelings? But seriously, did you read that actual fake op-ed? And if not, how about you just come clean?

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  4. reKiosk's Marketplace Helps Bands, Bloggers Actually Make Money

    Ask any music buff how they learn about new music, and most will rattle off a list of blogs they regularly check. Those blogs might post links to Soundcloud clips, or the artist's Web site, or iTunes, but the bloggers, many of whom carry significant influence, don't get much credit for any resulting purchases.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  5. China's Tuniu Finds A Way To Love Packaged Tours

    In China, travel has proven to be one of the few reliable sweet spots for Internet businesses outside of gaming. Nasdaq-listed Ctrip and eLong have traditionally been market leaders, but technology platform Qunar has been making strong gains, especially since Baidu invested $306 million in the company, valuing it at $500 million. But a less talked about competitor called Tuniu is busy making its own waves with a unique-to-China approach.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  6. What If the Next iPhone Is A Miss? A Deep Dive Into Apple’s High-Wire Act

    Let’s stipulate that only an idiot would panic over Apple’s third-quarter earnings “miss.” The company surpassed its own expectations for the quarter, and though it didn’t hit analysts’ predictions, the reasons it fell short are easy to understand.

    By Farhad Manjoo , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Redesigned Spreecast is Live Multi-Person Video Chat, Now More Interactive and With Better Producer Controls

    The great promise of the Web has long been to better connect people around the world. Spreecast is a multi-person social video chat and broadcast platform with this mission in its DNA.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Springboard Welcomes New Accelerator Class of Women Led Companies

    As with many stories in history, Springboard was started by a few people who were pissed off with the way things were. Kay Koplovitz and Amy Millman wanted to know why VCs weren't backing more women. The answer they got? They just weren't seeing many pitches from women to begin with. That, they decided, was a problem they could solve.

    By Sophia Horowitz , written on

    From the News desk

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