September 2012

  1. Mapgate Is Over. Apple Won. Customers Won. Google, Not So Much.

    In a single succinct, sincere, and brilliant note, Tim Cook has put Apple’s Maps fiasco to bed. It was a beautiful thing. He offered a clear assessment of the problem (“we fell short”), and took full responsibility for it. He put forward a heartfelt apology (“we are extremely sorry”), and gave customers an easy, pretty-good short-term solution to the problem—they could get one of many rival maps apps from the App Store. Finally, not only did he explain how Apple will handle the situation—Maps would improve as more people use it—but he staked Apple’s brand on the promise that it would get better: “We know that you expect [the best] from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.”

    By Farhad Manjoo , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Bye Bye, Bill: How Nguyen Doomed Color from the Start

    So CEO and co-founder Bill Nguyen has reportedly checked out at Color.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Apple's Trusting Developers More than Ever, Let's Hope Devs Are Ready

    Apple's decision to move away from Google Maps, in the short term, looks like a lose-lose for both Apple and its customers. Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged the company's mistake this morning in an open letter apologizing for Apple's decision, a first for the company that many writers (including PandoDaily's Hamish McKenzie) covered earlier today.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Friday Fifteen -- September 28, 2012

    Welcome to the Friday Fifteen: 15 GIFs, images, videos, and links that tell the story of the week that was. This week's biggest news involved self-driving cars, an apology from Apple, and a Blackberry promo video too bad for words...

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Why Celebrating a Startup's Death Shows Greater Life for the New York Ecosystem

    The stats are well known: Nine out of ten startups fail, and three out of four venture firms don't return their money. And yet, as tech bloggers, we salivate over new fundings, and new launches, and the "next" Airbnb/Zuckerberg/Silicon Valley/runaway success. Each milestone on the upside gets an overblown press roll-out and an elaborate party. The failures? Well, we allow them to be spun into pivots and acquihires and purchases for "undisclosed amounts."

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Those Crazy China VC Deals You Hear Of? They're Coming to An End

    Too many tech stocks, overly aggressive competition, struggles to find talent – these are the challenges facing China's venture capital market, and it all amounts to one thing: the golden days are over.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  7. If ISPs Want to Take on Gaming Consoles, They Might Want to Fix Their Existing Products First

    Earlier this week Bloomberg reported that some Internet providers, including AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and Cox Communications, are going to partner with Web-based gaming companies in an attempt to snatch some marketshare away from video gaming juggernauts Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Unmetric Report Details Social Media Winners and Losers Among Top Brands

    Touting vanity metrics like Facebook fans and Twitter followers may make brands feel good about themselves, but the figures offer little indication of the real effectiveness of their social media campaigns. As with real people, the company with the most online friends isn’t necessarily the most popular. Social benchmarking company Unmetric has released its Top Retailer Report analyzing the engagement results of the top eight clothing retailers in the first half of 2012.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

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