December 2012

  1. Glyder's social marketing tools give small businesses a fighting chance

    When Glenn Allen cofounded OpenTable in 1998, one of the biggest problems the early team had was finding restaurants that would use the service. It wasn’t just a matter of getting the businesses to use their technology, but using any technology in general. “We had to give some of them computers, just to get them into what we were doing,” says Allen.

    By Richard Nieva , written on

    From the News desk

  2. What our readers learned in 2012

    While the political and economic landscapes are as uncertain as ever, there's one thing we can be sure of when the calendar flips over to 2013: no more end-of-the-year posts. As we enter another eleven-month respite from list-making and looking-back, we're handing the reins over to you, our amazing readers, to tell us what you learned in 2012, what you expect out of 2013, and what your New Year's Resolutions are. Here are some of the best responses.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Uber hopes to start 2013 on a better foot with users and the press

    As the countdown to get our global end of year drink on commences, Uber has been doing its damnedest to make sure there's no scandal...this year.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Hackulous is dead, and that's a good thing

    People must really hate paying for software. Following this morning's announcement that Hackulous has shut down its popular iOS piracy app, Installous, users have unleashed their fury and spewed bile typically reserved for YouTube comments. Why? Because they won't be able to pirate iOS apps as easily as before.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Journalists, gun owners, and shooting the wrong privacy horse

    As Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until he gets punched in the face.”

    By Adam L. Penenberg , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Muni is 100 years old. Too bad it won't die like a human that age

    San Francisco's municipal transportation has finally reached the tender age of 100 years. Unfortunately, it refuses to keel over, die, get cremated, and be forgotten about.

    By Bryan Goldberg , written on

    From the News desk

  7. I admire Amazon. I just don't shop there anymore.

    In one of the year's least surprising news developments, Amazon enjoyed yet another banner holiday season – the busiest one ever! And for the first time I wasn't a part of the online throngs of shoppers crowding to its site.

    By Kevin Kelleher , written on

    From the News desk

  8. The big picture: What I see for 2013 and beyond

    As a journalist bungling around the startup ecosystem I sometimes find myself mired in day-to-day minutiae – a media-seeking startup’s Series A, customer backlash from changes to a social network’s terms of service, new apps, the latest Twitter feuds. It’s easy to lose sight of the big picture.

    By Adam L. Penenberg , written on

    From the News desk

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