March 2013

  1. The New York Times should be ashamed, but only for pandering to idiotic Twitter outrage

    Another victory for the (fictional) Internet Community! Today the New York Times was forced to edit Douglas Martin's obituary of rocket scientist Yvonne Brill (pictured left, played by Alastair Sim) after twitterers and bloggers took offense at the lede:

    By Paul Bradley Carr , written on

    From the News desk

  2. "A Zuckerberg always pays his debts." Your Game of Thrones guide to tech companies

    Tomorrow night, HBO's "Game of Thrones" returns for a third season of epic battles, exhilarating wordplay, and surprisingly well-groomed stars. But beyond the show's unmatched ability to balance high- and low-brow entertainment, what makes "Game of Thrones" and its source material "A Song of Ice and Fire," so great is how accurately it reflects our own world (minus all the dragons). The NBA? Nothing more than a clever allegory for George R.R. Martin's bloody novels, according to Grantland. Same goes for the MLB, says Sports Illustrated. And of course Mother Jones is quick to note that the treachery at work in the land of Westeros is no more or less unseemly than what goes on in our own political system.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Not everyone is bearish on IPOs

    Since Facebook's IPO, Marc Andreessen has maintained that the public market's treatment of tech companies is dismal. "Depression" and "undervalued" are two other words he's used.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  4. BrightNest lets its content do the talking, sees 20% growth in the last week

    When 500 Startups alumni BrightNest launched its home maintenance utility platform platform in early 2012, it offered a simple calendaring and reminder tool. Not surprisingly, it bombed. The problem was that home maintenance isn't sexy.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Let's all hate the Facebook phone

    Facebook may or may not be announcing the long-awaited "Facebook phone" next week, which could be an HTC-built device running a heavily modified version of Android, or could be a re-skinned app launcher that emphasizes Facebook content over other information. Or maybe Mark Zuckerberg is going to whip his hoodie off, hold his iPhone in the air, and yell "This is the Facebook phone, bitches!"

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  6. PR isn't rocket science. Just ask Keith Rabois

    For someone running a company, dealing with the media is tricky. Keith Rabois, Square’s former COO and newly minted venture capitalist with Khosla Ventures, knows a thing or two about it. He says he's been the guy in charge of talking to the media at every company he’s been a part of -- from the later part of his tenure at PayPal to LinkedIn to Slide to Square. At the Founder Showcase in Mountain View, CA, earlier this week, he talked about different ways an executive can deal with a prodding journalist. (Full disclosure: I am a journalist. Who is often prodding.)

    By Richard Nieva , written on

    From the News desk

  7. How much was GoodReads worth? My calculation says $3 billion

    Earlier today, BusinessWeek speculated that Good Reads — the terrific social network founded by Otis Chandler and Elizabeth Khuri Chandler — was acquired for about $1 billion.

    By Bryan Goldberg , written on

    From the News desk

  8. Yes, the Chinese are the Borg. And yes, they are spying on you

    “Yes, the Chinese Army is spying on you,” read Bloomberg Businessweek’s February 18 cover. Nowadays, it seems everyone is being hacked left-right-and-center, from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to Twitter and Evernote. And in every case, often before there’s even any substantial evidence, there’s a whisper in the air – China! The highly sophisticated multi-year hacking campaign uncovered by Kaspersky Lab was dubbed “Red October” (tongue-in-cheek coming from a company founded by a former KGB member?), and is thought by a number of analysts to have originated in China. But Mandiant, with a flair for publicity, pulled no punches in their February 19 report linking the infamous “APT1” to Chinese PLA “Unit 61398.”

    By Angus Nicholson , written on

    From the News desk

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