March 2013

  1. A rumored 7-inch tablet could make Steve Ballmer's hardware dreams a reality

    All hail the coming of Microsoft's 7-inch tablets! Maybe. Hopefully.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Cendana closes $88M to invest in the diciest sector of venture capital: MicroVCs

    San Francisco-based fund-of-fund Cendana Capital has just filed paperwork with the SEC to announce the final close of its $88 million fund. This fund will invest solely in institutional seed funds or micro-venture funds, as they're sometimes called.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  3. The robots are coming: Swisslog shows the US ecommerce crowd its automated fulfillment tech

    Before the US had Gilt, Shoedazzle, and Fab, Europe pioneered the addictive discount and curation models with Vente Privée and Net-a-Porter. But it’s not only the brick-and-mortar busting business models where the US ecommerce sector has drawn inspiration. More recently, robotic fulfillment technology born out of Europe’s land crunch has made its way stateside and is dramatically impacting the way warehouses and supply chains operate.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  4. A dream vision for the future of magazines: How well does the new Flipboard stack up?

    Almost exactly a year ago today, while still a freelancer in the wilds of journalism, I wrote a guest post for PandoDaily envisaging the future of magazines. In that piece, I argued that the future of magazine consumption should look a lot more like Spotify than the likes of Apple Newsstand. Magazine stories should be disaggregated and distributed, I argued, and then hosted on a platform with deep social hooks and the ability to integrate with third-party apps.* On such a platform, magazine publishers would act more as brands than bundles, and people could follow their friends and favorite authors.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Is Reddit broken?

    In the history of "content," from "Antigone" to the Harlem Shake, there's never been a more efficient machine for unearthing stuff people want to consume than Reddit. What shows up on Reddit's front page isn't always good or smart, but it's always interesting to a huge number of people. The front page of Reddit is the ultimate in democratized content, the polar opposite of the grave, godlike food critic, the radio DJ on the record company's payroll, or even the robot that games a search engine's algorithm (for the most part).

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  6. When sharing economy goes corporate: LiquidSpace's work space rental goes enterprise-level

    There's a tension between the flashy, venture-backed sharing economy companies gracing the cover of glossy magazines, and the pure-of-heart collaborative consumption community -- the original sharers, barterers, car-poolers, and couch surfers that feel the term has, of late, been co-opted and perverted with money-hungry capitalism.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

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  8. Amazon bought Goodreads, but it won't break it

    It's almost as if Amazon announced two acquisitions today. When the retail giant bought social reading site Goodreads, people were excited at the prospect of having the site more integrated with their Kindles. Then, when Amazon bought Goodreads, people despaired that it was tightening its chokehold by eating up the last community of readers independent of Amazon.

    By Kevin Kelleher , written on

    From the News desk

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