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In 1957, Gordon Moore and the “Traitorous Eight” formed Fairchild Semiconductor and created the basis of what would become Silicon Valley. But despite the undisputed importance of the microchip, Fairchild’s biggest contribution might have more to do with how the company was started than what it produced.
Everywhere you look, someone is working on a new way to let you pay for stuff. It’s obvious why: Paying for stuff is the most fundamental activity in commerce, something you do many times a day, wherever you are, even at home, even in secret. Thus anyone who hits on a creative new way to get people to part with their money stands to gain a slice of an unbelievably huge market.
NSF Innovation Corps. Never heard of it? That's okay — few have. But it's something we should all know about, because it has the potential to be amazing.
This morning Twitter unveiled a product it's been hinting at for months--a self-serve ad platform to rival the self-serve offerings of competitors like Facebook.
In the past few weeks, we've seen a rash of issues rear their ugly heads in the technology industry. Google integrating Google+ into search results, and unifying its privacy policies. Path and its privacy issues. The state of low-quality link-bait blogging. Apple, Foxconn and working practices. Finally, today, the Wall Street Journal publishing a report accusing dozens of websites - including Google - of circumventing security measures for the tracking of users.
One of the common complaints you hear from iOS users is the lack of an adequate Gmail solution. Sure, the native Mail app provides very basic integration with Gmail, like archiving and starring, but what if you want to get beyond that and work with your Priority Inbox? You're out of luck. The only options left are the Gmail iPhone app (um, no), web Gmail (um, no) and Android (um, maybe?).
Advertising is the monetization plan for many of the hottest consumer Internet startups. But for brand new companies, nailing down that first brand partnership is a daunting task. It's an experience Jeffrey Cutler, now Director of Digital Strategy at Team Epic, knows well. He spent a chunk of time "literally running up and down Madison Avenue," he says, as Director of Marketing at Going.com before it sold to AOL in 2009. The time sink required to court brands and agencies is frustrating and full of dead ends. It's even difficult for the biggest, arguably most successful consumer Internet startups: Twitter's New York headquarters are on none other than Madison Avenue and Facebook has invested serious money and manpower into courting the ad world. Smaller startups are competing with them for attention--you can imagine who gets the meeting and in, turn, the ad dollars.
This morning, Apple did something we've all been hoping they would do for a while: they added iMessage support to OS X.
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