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Farhad Manjoo

  1. Don't Root for Aereo, the World's Most Ridiculous Start-up

    Aereo, the controversial television streaming company backed by Barry Diller, may be the stupidest high-profile tech start-up ever launched.

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  3. Why Does Every PC Notebook’s Trackpad Suck? (Or Why Microsoft Is Building its Own Hardware)

    There’s something magical about the touchpad on a MacBook. Out of the box, the first time you use it, it just works. Built out of a big slab of glass, the surface offers just enough friction for optimal finger sliding. Whether on the MacBook Pro or the Air, the trackpad is masterful at figuring out multiple finger inputs, it’s brilliant at disregarding errant touches, and it’s got a knack for multitouch gestures. The best thing about the Mac’s touchpad is that you never really notice it’s there. It’s designed to be invisible; everything you do on it feels natural and intuitive, and after a while the on-screen pointer becomes something like an extension of your fingers.

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  4. RIP, Nokia (1865 – 2014)

    Nokia is entering its death spiral. It’s running out of cash, it’s running out of time, and it’s running out of options. A year ago, incoming CEO Stephen Elop made a brave decision to break with the past. He ditched Nokia’s Symbian operating system and decided to focus all of the company’s high-end development on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. At the time, it looked like a risky but potentially high-yielding bet.

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  5. HBO's Future is in Standalone Streaming, It Just Doesn't Know It Yet

    One morning during the next five years, you’ll wake up to news that HBO has seen the light. The cable network will announce that it has decided to take your money — maybe $12, $15, or $20 a month — and from that moment on, you’ll be able to watch its shows without a cable subscription.

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  6. Can You Handle the Truth? Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs Movie is Going to be a Disaster

    Here’s a prediction: Aaron Sorkin’s film adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography is going to be a disaster. It will likely be a good-looking, entertaining disaster, full of fast-talking geniuses who deliciously get their comeuppance at the hand of the even smarter, faster-talking Jobs. When it opens at a theater near you in a few years’ time, the film will become the toast of Hollywood and an instant blockbuster, and not long after it will attain the status of documentary truth: Sorkin’s film will become the definitive account of Jobs’ life, the thing we’ll all think about when we try to remember Steve Jobs.

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  7. The Best Thing About Facebook’s IPO: The Tech “Bubble” is Over

    A bit more than a week after Facebook’s IPO, two different theories are emerging about the monster offering. The big story is that it was a colossal failure, so bad that it’s hard to think of enough ways properly describe it—a disaster, debacle, catastrophe, maybe even a terrorist attack.

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  8. Why (I Hope) Facebook's IPO Will Improve (or Kill) Craigslist

    I moved to San Francisco in the summer of 2000, the beginning of the end of the last tech boom. After telling me I was hired, my first boss broke the bad news: She wanted me to start in a month’s time, and finding an apartment in the city so quickly—while I was stuck in college across the country—was going to be hell.

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