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Farhad Manjoo

  1. Steve Jobs was right: Dropbox is a feature, not a product

    I’ve always been a big fan and committed user of Dropbox. Over the last couple years the handy file-sync app has gotten me out of many scrapes—when I need to access six-month-old interview notes when I’m out of town, it’s always a thrill to find them in my Dropbox. Along with my sit/stand desk, my Livescribe pen, and my MacBook Air, Dropbox is one of the few genuinely delightful tools I use regularly, and I’m constantly recommending it to friends and family.

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  2. Don't mess with credit: Why the future of payments is already in your pocket.

    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.

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  3. Why Windows 8 tablets could be a bonanza for start-ups

    Wait a second, wait a second, wait a second. I don’t think the world is adequately excited about what happened this week with Microsoft. This happens often nowadays; the world is never as excited as it ought to be about big news coming out of Redmond. The giant announces something huge, it gets a few links on Techmeme, and then we all go on pretending that the tech world revolves around Cupertino and Mountain View. Which it often does, but still.

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  4. Silicon Valley's engineering salaries are finally getting fair. Thank Facebook.

    Silicon Valley’s engineers have it great. That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway. Everyone’s heard about the free food, on-site laundry, the Wi-Fi commuter shuttle, and the haircut trailer in Google’s parking lot. It’s not just perks. These guys are swimming in cash, too, aren’t they? Facebook’s IPO will create more than a thousand millionaires. Then there are those tales of high-stakes bidding wars between Google, Facebook and Twitter, with the most-prized engineers getting potentially millions to go to certain hot companies.

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  5. How Google can save Android: Close it. License it. Swim in the profits.

    For much of 2011, it looked like Android was crushing it. Google had brilliantly pushed its free mobile OS to every corner of the earth—you could pick up an Android phone from every manufacturer on every carrier at every price point, most often just as a consolation prize for signing a contract. Looking back, I’d peg Android’s high-water mark at around April Fool’s Day, when Fred Wilson declared Google’s OS to be the preeminent marketplace for mobile developers. Not only was Android nearing a majority share of the smartphone market, its rate of growth eclipsed that of every other platform. Meanwhile Apple’s growth appeared to have stalled; February 2011’s comScore data showed that even despite launching on Verizon, the iPhone was just barely holding on to its 25 percent market share.

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  6. Why OnLive's Windows-on-iPad App is Revolutionary

    The other day I pulled up a Flash-heavy site on an iPad, and it loaded up faster than you can say “banned from the App Store.” In fact, the site—Mercedes-Amg.com, which is so annoying it’ll put you off from buying a luxury car forever—ran faster on the iPad than it does on my monster desktop at home. Next I loaded up an HD movie trailer, and it began to play instantly. As I scrubbed from the beginning of the video to the end, the images kept pace with my finger, showing me exactly where I was in the clip along the way.

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