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Hamish McKenzie

  1. Flipboard vs Medium, native vs Web

    Medium rearranged the furniture yesterday and in doing so changed the way we should look at the whole house.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

  2. 5 potential pitfalls of the Innovation Act

    Tomorrow, the US House of Representatives is likely to vote on the Innovation Act, a landmark bill that has bipartisan support and would make life harder for the patent trolls that file frivolous lawsuits in order to extort payments from companies, and particularly tech companies. Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s bill passed the House Judiciary Committee by a margin of 33-5 votes, giving it rare bipartisan momentum as it heads to the floor for a full House vote.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

  3. Google, Omidyar, and Ashton Kutcher lead investments in civic tech, says new Knight report

    Google, the Omidyar Network, and Ashton Kutcher are among the leading investors in civic technology according to the Knight Foundation’s first report on the subject, which is being released today.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

  4. A small Chinese startup stood up to patent bullying from the maker of Siri – and won

    Shanghai's CooTek, maker of a smartphone keyboard called TouchPal, expected to be sued by Nuance Communications. After all, the Burlington, Massachusetts-based software company, best known for owning the voice-recognition technology behind Apple’s Siri, has a history of aggressive patent litigation. Over the past 12 years, it has sued at least 10 companies over alleged patent infringements. It went on to acquire some of those companies, including Zi and Vlingo, after the cases were settled.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

  5. "This Story Will Make You Puke!" New media goes all Upworthy, all the time

    BuzzFeed announced today that it reached 130 million unique visitors in November, its best-ever traffic month and a 350 percent year-on-year increase. Facebook, as BuzzFeed itself reported, was responsible for a large chunk of that traffic.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

  6. Amazon wants to use drones by 2018. An Australian startup will do it by March

    Last night, “60 Minutes” set off paroxysms of excitement, ridicule, and WTFing with the revelation, at the end of Charlie Rose’s interview with Jeff Bezos, that Amazon is planning to offer delivery-by-drone within five years. While Rose and CBS producers drooled on screen about the PR coup, which could be seen as the kick-off of Amazon’s lobbying efforts to get the Federal Aviation Authority to regulate in favor of commercial drones, no one took any time to note that an Australian startup had already announced plans to start (very limited) drone deliveries by March next year.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

  7. Forget Snapchat and WhatsApp for a second – Kik is the dark horse of the Internet

    Facebook and Google were both said to be trying to buy WhatsApp. Japan’s Line is mulling an IPO. China’s WeChat is becoming a threat to the country’s equivailent of PayPal. Snapchat turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook. All of the top 10 games in South Korea’s App Store have come via KakaoTalk.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

  8. Henry Blodget told me slideshows are "native digital storytelling." Here's what I think of that

    Last Friday, Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson published a 75-page slideshow about his recent business class flight from New York to Beijing. The slideshow, which consists entirely of blurry photos and simplistic captions, each granted its own Web page, has so far generated more than 3 million pageviews.

    By Hamish McKenzie

    From the News desk

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