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James Robinson

  1. Can Google platitude its problems away?

    It was perhaps naive of me to expect specifics from Megan Smith, the Vice President of Google's semi-secret technology incubator Google[x]. So little is known about the facility outside of the projects that have leaked out so far - Google Glass, self-driving cars, floating balloons providing Internet to remote parts of the world, kite windmills, smart contact lenses - that even the title of her 30-minute Startup Grind talk, 'How Google[x] Sees The World,' intrigued me.

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  2. Fitbit and the Dark Ages of hardware

    Concluding a 40-minute chat with Fitbit founder James Park at Startup Grind in Mountain View this morning, Jeff Clavier, Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, fits it all into six words. "Manufacturing is a bitch, remember that."

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  3. Netflix and the self-inflicted demise of major media

    Ken Auletta’s profile of Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings in the latest edition of the New Yorker starts with a revealing tidbit.

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  4. GoDaddy really wants you to know it respects women now

    Domain-registration kingpin GoDaddy’s vision of making it happen for its customers used to be overly porny yuks about three nerds having the power to force two unsuspecting women to shower together.

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  5. A potentially doomed attempt to remove narcissism from social media

    If the social media "selfie" was a stock, following its fortunes would be an emotional roller coaster. Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year for 2013 was “selfie.” Then Selfies At Funerals blew up on Tumblr, and everyone seethed with outrage at growing societal narcissism. Then James Franco wrote an op-ed for the New York Times defending the "selfie," just to settle the market.

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  6. Is the market for physical photos beyond saving?

    For the amateur photographer the physical roll of film has gone the way of the VHS. It’s a relic. The process of leaving film at CVS and waiting around to pick photos up an hour later is nostalgia. But as we journey through life, we amass more photos than ever, and it seems to be increasing at an almost exponential rate, diminishing the value of the physical image. For instance, over the weekend I upgraded my phone. I’d had the old one for two-and-a-half-years and it might’ve had 300 photos on it. The Verizon guy looked at me sideways when I told him he could wipe them all. But if I hadn't used them already, they didn't hold value.

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  7. We all love good “Facebook will die” theories. Trouble is, the numbers don't support them

    Eighteen months ago, in the grips of a disastrous IPO and with Facebook reporting no mobile revenue, there was an explosion of commentary about how the mobile platform was going to kill Facebook and possibly put an end to digital advertising as we know it.

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  8. Sporting Innovations wants to turn the live sports watching experience on its head

    You’re a Utah Jazz fan seated in the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. It’s approaching halftime and the game is tight. Shooting guard Gordon Hayward slashes in and takes an inbound pass from rookie point guard Trey Burke. He slips the defense and puts up a floater. Nothing but net. The crowd roars.

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