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Kim-Mai CutlerReporter, Inside Mobile AppsWhen I turned down my parents’ Tiger Mom-like ambitions in favor of journalism years ago, the technology and media industries were worlds apart.
Ryan SingelStaff Writer, Wired
The Egyptian government shut down most of its country’s internet not by phoning ISPs one at a time, but by simply throwing a switch in a crucial data center in Cairo.
Ashley ParkerReporter, New York Times
When a blizzard blanketed Chicago last week, “Rahm Emanuel” took to Twitter to chronicle his day - making a snow angel on Lake Michigan, shoveling out David Axelrod’s Civic, drinking whiskey in an igloo made by a tireless campaign intern named Carl.
Tom McGeveranCo-Founder and Editor, Capital New York
The resignation of Rep. Chris Lee of Buffalo yesterday just three hours after Gawker broke the story of the congressman's internet transactions with a woman on Craigslist (in furtherance of which he took a shirtless posing-picture of himself on his Blackberry to send to her) has provoked the usual discussions.
Adam D'AugelliAnalyst, True Ventures
Looking back at history, it’s amazing to see how much the process of launching a web-based business has changed since the late 1990s.
John GruberEditor, Daring Fireball
HP today announced their answer to the iPad: the TouchPad — a name that, not coincidentally, is drawn from those of two best-selling iOS devices.
Robin SloanBlogger, Twitter
This might be the most useful graph you see all week: I mean, the implications are obvious… right?
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Friday, February 11, 2011 Raptr, which is building a social gaming platform that lets players track achievements and connect to friends on gaming consoles, has raised $15 million in capital. The round was led by DAG Ventures, with Tenaya Capital and Accel Partners also participating. In total, the Mountain View, Calif. company has raised $27 million. Raptr claims it is adding 750,000 new users a month and has a current total of six million.
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Microsoft has sued to stop its former head of government sales from going to work for Salesforce.com. Now it says it found confidential documents on his personal computer. Read More »Comment by Julia Angwin, Scott Thurm and Michael Hickins | Reporters, The Wall Street Journal in Voices
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Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., introduced a bill Friday that would give the Federal Trade Commission authority to establish an online do-not-track system. The bill is the first in this session to specifically tackle the creation of a do-not-track system, according to a spokesman for Ms. Speier. Read More »
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Let the floodgates open. First it was LinkedIn, and now it is the music-streaming service Pandora that has filed for an initial public offering. Read More »Comment Nokia’s commitment to MeeGo may be tenuous after today’s big announcement, but Intel’s is unwavering. The chip giant says it’s sticking with the Linux-based mobile platform regardless of where its partner’s head is at these days. Read More »Comment by Nitrozac and Snaggy in Voices
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Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac and Snaggy. Joy of Tech appears three times a week in the Voices section of this site. (Click on the image to see a bigger version.) Read More »1 Comment by Lizette Chapman | Reporter, The Wall Street Journal in Voices
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As Egypt President Hosni Mubarak steps down today, Hany Al-Sonbaty has returned to work with renewed determination. The co-founder and managing partner of new Egyptian venture capital firm Sawari Ventures launched the Cairo-based firm in January, just a week before riots broke out with protesters demanding improved living conditions and a change in the country’s leadership. Read More »
“I worry about my old friends a lot. I’m sad to see they no longer trust they can make a difference. They’ve given up and given away their passion. Sorry, that ain’t gonna work. You must believe yourself and what you are up to, and you must believe you can change the world. That’s the only way I know.”Comment
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After controversy plagued its multimillion-dollar ad campaign launched during the Super Bowl, Groupon has issued a formal apology and has made the drastic decision to pull all three TV commercials. Read More »5 Comments Time Inc.’s deal with Google’s Android gives it the terms it has yet to get from Apple. Which means subscribers can now pay a lot less to get digital magazines. Will that make them a success? Read More »3 Comments Is Google’s VP8 video codec free from patent liability? We’re about to find out. MPEG LA, the consortium that controls the AVC/H.264 video standard, issued a call for patents thought to be essential to VP8 today, a first step in the creation of a patent pool for the specification. Read More »2 Comments “If you want to liberate a society, just give them the Internet,” Egyptian activist and Google executive Wael Ghonim said today. Read More »2 Comments Looks like Nokia’s search for a new North American chief to succeed President Mark Louison has turned up a willing replacement: Former Microsoft executive Chris Weber. Read More »Comment by Nick Feamster | assistant professor, Georgia Tech School of Computer Science in Voices
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Nearly 60 countries around the world censor Internet communications in some form, but Egypt’s recent complete shutdown of Internet communications was unprecedented. Should free and open communication—particularly free and open communication via the Internet—be considered an unalienable right? How much control should a government or Internet service provider wield over its citizens’ communications? Read More »2 Comments
Early Adopter: Connect Your Personal Data Pipes Together With Ifttt’s Digital Duct Tape
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APIs make the personal Web go round, but for years now, dealing with them has been the domain of the programmer. Now, San Francisco start-up ifttt is hoping to use super-simple design to allow ordinary users to bend pieces of the Web to their own will and create connections between previously siloed services. No coding required. Read More » In an interview, Nokia’s Stephen Elop tells Mobilized why he went with Microsoft over Android and how the company expects to turn its patent portfolio into a far more lucrative business. Read More »4 Comments Nokia’s decision to make Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS its primary smartphone platform is a bold move. It’s also one that presages a tough next couple of years for the Finnish company and significant layoffs. Read More »3 Comments The good news for angry HuffPo bloggers who want to get paid for their unpaid work: AOL volunteers made the same argument during Bubble 1.0 and ended up winning! The bad news: It took a lawsuit, and more than a decade, to extract the cash. (And the HuffPo writers may not have a case, anyway.) Read More »1 Comment by Ellen Gamerman | Reporter, The Wall Street Journal in Voices
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Last fall, television actor Richard Ruccolo sat down to make an animated movie about life in Hollywood. Twenty minutes later, a frustrated actor and a clueless talent agent, played by two cuddly-looking stuffed animals, strolled across his computer screen. Within two days, people were watching Mr. Ruccolo’s cartoon at talent agencies, management firms and TV studios around Los Angeles. Read More » The chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers makes a short case for the National Wireless Initiative. Read More »Comment
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