Google To Become App Incubator →
So Google basically will hire app developers and pay them a nice salary for them to do their thing. But they must do it on Android. Interesting tactic…
Javier Bardem As The Villain In Bond 23? →
If he accepts the role, the new film could be very, very good. [via /film]
Nokia Android Phones Or Nokia Windows Phone... →
My guess would be for Nokia partnering with Microsoft to build Windows Phones rather than with Google to build Android phones. Obviously, a big part of that is Elop’s Microsoft ties (and the fact that he is said to have stayed on a bit longer after making his move known within Microsoft — something which probably wouldn’t have happened if it was considered at threatening move or...
Hulu As A Web-Based Cable Operator →
It’s interesting that when Hulu launched, it was dubbed the “iTunes-killer” or the “YouTube-killer”. But now neither of those two are its biggest rival. Instead, Netflix is by far. At the time, Netflix was simply a DVD rental-by-mail service. Things change. Also interesting how much in-fighting there is when the networks own so much of Hulu. Meanwhile, there’s...
Brit Henry Cavill To Play American Superman →
As a fan of The Tudors, this pleases me. Interesting too that Brits have now been cast as Batman (Christian Bale), Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), and now Superman — all American superheros. (Garfield was born in the U.S., but grew up in England and naturally speaks with a British accent.)
Resurrection Of The Internet Kill Switch →
You’d have to believe the U.S. Government wouldn’t be stupid enough to try to pass this legislation right now, right? I mean, seriously. Anyone? No? That said, you’d have to imagine that the core motives behind this isn’t to shut down things like social networks, but rather infrastructure stuff, as is stated. But there’s probably way too much gray area in such a...
An Offer You Can't Refuse. Or Could, But Probably... →
A fascinating move on a number of levels. Though it’s important to note (as Y Combinator’s Paul Graham does) that this deal has nothing to do with the Y Combinator organization itself. It’s simply between the investors and the startups coming out of each class. This means that YC LP Sequoia (or anyone else) could do the same thing if they wanted to. Of course, most firms would...
Matt Cutts Fixes Google →
Cutts: The net effect is that searchers are more likely to see the sites that wrote the original content rather than a site that scraped or copied the original site’s content. Haven’t done enough article searches yet to confirm it’s better, but this was definitely a major, major problem. Glad Cutts and team to finally went after it.
MSFT Eeks Out The Profit Win Over Apple →
As I suspected, Microsoft still had the slight edge over Apple in profit this past quarter. But it’s down to about a half billion dollars. Next quarter, it’s over. Meanwhile, they’ve fallen about $7 billion behind Apple in revenue.
Nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards →
Solid list for Best Picture — even if they ridiculously do include 10 now. Glad to see Winter’s Bone included.
AT&T Combats Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan With,... →
Weird how the move away from unlimited data was originally being sold by AT&T as a great thing for customers because it would make their bills cheaper. I’m confused as to why AT&T feels the need to match Verizon on this at all? Oh that’s right, because the move away from unlimited data and the excuse for it was just pure bullshit. And now the Verizon iPhone has them scared...
Do We Still Think Quora Is A Stupid Fad? →
Quora is clearly such a stupid thing hyped up by TechCrunch that has no future and is evidence of the next Bubble. It’s the dumbest thing ever. It’s so dumb that a co-founding partner of a big time private equity firm is leaving his cushy life to go work for the startup. Clearly, like every TechCrunch commenter, he also believes there’s nothing to it. He just wants a seat on...
$20 A Month For iPhone Hotspot Heaven →
An extra $20 a month gets you 2 GB worth of WiFi Hotspot goodness. The downside is that each gig over the 2 is another $20. Still, well worth it. Also, still no word on AT&T offering this feature at all.
Danny Sullivan On 6 Months With Google Voice... →
A good overview of the experience. I’ve been up and running for a few days now. So far so good. The experience isn’t perfect, but it’s worth it. As Sullivan puts it, “I control my number now.” Further, number porting is a brilliantly simple way to cancel your current contract. It’s perfect if say, you have a certain phone on AT&T that is about to come to...