Amazon Builds the Spheres, While Google Opts for the Hulk

As with Apple, Facebook, Samsung and many other tech companies, Amazon and Google are in the analog building business of late. According to the Seattle Times, the e-commerce giant had its plan for a “five-story office building formed by three intersecting spheres” unanimously thumbs-upped by that city’s design-review board. There are still other approvals to … Continue reading

Facebook’s Q3: Looking for the Latest on Mobile Ad Performance

Facebook knocked last quarter’s earnings out of the park. As we approach Facebook’s third-quarter earnings come Wednesday afternoon, can the social giant go two for two? That hinges, of course, on the high bar the company set for itself in mobile. After nearly a year of little traction in the mobile monetization space, Facebook’s mobile … Continue reading

Uh-Oh, Canada

When I heard that the troubled Obamacare Web site was built by a Canadian company, of course I felt personally responsible. … I’ll be happy when the glitches are all worked out and everything’s running smoothly, so I can put this all behind me. – Montreal-born Barry Blitt, who drew the cover for next week’s … Continue reading

Is YouTube Too Big to Have a Really Big Show?

FilmMagic for YouTube Music Awards The best-case scenario for last night’s YouTube Music Awards was that they would do something really cool with live music and live video that we haven’t seen before. And that’s what they did, for the show’s first six minutes. This is actress Greta Gerwig, performing with Arcade Fire, directed by … Continue reading

Grumpy Cat Squares Off With Oscar the Grouch (Viral Video)

For a generation of kids raised on “Sesame Street,” Oscar the Grouch defined the lovable curmudgeon. Oscar and his trash can haven’t gone anywhere, but these days he has some competition from the Internet’s Grumpy Cat. What would happen if these two Negative Nellies squared off? Thanks to this video from Mashable, it’s no longer … Continue reading

Palin and Beck add fire to blazing row over Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty

Conservative pundits and governor of Louisiana offer support after reality TV patriarch is suspended for comments made to GQ Ed Pilkington

Nintendo Confirms It Will Keep Selling the Original Wii in U.S., Despite Discontinuation in Japan

After seven years on the market, the original Wii has been discontinued … in Japan only. Despite online rumors to the contrary, Nintendo of America told AllThingsD that it has no plans to stop selling its 2006 console in U.S. stores, at least not this holiday season. “The announcement that the Wii console has been … Continue reading

Amazon Tries Breaking From the Streaming-Video Pack With Offline Viewing for New Kindles

Amazon has been spending a lot of time and money trying to catch up to Netflix in the subscription-video race. So far, not much luck: Many more people seem to be watching video via Reed Hastings’s service. But now Jeff Bezos has something new: Offline viewing. Amazon’s new line of Kindle Fire HDX tablets will … Continue reading

How Do You Get VCs to Invest in a New Videogame? QuizUp Did It With “Twilight.”

Apparently, the answer is “red.” The more you know … Pre-launch videogames, generally speaking, are not the best fit for venture capital. Games are notoriously a hits-driven business, and the sheer number of free titles being released every month makes picking the winners an inexact science, at best. Nothing speaks louder than numbers, though, as … Continue reading

SETT Is A New Blogging Platform That Has Community At Its Heart

Although blogging is nearly as old as the Internet, it still feels like something is amiss. From Dustin Curtis’ Svbtle to Ev Williams’ Medium, there is a feeling afoot that existing platforms for blogs and long-form content still need a lot of improvement. Five years ago, early platforms like Blogger gave way to micro-blogging and … Continue reading

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