Catching Up (10/13)

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Britons leave internet passwords in wills. Why grown women, not just girls, need more tech role models. Apple’s New IPhone Sells Out at U.S. Carriers. Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s newest iPhone sold out for pre-order at AT&T Inc. (T), Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) a day before the device officially goes on sale, according to the carriers’ websites. Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. wireless operator, and Sprint, the third-biggest, showed no immediate stock of iPhone 4S 16-gigabyte models for pre-order on their websites.

iPhone 4S Teardown. iFixit: "Siri, may we disassemble you for all to see?

iPhone 4S Teardown

" iPhone 4S (Siri): "42" iFixit: "I didn't ask for the meaning of life, Siri... " iPhone 4S (Siri): "42 is the number of seconds you have left until I initiate the self-destruct sequence... " Does Google Have What It Takes To Be A Platform, Rather Than A Product, Company? Nearly seven years ago, I wrote about the idea that there was a "battle to own the internet," and that if Google really wanted to succeed, it had to move away from just being a product company to being a true platform company that had a much more open setup, which did much more to encourage developers to build on top of it.

Does Google Have What It Takes To Be A Platform, Rather Than A Product, Company?

Worldwide, newspapers reach more people than the Internet, WAN-IFRA survey shows. WAN-IFRA At the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum in Vienna, Austria, a survey of 69 countries showed where print circulation, revenue and mobile use were rising for newspapers, and where they are declining.

Worldwide, newspapers reach more people than the Internet, WAN-IFRA survey shows

“Circulation is like the sun. It continues to rise in the East and decline in the West,” said Christoph Riess, CEO of WAN-IFRA. Newspaper circulation is rising in Asia and Latin America, but dropping in Europe and most steeply in North America, the survey found. Newspaper revenue was down worldwide, except in Asia where it was up year to year. Details follow. Newspaper circulation The annual survey shows that newspapers reach 2.3 billion people daily, while the Internet reaches 1.9 billion. In the Asia Pacific region, circulations increased 7 percent from 2009 to 2010, and 16 percent over five years. Revenue In North America, newspaper advertising revenues were down 17 percent for the five-year period but increased 1 percent last year. Mobile. What We Are Seeing. The Wall Street Journal has a story out today that says "Web Startups Hit Cash Crunch.

What We Are Seeing

" Stepping Back From The Angel Bubble. [ Photo courtesy of Fir0002/Flagstaffotos via Creative Commons License ]By Jason CalacanisEveryone is talking about the startup bubble popping today thanks to a Wall Street Journal story that Fred Wilson responded to. New Data Shows Why the Wall Street Journal is Confused About the Startup Cash Crunch. By Ben Popper 10/13/11 9:15am Share this: Data via CB Insights At the beginning of August, Betabeat began talking about a coming crunch for seed stage companies in New York.

New Data Shows Why the Wall Street Journal is Confused About the Startup Cash Crunch

We believe that the bubble in early stage financing had peaked, and that in the coming months, many young startups would find it hard to raise follow-on cash. At the time, local investors like Chris Dixon and Shai Goldman argued that this wasn’t some dire turn of events, but simply the natural cycle of venture capital funding playing out. The Wall Street Journal ran a story yesterday, “Web Startups Hit Cash Crunch,” which claimed that valuations for these early stage companies had fallen by as much as half in recent months and the venture capital funding was at an all time low. Pearltrees for iPad is a Must-Have App. "Tell me when it's an iPad app," I've told the team behind web curation startup Pearltrees over and over again.

Pearltrees for iPad is a Must-Have App

That day has finally come and what was a clumsy, Flash-based web experience is now a gorgeous, brilliant iPad app. Happy day, the Pearltrees iPad app is finally here! Scott Forstall, the Sorcerer's Apprentice at Apple. Dear Mozilla: Fix Your Damn Browser Already. Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

Dear Mozilla: Fix Your Damn Browser Already

Page vows 'automagical' results with Google+ Google+ now has more than 40 million users, and Google chief executive Larry Page told analysts that the company is well on its way toward using G+ data to transform users' experiences with the company's services.

Page vows 'automagical' results with Google+

In a quarterly conference call with analysts this afternoon, Page said Google's goal is to customize the Web for users based on what it learns from their social-media experience. The company added 100 Google+ features in its first 90 days , helping it better understand users and tailor its search results. "It's still incredibly early days for Google+ because our goal is actually far bigger than the individual feature launches themselves," Page said. Google's third quarter results shine, Google+ hits 40 million users. Google handily topped expectations with its third quarter results and allayed concerns about the economy's effect on search advertising.

Google's third quarter results shine, Google+ hits 40 million users

Google reported third quarter earnings of $2.73 billion, or $8.33 a share, on revenue of $7.51 billion, excluding traffic acquisition costs of $2.21 billion. Non-GAAP earnings were $9.72 a share in the third quarter. Wall Street, which focuses on non-GAAP earnings, was looking for earnings of $8.74 a share on revenue of $7.22 billion. The search giant's quarter was really about its owned and operated sites, which accounted for 69 percent of revenue in the third quarter.