The quest for the golden Nintendo game (Build 20110912042003) One Friday afternoon in 2010, Pat Contri got the Facebook message of every video game collector's dreams.
A friend who worked at the local game store started texting him cryptic photographs of something a customer had just traded in. Commentary and analysis from Simon Dumenco - Advertising Age (Build 20110912042003) Apple's co-founder Ron Wayne on its genesis, his exit and the company's future. It was a sunny but windy Tuesday morning in Brighton and the first day of Update Conference, an event that’s primary focus is mobile design and development, along with plenty of discussion.
Attendees were sipping their free coffee, quietly discussing the sessions that they were most excited by and in the corner of the break area sat a man, easily the oldest person in the room, talking quietly with a local reporter. That man, recognised by nobody, was Ronald Wayne – the third and often forgotten founder of Apple, now the world’s largest technology company.
Always in demand by the media, Mr Wayne found himself in England to talk about his part in the the formation of Apple, also to publicise his new book “Adventures of an Apple Founder” from a small table conveniently situated next to mine. Meeting Jobs, Wozniak and forming Apple. Crovitz: A Business Model Based on Conflict of Interest - WSJ.com (Build 20110912042003) Google will use Zagat's (so you don't have to) - Computerworld (Build 20110912042003) Opinion September 10, 2011 07:01 AM ET Computerworld - Google bought Zagat Survey this week for an unknown amount between $50 million and $200 million.
Zagat specializes in ratings for restaurants, hotels and travel destinations informed by the input of some 350,000 contributors. The acquisition is Google's 104th. (The blog TechCrunch claims that the deal did not merit an FTC antitrust review, which happens automatically for any deal worth $66 million or more.) Google offered Zagat competitor Yelp $500 million in December 2009, but the offer was rejected. Silicon Valley companies often make acquisitions to gain access to talent, intellectual property or markets. Zagat ratings are on a 30-point scale, with 30 being the highest score for each attribute. Campaign Trains Viewers for ‘TV Everywhere’ A new advertising campaign by Turner Broadcasting aims to tell them how.
In a series of commercials that will start appearing on Monday on the TNT and TBS cable channels, Turner stars like Conan O’Brien will be employed to explain the concept of TV Everywhere, which has been championed by Turner’s parent, Time Warner, as a way to retain cable subscribers. The concept calls for episodes of television shows to be streamed online free — but only for people who already have a cable subscription. Intel's Sean Maloney: The man who couldn't speak. Sean Maloney was on his way to being the chipmaker's next CEO when a stroke crippled his body -- and took away his ability to talk.
This is the story of how he returned to work (he's now head of Intel China) -- and found his voice again. Sean Maloney with his wife, Margaret (far left), and their three daughters in Beijing FORTUNE -- Sean Maloney grew up in gritty South East London, last in a line of six kids, and got kicked out of school at age 15.
TechCrunch (Build 20110912042003) Michael Arrington, TechCrunch: How the site changed startup culture. - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine (Build 20110912042003) Owning the stack: The legal war to control the smartphone platform. In the last few weeks, the smartphone industry appeared to produce more lawsuits than phones.
Apple briefly managed to stop the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in all of Europe, and is now going after the whole Galaxy line. Back Stateside, Google first complained that Microsoft and Apple were using "bogus patents" to target Android, then spent $12 billion for Motorola and its patent arsenal. These are big, high-stakes fights—and the last company left standing may walk away with control over nothing less than the smartphone market itself.
Google Bought Me! The First Two Days [Dave Reisner] 09 Sep 2011 For the past several months, I’ve been playing Operations Developer for Zagat Survey, taking care of the production website infrastructure, expanding our internal development environments, acting as liason to our hosting provider, and performing some light scripting tasks to glue it all together.
Amazon in Talks to Launch Digital-Book Library. YouTube Founders Aim to Revamp Delicious. More recently they picked an unlikely candidate to be their next Web sensation: a castoff.
The men are trying to inject new life into Delicious, a social bookmarking service that, in its time, was popular among the technorati, but failed to catch on with a broader audience. “What we plan to do,” Mr. Hurley said in an interview here last week, “is try to introduce Delicious to the rest of the world.” Created in 2003, Delicious lets people save links from around the Web and organize them using a simple tagging system, assigning keywords like “neuroscience” or “recipes.”