Catching Up (Weekend 9/11)
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. He stared at the blurry, gray-and-green pictures. What at first looked like a row of shelves, he eventually realized, was a close-up of several exposed DIP switches. Just then, like a Tetris block dropping neatly into place, it clicked. Contri slammed his finger on the "Call" button. The quest for the golden Nintendo game (Build 20110912042003)
Huffington Post Seeks Teenage Bloggers to Not Pay | 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.
New technology provides an endless supply of information online, but as even Silicon Valley found out this month, it comes at a price: Readers have to work harder to decide which of their many sources can be trusted. A widely read technology website, TechCrunch, became news itself when its founder, Michael Arrington, set up a $20 million venture fund to invest in startups, which are among the main topics covered by the site. AOL,... 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.
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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 Intel's Sean Maloney: The man who couldn't speak
“Deciding” To Move On | TechCrunch (Build 20110912042003)
Last year, Tim Armstrong joined Mike Arrington on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt to sign the deal that made TechCrunch part of AOL (NYSE: AOL). You could feel the glow even at a distance. This year’s event kicks off with news of a different sort: Arrington and AOL have parted ways when it comes to TechCrunch. (Statement below.) He’ll be at Disrupt as planned but he no longer has any financial interest, responsibility or say over the site and company he founded. Arrington’s Long Goodbye Finally Over; Schonfeld New TechCrunch Editor | paidContent (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. In the flood of stories about tactical filings and counter-filings, it's easy to get lost in the details.
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. If you’ve talked to me in the past 2 days, you already know this. If you don’t, perhaps you read the news. If you live in a hole, or maybe you just ignore what Google is doing, you might be interested to know that Google has purchased my current (former?)
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