Archive for December, 2011

Going to CES? Here’s a free party invite from the folks at SAY Media

Dec. 30, ‘11: As a brilliant and attractive SplatF reader, you are officially invited to a private party that SAY Media – my business-side partner — is throwing during CES in a couple of weeks. There will be a live performance by Givers, cocktails, tech … Continue reading →

10 Things We Learned About Apple In 2011

Dec. 29, ‘11: Apple did have a succession plan — an obvious one. There were a lot of big Apple stories this year, but Steve Jobs’ retirement and death was the biggest. For years, especially around Jobs’ previous medical leave in 2009, there … Continue reading →

Gogo’s IPO filing: 10 big takeaways

Dec. 23, ‘11: Gogo, the company that provides most in-flight wi-fi service in the U.S., just filed to go public, aiming to raise up to $100 million. Here’s a link to its IPO filing with the SEC. Big picture: Most planes still don’t … Continue reading →

The SplatF Slacker Gift Guide

Dec. 22, ‘11: It is December 22, so if you are still not finished with your Christmas shopping, you are officially a slacker. But that’s okay! I had originally planned a much more elaborate, serialized, e-commerce-enabled gifting product, and then I got sidetracked. … Continue reading →

The big problem with buying RIM is that there isn’t only one big problem

Dec. 21, ‘11: As RIM’s sales sputter and its market value falls, potential buyers are starting to sniff around. Reuters reports that Amazon took a look this past summer. The WSJ reports that Microsoft and Nokia have considered a joint bid for RIM. … Continue reading →

RIM’s rise and decline: A 10-year view

Dec. 20, ‘11: BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is a classic example of a company that had one great idea, grew huge because of it, but couldn’t save itself as the industry moved on. And now for the first time ever, RIM’s sales … Continue reading →

AT&T-Mobile deal is dead: Now what?

Dec. 19, ‘11: AT&T’s $39 billion bid for T-Mobile is finished: Thanks to the U.S. government’s efforts to block the deal, AT&T is pulling out. So, now what? AT&T will have to pay T-Mobile a $3 billion breakup fee, plus a large amount … Continue reading →

Actually, iPhone users tend to be richer and better educated than Android users

Dec. 16, ‘11: I’m not sure where this fits into M.G. Siegler and Joshua Topolsky‘s “class warfare” argument about Apple’s iPhone and Google Android, but here’s some interesting data from the fine folks at comScore. iPhone subscribers in the U.S. say they belong … Continue reading →

Just how successful is Louis C.K.’s indie video experiment?

Dec. 16, ‘11: I’ll admit it: When Louis C.K. announced that he had sold 110,000 copies of his comedy special from his website in 3.5 days, I was a little disappointed. Sure, $500,000 in sales and a $200,000 profit is nothing to be … Continue reading →

Creators: Scott Nedrelow

Dec. 15, ‘11: Scott Nedrelow is an artist, product creator, and entrepreneur based in Minneapolis. He recently launched a free iPad art book with the photographer JoAnn Verburg, called “As It Is Again.” And his gorgeous iPad/MacBook Air/Kindle sleeves — handmade from thick … Continue reading →