Archive for January, 2012

RIM can’t save itself

Jan. 23, ‘12: New Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins — previously a co-COO at the BlackBerry maker, in charge of product and sales — is too little, too late. Unless Heins is secretly a rare, freakish visionary genius whose creativity has been stifled … Continue reading →

“Kill Hollywood”

Jan. 20, ‘12: Y Combinator, asking for startups to drive the future of entertainment: Hollywood appears to have peaked. If it were an ordinary industry (film cameras, say, or typewriters), it could look forward to a couple decades of peaceful decline. But this … Continue reading →

Microsoft: Over 525 million Windows 7 licenses since launch

Jan. 20, ‘12: That is, admittedly, a very big number. Since then — October, 2009 — Apple has likely sold about 35 million Macs, possibly 250 million iOS devices, and Google has seen almost 250 million Android activations. (We’ll find out how Apple … Continue reading →

Netflix is looking for a new CMO

Jan. 20, ‘12: Remember Qwikster?

Microsoft blames the iPad — er, “competing form factors” — for weak PC market

Jan. 20, ‘12: Microsoft’s investor relations general manager Bill Koefoed, speaking on yesterday’s earnings call, via Seeking Alpha: Turning to the PC market, as I mentioned last week, it was a challenging quarter for the industry. Factors such as the flooding in Thailand, macroeconomic … Continue reading →

Why Vevo won’t ditch YouTube for Facebook

Jan. 20, ‘12: Vevo, the music video website owned by a few record labels (in partnership with YouTube/Google), has met with Facebook about the potential of switching away from YouTube as its video host, according to CNET’s Greg Sandoval. It makes sense for … Continue reading →

Where’s iBooks for Mac?

Jan. 19, ‘12: I asked this almost six months ago, and Apple still hasn’t shipped a Mac version of its iBooks e-reader app. Clearly, not a priority. Today, of course, it released iBooks Author, but no iBooks reading/shopping app — that’s still for iOS … Continue reading →

Larry Page is super excited!

Jan. 19, ‘12: From this evening’s Google earnings release: “I am super excited about the growth of Android, Gmail, and Google+, which now has 90 million users globally – well over double what I announced just three months ago.” Roughly six months ago: … Continue reading →

Apple iBooks and the consumerization of textbooks

Jan. 19, ‘12: Apple’s announcements in New York today were, as anticipated, a new authoring/publishing platform for e-books and a new push into textbooks and educational publishing. For a summary of the news, check out Peter Kafka’s liveblog at All Things D. The … Continue reading →

Creators: Nick Disabato

Jan. 19, ‘12: Nick Disabato is a designer, publisher, and author who lives in Chicago. Follow him on Twitter at @nickd or on Tumblr. 1) What have you been making lately? A couple of weeks ago, I announced the first issue of Distance, a … Continue reading →