Archive for March, 2012

Apple’s ‘Boring’ Cash Plans Remind Us That Tim Cook Is Sane

Mar. 19, ‘12: Apple, which is sitting on more cash than many planets in our solar system, announced a significant dividend and share buyback program this morning. Specifically, Apple will start a $2.65 quarterly dividend ($10.60 per year) sometime after June, and a … Continue reading →

Creators: Susan Kare

Mar. 16, ‘12: Susan Kare is a San Francisco-based designer and artist. She’s best known for designing many of the early Mac user interface elements, including icons. She also designed Facebook’s early “gifts” icons. Buy her icons book here. 1) What have you been … Continue reading →

This American Life Retracts ‘Partially Fabricated’ Apple/Foxconn Show

Mar. 16, ‘12: This American Life: Regrettably, we have discovered that one of our most popular episodes was partially fabricated. This week, we devote the entire hour to detailing the errors in “Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory,” Mike Daisey’s story about … Continue reading →

Glenn Beck’s web TV network now has more than 300,000 subscribers

Mar. 15, ‘12: Christopher Stewart for the WSJ: (behind paywall) On Fox News, Mr. Beck averaged 2.2 million daily viewers and was paid $2.5 million a year. GBTV, which jumped on the scene in September, is expected to bring in at least $40 … Continue reading →

PayPal’s fake Square

Mar. 15, ‘12: Looks pretty much exactly like something eBay would design. Can’t wait for Yahoo’s take. (Joking aside, this is actually a pretty important market for eBay. Its whole case vs. Amazon is that it can further democratize e-commerce, and looping in … Continue reading →

Bump To SplatF: Hey, Millions Of People Use Our App!

Mar. 14, ‘12: While analyzing Apple’s top-all-time-apps lists last week, I poked Bump a little, asking “Do people actually use this app? Have never seen it.” Bump, no. 14 on the all-time free iPhone apps list, seemed high, given how little I’ve heard … Continue reading →

Twitter buys Posterous

Mar. 12, ‘12: Here’s Twitter’s blog post on the deal, and Posterous’s post, too. This appears to be primarily a talent acquisition (“acq-hire”) and maybe — to a lesser extent — a technology acquisition, versus an audience or market share acquisition. Both posts … Continue reading →

Which New iPad?

Mar. 8, ‘12: Sometimes Apple makes things simple. Sometimes it does not. There are many iPads to choose from today. More than yesterday. I pre-ordered the 32 GB black wi-fi-only ‘iPad’ (third generation) today, and a new Apple TV (my first) to go … Continue reading →

Why the new iPad is so huge for Apple

Mar. 8, ‘12: Great product at a great price, rare market opportunity, and a big, fast-growing business. Apple could potentially sell 80 million iPads this year, about twice as many as it did last year, and more than the number of iPad 1s … Continue reading →

Analyzing Apple’s All-Time Top Apps Lists

Mar. 6, ‘12: With the iOS App Store passing 25 billion downloads, Apple has published all-time rankings of the top 25 free and paid iPhone and iPad apps. (Via Daring Fireball.) Digging in… Angry Birds is 3 of the top 10 paid iPhone apps … Continue reading →