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ACTA deathwatch: profs call process unconstitutional, Europe revolts

Andreessen’s Advice To Old Media: “Burn The Boats”

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Legend has it that when Cortes landed in Mexico in the 1500s, he ordered his men to burn the ships that had brought them there to remove the possibility of doing anything other than going forward into the unknown. Marc Andreessen has the same advice for old media companies:...
Andreessen’s Advice To Old Media: “Burn The Boats”

The FeedBurner Deathwatch Continues: Google Kills AdSense For Feeds

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As part of its latest round of “spring cleaning,” Google just announced that it is shuttering AdSense for Feeds. The service, which allows publishers to earn a bit of extra revenue by adding Google’s ads to their RSS feeds, will be retired on October 2 and will close on December...
The FeedBurner Deathwatch Continues: Google Kills AdSense For Feeds

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Blu-ray

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Everyone knows optical storage discs are on their way out in the long run, but ironically, the the biggest, newest format of them all could become extinct before the rest. Here's why Blu-ray might join VHS in the dustbin long before DVDs or CDs give up the ghost. The Basics...
ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Blu-ray

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Hewlett Packard

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For the second installment of ReadWriteWeb’s new DeathWatch series, we cast a beady eye on Hewlett Packard. Let’s be clear: Unlike our first DeathWatch victim, HP is not about to go out of business anytime soon. But momentous market changes - not to mention an epic series of fumbles,...
ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Hewlett Packard

Blockbuster Deathwatch: Bankruptcy is ‘Possible’

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When companies are dying, it’s rarely a quick and painless process. Even so, the demise of Blockbuster has felt like an especially drawn-out and painful one. The latest development came late Tuesday when the company submitted an SEC filing warning that it may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which read...
Blockbuster Deathwatch: Bankruptcy is ‘Possible’

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: In-House Datacenters

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A business' data is still its most important asset, but that doesn't mean it every company needs to spend millions of dollars building and maintaining its own datacenters. The cloud has grown up, and the days of the company-owned-and-operated datacenters are numbered. The Basics In the pre-PC days, computers were...
ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: In-House Datacenters

TiVo co-founder, CTO Jim Barton resigns

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Co-founder of TiVo and CTO Jim Barton has long outlasted our deathwatch, but his time as an executive at the DVR maker quietly came to an end this week according to documents filed with the SEC. CEO Tom Rogers thanked Jim for his "commitment to innovation" in a statement, and...
TiVo co-founder, CTO Jim Barton resigns
ReadWrite DeathWatch: AMD

"RIP Good Times": Silicon Valley's Cuban Missile Crisis

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Not too long ago, I found myself sitting in the second row of a conference room, anxiously scribbling notes, at what is now known as the “RIP Good Times” presentation. The presentation has become a cultural touchstone of modern-era silicon valley. I am writing this post because I am of...
"RIP Good Times": Silicon Valley's Cuban Missile Crisis
Cheating DeathWatch: Myspace

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Zynga

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Zynga's Mafia Wars, Farmville and Bubble Safari are enormously popular pastimes that helped define social/casual gaming. But faced with a changing market and an unpopular leader, can Zynga innovate its way out of the hole it keeps digging for itself? The Basics Zynga's climb to the top of social gaming...
ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Zynga

Why Blockbuster's Streaming Collapse Won't Hurt Netflix

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After backing out of plans to compete with Netflix, Blockbuster is all but done. That's not great news for the streaming-video space, and Netflix is in a rough spot. But Blockbuster's latest stumble toward oblivion isn't necessarily the final nail in NetFlix' coffin. On October 4, Dish Network scrapped its...
Why Blockbuster's Streaming Collapse Won't Hurt Netflix

Nokia's Partnership With Microsoft Hurts More Than It Helps

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Nokia has bet the company on Microsoft and its Windows Phone mobile operating system. That would be a risky but defensible bet... if Nokia was the only company making Windows Phones. Unfortunately for Nokia, other mobile manufacturers also vie for consumer attentions with Windows Phones, notably HTC and Samsung, two...
Nokia's Partnership With Microsoft Hurts More Than It Helps

Will The Autonomy Debacle Be The Straw That Breaks HP's Back?

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The question of whether Hewlett-Packard can avoid a break up will be answered over the next six months or so. That's about how long the company has to convince investors its PC, printer and technology-services businesses can generate the cash needed to build and sell products into growth markets, especially...
Will The Autonomy Debacle Be The Straw That Breaks HP's Back?
PC Deathwatch: In Which Intel Begins to Sweat

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Motorola Mobility

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When Motorola Mobility was plummeting to its doom in 2011, Google rode to the rescue. Now, with massive layoffs and a proposed sale of critical assets, the knight in shining armor seems hellbent on tearing its acquisition to pieces as part of its restructuring process. Is Motorola nothing more a...
ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Motorola Mobility

RIM deathwatch: BlackBerry subscriptions in "downward spiral"

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Research In Motion, long the dominant provider of smart phones to business—and until two years ago, the overall market leader—has been hammered by market missteps, delays in new versions of its BlackBerry phone line, and the ascent of Google's Android and Apple's iPhone. Now, according to a report from the...
RIM deathwatch: BlackBerry subscriptions in "downward spiral"
One Laptop Per Child still not changing the world enough for Silicon Valley bloggers

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: T-Mobile USA

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The dresses in the commercials may be magenta, but the ink on the balance sheets is red. T-Mobile USA continues to slip behind its rivals. Can the rebel mobile carrier find a new CEO to bring it back to prominence before Deutsche Telekom hangs up? The Basics T-Mobile USA (a...
ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: T-Mobile USA

HTC Isn't Dead Yet - But It Is Feeling Mighty Ill

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By many accounts, HTC is the third best smartphone manufacturer in the world. It creates quality devices that consumers like and can go toe-to-toe with anything that rivals Samsung, Apple, Motorola or Nokia throw at it. Yet HTC is slowly dying. As the company's profits are whittled away, the likes...
HTC Isn't Dead Yet - But It Is Feeling Mighty Ill

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Sony

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Sony has posted losses for four consecutive years, and the company has lost its leadership position in just about every market it used to dominate. Can Sony’s new rock star CEO refocus the company before Apple, Microsoft and Samsung devour everything it has left? The Basics Remember the Walkman? The...
ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Sony

Greylock Bats off Market Concerns, Calls Pandora an IPO Candidate [Video]

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Last week we invited Greylock’s David Sze and Reid Hoffman into the studio for a chat about the state of the venture market, with its odd mix of soaring valuations and horrible returns. As it turned out, these two might be the worst guys in Silicon Valley to ask. I...
Greylock Bats off Market Concerns, Calls Pandora an IPO Candidate [Video]

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Netflix

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Unlimited streaming made Netflix the Blockbuster-buster, but the company's value has dropped 75% in the past year after its price hike/Qwikster fiasco. Can original content and overseas expansion reverse the slide? The Basics Netflix began as a mail-order alternative to renting videos from Blockbuster: perfect for folks looking for a...
ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Netflix

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Barnes & Noble

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Barnes & Noble remains a big player in a growing industry, and until Google changed everything this week, it made fantastic hardware for the money. But as with Nokia, a changing market and financial problems are driving a proud Number Two into a subordinate role that threatens to choke it out...
ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Barnes & Noble

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Nokia

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Like RIM before it, this week's DeathWatch victim is another looming casualty in the smartphone race. But despite its fall from grace, Nokia still has friends in high places. If CEO Stephen Elop can reorganize the company's business fast enough and catch some lucky breaks from best-buddy Microsoft, it...
ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Nokia

'RIP GOOD TIMES': Silicon Valley's Cuban Missile Crisis

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Not too long ago, I found myself sitting in the second row of a conference room, anxiously scribbling notes, at what is now known as the “RIP Good Times” presentation. The presentation has become a cultural touchstone of modern-era silicon valley. I am writing this post because I am of...
'RIP GOOD TIMES': Silicon Valley's Cuban Missile Crisis

Microsoft Movie Deal Makes The Xbox 'A Player' - Premieres "Pulp"

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Table stakes in the online content industry these days is owning the rights to "exclusive" content, and Microsoft took a small step in that direction, agreeing to distribute Pulp, a "comedy about comics," which premieres Monday on its own Xbox platform. "Microsoft might not seem like the obvious partner for...
Microsoft Movie Deal Makes The Xbox 'A Player' - Premieres "Pulp"

ReadWriteWeb Technology DeathWatch: QR Codes

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The ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch has tagged 13 companies against the ropes. But this week we're trying something new, taking a close look at technologies on their way out. First up, the QR Code, a concept that was always more flash than bang. The Basics In 1994, Denso Corporation created the Quick...
ReadWriteWeb Technology DeathWatch: QR Codes
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