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Bad Labor Conditions Aren't Just A Problem For Apple--We All Have A Stake

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A decade ago, Apple made a splash with its “Think Different” advertising campaign. Today, with Apple in the headlines concerning labor conditions in its supply chain, it’s time for all of us to think different about how to improve the lives of the millions of workers making the products that...
Bad Labor Conditions Aren't Just A Problem For Apple--We All Have A Stake

Xbox project founder drills Microsoft for ceding ground to Apple, Android over Live's indie failures

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All is not well in the land of Xbox, if one of its key early employees is to be believed. Nat Brown, who claims to be the person who in fact named the device, today released a strongly worded critique of the current state of the Xbox. In his writing...
Xbox project founder drills Microsoft for ceding ground to Apple, Android over Live's indie failures

In Case You Missed It, Facebook Just Warned Investors AGAIN That It's Not Focused On The Short-Term (FB)

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Facebook has gone out of its way to remind investors in the bluntest terms possible that it thinks long-term, and will not manage the business to make quarterly earnings targets. Mark Zuckerberg hinted at it in his letter to investors in the company's initial IPO filing, and showed his disinterest...
In Case You Missed It, Facebook Just Warned Investors AGAIN That It's Not Focused On The Short-Term (FB)

Facebook Updates IPO to Admit Mobile Is Its Kryptonite

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Facebook user map Facebook has amended its IPO forms and the changes are significant. The social networking giant admits in the revised docs that while "daily active users (DAUs)" are on the rise, those numbers are outpacing the average number of ads delivered each day. AllThing D breaks it down for us:...
Facebook Updates IPO to Admit Mobile Is Its Kryptonite
Secrets of Facebook’s success: Virality

How Jony Ive Became The Most Important Executive At Apple (AAPL)

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In September 1997, one of 30-year-old Apple's designers was on the cusp of quitting. After a shake up of the company's executives yesterday, he's the company's most important employee. In 1997, Apple had lost its way. The top executives were focused on maximizing the company's profits, instead of building great...
How Jony Ive Became The Most Important Executive At Apple (AAPL)

Apple's New Organizational Structure Could Help It Move Faster (AAPL)

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This cartoon has been floating around the Internet for a few years. It's supposed to be a humorous take on how all the biggest tech companies are organized. It might have to be updated to account for changes at Apple. When Steve Jobs was in charge, everything flowed through...
Apple's New Organizational Structure Could Help It Move Faster (AAPL)

Windows 9, Internet Explorer 11 name-checked by Microsoft in Bing job posting

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If Microsoft wasn’t working on both Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9, that would be a surprise. That it is, is not. However, it’s good to keep tabs on the company’s efforts to build its next platforms, so to see mentions of both Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 around...
Windows 9, Internet Explorer 11 name-checked by Microsoft in Bing job posting

Two Facebook graphs Wall Street analysts and investors should ignore

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Wall Street likes data. Annual reports and quarterly reports move markets. If Wall Street could access daily data on the ins-and-outs of a company, it would. Hedge funds have been known to use analysis of satellite imagery of Wal-Mart parking lots to try to get a jump on the markets....
Two Facebook graphs Wall Street analysts and investors should ignore

Inside Facebook’s pre-IPO hype

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Facebook has completed the first week of its roadshow appearances ahead of an initial public offering that could value the company at up to $96 billion when it lists its shares on the Nasdaq next week. Many analysts are bullish about the stock, with Sterne Agee initiating coverage at “buy”...
Inside Facebook’s pre-IPO hype

Infographic: Social Sharing Likes Ecommerce

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Can social sharing and ecommerce get along? There are some possibilities, such as easing the registration barrier to complete a transaction, helping consumers make product decisions and increasing time spent on site. Monetate put together some stats like these into an infographic: Want the... Please visit Marketing Land for the full...
Infographic: Social Sharing Likes Ecommerce

Ex-Windows boss Steven Sinofsky launches new blog focused on 'technology product development'

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Steven Sinofsky may no longer hold the Windows reins at Microsoft, but that certainly doesn’t mean that he intends on stepping back from the public sphere. Made famous for his work on Windows 7 and Windows 8, and the Surface tablet, Sinofsky left Microsoft sharply following the release of the...
Ex-Windows boss Steven Sinofsky launches new blog focused on 'technology product development'
Secrets of Facebook’s success: Identity

After Meeting With Apple CFO, Analyst Believes Lower-Cost iPhone Makes Good Sense

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Following recent meetings with Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty today issued a research note sharing some of her takeaways from those discussions and her views on Apple's future plans. While she did not disclose any specific information shared by Oppenheimer, Huberty did come away...
After Meeting With Apple CFO, Analyst Believes Lower-Cost iPhone Makes Good Sense
Instagram understands a secret of Facebook’s success: Visuals
Tim Cook says Apple has 'no religious issue' against making apps for Android

Facebook's Fischer And Lessin Say User Experience And Advertising Are Sides Of The Same Coin

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Do Facebook’s efforts to make money come at the cost of the user experience? Company executives David Fischer (vice president of marketing and business partnerships) and Sam Lessin (who heads the Identity Product Group) said today that they don’t see it that way — instead, Fischer argued that the Facebook...
Facebook's Fischer And Lessin Say User Experience And Advertising Are Sides Of The Same Coin

Systrom: Building a product is very different from building an organization

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Being the founder doesn’t necessarily mean having to be the one writing the code. With a few fledgling startups under his belt, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom went to Stanford to major in graduate computer science, thinking he would ultimately end up as an engineer. When he got his first...
Systrom: Building a product is very different from building an organization

Six million users strong, Path's founder breaks down the product decisions made for version 3.0

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Earlier today, the private social network Path released an update to its service, just in time for the annual South by Southwest Interactive conference. We had a chance to speak with founder Dave Morin and he tells us that the instant messaging and addition of “The Shop” in version 3.0...
Six million users strong, Path's founder breaks down the product decisions made for version 3.0

How To Create A Minimum Viable Product

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Emre Sokullu, founder and chief architect of GROU.PS There’s been a lot of talk on the concept of minimum viable product lately, but not much has been written on how to actually implement one. Having gone through the process of developing one of the earliest social software mashups (GROU.PS)...
How To Create A Minimum Viable Product
Facebook - And Dozens Of Banks - Ask Court To Throw Out IPO Lawsuits
Watch out, investors: Facebook says mobile users will hurt revenue
App of the Week: Yabbly helps you make better buying decisions

Microsoft: Windows 8 is not New Coke

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When The Coca-Cola Company tried to introduce “New Coke” to the market back in 1985, it was considered one of the worst product decisions known to mankind. Now, some analysts are comparing Coke’s mistakes to Microsoft and Windows 8, based on the negative reaction radical changes in the operating system, and Microsoft’s upcoming move...
Microsoft: Windows 8 is not New Coke

A passionate Tim Cook demonstrates why he’s the right product man for Apple

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Today at a Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a keynote presentation in which he addressed working conditions at Apple’s factories in China, as well as the product philosophy of Apple, the future of the tablet market and the increase in iCloud adoption. He expounded at length on just a few...
A passionate Tim Cook demonstrates why he’s the right product man for Apple
Andreessen Horowitz gets a manicure, leads $10.3M investment in beauty startup Julep

In conversation with Microsoft's Tami Reller: Inside the soul of Windows 8

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TNW was fortunate to sit with Tami Reller, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Windows to discuss Windows 8′s progress, OEM position, and future last week. This post is divided into short topical segments. Each is self-contained, but will read more coherently if taken in order. Dispensing...
In conversation with Microsoft's Tami Reller: Inside the soul of Windows 8
Research In Motion is dead

What big data really needs is security

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There are plenty of benefits from making data available to large repositories. But Dave Asprey, VP of Cloud Security at Trend Micro, said one thing holding enterprises back from putting their data in the cloud is the lack of security of what they’re sharing. At GigaOM’s Structure:Data conference, Asprey said...
What big data really needs is security

IPO Be Damned, Facebook Will Still Prioritize User Experience

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For those not from Silicon Valley or Wall Street, there’s only 1 thing you really need know about Facebook’s plan to become a publicly traded company: Your Facebook is not suddenly going be drowned in ads. Facebook bluntly warns greedy investors “Our culture emphasizes rapid innovation and prioritizes user engagement over short-term...
IPO Be Damned, Facebook Will Still Prioritize User Experience
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