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Is App-Era Pricing Making Software Better, or Worse?

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Last week I mentioned Mark Bernstein's essay on the surprisingly complex sequence of decisions, trade-offs, and design choices that went into creating even the most routine-seeming aspects of the electronic environment that surrounds us.Now reader David Glende, a software veteran in California, describes the way that Internet-era everything-is-a-commodity pricing pressures...
Is App-Era Pricing Making Software Better, or Worse?

Apple Designers Sick Of Doing Things Steve Jobs' Way Just Scored A Big Win (AAPL)

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Steve Jobs loved software interfaces that mimicked design from the offline, non-software world. This type of software design is called skeuomorphism. There's a faction of designers at Apple that hate it. One former Apple designer recently told Fast Company's Austin Carr that skeuomorphism is "visual masturbation." "It's like the designers are flexing...
Apple Designers Sick Of Doing Things Steve Jobs' Way Just Scored A Big Win (AAPL)
How One Hacker Quit the Programming Life for Bluer Skies

Open source is taking over the software world, survey says

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It's been only a few weeks since the Linux Foundation released its report that enterprise use of Linux continues to rise, but on Wednesday fresh data came out that suggests the same is true of open source software in general. Specifically, Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners...
Open source is taking over the software world, survey says

Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With NEA's Pete Sonsini

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Ask A VC is back this week with NEA’s Pete Sonsini. you may remember, you can submit questions for our guests either in the comments or here and we’ll ask them during the show. We’re also asking readers to make a short video of your question, upload the video to...
Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With NEA's Pete Sonsini

No Shortcuts, No Mercy: The Bloodsport Of Recruitment

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One year ago I wrote an article called “Why The New Guy Can’t Code,” about how the industry-standard process for hiring software engineers is broken, shortsighted, and counterproductive. It remains my most-read TC post. Of course, I was far from the first to say so, and even farther from the...
No Shortcuts, No Mercy: The Bloodsport Of Recruitment

With Windows 8, Microsoft Learns From the Mobile Revolution

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The software world is becoming an interconnected Web of services tied together within the cloud. Applications used to be stand-alone objects that did not communicate with each other and were designed to do one thing and do it well. Then came the mobile revolution. And the cloud. More than anything...
With Windows 8, Microsoft Learns From the Mobile Revolution
Marc Andreessen Speaks With William Janeway To Discuss Capitalism In A World Driven By Innovation

Valve is no longer just about games: Software is now available on Steam

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As expected, Valve today started selling software on Steam, moving its online store catalog beyond just games. If you can’t wait to see what’s out there, the link you want is store.steampowered.com/software. You may be a little disappointed, however, as there are currently just seven apps available, though we’re sure...
Valve is no longer just about games: Software is now available on Steam

Quora users want to know: Who are some of the top women in the mobile software world? http://bit.ly/dxA7dC

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Quora users want to know: Who are some of the top women in the mobile software world? http://bit.ly/dxA7dC

Many Apple Designers Are Sick Of Doing Things Steve Jobs's Way, And A Civil War Is Breaking Out (AAPL)

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Apple's brand is an outgrowth of its product design - and both are the envy of every other company on the planet. So it is a touch shocking that Apple, of all companies, has something of an internal riot on its hands. Why? The problem is something called skeuomorphism, which...
Many Apple Designers Are Sick Of Doing Things Steve Jobs's Way, And A Civil War Is Breaking Out (AAPL)

Why Hardware Patent Trolls May Be The Next Big Problem

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There's been plenty of talk about software patents, and tons of discussions from people suggesting that perhaps the "solution" to problems with the patent system are to simply carve out software (and business method) patents, and make those unpatentable. There are plenty of reasonable arguments for why "software" should not...
Why Hardware Patent Trolls May Be The Next Big Problem

LinkedIn Is A Reason Startups Raise More Money, Angel Investor Says

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There's a new trend in the venture funding world where startups are landing really big seed rounds of well over $1 million. They're doing this by getting handfuls of angel investors involved, says Larry Augustin, a longtime angel and CEO of SugarCRM, a maker of business-application software. Huge seed rounds...
LinkedIn Is A Reason Startups Raise More Money, Angel Investor Says

The 50 Most Powerful People In Enterprise Tech

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Consumer tech gets most of the attention but enterprise tech is really the stuff that's changing the world. It is changing the way you work, the way you find a job, even the kind of jobs available. Plus, it's enriching investors. Where Facebook's IPO was a mess, enterprise IPOs from...
The 50 Most Powerful People In Enterprise Tech

GigaOM teams up with Facebook for a June Open Compute hardware hackathon

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Data center hardware nerds, where are you going to be on June 18 at noon? You may not be sure right now, but keep reading, because Facebook and the Open Compute Project are holding a hardware hackathon at Facebook headquarters that Tuesday. The winners will get time onstage to present to...
GigaOM teams up with Facebook for a June Open Compute hardware hackathon
Lord of the Files: How GitHub Tamed Free Software (And More)
How VMware Embraced Its Open Source Nemesis
CA Technologies confirms it has acquired Layer7

The Older You Are, The Harder It Is To Win At Social

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A big problem investors and pundits have with companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple is that they are seemingly incapable of creating a successful social network, despite being successful in many other areas of the software world. Something they don’t consider, though, is that the reason these companies are historically successful is...
The Older You Are, The Harder It Is To Win At Social

★ This Apple-HTC Patent Thing

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There are two aspects surrounding Apple’s patent litigation against HTC that demand further consideration. First, the severe problems with the U.S. patent system as a whole, particularly with regard to software patents. Second, the strategic implications of Apple’s decision to file suit. Smart writers with first-hand experience with software patents...
★ This Apple-HTC Patent Thing
Forget the money: Kickstarter turns Pebble into a platform

Why Box's $125m Round Is Good for Software

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Box is announcing today that it has raised a whopper of round of capital: $125 million, mostly from growth investor General Atlantic. GA’s Gary Reiner is going the board– his experience alone is a coup without the cash. Reiner is the former CIO of General Electric. As such, he’s exactly...
Why Box's $125m Round Is Good for Software

Oracle/Google Case Shows Just How Totally Pointless It Is To Have Patents On Software

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Julie Samuels has a fantastic piece over at Wired using the Oracle v. Google case to explain why patents simply don't make any sense in the software world: For starters, software often does not require the type of heavy investment that should result in a 20-year monopoly. Instead of expensive...
Oracle/Google Case Shows Just How Totally Pointless It Is To Have Patents On Software

The New Angry Birds Game Shows How Much The World Has Changed For Apple And Microsoft (MSFT, AAPL, GOOG)

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Rovio, the maker of the Angry Birds game franchise, is coming out with a new flick-and-toss title, "Bad Piggies." Instead of playing as the birds seeking revenge on egg-stealing pigs, you play from the point of view of the pigs. But that's not the most interesting role reversal afoot here....
The New Angry Birds Game Shows How Much The World Has Changed For Apple And Microsoft (MSFT, AAPL, GOOG)

Tesla Is The New Apple

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Tesla Is The New Apple: Steven Johnson on the impending electric car revolution being led by Tesla: And if that's the case, then the automobile industry will go through exactly what the computer and software world went through with the rise of the PC, the Web, and the mobile revolutions....
Tesla Is The New Apple

Has OpenStack finally won over IBM?

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Since it launched two years ago, the open-source cloud computing platform OpenStack has won over an impressive array of tech backers, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Citrix. But not IBM. That is about to change, according to this OpenStack contributor page, which lists IBM as a participant as of February 2. There...
Has OpenStack finally won over IBM?

EMC to Hadoop competition: "See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya."

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If, like many industry watchers, you’ve been confused about EMC Greenplum’s Hadoop strategy over the past couple years, Scott Yara has a message for you: “We’re all in on Hadoop, period.” Yara, Greenplum’s co-founder and senior vice president of products, has a not-so-coded message for his big data market competitors,...
EMC to Hadoop competition: "See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya."

Larry Ellison: Oracle's cloud will cast a shadow over the enterprise software world

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In a wide-ranging at the D10 conference, the Oracle CEO opened up about the June 6 announcement of a new cloud-based platform and complete rewrites of CRM and ERP applications. [Read more]...
Larry Ellison: Oracle's cloud will cast a shadow over the enterprise software world

Watch Bill Gates talk about Microsoft Excel in 1987 (and more history)

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If you’re into the history of computing, watch this History Uncut video showing a young Bill Gates taking questions from the press about Microsoft Excel for Windows, back in 1987. Glasses were really big back then, clearly. As it happens, Microsoft had already released the first version of Excel two...
Watch Bill Gates talk about Microsoft Excel in 1987 (and more history)

Andreessen Horowitz Keeps Eating The Software World With $11.2 Million Investment In JavaScript Framework Company Meteor

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Meteor, the company behind an application development framework of the same name, today announced $11.2 series A funding from Andreessen Horowitz, with Matrix Partners also contributing. The investment follows Andreessen Horowitz’ record breaking $100 million investment in Github. The Meteor framework is free and open source and can be used...
Andreessen Horowitz Keeps Eating The Software World With $11.2 Million Investment In JavaScript Framework Company Meteor
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