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"My last three months working for Google was a whirlwind of desperation. The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus."
-- Ex-Google employee James Whittaker (CNNMoney)
* The first crop of iPad reviews are in. The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg believes this generation's new features -- sharper display and 4G LTE connection included -- keep it on top; David Pogue over at The New York Times is more muted. "The new iPad doesn't introduce anything that we haven't seen before, either in the iPhone or in rival tablets," writes Pogue. "There's no Steve Jobs 'one more thing' moment here." Meanwhile, The Verge's Josh Topolsky remains unwaveringly positive. "The new iPad is the most functional, usable, and beautiful tablet that any company has ever produced." (The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Verge)
* A review of the new Apple TV and why it's bad news for Blu-ray. (TechCrunch)
* Google (GOOG) is enhancing its search engine. Expect search results over the next several months to become more thorough, with more facts and direct answers to search queries. (The Wall Street Journal)
* Which cloud service provider has the potential to give Amazon Web Services a run for its money? GigaOm has assembled a short list of competitors. (GigaOm)
* Digg founder Kevin Rose's new company Milk is closing down after just four months. (The Next Web)
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How the news of the Mac's next operating system -- Mountain Lion -- got disseminated
The top tech news story Thursday, apparently, has nothing to do with working conditions in China, or who owns the iPad brand, or even the fact that Motorola (MMI) may have to remove "slide to unlock" from its smartphones.
No, the top 135 stories on Techmeme this afternoon are all about the next version of Apple's (AAPL) MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 16, 2012 3:50 PM ET
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RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie refuted some criticism that the company may have rushed its PlayBook tablet to market. "I don't think that's fair," he told Bloomberg News. "A lot of the people that want this want a secure and free extension of their BlackBerry." The interview came after a few early MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 15, 2011 5:52 AM ET
Apple seeded the usual suspects with its new tablet last week. A sampling of the reviews:
Walt Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal: I've been testing an iPad 2 for about a week and I like it a lot. While it's evolutionary rather than revolutionary like the first model, the changes Apple has made are generally pleasing and positive, and the device worked very well for me... It never MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 10, 2011 6:26 AM ET
Mossberg, Pogue and Baig all loved it. With reservations.
Wednesday's papers will carry the first official reviews of Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 4. The usual suspects have been playing with the device for the last week or so and they are, for the most part, pleased. A sample of what they had to say:
The New York Times' David Pogue: New iPhone Arrives, Rivals Beware
Despite the strong initial, positive MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 22, 2010 7:59 PM ET
Steve Jobs' handpicked reviewers have tested his latest creation and pronounced it a winner
The first three reviews of Apple's (AAPL) tablet computer were posted Wednesday night -- each, coincidentally, from newspapers that are developing their own iPad apps.
The verdicts are strikingly similar, although each writer reaches it by a different path.
Walt Mossberg, writing for the Wall Street Journal, starts with the assumption that to succeed the iPad must be a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 31, 2010 10:55 PM ET
Who needs Steve Jobs when you can have the song-and-dance man of high-tech?
David Pogue, Emmy-winning tech columnist, "Missing Manual" millionaire and Broadway composer manqué, pulled out all the stops as he kicked off the first day of Macworld Expo.
He sang (three of his favorite song parodies, see below). He cracked wise (mocking Steve Ballmer's exuberance, Steve Jobs' absence and the iPad's lack of Flash support). He plugged his latest book MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 11, 2010 3:16 PM ET
Can Apple's premier trade show survive without Apple? We'll find out next week
There'll be no Steve Jobs keynote, no gigantic Apple booth, and only about half as many exhibitors -- roughly 220 vs. nearly 500 last year, according to Ars Technica.
But IDG World Expo has determined that the show must go on -- at least for one more year -- and so from Tuesday Feb. 9 to Saturday Feb. 13, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 7, 2010 3:52 PM ET
Steve Jobs and Apple appeared in an extraordinary number of 2009's "Best of" lists
Our favorite: "There's an app for that," the Yale Book of Quotations' No. 3 quote of the 2009, right before Rep. Joe Wilson's "You lie" and after Captain Sully Sullenberger's "We're going to be in the Hudson."
Some other citations...Steve Jobs: CEO of the Decade. Fortune magazine. Steve Jobs: Best Performing CEO in the World. Harvard Business Review. Steve Jobs: Person MORE Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 31, 2009 7:18 AM ET
The New York Times' columnist entertains IT types with a parody of "Ooops!... I did it again."
David Pogue may review technology for a living, but give him half a chance and he'll revert to his first love: show tunes.
He did it again Wednesday, ending his Interop New York 2009 keynote at the Javits Center with one of his patented song parodies: "Apps!... I did it again," a Britney Spears MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 18, 2009 12:17 PM ET
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