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How hurricane Sandy slapped the sarcasm out of Twitter [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
At my home in suburban New Jersey, a 30-foot limb dropped down at 4 p.m., so the illusion that this was an event happening to someone else quickly dissipated. And at 8 p.m., just when we hunkered down in front of the big screen, the MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 1, 2012 8:01 AM ET
You probably haven't heard of it, but Echo Nest powers products from the likes of Spotify, Vevo, and MTV.
By Rob Walker, contributor
FORTUNE -- It began with an argument. Tristan Jehan and Brian Whitman met as Ph.D. candidates at MIT's Media Lab. Both were amateur musicians passionate about the ways technology might recommend songs based on a listener's tastes. Both were convinced that "collaborative filtering," a trendy means of achieving MOREOct 18, 2012 5:00 AM ET
So why would it bother to roll its own Internet radio service?
FORTUNE -- Once Apple (AAPL) approached the music publishers about licensing their content for an Internet radio service like Pandora's (P) -- one that would stream music customized to iTunes users' taste -- it didn't take long for the news to leak to the press. The Wall Street Journal had the story Thursday evening and before Barack Obama had MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 7, 2012 6:23 AM ET
No tax, no shipping charge. The catch: Walmart wants your e-mail and home address
FORTUNE -- If you buy a lot of iPhone apps or iTunes music, Apple (AAPL) gift certificates are almost as good as cash.
Indeed, there's a lively trade in iTunes gift cards on eBay (EBAY), where a $100 certificate will fetch anywhere from $82 to $109.99 on a Buy It Now basis.
Now, as The Verge notes in its MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 20, 2012 7:20 AM ET
Meet the mysterious "tactical data center" that just popped up on Apple's server farm
FORTUNE -- The news that Apple (AAPL) was building a smaller, insect-shaped data center next to its big Maiden, N.C., server farm was broken -- of all places -- in the Hickory Daily Record, a 16,000-circulation paper owned by Berkshire Hathaway.
But it was Wired -- hiring the services of the Piper Cub-flying photographer who shot the first MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 4, 2012 11:08 AM ET
Hulu finally comes to Apple TV; is the social web IPO window closed?
YouTube to double down on its 'channel' experiment [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
The company says it will put in another $200 million to market the channels as it attempts to upgrade its content from simple user-generated videos and to lure more viewers and advertising. The site has launched nearly 100 new channels so far this year, attracting talent such as MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 31, 2012 12:28 PM ET
The battle to become the dominant one-click entertainment shopping mall begins
FORTUNE -- The consensus among analysts the day after Google's (GOOG) jam-packed I/O keynote is that Apple (AAPL) doesn't have much to fear from the hardware unveiled on Wednesday. The $299 Nexus Q mimics Apple TV but at three times the cost. The $199 Nexus 7 tablet is aimed at Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle, not the iPad. And it's going to take MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 28, 2012 7:17 AM ET
But can the combination of Jelly Bean, Play, the Nexus 7 and the Q catch up to iTunes?
FORTUNE -- In a jam-packed keynote that included a long list of significant software announcements, a box full of free hardware and a live-streamed skydive onto the roof of Moscone West, Google (GOOG) unveiled its strongest challenge yet to Apple's (AAPL) computing and entertainment ecosystem.
The highlights of the two hour-plus presentation:
Google Play, a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 27, 2012 5:53 PM ET
The company has an opportunity to turn an afterthought into a new mass medium
FORTUNE -- "As I've described many times before in this space, Apple's core competency is finding common but horrible content consumption experiences and replacing them with awesome, Apple-designed experiences."
So writes Mike Elgan, long-time editor of Windows magazine, who has seen the light and now contributes to Leander Kahney's Cult of Mac.
The horrible content consumption experience to which MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 18, 2012 6:54 AM ET
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Facebook explores giving kids access [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
Facebook is developing technology that would allow children younger than 13 years old to use the social-networking site under parental supervision, a step that could help the company tap a new pool of users for revenue but also inflame MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 4, 2012 1:04 PM ET
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