How Sean Parker bumbled his new startup's launch; HP CEO Meg Whitman opens up.
The company aims to offer frictionless video networking that allows you to chat with your existing friends or with strangers based on location or interests you share on Facebook. Like predecessor Chatroulette.com, it's easy to switch to a new chat partner, but unlike that service, which became known for its shock value, Airtime allows users to reveal their identity and share content such as YouTube videos. At the launch in New York, however, the potential for a major shakeup to the Facebook social graph took a backseat to technical problems and a somewhat manic, nervous Parker.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has a lot to say (Interview) [ALL THINGS D]
Once the legal trial with Oracle is concluded, one way or the other, she'd like to see HP and Oracle work together again, even though she conceded that the damage done to HP's Business Critical Server business is hurting HP. She also said that HP will create a version of HP-UX, its version of Unix that will run on Intel's mainstream server chip known as Xeon. For another, she will not accept a job in a Mitt Romney White House in the event one might be offered. To do so would be to leave HP too soon at a moment when, more than anything, it needs consistent leadership.
Understanding exactly how Palm could drive itself into irrelevance in such a short period of time will forever be a subject of Valley lore. There are parts of the story that are simply lost, viewpoints and perspectives that have been rendered extinct either through entrenched politicking or an employee base that has long since given up hope and dispersed for greener pastures. What we do know, though, is enough to tell a tale of warring factions, questionable decisions, and strategic churn, interspersed by flashes of brilliance and a core team that fought very hard at times to keep the dream alive.
Ellen Pao, the partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers who is suing the legendary venture capital firm for alleged gender discrimination and acts of retaliation she claims to have experienced during her seven year career there, has refused to speak to the press since news of the lawsuit first broke last month. ... In response to an anonymous Quora user who asked, "Did Ellen Pao quit KPCB after the lawsuit?" Pao wrote a simple response posted Monday afternoon: "No, and I don't plan to quit."
The slow growth in the overall mobile phone market is primarily due to the projected 10.0% decline in feature phone shipments this year. Many owners of feature phones, sometimes known as "talk and text" devices, are holding on to their phones in light of uncertain job and economic prospects. Despite the decline in shipments, feature phones will still comprise 61.6% of the total mobile phone market this year.
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In two different forums, discussions about what to do about Apple's (AAPL) growing cash problem have come around to seeing things the way Steve Jobs and Tim Cook do.
Apple's problem, as Wall Street sees it, is not that the company has too little cash but too much -- $65.8 billion in liquid assets at the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 5, 2011 7:58 AM ET
As the Q&A website's top designer, Rebekah Cox has found a way to make sharing information addictive.
FORTUNE -- Quora, the hot social question-and-answer website, wants to suck all the useful information from your brain. (That isn't as malevolent as it sounds.) And it is Rebekah Cox's job to make you an enthusiastic participant in the company's grand scheme.
As Quora's product design manager, Cox is the whiz behind the site's intuitive MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Jun 27, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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Amazon's EC2 cloud service crashed and continues to be problematic for some companies and services that rely on it. Affected businesses included Foursquare, Quora, HootSuite, SCVNGR, and Reddit, the last of which is still in "emergency read-only mode" due to what it's calling a"degradation" with Amazon. Company engineers are still working MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 22, 2011 8:45 AM ET
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Facebook relaunched its Questions feature which looks more like a poll app. But instead of going the Quora route -- asking a question to receive lengthy user answers -- Questions just has users voting or offering up short, pithy answers of MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 25, 2011 5:00 AM ET
The innovative Google Ventures Law services site is getting advice from former top Apple lawyer, Dan Cooperman.
LawPivot is kind of a Quora-ish Q&A site for legal advice for startups and small businesses. Lawyers post profiles and answer questions online in their forums. Business owners can then find legal advice by asking LawPivot legal questions. Those questions are tagged and matched against a database of information gathered from the lawyers on the subject matter.
As MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 7, 2011 1:53 PM ET
A: Too many. So Fortune examined six—testing them out and speaking to their CEOs—to bring you a roundup of how each site works and which one might best deliver the answers Internet surfers seek.
By Daniel Roberts, reporter
Q: Have you noticed the sudden explosion of sites purporting to offer Q&A? Have you taken note of the wild press given to some of them (ahem, Quora), wondered if the attention is deserved, MOREFeb 14, 2011 2:59 PM ET
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