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Max Levchin co-founded Confinity, not X.com :)
3 months, 1 week ago on PandoMaps: An interactive map of the PayPal Mafia
Just saw it the first time in a search result. This is awesome.
I wonder how they rank individual articles & decide what exactly to show, but so far it is really useful.
4 months ago on A small but significant victory for slow media
@AnoopSuri Everybody assumed that. But that portfolio was invalidated pretty soon after the sale and isn't really useful anymore.
4 months, 1 week ago on Google spent $12.5B on Motorola for a pink phone
@AsifIqbalShaik Are you kidding us? He didn't say Lumia didn't sell because of the colors. He said that colors didn't Nokia sell their phones in a position of weakness.
Also: Great that you seem to know exactly what's wrong with Nokia. Here's a hint, though: If building great devices were enough to compete against Samsung in the Android market, HTC would not be failing right now. Or others.
What would be interesting is how the share of the revenues per artist a record label pays the artists has changed over the years, especially compared to the changing cost structures of labels. Digital downloads and streaming bring less revenues than CD and especially Singles sales, but they're also basically free to manufacture and distribute.
Not saying that the difference there would change anything, but it'd be interesting additional information. In the future, I can see the major record labels increasingly be pushed out by newer, more automated, more nimble record labels that help do a lot of work the labels do without doing everything while leaving the major labels handling big artists that can profitably profit from the expensive manual work a label puts in on their behalf.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on On the fight for fair fees in digital streaming
@Nevin Dan How is finding a model for high-quality, subscription-based journalism to work profitably not fixing a problem? It's fixing the problem of independent media, which is one of the pillars of Democracy.
Oh, right, you just wanted to rant, providing not a single argument (not even a bad one). Sorry, didn't get that.
1 year ago on Shock! Uber scores victory against DC lawmakers by…actually negotiating with DC lawmakers
@JohnSungKim Github raised $100m from Andreessen-Horovitz.
1 year ago on The Series A crunch is hitting now. Have we even noticed?
@Kyotzeta Please, feel free to use it. :)
1 year ago on Google’s Ingress is more than a game, its a potential data exploitation disaster
@Elthar You felt a disturbance in the force, I feel you haven't used Maps yet and don't know Streetview. They're pretty damn accurate. Also, if the US military trusted Russian maps for invasion plans to Russia, it would be pretty damn stupid.
@fdelane82 The data economy itself is quite frightening (I wouldn't characterize it as terrifying). All this data provides a lot of potential for misuse. And if there's one thing history has shown, it's that if there's something that can be misused, it will be misused. I'm still looking forward to the game and I'm sure I'll play it. Privacy be damned, this looks like a fun game!
@dannyroa Did you *read* the article?
@RayCromwell Do I understand correctly that every analysis you don't agree with is clickbait? Laughable.
@sarahcuda I read through a lot of the feedback and I think the people criticizing the font size as too small are using an iPad. I haven't got my iPad with me, so I can't tell you if there's a huge difference there.
Perhaps it's also a bug and I just don't realize it: The letters in the article text are about twice the height of the letters in the comments. (The line altogether is probably three times as high.)
On the iPhone, the font is a bit taller than I'm accustomed to, but quite OK.
1 year ago on Welcome to the new, more reader and device aware PandoDaily!
Wow, where does this trend of huge font sizes come from?! The font in this article is as big as a headline is on other sites! I can't focus on reading anything here. If the idea was to promote long-form journalism - I can say for sure that with font this huge, I can't imagine reading even a paragraph. (I, sadly, didn't read any article today. I try to. I try hard.)
@Parkite Took me a while to get. Nice one! :D
1 year, 1 month ago on If you care about the tech industry, vote for Obama
Also: Most people don't have the email overload problem and don't get dozens or hundreds of emails per day.
1 year, 1 month ago on On Monday I thought email was dead. On Monday I was an idiot
@srcasm Why would that be crazy? Everybody who doesn't block a certain sender that uses a proper emailing service sees the email, whereas with social stuff, the chance the a person sees the thing shared is low. Now think how low the chance is that they convert on something shared on a social channel.
Social works because of scale, with things where not receiving something doesn't really matter. For everything else, email still rules.
I guess we all think email is dead because we hate it so much. The thing is: There's no replacement, and there's a need for getting things in your face.
Also, with great email searching tools like Gmail, it's kind of the eternal archive for .. everything.
@Vodkaman @Thetruthhurtstoo You're right about the splitting up. I think they would really have done better. Funny what happens when you look at things in hindsight.
1 year, 1 month ago on Why the fall of 2012 will determine Microsoft’s fate
@Waqas100 Where exactly did I write that Windows 7 was unsuccessful? That's not the point, as was it not the point with Nokia when they created pretty nice phones devices. The problem is that they're missing out on the next wave in computing. If they miss out on tablets, they won't go bankrupt, they won't lose all their market share to Apple. But they won't be able to create integrated solutions in that area. So people will buy their iPad and more and more (like we saw in the previous 10 years) they will switch to Mac computers and laptops. And other alternatives, hopefully. (An Apple monoculture would be even worse than a Microsoft one.)
The thing with Skype is: Yes, it is successful. Also, it doesn't make a lot of money. (Still it's a good sign that they bought it. Hopefully they won't mess it up now.)
The thing with Bing is: Microsoft loses a few billion each year on that. Billions. Each year. Incredibly, the losses are increasingly!
Windows Phone is great (never claimed otherwise), but the app problem is a serious problem. As long as Microsoft won't get more users, they won't get more apps. But increasingly, people are basing their purchasing decisions based on the fact whether there are apps available on an OS.
Microsoft is doing great. At no point am I refuting that point. The point I'm making is that Microsoft is reaching it's zenith with Windows and is doing bad with the new things that should guarantee their growth for the next decade.
Actually, you are making my point, you just reach a different, very short-term conclusion. One that reminds me of people apologizing for Nokia and RIM.