Drewbot: Thoughts on Apple's Textbook Announcement →
Great commentary on Apple’s textbook announcement. dbreunig: iBooks has always struggled to find a unique market to help Apple turn it into a unique product. After today’s announcement, I think Apple’s finally found such a market in education. Education checks all the boxes: it’s a market that feeds Apple’s funnel (students have been very good to Apple in…
Money, power, and Congress: how lobbyists will... →
Some frightening things in this post on The Verge: According to Politico, Allison Halatei, former Deputy Chief of Staff to House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, and Lauren Pastarnack, a Senate Judiciary Committee Senior Aide, just accepted jobs with two of the lobbying firms backing SOPA and PIPA. Halatei and Pastarnack helped write the bills. Halataei is now the National Music Publisher’s...
Why Soundcloud is my favorite way to find music
If you haven’t checked out Soundcloud yet, you’re missing out. The service houses more than 5 million people and recently got a reported $50 million round of investing, which suggests that users of the site are here to stay for awhile. What’s great about soundcloud is, well, a lot of things. For starters, audiophiles rejoice at the fact that the default streaming quality is...
Dropbox inventor determined to build the next... →
Couple of things about this article: Houston is valued at 600 million. For comparison, Twitter and Square cofounder, Jack Dorsey - that’s right, the creator and now Exec. Chairman of Twitter, and CEO of Square respectively - is only worth 330 million (estimated). Crazy. Houston started programming when he was FIVE??? I want to know what kind of languages these whiz kids that pop-up in the...
Scarcity is a shitty business model →
Fred Wilson comments on the inanity behind one of the biggest current issues with obtaining desired media: availability. He discusses how he and his wife tried to watch a movie but found nothing satisfying because many legal online options are limiting in their selection. With this problem, he’s showing that accessibility is one of the biggest driving forces behind content piracy. The...