Jul 19, 2014

Getting bigger for bigness’s sake makes sense for a sumo wrestler. But does that apply to a media conglomerate?

Although Fox’s proposed purchase of TimeWarner sounds like a film-studio deal, the film units are secondary at both companies, with cable networks producing the greatest revenues at both — and Disney and Viacom as well. The screen at home eclipsed the screen at the multiplex long ago, and is still growing, which is a main reason Murdoch covets TimeWarner’s cable channels (HBO, TBS, TNT) which out-earn those of the other media conglomerates.

Dear Mr. Murdoch: Save yourself 80 billion bucks (via johnborthwick)
Jul 18, 2014

It is time to stop rewarding failure

It is time to stop rewarding failure

Steve Banfield:

While I don’t know if SV has embraced failing upwards, Microsoft, Sony, HP and too many of the tech giants have. The question is how long before the disease reaches Google, Yahoo and Facebook?

Originally posted on Om Malik:

Silicon Valley (the notion) has become very much like rest of corporate America — it has embraced the philosophy of failing upwards. I have seen many executives…

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Jul 15, 2014

The 40 over 40: Puncturing the myth of older founders

The 40 over 40: Puncturing the myth of older founders

Steve Banfield:

brilliant piece taking down the age bias against older founders in Silicon Valley

Originally posted on @frankba blogging:

The TechCrunch 40 over 40.

I was slack jawed. Sitting across the table from a very successful thirty-something founder I was listening to him lament the hiring of a fifty+ year old CEO for one of his companies. There is no shame in making a bad hire, but he…

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Jul 7, 2014

Apple bolsters iOS 8 Health app with on-device steps counting & caffeine tracking

Apple bolsters iOS 8 Health app with on-device steps counting & caffeine tracking

Steve Banfield:

Caffeine tracking? Dear Lord I wouldn’t even want to know how much of that I consume each day.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

Apple has made significant enhancements to its upcoming Health application for iOS 8 in the latest beta of the new iPhone operating system. Most notably, the Health application can now utilize the iPhone’s own M7 motion tracking hardware for data sourcing.

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Jun 27, 2014
Jun 26, 2014

Congress Destroys A Hobby, FAA Gets The Blame

Congress Destroys A Hobby, FAA Gets The Blame

Steve Banfield:

your tax dollars at work… while I understand the need to evaluate and regulate first person view remote control aircraft, outright banning them just seems over the top especially when they are still working out the details of those regulations. This is where an abundance of caution (or simple bureaucratic slowness) is getting in the way of both exciting, innovative uses for these…

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Jun 23, 2014

Things you can expect to see at Google I/O 2014

Originally posted on 9to5Google:

Google I:O

Google’s annual I/O conference is only two days away but leaks and rumors leading up to this year’s show have been going strong for quite a while. In an effort to brace ourselves for Mountain View’s latest contributions to the tech world, we’ve decided to discuss what we might be seeing in the next couple of days. While some of these items are a given, others…

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Jun 23, 2014
Jun 17, 2014

Size Matters

Originally posted on People of Pioneer Square:

197a

 Looks about the kind of police coverage we get.

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Jun 8, 2014
Close to half of all U.S. households subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus

I have Amazon Prime and Netflix. Never felt like Hulu had enough content to make it worthwhile for me.

Close to half of all U.S. households subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus

I have Amazon Prime and Netflix. Never felt like Hulu had enough content to make it worthwhile for me.

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