Monthly Archives: January 2012

31st Jan, 2012

Google puts on its war face

By | January 31st, 2012|Tech|2 Comments


When Larry Page asked Steve Jobs for advice, did Jobs tell him to drop that ridiculous “Don’t be evil” thing? My take on Google’s embrace of the dark side is here on the Daily Beast.

27th Jan, 2012

Google falls short of its noble, ethical ideals, says blogger who took $2.5 million from people she writes about

By | January 27th, 2012|Tech|3 Comments

Panderific.  No,  really.

26th Jan, 2012

The two faces of Apple

By | January 26th, 2012|Tech|24 Comments

“Cognitive dissonance” is the way to describe what I’m feeling this morning after reading this amazing, blistering investigative piece in the New York Times about Apple and its Chinese manufacturing partners. This time former employees at Apple and Foxconn are speaking out, and the picture is worse than previously believed. Even the notion that “every company does business this way in China” (which many people, myself included, […]

24th Jan, 2012

Why Apple deserves every bit of its success

By | January 24th, 2012|Tech|3 Comments

Great products. An ecosystem of hardware-software-content. Fantastic customer service. Brilliant marketing. Awesome retail stores. World-beating supply chain and operational expertise. This is a company unlike anything any of us have ever seen. They have earned every bit of their success. And they are only getting stronger. My longer take on today’s phenomenal earnings report is here on the Daily Beast.

24th Jan, 2012

Apple is not just a company, it's a cultural phenomenon

By | January 24th, 2012|Tech|4 Comments

I’m writing up the latest quarterly numbers — sales of $46 billion! — and realizing (again) that in 10 or 20 years, when we look back on this decade, Apple, perhaps more than anything else, will be what we think of when we think of this era. Here is a $100-billion-plus company that just grew at a 73-percent rate. That’s just not supposed to happen. Sales in this recent quarter were greater than in all of fiscal 2009. And […]

23rd Jan, 2012

Rumor: Apple spent $100 million in its first case against HTC — and got almost nothing

By | January 23rd, 2012|Tech|146 Comments

As I reported in this week’s Newsweek, Apple’s “thermonuclear war” on Android smartphone makers has been fizzling out lately. Most of Apple’s legal claims have been tossed out, and the two minor victories Apple has scored were so trivial that opponents could work around the claim by making minor changes to their products.

But a person close to the situation tells me there’s a rumor going around among […]

23rd Jan, 2012

They wake you in the middle of the night, give you tea and a biscuit, and then you start your 12-hour shift

By | January 23rd, 2012|Tech|7 Comments

Was anyone else horrified by that amazing article in the New York Times explaining why Apple builds products in China instead of the United States? How do we justify buying products from factories where people are treated in ways that we would never allow ourselves or our countrymen to be treated? As one former Apple executive says, “What U.S. plant can find 3,000 people overnight and convince them to live in dorms?” Yeah. We can’t do that. What’s […]

23rd Jan, 2012

Is Apple waging "thermonuclear war" on Android — or just shooting blanks?

By | January 23rd, 2012|Tech|1 Comment

So far Apple’s legal “thermonuclear war” against Android phone makers isn’t going so well, as I point out in this week’s Newsweek. “Nearly two years after the first salvos were fired, Apple’s war on Android has accomplished almost nothing. And it’s starting to look as if Apple’s patent portfolio isn’t nearly as lethal as Jobs seemed to think.”

23rd Jan, 2012

Symphony of Science

By | January 23rd, 2012|Tech|3 Comments

HT to Andrew Sullivan.

16th Jan, 2012

PanderDaily is funded by the very VCs whose startups it aims to cover. What could possibly go wrong?

By | January 16th, 2012|Tech|14 Comments

Here’s my new business plan: I will get Google, Samsung, HTC and Motorola to fund my Android blog. I know it seems like a glaring conflict of interest, but is it really? I mean, really? Okay, it really is a conflict of interest. It really, really is. It’s disgusting, actually. But you know what? It sure beats trying to make money by selling […]