Monthly Archives: February 2012

27th Feb, 2012

Wizard of Oz focus group

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

For some reason I can’t find an embeddable version of this video where idiots in a focus group give their suggestions for how to improve “The Wizard of Oz.” But you can watch it here on Gawker. The really funny thing is that these comments aren’t so far-fetched. I spent 18 months working on a TV show in Hollywood and […]

24th Feb, 2012

Robert Scoble recruited by Davos money men, and other signs that the end times are upon us

By | February 24th, 2012|Tech|27 Comments

Yesterday I wrote an article about Robert Scoble trying to follow in the footsteps of Michael Arrington and go from blogging to angel investing. Scoble is crying foul and calling this a “drive-by shooting.” He’s ranting about the horrible old “mainstream media,” of which I am a member, and he now refers to me as a “journalist,” in quotes, which I’m guessing is meant to be […]

22nd Feb, 2012

Guess who else wants to "monetize his influence" and become a blogger slash angel investor?

By | February 22nd, 2012|Tech|15 Comments

Yeah. Good grief. Fucking Scoble. I just posted an article about it here on the Daily Beast.

22nd Feb, 2012

LA Times weighs in on the Silicon Cesspool

By | February 22nd, 2012|Tech|10 Comments

Prompted in part by the back-and-forth that started with the “Hit men” article on this blog last week, Michael Hiltzik of the LA Times asks, “Are Silicon Valley tech bloggers truly objective?” You can maybe guess the answer but I don’t want to spoil it for you. Hiltzik talked to Michael Arrington and Sarah Lacy and got their perspective, which is that this is the new […]

16th Feb, 2012

"The virus in your pocket"

By | February 16th, 2012|Tech|5 Comments

That’s the headline my latest article for the Daily Beast about the alarming rise in mobile malware, particularly on the Android platform. This is based on a new study by Juniper Networks, which sells anti-malware software. You can find the article here.

15th Feb, 2012

Report: Samsung working on 60-inch Galaxy Note phone

By | February 15th, 2012|Tech|2 Comments


You wheel it around on a cart, and when you get home you can use it as a TV. Not really. But they are supposedly working on a 10.1-inch Galaxy Note phone. Which is almost as nuts, when you think about it.

15th Feb, 2012

Apple: We did nothing wrong, and we promise it won’t happen again

By | February 15th, 2012|Tech|7 Comments

In the wake of the Path privacy fiasco, and after receiving a letter from meddlesome Congress dorks, an Apple spokesman tells John Paczhczhzkowski of AllThingsD that any iOS apps that are uploading user address book information are in violation of Apple guidelines and that from now on any app that wants to use your contact info will have to ask for explicit permission. Perfect response! Even better […]

13th Feb, 2012

Hit men, click whores, and paid apologists: Welcome to the Silicon Cesspool

By | February 13th, 2012|Tech|503 Comments



It’s tough being a journalist, especially if you’re covering technology and living in Silicon Valley, because it seems as if everyone around you is getting fabulously rich while you’re stuck in a job that will never, ever make you wealthy. What’s worse is that all these people who are getting rich don’t seem to be any […]

6th Feb, 2012

Daily Beast, FTW!

By | February 6th, 2012|Tech|3 Comments

So I have a story in this week’s Newsweek about Workday, a cool software company in California that might do an IPO later this year. For some reason when the story ran online on the Daily Beast this morning, the photo of the company’s two CEOs had the wrong caption — and identified these two guys as effing goddamned diamond thieves! I was not even aware of this until the PR rep for Workday called to inquire. I contacted […]

1st Feb, 2012

These mini copters flying in formation are the coolest thing I've seen all day

By | February 1st, 2012|Tech|12 Comments

Developed at the University of Pennsylvania. Just: wow.