Thought we gave up? Nope! Hope to resume writing next week. Until then, enjoy the new redesign.
Today Apple announced a new streaming music service, dubbed Apple Music, with a little help from Drake. It may be a new venture for Apple, but don’t be duped: it’s the same as all the other streaming services out there now.
Apple’s annual software showcase is all over. We got some big news today, including a music streaming service, a Google Now competitor, and much more. Catch up with it all here.
Memorial Day has always been the unofficial start to Summer: a time to reflect, a time to travel, a time to eat with friends and family members. It also kicks off the Summer of developer conferences, where programmers flock to San Francisco to see what Apple, Microsoft and Google will unveil. It also means we have to sit through three-hour keynotes with slides showing if statements.
Status update: Notice: we’re testing new features on our site so you may see nonsensical posts this week.
Notice: we’re testing new features on our site so you may see nonsensical posts this week.
Status update: Still working on problems with the site. Hope to be back soon, maybe next week.
Still working on problems with the site. Hope to be back soon, maybe next week.
Status update: It’s Memorial Day in the United States. Updates made last week will be uploaded later today and normal operations will resume tomorrow.
It’s Memorial Day in the United States. Updates made last week will be uploaded later today and normal operations will resume tomorrow.
Status update: I’ll be doing improvements to the site while on a break, mainly background items.
I’ll be doing improvements to the site while on a break, mainly background items.
Status update: Taking a much need break from blogging. Will resume back on May 25.
Taking a much need break from blogging. Will resume back on May 25.
I, for one, welcome our new newsstand – Jeff Jarvis
Indeed, at last, both Google and Facebook are ready to talk. Two weeks ago, Google signed a friendship pact with eight European publishers. Now Facebook has made its deal with nine — take that, Google! — publishers, not just in squeaky-wheel Europe but also in America: The New York Times, National Geographic, BuzzFeed, NBC, The Atlantic, The Guardian, BBC, Spiegel, and Bild. Note that the last one, Bild, is owned by Axel Springer, which has led the European war against Google, forcing it — and by extension, Facebook — to come to the table.
Here we go again: fears of a “walled garden” – a closed ecosystem designed not to let users venture outside – are back. Facebook finally unveiled it’s long anticipate feature for news outlets to publish their articles inside of Facebook – Instant Articles. Talks of the “walled garden” begin to rise. They have nothing to fear, history is on their side.
Ad Age on the Verizon-Aol merger
Is VZ/AOL about:
– content? nope.
– subscription? nope.
– search? nope.
– site ads? nope.
– ad tech? BINGO! pic.twitter.com/FkNllhb0cM
— Terence Kawaja (@tkawaja) May 12, 2015
AdAge has an excellent write-up on the Verizon-Aol merger. It goes into some depth of the main reason (advertising) why Verizon is buying Aol and what V will do with TechCrunch and Huffington Post, especially with Verizon track-record at producing content like SugarString and Verizon 1.