STATUS
Apr. 11, 2016 / 12:12 AM CDT (00:12 GMT)

Thought we gave up? Nope! Hope to resume writing next week. Until then, enjoy the new redesign.

Monday morning column
Jun. 8, 2015 / 1:17 AM CDT (01:17 GMT)
Monday morning column
Jun. 8, 2015 / 1:17 AM CDT (01:17 GMT)

Please end the three-hour keynote

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
Jun. 2, 2015 / 7:56 PM CDT (19:56 GMT)

Notice: we’re testing new features on our site so you may see nonsensical posts this week.

STATUS
May. 27, 2015 / 11:54 AM CDT (11:54 GMT)

Still working on problems with the site. Hope to be back soon, maybe next week.

STATUS
May. 25, 2015 / 1:15 AM CDT (01:15 GMT)

It’s Memorial Day in the United States. Updates made last week will be uploaded later today and normal operations will resume tomorrow.

STATUS
May. 15, 2015 / 9:10 AM CDT (09:10 GMT)

I’ll be doing improvements to the site while on a break, mainly background items.

STATUS
May. 14, 2015 / 1:07 PM CDT (13:07 GMT)

Taking a much need break from blogging. Will resume back on May 25.

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.

Jeff Jarvis on Facebook’s Instant Articles and why it would be dumb for publishers to ignore it.

Former TechCrunch editor Sarah Lacy's scathing essay on Aol CEO Tim Armstrong's tenure at the company, including the failed purchase and re-selling of about.me and the utter-failure of Patch.
Commentary
May. 13, 2015 / 2:59 PM CDT (14:59 GMT)
Commentary
May. 13, 2015 / 2:59 PM CDT (14:59 GMT)

Fears of a Facebook overlord are highly overrated

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.

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.