• How Snapchat Fails Forward
    In my book, Snapchat's failures are more impressive than its successes. They show a maturity and a degree of willingness to change course (and eat humble pie) you'd expect from an older and more seasoned firm. In the latest example, the social sensation is pressing pause on its original content efforts, shelving Snap Channel, and sending home the 15-person team behind the quasi-content studio.
  • Do Cutbacks Bode Well For Twitter?
    Grow or die: The words are gospel in Silicon Valley, as well as Wall Street, where much of its stock is traded. Yet, until he can get his house in order, Jack Dorsey appears ready to pull back the reins on Twitter's expansion plans. Any day now, the social giant is expected to announce companywide layoffs.
  • Will Smartphones Get Warning Labels?
    I'm a non-smoking libertarian. That is, I prize autonomy and freedom of choice, but I also know I never would have kicked the habit without pressure from then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and my future wife. Together, their anti-smoking policies set me straight, and saved me from a world of hurt. Like a lot of people, therefore, I'm conflicted about mounting pressure to regulate mobile use.
  • NYT Plans New Focus On Winning Subscribers: 'On Their Phones'
    Looks like legacy news media is going after mobile in a bigger way. After celebrating 1 million digital subscribers this week, the New York Times Company released an 11-page strategy memo outlining its plan to double digital revenue to $800 million by 2020 and leverage mobile in a much bigger way.
  • Google Tries To One-Up Facebook's Instant Articles
    Take that, Facebook! Trying to one-up the social giant and its Instant Articles initiative, Google is officially unveiling "Accelerated Mobile Pages."
  • Microsoft Finally Making Mobile Run
    For reasons that remains mostly unknown (Ballmer's braggadocio? Strategic shortsightedness born from bureaucracy?) Microsoft was extremely late to the mobile party. As a result, the mobile operating ecosystem is still dominated by Google's Android and Apple. Yet under the stewardship of CEO Satya Nadella, the company that Bill Gates built is finally showing signs of mobile life. There are now 110 million devices running Windows 10 designed to run seamlessly across platforms, Microsoft said this morning during its Windows 10 hardware event.
  • Does Dorsey's Return Foretell Brighter Times for Twitter?
    It's the stuff of tech-world legend. The brilliant CEO is banished by his board, only to come back and take the company he founded to new and greater heights. Steve Jobs did it. Now that Jack Dorsey has made his return to Twitter official, some are expecting him to fulfill a similar destiny. But Dorsey has yet to prove himself worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Jobs.
  • Colbert Endorses Himself -- And Snapchat's Sponsored Lenses
    On Wednesday night, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel appeared on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Spiegel didn't say much. He just giggled a lot, and let Colbert do his thing. The height of the interview came when Colbert -- who clearly loves no image more than his own -- showed off Snapchat's "Puking Rainbows" lens. Colbert squealed with joy at the sight of his augmented self, and his millions of mainstream viewers got their first taste of the magic that is Snapchat.
  • Dorsey As Twitter's CEO Will Bring Appearance Of Stability
    Reports of Twitter's interim (and former) CEO Jack Dorsey being tapped for a permanent spot at the top have been circulating for the past day or so. In addition to being a co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, Dorsey is also the CEO of mobile payment company Square. Running two companies has some comparing him to Steve Jobs, who famously ran Apple and Pixar at the same time. Dorsey has reportedly played up those comparisons, starting to quote Gandhi and the Beatles and adopting a uniform, among other image changes.
  • Twitter Reconsiders Tweet Length, Humanity Holds Its Breadth
    Tweets supporting more than 140 characters at a time?! Anarchy! Blood in the streets! Seriously, though, the rumored development is long overdue, and, well, who could ague with it?
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