Tech News – July 19th 2012 to July 22nd 2012
Tech news – July 19th 2012 to July 22nd 2012:
- Entitlement and Acquisition – Matt Gemmell-
Sparrow (a popular Mac and iOS email client) has been acquired by Google. The apps are essentially being put in maintenance mode, with no additional features planned for the future.
Cue predictable squawking on the internet. The same thing happens every time there’s an acquisition of a smaller, indie dev company or product by a larger company.
People try to dress their reaction up as a principled stance or a community cause, but that’s at best wrong-headed thinking, and at worst wilfully egocen… show all text
- Rupert Murdoch steps down from NI boards – Telegraph-
- Katherine RushtonRupert Murdoch’s grip on UK newspapers is loosening “finger by finger”, as he resigns string of directorships.
- The real reason we’re upset about Sparrow’s acquisition-
- RianWhen the news hit that Sparrow has been acquired by Google, you could almost hear the collective sigh from those who use and love this wonderful iOS and Mac OS X email client. Many people (myself included) took to Twitter to voice our disappointment with this move, especially about the fact there there will be no additional development on the app:
We will continue to make available our existing products, and we will provide support and critical updates to our users. However, as we’ll be busy wi… show all text
- We’ve Seen This Movie Before-
- By ROGER EBERTI don’t know if James Holmes cared about Batman. I suspect he cared deeply about seeing himself on the news.
- Gunman turns ‘Batman’ screening into real-life ‘horror film’ – CNN.com-
At least 14 people were killed and 50 wounded when a gunman opened fire during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters.
- Yahoo CEO Mayer to Get Close to $60 Million in Compensation – Kara Swisher – News – AllThingsD-
- Kara SwisherYahoo revealed in a regulatory filing that it could be paying its new CEO Marissa Mayer a total of close to $60 million to turn the company around.
The mega-sum includes salary, equity grants, stock options, a make-whole payment for the Google shares she left behind and, perhaps most remarkably, a $30 million one-time retention award.
The amount, which is a whole lot more than what the last two Yahoo CEOs — Carol Bartz and Scott Thompson — were paid is, um, rather large.
One Yahoo board member … show all text
- Dear Internet-
- Women in Tech: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. | TechCrunch-
Apologies in advance to everyone I’m going to offend with this post, men and women included. If I appear to be moronic, self-centered, or sexist… it’s only because I am (I’m a guy). Still I believe my heart is in the right place, and unlike my head, hopefully it’s not in my pants. But whether you agree with me or not, I’d like to get past “talking” about gender issues and start taking action… action as in get off your butt and write a check for some startup who could really use the money.
- #stormcoming #nyc #isolated I’ve never seen a storm so concentrated. The power of mother nature!-