Tech News – September 23rd 2012
Tech news – September 23rd 2012
- Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed – Slashdot –
- timothyAn anonymous reader writes "Scheduled to be released next month, Ubuntu 12.10 now includes both Amazon ads in the user's dash and by default an Amazon store in the user's launcher. The reason for these 'features'? Affiliate revenue. Despite previous controversies with Banshee and Yahoo, Canonical is 'confident it will be an interesting and useful feature for our 12.10 users.' But are the 'users' becoming products?" Update: 09/22 19:35 GMT by T : Reader bkerensa scoffs, calling the Amazon integr… show all text
- Pakistan minister puts bounty on film-maker – Africa – Al Jazeera English –
Pakistan's minister of railways offers $100,000 for "noble deed" of killing the maker of anti-Islam video.
- Hillary Clinton Opens the Social Good Summit [VIDEO] –
- Zoe FoxThe third annual Social Good Summit kicked off Saturday in New York with a surprise address from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"Leaders around the world are coming together around at the United Nations seeking solutions for some of the toughest challenges we might face," Clinton said. "At the same time a revolution in social media is helping people everywhere take part in a global conversation about how we can work together to advance the common good."
Clinton encouraged the connected gen… show all text
- Startup = Growth –
- The Indomitable Mary Meeker | Wired Business | Wired.com –
There is no president of the Internet. But there is a queen. That only-somewhat-exaggerated sobriquet belongs to Mary Meeker, the 53-year-old financial analyst turned venture capitalist.
- Marc Benioff’s Greatest Show On Earth: What It Means For Salesforce, Oracle, And Others – Forbes –
Stop. Hammertime at Dreamforce at 9 a.m. Salesforce.com's Dreamforce event is finally winding down (bye-bye bright green grass on Howard Street), just as Apple's new iPhone is taking the center stage in techland's remarkably short attention span. But what happened this week tells us a lot about the future of Salesforce [...]
- BetaKit » Startups Creating End-to-End Marketplaces to Change the Service Industry –
- Sheryl SoWhether you’re planning a wedding or home renovations, finding a skilled professional to help transform plans into reality can seem daunting. What makes the experience so difficult is trust: how can you be sure you’re getting the best price, and will the project be completed on time? Online marketplaces like Craigslist have been around for years, and while they help people find service providers, they don’t take care of payments, and often lack built-in safety and authenticity checks to make su… show all text
- Mary Meeker: Here’s How Silicon Valley Has Made Life Better During The Recession – Business Insider –
- Jay YarowSteven Levy at Wired has a great interview with Mary Meeker, the Wall Street Internet analyst turned Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist.
Meeker was one of the first people to spot the rise of tech companies in the mid-nineties, and her annual presentations on the state of the technology are must reads.
One of the most interesting parts of the interview is where Meeker talks about how Silicon Valley has helped or hurt people during the recession:
Wired: Life is good for entrepreneurs, but what h… show all text
- Marriage Survives a Decapitation –
- By MICHAEL WILSONShe is a retired correction officer, he is accused of cutting off a stranger’s head with a chain saw — no one said marriage was easy.
- How Many iPhone Sold… – Business Insider –
- Henry BlodgetAn odd thing happened yesterday, the launch day for the iPhone 5.
In some Apple Stores in New York City, anyway, the lines weren't that long.
Oh, sure, they were long in the morning, because a handful of nutbags had been camping out for days.
But, by mid-morning, they weren't long. And by the afternoon, some stores, including the huge centrally located one in Grand Central Station, had no lines and plenty of phones.
So that made it seem as though Apple had done something remarkable: More than m… show all text
- Yuri Milner: 40 Million Retail Jobs Are Going To Disappear – Business Insider –
- Kim BhasinRussian internet investor Yuri Milner had an ominous prediction for the retail industry and its many workers at a conference earlier this week in Ukraine.
He said that there will be “a pretty significant job loss in the retail sector to the tune of 40 million jobs in the next 20 years," according to Chrystia Freeland at Reuters.
What's going to cause that?
Milner estimates that right now, 6 percent of retail sales is done on the web, but that number will spike to 20 percent in the next decade. … show all text
- Google is Shutting Down TV Ads – Business Insider –
- Bill WiseThis is a guest post from Bill Wise, CEO of ad tech company Mediaocean.
With Google sunsetting its TV Ads program, it’s worth asking what really made Google pull out of that line of work—so we can get real answers on who, if anyone, might be best positioned to take up the mantle of using technology to finally monetize unsold TV inventory.
Surprisingly little has been written about what was really going on behind the scenes of Google TV Ads; but I’ve managed to pull together the conversations my… show all text
- Twitter CEO says curation tools for newsrooms are coming | Poynter. –
- Craig Silverman“So, how does it feel to be the voice of the press in the 21 century?,” Emily Bell asked Twitter CEO Dick Costolo during a keynote interview Friday at the Online News Association Conference in San Francisco.
“I don’t view… Read more