Tech News – September 29th 2012
Tech news – September 29th 2012
- I Got Fired From Facebook – Business Insider –
- Henry BlodgetA former Facebook product manager named Noah Kagan has written a brutally honest article about how and why he got fired from Facebook in 2006 and what he learned from it.
The experience must be particularly painful, given that it eventually cost Kagan a $100 million fortune.
So the fact that Kagan has not only learned from it and is now willing to share these lessons with others is a major tribute to him.
Kagan joined Facebook in 2005, about a year after Mark Zuckerberg started the company in h… show all text
- Bye Bye, Bill: How Nguyen Doomed Color from the Start | PandoDaily –
- Sarah LacySo CEO and co-founder Bill Nguyen has reportedly checked out at Color.
The most common response I got when I Tweeted our post on the news earlier: Wait, Color is still around?
You can point to a lot of things that doomed Color. But the biggest one was Nguyen’s utter lack of understanding about what had changed about building a Silicon Valley company since he started his more successful companies in 1999 and 2000.
It may seem obvious that things change in a place that’s predicated on s… show all text
- Does Apple have a Scott Forstall problem? – Apple 2.0 – Fortune Tech –
- Philip Elmer-DeWittAn heir apparent to Steve Jobs was in charge of both Siri and the new Maps app
FORTUNE — There's no shortage of embarrassing instances where Apple (AAPL) Maps "fell short" — as Tim Cook's public apology put it — but on Friday Canadian reader John Garner pointed me to a particularly striking one.
Jason Matheson, a fellow Canadian with a knack for Mac programming, ran a quick Xcode script that compared MORE
- Why I got Fired from Facebook (a $100 Million dollar lesson) – Noah Kagan’s Okdork.com –
- Noah KaganCan I be real with you? Real real?
(A note from Zuck)
I’m TIRED of answering this question so I’d rather write it out and just point people to this post.
Let me start in reverse.
I can tell you every detail of the day I got fired aka “let go” aka “down-sized” aka “shit-canned.”
I thought I was going to a routine coffee with my boss and randomly saw Matt Cohler sitting at the table inside (surprising)!
I knew something was amiss. Matt broke the news quickly and I was in dead-shock as the words show all text
- Oracle Looks To Conquer TheCloud As OpenWorld Conference Starts Sunday – Arik Hesseldahl – News – AllThingsD –
- Arik HesseldahlAs conferences go, Oracle’s OpenWorld is pretty big. It literally stops traffic. It’s one of a handful of events that not only fills San Francisco’s Moscone convention center but actually spills into the streets, blocking downtown’s Howard Street and earning the ire of local drivers.
The company says it expects to see 50,000 attendees this year, and is featuring more than 2,500 sessions presented by more than 3,500 speakers across 14 individual venues. And forget about booking a hotel room in… show all text
- Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: "It’s Almost Sexy" | Cloud Computing Journal –
- LinkedIn Endorsements: This Week in Social Media | Social Media Examiner –
- Cindy KingWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.
To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.
What’s New This Week?
LinkedIn Introduces One-Click Endorsements: On LinkedIn, “you can now endorse your connections for a skill they’ve listed on their profile or recommend one they haven’t added yet.” Endorsements launches in English across the United States, India, New Zealand and Australia and will roll out to all languag… show all text
- Ancient souk burns as fighting rages in Syria – Middle East – Al Jazeera English –
Hundreds of shops destroyed at UNESCO world heritage site in Aleppo's Old City, as deadly violence continues.
- Small Business Advertisers Like Facebook’s Immediacy, But Not Its Metrics –
- Todd WassermanA few days before Facebook's IPO, General Motors pulled all its advertising from the platform, charging that it didn't work. At a conference in New York this week, execs from online eyewear retailer Warby Parker and luxe retailer Gilt Groupe voiced the same sentiment, charging that Facebook doesn't provide an atmosphere that's conducive to sales.
Not everyone is down on Facebook, though. Denise Sirovatka says she is pretty happy with the platform.
Since 2009, Sirovatka has been able to amass 90… show all text
- Publisher Who Transformed The Times for New Era –
- By CLYDE HABERMANArthur Ochs Sulzberger guided The Times and its parent company through a period of expansion and change on a scale not seen since the newspaper’s founding.
- New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates – WSJ.com –
The rise of license-plate tracking is a case study in how storing and studying people's everyday activities, even the seemingly mundane, has become the default rather than the exception.
- Jay-Z Comes Home to Repay a Debt to Brooklyn –
- By JON CARAMANICAThe artist was at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the first show of a sold-out eight night run in the new rusty bunker that will house the Brooklyn Nets.
- That Loaded Gun in My Carry-On? Oh, I Forgot –
- By JOE SHARKEYAn increasing number of people in the United States are being caught boarding airplanes carrying guns, hand grenades and other dangerous items, federal authorities say.