Archive for the 'Business' Category

When Ads Feel Wrong

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Marco Arment wrote about the negative impression he had when, after paying $4.99 for a single digital issue of The New Yorker, he was nonetheless subjected to advertisements. He calls the combination of up-front purchase combined with an advertising subsidy “double-dipping,” implying that the content providers are somehow charging you twice for the same product. […]

I’d Netflix That

Monday, September 19th, 2011

I was kept up late last night with the news from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings that the company would split into two. Of course, it didn’t take me long to deliver several of my own choice thoughts about the announcement, including: This heartfelt apology and explanation from @Netflix sounded good until “Qwikster.” Serious branding failure. […]

Windowless Skyscraper

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

One of the thrills of software development is how much power is placed into the hands, literally, of a single engineer.¬†Software takes work, and lots of it. But thanks to frameworks of reusable code, individuals are consistently able to “outbuild” the work of our predecessors, while exerting the same or less effort. Consider the work […]

Facebook’s Design Vacuum

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Facebook has acquired Push Pop Press, the tablet-oriented publishing company that was co-founded by one of the Mac community’s most successful young designers:¬†Mike Matas. I learned about the news via Lessien on Twitter, a woman about whom I know little, except that she offers reliably intelligent opinion about the tech world, and the mobile industry […]