The recent war between Google and Apple over the place of maps in iOS underscores how firmly the tech world has come to favor smartphones as the ultimate convergence device. That Apple and Google are now locked in a struggle that formerly belonged to Navteq and Tom Tom cements the fact that, by my estimation, … Continue reading On Maps and Apps
Following a lukewarm IPO and bloody second day, Facebook’s third day on the market was pretty lousy, too. An interesting breakdown of who owns what part of FB is available here. Continue reading Facebook Stock Sinks Nearly 9%
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the time of the SUV, the flip-phone, and cargo pants. Google was just a search engine and Apple made PCs. Heck, there was even a website called MySpace. In seeking to relive the glory days, of, oh, 2003, AOL recently relaunched AIM, the … Continue reading Return of the Early-00s: AIM is Back!
For the second time in the last few months, Apple has passed ExxonMobil in market capitalization, to become the most valuable corporation on earth, worth some $468 Billion, as of Friday, compared to ExxonMobil’s paltry $405 Billion. However you shake it, that’s a lot of iPads – or gas station visits. Though this is the … Continue reading The ‘pad is Mightier than the Pump
Holman Jenkins at WSJ writes an accurate piece on why Mitt Romney’s leadership of Bain Capital is not the sin that Gingrich & Co have made it out to be. Who knew that capitalism was a good thing? Continue reading A Bit of Common Sense
I’d like to echo Ben’s assessment of college tuition prices at free- or inexpensive colleges, and I’d like to do so with an anecdote. The other day, I was walking outside the Hunter College building and saw students with oaktag signs protesting $150/semester increases in tuition. The following day, in the hallway, I saw several … Continue reading Seconding the Motion
Here at Ben & David, we’re die hard Stones fans and we always make sure to keep tabs on whatever Mick & Co are up to. But this summer is shaping up to be the July (okay, fine, August) of Jagger, with two songs released within weeks of each other, either performed by or riffing … Continue reading The Summer of Mick