Posted on November 17, 2013
The PlayStation 4 is flying into gamers' hands.
Sony's newest console, which launched Friday in the U.S. and Canada, racked up more than one million sales on its first day of availability, making PS4 the fastest-selling PlayStation console to date.
"PS4 was designed with an unwavering commitment to gamers, and we are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal," said Andrew House, the president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, in a statement.
Posted on November 9, 2013
Editor's note: Paul Holland is a general partner at Foundation Capital, helping early-stage startups go from zero to $100 million in revenue. He was previously a senior vice president of worldwide sales at Kana Communications.
Watching my two-year-old nephew Dashiel interact with his mother’s iPad made me realize that he was born into an era unlike any in history. As he grows up his expectations about how information should be presented and processed, and how interfaces should respond, will be profoundly different from how we experience technology today.
Posted on November 8, 2013
Something funny happened this week when I read the news about Blockbuster (S DISH) shutting down all of its stores. For a split second, I thought: Wow, this means I can buy lots of DVDs at discount prices. Then I remembered that I don’t own a DVD player anymore.
Okay, that’s not entirely true. I do still have one, but it’s tucked away in the basement, and hasn’t been used in years.
Posted on November 8, 2013
A year after they finished poring over and making models on U.S. voter data, a team of data analysts who worked on the 2012 Obama for America campaign today launched a startup called BlueLabs. The idea is to democratize the methods that lead to the Obama campaign's success.
"At the end of the cycle, we knew that we had something special, both in terms of sort of our approach and the team members, and we really wanted to carry this on and sort of expand the scope," said Chris Wegrzyn, a cofounder.
Posted on November 6, 2013
DISH announced this morning that it will be closing down the remaining Blockbuster brick-and-mortar retail locations that it owns, and ending the company's DVD-by-mail rental service. The decision was made about two-and-a-half years after the satellite TV organization bought the flailing DVD rental business for $228 million in cash. Dish said that while it's shuttering stores, it will maintain control over the Blockbuster brand and its video licensing agreements.
Posted on November 5, 2013
The subreddit r/Politics, a place for free and open discourse about current political events, is having trouble in paradise. And the only recourse redditors seem to have is revolution. That is, reddvolution.
Well, not quite. But followers of r/Politics are none-too-thrilled with the forum's moderators, and this could seriously alter the popularity of this age-old subreddit.
Last week the moderators at the subreddit r/Politics…
Posted on November 4, 2013
Impressive numbers, from what has long since stopped being a blog, and become more of an overall community site:
“October, we hit nearly 5.5 million unique visitors and over 38 million page views. That marks the third best month ever, trailing only October and November of 2012, the presidential election. That, despite being an off-year with little on the ballot. But even though the government shutdown obviously goosed the numbers, our year-over-year numbers were still up, despite last year being a presidential year. Of the gazillions sites on the internet, we are now the 437th largest, among the best we’ve ever placed in that comparative measure, bigger than Disney.com, ConsumerReports.com, and the LATimes.com.”
Posted on October 24, 2013
Not really sure how I feel about this. Or that I got this news via Facebook.
Posted on October 4, 2013
If you're reading Twitter's S-1 filing to see where the business stands as it prepares to go public (hey, that's what everyone's doing at TechCrunch), you may have noticed a number that comes up repeatedly: "advertising revenue per timeline view."
What does that actually mean? Twitter says that along with things like monthly active users, ad revenue per timeline view is one of the key metrics it uses to evaluate its business.