Essential Phone Looks Great. Will it Sell?

Looks like a great phone. I wonder who the target audience is tho. After watching Andy Rubin interview at the Code Conference, it is clear the story of Andy Rubin as the inventor of Android is key to the marketing of the Essential Phone.  But beyond the hardcore Android fan, Andy Rubin is an unknown; and one would be hard-pressed to pry a Pixel from the hands of the Android enthusiast.

Source: Is Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone Really That Essential? |

10 Year Anniversary of the iPhone

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the iPhone, and expect this story to get a ton of play leading up to the release of the iPhone 8. CNET starts it off with a great article about how the iPhone changed everything.

I still remember the feeling of awe from using the iPhone 3G. The user interface was truly magical and the dawn of apps on the touchscreen was exciting. It was a game changer and it was obvious, even then, the world was in for a major shift.

Expect a lot of articles making fun of those who dismissed the iPhone too.  While the ridicule is well-placed, the original price of the iPhone was ludicrous, it only had 2G speeds, and no app store. It was the 3G model that signaled the real future of smartphones.

Primetime: Samsung Singlehandedly Set The Stage For Pixel |

Primetime: Samsung Singlehandedly Set The Stage For Pixel |

The Pixels are not without their flaws; they aren’t waterproof, they’re going to be a headache and a half for root lovers, their prices are very high, and their initial availability is limited; in the US, for example, you’ll only be able to get one from Verizon for now when it comes to carriers, although you can buy them unlocked through the Google Store. Still, they do a lot of things right, and could easily attract jilted Samsung fans looking for something that’s like their beloved Galaxy, but without the boom. Enter the Pixels. Premium build? Check. Lots of power? Check. Exclusive features? Check. Tightly integrated hardware and software for a cohesive experience? Check. Stellar hardware miscellany like excellent cameras and good battery life? Check. Exclusive and premium VR ecosystem? Check. Gorgeous screen? Check


Hangouts isn’t going anywhere, will shift focus to enterprise following Allo and Duo releases | 9to5Google

Because Hangouts is built on a Google account, because it’s deeply integrated with Google apps, the Apps suite [things like Drive, Docs, etc.], Gmail, Calendar and so on, it’s seen much more success in the enterprise. It will increasingly focus on that kind of group collaboration enterprise productivity space.

Hangouts isn’t going anywhere, will shift focus to enterprise following Allo and Duo releases | 9to5Google

Univision is buying Gawker Media for $135 million – Recode

Thought Ziff Davis would be a better fit.

Univision has won the auction for Gawker Media. The TV network and digital publisher has agreed to pay $135 million for the bankrupt blog network, according to a person familiar with the deal. Univision’s offer will encompass all seven of Gawker Media’s sites, including

Univision is buying Gawker Media for $135 million – Recode

Data Breach At Oracle’s MICROS Point-of-Sale Division — Krebs on Security

Data Breach At Oracle’s MICROS Point-of-Sale Division — Krebs on Security

A Russian organized cybercrime group known for hacking into banks and retailers appears to have breached hundreds of computer systems at software giant Oracle Corp., KrebsOnSecurity has learned. More alarmingly, the attackers have compromised a customer support portal for companies using Oracle’s MICROS point-of-sale credit card payment systems.

Larry Lessig on the death of Aaron Swartz

A brutal, raw, emotional post from Larry Lessig on the suicide of Aaron Swartz:

 A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying. I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don’t get both, you don’t deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you.

For remember, we live in a world where the architects of the financial crisis regularly dine at the White House — and where even those brought to “justice” never even have to admit any wrongdoing, let alone be labeled “felons.” 

In that world, the question this government needs to answer is why it was so necessary that Aaron Swartz be labeled a “felon.” For in the 18 months of negotiations, that was what he was not willing to accept, and so that was the reason he was facing a million dollar trial in April — his wealth bled dry, yet unable to appeal openly to us for the financial help he needed to fund his defense, at least without risking the ire of a district court judge.  And so as wrong and misguided and fucking sad as this is, I get how the prospect of this fight, defenseless, made it make sense to this brilliant but troubled boy to end it.

Fifty years in jail, charges our government. Somehow, we need to get beyond the “I’m right so I’m right to nuke you” ethics that dominates our time. That begins with one word: Shame.

Read the full post here.