A great read about the massive online community of credit card obsessives that grew out of early internet forums. Many bloggers have turned their hobby into a full-time job, making loads of cash off teaching readers how to earn the most benefits with the magic swipe of a credit card.
On the face of it, there’s not much to like about the death of the headphone jack. But by yanking the headphone jack out of the iPhone 7, Apple could start a revolution in wireless headphones. Instead of buying a new cord, we might just cut it.
A great conversation with Jon Gruber, who Since 2002, has owned a chunk of the conversation about Apple, solo. Gruber discusses why he doesn’t want to work for a big media company; why he looks down on Apple rumour sites and how podcasting has come to represent about half of Daring Fireball’s revenue.
Interesting claims from Spotify that Apple turned down a new version of the app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”
The ideal is for retirement to be a period of rejuvenation and relaxation. After 40 years of work, people finally get to enjoy their time and hard-earned money. But it can lead to a steep decline in mental and physical well-being.
Great read about how the FT dropped its paywall for all Brexit-related news for 24 hours on the eve of the vote and naturally saw a traffic spike. But people didn’t simply pillage its content for free and then leave, they bought subscriptions. A lot of them.
An interesting report about the next-generation public blockchain platform ethereum which launched its production version this year, covering everything from a beginner’s guide to learning Solidity to overviews of 12 of the ecosystem’s most exciting startups.
Tesla Motors Inc.’s bid to buy the biggest U.S. rooftop solar installer has little to do with selling cars. Rather, it’s about solving two of the biggest problems standing in the way of the next solar boom. And perhaps a good deal more.
On Wednesday, June 21, the FAA finalized the rules for commercial UAVs, or drones. The market has been anxiously awaiting those rules for several years. While hobbyist UAV use was allowed, commercial use was specifically prohibited until now. Let the floodgates open…
News that Airbnb Inc. has lined up investors for a new funding round and an employee stock sale that will value the room-rental website at up to $30 billion and help defer an initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter.
A great read about how Nathan Barry, whose startup was already on a solid growth trajectory, cut his costs by renegotiating contracts, reducing expenses and becoming way more efficient at serving customers. There’s a very useful breakdown with all their numbers.
An interesting read about how guest posts account for nearly 30% of all of Work-Bench’s traffic along with tips on how to nail the pitch and create articles written to high enough standards to get those coveted guest spots.
Interesting read on why a two-factor setup—which for most users requires a temporary code generated on, or sent to, your phone in addition to a password—isn’t an invincibility spell. Especially if that second factor is delivered via text message…
Fresh off of the recent acquisition of Magic Pony Technologies, a machine learning company whose algorithms may have some applications for VR and AR, Twitter has formed a new team focused on VR and AR development. Interesting.
Facebook has introduced new Chrome extensions for sharing and saving articles. “Improving this experience for people drives greater engagement and distribution of content for sites and keeps visitors coming back for more,” the company said in a blog post.
Design leaders far and wide are struggling to find solutions to these 7 problem: isolation, lost vision, inconsistent/broken UX, speaking a new language, building social capital, incremental not innovative and moving slower.
A few rules that have helped Tyler Tringas build a SaaS app on his own with happy customers and a churn rate that hovers around 1%, from not using tools for customer support to being honest but not over-sharing.
Two-time entrepreneur Jason Lemkin just closed a debut venture fund with $70 million called SaaStr Fund. Lemkin started with blogging then began actively answering questions about SaaS businesses on Quora before creating a popular site that publishes SaaS-related content and a yearly SaaStr Annual conference which attracted more than 5,000 attendees earlier this year.
Why Ikea is a great example of a company that effectively aligns it business and operating models. The Ikea model is based on volume which helps it secure a low price from suppliers and in turn charge a low price to customers. One Billy bookcase, an Ikea classic, is sold every 10 seconds. More stores mean more volume and the chance to drop prices even more, which Ikea did by an average of 1% last year.
Great read about recursive product strategy: working back from an end goal, five, 10 or 50 years ahead, until you can hit inflection points that propel your company and its customers to the next stage, while ushering both toward the end goal.
A team of scientists from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands have established that radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes grown in Martian soil are safe to eat after years of research. But what about potatoes…?
Lavabit has confirmed that officials targeted its secure email service as part of their investigation into Edward Snowden’s leaks. The company has has also formed a legal defense group to help service providers fight unconstitutional demands.
A great read about why moving to Silicon Valley isn’t always the answer. It’s not necessarily going to be any easier to get funding in California, there are great founders everywhere and entrepreneurs would be better off focussing on their local opportunities instead.
An interesting read about Facebook Instant Articles, a lighter version of articles that show up on the user’s newsfeed while they’re using the Facebook mobile app, and how they produced a higher engagement rate at the expense of related content and other social media.
Great article about how, in the last couple of years, magic has started happening in AI. Techniques have started working, or started working much better, and new techniques have appeared, especially around machine learning. Exciting times!
Uber data suggests that drivers overall in three major U.S. markets — Denver, Detroit, and Houston — earned less than $13.25 an hour after expenses in late 2015, according to calculations based on more than a million trips.
Interesting news that Facebook has inked contracts with nearly 140 media companies and celebrities to create videos for its nascent live-streaming service, as the social network positions itself to cash in on a lucrative advertising market it has yet to tap.
News that Apple plans to break with its recent pattern of overhauling the design of its flagship iPhone every two years, and make only subtle changes in the models it will release this fall. The headphone plug looks to be going though…