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Sacrificing logic and profits at the altar of smartphone marketshare

Evan Williams, who helped co-found both Twitter and Medium, recently wrote an excellent piece articulating the futility and shortsightedness of using one-dimensional metrics to ascribe success or failure to Internet companies. Williams elegantly lays out why cherry-picking one particular piec...

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After 11 years, iTunes "Single Of The Week" is no more

BusinessInsider is reporting that Apple is ending its longstanding "Single Of The Week" promotion after 11 years. As the name implies, Apple, for 11 years on end, promoted a new song every week that iTunes users could download for free. No free songs have appeared on iTunes in 2015, making peo...

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Apple patent holdings in 2014 increased by nearly 13%

When Creative Technology sued Apple over the iPod's UI design in 2006, Steve Jobs was incensed. Ultimately, the lawsuit prompted Apple to start taking patents much more seriously. Nowhere was this more apparent than during the design process of the iPhone. As recounted in a 2012 New York Time...

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Spotify userbase grows to 60 million active users and 15 million subscribers

As the world awaits the impending (we hope) integration of Beats Music and iOS, Spotify continues to march along an upward trajectory. Earlier today, Spotify announced that its popular on-demand music service now has 15 million subscribers and 60 million active users. The last time Spotify publi...

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Judge dismisses lawsuit alleging Apple knowingly released MacBook Pros with faulty logic boards

With class action suits against Apple seemingly initiated every few weeks, it's easy to keep track of what's happening where. That said, you might recall a suit recently levied against Apple alleging that the company purposefully sold MacBook Pros circa 2010/2011 that it knew contained faulty logic ...

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Chinese authorities arrest thieves who dug hole into Beijing warehouse and stole 240 iPhone 6 units

There is no shortage of stories involving enterprising and boneheaded criminals coming up with all sorts of schemes to steal valuable Apple merchandise. From low-rent smash and grabs to Mission Impossible style heists involving thieves rappeling down into a Best Buy from a hole cut in the ceiling, t...

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Apple software quality and the "sprint system" of OS X development

A recent post from developer Marco Arment kickstarted a whirlwind of debate regarding the current state of Apple software. The gist of Arment's piece is that Apple has unfortunately worked its way into a position where marketing is given too much deference, all at the expense of the "it just wor...

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Judge dismisses Apple employee lawsuit demanding compensation for time spent in security checks

In July of 2013, Apple was hit with a lawsuit from retail employees alleging that they were not being compensated for time spent taking part in security checkouts. As an illustrative example, imagine an employee decides to break for lunch at noon. Before doing so, said employee must undergo a se...

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Chevron to support Apple Pay at the pump; car support also in the works

Already an Apple Pay partner at the register, Chevron last week indicated that they're working with Apple to bring Apple Pay directly to the pump. @SingAsana We are working alongside Apple to develop solutions to integrate with Apple Pay at the pump by early 2015. - Chevron (@Chevron) December ...

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New York City to consider Apple Pay for parking tickets

The revenue major U.S. cities derive from parking tickets is substantial. In 2013 alone, the revenue generated from parking tickets issued in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles topped $1 billion. Naturally, cities prefer to have parking tickets paid in full and as promptly as possible. That bein...

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