Facebook Launches Google+, and the Week in Daily Updates

The main page content on Stratechery is free for all readers, but I also offer the Daily Update via email and RSS for $10 per month/$100 per year.1 This is one of the items sent out in this week’s Daily Updates. To sign up, visit the Membership page Facebook Launches Google+ Slingshot I would love […]

Podcast: Exponent 007 – "Growing Up" v "Hungry and Foolish"

On the newest episode of Exponent, the podcast I co-host with James Allworth: There’s a bit of a consensus building post WWDC: Apple has grown up, and it’s great. Consider the conclusion from John Gruber’s excellent piece Only Apple: New Apple didn’t need a reset. New Apple needed to grow up. To stop behaving like […]

Daily Update: Fire Phone Follow-up, T-Mobile Test Drive, Adobe’s New Business Model Part 2

Good morning, I originally planned on avoiding yesterday’s Reuters piece about Apple’s smartwatch mainly because the idea of a 2.5” screen seems absurd (it is noteworthy that the piece included specifics about the manufacturer – Quanta Computer in Taiwan – and timing – production starting in July). Just before sending this update, though, the WallSubscribe […]

Amazon’s Whale Strategy

A week before yesterday’s launch of the Fire Phone, Amazon sent all of the attendees a copy of the children’s book “Mr. Pines Purple House” with a note from Jeff Bezos stating: I think you’ll agree that the world is a better place when things are a little bit different. Beyond the book, the first […]

Daily Update: Yo, Facebook Wedge, Intel to Offer Customizable Chip

Good morning, I am working on a piece about Amazon’s new smartphone. Like most, I’m not that impressed by the phone or the price, but there’s something I’m even more concerned about (this is my best attempt at an Upworthy-type lead). Look for the piece later today. On to the (non-Amazon) updates: Yo Everyone isSubscribe […]

Critiquing Disruption Theory

Much of the Internet has been abuzz about The Disruption Machine, an essay by Jill Lepore in the New Yorker that seeks to refute Clayton Christensen’s Theory of Disruptive Innovation. From the article: Most big ideas have loud critics. Not disruption. Disruptive innovation as the explanation for how change happens has been subject to little […]

Privacy is Dead

The nature of the Internet and the business-models of social networks means that privacy as commonly understood is dead; tech companies need to learn to self-regulate or governments will do it for them.

Daily Update: Amazon’s PR Runup, Box Acquires Streem, Priceline Acquires OpenTable

Good morning, Two acquisitions and anticipation for a big announcement – there’s always something interesting in tech! On to the update: Amazon’s Press Release Runup Amazon is doing something interesting in the runup to tomorrow’s announcement, which most expect to be a Kindle smartphone: they are effectively pre-announcing multiple features that will likely be sellingSubscribe […]

Podcast: Electric Shadow – Irons in the Fire

Late last week I joined Moisés Chiullan and Guy English for a podcast that built pretty directly on last week’s Stratechery article How Apple TV Might Disrupt Microsoft and Sony. We went deep on many of the questions raised on Twitter about the piece, including console lifecycles, the Playstation TV, Metal, and more. Moisés has […]