Daily Update: Microsoft is Rebuilding Office, Amazon Home Services

Good morning, Jay-Z and friends launched a new streaming service yesterday called Tidal. Lots of folks are dumping on it, and while I agree it will probably fail, I think it’s more important than it might seem at first glance; it’s also a very interesting way to look at the music industry – look for […]

Daily Update: Intel Reportedly Buying Altera, Tim Cook’s Op-Ed

Good morning, I got a ton of responses about the Weekly Wrap-up, with probably about 75% in favor. To be clear, I have no intention of turning the Daily Update into YAENWABOLASWC (Yet-Another-Email-Newsletter-With-A-Bunch-Of-Links-And-Some-Witty-Commentary). Some weeks just happen to be busier than others, and I have a lot of opinions ;). Anyhow, I really appreciate the […]

Podcast: Exponent 039 – Lando Calrissian Publishers

On the newest episode of Exponent, the podcast I co-host with James Allworth: In this week’s episode Ben and James follow up on last week’s episode, introduce the Toilet Bowl philosophy of career development, and then dive into the future of publishers in the world of Facebook. Links Ben Thompson: The Facebook Reckoning – Stratechery […]

Daily Update: Was I Wrong About Cyanogen?, Weekly Wrap-Up

Good morning, I’m trying something new: a weekly wrap-up where I touch-on a few interesting stories that I didn’t have room to address more fully. But first a bit of a brain dump. On to the update: Am I Wrong About Cyanogen? I concluded yesterday’s newsletter by writing: The truth is that for normal consumers […]

Daily Update: Facebook’s Messenger Announcement, Other F8 Announcements, Apps Matter (and Facebook Knows It)

Good morning, More Facebook today, but in a decidedly different arena – developers. On to the update: Facebook’s Messenger Announcement From Bloomberg: Facebook Inc. is opening up its Messenger chat application so that other software developers can add new features that will let people include photos, videos and other enhancements to their online conversations. The […]

The Facebook Reckoning

Publishers are wringing their hands about whether or not to utilize Facebook’s Instant Articles, but the truth is most have no choice