China’s most powerful Internet company is headquartered in a bland, glassy tower in southern Shenzhen. Unlike Silicon Valley’s funky campuses, there is nothing to reveal that this might be a hub of creativity. An insurance company, perhaps? In the middle of its nondescript, corporate lobby, an information desk stands next to the only sign of personality: a pair of giant plush penguins, the Tencent mascot times two. Nearby, an iPad displays stats on the company’s messaging services. But when I pull out a notebook and start jotting down the numbers, the receptionist waves her hand. “Oh no, that’s not updated!” she says. “It’s just for show.”
Twitter and television go together like cats and the internet. Like couches and potatoes. Like Tim and Dawn on The Office.
This is awesome: Guy tries to take a selfie in front of a passing train, and gets kicked in the head by the conductor for his trouble.
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Game of Thrones, the most pirated show of 2013, started its fourth season two weeks ago and it’s already breaking records just two episodes in. TorrentFreak reports that “The Lion and the Rose,” the second of episode of the show’s fourth season, garnered the largest torrent swarm ever recorded on Sunday night. Nearly 200,000 users were downloading the same exact torrent all at once, breaking the previous record of the season three finale, which raked in around 170,000 concurrent downloads.
Campaign Monitor, the Australian company founded in 2004 to provide email marketing services, has today announced it’s first investment – AUD$266 million (USD$250m) from equity firm Insight Equity Partners.
By Rodney Gordon in Web on Thursday 17 April 2014
If you don’t know the name Kirby Ferguson or his wonderful series Everything is a remix, check it out. Everything is a remix was a web series about our troubled copyright system, released for free in the hope of stirring conversation. Now Kirby and his non-threatening patter are back to enlighten us about patent trolls.
If Back to the Future has taught us anything, it’s that hoverboards are amazing, and it is one of 2014′s inexcusable tragedies that they are not yet real.
Which isn’t to say that some very smart people haven’t tried to build them. In this month’s inside look at Google X, Google’s fantastical R&D lab, researcher (and avid skateboarder) Rich DeVaul says he tried to design one. Why? “I just wanted one,” he says.
This is the Red Planet, as we’ve never seen in it before.
It is widely believed that while successful tech companies build good products, the real innovation comes from those that build new markets. A typical example of this would be Apple, which can take most of the credit for the mobile app and tablet markets as we know them today.