There’s been a lot of discussion going on whether Facebook is an evil company. There’s also a lot of talk going on about whether Zuck knows what he’s doing or if he should step down. I don’t really plan on discussing those issues since it’s not my place. Zuck’s done a great job carrying the company to 500 million users and he doesn’t need someone else piling on. What I do want to discuss are the five suggestions that Calacanis put forth at the end of his most recent post. They are insanely important issues and great suggestions whether I agree with all of them or not. These suggestions boil down the industry’s frustration with Facebook. Add an export key. I don’t care about features. I care about benefits. Adding an export key is a feature. The notion behind this makes tons of sense, but Facebook is already doing this in…Continue Reading
I’m a big believer in having a product driven culture over suits and finance people making decisions. Zuck promoted Bret Taylor to CTO today at Facebook, which I think is a really smart move. I read an internal email that was sent to everyone from Zuck, and something stuck out at me: …Although, to be honest, Schrep, Cox, Bret and I all sit in the same pod so you can pretty much grab any of us at the same time. That’s right, the CEO sits with the product guys and the CTO. Not by himself and certainly not with a bunch of traditional “managers”. Companies stay great by having their leader right next to the product. This fact alone makes me even more bullish on Facebook for the long term.
It seems that the battle for the 50 inch screen is finally happening. Boxee has been growing like a weed and Google is finally entering the foray with Google TV. There’s also chatter that Apple will finally turn the Apple TV from a hobby into a real business. I think this is great and something whose time has come. Smartphones are great, but there are hundreds of millions of HDTVs being sold every year that need innovation. There’s one thing that worries me after hearing Google’s plans – they’re trying to take the desktop experience of the web and bring it to the TV. This is just WebTV all over again. The web isn’t meant for the tv in it’s current form. The same reason you wouldn’t put a desktop app on an iPhone without rewriting the UI is the same reason you shouldn’t put that app on the TV.…Continue Reading
Skype just enabled calls over 3G using Skype for the iPhone. Yay, right? WRONG. Turns out that you will have to pay an added fee towards the end of the summer to use Skype over 3G. So much for Skype being “free” for Skype to Skype Calls. There’s a way around it though. Hell, I’ve been using Skype over 3G running in the background for a month or so now. Step 1: Jailbreak your iPhone using Spirit. Step 2: Install 3G Unrestrictor via Cydia. Step 3: Make all the calls you want over 3G without added charges.