Dustin Curtis


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Digg Overtakes Facebook with 1400% Growth, 22.6 Million Uniques

Richard Macmanus, at ReadWriteWeb, on June 20th, 2007:

According to recent Compete data, digg has overtaken Facebook in number of unique visitors and has grown 1400% in one year. Compete’s May 2007 data states that digg had 22.6 Million unique visitors, while Facebook had 20.2 Million.

Today, Betaworks announced that it has acquired the core assets of Digg, for a rumored $500,000.

Facebook, on the other hand, is now worth $66,000,000,000.

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The BlackBerry Car

Al Sacco interviewed RIM CEO Thorsten Heins at CIO. It’s a very run-of-the-mill interview, but Heins’ answer to the last question is a zinger:

Finally, I’d like to ask you for a prediction: Where will RIM be in one year from now? In July of 2013, what will I be writing about RIM and BlackBerry?

I think you will be writing that you are surprised by the performance and the user experience of the BlackBerry 10 product, that it helps you achieve your daily objectives but also have fun. By then you will see that this is a true mobile computing platform that allows BlackBerry to even explore other domains and spaces, like automotive, in cars.

It takes a certain kind of CEO to say something like that in public. Also, I sure can’t wait to see how the “BlackBerry 10 product” finally helps me “achieve [my] daily objectives”.

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Stripe’s Investors

Alexia Tsotsis, at TechCrunch:

Despite investment from three out of five PayPal co-founders, Stripe actually competes directly with PayPal […].

“Despite”? I see this fact as far more revealing. PayPal should be the biggest and most successful bank in the history of the world, but due to eBay’s horrific incompetence, it’s not. PayPal’s founders probably still want to see their ultimate vision come to fruition. Who better to invest in than Stripe, a company with the opportunity, the will, the talent, and the resources to reach PayPal’s ultimate vision?

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Newspaper Industry Is Running Out of Time to Adapt to Digital Future

Strange to watch The New York Times publicly contemplate its own existence.

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve kept a text file with my large, high-level predictions for the industries and companies I’m tracking. Now I’m going to make part of it public. (I wrote these in February.)

  • Television
    Apple is going to enter the television market. Samsung will be blindsided. Vizio will become the only worthy competitor in the market. It’s going to look exactly like the MP3 player market in 2001. Once again, software is the key.

  • Search
    Semantic/contextual/intelligent web searching will kill Google if Google doesn’t disrupt itself. Eventually. Google search is a terrible experience for normal people. They don’t know which links they can trust. Some service in the future is going to curate the top 100,000 or 1,000,000 queries into a list of great, precise results. Siri would be a great interface into that kind of system. “Siri, what camera should I buy?” would...

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Bradbury on the future

“People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it. Predicting the future is much too easy, anyway. You look at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict more of the same. To hell with more. I want better.”

RAY BRADBURY, 1920–2012

I didn’t know much about Ray Bradbury until a couple of weeks ago, after he died. The man was an artist with words. The more I learn about him, the more I am impressed by his thoughts: he was controversial, eloquent, and contrarian; and he didn’t care what people thought of him.

The world is a worse place without him.

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Twitter’s new logo

Twitter has modified its bird logo and cemented it as the solid logo and visual brand for the company:

Starting today you’ll begin to notice a simplified Twitter bird. From now on, this bird will be the universally recognizable symbol of Twitter. (Twitter is the bird, the bird is Twitter.) There’s no longer a need for text, bubbled typefaces, or a lowercase “t” to represent Twitter.


This is definitely a huge improvement. The new bird feels like it’s flying.

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Pre to Postmortem: the Death of Palm

Chris Ziegler has written an epic about the rise and fall of Palm, through its last hurrah:


That’s the number of months it took Palm, Inc. to go from the darling of International CES 2009 to a mere shadow of itself, a nearly anonymous division inside the HP machine without a hardware program and without the confidence of its owners. Thirty-one months is just barely longer than a typical American mobile phone contract.

Understanding exactly how Palm could drive itself into irrelevance in such a short period of time will forever be a subject of Valley lore.

This is a must read.

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A coincidence, I’m sure, but Samsung’s Chromebox looks kind of familiar

Samsung’s new Chromebox (which runs Google’s ChromeOS) has a familiar form factor. But all small computers are built with circular openings in the bottom, right? It’s a natural method of construction. How else would you build such a thing?


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Steve Jobs and The Cloud

Shortly after returning to Apple in 1997, Steve Jobs shared his thoughts about the future of the company with attendees at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Here’s part of his speech (which I transcribed), where he clearly describes “the cloud” fifteen years before it would arrive. This is the definition of vision:

Let me describe the world I live in. About 8 years ago, we had high speed networking connected to our now-obsolete NeXT hardware … and because we were using NFS, we were able to take all of our personal data–our home directories, we call them–off of our local machines, and put them on a server. And the software made that completely transparent, and because the server had a lot of ram on it, in some cases it was faster to get stuff off the server than off your local hard disk because in some cases it would be cached in the ram of the server, if it was in popular use.


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