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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Instagram Stories is copying done right: cloning the result of years of iteration, while leveraging Instagram's 500M users   —  One of the more eye-rolling sentiments in tech — thankfully fading — is that every rectangular device with a touchscreen is a rip-off of the iPhone.  Well duh!
Aug 3, 2016, 5:35 PMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
How Apple's unitary organizational structure creates great products but subpar services   —  Apple's Organizational Crossroads  —  Apple is unique, and I mean that objectively.  —  Forget about products for a moment, about which reasonable people can disagree.
Apr 20, 2016, 1:55 AMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
How the FBI is essentially asking Apple for a master key for iPhones, and why the PR optics are bad for Apple in shooter case   —  [FREE] Apple Versus the FBI, Understanding iPhone Encryption, The Risks for Apple and Encryption  —  Today's update is a bit tardy for good reason …
Feb 17, 2016, 5:55 PMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
How Facebook and Google dominate digital advertising, and why other tech companies struggle   —  The Reality of Missing Out  —  When it comes to ad-supported services, pundits everywhere are fond of the adage “If you're not the customer you're the product”.
Feb 15, 2016, 6:25 AMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
How Facebook beat Twitter with its algorithmic News Feed and easy setup, and why it's too late for Twitter to catch up   —  How Facebook Squashed Twitter  —  The idea of a “smartphone” that could connect to the Internet and run applications was around long before 2007; Apple, though …
Jan 27, 2016, 2:55 PMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
With Moments, Twitter reinvented the newspaper and has the potential to be the best newspaper in the world   —  Twitter's Moment  —  I try to save the most over-used of clichés for special moments, and that's exactly what this week feels like for Twitter.
Oct 10, 2015, 7:25 PMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Apple should improve the iPad by making it a better platform for developers, not introducing a new product   —  From Products to Platforms  —  Yesterday's Apple keynote was one of the company's best in quite some time.1 One reason why was, as John Gruber noted, a certain sense of stagecraft …
Sep 10, 2015, 12:35 PMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Many unicorns may fail, but as a group they are likely undervalued   —  Unicorns  —  The entire point of the name “Unicorn”, first coined by Aileen Lee in November 2013, is to describe something very rare: “U.S.-based software companies started since 2003 and valued at over $1 billion …
Jun 18, 2015, 1:55 AMIn context
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
A long-winded case for replacing Dick Costolo   —  Twitter Needs New Leadership  —  Yesterday Twitter released very disappointing quarterly results, with misses on both user and revenue growth.  From the Wall Street Journal: … The symbolism of the leak was appropriate …
Apr 30, 2015, 5:20 PMIn context
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
With its design prowess, retail stores, and customer base, Apple is best positioned to make the wearable market   —  How Apple Will Make the Wearable Market  —  Last fall, Apple CEO Tim Cook described the Apple Watch as the “next chapter” in Apple's history, placing it at the same level as the Mac, iPhone and iPod.
Mar 12, 2015, 7:00 AMIn context

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