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Disney to acquire social-gaming company Playdom

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“Rumors that The Walt Disney Company would acquire social-gaming conglomerate¬†Playdom¬†have turned out to be true: Disney issued a statement on Tuesday, after the market closed, announcing its intent to acquire Playdom for $563.2 million, plus potential earnouts of up to $200 million.” This is profoundly good for Disney. Creative destruction in industry is determined by difference between the companies who are willing to be bold so as to innovate, and those who aren’t. Disney has […]

On f8

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I am as excited about F8 this year as I’ve ever been. The rumor mill has hit fever pitch: Microsoft and Facebook have been brewing a very exciting project for about 5 months now, and the high highs and frequent lows of the process have been well-documented in a series of mood swings from Seattle, Mountain View, and from Palo Alto. A tight lid has been kept on it all, but now that we’re in […]

On TelFree

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My cousin’s company, TelFree, has launched its iPhone app at the Apple Store. It deserves a lot of attention, from what they’ve been able to accomplish. I am concerned about their ability to make money, as I am with any technology that is subversive and suspiciously free. But that’s their problem to figure out, and in the meantime I am thrilled about what they’ve been able to produce. Here’s a video that explains what they […]

On Design in Business

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I was talking to a friend earlier today about how design thinking, and designers in general, are so incredibly critical to addressing the dynamic needs of consumers in a market where we’re getting increasingly inundated with products, not all of which solve new problems. As the iPad has proved – well, is proving – and as I’ve mentioned before, there isn’t necessarily a convergence where a panacea product emerges to solve all of our fire […]

On iPad, ctd.

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John Doerr and some of the KCPB guys have some good thoughts in a Techcrunch guest post. If Bill Joy says lower power is the key to performance, then lower power is the key to performance. Before hearing what Steve Jobs actually thought the confluence was for his company, I would always have called it the intersection of Hardware and Software. The fact that they are revolutionizing design, software, and hardware all in one with […]