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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekend Wrapup

Former Apple Ad Exec Explains Why The New Christmas Ad Is Perfect

Apple's iOS Completely Blew Away Google's Android For Shopping On Christmas

Maybe it's time to admit that Apple is doing the exact right thing with its iPhone business.

Futuristic Mac Pro Has Power to Spare

These Pictures Of Apple's First Employees Are Absolutely Wonderful

The first iPhone was a miracle.

And yet, the iPhone experience we all enjoy today didn't happen overnight. It took years of Apple adding feature upon feature. By today's standards, the original iPhone was a useless brick. 

As a reminder of how far the iPhone has come, we've put together this slideshow on how the first iPhone was pretty crappy.

12 Things Samsung's Galaxy S4 Can Do That The iPhone 5S Can't

Teens In The UK Are Calling It: Facebook Is Dead And Buried

16-18 year olds ...... mostly they feel embarrassed even to be associated with Facebook.  Parents have worked out how to use the site and see it as a way for the family to remain connected.  In response, the young are moving on to cooler things.

Instead, four new contenders for the crown have emerged: Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp.

Oh Look, It's MySpace Reprised!

The author compares Facebook to MySpace, saying:
"anyone who forgets the similar meteor-shot of MySpace a number of years ago, and the subsequent crash, isn't very bright."

Inside The Sleazy World Of Reputation Management, Where People Pay To Control What You See On The Internet

The crux of the work is to trick the search engines, mainly Google, into pushing bad news low in the search results while leaving good news (some of it maybe even fake) up high.

Counterintuitively, Google unintentionally helps the reputation management industry. Google keeps tweaking its search algorithm so that it always delivers the best results. Just when a reputation management company successfully buries a negative story under a bunch of spin, it often reappears again in the top search results. And the person must open the checkbook again.

FINANCE PROFESSOR: Bitcoin Will Crash To $10 By Mid-2014

Since inception, Bitcoin has had a flawed DNA.  It was dreamed up in a virtual world -- by computer geeks -- but was to be applied in the real world.  To assume currency can be computer generated, run in a decentralized manner and outside of the central banking system and controls is farcical and economically dangerous.

In Bitcoin World it is not uncommon for prices to change by 20 or 30 percent in a given day, making Bitcoin toxic to economic growth.

I predict that Bitcoin will trade for under $10 a share by the first half of 2014.

Bitcoin's Five (Big) Advantages Over Gold

Overstock CEO On Bitcoins, Gold, Austrian Economics

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