Hamish McKenzie's Stories

By Hamish McKenzie | My work for PandoDaily, with the boring parts taken out

Skift's approach to building a new media company: It's as much about data as it is about news

Despite the many miserable prognoses for the future of the media business, a few stubborn entrepreneurs still see fit to venture into content-driven …

Startups

Yes, the Valley can be vacuous – but it's more complicated than the New Yorker would have us believe

George Packer has a long story in this week’s New Yorker about Silicon Valley’s newfound zeal for politics. (The piece is so far available online …

Silicon Valley

Jaron Lanier: Information doesn't want to be free, and ads are screwed

Computer scientist and author Jaron Lanier has turned his back on the "information wants to free" meme to which he once subscribed, and he thinks …

Is Google building my dream email product? Maybe!

Soon after joining PandoDaily last year, I wrote a post about an imaginary email product that provided a more streamlined, better-organized inbox. …

Google

If news makes us sick, Twitter must be a cancer

On Friday, the Guardian ran a provocative op-ed by Rolf Dobelli arguing that news is bad for our health and hinders our thinking. The much-discussed …

Health

Mark Zuckerberg's new political action group: More field organization than lobby shop

Today, the tech industry got another high-profile advocacy organization, this time reportedly backed by $20 million of Mark Zuckerberg’s money and a …

Mark Zuckerberg

Kik ups the stakes in the consumer Web's most important battle: mobile chat

Today marks the culmination of Kik’s two-year project to build an HTML5 platform, heralded by the arrival of push notifications into its messaging …

Upworthy says we’ve been doing viral all wrong: serious stuff is more shareable than LOL cats

Tonight, Upworthy will mark its first birthday with a party hosted at the New York apartment of Chris Hughes, the Facebook co-founder and now owner …

The promise and the pain of HuffPost Live

HuffPost Live set. (Photo by Damon Dahlen, AOL)<p>One day, founding editor of Huffington Post and now president of HuffPost Live Roy Sekoff, was …

Cyworld, Protest, and Politics: Yong Joon Hyoung and the Story of a Korean Innovator

South Korea has never had a Mark Zuckerberg figure, but the man sitting opposite me in a dingy Seoul fried chicken house is probably the closest …

Bill Bishop: The Invisible China Hand

When a popular Beijing-based media blog recently referred to Bill Bishop – a lone American armed with just a Twitter account and an email newsletter …

Forget about Summly – what we need is analysis

Yesterday, Cornell computer science professor Emin Gün Sirer criticized Yahoo’s acquisition of Summly, arguing that 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio’s app …

Information Overload

Hold up, Flipboard – what are you calling a "magazine"?

At the end of its big announcement about the next-generation of Flipboard yesterday, the startup signed off with the line “We can’t wait to see what …

Tumblr

Yesterday Marked the Beginning of the End of Apple's Dominance, Unless...

As of yesterday, the iPhone is no longer thrilling. It's still a great device, for sure, and it will sell well. I'll probably buy one. But …

Samsung Galaxy

I Know We're Supposed to Be Depressed About the State of News, But I Can't Help Being Excited

I've seen so many looks of pity when I inform people that I'm a journalist. They know that my industry is "dying". Stories of newspapers and …

Journalism

Silicon Valley's loosening grip: Does the road to tech's future run through Middle America?

On September 30, fresh from attending Union Square Ventures’ CEO Summit, DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg Tweeted: “Of the 7 @USV startups in …

Silicon Valley

Matthew Putman's super resolution and the poetry of nanotechnology

Matthew Putman was 31 when doctors found a tumor under his Adam’s Apple. He didn’t tell anyone. Not his parents. Not even his wife. He simply went …

Nanotech

Obama wins, Nate Silver wins, tech wins

Four more years. twitter.com/BarackObama/st…<p>— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012<p>Nate Silver was right.<p>The math whiz – or, as he would refer …

Newspapers take aim at Google News again. Maybe because they're no longer scared

For digital news publishers, nailing a prominent link in Google News has almost always been a good thing. It is a traffic boon. The automatic news …

Google

Supercell: The cash-rich, little-known Finnish startup that could soon be worth $600M

There must be something in this Scandanavian water (other than ice, that is).<p>The next big thing in gaming comes to you from the land of Angry Birds …