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Writer — TechCrunch
As seen in:  TechCrunch, The Next Web
Covers:  windows, acquisitions, microsoft, earnings, policy, startups, funding, technology
Doesn't Cover: apple


Here’s How Microsoft Described Its Newfangled Product Called “Windows” When It Went Public — Microsoft shipped the first version of Windows on November 20, 1985. The company went public on March 13, 1986. That means that Microsoft pulled the trigger on its IPO mere months after Windows was first launched into the market. Until today I didn't know that the two events occurred so close together.

Crunchweek: Fallout From The Sony Hack — Acquisition leaks, embarrassing emails, threats, theaters refuse to show The Interview, FBI's confirmation that the hack came from North Korea, a response from the White House...there has been so much coming out of the Sony breach that this week we felt it necessary to devote our entire show to discussing everything that has happened.

Google Claims 2015 Will Be A “Moment” For Surveillance Reform — Google thinks that next year will be a big moment for surveillance reform. So much so that the company set up a special page on its Take Action hub asking individuals to sign something akin to a petition of sorts to "help make the Internet more secure for everyone."

Are SaaS Companies Just Misunderstood? — Depending on whom you ask, companies that sell their products on a subscription basis are either companies that are veritable giants of growth, or firms that hide their business models' inherent weakness in the form of short-term losses that are dismissed under the guise of investment.

Google Rips MPAA For Allegedly Leveraging Local Government To Revive SOPA — Corruption in the American Hollywood style is something to behold. Today, Google published a short blog post alleging that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), alongside a number of film studios, funded what was essentially opposition research about the company. The resulting material was later fed to state attorneys general.

How To Speak Startup — Hang with startup kids long enough, and you'll notice that they have their own language. No, bro, it's a SaaS play in the on-demand food space. Think of it as the Uber for gluten-free Whole Foods delivery, ok? It never ends: We're actively raising, but really want to make sure that we hit investor-board fit before product-market sync, you know?

‘The Love Of Sports’ Wants To Connect Mobile Sportsball Lovers — TechCrunch recently sat down with Avery D'Alessandro to pick over his mobile app, ' The Love of Sports.' The application, recently launched, wants to connect sports fans on the go. Its premise is that if you are the social sort of sports-adjacent human, you most likely want to hang out with your friends at the game, or at the bar watching game.

CrunchWeek: IPOs Heat Up, Celebrities In Gaming, And VR Goes Mobile — Besides knowing the weekend is only about ten hours away, the best part of waking up on a Friday is knowing there will be another episode of CrunchWeek to watch.

All Eyes On Box As Tech IPOs Roar Back To Life — The success of the LendingClub, Hortonworks, and New Relic IPOs this week may have created a moment in the market that Box, a company that has long wanted to go public itself, could use to get its long-delayed flotation done at last. I'm totally kidding about the "could" bit there, of course.

New Relic’s IPO Spikes 31% In Initial Trading — In early trading, New Relic's shares are up 31% in its first day as a public company. Another technology company, Hortonworks, will begin trading this morning as well. The two companies are trading on different exchanges, with New Relic selecting the NYSE, and Hortonworks the NASDAQ.
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Dec 22, 2014

As @Joshmedia points out, part of $TWTR pop could be bullish new share target from Argus. Odd combination/weird day for Twitter/@Dickc.

Dec 22, 2014

@Joshmedia @dickc Argus share estimate is about a ~16% premium from current share price -- interesting.

Dec 22, 2014

@Joshmedia @dickc did they happen at the same time? -- the spike was pretty rapid

Dec 22, 2014

For context, current $TWTR bump is worth ~$900M-$1B.

Dec 22, 2014

So Bob Peck says that Twitter CEO @dickc could be gone in a year, and its shares jump 4% -- analogous to this?…

Dec 22, 2014

$TWTR here's that Twitter pop after suggestion it could get a new CEO in <1 year

Dec 22, 2014

RT @jyarow: Whoa! RT @Benzinga: SunTrust's Bob Peck says on CNBC that Dick Costolo could be gone as Twitter CEO within a year. $TWTR has popped +3%.

Dec 22, 2014

RT @mikebutcher: Pls Share: You can now apply for an invitation to The Europas & "PathFounders", June 15-17… … #TheEu…

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