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Senior Reporter, The Information

Senior reporter @theinformation, formerly @WSJ. Fan of Internet. Read my coverage here: www.theinformation....

The Information’s Final Free Agents of the Year

theinformation.com — The fifth installment of The Information’s Free Agents, a group of prominent tech and media professionals between full-time roles, includes executives previously responsible for the images of tech giants like Intel and Facebook. Two of our free agents built some of most storied franchises in U.S.

Google Shuts Down Russia Engineering Office

theinformation.com — Google plans to shut down its engineering operations in Russia, following similar recent departures by other Western and Russian software companies and engineers, according to people informed of the decision.

The Hole in Google’s Mobile Strategy

theinformation.com — Google has a mobile problem, and it goes beyond the fact that people are searching differently on phones than on computers. Fast-growing smartphone apps from Snapchat to Yik Yak are being born every day, occupying bigger slices of people’s time.

There’s a Crisis Happening in the Russian Tech Industry

theinformation.com — It’s been a brutal year for Russia, and next year may be worse for its citizens and the business community amid an economic recession and continued friction between its government and the West. There have also been a variety of shockwaves sent through the Russian tech industry, which doesn't get much attention in the West despite being the sixth-largest Internet market by number of users.

For Cybersecurity Startups Raising Cash, Customers Not Required

theinformation.com — Cybersecurity startups are reaping tens of millions of dollars in funding despite a lack of big customer contracts, raising the likelihood of a shakeout in the years to come. The valuations being placed on some of the most high-profile startups in the sector-often higher than $200 or $300 million-might not seem eye-popping in an era where many consumer Internet startups are commanding multibillion-dollar prices without much revenue.

All Eyes on Apple as Google Search Deal Expires Next Year

theinformation.com — Mozilla’s decision last week to replace Google with Yahoo as the default search engine for the Firefox browser in the U.S. was a nice little score for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. But among companies still wringing billions of dollars a year from search ads, all eyes are on the upcoming expiration of the only search distribution deal that matters anymore: Apple’s Safari Web browser.

The Unicorns That Weren’t

theinformation.com — It’s been a headline-grabbing year for Internet M&A, with large-cap companies such as Apple, Facebook and Amazon.com making their biggest acquisitions in a long time, or ever. There have also been some multibillion-dollar consolidations (Zillow-Trulia, Priceline-OpenTable) as well as several high-profile spin-off announcements that could portend more deal activity next year.

Google’s China App Store Talks Heat Up

theinformation.com — Google intends to launch a version of its Google Play app store in China, hoping to exercise greater influence over a market that accounts for roughly half the people who use its Android mobile operating system, say several people with knowledge of the company’s plans.

Google Search Diaspora Shows Demand for Big Data Handlers

theinformation.com — Google has hired and trained the world’s best search engineers. And so it is no surprise that some continue to trickle to fast-growing startups like Pinterest and Airbnb well as Twitter, Facebook and even Wal-Mart Stores.

Technology Investors Chase a Tiger in India

theinformation.com — SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son last week grabbed headlines for his sudden, aggressive promise to invest $10 billion in Indian Internet startups, but he’s treading on the turf of a prowling tiger.
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Dec 18, 2014

I love that there are always soldiers around Kim Jong-Un who are taking notes. Can we hack into those? kimjongunlookingatthings.tumblr.com ht @johnolilly

Dec 17, 2014

Whoever is in charge of @uber customer support operations (in the bay area, at least) should win a medal. Puts user first.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @cityofthetown: Scrapping Pyongyang is either completely temporary or an excuse to ice a shitty movie. Don't buy the safety angle. thewrap.com/steve-carells-…

Dec 17, 2014

Did a double-take when @Google today overhauled its Google+ notifications logo. Thought it was @Snapchat's. pic.twitter.com/n2BKNyJHNV

Dec 17, 2014

At this point I'd be much more interested in seeing the emails post-hack than pre.

Dec 17, 2014

There's only one thing left to do. Hack into DPRK's TV broadcasting system and show The Interview there.

Dec 17, 2014

I'm strongly betting that Facebook doesn't know the answer to this, either. But for now, weeeeeeeeeeee!! theinformation.com/When-will-mobi…

Dec 17, 2014

DPRK keeps winning? MT "@MattGarrahan: top 5 chains controlling most US cinemas won't be showing The Interview @THR. hollywoodreporter.com/news/source-to…"

Dec 17, 2014

Bizarre's one word for it. "@declanm: Microsoft yanks bizarre post making fun of Google Apps and sign language: drive.google.com/file/d/0B5L6ch…"

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