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Tech, travel, and food. Tech Editor at @Qz, founder of @CityNotes, co-host of @NeedleAndMouse.

The court document that shows how Tim Cook does business

qz.com — Apple CEO Tim Cook is a notoriously tough operations executive. He was, of course, the company's chief operating officer for years, and Apple's market-leading hardware execution, efficiency, and supply chain all prove his worth. "Tim's a tough negotiator," AT&T Mobility chief Glenn Lurie said in a recent Businessweek story.

Facebook is more addictive than ever

qz.com — No Facebook fatigue here: The company's user base continues to grow even larger, and more of its members are signing in every day than ever before. Facebook revealed today that it now has 1.35 billion monthly active users, including 864 million who log in every day.

Twitter is actually going to generate more than $1 billion in sales this year

qz.com — Wall Street is giving Twitter a hard time-shares are down 8% in after-hours trading-as its user growth continues to slow. Twitter reported 281 million monthly active users (MAUs) at the end of the third quarter, up 23% year-over-year. But user growth is slowing: Twitter's 13 million additional MAUs last quarter is its second-lowest total in two...

Apple is quietly disintermediating Google in mobile search

fromedome.com — Apple is not building a web search engine - yet, that I know of. But through its new, voice-controlled mobile "Assistant" feature in iOS 5, Apple could change the way people think of searching, building search-and-retrieve directly into the iOS user interface. (Expect an unveiling early next month.)

This terrible CVS receipt shows why Apple Pay has little to fear from retailers

qz.com — A photo I took of my CVS receipt-emblematic of bad product thinking-accidentally went viral on Twitter over the weekend. https://twitter.com/fromedome/status/526027483901333505 It spoke to the low expectations for the new mobile payments app, called CurrentC, that two large US drugstore chains, Rite Aid and CVS, have signed onto.

Amazon’s Fire Phone is officially a bust

qz.com — Amazon's Fire Phone isn't selling. The company said today "it would take a $170 million charge 'primarily related to Fire phone inventory valuation and supplier commitment costs'," Recode's Jason Del Ray reports. The Fire Phone was worth a try, but ultimately not good enough.

Microsoft’s Surface tablet just isn’t taking off yet

qz.com — Microsoft pitches its Surface Pro 3 as "the tablet that can replace your laptop." But it seems that people aren't craving such a device. The company said today that Surface revenue passed $900 million last quarter, driven by the new Surface Pro 3, which launched this summer.

The Mac is back: Why Apple just set an all-time Mac sales record

qz.com — Apple's Mac business, now 30 years old, just had its best three months in history. Apple shipped 5.5 million Macs last quarter, up almost 1 million units-a 20% increase-from the year before. The Mac's big performance comes as a bit of a surprise. The broader PC industry has been shrinking-or flat at best-for a couple of years....

Apple Pay also works in New York City taxis

qz.com — Apple Pay, the company's new mobile payments service, launched yesterday with several large retail partners, including McDonald's and Whole Foods, and key iPhone apps, including Uber and OpenTable. But it also works-unannounced-in at least some New York City taxi cabs. Several people have tweeted that they've been able to pay for their rides with Apple Pay in...

Tim Cook, in his own words, on why the iPad has a bright future

qz.com — Apple's iPad business was the lone drag in its otherwise strong earnings report today. iPad sales last quarter dropped 13% from the previous year, to 12.3 million, their third straight quarter of decline. The iPad, which once looked like it could become an iPhone-sized pillar for Apple, represented just 13% of the company's sales last quarter.
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Oct 30, 2014

@CocaColaJapan Hello! Do you have an English-speaking PR or marketing rep? I would like to email them. Thanks!

Oct 30, 2014

@pandemona @cpen Oh nice! (Not that I know anything about running—busted!)

Oct 30, 2014

@cpen An armband for a 6+ might as well be a CamelBak.

Oct 30, 2014

@cpen More sporty than huge. I'd recommend the 6 for most people. Esp. if you run with it.

Oct 30, 2014

@YootSaito Yoot, any interest in meeting up with a US writer (and huge SimTower fan!) in Tokyo next month? Would love to chat about design.



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