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Uber Maps, Mobile APIs and More Next Big Things — A few months ago I predicted a few Next Big Things based on rumblings from industry insiders. With the new year approaching, I thought it was time for another batch. Mobile Maps 2.0: Mobile maps have been the killer app of the smartphone era, proving why it’s useful to have a computer in your pocket.

When Shareholders Fight — Back in 2012, five software developers who helped found a company that made technology to monitor health care fraud sued the venture capitalists who had invested in their company. They argued their ownership stakes had been diluted by the VCs, who held preferred stock and had padded their own wallets through a merger.

Fast Climbers - The Information — Skyrocketing private tech valuations are the norm these days, causing us to wonder how the pace of growth of today’s high-fliers compares to high-fliers of the recent past. The Information crunched data supplied by PitchBook to identify private VC-backed companies whose valuations have climbed the fastest between financings since 2011.

Economy Soars, Uber Drops in The Information Survey — Maybe it was the bullish jobs report. Maybe it was the drumbeat of mammoth fundraising rounds for private tech companies. Whatever the reasons, The Information subscribers are notably more optimistic about the overall economy than a month ago-and in a more upbeat mood about the tech sector too.

Journalism’s Dying Journalism Model — Last year, I wrote about journalism’s business model being broken. This year, I’m concerned that journalism’s journalism model is also on life support. Some old issues persist. Sensationalism still prevails over substance, and far too much energy is wasted on commodity news or, worse, “news” straight from companies.

What Companies Give Up Staying Private — This year has been full of evidence technology companies are in no rush to go public, the latest of which is the news that Uber is on track to raise around $1 billion at a valuation approaching $40 billion-more than 1.5 times the public market value of Twitter.

What’s Holding Back iCloud — In June 2011, Steve Jobs took the stage before Apple developers to announce a project close to his heart. It was iCloud, a system for syncing files across Apple devices. Mr. Jobs was particularly excited about the potential to sync photos, one of the most widely used media types, say people who work at Apple.

In Uber Saga, No Calls for ‘Adult Supervision’ — Travis Kalanick is having a bad week. Critics including late night comedian Seth Meyers and Sen. Al Franken have called him “thuggish,” “arrogant” and “tone deaf” for his handling of the revelation that Uber executive Emil Michael, at a private-ish dinner, proposed spying on journalists.

Why Investors Should Bet on Disruptors, Not Innovators — There’s a feeling in Silicon Valley that the latest breed of big startups-companies like Uber, Dropbox and Airbnb-are “all grown up,” meaning they’ve had their run up in valuations and investors seeking big returns must look elsewhere. But there’s also a feeling that the next big wave is proving hard to spot.

Samsung Preps New Mobile Video Service — Samsung Electronics is rebooting its mobile video strategy in a test of whether short-form video content can drive mobile revenues just as games have. The South Korean company has earmarked several tens of millions of dollars to invest in short-form video for a new mobile product, according to people Samsung talked to about the effort.
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Dec 20, 2014

RT @theinformation: Contributor of the Week: @Eisenberg for his comment on "How Digital Photography Is Altering Our Memory."…

Dec 19, 2014

Our gingerbread village! I love these guys but we won't quit our day jobs reporting!

Dec 19, 2014

Confirmed Rizvi Traverse did invest in Snapchat. Update from my column scooplet…

Dec 19, 2014

Also, Snapchat's fundraising pattern has been odd (and I hear Rizvi was mulling getting in on the $10B round.)…

Dec 19, 2014

I can't believe I am saying this, but I kind of wish @serial had a fictional ending. Would have been more satisfying.

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