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Why YouTube is a Bigger Deal Than I Thought — Rest assured. This is not a "Gee, YouTube is going to be big" column. That would be nearly a decade late. But I recently realized that, despite appreciating the sheer volume of videos watched on YouTube, I've missed something big about the site's potential to disrupt the media business.

Google Nears Major Investment in SpaceX to Bolster Satellites — Google is close to investing in rocket maker SpaceX, according to several people familiar with the talks, creating a formidable alliance in Silicon Valley's accelerating Internet space race. The purpose of a deal, which is still in the works, is to support the development of SpaceX satellites that could beam low-cost Internet around the globe to billions who don't have it.

A Key Difference in How Chinese and U.S. Tech Cos. Approach Deals — Here's a riddle. Why do the biggest Chinese tech companies prefer to invest in companies strategic to their businesses while U.S. tech leaders prefer to acquire such companies outright? Tencent and Alibaba, for example, have bought partial stakes in everything from on-demand cab companies to peer-to-peer lenders to games.

Inside Adobe’s ‘Burn the Boats’ Bet — Plenty of companies talk about changing their business models to adapt to new technologies, but few actually pull it off. Netflix shifted from DVDs to streaming, and Apple survived the transition from the personal computer business to mobile.

Don’t Be Fooled by Boatloads of Cash — You hear it a lot in the technology sector these days. Company X is flailing, but don't worry: "They have a lot of cash. They'll figure it out." Cash in the bank, the theory goes, can reverse a company's fortunes by helping it buy its way to relevance.

Samsung’s Mobile Moment of Truth — This week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas often felt like the Samsung Electronics Show. The world's largest consumer electronics company showed off a giant television, a slew of "Internet of Things" connected devices and an oven that cooks two dishes at once. (Don't all ovens do that?)

The Information’s 2015 Book List — The Information subscribers love a good read. So just as we did last year (2014 selections reprised at the end), we asked some of you to suggest the best books you read in 2014. You generated an eclectic list with recommendations on everything from graphic memoirs to management tomes to cookbooks.

Tech’s Year of Contemplative Thinking — Something weird happened to tech companies in 2014. They became obsessed with what they want to be when they grow up. Of course, tech giants have always been long-term thinkers. But 2014 saw a far deeper array of soul-searching than years past-and for good reason.

Why Uber and Google Will Become Big Rivals — Anyone who has been in Silicon Valley long enough knows all big tech companies eventually encroach upon each other’s turf. And I think 2015 will be the year we see the early signs of a new tech battle for the ages: Uber vs. Google. Both companies would have you believe they are more friend than foe.

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.
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Jan 26, 2015

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