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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.

The Truth About Tech Companies and Professional Content — It’s time to question the Faustian bargain big and small media companies keep making with fast-growing technology platforms. This week, reports surfaced that publishers including BuzzFeed, CNN, Time and ESPN are in talks to contribute to a new part of Snapchat that will showcase professional content.

Exclusive: Jawbone To Broaden UP Family — Jawbone is the latest wearable company to try to go where Apple is not going, with plans for two new activity trackers aimed at the low and mid-tiers. With the $349 Apple Watch hitting shelves next year, Jawbone is set to announce two new fitness trackers soon, according to people briefed on the matter.

Why Twitter’s Latest Narrative Concerns Me — I have been scratching my head all week about what’s going on at Twitter, and I’m worried. I’m not concerned that it posted a $175 million quarterly loss or that company executives issued lower-than-expected guidance for next quarter. What worries me is the confusing story it is telling.

On Valuations, Stop Looking at the Outliers — Like most of you, I’ve been searching for some numbers to make sense of the private tech market, the dollars flowing in and the upward pressure on pricing. And while I haven’t devised one perfect indicator, I have concluded that the method many people are using to evaluate whether the market is overpriced is deeply flawed.

Artificial Intelligence: The Challenges — ldquo;If humans can build an intelligent AI…” Enthusiasm for the notion that humans will create an artificial intelligence that can act and think like they do is running high across the tech industry.

Silicon Valley’s Frontman Problem — Media interest in Silicon Valley is intensifying, often around a few vocal individuals. Marc Andreessen’s tweets about all matter of topics are being picked up by media outlets right and left. Every word out of Elon Musk, crazy or otherwise, spawns some (highly clickable) headlines.

Why the Conventional Wisdom Around Messaging is Wrong — Investors are tripping over themselves to invest in messaging startups again. Eric, Tom and I hear Sequoia Capital and other VCs have been considering putting another round into productivity service Slack. We also hear Slack, which launched last year, has been seeking a valuation of as much as $1 billion, citing as a comparable the $1.2 billion Microsoft paid for Yammer.
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Nov 22, 2014

@amartino Great. Would would you like us to interview? Have you seen our weekly ones on Wednesday?

Nov 21, 2014

If this other account of the Uber dinner is true, wonder why @Uber didn't dispute the account more.…

Nov 21, 2014

Criticism of @travisk prompted my column this week on what we look for in CEOs and how it's (thankfully) changing.…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @JBoorstin: BuzzFeed's Peretti: It's such a LUXURY not to have a legacy business. The second you're acquired you inherit all those problems. #PaleyIC

Nov 21, 2014

Makes sense to me that @comcast would want to license X1. It's taking a page from Apple + Google. @mvpeers reports.…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @chest: Asked for my current tech news ritual: read @Recode daily email, check @Techmeme freq, read as much @theinformation + @stratechery as I can.

Nov 20, 2014

@nickwingfield @amir His reference to newspass shows how long I've been covering Google and content.

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