Apple continues Asia expansion with its first retail store in Taiwan

 Apple has continued to expand its retail footprint in Asia after the iPhone-maker opened its first store in Taiwan this weekend. The inaugural Apple Store is located in Taipei 101, a landmark skyscraper in Taipei, and it is staffed with an initial workforce of 130 employees, Apple said. Doors in Taiwan opened at 11am local time on Saturday, but eager fans had queued for as long as 68 hours… Read More

Vice has raised $450M ahead of a potential IPO

 Vice Media has raised $450M in new funding from private-equity firm TPG, with a deal valuing the media company around $5.7 billion post-money. Shane Smith, co-founder and CEO of Vice was just on CNBC answering questions about the funding and Vice’s plans to eventually become a public company. While remaining cryptic, Smith did note that this raise is “what we would do if we were… Read More

Gillmor Gang: Abstraction of Justice

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, June 16, 2017. The Gang finally talks coins and chains, and too much of nothing is revealed. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @kteare, @fradice, DenisPombriant @tinagillmor + G3: Wholistic with Mary Hodder, Elisa Camahort Page, Halley Suitt Tucker, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor Read More

Gillmor Gang: Emotional Healing

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Keith Teare, Doc Searls, Denis Pombriant, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, June 9, 2017. Denis Pombriant joins the Keith Gang for a vigorous rubdown of fake views and Comey smackdown of the Obstructor in Chief. +Doc’s biting tracking indictment and Apple’s Safari fix for adtech fatigue. Google ? @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @DenisPombriant, @kteare… Read More

Leaked App Store entry suggests Apple will launch a file-management app for iOS

 A leak spotted on the eve of Apple’s WWDC event suggests that the company is preparing to revamp the way iPhone owners manage and store files on their phone. That’s according to a new app placeholder unearthed by developer Steve Stroughton Smith which hints at a new ‘Files’ app for iOS coming soon. A major feature would almost certainly ship within the iOS 11 software… Read More

Gillmor Gang: Binge & Purge

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Doc Searls, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Sunday, May 21, 2017 Doc gets off the F train and finds himself in a binge TV debate. Frank preps for his trip to Digital Hollywood, while Keith and Kevin suggest news is dead, long live news. Steve finds respite in advertising from Hulo’s auto-binge onboarding. Directed by… Read More

Facebook takes on Twitch with new livestreaming deal for esports

 In addition to Facebook’s announcement of a new partnership with the MLB to live stream a number of regular season games, the social network this week also signed a deal with global esports company ESL to bring over 5,550 hours of esports events and other original content to Facebook, including 1,500 of original programming. The move will aid Facebook in challenging Amazon-owned Twitch… Read More

Gillmor Gang: Doc Soup

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, May 13, 2017. The Gang takes nothing off the table as Doc describes a near future of personal APIs and CustomerTech. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @kteare, @fradice + G3: Oh Snap! with Mary Hodder, Elisa Camahort Page, Maria Ogneva, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Prod/Dir: @tinagillmor Read More

Inside Andy Rubin’s futuristic Playground hardware incubator

 With titanium 3D printers, electrostatic charge tables, and a giant slide, Playground Global lives up to it’s a name. Here we take you on a tour of Android operating system inventor Andy Rubin’s hardware startup incubator that’s backed by a $300 million fund. Check out how the whimsical space lets scrappy hackers compete with Facebook and Google to recruit top talent. If… Read More

Gillmor Gang: No Show

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Keith Teare, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, May 5, 2017. Plus the latest G3: Serf City recorded Thursday, May 4, 2017 with Halley Suitt Tucker, Elisa Camahort Page, Maria Ogneva, and Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @kteare, @fradice Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor Read More