E272: News Panel with William Quigley and Vivek Wadhwa – TWiST



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Today on the TWiST News Panel, we were joined by Clearstone Venture’s William Quigley and the educator and journalist Vivek Wadhwa. They, along with Lon Harris of Ranker, discussed Facebook’s recent user anger, Amazon’s smartphone play and Google’s new tablet.

1:00 Welcome everyone, we have a great panel today with Vivek Wadhwa and William Quigley.
3:00 Jason shares his dream of being an angel investor and talk show host.
4:30 Hi Vivek, where are you coming to us from today?
5:00 Tyler, what prison are you in today?
6:15 William, what’s going on over at Clearstone right now?
7:30 Thank you so much to Sourcebits for supporting the program!
8:00 First story: Facebook moved all of their users over to @facebook email addresses without warning. What impact did this have on users? When will Facebook stop doing things like this?
12:15 This shows how clueless Facebook is when it comes to understanding their users.
12:30 William, what are your thoughts on this?
14:30 Will Apple start doing this to? Even Google has done it, forcing Google+ on everyone.
17:30 Tyler: The real question is, now that everyone loves Facebook, how much crap will they be willing to take?
18:30 Bloomberg is reporting that Amazon is going to make a smartphone to compete with iPhone and Android. They also required mapping startup UpNext this week.
22:15 Vivek: The moment tablets go below $100 will be the tipping point.
24:00 William: Today, Apple generates half of its revenue from the iPhone, a product that didn’t exist 5 years ago.
26:45 Thank you to MailChimp for sponsoring TWiST! Everyone thank @Mailchimp!
30:30 Tyler: One theory is that Apple is so dominant in Asia that they strong-armed manufacturing companies into using inferior products for their competitors.
33:30 Vivek: I agree completely, Google’s strategy here is very smart.
36:00 William, what do you think about Google’s latest tablet?
38:15 Samsung is also running away with the sheer number of handsets sold.
44:00 Let’s talk about Netflix, which says that streaming video subscribers watched over 1 billion hours in the month of June. Is Netflix back?
46:30 William: Can Netlix become HBO?
48:15 Why didn’t Netlix ever say “X% of the library is ad-supported”?
52:00 Discussion of the lack of titles available on Netflix.
57:15 Tyler: There’s one other point of friction: CEOs of the organization don’t want to make deals based on equity with Netflix because they have to make the books look good while they’re there.
58:00 Storms across the southeast last week caused outages at Amazon at data centers that affected big players like Netflix and Instagram.
1:00:15 Vivek, what was the post about you on HackerNews about? What happened?
1:05:15 Vivek: The message is that we want to teach people about different points of view at Singularity University. We don’t know what will be right or wrong in 30 years.
1:07:00 Last story: Blackberry maker RIM announced more big losses, but still denied it’s in a “death spiral.”
1:09:00 Jason’s challenge to developers: make an iPhone-style keyboard device for emailing.
1:12:00 Vivek, thank you so much for joining us! Everyone follow @wadhwa. And everyone check out William’s twitter, @quigleyreport!
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