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  2. parislemon:

    Andy Borowitz:

    After failing to install the upgrade by lunchtime, Mr. Gates summoned the new Microsoft C.E.O. Satya Nadella, who attempted to help him with the installation, but with no success.

    While the two men worked behind closed doors, one source described the situation as “tense.”

    “Bill is usually a pretty calm guy, so it was weird to hear some of that language coming out of his mouth,” the source said.

    A Microsoft spokesman said only that Mr. Gates’s first day in his new job had been “a learning experience” and that, for the immediate future, he would go back to running Windows 7.

    So good.

     
  3. Kap Slap - Apollolights (ft. Hardwell, Third Party, Kelly Clarkson) 

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  4. "A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have."
     
  5. thisistheverge:

    Elon Musk will reveal gesture-based rocket design program inspired by Iron Man

    SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has often been compared to a real life version of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Director Jon Favreau has even openly said that Musk inspired his depiction of Stark in the first Iron Man film. But now it seems as though the imitation has come full circle: Musk tweeted last night that he’d “figured out how to design rocket parts just w[ith] hand movements,” and would post a video of the process “next week.” Favreau tweeted at Musk asking: “Like in Iron Man?” And Musk responded in the affirmative. 

     

  6. parislemon:

    Schumpeter:

    A third route to charging more is to manage customers’ expectations better. In the early 2000s executives at General Motors were told to wear badges with “29” on their lapels, as part of a disastrous plan to get back to a 29% market share in America. This merely reinforced car-buyers’ assumption that GM would offer them whatever discounts it took to shift its metal off the forecourts, putting the firm on the road to bankruptcy. (Last year its market share fell to 17.5%, its lowest since the 1920s.) Once customers know that a firm’s price list is a work of fiction and that it will resort to discounts as soon as sales dip, it will be a long haul to get them used to paying full price, let alone accepting increases. Simon-Kucher’s consultants praise DHL, a logistics firm, which spent years drilling into its customers that whatever the economic conditions there will be a rate rise each year.

    Two thoughts:

    1) The “29” badge was clearly a disaster waiting to happen.

    2) As someone who spent the early 2000s in the Detroit-metro area, I remember thinking the massive price cuts were a huge mistake. Why would I ever buy one of their cars at the regular price when I now knew that regular price was a work of fiction that evaporated when times were tough? Why not just postpone buying until times got tough again? Especially since my lack of purchase was directly related to the return of tough times.

     

  7. parislemon:

    bijan:

    I can’t tell you the last time I’ve seen a founder come see us at Spark with a Windows machine. I haven’t seen a Windows phone in the wild in NYC, Boston or SF except in the hands of current Microsoft employees. Former MS execs that I interact with have switched to iPhone or Android. 

    Ditto. Sometimes you’re in a bubble, and sometimes you’re in a bubble that is expanding to envelope the entire world. 

     

  8. parislemon:

    bijan:

    I can’t tell you the last time I’ve seen a founder come see us at Spark with a Windows machine. I haven’t seen a Windows phone in the wild in NYC, Boston or SF except in the hands of current Microsoft employees. Former MS execs that I interact with have switched to iPhone or Android. 

    Ditto. Sometimes you’re in a bubble, and sometimes you’re in a bubble that is expanding to envelope the entire world. 

     
  9. buzzfeed:

    Bianca Lawson has been playing a teenager on TV for 20 years. 

     
  10. thisistheverge:

    How Apple’s profits stack up against Google and Microsoft

    With Apple’s earnings posting today, and Microsoft’s and Google’s last week, we now have the financial results for the three of the largest consumer technology companies in the world. It’s safe to say that the second quarter of 2013 has been a tough one for all involved.