It was another
dismal week for Netflix. The stock dropped 35% after announcing that they lost 800,000 subscribers and projecting that fourth-quarter earnings would be below expectations. Henry Blodget (Business Insider) says: Sorry, but this Netflix collapse is overdone.
HP announced that it will keep it’s PC division but there was
speculation that they would shut down the webOS division. The head of HP’s PC division this was an unfounded rumor.
Google announced an
update to Google TV and there were rumors of a Siri-powered, integrated Apple TV coming in 2013.
The New York Times published a very touching
eulogy of Steve Jobs written by his sister Mona Simpson. A must-read.
Death didn’t happen to Steve, he achieved it.
– Mona Simpson,
A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs
aren’t happy about Google’s plans to discontinue the social features of Google Reader.
Flipboard, the popular news/social reader application for tablets, is about to get some competition from Google (Propeller) and Yahoo (Livestand).
Nextdoor launches a private social network for neighborhoods.
Y Combinator held their Startup School. Watch videos from the event
here. Highlights: Mark Zuckerberg, Paul Graham Office Hours, Marc Andreessen ( part 2)
Mint finally launches an iPad app (
iTunes, Mashable post) Scan old photos and post them to Facebook using the Shoebox iPhone app (
iTunes, TechCrunch post) The creators of Daily Booth launch a great new photo sharing app called
Batch. The buzz about this app is off the charts. Soundcloud launched a new iPad app (
iTunes, All Things D post) You can watch live TV on DIRECTV’s new iPad app (
iTunes) Bloomberg TV launched an iPad app (
Television / Movies
A couple of PBS shows worth watching:
Cars 2 is available on
David Freese’s Game 6 walk-off home run:
The Week Ahead
Every week or two, I’m featuring a Bay Area food truck on this blog. This week, I picked one of my favorites:
Ebbett’s Good To Go. Ebbett’s specializes in sandwiches. sandwiches. They’re best known for their Cuban Sandwich (my favorite), but they always have two or three other sandwiches on the menu: Asian Tofu, Short Rib, Grilled Cheese. Lately, they’ve been hitting these locations: Emeryville ( Great 64th & Hollis or 2100 Powell), 21st & Webster in Oakland, and various locations in San Francisco: Truck Stop SF ( Mission St. between 1st & Fremont), Hawthorne Plaza, and Civic Center. You can find their schedule on their Twitter page, Facebook page, or head over to their web site.
A couple of weeks after his death, Steve Jobs continues to be a huge topic. On Wednesday, Apple celebrated the life of Steve Jobs at the Apple campus in Cupertino. Apple has posted a video recording of the celebration on the Apple.com web site.
biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson was released on October 24th.
Lots of speculation out there about the final project(s) that Steve Jobs was working on.
Other tech news this week:
Sergey Brin at Web 2.0 Summit
Radical Face – Mountains (video by YouTube user celmannn)
The iPhone 4S went on sale on October 14th. Despite lukewarm reaction to the announcement of the 4S, initial sales number appear to be very healthy. As usual, people were lined up at Apple Stores. Pre-order sales were very strong – over one million pre-order units in the first 24 hours – and AT&T’s activation servers were overloaded when everyone tried to activate their phones at the same time. Some analysts predict that Apple will sell 4 million phones over the weekend and another analyst estimates that Apple will sell 24 million iPhones in Q4 2011. Apple stock closed at an all-time high ($422 a share) on Friday.
iPhone 4S launch at Apple’s 5th Avenue Store:
Reviews of the iPhone 4S were very positive, especially for the new Siri personal assistant.
Speech recognition. Crazy good, transformative, category-redefining speech recognition.
David Pogue, New York Times –
New iPhone Conceals Pure Magic
Here’s a roundup of other iPhone 4S reviews:
People are having a lot of fun with Siri.
Siri Demo from SlashGear:
A few days before the iPhone 4S went on sale,
iOS 5 was released.
Other tech news this week:
San Francisco Restaurants
The Week Ahead
I’ve become a big fan of the Bay Area food truck scene over the past couple of years. Earlier today, I had a chance to try the
Nom Nom Truck when they made a stop near where I work in Emeryville. Nom Nom Truck got a lot of attention when their original, Los Angeles based truck was a finalist on the first season of Bravo’s Great Food Truck Race. They sepcialize in Banh mi sandwiches. Today, they were serving four versions: grilled pork, lemongrass chicken, vegetarian tofu, and one they call the Deli Special. I had the grilled pork and it was outstanding. You can check Nom Nom’s schedule on their Twitter or Facebook pages or head over to their web site. For a complete review of this food truck, check out the this post from the excellent I Left My Cart in San Francisco blog.