Will Microsoft screw up LinkedIn?

Microsoft’s massive acquisition of LinkedIn offers some interesting opportunities. Below Reid Hoffman discusses the potential synergies, including real integration with Microsoft Office.

But there’s also real potential to overreach and create real problems as well. LinkedIn has stagnated a little in recent years, and perhaps this will inject new life into the platform. It’s certainly a must-use platform for many professionals and recruiters.

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Internet growth is slowing

Mary Meeker’s latest report has generated a lot of buzz as she points out how Internet growth is slowing, which has significant ramifications for parts of this industry such as smartphone sales.

While this saturation means certain aspects of the Internet market are maturing, it also points to the reality that the connectivity of the modern world. The prevalence Internet infrastructure is affecting many other industries and cultures as connectivity alters things such as our politics along with countless businesses.


Are podcasts saving radio?

This issue is addressed in the video above as it relates to NPR. The bottom line is that great talk radio content now gets turned into podcast episodes, and consumers love it. I love being able to go to the ESPN radio app for example and listen to shows on my own time, and the shows are also broken down by topic so I can ignore topics that bore me (like the NHL) and focus on topics I like.


Facebook is dominating the mobile market


Give Mark Zuckerberg credit – he realized Facebook was behind when it came to mobile and he forced his company to adapt quickly. It’s reminiscent of Bill Gates coming to terms with the web back in the 90s.

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Medium continues to evolve

When Ev Williams launched Medium, we had high expectations give his track record with Blogger and Twitter. The video above has a great interview of Williams by Kevin Rose as they discuss the path he took to Silicon Valley and entrepreneurship.

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