John Battelle's Top Stories

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  1. The smartphone is the new sun
    With billions of people buying a device every two years, on average, the phone business dwarfs the PC business, which has an install base of 1.5-1.6bn devices replaced every 4-5 years. PC sales are a bit over 300m units a year where phone sales are...
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  2. Inside the sad, expensive failure of Google+
    Create a social network or risk everything. That was the original pitch for Google's Facebook rival, Google+, a refrain hammered over and over by the social network's chief architect, Vic Gundotra, in meetings with the company's top brass....
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  3. Twitter declining stock price could make it takeover target
    Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty ImagesTwitter interim CEO and cofounder Jack Dorsey Twitter’s stock plunged by more than 15% last week after leadership gave Wall Street an ugly report on the state of the company. The sell-off shaved billions of dollars...
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  4. Training Officers to Shoot First, and He Will Answer Questions Later
    Photo William J. Lewinski, a professor who has studied police shootings, held a training session at the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs in Monterey Park, Calif., last month. Credit Michal Czerwonka for The New York Times WASHINGTON — The...
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  5. Snapdeal Raises $500 Million From Alibaba, Foxconn and Softbank
    Alibaba finally has its ally in India, perhaps the world’s hottest e-commerce market. The Chinese e-commerce giant has invested in Snapdeal, an India-based e-commerce startup, as part of a $500 million round, according to multiple sources. Foxconn,...
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