Twitter is no longer allowing its tweets to appear on LinkedIn — could Flipboard be next?
The resignation of Flipboard co-founder and CEO Mike McCue from Twitter's board of directors indicates it's a legitimate possibility. A Flipboard spokesperson confirmed to Mashable on Wednesday that McCue has indeed stepped down. McCue has been on Twitter's board since December 2010, about five months after Flipboard first launched on the iPad.
AllThingsD's Kara Swisher reported in May that McCue had approached Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and co-founder Jack Dorsey about stepping down. The reason? "McCue's growing feeling that the companies are on a product collision course" — meaning, she suggested, that Flipboard is positioned to becoming a more direct rival to Twitter, or a more obvious acquisition target for Twitter or its competitors.
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Apparently, Apple has talked with Twitter about investing several hundred million dollars into the company. Depending on whether you accept the New York Times' version or the later Wall Street Journal's version, Apple discussed the investment in recent months or last year, though there are no talks currently. (A little bird must have told them.)
Either way, I don't quite get it. Yes, I see that Apple CEO Tim Cook said recently, "Does Apple need to be social? Yes." But I don't understand why. Why does a company that seems to do no wrong–or, when it does, nobody cares–need to be social in any way, shape, or form?
Five years ago, Twitter and the iPhone – now central to most professionals' lives – were just launching. So what's in store for the online world in 2017 and beyond? One of the keenest observers is Doc Searls, co-author of the seminal Internet-era text The Cluetrain Manifesto and author of the newly-released The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge.
To understand our current relationship to technology, he says, it pays to look back at the revolutions that have shaped modern digital life. The first came in the early 1980s, with the advent of the personal computer (and the cloning of it). "Computational power that had only belonged to large corporations was now something anybody could do," says
Searls. "With it, there were endless applications. It was a radical change."
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg and CFO David Ebersman hosted their first earnings call early Thursday evening.
The three executives spoke primarily about the company's advertising products, which accounted for 86% of its revenue in the second quarter. Zuckerberg emphasized the need to make ads more social — most ads on Facebook right now are not. He noted that Sponsored Stories, Facebook's primary "social" ad product, is now generating $1 million in revenue per day, about half of which comes from mobile.
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