Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Morning Brief: BlackBerry CEO sees no future in tablets; Barry Diller says he wasn't thinking; getting your Twitter feed hack becomes new badge of honor

"In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” Thorsten Heins, CEO of BlackBerry told Bloomberg in an interview yesterday. "Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model."

BlackBerry's experience with tablets has not been a good one, but the fault lies not in market trends but in the company's bizarre idea of what users wanted in a tablet ≠ launching their own PlayBook without email capability.

The Bloomberg interview is bound to be controversial. Tablets are rapidly replacing laptops as the primary computing device for those mostly interested in browsing and apps. But BlackBerry's CEO can always claim that his main point is that mobile devices are merging with tablets to create a new type of device, though most observers would simply call those devices small tablets.

In another interview getting attention this morning, Barry Diller was asked by Forbes "What were you thinking when you bought Newsweek?"

His answer: "I wasn’t thinking."

"Ok, I was thinking but it was stupid... We did not look deeply at risks of display advertising."

It is quickly becoming a badge of honor to get your Twitter feed hacked. Yesterday it was The Guardian that got hacked (and before that the AP). "We are aware that a number of Guardian Twitter accounts have been compromised and we are working actively to resolve this," said in a statement.

The Syrian Electronic Army, a group that supports the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is being blamed for the hack.

I got a late start today, but it wasn't because I was up late watching the 19 inning game between the A's and Angels (the A's won with a walk-off home run). But instead I woke up to find my Mac completely dead. Turns out that pulling off the peripherals was all that was necessary, but it was touch and go there for a while.