The Little Surface That Didn’t



Earlier today when Microsoft’s Surface event was wrapping, and Greg Chiemingo took to the stage to head off a stampede of writers trying to get their hands on the latest device, tweets were still kicking around wondering what had happened: Where the heck was the much-rumored smaller Surface?

Bloomberg published a piece later in the day indicating that Microsoft had worked on the small device, but had reversed on showing it off. Here’s the key paragraph:

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President Stephen Elop decided that the product in development wasn’t different enough from rivals and probably wouldn’t be a hit, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans weren’t public. Engineers had been working on the device and had planned to unveil it as early as today at an event in New York, two of the people said.

Surface has…

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Google Accused Of Denying AdSense Payouts In Fishy Class Action Lawsuit



Last month, an anonymous blogger claiming to be a former employee slammed Google with shaky allegations it canceled AdSense accounts so it wouldn’t have to pay publishers. Despite a strong denial from Google, that claim has been escalated into a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of Free Range Content, a California company that says Google killed its AdSense account in order to withhold payment.

The class action suit claims that Google “unlawfully denies payments to thousands of website owners and operators” and it “seeks damages for all U.S. Google AdSense publishers whose AdSense account was disabled or terminated, and whose last AdSense program payment was withheld permanently by Google.”

But the whole thing smells fishy.

TechCrunch writer Sarah Perez and I concluded the original blog claims were bunk for a slew of reasons laid out below, and Google gave us this statement in April, strongly denying the accusations:

“This description…

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Messaging To The Tune Of A Remix



When you’re speaking to someone who’s created a photo sharing app that has a social component, there’s a certain kind of mutual understanding. This isn’t the first time that this has been done — they’re mostly hoping that the permutation on the formula that they’ve come up with will be one that resonates.

During those conversations, there’s one thing you always wait to hear: the word ‘communicate’. Because if your photo sharing app has a social component, of any sort, it’s not actually a photo sharing app — it’s a messaging app.

Whether the model is one-to-many or one-to-one, once you invite feedback you’re having a dialog. It’s something that a surprising number of photo sharing app creators don’t get right away — if ever. Just because you’re not using text or audio doesn’t mean that you’re not having a conversation.

Studio designer Joe Wilson says that the latest version…

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Dip your feet into some Fondue Slippers




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If you’re tired of lace-up sneakers and boring fluffy house slippers, there’s a new type of footwear that’s sure to shake up the shoe industry. Inspired by 1960s house party cuisine, Fondue Slippers are a thin replica of your foot that combines the satisfaction of not wearing shoes with all the fun of melted cheese. They’re kind of like those barefoot running shoes, just without all the false health benefit claims and they’re coming to you straight from (of course) Japan.

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