Note how carefully this event is being orchestrated. Apple has carefully lined up a series of white porcelain plates at the far end of a shooting gallery. Each one is labeled with a known percentage of the marketplace that ‘can’t’ buy an iPhone for specific technical reasons. Annnd … plink! plink! plink! … they’re knocking them all down.”

Apple observer Andy Ihnatko offers a concise summary of today’s Apple event.

National Day of Mourning Declared for BlackBerry

What we saw today was the spark. The explosion will continue for 20 years. We will all feel the warmth. What we saw today was the beginning of two decades of mobile domination by Apple. What Microsoft and Windows was to the desktop, Apple and Touch will be to mobile.” —Jason Fried, 37 Signals At […]


What, No Oracle Database 11g for iPhone?

We’re telling IT executives to not support it because Apple has no intentions of supporting (iPhone use in) the enterprise. This is basically a cellular iPod with some other capabilities and it’s important that it be recognized as such.” —Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney, July 2, 2007 Today’s an important one for Apple (AAPL). The company […]

A Billion Here, a Billion There and Pretty Soon It Adds Up to Real Money

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates may be wealthier than you or I, but he’s not wealthier than Warren Buffett. The Berkshire Hathaway boss has overtaken Gates as the world’s wealthiest man. According to Forbes, Buffett is worth $62 billion. Gates is worth just $58 billion, which puts him in third place on the publication’s billionaires list […]

OK, 100% Cash and I'll Throw in This Office Chair–but That's My Final Offer

Prior to joining Google, I set up a meeting on or about Nov. 11, 2004, with Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer to discuss my planned departure. … At some point in the conversation, Mr. Ballmer said: ‘Just tell me it’s not Google.’ I told him it was Google. At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a […]

Pick BoomTown's Newest Digital Obsession!

So, as readers of this blog know by now, I can get a little obsessed with certain digital companies or topics, sort of like a geek version of “Kolchak: The Night Stalker.” Except, the werewolves BoomTown has been trying futilely to kill come in the form of juvenile widgets! Over the last year, of course, I have been majoring in the foibles of Facebook and the tribulations of Yahoo, with a minor in studies of Internet video and online content creation in Hollywood.

Yahoo's Slow-Burning Ring of Fire

Yesterday, a source close to Microsoft (MSFT) called me and expressed increasing exasperation after Yahoo (YHOO) used a clever corporate tactic to delay a fast-approaching deadline for nominating new board members, extending it to an unspecified date in the future. Most observers considered the move just a way of staving off the inevitable–that being a […]

PG&E: The "E" Stands for Excre … Never Mind.

The future of renewable energy is anaerobic manure digestion? That statement sounds like a bunch of BS (sorry, had to), but according to utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PCG) and BioEnergy Solutions, it’s anything but. Soon California will be lighting and heating its homes with power derived from cow dung. Yesterday PG&E and BioEnergy Solutions […]

CNet's Dan Farber Speaks!

In a new BoomTown occasional feature that I am calling “Meet the Geeky Press,” here’s a video interview I did with Dan Farber, who was just appointed new editor-in-chief of CNet’s News.com, while I was at the Graphing Social Patterns West conference in San Diego earlier this week. Farber, a longtime tech reporter and columnist, […]