John Paczkowski

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Hi. I'm a Big Mac and I'm a Vente Soy Latte

How neatly Microsoft’s latest Zune promotion encapsulates the differences between its also-ran digital media player and Apple’s iPod. As promised, Microsoft today uncrated its next-generation Zune. Along with it, the company rolled out a Zune 3.0 firmware update that enables the device to download songs directly from the Zune Marketplace over Wi-Fi. And in homage to Apple’s iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store at Starbucks (SBUX), Microsoft announced a similar partnership.

With McDonald’s (MCD). (Did somebody say McDonald’s?)

Under the terms of the company’s deal with the fast-food chain, Zune owners will be given free Wi-Fi access in any of the restaurant’s locations that support it. So, Apple (AAPL) inks an exclusive partnership with an “upmarket” coffee retailer. Microsoft (MSFT) strikes deal with the Golden Arches.

Five bucks and a pound of StumpTown’s Hair Bender says the next episode in Microsoft’s new “Simple Life” ad campaign features Chairman Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld sharing Zune-to-Zune Squirts over Big Macs. …


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald