John Paczkowski

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Google Deep-Sixes Wave

So much for that “20 percent time” idea.

Google has decided to discontinue development of Google Wave, its new online collaboration tool. Why? Says Google, “It has not seen the user adoption we would have liked.”

“We will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects,” the company said in its blog post. “The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began.”

Wave’s low adoption rate isn’t surprising; in fact, you could argue the product was always a non-starter. Overhyped and overcomplex, Wave was not so much “a “modern version of email” as it was a chaos of real-time communication, sucking IMs, status updates, messages and media into a brutal digital shore dump that wasn’t really sequentially readable.

And in the end it didn’t redefine messaging or real-time collaboration, though it did do some wonderful things for “Pulp Fiction”…

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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik