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Dan Primack

Primack to co-chair Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech


Fortune managing editor Andy Serwer sent out the following announcement on Tuesday:

I am delighted to announce that Dan Primack will become a co-chair of Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech Conference.

As we all know Dan does an amazing job putting out his award-winning newsletter Term Sheet, breaking stories online, writing columns in the magazine, and hosting his Liquidity Event meet-ups, (which we also plan to expand going forward.) Some highlights: Term Sheet subscribers are up 54% from a year ago, and Dan’s scoops recently have included Justin Bieber investing in a social network, Tim Draper stepping down as a partner at DFJ, management changes at Kleiner Perkins, Warby Parker’s valuation and new fundraises by Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, USV and Accel Partners.

Exclusives include first post-firing interview with Men’s Wearhouse founder George Zimmerman. And more. Now Dan will bring his great knowledge-base and reporting skills to help his co-chairs, Stephanie Mehta, Adam Lashinsky and Jessi Hempel, take Brainstorm Tech to even greater heights.

As you all know, there is fantastic momentum in our conference division, with revenue, attendance and breaking news way up and a number of exciting new programs around the world added to the calendar, including our first-ever Brainstorm Tech Dinner in Las Vegas this winter.

We’re excited to have Dan helping look for even more ways to expand Brainstorm Tech. Please join me in congratulating Dan.


An homage to Om Malik


Kara Swisher, one of the founders of Re/code and a former founder of All Things D, writes about what Om Malik, the founder of GigaOm who stepped away from tech journalism on Thursday, has meant to others.

Swisher writes, “While Om has not been my only touchstone in the critical department of hey-kids-let’s-put-on-a show-that’s-all-ours — hello, Walt! — there is no question that his launch of Gigaom back then was one of the major watershed moments of my career.

“I remember sitting in my office at the Wall Street Journal and thinking: Wait. What?

“Having long been on the then-gravy train of working for a large and powerful newspaper — first at the Washington Post and then at the Journal — the kind of work Om was doing without all the claptrap of supposed media power was hard not to be riveted by.

“A sassy tech blog with class and standards and ethics and a big, big, voice? A well-regarded journalist who stepped away from a huge media company — in his case, Time Inc. — to do his own thing? All with the fantastic cigar and the ridonkulous hat and taking his fine reporting and writing and doing it in the forthright way we all knew all along it should be written?

“That is pretty much what made me realize that what Walt Mossberg and I had already been doing with our D: All Things Digital conference — started years earlier — could really be a 365/7/24 thing. It was an idea we had always wanted to launch for years, but never did for a variety of reasons. But seeing Om do it so well made all the difference in finally following through on our belief in 2007 that it was well past time to disrupt media.”

Read more here.

cnbc dot com

CNBC.com seeks technology writer


CNBC.com is looking to hire a technology writer for its San Francisco bureau.

This position will lead CNBC Digital in its coverage of the technology beat.

Responsibilities will include:
· Generating news and enterprise feature stories for the Web site
· Actively contacting sources in the field
· Maintaining on-going relationships with major players, and monitoring the competition
· The staff writer should be competitive in delivering scoops, analysis and smartly conceived trend stories, and will be focused on offering compelling and engaging journalism.
· S/he will comfortably engage with social media as a newsgathering tool and understand what stories our audience is eager to embrace.
· This position will coordinate with the Enterprise desk for ongoing coverage of major news, issues and trends.
· The staff writer will also work closely with TV editorial staff to coordinate coverage. Responsibilities will include field reporting assignments as necessary.

To apply, go here.

Om Malik

Om Malik to step back from GigaOm


Om Malik, the founder of the GigaOm site that covers tech news, writes about reducing his role at the company.

Malik writes, “I have decided that it is time for me to no longer be involved in day-to-day operations. I’m looking forward to a long-needed break after more than 25 years at the daily grind of writing the first draft of history.

“While I will continue to write, it will be at a more measured frequency. I will be at most of our events. (I hope to see you all at Structure Data, March 19th and 20th in New York City.) I am looking forward to co-hosting Roadmap, our experience and design conference, with Katie Fehrenbacher in November 2014 and we will soon announce further details.

“I will remain on the board of directors at Gigaom and will spend all my energies as an assistant to Paul and the rest of our stellar team. I am so proud that what started as a solo WordPress blog seven years ago has blossomed into a modern media company.

“Our editorial operations are in good hands. Tom Krazit, our executive editor, is a man of many talents and has the youthful vigor to help nurture and grow a media entity for a 24-hour life cycle. Krazit, along with my editorial colleagues, including my longtime friends Katie Fehrenbacher and Stacey Higginbotham, are great stewards of what we have all built together. It’s an editorial approach that is built on simple principles: We love technology, we write with passion and we vow to treat our readers’ time and intelligence with respect by giving them the most complete picture of our modern technology world.”

Read more here.


Covering the cybersecurity beat


Nicole Perlroth of The New York Times profiles Brian Krebs, a former Washington Post tech reporter whose Krebs on Security blog is the leader in covering cybersecurity.

Perlroth writes, “Mr. Krebs, 41, tries to write pieces that cannot be found elsewhere. His widely read cybersecurity blog, Krebs on Security, covers a particularly dark corner of the Internet: profit-seeking cybercriminals, many based in Eastern Europe, who make billions off pharmaceutical sales, malware, spam, frauds and heists like the recent ones that Mr. Krebs was first to uncover at Adobe, Target and Neiman Marcus.

“He covers this niche with much the same tenacity of his subjects, earning him their respect and occasional ire.

“Mr. Krebs — a former reporter at The Washington Post who taught himself to read Russian while jogging on his treadmill and who blogs with a 12-gauge shotgun by his side — is so entrenched in the digital underground that he is on a first-name basis with some of Russia’s major cybercriminals. Many call him regularly, leak him documents about their rivals, and try to bribe and threaten him to keep their names and dealings off his blog.

“His clean-cut looks and plain-speaking demeanor seem more appropriate for a real-estate broker than a man who spends most of his waking hours studying the Internet’s underbelly. But few have done more to shed light on the digital underground than Mr. Krebs.”

Read more here.


San Jose paper seeks Apple reporter


The Bay Area News Group, which includes the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times and the Oakland Tribune, is seeking an experienced business reporter to cover Apple, one of our most important beats.

As the hometown paper of Silicon Valley, we cover Apple as both a global phenomenon and a local company, and we need a journalist who can report on the company at both levels.

Apple produces lots of news, of course, and it is a competitive beat, but we also expect the beat reporter to produce strong enterprise on one of the most closely followed companies on the planet.

This is a tremendous opportunity for the right reporter, especially at this time as Apple prepares its landmark campus in Cupertino.

Interested? Send your resume and a half dozen clips to Stephen R. Trousdale, Business Editor, Bay Area News Group, strousdale@bayareanewsgroup.com


Android bests Apple


While it might seem that everyone you know has an iPhone, the rest of the world is using Android. News today that Google’s operating system captured 79 percent of the smartphone market in 2013 wasn’t exactly welcome for Apple.

Here are some of the details from MarketWatch’s Benjamin Pimentel:

Smartphones using Google Inc.’s Android operating system remained No. 1 last year, with 79% of the more than 1 billion devices sold in 2013, up from 69% in the year-earlier period, IDC said. Apple’s iOS was at No. 2 with 15%, which is down from 19% in 2012. Microsoft’s Windows Phone was at No. 3 with 3%, followed by BlackBerry with 2%.

It was the first time that smartphone shipments surpassed 1 billion, although IDC also noted that “the era of double-digit annual growth has only a few years remaining.”

The industry group also highlighted an important trend that could be critical for Apple, the growth of the market for cheaper smartphones.

IDC analyst Ryan Reith said sub-$200 smartphones made up 43% of the total market in 2013, up from 31% in 2012 and 21% in 2011. That segment of the market is expected to reach about 54% in 2017, he added.

“It’s practically all Android,” he told MarketWatch. “The low end of the market is going to continue to grow.”

PCWorld’s story by Martyn Williams led with the shipment numbers and said that growth is likely to continue:

The figure, which represents a new smartphone for roughly one out of every seven people on the planet, is all the more impressive when it’s compared to the year before. In 2012, total shipments were 725 million phones, so last year saw an additional 275 million smartphones sold—a jump of 39 percent over 2012.

“I think there is still some energy to be had,” said Ramon Llamas, one of the IDC analysts who worked on the report. “Last year we saw pretty similar growth. It bodes well for the market.”

IDC estimated that 79 percent of smartphones shipped in 2013—just under four out of every five—were running Android.

In the global market, second-ranked Apple iOS isn’t even close. Apple devices accounted for just over 15 percent of shipments at 153 million, an increase of 13 percent on the previous year.

However, the Apple number compared to Android isn’t perhaps as bad as it seems. The company managed that market share from a handful of phones that are generally the most expensive on sale in any market.

Even Nokia, which is being acquired by Microsoft, is getting into the Android game, according to a Bloomberg story by Adam Ewing:

Nokia Oyj (NOK1V), whose mobile-phone business is set to become part of Microsoft (MSFT) Corp., plans to introduce handsets that run on the Android operating system made by the software maker’s rival Google (GOOG) Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

The Finnish manufacturer is preparing to present more than one lower-end Android smartphones this month to tap into growth in countries such as India, said one of the people, asking not to be named because the devices haven’t been made public. The phones, which will have access to a Nokia application store rather than that of Google’s, are set to be announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which starts Feb. 24.

Nokia has struggled to win back users from Android devices and Apple Inc.’s iPhone with its Lumia smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows software. Cheaper Android devices from manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) have gained customers at Nokia’s expense in regions such as Asia.

Doug Dawson, a spokesman for Espoo, Finland-based Nokia, declined to comment on the company’s Android plan.

The move means Microsoft is set to own a business that makes phones using software from one of its fiercest competitors. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, is aiming to complete its purchase of Nokia’s handset unit this quarter.

But as Tom Warren points out in a story for The Verge, this might not be so shocking since Microsoft may be considering allowing Android apps on Windows phones:

Of Microsoft’s many challenges in mobile, none loom larger than the app deficit: it only takes a popular new title like Flappy Bird to highlight what the company is missing out on. Windows 8 apps are also few and far between, and Microsoft is stuck in a position where it’s struggling to generate developer interest in its latest style of apps across phones and tablets. Some argue Microsoft should dump Windows Phone and create its own “forked” version of Android — not unlike what Amazon has done with its Kindle Fire tablets — while others claim that’s an unreasonably difficult task. With a new, mobile- and cloud-focused CEO in placeNokia’s decision to build an Android phone, and rumors of Android apps coming to Windows, could we finally see Microsoft experimenting with Google’s forbidden fruit?

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company is seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone. While planning is ongoing and it’s still early, we’re told that some inside Microsoft favor the idea of simply enabling Android apps inside its Windows and Windows Phone Stores, while others believe it could lead to the death of the Windows platform altogether. The mixed (and strong) feelings internally highlight that Microsoft will need to be careful with any radical move.

What’s clear from all of this is that Android is the true king of the smartphone market, something app developers need to continue to pay attention to as they make new games and ways to make life a little easier. It’s also something for large, multi-national firms to consider as they develop and work on their apps. As more people enter the content game, those who have the best means of deliver will win the battle for people’s attention.


Bloomberg seeks tech reporter in Tokyo


Bloomberg News seeks a technology reporter in its Tokyo bureau to cover the technology industry.

Knowledge and understanding of technology, media and telecommunications companies is essential. Business reporting at a major newspaper or wire service is preferred.

The successful applicant will be required to break news, handle daily coverage and write enterprise pieces, including trend stories and profiles of the industry’s biggest newsmakers.

Candidates should have the ability to work under real-time deadline pressure while maintaining attention to detail and accuracy. They should also have superior reporting and writing skills.

- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- Journalism qualification is preferred
- Experience in reporting or writing business news is preferred
- Knowledge of the economy, financial markets, business and technology is desirable
- Experience working in a real-time news environment is preferred
- Proficiency in English and Japanese is a plus.

Alistair Barr

WSJ hires Barr from USA Today to cover Google


Wall Street Journal technology editor Jonathan Krim sent out the following staff announcement on Monday afternoon:

As all of us know, Google is a rather large establishment. In recent months, it has gotten even bigger, with broader ambitions and forays into areas well beyond its core business. The sheer scope and size of this company is such that no individual reporter can be expected to be on top of it all. And so we are adding a second reporter to the beat, to work side by side with Rolfe Winkler on this critical mission.

I’m delighted to announce that Alistair Barr, a seasoned tech reporter with a penchant for scoops, will be joining us next month. Alistair currently is senior tech reporter for USA Today, and before that covered e-commerce at Reuters. Originally from Great Britain, Alistair began his reporting on the finance side, working for Kiplinger’s, Bloomberg in London and then Marketwatch for several years before joining Reuters.

In his spare time, Alistair likes to grow vegetables and ski, presumably not at the same time.

We look forward to the formidable WinklerBarr partnership doing great things on this amazing beat.

Barr had joined USA Today in August.

Venture Beat

VentureBeat names new ME, hires new staffers


Tech news site VentureBeat announced several new appointments among its editorial staff, including a new managing editor.

These appointments come on the heels of a record year for the outlet, which saw a 48 percent increase in audience reach.

“I’m really psyched to see what this team comes up with in 2014,” Dylan Tweney, editor-in-chief of VentureBeat, in an email. “Reilly scored a nice scoop with his very first story — about how the NYPD is beta-testing Google Glass. Harrison has only been here a day and a half and he’s already published six stories. Jolie and Devindra have shown great leadership over the past few years. And the edit team is fired up. It’s exciting to work with journalists this passionate and committed!”

The promotions and new hires are:

  • Jolie O’Dell, managing editor: O’Dell joined VentureBeat in 2011. Previously, she was at Mashable and ReadWrite. O’Dell has authored four books, including two books on consumer technologies, and is an active and passionate speaker at technology conferences such as DEMO, Intel’s AppUp, Node Summit, and VentureBeat’s many conferences.
  • Harrison Weber, news editor (New York desk): Weber is a journalist based in New York City. A former Editor for The Next Web, he most recently helped launch FullStart, an education-focused publication powered by 100+ contributing entrepreneurs. Weber has been profiled by Forbes, Business Insider and Pando Daily.
  • Devindra Hardawar, senior editor: Hardawar started VentureBeat’s New York bureau in 2010. As Senior Editor, he is focusing his expertise on mobile hardware and software. Hardawar is a regular guest on NPR, and has appeared as an expert source on CNBC.
  • Christina Farr, investigative reporter: Since 2012, Farr has broken some of VentureBeat’s biggest stories. Among them, an exclusive first look at the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which landed VentureBeat on the TODAY Show, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, BBC,  USA Today, The Guardian and countless other outlets around the world. Prior to VentureBeat, Farr was a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, The Next Web and Digital Trends. She has also appeared on CNBC, ABC and Fox News.
  • Richard Byrne Reilly, reporter: Reilly joins the San Francisco desk of VentureBeat to cover Apple, Facebook, Twitter and other leading technology companies. His work has appeared in New York magazine, FoxNews.com, the New York Post, Red Herring, the San Francisco Examiner, the Pittsburgh Tribune, and many other publications.

Other recent appointments include reporters Jordan Novet (eg-GigaOm) and Eric Blattberg (ex-Crowdfunding.org), who joined the team in late 2013. Together, Novet and Blattburg fill out VentureBeat’s coverage of enterprise cloud and big data technologies.