The Pie-In-The-Cloud Edition Thursday, October 6, 2016

Apple Is Said To Plan Improved Cloud Services By Unifying Teams, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple cloud services teams run by executive Eddy Cue, including Siri, Maps, iCloud, Apple Pay, Apple News and parts of iTunes and Apple Music, will move together into the company’s existing Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California, the people said. Currently, most Apple services are developed separately from each other in office parks rented out in other parts of Cupertino and Sunnyvale, California. [...]

Apple is also reorganizing its cloud computing resources to bolster its services business. The company is moving its infrastructure -- things like software to process Siri queries and Apple Music downloads -- onto a single, Apple-made system, according to people familiar with the matter. Code-named Pie, the platform gives Apple more control and may speed up load times.

Apple Creates 'Orchard' Program To Find Upcoming Marketing Talent, by Husain Sumra, MacRumors

Participants of the Orchard will also go through a set curriculum, receive mentoring from Apple employees and work on Apple projects. Enrichment opportunities and sessions with leaders of Apple departments outside of marketing will also be available.

Yes, The iPhone 7 Lenses Really Are Sapphire, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

So why is it scratching?

It's not. The lower hardness tools aren't scratching the lens. They're fracturing it.

Apple Inexplicably Terminates Developer Account For Popular Developer App Dash, Apps Removed From App Store, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

For unknown reasons, the developer account associated withpopular developer app Dash, a utility tool providing offline API documentation, has been terminated by Apple. Consequently, both Dash apps for iOS and macOS have been pulled from the respective App Stores, crippling the developer’s business model in an instant without any explanation. The iOS app cannot be sold outside of the App Store, but the Mac version is now only available through the developer’s site.


The Best iOS Email App Just Came To The iPad And It’s Wonderful, by Jeff Weisbein, BestTechie

It automatically scans your emails for purchases, receipts, attachments, calendar dates, and more and then will automatically put those emails into separate, appropriately-labeled folders (e.g. Subscriptions, Travel, Packages, Bills & Receipts, Entertainment, etc).


MailChimp And The Un-Silicon Valley Way To Make It As A Start-Up, by Farhad Manjoo, New York Times

In fact, it’s possible to create a huge tech company without taking venture capital, and without spending far beyond your means. It’s possible, in other words, to start a tech company that runs more like a normal business than a debt-fueled rocket ship careening out of control. Believe it or not, start-ups don’t even have to be headquartered in San Francisco or Silicon Valley.

There is perhaps no better example of this other way than MailChimp, a 16-year-old Atlanta-based company that makes marketing software for small businesses. If you’ve heard of MailChimp, it’s either because you are one of its 12 million customers or because you were hooked on “Serial,” the blockbuster true-crime podcast that MailChimp sponsored.

The Rise And Fall Of The 1-900 Number, by Shaun Raviv, Priceonomics

The 900 industry offered much of what the Internet later would. But instead of offering it for free alongside poorly-performing ads, 900 numbers supported content creators. A typical call cost $1.99 for the first minute, and 99 cents for each additional minute. The average call length was three and a half minutes. That brought the total to about $5 per call, split among the carriers, the service bureau (like ATS), and the owner of the number. In 1989, the DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince rap hotline earned the stars at least six figures of income.

The business was so booming that two books on making money off 900 numbers—including Bentz’s—sold nearly 50,000 copies between them. Industry billing grew from an estimated $60 million in 1988 to almost a billion dollars in 1991.