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Nobody expects the Zuckerberg acquisition…

Ed note: Wrote this post earlier in the week, before the news broke about Facebook’s purchase of Whatsapp for…  

Game over, man. Game. Frickin’. Over.
If you don’t get it, you’re just too young to read this blog.

Did you think the Google purchase of Waze for $966 million was a major purchase?  Or Yahoo taking a tumble for Tumblr at just over $1 billion?  These were just some of the high-profile acquisitions that took place during 2013:

“When one tech giant gobbles up another major player, like in the (ed. note: $7.2 billion) Microsoft and Nokia deal, the whole world talks about it. However, most of us are not aware that these media empires actually purchase companies by the dozen each year. Most of the time, the purchase price is not disclosed, but it is safe to say that it usually amounts to tens of millions of dollars.” (emphasis mine)

Only “tens of millions” of dollars?  I hope that these startups hold out until they get all the extras, including… Anyway – there’s a decent  infographic showing the leaderboard for 2013 available below:

acquisitions_infographics-01

Why I don’t roll (or blog) on Shabbos

Shabbos (or Shabbat, in modern Hebrew) is the Jewish Sabbath, which starts from Friday right before sundown, and carries through until about an hour after nightfall on Saturday evening.  During this time, traditional Jews refrain from certain activities classified as “labor” – in other words, it is a “day of rest”.  No iPhones, no laptop, no Twitter (unless you set it up to run in advance, which could be the subject of a whole other post).

So yes, I am, like Mr. Sobchak,  “shomer Shabbos” – and while there are 39 different types of work that are technically forbidden, I’ll let this mug tie it all together with Walter’s top 3:

Shomer Shabbos V2 Large Mug

Building a better browsing experience with Wibki

Wibki makes your favorite sites accessible anywhere, from any device you use.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the Web, once stated that “you affect the world by what you browse.”   Roy Pessis at Wibki has taken that maxim to heart, and is passionately advocating a new approach to web browsing that gives users better access to more sources of content:

“The browser experience is deliberately forcing us into searching everything. These browsers make most of their profit by keeping this experience alive. So, who cares? The ones who care are the millions of startups, businesses and content providers out there, trying to get the world’s attention.”

“Apple, Google & Microsoft built amazing app stores for mobile and desktop. They made it as simple as possible for their users to access these products. However, on the Web, they don’t have control over what we are doing. So they provide us with a lousy experience. Forcing the user to only a handful of websites that he can remember by heart.”

With that in mind, Pessis developed Wibki to bring the clear visual experience we see on our mobile and tablet devices to our desktop browser, in a way that really gives the user a single location where they can find their favorite bookmarked sites in an easy, accessible format. Wibki also allows a user to easily access their information from any browser or device, anywhere in the world – since it stores their information in the cloud, while maintaining security and privacy.  To hear it from Pessis himself:

Obviously, privacy is a major issue within Wibki. Many of us use the web for things that we won’t be glad to share with the entire world. Therefore, we enabled an Incognito mode within Wibki that allows you to remove tracking from all or specific groups in your profile. You can maintain your privacy while still sharing the sites that you love with the world around you.

Our aim is to create a better, more engaging browsing experience. We are starting this ambitious goal today with the launch of Wibki. The days of type-and-search are over. We would be honored if you give it a try.

Wibki is still at an early stage of development and we appreciate hearing your feedback. We sincerely believe Wibki will replace browsing as we know it – help us shape the future of the web.