MG Siegler reviews the Surface.

Holy shit.

I know many view him as a “paid by Apple” blogger, which he isn’t, but this really does paint a bleak picture for Microsoft’s efforts.

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MG Siegler buys a Surface.

Interesting write-up,

but this doesn’t sound too good:

Just from a few minutes of demos, the software seemed fairly buggy. The built-in social app kept hanging. Maps were very slow. People would remove the Touch Cover and rotate the screen but the software didn’t respond, so they would make an even bigger rotation gesture. This was obviously not an ideal demo experience.

@parislemon on Apple’s vs. Amazon’s last quarter.

MG Siegler:

…$7 million. Amazon made $7 million dollars last quarter on sales of $12.83 billion. That’s insane. Let’s pretend the sales were $12.837 billion. Amazon kept the 7, everything else vanished.

and

…Apple’s “disappointing” quarter included $8.8 billion in profit. Or maybe I should write it this way: $8.800 billion — if that last zero was a seven and you removed everything before it, that would be Amazon’s profit.

Think about that for a second. Which one is the stock you would rather own?

6 months…

MG Siegler for TechCrunch on Eric Schmidt’s predictions from six months ago:

…it’s unbelievable because it’s perhaps the most epic fail in the history of epic fails. Google’s “core objective as a company” was to get hardware vendors onto Ice Cream Sandwich (aka Android 4.0), and as of June 1 — seven months after the launch of the OS — 7.1 percent of Android phones are actually on it. Seven. Point. One. Percent.

Recommended reading.

@parislemon: Apple to drop Google Maps in iOS 6.

MG Siegler, writing for TechCrunch, pretty much confirms what has been floating around for the past few months:

Apple will drop Google Maps in iOS 6.

This is huge.

For Google Maps, winter is coming. Potentially.

As you’ve undoubtedly seen by now, with the upcoming iOS 6 software, Apple intends to replace the Google Maps aspect of their default Maps application with their own, in-house version. Mark Gurman of 9to5 Mac was the first to report this news, and dives into more of the detail behind it, including the 3D aspect. John Paczkowski of AllThingsD confirmed the change. And after talking to my own source, I can beat the dead horse in confirming the switch.

Nice Game of Thrones reference. Be sure to click the source above: Some more goodies are revealed.

MG Siegler (@parislemon) thinks there’s no tech bubble…

MG Siegler, commenting on a piece by Chris Dixon:

Every few months, a big story comes out proclaiming that we’re in another bubble. It reminds me of the “downfall of Apple” nonsense — everyone wants to be the first to correctly “call” what is inevitable (that Apple will fall at some point, as all companies do — and that the tech scene will be hit by hard times again, as all scenes are).

…we often get no facts in these bubble stories, just a bunch of vague fear mongering. The same kind we got a year and a half ago. And a year before that. And a year before that. Etc.

Much respect for his writing usually, but I strongly disagree with this.

We are in a tech bubble. Show me any company in this industry, ANY at all, besides Apple, possibly Google, and Microsoft, that has a sustainable business model and is not bleeding money.

Here’s the original post by Chris Dixon.