Andrew Nusca

Former editor

Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. He is also the former editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation. He writes about business, technology and design now but used to cover finance, fashion and culture. He was an intern at Money, Men's Vogue, Popular Mechanics and the New York Daily News. He is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University. He also happens to be a reformed rock drummer who digs food, cities, words and neckties. He is based in New York.

Andrew Nusca does not hold any investments in the companies he covers.

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Imitate Google, or risk getting buried?

Imitate Google, or risk getting buried?

"Google is an avalanche and it has only just begun to tumble down the mountain," according to Jeff Jarvis, new media talking head, Buzzmachine blogger, and recent author of "What Would Google Do?" -- a tech-infused, Machiavellian book that advises you, your company and your industry to study and mimic the online juggernaut, or risk getting buried.

January 27, 2009 by in Tech & Work

60% of Americans would give up alcohol for their mobile phones

60% of Americans would give up alcohol for their mobile phones

In a survey indicative of how users interact with their electronic devices, one in three Americans said they would give up television to keep their mobile phone, and a full 60 percent said they would give up alcohol for a week instead.According to the results of a new survey by Best Buy Mobile -- which polled 1,000 Americans over the age of 18 -- 47 percent of Americans who don't already own a smartphone say they are too confused to differentiate smartphones from regular cell phones.

July 1, 2009 by in Tech & Work

AOL lays off 700 due to ad meltdown

AOL lays off 700 due to ad meltdown

AOL, a unit of Time Warner, is laying off 700 employees, in part due to a falloff in advertising revenue thanks to a weak economy, as well as recent structural changes intended to "refocus" the online behemoth, according to AllThingsDigital's Kara Swisher.AOL CEO Randy Falco sent a memo this afternoon to AOL staff about the layoffs and other cost cuts being made.

January 28, 2009 by in Tech & Work

WSJ: Jobs had liver transplant two months ago

WSJ: Jobs had liver transplant two months ago

A new Wall Street Journal report has just surfaced on the paper's website stating that Apple CEO Steve Jobs received a liver transplant in Tennessee "about two months ago." He has been on leave since January for "an undisclosed medical condition" and been rumored to return soon.

June 19, 2009 by in Tech & Work

Are gamers doping during tournaments?

Are gamers doping during tournaments?

It's not typical Toybox fare, but it made me wonder just what kind of "toys" people are keeping in their toyboxes these days.A fascinating recent Gameplayer interview chronicles some tokin' and smokin' at the World Cyber Games in Germany, with the Tournament Director's full knowledge:"I've seen a number of players at national tournaments who came in "baked" (that's stoned for the uninformed) purely so they could play better," [Tournament Director Alex Walker] said.

August 28, 2008 by in Tech & Work