Monthly Archives: July 2008

Follow-up: Other People’s Money

Just came across a Seattle Times article talking about how Microsoft is going to produce digital short films for Xbox Live. Buried in the article in a single sentence was the following: “The pilots will also be distributed over MSN and Zune.” So, Microsoft is halfway home by starting to produce content that people might find interesting. Now they should ...

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False Advertising?


I came across an interesting web site the other day that made me wonder if someone shouldn’t start a class action lawsuit against the fast food companies for false advertising. How many times a day are people snookered into going into McDonalds or Taco Bell or Kentucky Fried Chicken by an enticing food picture, only to receive a microwaved, smashed ...

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Other People’s Money


As Google’s share of the search business approaches 70%, Microsoft is left needing a bold move to remain relevant. While Live Search is a good product, Cashback will not save them from the Google monster. Let’s look at the problem that they are trying to solve. Or rather, let’s look at what Microsoft is trying to achieve in the search ...

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Will Big Name Animation Talent Succeed on the Web?


Recently announced was a deal for Google to syndicate a web-only series of content by Seth McFarlane, creator of Family Guy, via its AdSense network. The hope is that the content will be attractive to advertisers as will its syndication to a targeted set of thousands of web sites where Mr. McFarlane’s target audience (typically young men) tend to gather. ...

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Government Opens Up to Innovation


Name one of the leading governments for fostering innovation? If you said the United States, I think you are wrong. While the United States government may dole out a lot of research grants, the United Kingdom tends to take a more active approach in encouraging citizen innovation. Witness this article from the BBC web site about a competition launched by ...

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