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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The Napkin PC and Other Innovative Ideas

I came across the web site for a Microsoft-sponsored alternative computing form factor contest the other day, and I must say there were a few interesting ideas that might help people begin to see the future of computing. The most interesting concept was coincidentally the winner of the contest, the Napkin PC. If you follow the link above you’ll see ...

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Battle for Mobile Dominance Escalates

Lest anyone thought that Apple and Google’s latest assaults on Nokia’s dominance in the mobile space would go unchallenged, news came out today that Nokia is acquiring the rest of Symbian that it did not already own. This would be interesting news by itself, but Nokia, recognizing that its future as a handset manufacturer is at risk ratcheted up the ...

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iPhone Pro Update

For those skeptics out there who doubt that Apple will launch an iPhone Pro sometime between October 2008 and January 2009 at Macworld, check out this BusinessWeek article. The synopsis is that the iPhone 3G is $53/unit cheaper to manufacture than the original iPhone according to analysts. This puts the cost to produce the iPhone 3G at $173 versus $226 ...

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The Second Coming of the iPhone

To commemorate the launch of the second version of Apple’s iPhone, I’d like to revisit my original iPhone article from one year ago. In that article I theorized why the iPhone would not succeed, at least not in its first incarnation, and why it would not be until its third version that it would be a runaway success. So, one ...

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