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Archives: April 2005

REALLY Local Content

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 29, Categories: Social Media

While doing my morning runs at my local park, I find all kinds of stuff people have left behind--soccer balls, toy trucks, even car keys. And I got to thinking:...

An Innovation Factory Looks to India

Posted by: Steve Hamm on April 29, Categories: Asia

Satyam Cherukuri left India and came to America more than 20 years ago to seek a graduate degree. Now the CEO of Sarnoff Corp. is retracing his steps. Not content...

Spag, or Tagvertising?

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 27, Categories: Social Media

Missed this earlier, but Steve Rubel has an interesting post from a couple weeks back on how tagging might spawn a new advertising market. At the least, he offers some...

Bye Bye, Classifieds

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 27, Categories: Transitions

This should be scary for newspapers, if they aren't scared already. McKinsey consultants Luis Ubinas and Jochen Heck warn (free registration required) that newspapers could lose $4 billion, or 20%...

Apple pulls book, and gives it a publicity boost

Posted by: Stephen Baker on April 27, Categories:

There goes Apple again. It looks like the company is trying to clamp down on information in the age of blogs. The latest chapter: reportedly pulling titles of John Wiley...

Wind up my Cell Phone, Please!

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 25, Categories:

We’ve all rewound toy chickens and mice when we were kids, which makes it a bit challenging to think of winding up as high-tech. Yet, one British company believes that...

The Truth about Linux and Windows

Posted by: Steve Hamm on April 22, Categories: open source software

I've got a bone to pick with the never-ending stream of studies by tech research outfits comparing Linux to Windows. For starters, it seems like about half of them are...

The Essential Mistake of Record Companies

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 22, Categories: Digital Music

Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams, on an AlwaysOn panel yesterday, neatly summed up the basic stupidity of the music industry's refusal to come up with a workable digital music strategy: "Their...

Overcoming Blog Overload

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 22, Categories: Social Media

Now that I'm fully plugged into an embarrassing number of blogs, I've hit blog overload. I fear I soon will have to give up little extras like eating and sleeping...

Hostway survey on blogging shows generation gap

Posted by: Stephen Baker on April 20, Categories:

Closing stories today, so not much time for a leisurely link-filled post. But take a look at the latest survey on blogging by Hostway, a Web hosting provider. One interesting...

Mobile Marketing's Use To Skyrocket

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 19, Categories:

We've heard about the advent of mobile marketing (yawn) for years. And yeah, teens could long use short text messaging (SMS) to vote for contestants on 'American Idol'. A few...

Sam of Arabia

Posted by: Steve Hamm on April 15, Categories:

It seems like telematics is about to really take off. First came GM's January January announcement that it will include OnStar as standard equipment in most North American vehicles by...

Meetup's Challenge

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 14, Categories: Social Media

Following BusinessWeek's story on the meeting site Meetup's plans to start charging group organizers to use the site, clearly a lot of members are unhappy. I've seen this happen with...

Singing songs for video games

Posted by: Stephen Baker on April 14, Categories:

Just heard the word from Activision, the game company, that popular bands, including Taking Back Sunday, have created four new songs for a new video game, Fantastic Four Super Heroes....

Rise of New Payment Models for Search Advertising

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 12, Categories:

Search sites' pay-per-click search advertising model has just been called out. For years, advertisers have had to pony up a fee -- sometimes more than $20 - to sites like...

Getting a Grip on Open Source Software Proliferation

Posted by: Steve Hamm on April 08, Categories:

As open source software penetrates ever deeper in to corporate America, a potential crisis looms. There are all sorts of licenses and therefore all sorts of rules for how different...

Friendster, Say It Ain't So

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 08, Categories: Social Media

If this is the future of blogs, count me out. Fortunately, it's not. But when are marketing types going to figure out that fake blogs are no blogs at all?...

All the News You Can Trust

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 07, Categories: Social Media

Got an interesting survey recently from The online activist group is considering whether to set up an online news service that's filtered by both journalists and "citizen reviewers" for...

Monster and the future of blogs

Posted by: Stephen Baker on April 06, Categories:

Imagine a world of search in which every item that's posted to the Web is immediately scanned and dispatched to people who have expressed an interest in it. This is...

What's the World's Best Job? Interim CEO at HP

Posted by: Peter Burrows on April 05, Categories:

Not long ago, Hewlett-Packard had a rep for being the egalitarian old fuddy-duddy of corporate compensation--devoid of the Hollywood-like pay packages granted to corporate stars at other outfits. Well, it...

Postage Stamp-sized Phone? Maybe

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 05, Categories:

In two years, our cell phones could, theoretically, slim down to reach the size of a stamp. By 2007, Motorola's semiconductor spin-off, Freescale, plans to create a postage stamp-sized package...

Cookie Alternative: Not Too Tasty?

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 04, Categories: Privacy

A surprising number of people don't like cookies. I mean those small files that get attached to your browser as you visit Web sites. Cookies let sites recognize you the...

A farewell to PeopleSoft Culture

Posted by: Steve Hamm on April 04, Categories:

During the go-go 1990s, software maker PeopleSoft gained a reputation for having one of the best corporate cultures in the land. That was thanks to founder and then-ceo Dave Duffield--who...

A little Moxi goes a long way

Posted by: Steve Hamm on April 01, Categories:

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen doesn't get much respect these days, but one of the companies in his "Wired World" could soon stir up the cable TV biz. It's Digeo, the...


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