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Why AT&T Should be Encouraged to Purchase Time Warner

October 27, 2016

At first glance, allowing AT&T, a large, powerful telephone company to purchase the invaluable media assets of Time Warner makes one wonder if the resulting organization will be too rich and powerful. The answer is, if executed properly - hopefully better than AOL's attempt, it will be a whopper of an organization which has a limitless list of valued assets such as CNN, Warner Brothers, DC Comics, HBO and TNT.

Keep in mind, AT&T has multiple modes of distribution from wireless to wired and satellite. So really, even at second glance, it would seem we are putting together an organization with so much market power, competitive companies will be slaughtered.

Regulators will likely force AT&T to divest some assets or agree to some stipulations which keep the market from being excessively harmed - but let's discuss what the new AT&T could do in a worst-case unconditional buyout scenario.

You can already stream unlimited DirectTV on the AT&T Wireless network at no additional cost, giving the carrier an advantage over other wireless carriers.

Elizabeth Warren says Apple, Amazon and Google are Acting like Monopolies

June 30, 2016

The Senator from Mass is now a Champion of Small Business

If you thought Elizabeth Warren was the most anti-business Senator you have ever seen, you are likely right. Her “You didn’t build that” rant which berated entrepreneurs for thinking they actually deserve to benefit from their success really cemented her image.

Lo and behold, she has evolved into going after Apple, Amazon and Google for blocking competition from other companies.

Aricent: How to be Digitally Durable

June 20, 2016

"APIs are now a business model!"
"A company that has more APIs has more value."

If every industry is being digitally disrupted (it is) then the question companies need to ask is how to remain digitally durable. If you want insight into how to fight off the next wave of innovation before it makes you obsolete, a great place to start is talking to Frank Kern, the CEO of Aricent, the company responsible for helping other companies be disruptive.

If you don't know them, Aricent has a few different practices from security and IoT/embedded to cloud and software defined everything. I last interviewed Frank in 2015 where he shared with us his vision for the future of technology.

Microsoft's LinkedIn Acquisition is API Integration on Steroids

June 18, 2016

Redmond just turned ecosystem lemons into lemonade

Microsoft has been uniquely positioned in the IT space for decades meaning it’s a massive target for the whole industry. In fact, the company is now in a similar position to Novell in the 1990s when it owned the corporate network server space. Redmond used its dominant position in supplying endpoint software to also sell server operating systems and wiped out Novell.

Twitter and Yahoo to Merge?

June 3, 2016

All About the API: The One Developer Event You Need

May 19, 2016

OK, I am going to start off by taking back the headline of this post... There isn't one of anything you need. If you have a sports car, you likely also need an SUV so your kids cramped in the backseat don't end up with deformed legs. If you have an iPhone, you likely also want an Android or Microsoft tablet because there are just some things iOS doesn't do very well.

So let's see if we can rephrase, shall we?

A Million Dark Web Facebook Users Value Privacy, Security and Safety

April 25, 2016

Each month, over one million people access Facebook over the dark web via Tor. So why does Facebook offer such a site and why would people even want to use it? The company says the primary drivers of this growth are privacy, security and safety.

According to Alec Muffet of Facebook:

This is why in the last two years we built the Facebook onion site and onion-mobile site, helped standardise the “.onion” domain name, and implemented Tor connectivity for our Android mobile app by enabling connections through Orbot.

He continued:

Over this period the number of people who access Facebook over Tor has increased.

Top 10 Mobile World Congress Trends #MWC16

February 29, 2016

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind event for the telecom market known as Mobile World Congress and I’m still amazed by the amount of optimism I’ve just witnessed. It would not be an exaggeration to say this level of excitement about the future of telecom hasn’t been seen since 1998. Although it has great food, the city of Barcelona has a pretty poor economy.

New Award Helps Attract Tech Workers in a Competitive Market

February 1, 2016

Developers in Silicon Valley last a surprisingly short nine months 

It’s becoming clear that programmers are in short supply and demand is increasing rapidly, leaving small and medium companies struggling to compete in a space where giants rule. In order to be successful, an organization must differentiate their tech culture from others. “We allow pets.” “We have superior daycare.” “We offer flexible work hours.” These are just some of the basic benefits being offered to accommodate today's workforce 

There are many reasons for increased tech worker demand. As Om Malik points, out, in Silicon Valley, all sorts of monopolies have sprung up, meaning virtually unlimited resources at Google, Amazon, Facebook and others.

App Designed by 14-Year-Old Girl Could Help Fuel Diversity in Tech

August 12, 2015

A huge talking point in the media is how to get more girls interested in technology as a career.

Just this month, in fact, President Obama made a push to get more diversity in tech, Intel touted its diversity numbers and Tesla promoted  its female engineers on Twitter with the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer. 

We build cars #ILookLikeAnEngineer

— Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) August 12, 2015

The explosion in smartphone and app use, is a universal phenomenon - everyone has been exposed to the wonders of tech. Still, there are far more boys than girls entering the fields of science and technology.

This is why I hope 14 year-old Naomi Benenson's new social-wishing app wish2wish becomes a smash hit. 

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