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Analysis of FT and NYT Paywall Success

For newspapers looking to offset falling advertising revenues via increased paid subscriptions one solution is to raise prices of the printed versions of your product in order to gently nudge loyal readers online. A great analysis of how two newspapers...

Google Keynote at ITEXPO Feb 1st, 2012 in Miami

I am really thrilled to let my readers know that  Rick Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel at Google will be the keynote presenter at Super WiFi Summit which is a collocated event at ITEXPO. ITEXPO kicks off this January...

Quad-Core Galaxy S III Rumored to be at MWC

It isn't like quad-core smartphones are unexpected but it is still amazing that the power of four processors can be sandwiched between thin pieces of glass - communicating over 4G networks and doing what a supercomputer of just over a...

Ultrabooks, Kindle Fires and the New World Apple Must Compete in

I have had many friends and relatives share their gadget purchase decisions with me these past weeks and none of them were Apple products. Most were Kindle and one Nook. Based on my informal questioning it seems the only...

Google Holiday Promo For Your New Gadgets

Google is holding back nothing in its desire to promote all its top products and services this holiday season. Sure they have massive amount of advertising space they can utilize on their search and AdSense ad network but they also...

Will Companies Be Forced into Google+?

A month or so ago, Google started to integrate corporate Google+ results into its SERPs or search engine results pages. On the one hand this isn’t such a surprising move as a few days after my Google+ personal page went...

Less Than 2% of Yahoo Users Want to Share on Facebook?

Yahoo introduced news sharing on Facebook three months ago and will now roll out sharing to 26 other parts of its site including its omg entertainment news, television, movies and games. According to the AP few people are opting to...

Microsoft Live 365 Deal With MasterCard Shows Cloud is Mainstream

Microsoft recently inked a deal with MasterCard which entails the company joining Microsoft's Office 365 program. This means MasterCard will provide a 10 percent savings to eligible small business cardholders when they purchase Office 365 through the MasterCard Easy Savings...

With Rypple Acquisition Salesforce on Track to be Cloud-Based Oracle

In the early nineties I was and SQL programmer in a market dominated by companies like Oracle and Informix. At the time these database companies stuck to their core competency. Fast forward a few decades and Oracle sells software in...

Gaga Makes Twitter Sitelink on Google

Google in its effort to help users more easily find what they are looking for added sitelinks this year. Basically when searching for a site you get it as well as many of its popular sublinks. TMC's Juliana Kenny explores...

Google Currents Crashes Newsreader Party

Flipboard calls itself the pocket-sized social magazine and this is an apt description for a social newsreader so popular that this week when it launched an iPhone edition, it was overwhelmed with traffic and crashed. Obviously there is tremendous interest...

Do Apple and Google Need to be Carriers?

Some might argue Apple is so dominant in-part because they are control freaks. Supply chain, software, hardware, OS, CPU, you name it. Ditto for Google - with proprietary cloud-based systems which are hyper-efficient and scalable, their operating system is the...

Apple Screwed Again?

As a disclosure – I am an Apple shareholder and without a doubt understand the magic the brand and its devices have created. Furthermore, I know many Android users who are unhappy and looking to get rid of their smartphones...

I Use Google and You Siri are no Google Killer

I worry more it will kill the public’s interest in speech rec I have been reading with great interest all of the back and forth chatter on the web regarding Apple’s Siri and its merit as a Google killer and...

Apple to Become Mobile Payment Leader this Week?

According to MacRumors, we can expect Apple to soon evolve retail beyond what it’s already done with its leading edge and clean store designs. The next step for Cupertino is allowing customers to make purchases in-store via the company’s free...

iPhone 4S Review with Help from Duran Duran

Two days ago I happened upon a new iPhone 4S as a replacement for my current 4 model. On the same day, I had an opportunity to go to Madison Square Garden and watch a Duran Duran concert where I...

Occupy Protestors get "Arrested" App. "Irony" App Needed

It is difficult to know what the “Occupy” protestors want but it seems they aren’t happy with the way Wall Street works and believe it’s rigged; salaries are too big, etc. But whatever the reason they are there, some of...

C Inventor Dies & Google+ Pros and Cons

I'm back in the office after my trip to SatCon and Content and Communications World in New York. Some of the stories catching my eye today are the continued Blackberry outage which RIM does not need, AOL shopping the company...

Is Content King or is it Platform?

The adage about content being king is absolutely true and the precipitous drop in the value of Netflix shares related to losing Starz programming reminds us that distribution can be considered a distant second to content. This is true because...

AT&T Responds to DOJ - What They Missed

AT&T responded to the DOJ regarding the blocked T-Mobile USA acquisition saying that the proposed merger would be good for consumers as it would allow AT&T to gain access to T-Mobile spectrum allowing their call quality to improve and the...

Carol Bartz Fired From Yahoo! What's Needed Now

Without ever meeting Carol Bartz, I realized pretty quickly that her hiring was a CEO gamble as her experience was not in line with what was needed at a media company. I outlined my thinking in January of 2009. When...

Google: Is Promoting the use of Potentially Unsafe Drugs Evil?

You may be aware Google agreed to pay $500M to the federal government because the company allowed its AdWords system to illegally promote Canadian pharmacies which shipped drugs to the US. In a non-prosecution agreement, Google admitted as much and...

Google Pays Half Million Per Patent for Motorola Mobility

Google just purchased patents as part the acquisition of Motorola Mobility – 24,500 of them to be exact. At a $12.5B valuation that puts the value per patent at $510,204 apiece. But the search giant also gets 19,000 employees on...

Local: Where Apple Must Disintermediate Google

Disintermediation and disruption is fascinating – it is amazing to watch how a company can destroy an entire industry overnight. Case in point is my local florist who is now gone – the last time I saw her she said...

CMO Summit at ITEXPO West 2011 in Austin

Marketing departments have never had to deal with the level of technology and complexity that exists today. SEO, social, deal sites, print, TV, radio, online ads, online communities, resource centers, lead generation, CRM management, analytics and so on. Just this...
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