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666 6666 Phone Number Auctioned

May 24, 2006

The world's most expensive phone number 666 6666 was auctioned for charity yesterday in Qatar.  The phone number 666 6666, sold for 10m Qatari riyals or £1.5m. Who would pay this kind of money for a phone number? Of course, 666 is known as the number of the beast.

Apple To Open New Store in Big Apple

May 18, 2006

With the opening of Apple's new store in New York City just a little over a day away (T minus ... and counting), I wanted to give you all a chance to see a little bit of the the type of public relations work that goes into all of these house-hold brands' marketing efforts.

(And what does the Louvre in Paris -- in the photo to the left -- have to do with all of this? Can you tell me?)

BASF Goes Near Zero: ("Green") House as One Big Clean Gadget

May 17, 2006

Why can't a house, particularly a "green" house built as a Near-Zero Energy Home, be considered a giant gadget? (Anyone remember when BASF made audio and video tape?)

What makes me think this is BASF's demonstration of a home that is 80 percent more energy efficient, more durable and faster to construct than conventionally built homes in Paterson, NJ.

BASF, along with more than 150 of its customers and strategic allies, built the Near-Zero Energy Home-Paterson, N.J., to exemplify how BASF chemistry helps further energy-saving, durable, sustainable and affordable building practices.

McDonald's Extreme McMakeover stupidity

May 5, 2006

McDonald's has decided that a redesign of their fast-food franchise restaurants was needed for the 21st century because the existing McDonalds look is "too dated". Dated? Try an American Icon! Don't mess with an American icon.

The Search Behemoths Square Off

May 5, 2006

NAB 2006: Seeing the Future Now

April 28, 2006

Having spent the week at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention in Las Vegas, it's very clear that the future of the what we see and hear on the airwaves is here -- and that that future keeps evolving ever faster.

The NAB used to be called a "broadcasters'" convention, but now it's called "the world's largest electronic media show." And for good reason -- it used to be all about content, but now it's all about how that content can be delivered to consumers. GToday, it's all; about "screens"; we've now got TV, radio, satellite radio, podcasts, VOD, music and video downloads to MP3 and video players, delivery to mobile phones ...

If you were there, would be interested to see what your pick hits of the show.

Clean Plants = Clean Cars (Gadgets Someday, Too?)

April 21, 2006

Clean cars, now clean factories -- that is a good thing.

I hear that Volvo Trucks’ plant in Tuve, Sweden, will become the world’s first CO2-free automotive plant with five large wind power plants and a new biofuel plant generating electricity and heat that will eliminate the emission of carbon dioxide, the leading contributor to the greenhouse effect.

Volvo has also developed an environmentally friendly hybrid technology that uses electricity and a diesel engine to power its vehicles.

HP TVs and Lenovo PCs at Best Buy: Am I Seeing Correctly?

April 18, 2006

Interesting news the past couple of weeks about Best Buy adding flat-panel televisions from HP and Lenovo notebooksand desktop computers.

Seems, on one hand, this would herald the return of TVs from a major U.S. manufacturer to the retail market. In case you haven't noticed, TVs are from predominantly Asian manufacturers now (Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, etc.); retailers shelves used to be packed with U.S.

CEO Heavyweights Weigh in on House Broadband Bill and net neutrality

April 5, 2006

Several CEO heavyweights weigh in on the new pending House broadband bill and how it may affect network neutrality with the following letter... We should all call our Congressman and tell them how we feel about this issue - whether you are for or against it. This issue is too important to ignore and I'm afraid mightly lobbying efforts by the broadband providers could affect the competitive landscape of the Internet and give consumers less choice. I guess you know where I stand on this issue.

Google Buys into AOL

April 3, 2006

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