Commentaries

Google’s real-time challenge

September 24, 2009

In its latest venture round last week, Twitter was valued at $1 billion. The Wall Street Journal calculated that $2.7 billion would be a fair value. Robert Scoble, an influential tech blogger — and habitual enthusiast – reckoned somewhere between $5 billion and $10 billion was justified. That’s for a company with no revenues and no known business model.

Cashing in on the data you create

September 17, 2009

– Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. – 

from The Great Debate:

Can sleeping giant Skype reinvent itself?

By Eric Auchard
September 1, 2009

eric_auchard_thumbnail2.jpg -- Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Do once-hot Internet start-ups who miss a date with destiny ever truly get a second chance? History says no, even for once-great names like Netscape, AOL and MySpace.

Twitter backlash foretold

August 11, 2009

Technology market research firm Gartner Inc has published the 2009 “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies,” its effort to chart out what’s hot or not at the cutting edge of hi-tech jargon. It’s just one of an annual phalanx of reports that handicap some 1,650 technologies or trends in 79 different categories for how likely the terms are to make it into mainstream corporate parlance.