Apple, Google and the price of world domination

June 13, 2012

In his first appearance at the World Wide Developer’s Conference as spiritual leader of the Apple faithful, CEO Tim Cook made it clear that he intends to not just further Steve Job’s vision but expand upon it. It’s never been more clear that Apple is intent on world domination.

PayPal eyes TV shopping with Comcast, Tivo

June 12, 2012

PayPal, eBay’s online payments business, is online, heading offline and hopes to be on your TV soon.

Charleston Police to use data mining to fight crime

June 12, 2012

It’s not quite Minority Report but the Charleston Police Department in South Carolina aims to predict and prevent crimes from happening with the help of IBM’s data analytics tools.

Intel’s facial-recognition freaks out potential customers

June 8, 2012

Mine and Yinka Adegoke’s story today on Intel’s proposal to use facial-recognition technology with a virtual TV service and set-top box has raised legitimate concerns about allowing Big Brother into consumers’ living rooms.

Facebook’s private experiment with democracy

June 7, 2012

Facebook is having a vote on changes to its privacy policy. Not that you’d know it.

Mary Meeker breaks her investment fast

June 6, 2012

Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker has finally found a company that meets her standards. Just days after saying she spent the first quarter turning down overpriced investments, her fund is investing $15 million in Lending Club.

Betwixt and between: Facebook’s act of desperation

June 5, 2012

On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook is considering lowering the minimum membership age to include tweens. It raised eyebrows and kindled a new discussion about privacy and the propriety of inviting youngsters into what the company aspires to make the world’s biggest salesroom.

Wal-Mart’s annual meeting and the case of the missing Taylor Swift livestream

June 1, 2012

Taylor Swift, country music’s current sweetheart, performed at the Wal-Mart annual meeting Friday. But her record label doesn’t really want you to know that. Or at the very least, they didn’t want you to see or hear her.

Older and bigger, Facebook rethinks a youthful flirtation with user democracy

June 1, 2012

With about 900 million people, Facebook is larger than all but two countries in the world. But the nation of Facebook’s experiment with direct democracy may be coming to an end after only a few years.

Wall Street needs to shed Facebook’s shroud

May 30, 2012

As Facebook continues its search for a bottom after only eight trading days as a public company, there’s a much bigger problem than the $40 billion in market cap it has lost. The people behind Facebook’s dubious $100 billion-plus self-valuation were apparently as doubtful as the rest of us. At stake is the fate of Wall Street’s soul. To paraphrase Sir Thomas More’s line in A Man For All Seasons: “It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world…” – but for Facebook?