Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson’s forgivable sin

May 8, 2012

We’ve all had a little time to breathe after the disclosure last week that Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson embellished his resume. Despite saying he received an undergraduate computer science degree, he in fact did not. And while rising through several positions of increasing responsibility for years, he allowed those vetting his suitability to believe otherwise.

Netflix: The New Arch-Frenemy

May 4, 2012

Albanian Army marching in Tirana's main square (Photo: Reuters)

 

The Albanian Army is coming everyone, watch out!

We’re only into week 1 of big media companies reporting their quarterly earnings and the most prominent name hasn’t been CBS Corp, Time Warner Inc, Comcast Corp, and Viacom — instead it’s all been about Netflix.

Amazon’s daily deal biz in personalization push

May 2, 2012

AmazonLocal, Amazon.com’s daily deal business that competes with Groupon Inc, is trying to make its offers more relevant to subscribers by asking them for more information on what they’re interested in.

Amazon selling refurbished Kindle Fire for $139

May 2, 2012

Amazon.com looks like it is trying to move a bunch of used Kindle Fire tablets. The company offered “Certified Refurbished” Fires for $139, versus a regular $169 for refurbished models, on the Gold Box daily deals page of its web site on Wednesday. New Fires go for $199.

The irrational imitation of the online news industry

By Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
May 1, 2012

All across Europe, journalistic online startups are launching, aiming to produce and disseminate news in new ways. In our brave new world, the nimble startups of tomorrow were supposed to be overtaking the lumbering dinosaurs of yesterday online. But nearly all of these startups, even the most impressive and innovative sites, are struggling to survive because they face structural and strategic challenges that are not always recognized upfront. To succeed, European journalistic startups need to recognize these challenges, move beyond simply imitating others and find their own paths ahead.

‘Man’ leads domestic movies, ‘Avengers’ big abroad

April 29, 2012

Romantic comedy “Think Like a Man” easily beat four new films to win the U.S. and Canadian box office race for a second time while superhero movie “The Avengers” stormed into overseas theaters with record-breaking sales.

Apple and the innovation dilemma

April 26, 2012

Just how long can Apple run the table in the post-Jobs era? It was simply a matter of time before those whispers turned into a question asked out loud. George Colony, the CEO of Forrester, a research and advisory firm that has followed the company as closely as anyone, is taking a particularly dim view of Apple’s future. In a blog post that was guaranteed to spark a conversation, Colony says Apple’s days as a market leader are numbered; its “momentum will carry it for 24-48 months” and then, absent a “charismatic leader” in the Jobs mold, it will devolve from “being a great company to being a good company.”

LinkedIn launches iPad app

April 26, 2012

Reaching people through mobile devices is one of LinkedIn’s key initiatives and yet, the networking site for job-seeking professionals never had a proper app for tablets.

Klout goes mobile with new app

April 25, 2012

Klout, the service that claims to measure social media “influence,” released its first mobile app on Wednesday, promising a way for social media users to leverage their online personas for real-life perks.

Copious revamps social commerce service with a new twist

April 23, 2012

Pinterest has yet to provide many details about how it intends to make money from its fast-growing image-sharing social service.