AOL: Down so long, it’s starting to look up

November 7, 2012

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Bravo’s new startup show needs less Ways, more means

November 6, 2012

The Cast of Start-Up: Silicon Valley

This evening Bravo aired the hotly anticipated first episode of its technology-focused reality show “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley.” The show has been an object of chatter for months among tech media and Valley pundits, some of whom objected to the idea of a television series glamorizing the parts of their universe they see as a sideshow. (Clearly they have never seen reality television before!) I think dismissing the idea of a show is wrong: Silicon Valley deserves a pop culture examination and send-up of its weird little world. But, at least after one episode, this show probably isn’t it. (more…)

Apple in miniature

October 24, 2012

This week Apple faces two significant tablet challengers. The first is Microsoft, which is releasing its long-awaited Surface tablet on Friday. The second is… itself.

Marissa Mayer and the art of the earnings call

October 23, 2012

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The tracks of my fears

October 19, 2012

Advertisers say that if they can’t track you online, your favorite websites will die. They’re wrong.

EBay’s buyer’s remorse

October 12, 2012

How do you know if you’re in a buyer’s market, or a seller’s?

Offline it’s pretty easy to know. There’s price pressure, abundance and not too many people vying for the same house, commodity or mint condition Pee-Wee Herman doll at the yard sale. In the land of the real, markets aren’t terribly efficient. Before the Internet changed everything, retailers were bound by geography and the ability (and willingness) of people to range. That’s why gas costs a lot more right off the highway exit than it does less than a mile down, where strangers would rather not venture. (Now, of course, there’s an app for that.)

WPP chief Sorrell shuns Twitter, Klout for personal brand– but likes mobile for clients

October 12, 2012

Advertising honcho Martin Sorrell is encouraging his clients to embrace the possibilities of mobile technology– but that doesn’t mean he is rushing to embrace every permutation of  it himself.

Jack Dorsey’s impractical double duty

October 10, 2012

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Can we finally stop pretending someone can run two companies if they just work hard enough or are brilliant enough?

Facebook’s billion: Are you being served?

October 4, 2012

Facebook has reached an almost unimaginable milestone: 1 billion people are active users. It is hard to get your head around that number, which represents one-seventh of the world’s population (and not every one of us even has Internet access). It’s almost half the total number of people estimated to be on the Web at the beginning of this year.

How Amazon used the Kindle to beat the odds

October 4, 2012

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