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Google’s Plans to Dominate the Home

If you ever had any doubts that we’re moving from an era of technology markets to technology ecosystems, Google’s latest news should quash them. Google is quietly creating a branded entertainment hardware system that will wirelessly stream entertainment content throughout … Continue reading

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Are You Sure You Want to Friend Facebook?

The media business (and yes, since Facebook and Google put content on screens, they are part of it) is entering a Brave New World where marketers are learning with extraordinary specificity your occupation, state of health, social status, hobbies, favorite movies and music, sexual proclivities and practically every other piece of meaningful information about you. We are told that this will improve the rate of return on advertising by orders of magnitude, and I believe it.

But the downsides are potentially enormous, and haven’t been thought through. If information is power, we are handing power on an unprecedented scale to the people who control what we see and hear on those broadband pipes. When Barack Obama joked at Facebook last week that “I’m the guy who got Mark Zuckerberg to put on a coat and tie”, he was a lot closer to the truth of his position in the scheme of things than he realized. Continue reading

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Why Obama Likes Silicon Valley More Than Tinseltown

President Obama had plenty of praise for Silicon Valley leaders last week during his visit, and none for Hollywood. Why? Because they’re actually creating new businesses and jobs up there, not just shoring up oligopolies. That would be the six studios, whose major goal is to ensure that they control product pipeline and distribution, and muscle out competitors. Continue reading

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Help from Cisco; Hurt from Google

Two tech bellwethers may provide a glimpse of how digital media will fare in the months ahead. Cisco helped stocks recover today after CEO John Chambers said he was "even more comfortable" with projections for long-term growth rate. Google fell … Continue reading

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Not All iPhone Apps Are Created Equal

Some developers are up to the iPhone challenge but others? Not so much There is a tendency for the Apple-istas to praise any new application made expressly for the iPhone. There is the excellent Plusmo widget portal, the very usable Digg for … Continue reading

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Once a fading also-ran in the social media arena, Facebook appears to be growing up Today’s Newsweek cover will be a major feature on Newsweek and the ideals and ambitions of it young founder 23-year-old Harvard drop-out Mark Zuckerberg. Once … Continue reading

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