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Should the Government Bring Back Trust-Busting? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com
A de-concentration of economic power would lift up the middle class. Antitrust law was formerly used to reduce inequality, fight corruption and create a politically stable social contract all at once. [...] “Monopoly constitutes the death of capitalism and the genesis of authoritarian government.”
anti-trust  trust-busting  monopoly  oligarchy  oligopol  oligopoly  Super  Rich  bank  bailout  TBTF  lobby  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  revolving  door  vested  interest  groups  Workers  Rights  Union  Trade  globalisation  globalization  Exploitation  accountability  tax  evasion  avoidance  middle  class  Amazon  Google  Microsoft  Capitalism  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Facebook 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
UK's Trident nuclear submarines 'vulnerable to catastrophic hack' | UK news | The Guardian
“To imagine that critical digital systems at the heart of nuclear weapon systems are somehow immune or can be confidently protected by dedicated teams of network managers is to be irresponsibly complacent.”
Trident  nuclear  war  WannaCry  cyber  cyberhack  cyberattack  WinXP  WindowsXP  NHS  NSA  FBI  Wikileaks  Microsoft 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
The Incredible Shrinking Middle Class - YouTube
Canada: Generation Jobless - https://youtu.be/4UUuMWqA8eE - "The Plight of Younger Workers" (Report).& underemployed graduates w fancy sounding degrees. [...] EDUCATION INFLATION! [...] an education does no more guarantee a comfortable middle class jobs, and parents are disappointed. [...] globalisation of workforce plus automation, robotics, AI, augmented intelligence. the new GM's and Toyota's and DuPonts need less and less workers to catch ever greater pies of the current and future economy. [...] rise of the project focused self-employed and the Gig Economy. //&! (USA) Invisible Reality; The Working Poor - youtu.be/806PSngTKgg //&! FULL STORY: Generation Poor - youtu.be/lB4w8MQPdEE //&! FULL STORY: The Labour Trap - youtu.be/cHBo3LgXUPA - precarious work is now more and more the norm. as well as exploitation of those conditions.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
The Growth Trap
[ growing for growth sake! vs growing in a world/area that is not conducive to grow ] When Twitter went public in 2013, its stock soared and its value jumped to $25 billion. Its founders and early investors got rich. But since then, the company has been considered a failure, despite the fact that it boasts 320 million active users, because it's not growing fast enough. Douglas Rushkoff, author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity," talks to Steve Paikin about why he sees the push for more growth as dangerous. // true capitalists (shareholder, crony, greedy) w/o self-regulation or governance extract all the value there is to extract and then leave, dispersing it to the few who already have [...] WE MUST REWRITE THE RULES OF THE GROWTH GAME ITSELF! [...] you want to optimise the economy based on velocity of money (circulation of money), not share price and value extraction [...]
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The tech industry has cut a Google’s worth of jobs in the past 12 months
bigger companies, more profitable products, with less people. // “It would be wrong to assume that increased job cuts are a sign of weakness in the tech sector,” Challenger, Gray & Christmas CEO John Challenger said in a statement. “The simple fact is that the industry is going through a transformation and companies either have to shift their focus or risk extinction. We will always need technology, but how we interact with it, as well as where and when we interact with it, are changing rapidly.” //&! http://recode.net/2016/04/19/intel-chipmaker-mobile-earnings-restructuring/ - Intel missed the mobile revolution. Now it faces its day of reckoning.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Börsenpläne von Spotify: Der Sound der Zocker
Eine Milliarde Dollar (880 Millionen Euro) leiht sich der Musikdienst laut "Wall Street Journal" bei Finanzinvestoren und der Großbank Goldman Sachs. Spotify verspricht den Geldgebern neben Zinszahlungen auch Anteile am Unternehmen. Wie viel Spotify zahlen muss und in welcher Größenordnung Anteile den Besitzer wechseln, hängt davon ab, wann die Schweden an die Börse gehen. Mit jedem Halbjahr, in dem das Start-up die Erstemission herauszögert, wird es jedenfalls teurer.

Das macht den Deal hochriskant für Spotify: Von Profitabilität ist der Dienst weit entfernt, 2014 fuhr der Dienst einen Verlust von 162 Millionen Euro ein. Die neuen Schulden könnten das Unternehmen in einen ruinösen Strudel von schrumpfenden Geldreserven, drückender Zinslast und immer mieseren Börsenaussichten reißen. [...] [ M&A out of question ] &! bit.ly/1MYHBK4 &! on.recode.net/1oo4GQ1
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Windows 10 automatically installs without permission, complain users | Technology | The Guardian
Microsoft recently changed the Windows 10 upgrade from “optional” to “recommended”, making it one level below the highest “critical” designation within Windows Update, the software update system built into Windows. The change means that if users have Windows update on Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 set to ‘install all recommended updates’, which many will do, the Windows 10 upgrade will automatically download to a user’s computer. But Microsoft insists that Windows 10 will not automatically install without asking for explicit permission.
Windows  10  Microsoft 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich on recent development - Tax Amnesty
[ shareholder capitalism ] 2.1trn $$$ parked in offshore banking for USA alone. ... USA x times bigger. ... UK estimate of up to 20bn a year of tax evasion and avoidance. // special deal of 10% tax on repatriation of offshore funds. // this is extortion // no Principles. you either pay your taxes or you are not allowed to do business in this country. // and it is not only cash it is also property and other assets ... companies will undervalue/price their value. not to market rate. see india's tax amnesty and that loophole people and companies exploited - bit.ly/1LjzHjk // >> tax is the price you pay for civilised and modern, western society! << //
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Dropbox Picks up Enterprise Sales Vets — The Information
Dropbox has quietly hired two enterprise sales veterans, part of a broader push to gain big corporations as customers.
DropBox  Box  Microsoft  Amazon  Cloud  Drive  Google  Inc  Google  Drive  Google  Docs  Enterprise  added  value  Enterprise  2.0  PAAS  IAAS  SAAS  Software  Is  Eating  The  World 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Common Space - Brian Souter’s Stagecoach firm found guilty of £11m tax avoidance
https://redd.it/49owu4 // HMRC had to drag this through the court! legal cost. ... Google lawyers are better and more expensive than Stagecoach Lawyers.
tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  HMRC  Google  Amazon  Facebook  Microsoft  Apple 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Email Shows How Google Gets Things Done In Washington - BuzzFeed News
[ tech; winner takes all ] Shelton’s email, which has not previously been disclosed, shows the extent to which Google has tried to wield influence in Washington. The search giant, which has spent years battling the FTC on various fronts and is currently facing separate antitrust charges in Europe, has built a prodigious lobbying operation that it deploys on matters large and small. //&! Rich, Powerful, And Under Investigation: Google Is The New Microsoft The European Union has filed charges alleging Google uses its dominance of the search market to stifle competition. The complaint brings back memories of Microsoft, back in the days when it made competitors tremble. - bzfd.it/1SKbPIc
antitrust  anti-competitive  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  FTC  USA  European  Union  Europe  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  UK  tax  avoidance  tax  evasion  Apple  Facebook  Microsoft  Career  Politicians  IRS  HMRC 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
MPs launch tax inquiry after criticism of £130m Google-HMRC deal | Business | The Guardian
MPs have launched an inquiry into the UK’s tax system after the government was accused of allowing Google to pay too little in a £130m deal. The House of Commons Treasury committee announced that it would examine whether a radical shakeup of corporation tax was needed, amid concern that Google has been allowed to get away with an effective rate of 3%. The inquiry is not directed at Google, but will investigate the UK’s shrinking corporate tax base more widely and whether HMRC is doing enough to tackle avoidance. It will ask whether there needs to be a radical shakeup of the system, and whether business taxation could be based on turnover rather than profits. Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the committee, said the UK’s tax law had become too elastic, allowing companies to get away legally with paying too little. [...] [ 6 year audit by HMRC, is a sweetheart VIP backroom deal, 130m was all they got, not more! from Google. ] //&! bit.ly/1RJc713 &! bbc.in/1UoxMJQ
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
"Go Butler": So will das deutsche Start-up in den USA überleben - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Ich habe keine Ahnung, wie die je profitabel werden wollen" [...] Andere Concierge-Services haben sich vom Gute-Fee-Modell bereits verabschiedet: Der amerikanische Konkurrent Magic verlangt seit Kurzem die happige Gebühr von 100 Dollar für jede Stunde, die seine "Magicians" an der Wunscherfüllung arbeiten. [ 61 Minutes] Heute verdient das Unternehmen 70 bis 80 Prozent seines Umsatzes mit Firmenkunden. Eine Beratungsfirma etwa lässt "Sixtyone Minutes" ihre gehetzten Consultants von lästigem Alltagskram entlasten. [ < marginal propensity 2 consume higher as cost of time is higher! ie business consultants, researchers, executives and directors ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Microsoft Sees That Apple Has Been Right All Along | Re/code
If you look at Microsoft’s new strategy, you can’t help but see that this is an acknowledgment that Apple’s business model of owning the hardware, software and services is ultimately the best one to assure Microsoft’s control of its own destiny.
Apple  Microsoft  commodity  business  commoditization  Hardware  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Android  Windows  10  iOS  mobile  homescreen 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
CEO Satya Nadella’s vision for Microsoft - YouTube
Windows 10 as a service. OS as a Service. // Free is not Free as we know.
Satya  Nadella  Microsoft  Windows  10  OEM  PC  Platform  mobile  first  Smartphone  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Google search chief Amit Singhal looks to the future - BBC News
For more than a decade, boxes have helped Google dominate search - both the rectangle on its home page and the web browser address bars that send users to its results.
personal  assistant  Google  Search  Google  Inc.  Google  Now  on  Tap  Siri  Apple  Cortana  Microsoft  Facebook  Messenger  Amazon  Prime  Amazon  convenience  friction  frictionless  Silo  augmented  intelligence  AI  artificial  intelligence  Big  Data 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
VW: Das Auto? Der Betrug! Jakob Augstein zur Abgas-Affäre - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Nicht nur Banken betrügen, auch die Industrie. Das zeigt der VW-Skandal. Deutschland hält sich eher ans Recht als das Ausland? Ein Irrtum. Guter Kapitalismus, böser Kapitalismus? Gibt's nicht. Nur die Notwendigkeit des starken Staates. [...] Die Amoralität ist in der Idee der Firma an sich eingebaut. Menschen haben (vielleicht) Moral. Firmen nicht. Da liegt ein grundlegendes Missverständnis im modernen Kapitalismus. [...] In einem langen Artikel über Wirtschaftsethik hat der "Economist" einmal geschrieben: "Unternehmen, die lügen und betrügen, können nicht erwarten, lange im Geschäft zu sein, selbst wenn ihre Handlungen vom Gesetz gestattet sind." Wir wissen, dass das Gegenteil der Fall ist. Aber so streuen sich die Gralshüter der liberalen Wirtschaftsideologie selbst Sand in die Augen. [ The Corporation (2005) by Joel Bakan ] [...] Beschreibt das nicht perfekt das Wesen der großen Konzerne - je größer, desto besser? Und VW ist sehr groß. [ Amazon's monopsony ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple Wins Ruling in Bid to Block Samsung - YouTube
bbc.in/1KVgiEw - Samsung could be forced to stop selling some phones after Apple won an appeal in a US court.
Apple  patent  troll  patents  IP  intellectual  property  Google  Inc.  Android  Microsoft 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
How Microsoft Lost Its Mojo: Steve Ballmer and Corporate America’s Most Spectacular Decline | Vanity Fair
Lost decade under Ballmer, the sales guy. Sales guy is not the right guy 2 make a dent into the universe. //&! JULY 2012 Microsoft’s Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant - vnty.fr/1OU6xUN //&! NOVEMBER 2014 The Empire Reboots - vnty.fr/1FZ4mJd //&! bit.ly/1isyHfL //&! Bill & Ballmer not on speaking terms - on.mash.to/1isyFED cnet.co/1KcO02M //&! Steve Ballmer talks LA Clippers, Satya Nadella & Microsoft. Just dont ask him abt Gates - ind.pn/10mLbMH //&! read.bi/1Lw4zXs // &! Start-up advice/lesson is that you have to have a true north to be long-term relevant, big enough to be seemingly inexhaustible! Yahoo! NO. AOL. NO. Twitter. Still Debating it internally, reflective of nobody being the true leader with true leadership capabilities, everyone cooking & suggesting spices. Facebook. YES. LinkedIn. YES (economic graph). Amazon. YES. Zappos. YES. RocketInternet. NO. Google. YES. Foursquare. YES. Tumblr. NO. Reddit. YES. HBO. YES.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
What I Learned This Week About Tim Cook’s Apple | Re/code
[ always along the motto: extension of you, part of you. The new Apple under Jobs was NOT an overnight success! It build on its differentiation, strong base, a cult, a Tribe, 1000 True Fans, and build on it stride by stride. Most capitalistic company out of SV, no counter-culture out of largest corp on world. & can pull of iAd coup because it has monopsony! & Duopoly w Android. ] Many people love Apple, others despise it. But, even without Jobs, it cannot be ignored. There simply is no other company that combines such a high-quality hardware line with such well-regarded software platforms. A faltering Samsung has the former, but not the latter. A strong and admirable Google has the latter, but not the former. If you didn’t believe that before, this week’s event made it crystal clear, with once-bitter rivals like Microsoft and Adobe showing up onstage to boast about how well their products worked with new Apple hardware and software. [ sw & hw iteration = leverage comp advantage ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
CEO Ambarish Mitra: independent Blippar may IPO - Business Insider
youtu.be/epMs3X8U9Ko?t=13m55s 'want's to take it all the way ... to IPO.' - Q: Is Virtual Search and Augmented Reality a feature on an existing (Search) Platform (with existing data and personal context - ie your past search history and relations (FB)) in the next 5 years or a public company? Could the extra friction of an app to launch, with the name ?blippar? be a friction point for traction!? - VS - native on iOS, Android camera app that gets into augmented reality mode when it sees a specific QR code. Time will tell. What past has show, to gain mass adoption it is about being immersive (whoa), creates emotional - chemical (dopamine) intangible value, and being sort of 'invisible' "Don't show me." and thus habit forming, // &! bit.ly/1N4a5oj
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft’s Partner Push Targets Small Firms — The Information
// To transition to selling its Office 365 software on a subscription basis, Microsoft is putting a new emphasis on partners who have monthly billing relationships with a broad base of small businesses. // // ISPs, Wireless Carriers, accountants, web hosting, IT Services & Consultancy firms big and small, ...
Microsoft  SME  SMB  Mittelstand 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Gillmor Gang: Dog Days | TechCrunch
the personal assistant is the new smartphone! can't live without it once you (technology; augmented intelligence and artificial intelligence) mastered it. // GoButtler in Germany. And Operator in SV - http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/22/the-request-network/ - << both take a cut/commission fee. Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook could have it as features. Just as Facebook can have Meerkat as feature, for the celebrities. And the personal assistant - will be JUST A FEATURE - on your phone. iOS, Android ... & Facebook's 'empire' Platform to keep you inside Facebook continuing scrolling that god damn newsfeed. // // noise is lower on FB newsfeed (learning algorithm - your personal filter bubble) vs Twitter and vs RSS. ... Google News is a different thing. // // &! and there is a business in manual (editor, personal brand, leader) content curation/editing as well as in algo (Newsfeed)
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Heads-up, Google: Fighting EU Is Useless - Bloomberg View
That approach was part of a charm offensive. Last year, Google doubled its EU lobbying budget to 3.5 million euros ($3.9 million), according to anti-corruption group Transparency International's Integritywatch.eu site, which aggregates information from official EU disclosures. That isn't much less than Deutsche Bank or ExxonMobil is spending. According to data on the same site, Google has held more meetings with EU officials than any other company since last November -- 32 in all, although only one of these officially had to do with the antitrust case, which has developed since 2010. "We want to do a better job of listening to Europe's concerns and explaining how our business works with Europe," the company said of these efforts.
European  Commission  antitrust  Google  Inc.  Google  Shopping  Google  Search  monopoly  oligopoly  oligopol  Bing  Yahoo!  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Microsoft 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Alternatives Management: Vertrauen als Ressource für Unternehmen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Oft werben diejenigen am meisten darum, die unter Vertrauensverlust leiden. Denn tatsachlich sinkt das Vertrauen in die Wirtschaft und das Misstrauen steigt. Das ist das Ergebnis nahezu aller Studien zum Thema Verbrauchervertrauen // &! bit.ly/1Vd5jYF - Twitter just made it more difficult to hold politicians accountable // Same with the Conservative Party deleting all their speeches and documents after they won majority in election and partnered up with libdems - bit.ly/1c7hHG6 &! bit.ly/1Epl5va // Auch Geld funktioniert nur dank Vertrauen [...] Der Systemtheoretiker Niklas Luhmann beschrieb Vertrauen daher auch als "Mechanismus zur Reduktion sozialer Komplexität". Ständiges Misstrauen dagegen mache unser Zusammenleben deutlich schwieriger, sagt Martin Schweer. [...] Schnell zeigte sich: Hatte der eine das Geschäft fair und zum gegenseitigen Vorteil abgewickelt, erhöhte der andere in der nächsten Runde seinen Einsatz. // &! bit.ly/1ILzkZU - Does honesty matter ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Paul Mason - is capitalism dead? | Guardian Live - YouTube
100 year process, this is the 21st century // when you define the problem you also define the solution, in most cases. from A to B. // capitalism has rent-seeking tendency. DRM and IP/intellectual property is rent-seeking. // --- need book what to do with post-capitalism tools, open source, open data, share economy, shared economic interest, transparency, political reform - voucher system (Larry Lessig). --- // biotech and gene and new age of medicine will replace hardware and proprietary software (already being displaced by open source) //
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
What to Make of Amazon's Work Practices? | Bothsides of the Table
It’s best encapsulated in a famous Jeff Bezos quote, “You can work long, hard or smart, but at Amazon.com you can’t choose two out of three,” [...] Try working at Goldman Sachs, [...] You think it’s different at any of the top consulting firms? [...] You see organizations like these thrive on large pools of some of the country’s best and brightest graduates that trade off 2-5 years of work experience under extreme pressure in exchange for skills, experiences & relationships that will last a lifetime. [Accelerated Learning] [...] Think its a cake walk working @ any of the countries top law firms? [...] Should we do an article on what it’s like to be a medical resident? How abt working in the US military? Chief of Staff for a major political figure? What abt a top athlete in the NFL or NBA or even part of the coaching staff. Think they dont have work/life balance challenges in a field theyve chosen to work in? [#Top 100 of X vs avg white- or blue-collar worker ] [what u optimize for?]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Built a ‘Personal Assistant’ Inside Messenger | Re/code
Facebook has a new, A.I.-powered Siri-like assistant tool in Messenger. It's called "M," and it's the company's latest effort in a battle with Google, Uber and others to be the artificial intelligence leader in Silicon Valley. // FB got AI lab in France, got money to invest, to diversify from other Messaging platforms - tcrn.ch/1N1rTSF &! tcrn.ch/1JCfs8Q --- can productise it! your personal assistant, for shopping - convenience - no clicking, not tapping, - M takes care of buying that item you saw in your stream. --- also keeps people inside Facebook! instead of leading them out to the shopping site/product site/... --- also expanding the category/vertical of the messenger you use. --- // // &! http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/28/8677147/google-now-on-tap-announced // &! tcrn.ch/1idSz5R
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: The $13 billion question: Is the dramatic step up in corporate VC cyclical or structural?
Corporate venture capital has a difficult relationship with Silicon Valley. They’re in, then they’re out. Sometimes they invest for return, other times they just invest to get a quick peek under the competition’s covers. And the worst: When right of first refusal M&A clauses can hinder a startup’s future options. Other would-be acquirers can be loathe to even kick the tires lest they be little more than a stalking horse in a deal that’s already a fait accompli. [ even NYT invested some money into a EU start-up to sell single articles on a platform (silo) ] // Corporate VCs move slower than a typical VC can, which is annoying to time-pressed founders. And frequently “the partners” aren’t great or even operating in a partner structure. Think about it: Why would a top VC be at a corporate? With rare exceptions, ...
Venture  Capital  Intel  Microsoft  Wireless  Carrier 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Marissa Mayer - The future of technology - YouTube
how you gonna make money, on mobile. Facebook is able to do it, enabled by data it has (targeting) and has a unrivaled competitive advantage (eats more than 70% of social media adversing budget). It's about execution now and new products - for Yahoo! Focus on Mobile, reorientate (right the ship in other direction, while still keeping tab on yahoo.com which is still sizeable business for yahoo) the company, management, team, employees. And acquisitions that help it make Yahoo! a mobile app company, relevant in the ecosystem (see Flurry acquisition, Brightroll, ... ad network/platform). Yahoos one disadvantage is that it doesn't have as much context to serve relevant - re-targeted ads to customers compared to FB, Twitter, Google. Same with Yahoo.com, its a bland/blunt page. No contextual, personal content nor advertising apart from cookies data derived. [...] "User data belongs to the end user." [...] "Portable" [...] "Standardized." [...] "Companies live and die by people/talent."
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The office after Amazon: is the workplace becoming a jungle? | Technology | The Guardian
Certain companies operating in certain fields with certain competition, can and inadvertently develop certain cultures. That some describe as ruthless competitive externally and internally. You could even say that Reed Hastings culture document transpires that this is a workplace where it is expected of you, to contribute and solve problems for our customers (competitive and toppling the established players). PayPal too. And Jeff talks about being obsessive about the customer and inventing in the name of the customer (build a monopsony/monopoly). Gates made MSFT internally competitive (build a monopoly), working long hours, and as they were externally. Very different to FB and Google and their business & product position. // The recent claims about Amazon’s aggressive corporate culture were a cause of consternation to many – but plenty of others couldn't see what the problem was. So is a gentler, more relaxed office culture any better for employees? And is it even what they want?
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Spotify says sorry after privacy policy anger - BBC News
The new terms included access to pictures, contact phone numbers and sensor data stored on the user's smartphone. Mr Ek apologised in a blogpost for the "confusion" the changes had created. He promised an "update" to the new policy in order to clarify it but did not suggest that the terms themselves would be changed. "We should have done a better job in communicating what these policies mean and how any information you choose to share will - and will not - be used," Mr Ek wrote. He said Spotify would not access or import people's photos, contacts, sensor or GPS data without their permission. [ but you agree that they can, by accepting the TOS. what they should have included was clear why. even if it would reveal future products and product features/changes ] // &! bit.ly/1TXXhFN // &! on.recode.net/1NDtOMh // &! bit.ly/1K9Wxr1 - its about collecting data, and selling this data, and showing you more targeted ads based on this data. Joining the ranks of everyone else.
Spotify  TOS  Privacy  Internet  Privacy  community  communication  trust  trustagent  EULA  Microsoft  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  Big  Data  perma-cookie  cookies  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  subscription  model  freemium  business  model  pageviews  user  metadata  Meta  Data 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
How Microsoft Attacked the Beast who created Netscape, Mozilla Firefox & invested Skype - YouTube
Browser Wars back then. Smartphone wars are settles. iOS and Android. Everyone else is just niche or trying to be principles. // Start-up lesson/advice: When the big player can give out your "product" for free. They would. Don't play on other peoples turf and productise a feature ... for them. Sure they can't be everything to everyone and you can serve a niche, you are going to have to play by their rules their TOS. This thing where bright minds (educated) with small ideas (because they are easy) get burned over and over and over again. Human nature like irrational exuberance, hysterias and depressions. If you are dependable on a platform, on one kind of distribution model that is owned by another corporate (profit motive) and you are disruptive, pain in the ass, easily copyable,u are attackable on too many vectors. lots of risk. There was Microsoft. There was Facebook and Twitter. There was e-mail (gmail tab filters now & spam). // SWAT analysis vs high level situational awareness
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Inside Dropbox’s Sales Culture — The Information
As a result of his hiring, several former Salesforce executives identified with the old-fashioned approach have been pushed a layer down on the organizational chart, below Mr. Hansen. And the company has sent the signal that in the future, Dropbox will put more emphasis on landing so-called “channel” deals, where partners like Japan’s Softbank and Dell help sell Dropbox for Business. At Microsoft, Mr. Hansen oversaw $6 billion to $9 billion worth of similar deals, a person familiar with the company said. [...] Its success in generating a sustainable profit will determine whether it can go from being a big unicorn to an even more valuable public company.
SAAS  DropBox  Box  Salesforce  Microsoft  SME  SMB  Mittelstand  operation  operations  operating  margin  lock-in  B2B  Silo  Platform  B2C 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft quietly rewrites its activation rules for Windows 10 | ZDNet
Your Windows 10 license is stored online and linked to your device. [...] Here's how that ID works with Windows 7 or Windows 8: When you activate for the first time, that hashed value (let's call it your installation ID) is recorded in the activation database alongside the product key you entered with the installation. Later, when you reinstall the same edition of Windows on the same hardware, with the same product key, it's activated automatically. (Conversely, if you try to use that product key on a different machine with a different hardware ID, you'll probably be denied activation.) // &! bit.ly/1J9KIAj //
Windows  10  EULA  Microsoft  Piracy 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The smartphone is the new sun — Benedict Evans
In this light, incidentally, Satya Nadella's suggestion that Xbox is no longer core was as interesting as the end of 'Windows Everywhere' (which I discussed here). Microsoft has been working on adding computing to TV since before phones even had screens. But it turns out that it's the smartphone, not the TV, that's  the centre of the experience, and the TV is dumb glass just as the mobile network is a dumb pipe.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Has Apple Been Poaching Fashion Execs? | Fashion-Tech | BoF
Apple does not fight on Windows nor Google (Android) turf. It created (fact) a new category. Redefined the category of the Gadget, of the Phone. Of the Laptop. Of the Workstation. This (newest phone/better technology) is not just for the Geeks or Nerds. This is a status symbol you are seen with every day (Apple Watch, iPhone, MacBook (2015 version) at the Coffee shop and elsewhere). That person made a deliberate concious or not decision to buy the Apple product at that price. -vs- GNU/Linux or Windows or Android whatever for the same basic utility at a much affordable price. Who ever came up with that should be highlighted in the next Apple Book about Apples chapter post-Jobs.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Addressing Concerns Over Apple’s iPhone Growth | Re/code
Analysis: Android manufacturers (mostly Asia based) can't compete eye to eye with iPhone quality because they don't have the money for R&D and talent in design/UI/UX. &! Just to make the R&D/talent aspect for the hard things that are hard: hardware. Apple Patents New Liquidmetal Techniques For Manufacturing ( tcrn.ch/1TjN6uS ) vs. Xiaomi buying patents for "Patent War Chest to Launch in U.S." ( bloom.bg/1CG3s9S ) And even Microsoft and Apple make money off Android device sales because of patents (patents for technology, inside Android devices, that Microsoft or Apple own). // Apple's aspirational product - status anxiety - vs - Free. Downside with Free Of Android being a Privacy Sinkhole. & underfunded Android HW manufacturers vs only, marginally LG, Samsung, Lenovo who have other businesses. But hardware itself was turned into commodity business! // HTC trade below book value (12/08/15) - bit.ly/1JULi5t &! wrd.cm/1MkhnUw // &! Fragmentation - bit.ly/1q4iXyk
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple is launching search engine to destroy Google — and you’re already using it | Calacanis.com
“Paid Inclusion” is basically the ads that consumers think are content, but are really ads. You can see this on your desktop by doing a search for “used iPhone.” The majority of the screen real estate is now ads! In the example above 11 of the 12 links are advertisements! [...] I could see Apple knocking 10 points off Google’s search business here in the USA in the next couple of years by simply making search an advertising-free piece of Apple’s OPERATING SYSTEM! [...] Apple is leapfrogging Google by making search something that is built into the core of your mobile phone and desktop. [ user experience, frictionless ] [...] Tim Cook is painting Google, accurately, as the evil successor to Microsoft, and Google’s management team is reinforcing this by closing ranks and destroying their partners. [ If its free to use, ... you are paying with your usage, with your data, your identity, ... ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
HTC Is Now Essentially Worthless (And Insecure) | TechCrunch
bloom.bg/1WbUffA // Internet hyperbole (and financial analysis) have rendered HTC, a once high-flying mobile brand, essentially valueless. In short, the company is trading below cash on hand. So if you bought all HTC stock, the company would have to pay you, the buyer, to take it over. This means the company’s factories, stock and brand are worth nothing, at least on Wall Street. [...] However, the modern phone marketers like Samsung and HTC only want to sell flagships – big, tentpole phones that lend themselves to big marketing budgets and fancy commercials. [...] When your only competitor is also ostensibly the most expensive phone on the market, there is little value in highlighting your cheapest models. [...] Now it’s iPhone and everyone else. The cell phone buyer’s market is saturated. Even the upgrade cycles have grown longer. In short, people are holding onto their expensive phones longer or buying wildly cheap ones. There is no middle ground. // PS Biggs is Apple Fan Boy
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 for free | The Verge
The decision to forgo that traditional revenue stream and attempt to broaden the install base of Windows 10 highlights the tough choices Microsoft must make as it tries to claw its way back into the competition for mobile. It also needs to marry the strength of the slowly waning desktop world to its offerings on phone, tablets, consoles, and the cloud. The goal is to create "universal" apps that work on Windows 10 and across Windows mobile, as well as on computing platforms like Xbox and the forthcoming HoloLens. Along with growing its user base to woo developers, Microsoft hopes it can use a freemium model, giving away more of its core software but monetizing in other ways. The margins will never again be as fat as they were in the glory days of Windows 95, but the number of people who own a personal computing device is now far larger. If Microsoft could capture a significant portion of the smartphone market, the revenue opportunity could be far greater. [ & up-sell services ]
Windows  10  Microsoft  Platform  TOS  business  model  freemium  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Silo  lock-in 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Mozilla CEO Sends Angry Open Letter To Microsoft Over Changing Windows 10 Browser Defaults | TechCrunch
With Edge in Windows 10, Microsoft has finally delivered a capable browser to replace the aging Internet Explorer. Microsoft likes Windows 10 so much, it makes Edge the default browser in Windows 10, even when you’re updating from a system that previously used Chrome or Firefox as the default. [...] Unsurprisingly, Mozilla is not amused and its CEO Chris Beard today wrote an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to complain that the company is taking away its users’ choices and ignored Mozilla’s calls for keeping the default during the upgrade process. [ and changing default settings is not obvious for DAU ] // and certainly against EU antitrust rulings from previous years.
Microsoft  Windows  10  antitrust 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Windows 10: Microsoft under attack over privacy | Technology | The Guardian
>> It is not Free. Period! Stupid. << // &! Get Tracked with Windows 10 | Tech Talk Today 198 - youtu.be/Gh0y5drKwAE &! http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/85697/get-tracked-with-windows-10-ttt-198/ &! Microsoft’s new small print – how your personal data is (ab)used - https://edri.org/microsofts-new-small-print-how-your-personal-data-abused/ &! &! bit.ly/1eNKQJm - Mit Windows 10 wird alles besser - sagt Microsoft. Viele Neuerungen funktionieren aber nur, weil der Konzern auf Nutzerdaten zugreift. Wir zeigen, wie Sie die Datensammelei sinnvoll einschränken. [ einschraenken, nicht abschaltbar - selling you out ] &! bit.ly/1g2TLHN - Like all proprietary software, Windows 10 puts those that use it under the thumb of its owner. [...] Windows is an open window onto you &! bit.ly/1SFoXhT &! Linux: The OS of the Future - youtu.be/cTpujBq1Zi0 // &! bit.ly/1MUDxeB &! youtu.be/ULq1ajA1Jek
TOS  Microsoft  Platform  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Big  Data  advertisement  advertisement  targeting  user  Facebook  Windows  10  business  model  Free  perma-cookie  ISP  Google  Wireless  Carrier  Android  Apple  human  rights  Linux  Open  Source  Twitter  backdoors  backdoor  Cryptopocalypse  encryption  NSA  FISA  Court  FISAAA  corporate  espionage  industrial  espionage  cyber  espionage  national  interest  Nationalism  Five  Eyes  GCHQ  Secret  Courts  cryptography  FOSS  GNU  GNU/Linux  GPL 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Modern Millionaire Mentality | Scalable Startups@UC Berkeley
"Ignore at Your Own Peril" >> Facebook courting Instagram bc Instagram wes better Photo social network than what ever FB had ideas and still not got as of 2014/2015. Snapchat; 3bn offer. // Balmer laughing when asked about new release of Apple products. Missing the boat on mobile entirely at their peril trying to fix it now actively as of 2015 with business focus. // linked in tapping their toes into professional development - with lynda acquisition. as MOOCs are yet not the break-out they were promised to be by tech 'thought leaders.' // Uber being aggressive and experimenting with delivery and investing in autonomous car technology and mapping. being not just marketplace on phone, but wanting to be a transportation technology company. // IBM and Oracle getting stolen their lunches by SAAS & PAAS with less friction and frustration and lock-in and up-front cost. // Wall Street does not support generously that companies destroy their existing business model with new ones (uncertainty).
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Facebook  Google  Microsoft  Apple  Twitter  linkedin  Uber  creative  destruction  IBM  Box  Oracle  Amazon  Nokia  technological  history  Silicon  Valley  Wall  Street 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft Will Never Give Up On Mobile | TechCrunch
It has other bullets left [shooting at mobile] in the chamber including Windows 10 and the cross-platform mobile apps too. Whatever happens, Microsoft can ultimately never walk away from mobile because giving up would essentially be ceding a massive portion of the future of computing, and it simply can’t afford to do that. [...] Microsoft wanted to go after phone market share in the long term, and selling Windows at its old price points would limit broader Windows 10 adoption, eroding at the company’s larger value proposition of having one platform across all your devices. Put another way, the company is foregoing some identifiable revenue to prop up Windows mobile. [ diminishing price of Software! is one big mover in tech for the next years coming, see SAAS & PAAS + consulting and on-site with OpenSource and Subscription Plan Model using SW through browser. ] &! wrd.cm/1eNXKr4 The Death of the PC Has Not Been Greatly Exaggerated
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft and Nokia - a marriage made in hell? - BBC News
Microsoft's takeover of Nokia's mobile phone operation is bound to end up as a business school case study. The deal now looks like a disaster for all concerned - many of the 25,000 Nokia employees have seen their jobs disappear and Microsoft has written off just about all the money it spent. [...] What next then? Microsoft insists that it will still make smartphones, but will focus on its wider "ecosystem". There will be fewer in-house phones, and the aim will be for them to showcase Windows Phone's capabilities for other manufacturers, much as the Surface does for tablets.
Microsoft  stevebalmer  Satya  Nadella  Nokia  M&A 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft Writes Down $7.6B Of Its Nokia Acquisition, Announces 7,800 Layoffs | TechCrunch
Microsoft [...] erasing $7.6 billion from its books. [...] Microsoft’s phone business has suffered from lower revenue and unit volume than the company originally expected. [...] The staff cuts come on the heels of Microsoft selling part of its Bing team to Uber, and the transfer of 1,200 staffers to AOL as the firm exits the ad business. [...] “We are moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem including our first-party device family. In the near-term, we’ll run a more effective and focused phone portfolio while retaining capability for long-term reinvention in mobility,” &! Swing of tech pendulum: Nokia 2000's to Apple (hw focus (as platform) & UX/UI consistency of iOS 1st) & Google (free Android platform 2nd) in ~10 years - tcrn.ch/1RkOkVF &! bit.ly/1NP3FHQ &! afterthought tcrn.ch/1CwtbRx
Microsoft  Nokia  Windows  Phone  Windows  10  Satya  Nadella  mobile  first  user  behaviour  phablet  feature  Smartphone  Platform  differentiate  differentiation  selling  point  Fire  Phone  Amazon  Apple  Google  iOS  TOS  Android  Silicon  Valley 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft Will Power AOL Search, Transfer Some Advertising Work As It Sheds Hundreds Of Employees | TechCrunch
&! Microsoft Said to Exit Display Ad Business, Cut 1,200 Jobs (get offered jobs at AOL) - http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-29/microsoft-said-to-exit-display-ad-business-cut-1-200-jobs // back then it (MSFT) also sold Atlas (a ad server tech for marketers?) to Facebook - forbes.com/sites/roberthof/2013/02/28/facebook-finally-pulls-trigger-buys-atlas-ad-server-from-microsoft/
Microsoft  AOL  Bing  Programmatic  Advertising  focus  focused  Satya  Nadella 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft Shakes Up Its Leadership And Internal Structure As Its Fiscal Year Comes To A Close | TechCrunch
bit.ly/1SoZYvO // Some of its most senior executives are departing, and the company is shifting internal teams in what the company described as a change to better match its personnel to its strategy, according to a memo published both internally and externally by its CEO, Satya Nadella. It’s worth noting that Microsoft is coming up on the end of its fiscal year, making the changes not particularly temporally surprising. Still, the internal reshuffling is notable as it helps underscore how the software company is working to change to face a rapidly evolving market. In its memo, Microsoft said that the changes will help it build at a faster pace, and improve engineering alignment. For a company known in the past for having fractious internal units, the changes are interesting as they appear to be designed to combat its infamous discord. // &! tcrn.ch/1MMqqvF (writing down Nokia hw asset acquisition eventually)
Microsoft  MSFT  Satya  Nadella  management  execution  Leadership  CEO  business  model  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  Google  Apple 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Thoughts on Microsoft acquiring Berlin's 6Wunderkinder
[5x] Second of all, the purchase price range reported by the WSJ is very broad. There’s a world of difference between selling a company that has raised around $25 million in capital for $100 million or for $200 million – for the founders and its financial backers, no matter what stage they’ve invested in. [...] I agree with people who said this is a great deal for the early investors, the company’s founders, and the Berlin startup ecosystem in general. There’s absolutely no question that it is. At the same time, I can’t help but think 6Wunderkinder could (should?) have been bigger and bolder. [It is and will not be a unicorn, duh, if it were it would have shown. probably traction, m/m growth (incl churn) did taper off below double digit space while everything else stayed the same.] // My Q. from the posted cap table; It seems employees do not get a piece of the cake. Didnt get equity when they joined? Same 4 Rocket Internet, ppl got offered 2buy before IPO, everyone said no thanku.
6Wunderkinder  Wunderlist  Microsoft  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  SAAS  subscription  model  freemium  termsheet  dilution  liquidation  preferences  Rocket  Internet  IPO 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Danny Boyle: the Olympic opening ceremony would be done differently in 2015 - Newsnight - YouTube
do we want to give them the data, our lives?! it seems positive and benign, but it changes our lives in the long-term and we are only seen as data pools. // dave eggers novel the circle
Internet  Privacy  book  Facebook  Google  Big  Data  perma  cookie  Orwellian  State  surveillance  FISA  Court  FISAAA  Secret  Courts  NSA  GCHQ  Foreign  Intelligence  Intelligence  Agency  corruption  abuse  of  power  Privacy  human  rights  analytics  Vorratsdatenspeicherung  Five  Eyes  False  Flag  War  on  Terror  cyber  cyber  espionage  corporate  espionage  industrial  espionage  Microsoft  backdoors  backdoor  encryption  cryptography  Cryptopocalypse 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich - President Obama is now selling his proposed Trans...
President Obama is now selling his proposed Trans Pacific Partnership as necessary to contain China. "Either China writes the rules of global trade or we do," he said Friday. But his trade pact is really a giveaway to American-based global corporations that initiated it and are pushing it in Congress -- and which are making and selling all over the world, and shifting profits to wherever they pay the lowest taxes (some are even morphing into foreign corporations). And those same U.S. based corporations do whatever China wants to gain access to that huge market. As an Apple executive told The New York Times, “We don’t have an obligation to solve America’s problems.”
tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Apple  Google  Microsoft  Facebook  Fortune  500  s&p500  TTIP  opportunist  Opportunism  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  presidency  barackobama  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  fairness  unrecht  Justice  System  trust  apathy  democracy  voter  turnout  confidence  social  cohesion  social  tension 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple droht Steuernachzahlung von 19 Milliarden Dollar - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Seine Anleger hat Apple bereits vor hohen Nachzahlungen gewarnt, weil die EU das irische Steuersparmodell prüft. Nun hat ein Bankanalyst die mögliche Höhe berechnet: bis zu 19 Milliarden Dollar - für den iPhone-Konzern ein Klacks.
Apple  Google  Amazon  Microsoft  Facebook  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Career  Politicians  fairness  unrecht  Unrechtsstaat  No  Representation  Europe  Oracle  IBM  Fortune  500  loopholes 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple’s possibly illegal plan to kill Spotify’s free service is reportedly under investigation by the FTC | PandoDaily
[ history rhymes - Google Search and Apple iTunes ]FTC officials have discussed Apple’s practices with more than one record label, according to music-industry executives with knowledge of the matter. The FTC’s investigators, still in the early stages, of their inquiry, are asking whether Apple’s efforts will change the way music labels work with other streaming services, for example curtailing ad-supported music and pushing more songs into paid tiers of service at higher rates, according to one of the people. // &! http://pando.com/2015/05/04/apple-reportedly-plays-dirty-to-kill-spotifys-free-tier-and-i-hope-it-gets-away-with-it/ - Apple reportedly plays dirty to kill Spotify’s free tier
FTC  antitrust  abuse  of  power  corruption  Apple  Microsoft  Google  Search  iTunes  Spotify  Rdio  Pandora  Deezer  Music  Industry  360-music-contract  Indie  Music  YouTube  Google 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple reportedly plays dirty to kill Spotify’s free tier — and I hope it gets away with it | PandoDaily
[ Apple's Might. History Rhymes. ] There’s a report out that Apple is pushing music labels to “force” Spotify to abandon its free, ad-supported tier. As Apple prepares to gather the ashes of Beats Music and relaunch its own streaming music service — which sources say will likely to be paid-only — this gambit would decimate Spotify’s user base from 60 million total users to only 15 million paid users. Moreover, sources told the outlet that if Universal Music Group removed its catalog from YouTube, Apple would pay the licensing fee the label conglomerate receives from that platform. (YouTube also has a streaming service in the offing). Considering Apple’s ability to preload apps onto new versions of iOS — not to the mention the fact that it already has 800 million credit cards on file and so only needs to convince a tiny portion of them to sign up in order to beat Spotify — the move would be an effective knockout punch for Apple in America’s streaming music fight.
Apple  Spotify  Deezer  Pandora  Rdio  antitrust  iOS  Android  Microsoft  abuse  of  power  corruption  bribery  YouTube  Google  RIAA  Indie  Music  content  discovery  content  distribution  Music  Industry  business  model 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Looking for “the next Facebook”? It’s actually one of Zuckerberg’s own properties: Messenger | PandoDaily
Skype gets eaten by Networks greater than it ever could be, as feature for said Network(apps). Skype is also more than 10 years old. It's hard to disrupt yourself at that size, lots missed the mobile, underestimated the seismic shift of discretionary time spend on now on smart phone vs laptop/pc. Smartphone is less friction. Having an existing network of certain relations is less friction (Google Hangouts vs Citrix Go to Meeting (creating an account is friction, should partner up with Linkedin stupid)). Starting out as Desktop app and doing it really well there, and then just copying it to the smart phone? The smart phone is not a mini-pc/laptop! It's a much closer tight and emotional relationship (studies have showed).
Skype  Microsoft  Facebook  Facebook  Messenger  creative  destruction  WhatsApp  Apple  Facetime  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  user  behaviour  Google  Hangout  VoIP 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Aaron Levie (Box): The First $250m in ARR - YouTube
IPO growth-stage party round, Investors work understanding SAAS business, but do not understand it 110%. "Our growth is dependent on the level of investment (sales, marketing) we put into, we have no head ceiling. [...] Investors go, after explaining for 30 minutes, from IBM cash flow investors to a16z type doubling down [invest more in user acquisition due to lock-in and LTV for SAAS. [...] Box's disruption playbook via lots of layers/stacks (integrated, worry free) for enterprise; loss prevention, security, search, clouds storage, audit & compliance (ie HIPPA). [...] Marrying a frictionless consumer experience best practices (phablet, smart phone, tablet, desktop) with Enterprise 2.0/SAAS feature set, enabling lift of productivity and connectedness. Turning themselves into a strategic layer for Fortune 500 companies and ousting Oracle, IBM and MSFT (legacy infrastructure, see Sony hack). Box is pitching a modern architecture, not just cloud. [...] Building what customer asks for.
IPO  Box  Enterprise  2.0  SAAS  DropBox  Google  Drive  One  Drive  Microsoft  Google  Amazon  Cloud  Drive  Apple  iCloud  Spideroak  disruption  cyber  security  internet  security  IT  online  security  Salesforce  Aaron  Levie  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
How The Facebook Bubble Is Driving Online Startups Into The Arms Of Offline Advertising | TechCrunch
FB accounts for >70% of all Social Media Ad spending! The rest is spend on Twitter and elsewhere. Programmatic Advertising is a crutch for native Web advertising to compete with FBs ability to slice and dice and analyse every nook and cranny. FB likes to be the web equivalent; Internet.org and asking/offering content creators/news papers to host content inside their Walls. And remember, Google missed this Social train badly, tried w Google+ after failing with Buzz. Was also late with (native) Mobile Search & just got going. And their last quarter(s) hinted at a stall of their advertising business and Wall Street doesn't like seeing this behemoth relying on just one business model while Nest Labs was a defensive acquisition (competing w Apple) and they lost out to FB to acquire WhatsApp. And if any Google X project will be able to live up to AdSense(Google Search) is questionable. Google might begin slowly dying soon in next 5 years by thousand cuts, like MSFT late 90's. Time is ripe.
Facebook  Social  Media  advertisement  targeting  marketing  advertisement  Programmatic  Advertising  oligopoly  oligopol  Internet.org  content  creator  content  discovery  content  distribution  native  content  Newsfeed  filter  bubble  Twitter  Instagram  YouTube  Pinterest  direct-response  Google+  Google  Search  AdSense  Google  X  Apple  WhatsApp  Nest  Labs  Wall  Street  Microsoft  Fortune  500  economic  history  creative  destruction  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
NYT - EU and Google
“With more than a decade of hindsight, the theories supporting the case against Microsoft have all but fallen apart, and the pursuit of the company that makes Windows may suggest a reason for skepticism about this fight against Google: The tech marketplace is fluid and unpredictable. The giants that look most unbeatable today could falter in ways that may once have seemed unthinkable — and without a lot of help from the government.” [...] Google makes most of its money from search ads, but the market for such direct advertising may be tapped out. The next great wave of digital advertising — a market far bigger than search spots — will come from ad budgets now reserved for TV commercials, and many observers bet that Facebook, not Google, is in the best position to get that business. &! bit.ly/1aCgTK7 &! Growth stalls eventually 4all companies >> bit.ly/1DpxFXl &! youtu.be/SdJz93aIvA0?t=20m talk abt Google Search business practices and their way to "add value." And Lobbying activities.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
The Most Powerful Force In The Universe | TechCrunch
That leads us to the other risk of all of this accumulation of power. Part of the promise of Silicon Valley is indeed its disruptive quality, a quality that becomes significantly harder to maintain in the market when the incumbents are so wealthy and powerful. The latest example of this is live streaming. Meerkat was booted off Twitter, only to be replaced by Twitter’s own acquired startup Periscope. Now Meerkat has to defeat a competitor backed with by the full resources of a $30 billion dollar public company. This just isn’t a startup utopia anymore. [...] Now, we have closed gardens and API access agreements, designed to keep you within the limited experience of our devices and software. [...] Silicon Valley isnt all that different from Wall Street, except we believe that we are helping the world even more than the capitalists and investment bankers. [...] // &! See Google Search vs Search Monopoly abuse with X business practices. tcrn.ch/1IIky5l // Mirosoft's case was just a taste
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Box CEO Aaron Levie Talks IPO Delay And Growth Strategies | TechCrunch
He pointed to the recent Enterprise Key Management (EKM) announcement, which enables customers to control their own encryption keys. That takes Box out of the equation, which is just where any cloud company wants to be. If government or law enforcement comes knocking, Box can legitimately tell them they can’t share the company’s content because they can’t unlock the encryption. That move alone opened up whole new markets for Box, and it wasn’t a coincidence it announced a financial vertical package just a couple of weeks later. Financial services was a prime market they could attack armed with this type of functionality. [...] By tying Box’s destiny to ECM, he was moving into far more sophisticated enterprise software territory where companies needed a range of services including security, governance, workflow, metadata libraries and so forth.
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
App Submissions On Google Play Now Reviewed By Staff, Will Include Age-Based Ratings | TechCrunch
- via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9218191 // is Web 3.0 a move out of native apps to actually usable >HTML5 applications? ... some time in the future? // see Web 2.0 Origin - http://pmarchive.com/no_such_thing_as_web_20.html - it was a conference. // thus Web 3.0 could be the follow-up of 2.0 because of the fallout dev community and companies have had with Apple and Google?! // Isn't it a thing that you shouldn't build your empire on other peoples lawn?! >> ie Uber, WhatsApp, etc. &! on the other side, Apple and Google don't want to upset the cart full of Apples. Wondering what they would come up with to maximise profit ... in the future. They will too, be made obsolete eventually (Google Play and Apple App Store), with technology. Period. Making true mobile apps for the web. &! !& http://pando.com/2015/03/17/google-will-now-screen-android-apps-before-theyre-released-to-the-play-store/
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
The Gang of Four: Why Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook Dominate the Market - Kara Swisher Keynote - YouTube
some remarks from 2012 /// 'continuous partial attention' // min 40 - always on >> presentism, >> affects journalism and Media >> divide between Pando likes and BuzzFeed likes // FB & Google are in content distribution. // min 46 - VR - Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality ... things respond to you interacting with it, without pressing buttons or calling their name ("Xbox"). &! &! (2012) Keynote Presentation: The New Power Brokers: Amazon, Apple, Facebook & Google - youtu.be/rpsigsW-688
SoMoLo  Amazon  Google  Facebook  Apple  attention  span  user  experience  user  behaviour  Platform  Presentism  on-demand  Twitter  Google  Search  YouTube  mobile  first  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  content  distribution  content  discovery  Google  News  Yahoo!  Netflix  virtual  reality  VR  Augmented  Microsoft  HoloLens  Oculus  Rift 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
A Rant About The Smartest Thing Yahoo’s Done In Years | TechCrunch
app install ads, and free ad unit, ... free tools to lure in user and hope they spend money on other things within their Platform offering (freemium) --- "Facebook did it with Parse and Audience Network to create its “Build-Grow-Monetize” loop. Twitter did it with Crashlytics and MoPub to launch its Fabric development platform."
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
A Year Later, $19 Billion For WhatsApp Doesn’t Sound So Crazy | TechCrunch
Messaging is the center of mobile. Snapchat is raising at around a $20 billion valuation. And no one cares who owns apps. On February 19th, 2014, we didn’t know any of these things for sure. So when Facebook announced it would pay $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp — an app most American pundits had never used — it seemed ludicrous. Zuck had to be crazy, right? Wrong. Without WhatsApp, Facebook’s international situation would look a lot dicier. And if a competitor like Google acquired it instead, it could have been disastrous. Instead, Facebook possess the most popular messaging app, and has neutralized the biggest threat to its global domination of social networking. Why? Chat Is The Mobile Portal! [...] Its Stories feature has grown into a competitor to Facebook’s News Feed. And Discover could make it all quite monetizable if it gets popular. Snapchat is constantly cited as where teens are ditching your parents’ social network for.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
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