Could Facebook really replace the Internet? No. But it has a real opportunity to replace the Mobile Web. Why build a mobile optimized website if you can upload content to a platform that has daily access to practically everyone you'd ever want to reach?
Verizon is acquiring AOL for $4.4 billion in cash. You are going to be asked about it today. Here are some probable outcomes (in no particular order). Pick the one you believe and speak with authority. Good luck.
Imagine a hack that tricks Periscope or Meerkat into capturing whatever video is on your screen (as opposed to taking the feed from your camera). Now, just create a new Twitter account and tell your social network to join you watching House of Cards on Netflix for free.
“Have a magical day!” is the way Disney cast members wish you farewell. They’re not kidding. The “happiest place on earth” does its best to make it so. The cast members (Disney-speak for employees) help, but Walt Disney World is well on its way to achieving consciousness. How? As Arthur C. Clarke so eloquently stated, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
I fully understand why people mistrust big centralized organizations with massive amounts of power. I fear them. Anyone with a brain should fear them. But the Internet currently relies on them. Which raises the question, “What are you actually afraid of, big or centralized?”
We are living in an Orwellian “Big Brother” surveillance state. It’s a big issue and it deserves our attention, but the government is not in the habit of publicly embarrassing people by releasing edited versions of the surveillance video it captures. That is what private security cameras are for.
How can mature brands drive growth? The answer might be found with beer, Pop-Tarts and a simple algorithm.
We deal with trade-offs all the time. “You can have it good, fast or cheap... pick any two.” The implementation constraints for this decision tree are clear-cut and obvious. If you want it good and fast, it won't be cheap. If you want it fast and cheap, it won't be good. If you want it good and cheap, it won't be fast.
Big Data and Data Science are overused catch phrases that can mean anything anyone wants them to mean. But the hype doesn’t change the facts. We are being overwhelmed with data, and I can assure you that if you don’t know what to do with it, your competition will.
Millennials empirically know that bar crawling is for recreation – not for archaic, time-wasting, low-percentage mating rituals. If you want to meet someone, there are any number of big dating sites and apps available.
In a perfect world, you just hire a bunch of data scientists, have them deploy clever algorithms, and the machine will output a clear path to higher sales, better ROI and world peace. Sadly, that’s not how it works.
Data science is all the rage. Almost every CMO I know wants a data scientist for their very own – they are the status symbol du jour for senior executives everywhere. But… building the right data science team for your organization is not as easy as picking the right data scientist.
In political terms, the Internet is the Wild Wild West and it needs to be tamed. Wasn't it just going to be a matter of time before the Federal Government stepped in?
While the Boy Scout Motto is, "Be Prepared" – and I was very serious about Scouting back in the day – I am always amused when I happen by NatGeo's "Doomsday Preppers." But I can say with certainty that they are missing the biggest, most obvious threat: Data Doomsday!
Data science allows us to combine hypothesis-based (deductive) reasoning and pattern-based (inductive) reasoning to extract actionable information from diverse data sources.
Earlier this week, the digerati assembled at the Gramercy Park Hotel to hear a very proud James Dolan, CEO of Cablevision Systems Corporation and Executive Chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, gleefully announced the launch of Cablevision's Freewheel WiFi Phone Service.
All a motivated cyber-criminal, with designs on being Emperor of the Internet, has to do is target the 1 percenters. Take out the uber-wealthy, or just the super-wealthy, and nothing else will matter. This is going to be a great business for someone.
My friends who like to discuss politics and my colleagues who like to write about politics have made it clear to me that President Obama's State of the Union Address was precisely what they expected. If you can put your political ideology aside for a few minutes, we can think through the following issues together as American citizens.
According to a White House fact sheet, President Obama has announced "steps he will discuss in the State of the Union to help more Americans, in more communities around the country, get access to fast and affordable broadband."
I loved CES this year. (The 2015 International CES®). Everything about it was interesting, awesome and inspiring, except... the traffic, the shuttle queues and the cab lines. Here's a quick, very short list of things that got my undivided attention this year.