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Here We Go Again: Google Launches Another Social Effort with Google+


This all seems a little bit like déjà vu, doesn’t it? First there was Google Buzz, now Google+. What makes the search giant’s latest effort to take on Facebook any different? If you remember, Google Buzz’s launch strategy was not very well planned. All of a sudden a link appeared on millions Gmail accounts, which […]


I Choose No Deal, Howie!

For years, digital start-ups looked to advertising as the magic bean that would pay the bills and drive their valuations. Over time, many people, especially VCs, began to sour to the concept. After all, it’s no secret that banner ad rates are pretty darned low. The natural response for many pubs and start-ups was simply […]

The Paradigm of Prediction


A system that is over-reliant on prediction through leverage, (like the banking system before the recent crisis), hence fragile to unforeseen “black swan” events, will eventually break into pieces. –Nassim Taleb I don’t read many business books anymore. For years I devoured them voraciously. But something happened to me as I began to realize that […]

Google TV

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Google TV’s Second (AKA Last) Chance

Among the many reputations Google has is the ability to turn a lemon the first go at something into lemonade the second. That was the case with its Android operating system, which after considerable tweaking, went from latest also-ran in the competition of mobile formats to neck-and-neck with Apple’s iPhone. In a matter of months, […]

Tween Computer Use

My Child is My Teacher


Technology has changed so much in the last two decades that it’s hard to keep pace with all the developments. Twenty years ago middle school kids might have had one class on typing or word processing.  A few lucky kids may have had a computer in their homes.  Today, modern tweens have a footprint on […]