A New Google Product Strategy: Born in the U.S.A.!!

As John Markoff reports in the New York Times: “Etched into the base of Google’s new wireless home media player that was introduced on Wednesday is its most intriguing feature. On the underside of the Nexus Q is a simple inscription: ‘Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.’ ‘We’ve been absent for so long, we decided, […]

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Can Microsoft Finally Generate a Success in an Apple Marketplace?

As Microsoft announced that it would soon be introducing its own tablet, the Surface, to compete with the iPad and Droid-driven devices, four questions come to mind: Can Microsoft be successful after so many missteps with other products? Can Microsoft be a hardware manufacturer after so many years as a software-driven company? The entertainment-oriented X-Box is […]

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It’s Official: Google Is Now a Hardware Company

With the acquisition of Motorola now official, Google is about to embark on another interesting adventure. How will it do? And will the other makers of Droid-based phones be upset with Google? According to Brad Stone and Peter Burrows, writing Business Week: “Motorola, founded 84 years ago, invented the cell phone in the 1980s, made it […]

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As Apps Move Into Cars, So Do More Distractions

How distracted are you? Is safety going out the windows? According to John R. Quain, writing in the New York Times, “Automakers are fighting an undeclared, escalating war over in-dash apps, worrying regulators about even more distracted driving. Manufacturers say they are concerned too, but that hasn’t stopped them from connecting smartphones to in-dash systems and putting […]

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New DVR to Fully Zap Out Ads

The Hopper from Dish Network is a consumer’s dream — setting up programs that are DVRed to not only skip commercials during playback but to blank them out — and a marketer’s nightmare. Big battles will be coming. Look at this story in today’s Wall Street Journal for an interesting perspective.

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Could These Start-Ups Become the Next Big Thing?

     Click the image for the full New York Times’ story This post is for you budding entrepreneurs. There is a lot of good information in this article about the following companies. I know you are familiar with Pinterest, but what about the other firms? Taskrabbit    Airtime   Square  Dropbox  Pinterest  Path  Quora  Pinwheel    […]

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The Rise of the Citizen Influencer

“If you haven’t heard of Klout and the emerging field of social influence measurement, you probably will soon as these measures wind their way into mainstream life. If you’re active on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or YouTube, it’s likely that your score is being assessed by a major company or brand right now whether you realize […]

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