Inside Google’s China misfortune

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Discussion: On January 27, 2006, Google.cn went live in China, and within a few months, Google China’s headquarters was outfitted with the usual frills: foosball tables, a fully equipped gym, massage room, a huge cafeteria with free meals.  But signs of a distressed relationship soon followed: unexplained outages, Google’s operating license was suddenly no longer… Read more »

Startup mating rituals 101

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Discussion: TechStarsNY, one of the most successful tech incubators in the country, recently hosted Demo Day, a ritual that allows young startups to strut their stuff in front of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and the media.  Illuminated through a series of slides or videos, the startup founder begins with a problem – i.e. digital billboards aren’t… Read more »

Does your firm need its own mobile app?

Posted by & filed under App Economy, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, E-Business, E-Commerce, IT Planning, IT Strategy, IT Trends, Mobile Computing, Wireless.

Discussion: ABI Research, a marketing intelligence company, says that almost 8 billion apps were downloaded in 2010.  Ebay claims 15 million people worldwide have downloaded its iPhone app in 190 countries and in eight different languages.  Clearly apps are popular but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are right for every business.  Apps are expensive and… Read more »

Manufacturing the dream: Game changing new production

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Discussion: Using just a laptop and a full-featured three-dimensional (3D) design software program, anybody with a creative vision can now build a prototype and have it “printed” layer by layer out of plastics or metal.  Shapeways, a company on the cutting edge of manufacturing, can take a 3D design submitted over the Internet, build it,… Read more »

The tiny cube that could cut your cell phone bill

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Discussion: The size of a Rubik’s cube but packed with all the components of a cell phone tower, lightRadio is a tiny device tasked with solving an enormous problem.  With mobile data usage expected to grow 30 fold in the next five years, lightRadio may be able to help wireless carriers keep pace using a… Read more »

Marketers embracing QR codes, for better or worse

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Discussion: Thanks to America’s growing addiction to smartphones, QR, or Quick Response, codes are showing up in more and more places: movie posters, storefront displays, magazine ads, even New York’s Time Square.  After downloading a QR scanning app, smartphone users can link to videos, images, discount coupons, or even a virtual tour of real estate… Read more »

Cloud computing: How to get your business ready

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Discussion: Thanks to speed, scalability, and price, cloud computing is taking off on a massive scale.  As companies make plans to move into the cloud, experts advise mapping IT needs early for the right cloud strategy.  Microsoft’s Dave Coplin says, “Think of the cloud as a tool, an enabler, you have to think about what… Read more »

ISPs defend plans for two-tier net

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Discussion: The debate continues between net neutrality advocates – those who believe all net traffic should be treated equally – and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who argue that content providers should be able to pay to get their traffic prioritized on the network.  Net neutrality has become a hot legislative topic in Europe and ISPs… Read more »

Market research and the primitive mind of the consumer

Posted by & filed under AI/Artificial Intelligence, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, E-Business, E-Commerce, Internet Advertising, IT Planning, IT Projects, IT Strategy, IT Trends, Wireless.

Discussion: Manual techniques of market research require hours of viewing slow motion video and logging mind-numbing facial expressions, a labor-intensive process that greatly limits the number of people that can be tested.  But new technology is replacing these traditional techniques with computerized emotion recognition that can analyze thousands of faces at the same time.  If… Read more »