Google is now Alphabet

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  Google’s plan to reorganize into a holding company called Alphabet is as creative as the company itself. Like all publicly-held companies, Google faces dual challenges of sustaining its growth through innovation and meeting the expectations of its shareholders. The ever-increasing pressures to deliver short-term results while continuing to make big bets on high-risk, high-gain… Read more »

‘Microsoft Edge’ will replace Internet Explorer

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Internet Explorer has been used since 1996. Microsoft operating systems chief Joe Belfiore noted that the “e” icon “now has a completely different and better meaning than it has for a while.” Unlike Internet Explorer, Edge will support modern browser functions, such as extensions. Microsoft showed off Edge extensions for the first time Wednesday, so… Read more »

Google’s ‘Mobilegeddon’ – 5 Fast Facts

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Google released sweeping changes to its search algorithm on Tuesday, giving mobile-friendly websites a boost on smartphones. In its mobile search results, Google (GOOGL, Tech30) now favors websites that adjust for smaller screens. Source: CNN Date: April 21st, 2015 Link (to paste into browser): http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/21/technology/google-mobilegeddon/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_tech_pool&iid=obnetwork Discussion 1) “The top spot on a search page typically… Read more »

High price of ‘.sucks’ to be investigate

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The last part of a web address that follows the final dot, such as “.com”, “.org”, and “.net”, is referred to as a generic top level domain (gTLD). The people who issue domain names are charging a $2,000 ‘sunrise’ premium to those wishing to register ‘.sucks’ addresses early, before the addresses go on sale to… Read more »

Webscape: A toolkit for start-ups

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From sites which offer tips from successful entrepreneurs and business people to a daily email of key news events, this video rounds up some of the best tools for those starting a business. Source: BBC News Date: January 30, 2015 Link (to be pasted into browser): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02hv80g Discussion 1) Why do you think these entrepreneurs… Read more »

Will “Free Data” Become the Next “Free Shipping”?

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Earlier this year, Dan Check, the vice president of technology at Slate, was looking for ways to increase traffic to the online magazine’s podcasts. After a bit of brainstorming, he decided to try paying the toll. Slate told some would-be listeners that the podcast wouldn’t count against the data plans on their smartphones. It turned… Read more »

HBO to sell subscriptions via the Internet.

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Description: While continuing to seek subscribers from cable and satellite, HBO will start to sell its service separately via the Internet next year. “It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO,” the network’s chief executive Richard Plepler said Wednesday. “So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top HBO service in… Read more »

‘Apple Pay’ may be safer than plastic

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Security measures on mobile wallets may make them a safer option than plastic credit cards. An antenna in the phone sends a short range burst of encrypted radio waves to the “card” reader so that it can read your payment data. Source: CNN Money Date: September 12th, 2014 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/ Questions for discussion: 1) Would this… Read more »

Simon Sinek – “First why and then trust”

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Discussion: Simon talks about how the single biggest challenge a organization or culture will face is success, this is because a split will normally follow success. An indicator of a split is when stress goes up and passion goes down. Simon points out, that we have seen this split in major corporations such as Apple, Starbucks,… Read more »