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Here’s what’s holding back the Internet of things

November 12, 2014
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Here’s what’s holding back the Internet of things

The “internet of things” (IOT) has become a hot topic in the tech. press. While the term is relatively new, connecting devices to networks is certainly nothing new. IOT has become the catch-all name to describe smart-home sensors, embedded devices, and other smart-devices with internet connectivity, characterized by devices like the Nest thermostat but IOT includes everything from coffee…

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Google == AOL 2001?

December 31, 2012
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Google == AOL 2001?

Brian S. Hall and I share some views about Google’s situation. Earlier this year, I said: Google has to be worried even more about the decline in the desktop pie, given that according to their own SEC filings, 96% of their revenue comes from web browser clicks – and people aren’t clicking those ads on…

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This is why investors see too much risk in Twitter-dependent companies

July 26, 2012
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It started way back in 2010 when, just before their first Chirp developer conference, Twitter shocked their developer community and ecosystem by buying a Twitter client and making some other moves that essentially put a stop on capital investment in any third-party companies that relied on the Twitter API or partnering with Twitter. Twitter tried…

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Forbes: Android is shipping more phones but Apple is still the logical choice for mobile development

May 16, 2012
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The title to this May 9 story, suggests another Apple bashing: “Is Apple’s dominance of Mobile Development on the Wane?” It appears to be an old editorial trick, the classic alarmist headline, because the article itself goes on to answer in the negative: Apple is the logical choice for mobile development today Where is market share…

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Twitterverse reality check and lessons learned

February 2, 2011
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You’ll probably never know it by looking at the final result, but I’ve been working on this post, at least thinking about it, for several months.  I’ve been reluctant to publish it because every time I start, it tends to sound like a rant and that’s not what I want this to be about. As anybody reading…

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Apple’s great Mac OS X bait and switch

October 26, 2010
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Apple’s great Mac OS X bait and switch

It’s been almost three years now since, with great fanfare , I switched from a UNIX Workstation to a Mac as my primary desktop workstation. That change was many years in the making – I worked with Mac OS X along side my trusty UNIX workstations for several years before making the complete jump. Apple…

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Is it time to drop the Twit, Tweet, etc. from your App Name?

April 10, 2010
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Is it time to drop the Twit, Tweet, etc. from your App Name?

There has been a storm of sorts this past week surrounding Twitter, their developers, and the “ecosystem”.  It started with some comments from VC Fred Wilson followed by comments from Twitter CEO Ev Williams in a New York Times interview, and culminating in Twitter buying Atebits and thereby creating an official iPhone app: Tweetie. This…

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Rich Buchanan out at Ooma

March 31, 2010
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I missed this in February via, hdvoicenews.com By Doug Mohney, on February 8th, 2010 After two years as Ooma’s Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Rich “The Dude” Buchanan is departing the company for another project. Makes one wonder who is left there. I understand the company has raised about $61 million and have obtained approx. 100K…

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Skype grossly over hyped, even with the Verizon deal

March 1, 2010
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Ok, short and sweet here. The recent hype about Skype, and in particular surrounding the Verizon deal has been blown WAY out of proportion, IMHO. It’s time to set perspective here. First, Skype was supposed to have killed off traditional telecom by now. Last I checked, that hasn’t happened (still a trillion dollar business).  In…

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PhoneGnome participatory marketing challenge

December 3, 2009
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PhoneGnome participatory marketing challenge

It’s been over 4 years since PhoneGnome’s initial release.  It has evolved a great deal over that time and I’ve learned a lot. Over on the PhoneGnome blog, we look at where it is, and where to go from here: http://www.phonegnome.com/blog/2009/12/02/phonegnome-participatory-marketing-challenge/

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