• Back from a well-deserved hiatus..and who wants to compete with the Olympics & the Conventions for attention anyway..but now things are.. [View]
  • ..rolling in fast & furious: 1) Apple today demoed new iPod Nanos, iTunes, iPodTouch, & firmware update for Touch/iPhone – http://is.gd/2pp9 [View]
  • .. the iPhone firmware fixes are significant, addressing dropped calls, battery life, etc. when was the last time u saw a tech company.. [View]
  • .. jump on user complaints within TWO months?!? Steve Jobs did the familiar “Wizard of Oz” archetype branding spiel, set up by suspense &.. [View]
  • .. mystery surrounding what the novelties were going to be this time. Works like a charm – http://is.gd/2pqT & requires almost no paid ads. [View]

  • 2) Speaking of ads, the new Seinfeld & Bill Gates commercial, presumably the 1st in a $300M ad campaign launched to soften MSFT’s image.. [View]
  • .. has been widely panned – http://is.gd/2pr6 – 1 could say predictably so, 1 goofy ad does not erase years of horror of screens o’ death.. [View]
  • .. Vista frustrations, and MSFT bullying of all and sundry.. MSFT has solidly occupied “The Powerbroker” archetype for all these years.. [View]
  • .. and all attempts to move it to Buddy brand, “Little Trickster”, etc. have failed because of it. Once the imprint is burned in deep.. [View]
  • .. you’ll have a heck of a time getting it changed. Case in point, today’s Apple demo announced that the Zune had 2.4% market share.. [View]
  • .. even SanDisk has 8.6% !!! Proving that all the money in the world (which MSFT undoubtably has) can’t move the mountain in people’s minds. [View]
  • MSFT’s “Mojave Experiment” ad experiment, meant to put Vista in a new light before the new Seinfeld experiment, prompted this hilarious.. [View]
  • ..retort from a commenter somewhere: “Vista de Mojave”..I said somewhere a month+ ago that Vista sounded like a real estate development. [View]
  • Now someone else closed the circle to Seinfeld’s “Boca Vista” episode: “What’s with Vista, it sounds like a retirement condo development..” [View]
  • 3) OK, on to YHOO’s abysmal stock performance since the MSFT take-over was officially abandoned (for now..), & now that GOOG is facing.. [View]
  • .. a stiffer regulatory head-wind than ever before, just in time for it’s 10th Birthday. Attacks on the YHOO-GOOG outsourcing deal are.. [View]
  • .. putting the extra revenue that YHOO had hoped for in jeopardy, but that can only partially explain the languishing stock price, they.. [View]
  • ..have not recovered from the MSFT onslaught, just as I predicted (even though I have argued strongly against the deal in its proposed form) [View]
  • ..$31/share must look awfully good now, regardless of whether MSFT could have done any better at running an Internet biz than YHOO, which.. [View]
  • .. history PROVES isn’t likely. YHOO has abandoned their social network attempt Mash, and this CNET article argues that they are missing.. [View]
  • ..the boat on remaking all of YHOO into a social network from the inside out – http://is.gd/2pvr I argued much the same thing a while back.. [View]
  • ..nut really ANYTHING is better than the frozen-with-fear, stagnation that has beset them. Then again MSFT isn’t far behind in terms of.. [View]
  • ..stasis, other than a reorg and some happy talk by Ballmer: “best and brightest.. user experiences.. YHOO was just a tactic”. In reality.. [View]
  • ..other than the Seinfeld ad, one hasn’t heard a peep out of MSFT in months. So the YHOO gamble may have cost them as much as YHOO in lost.. [View]
  • ..productivity & focus. Henry Blodget has rightly pointed out that MSFT could simply choose to focus on the enterprise market & be done.. [View]
  • ..with it, rather than always trying to be in the consumer space that they’ve never been any good at. Nothing necessitates them competing.. [View]
  • ..with GOOG in search, other than a bruised “we use to be the premier tech company on the planet” ego. Not a good place to start from. [View]
  • 4) Having already mentioned Google’s newly found regulatory head-winds, their new browser offering Chrome (a mostly functioning beta) has.. [View]
  • ..drawn privacy concerns from many quarters & rightly so in some instances. They had to adjust the typical GOOG EULA (for search from use).. [View]
  • ..to allow you to retain all copyrights in your work processed through the browser, & some argue that Chrome will give GOOG even more user.. [View]
  • ..data insight than before (even though Chrome specifically features an anonymous browsing mode). Newsflash: If you thought you had much.. [View]
  • ..privacy on the Web from ANYONE, you were sorely mistaken. Starting with your ISP, to your OS & software providers, they all have degrees.. [View]
  • ..of insight into how you use your computer. GOOG is no different. Question is, who do you trust, what counter-measures (proxies, etc.).. [View]
  • ..do you use, & should you care at all in the end. In the words of a WSJ op-ed: Privacy? We got over it – http://is.gd/2pze [View]
  • A more interesting angle to the Google Chrome story is that it prepares for a world in which devices will be able to run without an OS.. [View]
  • ..& just running the browser for everything (really to have a way stripped down OS only). TechCrunch’s Arrington has been working on just.. [View]
  • ..such a device for a few months, check out his inet-tablet (“the Crunchlet”) ideas – http://is.gd/Zu7 & current state – http://is.gd/25nP [View]
  • 5) Speaking of Arrington, his TechCrunch50 start-up launch showcase is going on right now, along with a rival & simultaneous event called.. [View]
  • ..Demo. There has been much hand-wringing & mudslinging in the blogosphere over the pros & cons of these two “launch week” events, Robert.. [View]
  • ..Scoble firing the 1st salvo, attacking the 70 Demo “attendees” (they all paid $18k+ to present) for their lack of marketing savvy.. [View]
  • ..especially in regard to their Web-site building skills – http://is.gd/2imb – prompting much hate-mail in return by spurned entrepreneurs. [View]
  • While his tone may have been over the top, I must largely agree with Scoble on the merits. Most of these start-ups are in dire need of.. [View]
  • ..a lesson in Marketing/Branding 101. So really he was doing them a favor. I would add to his critique the issue of 90% horrifically bad.. [View]
  • ..brand names chosen by these fine folks, mistakes that nearly guarantee their companies demises long before the question of their product.. [View]
  • ..& its usefulness is ever raised. It is difficult enough to get attention & mental real estate from anyone for anything these days, why.. [View]
  • ..hamstring yourself with a name that is “too cute by half”, often with associations that only worked (barely) in the mind of the founder. [View]
  • Look over the “Demo” list – http://is.gd/2iVC & shake your head, then go over to TechCrunch50 – http://is.gd/2lXT & do the same, in.. [View]
  • ..increasing order of intensity. Nothing against these good folks & some have truly useful ideas,but names like “exchangeP” will never work. [View]
  • It’s useful 2 follow the TechCrunch50 proceedings as a livestream or on their blog for a while to get ideas about what does & doesn’t work.. [View]
  • ..especially the judges immediate feedback afterward is worth gold, much to learn here. Catch the live stream at http://techcrunch.com [View]
  • Addendum to the Google Chrome thread: Just saw an interesting article that said that Chrome is basically a race to make JavaScript fast.. [View]
  • ..enough to keep it PLUS browser the standard over light-weight client languages Adobe Air, Flash, and MSFT Silverlight – http://is.gd/2iLb [View]
  • @Scobleizer Unfortunately they left the price point for those at $149. I thought they might go to $99 in this economy, & given $199 iPhones. [View]

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