The iPad will Change Education Forever

Ever since MIT’s famous OpenCourseWare initiative was launched in 2001, people have been fascinated with the power that technology would have on open sourcing of information and the democratization of education. OpenCourseWare started as MIT’s decision to open up its vast academic curricula to “any joker with a browser”. I will never forget the visualization […]

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Nokia’s Strategy: Dumber Phones, Smarter Websites

Yesterday Nokia acquired Novarra, a company that makes browser technology for low-end mobile phones. While Nokia’s exact strategy is unknown, they said Novarra will be used to deliver new services to mainstream Series 40 devices later this year. Series 40 is what powered old-school candy bar Nokia phones that everyone in the US used earlier […]

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The Math and Psychology Behind Group Buying

Josh Kopelman, a partner at First Round Capital, recently wrote a post entitled Change is coming to online shopping in which he argued that disruption is finally poised to return to e-commerce after a decade of relative stagnation (Josh knows retail—he sold half.com to Ebay during web 1.0). His thesis: Real time marketing and targeting […]

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Backward Compatibility vs Innovation – Why Apple Leads

In the tech world, there is a reoccurring question that gets debated in marketing, design, and engineering departments—backwards compatibility. It goes like this: a company has existing customers / users of its products, and wants / needs to factor these in when making a new revision of an existing platform or product. Take the example […]

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Convergence – AT&T’s and Cisco’s Strategy

The below device is called a femtocell / microcell. Femtocells are really the first real-life incarnation of what’s known as “fixed / mobile convergence”, so they deserve some attention in that context. AT&T’s microcell is designed by Cisco. This is another consumer end market Cisco is pushing into, and indicative of why they need you […]

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The Background Behind Cisco’s Chest Pounding

Over the past few weeks, the blogosphere hype machine has been in a tizzy, counting down to March 9th when Cisco would “forever change the internet“. Today folks were “disappointed”—turns out Cisco didn’t really change anything (all they did was release a new core router—their bread and butter business). As background, consumers DO NOT CARE […]

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The Real Reason Apple Hates Flash (Part II)

In part I of this post I discussed reasons why Apple is hell-bent on skirting Flash on its line of iPhone OS products. It had to do with Apple’s dominant micropayment / transactions franchise, and the potential to steer ad dollars away from Google… Here are some additional reasons why I predict Apple will not […]

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Microsoft Windows Mobile – Open Source or Bust!

Microsoft’s announcement yesterday that they will charge for Windows Mobile 7 licenses was jaw-dropping bizarre given how bad the company has flailed in the mobile space. Silicon alley insider did a nice piece today showing that mobile OS revenue contribution will likely be about 0.5% of revenues in 2011. If Microsoft looks around they will […]

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Twenty Seven Companies Unite to Kill Apple (Huh?)

Today there was relatively huge news out of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that 27 companies are uniting to offer an online app store experience to rival Apple’s. Yes 27. Among the global alliance, 24 of 27 are wireless operators (Orange, Vodafone, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc) with access to 3B customers worldwide. Samsung, Sony Ericsson, […]

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Why Google Broadband Finally Makes Sense

  Yesterday Google declared it was getting in to the broadband market. As Chris Dixon pointed out, this was about the fourth time. What’s different this time and are they really going to do it? I don’t think the timing of their announcement is coincidental. Recently there have been significant developments with respect to the […]

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