business innovation

business innovation

Sparkart: How A Digital Agency Helped Redbox Get Into The Ticketing Business

techcrunch.com
Earlier this month, Redbox announced that it’s going to start selling live event tickets from its ubiquitous red kiosks. That seemed like a smart move for Redbox, which is best-known as a DVD rental service, but it turns out the idea actually came from outside — specifically from Naveen Jain,...
Sparkart: How A Digital Agency Helped Redbox Get Into The Ticketing Business

IBM to acquire cloud infrastructure powerhouse SoftLayer

venturebeat.com
Sept. 9 - 10, 2013San Francisco, CAEarly Bird Tickets on Sale After numerous rumors that it was going to happen, IBM has agreed to acquire infrastructure-as-a-service provider SoftLayer. IBM already offers cloud infrastructure products, so this move shows IBM wasn’t getting enough traction on its own. SoftLayer has about 21,000...
IBM to acquire cloud infrastructure powerhouse SoftLayer

Bad Labor Conditions Aren't Just A Problem For Apple--We All Have A Stake

www.fastcompany.com
A decade ago, Apple made a splash with its “Think Different” advertising campaign. Today, with Apple in the headlines concerning labor conditions in its supply chain, it’s time for all of us to think different about how to improve the lives of the millions of workers making the products that...
Bad Labor Conditions Aren't Just A Problem For Apple--We All Have A Stake

US lawmakers question FTC's antitrust investigation of Google

www.pcworld.com
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission may be headed toward an "unwarranted" power grab in its antitrust investigation of Google, two lawmakers from Silicon Valley have said. Various media reports have suggested the FTC may accuse Google of unfair or deceptive businesses in addition to traditional antitrust violations, but the...
US lawmakers question FTC's antitrust investigation of Google

10 solar projects in India that can help fight grid blackouts

gigaom.com
India’s massive grid blackouts this month have been the subject of much debate and much concern — and from a clean power perspective, highlights a market where there is much opportunity. But there are actually a good deal of projects in India that are already focused on installing solar projects,...
10 solar projects in India that can help fight grid blackouts

Scientific advisers ignored or sidelined by government, says Lords report

www.guardian.co.uk
Chief scientific advisers must be consulted early and throughout policymaking, Lords committee recommendsThe government must overhaul its use of chief scientific advisers to prevent departments from ignoring and sidelining evidence that affects their policies, a Lords committee says.The committee examining the role and function of chief scientific advisers (CSAs) found...
Scientific advisers ignored or sidelined by government, says Lords report

National Day of Civic Hacking Seeks to Mine Data For Public Gold

www.fastcompany.com
This weekend, a National Day of Civic Hacking will take place at over 90 sites in 36 states. It's sponsored by Intel---part of their bigger innovation research and event initiative, We The Data. The events, from the "Anchorage Day of Civic Hacking" in Alaska to a "Super Happy Block Party"...
National Day of Civic Hacking Seeks to Mine Data For Public Gold

FCC Chairman is still cool with data caps

gigaom.com
FCC Chairman Julis Genachowski Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski reiterated his acceptance of broadband data caps and tiered pricing, at The Cable Show held today in Boston. In an interview with the National Cable and Telecommunications Association Chair (and a former FCC chairman himself) Michael Powell, Genachowski said he was...
FCC Chairman is still cool with data caps

Twitter is baffling – why don't I have more followers?

www.guardian.co.uk
For all the talk of 'joining the conversation', it's a bit like hearing the noise from a neighbour's party without being able to join inManagement guru Peter Drucker once wrote: "The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers." How apt, given that I have just vaulted the...
Twitter is baffling – why don't I have more followers?

Boards Want to Learn About Emerging IT Issues

www.computerworld.com
Directors admit they aren't adequately engaged in topics such as social media and IT-enabled business innovation...
Boards Want to Learn About Emerging IT Issues

Wired to launch its first UK pop-up shop in London showing off tools of a new industrial revolution

thenextweb.com
Ever read Wired and wished you could paw at all those cool and crazy gadgets? Yeah, it’s often a fantasy shopping list for us too. The good news is that Wired is opening its first UK pop-up store in London at the end of this month. The magazine runs seasonal stores...
Wired to launch its first UK pop-up shop in London showing off tools of a new industrial revolution

British Government Boards The P2P Lending Train: Plans To Loan £30M Through Funding Circle, Zopa

techcrunch.com
Despite bailing them out (and practically owning some of the them), the UK government seems unable to force high street banks to begin lending to small businesses again and this is causing a big problem for the economy — the wheels of capitalism won’t grease themselves. The latest solution coming...
British Government Boards The P2P Lending Train: Plans To Loan £30M Through Funding Circle, Zopa

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Is Going To Keep Up The Disruption At Disrupt SF

techcrunch.com
You might have heard of Uber and its quest to transform the way we transport ourselves from one place to another. You might have also heard that the company has faced some challenges along the way, challenges to which it didn’t and still doesn’t flinch. You also also might have...
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Is Going To Keep Up The Disruption At Disrupt SF

UK offers long-awaited copyright reform that sanctions format shifting, remote education

www.engadget.com
Believe it or not, it's still illegal in the UK to rip a favorite CD, or even to show copyrighted work in distance education -- both fair use permissions that many North Americans take for granted. Some sense is at last coming around now that the Intellectual Property Office...
UK offers long-awaited copyright reform that sanctions format shifting, remote education

6 Reasons Why So Many Acquisitions Fail

www.businessinsider.com
In my last post, Why Innovation Through Acquisition Is Such A Darn Good Idea, I commented on the crucial importance of mergers and acquisitions in the business innovation ecosystem. From an entrepreneur's-eye-view, M&A provides lucrative shareholder exits. Viewed through the lens of the public company, innovation-through-acquisition can be a legitimate...
6 Reasons Why So Many Acquisitions Fail

Innovation - who would dare oppose it? | Aditya Chakrabortty

www.guardian.co.uk
Growth-hungry Britain prizes innovation. But how do colossal TVs or self-sorting smart socks boost our standard of living?Only 83 days left till Christmas so offer a vote of thanks to the folk at Sony, for they have seen off your gift-shopping migraines. I speak, of course, of the XBR-84X900: the...
Innovation - who would dare oppose it? | Aditya Chakrabortty

The National Broadband Plan

www.avc.com
I went down to Washington, DC yesterday to participate in an event that celebrated the 25th anniversary of .com. I spoke on a panel (yes a hated panel) moderated by Kara Swisher and including Aneesh Chopra, CTO of the Federal Government, Arianna Huffington, and Ken Silva, CTO of Verisign. Kara...
The National Broadband Plan

Facebook’s business model

cdixon.org
Startups usually succeed because of a single major product or business innovation. Google is unusual in that they succeeded because of two major innovations: their core search product, and their keyword advertising business model. Back in 2000, when Google was wildly popular but generating no revenue, the conventional wisdom was that...
Facebook’s business model
The Minerva Project Lands $25 Million for Elite Virtual University. Ambitious? Yes. Just Don’t Call it Disruptive.

Customs urged to investigate UK spyware firm

www.guardian.co.uk
Surveillance tech firm Gamma International denies selling to oppressive regimes and says it complies with export controlsHuman rights campaigners have called for an investigation into the British surveillance technology company Gamma International, which they accuse of exporting controlled surveillance products without licences to regimes with dismal human rights records.Gamma International...
Customs urged to investigate UK spyware firm

Why Intel thinks data democratization is a good bet

gigaom.com
Intel doesn’t see money in the blending of personal data with publicly available data sets, not yet, anyway. But the chip maker does suspect that a market could form around that sort of behavior down the line. That’s why the company has been backing several initiatives around data lately, from...
Why Intel thinks data democratization is a good bet

Over $1 billion in big brand budget on stage at MobileBeat 2013

venturebeat.com
July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now It’s becoming more and more evident to the mobile ecosystem that the” big money” is coming from established brands looking to connect, engage, and sell like never before. Our sixth annual MobileBeat event — July 9-10 in San Francisco...
Over $1 billion in big brand budget on stage at MobileBeat 2013

Science spending falls even faster than feared despite government pledge

www.guardian.co.uk
Spending on science through individual government departments fell 7.6% in first year of parliament, figures showPublic spending on science and innovation has fallen even faster than feared, despite a firm government pledge to protect spending in this area.The coalition had promised to protect just three areas of spending amid the...
Science spending falls even faster than feared despite government pledge

CEOs can’t tweak their way to innovation

tech.fortune.cnn.com
Most leaders are attracted to incremental changes. Trouble is, that rarely works. Here’s a roadmap to making major changes to drive business innovation. [cnnmoney-byline src="By Saul Kaplan, contributor"] FORTUNE — Sometimes tweaks aren’t enough. Sometimes nothing short of reinventing yourself, your organization, or your community is called for. The start...
CEOs can’t tweak their way to innovation

Cloud computing to generate 14 million jobs, according to Microsoft-commissioned study

seattletimes.nwsource.com
Research firm IDC, in a study paid for by Microsoft, predicts that cloud computing will generate nearly 14 million jobs globally by 2015 -- based on the premise that companies that move to the cloud will see increased revenue growth and cost savings that will lead them to create jobs....
Cloud computing to generate 14 million jobs, according to Microsoft-commissioned study

Get rid of 'digital handcuffs', says European Commission vice-president

www.guardian.co.uk
Neelie Kroes echoes comments made by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, backing open web and saying rigid approach can limit innovationThe openness of the web needs to be protected and "digital handcuffs" need to be removed, Neelie Kroes, the vice-president of the European Commission with responsibility for Europe's digital agenda, has said.Speaking...
Get rid of 'digital handcuffs', says European Commission vice-president

Intellectual property crime unit to be set up by City police

www.guardian.co.uk
Raft of measures announced by business secretary Vince Cable to tackle copyright infringementThe City of London police is to establish an intellectual property crime unit as part of fresh measures to tackle copyright infringement, the business secretary, Vince Cable, has announced.The police force, which already specialises in intellectual property crime,...
Intellectual property crime unit to be set up by City police

New Legal Decisions Will Impact Net Neutrality and Startups

www.readwriteweb.com
Two important legal decisions were made this week that could have significant impact on technology startups. On Tuesday, a U.S. Federal Appeals Court determined that the FCC had overstepped its regulatory authority in demanding that Comcast cease its "throttling" of peer-to-peer service users. And on Wednesday, the U.K. House of...
New Legal Decisions Will Impact Net Neutrality and Startups

Give me 'midata'! Consumers earn power to see their spending patterns

www.guardian.co.uk
Government will compel firms to hand over customer data and help consumers make more informed purchases on how they spendConsumers are to be given new powers to ask companies to hand over their personal customer data so that they can make more informed choices on how they spend their own...
Give me 'midata'! Consumers earn power to see their spending patterns

SAP Sapphire: Facing 'consumer revolution,' McDermott tacks toward innovation

www.zdnet.com
At the closing keynote presentation of Day 1 of SAP’s Sapphire Now confab in Orlando, co-CEO Bill McDermott repositions the company as a partner for business innovation....
SAP Sapphire: Facing 'consumer revolution,' McDermott tacks toward innovation
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?