economic incentives

economic incentives

Verizon: Video accounts for 50% of mobile network traffic, and it's only growing

gigaom.com
An interesting tidbit came out of Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam’s speech at the National Association of Broadcasters conference on Tuesday: Half of the traffic on Verizon’s mobile networks is now video, FierceWireless reported, and by 2017 Verizon expects that number to grow to two-thirds. At first glance, it would appear...
Verizon: Video accounts for 50% of mobile network traffic, and it's only growing

A Fee-Based Twitter Is No More Ideologically Pure Than An Ad-Supported Twitter

www.techdirt.com
A few weeks ago, we posted a bit about Dalton Caldwell's argument that a fee-based Twitter made more sense for users, because the company wouldn't put advertisers first. Caldwell, of course, has now put his development skills where his mouth was and recently launched App.net, which kicked off with a...
A Fee-Based Twitter Is No More Ideologically Pure Than An Ad-Supported Twitter

Facebook Open Graph, from Microsoft to User Privacy

bub.blicio.us
Facebook made some big announcements this week regarding the future (and future potential) of its platform approach to business. With the release of Open Graph and Social Plugins, Facebook provides deeper integration between its social network and third party websites and developers. The company also updated its existing Graph API...
Facebook Open Graph, from Microsoft to User Privacy

US to make solar energy development on public land easier

arstechnica.com
The west's Solar Energy Zones, highlighted in blue. DOE/BLM In the US, some of the best locations for generating solar power have been off-limits to development because they happen to be on federally owned land. Although the Department of the Interior has approved a number of utility-scale solar projects...
US to make solar energy development on public land easier

Offering rewards boosts blood donations despite ban on payments

arstechnica.com
NY State Senate While it’s illegal to pay someone for a kidney or a lobe of their liver, it’s completely legal to offer blood donors a small reward for giving a pint or two of blood. But for some people, accepting a reward in exchange for a blood donation raises...
Offering rewards boosts blood donations despite ban on payments

McClure: Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars For The Web’s Foursquares [Video]

techcrunch.com
Angel investor, Dave McClure, kicked up some dust this month with his post, “Check-Ins Are Coupons. Game Mechanics Are Bullshit.” His thesis: location based services (LBS) will have to offer real economic incentives if they ever hope to be a mainstream success. Foursquare, with some one million users, is...
McClure: Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars For The Web’s Foursquares [Video]

The Future of High-Tech Health Care - and the Challenge

bits.blogs.nytimes.com
New health-care technologies, like I.B.M.'s Watson computer, which is being developed as a smart assistant for physicians, hold great promise -- but only if the appropriate economic incentives are in place. The notion that a technology like Watson, if unbiased, is going to reduce health care spending significantly seems misguided....
The Future of High-Tech Health Care - and the Challenge

In Defense of the Unabashedly Profitable

blogs.hbr.org
(Editor's note: This post is part of the HBR Debate "What Does Business Owe the World?") A business is not a family or a charity or a government. It has a specific social function with a specific purpose, which implies specific duties. One of its responsibilities — its duties —...
In Defense of the Unabashedly Profitable

Platforms: Cambrian explosion or Devonian extinction?

gigaom.com
As our use of computers becomes ubiquitous — pervading our lives from our phones to our TVs to our cars — software is becoming the primary means for interaction. And apps are undergoing a “Cambrian explosion” of availability and diversification. The new “place” of business is on the buyer’s device,...
Platforms: Cambrian explosion or Devonian extinction?
Here are the 3 major places health tech innovators can make money

AT&T would totally bring gigabit to Austin, provided it gets same deal as Google

arstechnica.com
On the same day that Google announced it was launching Google Fiber in the Texas capital, AT&T said it would be more than happy to do the same—that is, assuming that the telco giant is “granted the same terms and conditions as Google on issues such as geographic scope...
AT&T would totally bring gigabit to Austin, provided it gets same deal as Google
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?