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China video wars: rivals unite to gobble growth

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As China’s two online video leaders merge to improve their position in the fast-growing field, three of their rivals are also teaming up to fight back. The Tencent and Sohu portals and Baidu’s iQiyi video service are collaborating to jointly license professional content. China Daily: “They will also share their existing content libraries and provide other mutual support.” The leading Youku...
China video wars: rivals unite to gobble growth

MoPub Drops Its Price For Ad Network Mediation To Zero

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It’s the one-year anniversary of MoPub‘s marketplace for real-time bidding on mobile ads, and the company is celebrating by eliminating the cost for publishers to participate. CEO Jim Payne told me that the company wants to encourage as many publishers to use the MoPub Marketplace as possible. After all, he said...
MoPub Drops Its Price For Ad Network Mediation To Zero

Chris Anderson leaves Wired for his robotics startup

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Longtime Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson is leaving the magazine to become CEO of 3D Robotics, the startup he cofounded in 2009. Anderson had been Wired‘s EIC since 2001. “This is an opportunity for me to pursue an entrepreneurial dream,” Anderson said in a statement posted at Buzzfeed. “I’m confident that Wired’s mission to...
Chris Anderson leaves Wired for his robotics startup

EC Says Telco Standards Could Make €110 Billion New Digital Content Market

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The European Commission reckons it could unlock €110 ($147.99/£93.27) billion a year in new digital business by harmonising rules for the bloc’s telecoms market. A study it commissioned from Ecorys, published on Tuesday, says the gain would come to content and telco operators from telecom rules that were revised...
EC Says Telco Standards Could Make €110 Billion New Digital Content Market
When does something become too big?
When does something become too big?

Google says moving IT to its Apps can save major energy

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We already know that cloud computing can be more energy efficient in many cases, but how much energy can it save (and in what cases)? Google writes in a blog post that a company can see energy savings of 65 to 85 percent from moving their internal hosted IT services...
Google says moving IT to its Apps can save major energy

Getting to gross margin: Tesla's year ahead

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When GigaOM asked its readers last June to read the tea leaves on Tesla’s future, 61 percent said that Tesla would be break even by this coming June and would be able to start making money by selling more mainstream cars. Tesla reported its Q4 numbers last week and our readers appear...
Getting to gross margin: Tesla's year ahead

Econ 101: Competition lowers broadband costs

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The cost of local access to the Internet is disproportionately higher than the cost of sending the same bits over long haul networks, but the price difference is far from random. A study of access prices on long haul and local transit found that the technology used and local competition...
Econ 101: Competition lowers broadband costs

6 Reasons Why So Many Acquisitions Fail

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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

8 Reasons Why Cloud Computing is Even Better for Small Businesses

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Sure, cloud computing offers benefits to companies of all sizes. But the clouds' advantages apply even more dramatically the smaller and newer your company. At the same time, the standard objections to cloud computing matter less to small companies than to large ones. On the plus side, the cloud's economies...
8 Reasons Why Cloud Computing is Even Better for Small Businesses

Microsoft on Google Apps

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Microsoft posted some videos on YouTube that discuss the disadvantages of using Google Apps in an organization, while recommending businesses to try Microsoft's solutions. Microsoft suggests that Google Apps is not an enterprise-class service because it's incomplete, has simple tools that lack basic features like copy & paste, Google Docs...
Microsoft on Google Apps

The Only Thing Worse Than The Patent Wars You Are Reading About Are the Ones You Aren't Reading About

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We all know about the patent wars that have dominated the mobile industry over the last couple of years. Apple and Samsung, Motorola and Microsoft, Oracle and Google–to name just a few. But there are also the patent disputes that you never hear about. Many of these lawsuits are filed...
The Only Thing Worse Than The Patent Wars You Are Reading About Are the Ones You Aren't Reading About
What would AT&T gain from going multinational? Not much

Memory Matters

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Being a study of trade-offs in the design of mobile devices, with a view to avoiding dystopias and promoting creativity. The current tempest-in-a-teapot about background apps (Androids do, Apples don’t) is instructive. Robert Love’s Why the iPad and iPhone don’t Support Multitasking is useful in explaining why this is...
Memory Matters

Mozilla CEO Kovacs Pleads For Fragmentation; Says Fate Of Our Mobile World Can't Depend On Just Two Companies

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Gary Kovacs, the CEO of Mozilla, today took aim at Apple and Google — or possibly Apple and Samsung; you can take your pick about how you parse mobile dominance — and made a impassioned for the mobile world to remain competitive. At a keynote during the Mobile World Congress...
Mozilla CEO Kovacs Pleads For Fragmentation; Says Fate Of Our Mobile World Can't Depend On Just Two Companies

What T-Mobile gains from a MetroPCS merger: Surgical spectrum

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Within hours of making their merger plans official on Wednesday, T-Mobile and MetroPCS started selling their grand plan to investors, customers, the media and the world. On a conference call with analysts and press, T-Mobile’s new CEO John Legere painted a picture of a new hyper-competitive carrier that would dominate...
What T-Mobile gains from a MetroPCS merger: Surgical spectrum
Amazon Web Services Drops Storage Pricing About 25%

App.net edges closer to 20,000 users, drops subscription prices to $36 to fuel the social fire

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When App.net kicked off its Twitter rivalry, the $50 yearly subscription fee was based on the assumption that the ad-free social service would maintain 10,000 customers. Founder Dalton Caldwell may have underestimated year-one adoption by just a tad: he now has nearly 20,000 customers on his hands in less...
App.net edges closer to 20,000 users, drops subscription prices to $36 to fuel the social fire

Wireless competition turned upside-down — In theory

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Are fewer competitors better for mobile broadband customers? Yes, according to the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies, which says that when spectrum is used up, fewer firms lead to lower prices. The February study “turns the conventional view of wireless competition on its head,” according...
Wireless competition turned upside-down — In theory

A budget iPhone from Apple | Alex Hern

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The Pegatron contract suggests Apple now sees the need to drop its BMW-style approach and launch a low-cost modelApple has never been a company particularly interested in the low end of the market. Its self-image is as the BMW of the tech world - and for years it had the...
A budget iPhone from Apple | Alex Hern

The Philosophy Behind Amazon Web Services' Cloud Strategy

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On stage at AWS re:Invent last week, CTO Werner Vogels discussed Amazon Web Services’ cloud philosophy, increasingly driven by a belief in building architecture that is cost-aware and designed to optimize economies of scale so it can do volume transactions at thin margins. The talk, a first-day keynote with Senior Vice...
The Philosophy Behind Amazon Web Services' Cloud Strategy

The Reason for the iPad Mini

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On a past Apple conference call, Tim Cook said "one thing we'll make sure is that we don't leave a price umbrella for people".  What's that? A price umbrella is when a company with dominant market share maintains high prices, leaving an opening for new competitors to enter at lower price...
The Reason for the iPad Mini

T-Mobile and MetroPCS working a deal? No way.

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Bloomberg is reporting yet another merger rumor about T-Mobile, this one involving MetroPCS. According to the report, T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom would either take control of or outright buy the regional CDMA and LTE operator. Maybe someone from Metro is talking with someone DT in some backroom somewhere in...
T-Mobile and MetroPCS working a deal? No way.

Roaming: the missing piece to the smartphone-Wi-Fi puzzle

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We have written a lot about the new generation of hotspots coming out this year that will make it snap for your smartphone to connect seamlessly to your mobile operator’s Wi-Fi hotspots. But what about hotspots that your carrier doesn’t manage? It turns out the world of Wi-Fi roaming is...
Roaming: the missing piece to the smartphone-Wi-Fi puzzle

Sponsor post: How to achieve backup SLAs and save money

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The increasing heterogeneity of today’s data centers combined with accelerating growth has made the problem of backup SLAs more difficult than ever. The challenge is that company backup windows and SLAs are typically fixed based on business requirements, while data is increasing rapidly. Additionally, budgets are typically growing at a...
Sponsor post: How to achieve backup SLAs and save money

So long, break-even

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The following is another excerpt from a report titled “iTunes Business Review” which will soon be available for purchase through the Asymco Store. If you are interested in the product please get in touch. — iTunes store will be 10 years old next month. From its inception Apple has stated...
So long, break-even

App.net Now Has 20,000 Users, Drops Its Price From $50 To $36 Per Year, Introduces A $5 Per Month Plan

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App.net just announced some price changes to its Twitter-like service focused on API. The major change is a much needed 40 percent price drop for its yearly subscription. It now costs $36 per year. In addition to adjusting existing plans, the company is announcing another plan to try out the...
App.net Now Has 20,000 Users, Drops Its Price From $50 To $36 Per Year, Introduces A $5 Per Month Plan
Dalton Caldwell on App.net: Six months later, more people are starting to 'get it'

Nokia Needs a Game Changer

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The mobile-phone maker has faltered badly, but market watchers say economies of scale still give Nokia a shot at turning its fortunes around....
Nokia Needs a Game Changer
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