Silicon Valley Watcher (new rules)

2016
January
08,
2016
| 03:37 PM America/Los_Angeles
I feel very honored to be ranked #4 by LinkedIn as one of the "top 10 media writers of the year" in the debut of its "Top Voices of the year" list that named 80 writers across eight industry sectors.I also feel a little uncomfortable about drawing at...
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2014
May
14,
2014
| 05:23 PM America/Los_Angeles
I had the pleasure of moderating a conversation with Malcolm Gladwell at a breakfast for top tech executives attending Gainsight's  Pulse 2014 conference in San Francisco.Gladwell said that over the years he has come to appreciate the importance of G...
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2010
May
17,
2010
| 07:52 AM America/Los_Angeles
Facebook is paving the way for lax privacy controls and where Facebook leads others are bound to follow. Trying to control how much others know about you is going to become increasingly difficult. Yes, you can adjust your privacy settings, but this p...
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2009
February
09,
2009
| 08:03 PM America/Los_Angeles
More than three years ago I published some rules for today's workforce and I'm updating them so that people can be somewhat protected from the unpleasant effects of losing a job.Since most people are expected to go through more than a dozen jobs, and...
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January
24,
2009
| 03:41 PM America/Los_Angeles
The global economic crisis doesn't seem to be showing any rays of light, which is quite worrying. But at least there is some good green news from the economic slowdown:- Factories around the world have scaled back production and are not polluting air...
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2008
June
26,
2008
| 08:48 PM America/Los_Angeles
I was at an evening reception Thursday and someone I know walked up holding his Flip video camera up to his eye and I put my hand up to shield my face. He said why are you doing that? I said I didn't want to be filmed right now."Why are you upset?" h...
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January
16,
2008
| 03:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
(Hat tip to Heddi Cundle.)Load this url from HEMA, a top Dutch department store and wait a few seconds...http://producten.hema.nl/...
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2007
September
27,
2007
| 01:23 AM America/Los_Angeles
It's the short fat part of the tail that matters. Yet I meet so many companies that miss significant opportunities.So many startups have business plans that predict riches can be found in the long tail of commerce. Yet their first target should be th...
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July
26,
2007
| 09:26 PM America/Los_Angeles
I've been thinking about journalist sources. I know some of mine are among my FaceBook and LinkedIn friends. Could that become a problem in the future?What if I write about Apple and Steve Jobs thinks it has been leaked and sacks a friend who works a...
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July
24,
2007
| 11:02 PM America/Los_Angeles
By Tom ForemskiStrumpette, the popular blog site for the PR industry, has laid down a gauntlet, inviting the top 50 executives of the world's top PR firms to confront the changing nature of the PR world.This is an interesting issue, one that seems to...
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March
22,
2007
| 09:15 PM America/Los_Angeles
Here is an interesting post from BizReport. It shows that publishers aren't making money from their online operations. Publishers aren't profiting from online operations - Internet - BizReport Out of 350 international newspaper and magazine execut...
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March
10,
2007
| 04:16 PM America/Los_Angeles
At the Newcomm Forum in Las Vegas this week, I kept hearing a lament that is all too common: how to deal with with negative or incorrect content about a company and its  products on search engine results? Especially if those negative  links are on th...
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January
26,
2007
| 04:36 AM America/Los_Angeles
From the news story: "San Francisco activist groups rally against Google/Earthlink "monopoly" deal for free WiFi " Several San Francisco activist groups and non-profit internet companies have joined together to protest a proposed deal between the c...
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2006
December
07,
2006
| 02:25 AM America/Los_Angeles
By Tom Foremski for Silicon Valley Watcher I get to speak with a lot of companies, IBM, HP, Cisco, Intel, Sun, etc.   And many much smaller companies. The presentations are good when delivered in such formats, when they are off the record they often...
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October
10,
2006
| 04:21 AM America/Los_Angeles
This is an interesting conference put on by Ismael Ghalimi at the swank St Regis. I popped into the Tuesday evening reception  at SF MOMA.Conference goers got their badges, and their digital schedules on a flash drive - an Apple iPod Nano - very cla...
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September
20,
2006
| 04:38 PM America/Los_Angeles
The New York Times has an article describing Google's charity: Google.org funded with $1bn. What makes this interesting is that its legal status is the same as that of a corporation--it is a for-profit entity rather than a non-profit. This means t...
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September
06,
2006
| 05:59 PM America/Los_Angeles
By Tom Foremski for Silicon Valley Watcher In thinking about Google handing over identifiable information about users of its Orkut service to Brazilian authorities, and disclosures by Yahoo in China, couldn't such things be avoided fairly easily? For...
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September
02,
2006
| 01:14 AM America/Los_Angeles
UPDATE: A reader points out that it looks like the Irish Medical Times newspaper was hacked and then picked up by Google. I had posted this hack from Google News with an anti-Israeli message and I asked how GOOG could stop other such incidents and g...
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August
15,
2006
| 12:46 AM America/Los_Angeles
Anybody who runs a blog or a web site usually peeks at the search terms that visitors input. It's fascinating stuff because sometimes you can find clues to breaking stories or emerging issues/trends. And looking at the AOL search term database that ...
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July
17,
2006
| 01:58 AM America/Los_Angeles
Yahoo Finance has been changed for the better says Yahoo, but many users disagree. Mark Coker tells me the message boards are teeming with complaints.Here is a sample of what I saw:There is big risk in a redesign of a popular web site because people...
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July
11,
2006
| 02:37 AM America/Los_Angeles
I've been thinking about how ideas are created and how they are used. There seems to be a life span to good business ideas in that most ideas eventually become obvious because at some point they will make sense to most people. Within the startup com...
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July
09,
2006
| 04:09 AM America/Los_Angeles
Google, Yahoo, MSN and the many other search sites and aggregators wandering the Internet with their spiderbots could be in trouble, if their version of net neutrality doesn't survive. That's because the spiderbots eat up a huge amount of bandwidth,...
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July
06,
2006
| 12:55 AM America/Los_Angeles
me The term "marketing" is broadly used but it carries a lot of baggage such as "spin" and "selling." Yes, marketing means so much more than the commonly understood term--it is how product development is monetized. But in many uses of the term "mark...
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June
22,
2006
| 04:04 PM America/Los_Angeles
I recently interviewed Sabrina Horn, the head of the Horn Group, one of Silicon Valley's largest independent PR companies. The Horn Group this month is celebrating fifteen years in business and Ms Horn has seen many of Silicon Valley's business cycle...
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June
22,
2006
| 11:40 AM America/Los_Angeles
Wednesday I managed to catch up with Sean Garrett, one of the co-founders of 463 Communications, an agency that represents tech firms in Washington D.C on tech policy issues. Obviously, net neutrality was a topic we discussed, and Mr Garrett mention...
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May
16,
2006
| 02:17 AM America/Los_Angeles
Google can sell advertising for much less because it doesn't have to pay for any journalism. Newspapers, TV and radio sell advertising so that they can pay for the journalism.Craigslist can operate a global classified ads business with just 18 peopl...
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May
16,
2006
| 02:07 AM America/Los_Angeles
As more and more business products and services become digital, they become vulnerable to what I call "cherry pickers." Competitors can target highly profitable businesses because those businesses provide a high price umbrella.IBM for example, spawn...
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May
14,
2006
| 02:12 AM America/Los_Angeles
It was not ethical for Microsoft to drive out companies in its adjacent businesses. Yet time and time again, Microsoft moved into markets which had established companies in them and they took over those markets leveraging its dominant position in PC...
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May
14,
2006
| 01:49 AM America/Los_Angeles
(A distributed column.) Is it OK for Google to launch numerous businesses and not seek to monetize those businesses? Is it OK for Google to take advantage of its huge scale, its global operations to muscle into new markets and create businesses and n...
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May
08,
2006
| 12:30 AM America/Los_Angeles
[Here is Part 1]There is a strange phenomenon that I've encountered and it seems other people have had a similar experience [I was talking with veteran UK journalist David Tebbutt (Thinkerlog blog) last night about this].I will sit down to write an ...
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