Posts filed under “Technology”

Google’s Nest Labs Acquisition is a Smart Defensive Move

I have been thinking about Google’s acquisition of Next Lab’s last week for the eye-popping sum of $3.2 billion dollars. There have been numerous criticisms of the acquisition in terms of cost, with some chatter of this as evidence of a bubble in Silicon Valley. Perhaps it is worth considering this from a different perspective.

If we look at some of the biggest tech errors of the past decade, we see a very specific risk arising from new technologies to existing companies. The two that come to mind are Blackberry ignoring the threat from touch screen smart phones (Apple iPhone) and Microsoft ignoring the tablet as a threat to their basic Windows/PC business (Apple iPad).

Note that Google’s Android acquisition allowed the company to be stay competitive with Apple’s disruptive technologies – even as the two previous leaders fell dramatically from their prior number one spots. Android phones are ahead in market share (but not profitability) versus the iPhone; Android tablets are the default alternative to iPads. Blackberry saw its market share plummet. Microsoft is encountering a seismic shift in PC sales.

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Category: M&A, Technology

New Project in the Works

So I have been working on a few interesting projects — some web based, some data oriented, and some media related — that will be rolling out over the next few months. The core of these projects, all relate to my day job — asset management and financial planning — in some significant way. Today…Read More

Category: Media, Technology, Weblogs

Google’s Plans to Own the Future


Source: Bloomberg

Google just announced its latest takeover: A $3.2 billion deal to purchase Nest, a company specializing in thermostats and smoke detectors. This is the latest in more than a dozen tech and hardware acquisitions for Google over the past year. Bloomberg looks at some of the best in today’s “Ranx.”

Category: Technology, Video

Apple MacBook Air Design Flaw

Dear Sirs, I want to bring to you’re attention a terrible design floor in the MacBook Air laptop: Its power switch. Unlike the MacBoook Pro that it replaced, someone at Apple placed the on/off switch as part of the keyboard. This is a terrible idea. It makes the laptop that much less usable, less efficient…Read More

Category: Really, really bad calls, Technology

Half-Assed

I read yesterday morning in the Japan Times that the JP Morgan settlement is thought to be a blueprint of future settlements. Some recompense to the Treasury, some putative damages to act a deterrent for the future, but a decided lack of culpability in the veritable errrr ummm culprits. Why, pray tell, is it believed…Read More

Category: Legal, Technology

Everything is a Remix: The iPhone

Everything is a Remix Case Study: The iPhone from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Category: Technology, Video

NASA’s 6-Foot Valkyrie Humanoid Robot

NASA’s 6-Foot Valkyrie Humanoid Robot Will Rescue You From Buildings Source: fastcompany

Category: Science, Technology, Weekend

The Hierarchy of Innovation

I find this intriguing: From Rough Type: If progress is shaped by human needs, then general shifts in needs would also bring shifts in the nature of technological innovation. The tools we invent would move through the hierarchy of needs, from tools that help safeguard our bodies on up to tools that allow us to…Read More

Category: Technology, Venture Capital

Dear Lord, No Cell Phones on Airplanes.

There will be blood. And fights, and cell phones deservedly jammed up peoples nether regions. It is the busiest travel day of the year today. I for one am giving thanks that we are staying local with the sibs instead of flying to Chicago as we typically do. As problematic as the weather is this…Read More

Category: Really, really bad calls, Technology, Travel

The Ballmer Years

The not so terrific reign of error of Microsoft under Steve Ballmer: Source: WSJ

Category: Corporate Management, Digital Media, Technology