Category : Tech News

2 Ways to Spend 1 Billion Dollars

$2 Billion changed hands yesterday in the form of the two biggest news items of the day: Facebook spent $1 Billion on Instagram.  They acquired an innovative, competitive (if tangentially) product to make their company better. Microsoft spent $1 Billion buying patents from AOL.  The rumor is that they may have…

Sunny Days?

One of my primary investment theses at the moment is that the cloud is not only growing, but that we are just scratching the surface of what’s possible.  That’s why when I read that Amazon’s S3 growth has declined slightly, I was surprised.  To be clear, it’s not like S3…

Democratizing Spelling

One of the cool things about big data is that it lets you see every trend, whether you expect it or not.  I remember the old hunch reports that would show interesting anomalies, like the fact that dog owners are 16% more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle.  These…

Some Observations and Thoughts on The PG’s Website

The Post-Gazette completely redesigned their website earlier this week.  What I’d like to do is make two lists, first I’ll highlight the changes I observed (the critical ones anyway) and then I’ll share some thoughts on what I think it all means.  I’m not going to share thoughts on the…

Getting a Job Based on Data or Social

The world is full of interesting spaces where the current technology’s days are numbered, but what will replace it is not quite clear yet.  Take television, Like many things, the days of the traditional resume are numbered.  Take News, Media, or Television as examples that I’ve discussed before.  Today, I’ve…

Content as a Service

There is a model that evolved over the last decade in IT that’s based on creating a community, a marketplace, or a platform.  The best examples of this to date are Twitter, Facebook, and Google.  You not only think of each of these when you’re at their site, you think…

IT Jobs in the Future

The “IT Department” is shrinking.  Cloud computing means that more and more applications are running outside the datacenter.  In fact, with PaaS and SaaS solutions, big non-IT companies are often not even managing their own OSs, software platforms, and monitoring stacks.  These same companies are also employing fewer and fewer…

Risk from Partnerships on the Web

One reason I think that technology investment should be left to technologists is articles like this one in the Motley Fool.  It discusses how companies can end up screwed over by Google when Google decides to compete directly.  The example they give is WebMD which has a very high portion…

Microsoft Will Win By Forfeit

The world is going to change.  It’s moving in to the cloud.  It’s moving on to your phone, your tablet, your netbook.  In 5 or 10 years, you won’t use a desktop (there’s a good chance you already don’t), you probably won’t even use a laptop as we know it…

The Technology/Humanities Pendulum

As I read Steve Jobs biography I became very interested in just how non-technical he was.  Don’t get me wrong; he had a grasp for technology and probably as much engineering skills (hardware and software) as most people in technology, but he didn’t become Steve Jobs and Apple didn’t become…