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Words to Live By: Data vs. Opinions

“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.” – Jim Barksdale. The interwebs are all aflutter over the news of Google’s Marissa Mayer taking the CEO role at Yahoo! I haven’t seen so much excitement over a new hire since Jobs returned to Apple in…

5 Years of the iPhone

5 years ago, Apple released the iPhone. Without a doubt, it set the new bar for mobile and permanently changed consumer expectations for what mobile devices could be capable of. We now had a tool that could do much of what our desktop computers could do – and a lot more. In the meantime, numerous…

The State of Twitter

With the introduction of Google+ and its asymmetric follow philosophy, some think Twitter may suffer some loss of users. The ability to follow anyone and have public/circle-based posts with threaded conversations makes the interactions more compelling without the Twitter’s 140 character restrictions. My view is Google+ is best at content sharing, while Twitter still rules…

Google’s Social Imperative

It feels like just a few years ago that Google held an an unassailable competitive advantage with its AdSense system. It is unquestionably the most successful online advertising system and has enabled Google to reap tremendous value. Coupled with its proprietary PageRank system, the two components were and still are the core of Google’s business…