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- Apple's Class-Action Lawsuit: Never Intentionally Break Your Product Feb 10 Apple has been sued for allegedly breaking FaceTime on iOS 6 and iPhones running earlier versions of iOS in order to cut costs and force upgrades. If this turns out to be true, it will be far from the first time I've seen this strategy implemented. And it always has turned out badly. Let's talk about why you never intentionally break a product in order to extort money out of a customer. (The word "extort" should be your first clue.)
- AMD's Strangely Unusual Path to Market for Impressive New Server Processor Feb 7 AMD is coming out with its new Naples processor for servers. After being knocked out of the market due to missed commitments, getting back in would typically be ugly. Server buyers tend to be very conservative and would be slow to move to a new processor anyway. AMD is taking a very interesting path to market that pulls from its core differentiating feature and builds on its increasing financial success to overcome this shortcoming. Let's chat a bit about this because the process is unique and I think it might represent a best practice for how to speed an enterprise-class product to market and assure customer advocacy for it.
- Why Turnarounds Fail: Trump Edition Feb 2 Watching our new U.S. president in his first weeks reminds me of why a lot of turnarounds fail, particularly when executed by someone from the outside. They can fail for a lot of things, but in this instance, I think you can see the combination of a bad skill match, false assumptions about how things work, and the typical issues with regard to loyalty and culture at the heart of some colossal initial screw-ups. Taking a democratic government from one party to another isn't that much different in terms of goals than what a turnaround CEO has to do.
- Bay Area: Tech job growth has rapidly decelerated San Jose Mercury News | Feb 10
- Facebook shareholders would have uphill climb ousting Zuckerberg from board Computerworld | Feb 8
- What's Next for Facebook Stock? US News & World Report | Feb 7
- Cloud computing, internet of things boost Intel's results San Jose Mercury News | Jan 26
- Asus Tinker Board Joins Raspberry Pi on the Bargain Table TechNewsWorld | Jan 25
- Barra Leaves Post as Xiaomi's International Point Man E-Commerce Times | Jan 24
- States and Localities Reap the Rewards of Hyperconvergence StateTech | Jan 23
Rob Enderle on…
Intel and its fourth quarter results
[Intel had] "an impressive quarter." [The performance of the company's PC segment suggests] "the belief that [the PC market] has bottomed and is, again, moving toward growth."
Cloud computing, internet of things boost Intel's results San Jose Mercury News
Yahoo's breaches and the Verizon acquisition of its main operating business delay
"The bigger things are the breaches; those have Verizon reconsidering the deal—I think the merger is at risk; the delay would point to that as still a possibility."
Updates to Google+
[While positive, the changes are more] "along the lines of a hotel saying they're going to repaint the bathrooms and get rid of the smell. They may lead fewer people to leave the service, but aren't compelling enough to bring people back.
Google Gives Google+ Some Nips and Tucks TechNewsWorld
[The problem with Twitter is they aren't making enough money.] "When you're losing your executive staff and you're doing layoffs to break even—that's selling off your future. Layoffs are not a way to grow. They are trending in the wrong direction."
Can Twitter remain a viable business? CBC Radio
Facial recognition technology
"It's going to eventually replace passwords and fingerprints. It will be in everything. Today's 2D is not very reliable, but with increasing 3D reliability, we'll start to get something that's useful."
Los Gatos startup debuts 3D facial camera San Jose Mercury News
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