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Wolfgang Gruener, the founder of TG Daily, has a pretty good track record when it comes to building sites that are interesting, informative, and professional. Now, he is taking off on a new venture, one that takes him out of the realm of the tech world for the very first time. Today, Wolfgang is launching Single Parent Gossip, a new site for single parents, and it’s pretty damned good.
It was a pretty ordinary day in Ann Arbor. Sure, the city known as A2 to its friends had just lost its last daily paper after 174 years, but the folks from Time Magazine had an ace up their sleeves - they were reporting on the story from the future.
Who said romance was dead? Well, the British if a new poll is to be believed. Once red-blooded males soon cool down and spend more time with their games consoles than their girlfriends or wives.
Slideshow – The IAA is one of the trend-setting automobile tradeshows
in Europe and we are expecting an impressive lineup of new cars. Here
is our Top 10.
Bill Gates was a on a good pace to win the Facebook popularity contest
with friend requests that clearly outpaced the numbers of Facebook’s
favorite tech journalist Leo Laporte. But accepting friend requests
from people Gates has never heard of apparently did not make sense for the
Microsoft co-founder. Will his marketing advisor agree?
As more and more counties are replacing power hungry incandescent
traffic lights with LEDs, the northern states are discovering a
potentially serious problem that is believed to have already caused at
least one death in a car accident.
Analyst Opinion - It can be entertaining to watch companies that have
learned to manage expectations. They set low bars, generally fail at
what they attempt, and yet the folks in charge of the programs often
get bonuses and rewards as if they had successfully executed. I believe
the Windows Vista mess was mainly caused by Microsoft’s behavior.
Similar behavior effectively killed a long line of companies starting
with DEC and running all the way to Sun. Google’s new Chrome OS looks
to be another example of people more interested in pretending to be
doing something, rather than actually doing it well.
Is it just a blip or the beginning of a trend? NPD’s U.S. game console
shipment numbers for June showed a slight uptick in sales over the
catastrophic results for the preceding two months, but it seems that
both Microsoft and Sony are gaining much faster than Nintendo. The Wii
dropped to its weakest competitive position since January 2008.
Market researchers continue to believe that the netbook category will
be posting significant shipment growth. iSuppli said that 3G netbooks
shipments alone will top 17 million this year. Good news for Google and
its Chrome OS, cloud applications and its investment in WiMax company
Mozilla can celebrate a decent launch of its latest browser, Firefox
3.5. The software has cleared the 2% barrier over the weekend, topping
Google’s Chrome browser for the very first time. However, even if
Mozilla’s version transitions seems to be on track, Firefox has lost
steam and is not gaining market share as quickly anymore as in previous
Opinion – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer yesterday gave a casual speech in
front of more than 1500 members and guests of the Executives Club of
Chicago, explaining the importance of innovation during a “reset” of
the economy. The pitch for Microsoft products was careful, and, not
surprisingly, focused on the next Xbox and Bing. What about Windows 7?
Access to fast Internet connection has jumped over the past year. A new
study released by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American
Life Project that 63% of Americans now use broadband Internet at home.
But while increasing broadband penetration may not be that surprising,
pricing is. Consumers are confronted with rising cost for their
broadband connections – and cost is now the main barrier for continued
broadband connection, indicating another imminent digital divide.
Analyst Opinion - This is an interesting idea. Do a reality TV program
on the web using Jack Welch, who is arguably a more famous success than
Donald Trump and focus on a real problem. In this initial segment.
Hertz Connect is the target for their efforts. There is no Microsoft
product placement in the show, but ads show up on the side making
general statements about Microsoft's technology. The layout is
creative, the talent is world class with Jack Welch, but the question
is: Does it work?
Opinion – I just hate saying “told you so”. But it seems that even
Apple’s patience with AT&Ts willingness to keep pace with mobile
devices innovation is coming to an end, if I take the liberty to
interpret the dramatic omission of the carrier from yesterday’s keynote
in this way. AT&T and Apple have been in a love and hate
relationship from the very beginning, but as the pain factor climbs,
Apple may be weighing its options and simply ditch Apple. It may be
time to start looking elsewhere.
I still doubt that Bing will be enough for Microsoft to attack Google’s
dominating role in the search market, but if we believe data published
by Comscore then it seems that Bing has increased Microsoft search
market share and, more importantly, it was able to hold on to those
gains in the first week after launch.