Posts Tagged ‘business’

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Spotify challenges Apple’s iTunes

August 4, 2009

Spotify is the company that most analists believe could challange the dominance of iTunes at the digital music business.

Today, Financial Times (FT) confirms that Spotify got a strong backing by a number of high profile investors.

You can learn more on Spotify at WordPress  and about some of its latest innovations at some other blogs (one and two)

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Schmidt departure from Apple… more of Google into mainstream

August 4, 2009

Few days ago, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) started an investigation on why a Google application was blocked from working on Apple’s iPhone.  Few months ago the US FTC started an investigation into directorships, including the Board of Apple.

Yesterday, Schmidt, CEO of Google leaves Apple’s Board.

This is another confirmation that Google is coming onto the main street of Sw/Hw PC industry. The announcement of Android and then of Chrome OS operating system is placing Google in direct competition with not only Microsoft, but Apple and a number of other relevant players.

This is a challenge that could mean the beginning of a major dominance or the beginning of becoming a mature player not longer that aggressively innovator

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MIPS are death, Megabits/connectivity becomes the law

May 23, 2009

As Gigaoam puts it “My COMMputing (Communications+computing) view of the world puts the speed of the networks and the availability of connectivity at a level higher than the raw oomph of a processor or the capacity of a memory chip” http://gigaom.com/2009/05/22/why-its-the-megabits-not-the-mips-that-matter/#more-51335

and though most of the people do not recognized it in a formal way, it is true that MIPs were the key performance metrics. However, now we all ask whether you have this or that ammoung of megabits of your communications. We have moved from a world were the bottleneck used to be the power of computers to a world were the bottleneck is the speed of our connectivity.

Will it affect the value of companies in the market, and those helping connectivity will succeed in market cap, while those centeered in computer power will slowly become uninteresting stocks?

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“Cisco’s Big Push into New Markets”

May 17, 2009

Is Cisco risking too much? Well…we all know you don’t really win if you don’t risk.

“CEO John Chambers is using the giant’s cash hoard to expand beyond networking gear. But he risks alienating key partners HP, Dell, and IBM.”

“In recent weeks, Cisco has cut deals with customers looking to use its technology in more expansive ways than ever before—Major League Baseball teams that want fully wired stadiums, the city of Miami as it develops a smart power grid. “It’s been like that for the last 120 days,” Chambers says. “We’re in the right place at the right time.” ” You can read more at Business Week‘s article by Peter Burrows.