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Meeker’s Mobile Vision Begs Questions About Location Apps

Mary Meeker’s recent presentation on mobile in 2011 focuses on mobile devices as extensions of activities we’ve up till now used computers for—commerce, social media updates, games. The “location-specific” applications are still quite murky. How does a store offer discounts to people who are in close physical proximity to the store? How does a store engage with a customer in the store, standing in front of a product? Some of this requires retailers and other merchants to think through innovations.

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The Social (Media) Revolution We Just Saw In Egypt

Democracy may have broken out in Egypt today. Only time will tell how the Egyptian military and establishment negotiates with the bold participant who thrust itself into power this morning: the Egyptian people. I’ve read about the spreading uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and now Syria and Yemen, and it reminds me of the heady days […]

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Google “Versus” Facebook? Or Just Google “And” Facebook?

Google’s new social strategy called Google +1 is aimed at Facebook’s domination of social media. Or is it? An early peek at Google +1 suggests that it improves on some aspects of Facebook’s “closed garden.” But there’s an overwhelming majority of FB users who kinda like the closed garden, y’know?

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Five Reasons Why I Hate My Very First, Shiny New iPhone

I just got my very first iPhone. And despite falling in love with it, I’ve run into five problems with the iPhone right away. These are obvious clear faults with the customer experience that should be easy, easy to Apple to fix. We’ll see if they do:

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