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Caveat Emptor: Why Most M&As Destroy Value

Between 2009-2013 Google, Inc made a staggering 69 acquisitions, Facebook 33, and lately Yahoo seems to acquiring companies (112 to date) faster than you can say Marissa Mayer. Most of these acquisitions center around mobile. But there’s a persistent belief in big business that mergers and acquisitions inherently destroy the value of the acquired company. …

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AT&T (again), CAPTCHA’s fall, Microsoft’s latest fails

Big business v. small town We’re starting to think that AT&T is a firm believer in the “all PR is good PR” theory, since this is the second time in a single week they’ve made headlines for pretty sketchy behavior. After Wednesday’s interesting admission that they’re moving ahead with expansion plans regardless of the outcome …

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The war rages on, and “free” is just another word for something more to pay

He which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart; his passport shall be made.  The iOS/Android feud has always been intense. Coke v. Pepsi intense. Dodgers v. Giants intense. The most polite of your friends will let a disparaging comment fly if you switch from one platform to the other (as I recently …

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Apple Pay v. MCX

ApplePay v. MCX When Apple announced its ApplePay system for the iPhone 6, mobile apps were downloaded, consumers cheered, wallets were burned in protest (well, in spirit) and lone competing mobile-payment company MCX set about making sure ApplePay wouldn’t work in any of their consortium’s stores (no small names here, either – we’re talking WalMart, …

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How to Help Your Customers Find Your Mobile App

Ensuring you’re not lost in a sea of apps. With over a million apps each in Apple’s App Store and Google Play discoverability gets harder every day. Today I’ll talk about a few simple ways you can help your customers find your app. Let’s go way back to the early days of digital marketing. The …

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Why Android Fragmentation Isn’t a Problem (Anymore) in Developing Mobile Apps

Google has done a remarkable job solving the problem of development fragmentation with their implementation of Google Play Services.  A Brief History The Android landscape was in a precarious position in terms of development. On the positive side, it was rapidly exploding with several manufacturers releasing a multitude of devices. This barrage of so many …

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Microsoft paying Android users to use Bing

Microsoft paying Android users to use Bing The “Bing Rewards” program was launched in Q3 2010 and offered to give people virtual currency that they could then convert to gift cards or charitable donations simply for using Bing. Recently, that program was extended to Android and iOS. One has to ask: Why does Microsoft continue to compete …

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Nest Team Will Become Google’s Core Hardware Group | TechCrunch

Nest Team Will Become Google’s Core Hardware Group | TechCrunch This report from TechCrunch would seem to bolster Gruber’s comments from earlier. It definitely seems they are serious in using Nest to build consumer devices. But that means there’s no way of spinning Motorola as anything but an abysmal failure. Motorola was purchased for OVER …

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