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Grand gestures, Samsung in the ring, Amazon says now.

Oh, we get it. It mutes. Around here we talk a lot about Jobs-to-be-Done; the theory that you must solve a customer’s real and ongoing problems. Now with that in mind, watch this Microsoft ad. Trust us, it’s SFW and won’t offend any sensibilities (other than your cinematic ones). That, my friends, is Microsoft’s latest …

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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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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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What Steve Jobs Wouldn’t Have Done – stratechery by Ben Thompson

What Steve Jobs Wouldn’t Have Done – stratechery by Ben Thompson Ben Thompson looks at the change that others have noted in Apple after Monday’s keynote. His take is that Apple, under Jobs, had a healthy fear of 1997 – the year they were 30 days away from missing payroll and had to get bailed …

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Neither Microsoft, Nokia, nor anyone else should fork Android. It’s unforkable.

Neither Microsoft, Nokia, nor anyone else should fork Android. It’s unforkable. Extremely detailed article on exactly what options exist for Microsoft (or anyone else) to fork Android – and why all of them are probably a bad idea for Microsoft. 


Windows 8 and the Cost of Complexity – stratēchery by Ben Thompson

Windows 8 and the Cost of Complexity – stratēchery by Ben Thompson We missed posting this post from Ben Thompson when it came out last month, but it’s worth a read. He describes how windows 8, in hoping to slow the decline of PCs due to tablets, actually managed to hasten it. This is the …

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inessential.com: Azure Takes Over

inessential.com: Azure Takes Over This is a great reaction from Brent Simmons (the Nixon who went to China – he’s an old guard Apple guy who actually promote Azure for Microsoft). It’s in line with what we said: cloud services is a field Microsoft can really compete in well and is and will be a …

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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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