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Kara Swisher on the Gang of Four

Kara Swisher on the Gang of Four

Based on an interview with Eric Schmidt at D9, Kara Swisher will discuss how Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook dominate consumer technology today through their platform strategies. This would make for a good book, no?

Microsoft, Android, and Frenemies

Microsoft, Android, and Frenemies

Microsoft just signed a deal in which it will effectively make money off of Android. From the Mashable piece:

It may seem strange that Microsoft is licensing Android and Chrome patents when both of those products are managed by Google. But Microsoft holds many patents that relate directly to technologies used in the Android operating system and Chrome browser, and the company makes hundreds of millions of dollars every year

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Microsoft, Choice, and the Age of the Platform

Microsoft, Choice, and the Age of the Platform

According to TechCrunch, there will be nine (count 'em, 9) different versions of Windows 8. From the piece: There isn’t a winner here. Microsoft and Apple have different approaches and goals in regards to its desktop operating system. It’s easy to stand on a soapbox and at Redmond, “You’re doing it wrong! No one wants to spend $300 on an OS!” But that fact is Microsoft seems to know what Read More

Really?

Count Microsoft among the companies taking shots at Google for its "new" privacy policy. Do I understand this? Of course. Microsoft is trying to differentiate itself from arguable its main rival. Do I agree with it? Of course not. If Microsoft could do what Google is doing, it would. Period. In the Age of the Platform, it's easy to try and take the high road when, in fact, you just can't do what your Read More

It’s not the Age of Conscription

It’s not the Age of Conscription

Google isn't Wikipedia. It exists to make money--among other reasons. Apple, Amazon, and Facebook don't charge for many of their products and services. Amazon offers many free Kindle books and one can do a great deal of research on its site gratis. Apple gives away free songs and apps. Facebook promises to always remain free for consumers. If you have a problem with any of these platforms or any others, then don't Read More

Most Popular Book Passages on Kindle

Most Popular Book Passages on Kindle

This is kind of neat. Kindle lets you see which passages have been highlighted most often. Click here to see which sentences seem to be resonating with readers of the book.  

How Big is Amazon?

How Big is Amazon?

People like to talk about which one of the Gang of Four (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google) will win the Great Tech War of 2012 and beyond. I find most of this talk to be misplaced. In the Age of the Platform, there will be multiple winners.

Facebook won't be knocking Amazon off of its retail perch any more than Amazon will be more social than Facebook. Frugaldad.com recently ran a fascinating

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