- Microsoft to Announce Windows-on-ARM Plans Next Month, but Hardware Still Months Away | Ina Fried | Mobilized | AllThingsD – Necessary steps to port Windows to mobile devices.
- I Want This New Facebook Filter Feature – This may be new. At least I had not noticed it previously. But useful.
- The Rise of Mobile Search Engine Optimization – Quick something on mobile SEO.
- Avoid Tourist Traps with TripAdvisor’s Facebook Integration – Instant personalization of trip planning.
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- Opera: State of the Mobile Web, Year-End 2010 – Not including the smartphone mobile web, but the larger part of the mobile web nonetheless. Latin America and South Asia pushing most.
- Is Google In A Dream World? If So, Just How Close To Limbo Are They? – It is easy to not notice the number of failures Google have had in light of their tremendous successes elsewhere.
- How Travelers Use Social Media – eMarketer – Difficult to live without the constant presence of Facebook and Twitter and Flickr and their ilk it would seem.
- A whole new ballgame for Indian football – Big money will hopefully transform the beautiful game in India. But it is always difficult to estimate the whims of the governing body.
- 5 Lessons from 150 Startup Pitches – Good tips for perfecting product pitches.
- 3 Keys to Selecting the Right Social Listening Platform. – Some ideas on how to select the right product. In summary, it still depends on your digital strategy. Get that right and everything will fall into place.
- How To Turn Social Media Assets Into Social Co-Creation Assets | Forrester Blogs – Summary findings from a Forrester report.
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- Why WikiLeaks Matters More (And Less) than You Think – Harvard Business Review – An interesting take on issues related to transparency, disclosure and confidentiality in the light of Wikileaks.
- Wikileaks and the Long Haul – Clay Shirky on the Wikileaks conflict.
- Don’t shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths | The Australian – Julian Assange on why Wikileaks should be protected, and not attacked. Good read.
- Video And Screenshots Of Android 3.0′s Surprise Appearance – Android 3.0 + Motorola tablet. Should be coming soon.
- Does Wikileaks Represent The End Of Internet History? – Trying to stop Wikileaks is essentially futile.
- Groupon 2.0, You Better Believe This Is The Future Of Commerce – Last week the debate was whether Google was right in making a $6b offer for Groupon. This week the flavor might be whether Groupon was right to spurn it. Anyways, here's some of the exciting new features it launched last week.
- Google Studies How Consumers Shop For Laptops, Netbooks, E-Readers And Tablets – Interesting study on shopper behavior.
- Nine Business Analytics Predictions for 2011 – Useful if you work in this field.
- Will Facebook become a force in e-commerce, too? | Analysis & Opinion | – I feel this is just a small beginning. More to come. I am thinking of a post on these developments and more. A social platform that is a gateway to the entire web.
- Entrepreneur.com Daily Dose – The Future Of Marketing – I agree with social search. Which is also real-time search.
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- 10 Trends That Are Shaping Global Media Consumption – TV, it seems, isn't going anywhere. If anything, consumption is increasing. And so are newspapers in the emerging economies.
- India becomes the epicentre of Microsoft’s growth plans – Microsoft is pinning its growth plans on India on the basis of cloud offerings. When will Google Apps ads start featuring on the Economic Times?
- Google Vs. the "Bad Apples": Four Steps Against Copyright Infringement – Google wants to rinse their system of copyright violators. While taking prompt action against complaints seem a good idea, the other two are difficult to scale.
- ‘Boring’ Couple Beats Google In Court, Is Awarded $1 – So much for all the effort.
- Twitter’s Great Big Problem Is Its Massive Opportunity – John Battelle’s Searchblog – John Battelle on Twitter's immense potential.
- Groupon Is Worth More Than $2.5 Billion – John Battelle’s Searchblog – But then may be it is not. This is more like what I feel.
- Why Google Buying Groupon Is a Bad Idea | Forrester Blogs – The price tag is way too high.
- The Algorithm + the Crowd are Not Enough « Rand’s Blog – The new evolution of recommendations and search results need to have a human editorial element. Just to ensure it is easier to understand the results.
- Why Social Media Is Top Priority for Search Marketers – eMarketer – Social will be at the center of SEO and PPC campaigns
- Eight Things I’m Sick of in Social Media | Forrester Blogs – I especially like number 3. What with all those experts, gurus, mavens, professionals around.
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- Software Piracy in India–86% Ready to Pay More for Genuine Software – Interesting. Is this really happening in India? Software prices are still too high for the Indian context.
- Top 10 Corruption Scams in India – Something offbeat from the regular links. A lesson in history.
- YouTube – Web 2.0 Summit 2010: “Point of Control: Finance” – A conversation with two super-VCs.
- Bettering a Billion Lives, India’s Unique ID System | Nielsen Wire – The capitalist angle to a social phenomenon.
- India’s Rural FMCG Market to Grow to $100 Billion by 2025 | Nielsen Wire – The Indian rural market is expected to grow more than tenfold to become a USD$100 billion opportunity for retail spending in the next 15 years, The Nielsen Company has found.
- India’s Crossover Shopper Comes of Age | Nielsen Wire – Indian shoppers are using multiple retail formats to fulfill their needs with category preferences for different formats.
- Opera: State of the Mobile Web, October 2010 – The mobile web is exploding. In India unique-user growth since October 2009: 277.5 %
- Getting Close and Personal: 11 Tips for Close-up Candid Street Photography – My interests thus make their way into these links.
- YouTube – Web 2.0 Summit 2010: “Point of Control: Consumer Platforms” – Nikesh Arora (Google), John Hayes (American Express), Yusuf Mehdi (Microsoft) and John Battelle (Federated Media Publishing) discuss data driven marketing.
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- Long Live the Web: A Call for Continued Open Standards and Neutrality: Scientific American – Facebook criticized for being a walled garden by Tim Berners-Lee. What about the Graph API?
- Leveraging Best Practices for Social Media – eMarketer – “The “2010 Social Media Benchmarking Study” from Ketchum and FedEx found when looking at 62 study participants from a variety of industries that 100% had some degree of social media presence.” Too small a sample?
- Forrester says HP and IBM are both fabulous at social media – Big pat on the back and gold stars all round | TechEye – Well, some (big) companies are getting it right too.
- What does inflation mean for marketers? – The Economic Times – Nice article highlighting the effect of inflation on marketing practices.
- LinkedIn Sends Signals Worth Receiving And Using | Forrester Blogs – Innovation trends at LinkedIn. A new service, Signal -currently in beta, looks interesting.
- Facebook’s ‘See Friendship’ Feature Raises Privacy Worries – TIME – Facebook’s latest privacy faux pas has taken some time to register. But this is a little bit worse than sharing information with advertisers.
- The Data Digest: How Consumers Complain About Poor Service | Forrester Blogs – Despite all the buzz around social media, 71% of service complaints are via surveys, calls and mail.
- Speed was God when we created Pentium: Vinod Dham – The Economic Times – Excerpts from an interview with the ‘Father of the Pentium’.
- Did Google Arm Its Own Enemies With Android? – Harvard Business Review – Could Google soon be paying to be the default search engine on their own operating system?
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- What Are the Benefits of Email-Social Media Integration? – eMarketer – Clear sign of the popularity of social media compared to email.
- Facebook | See the Messages that Matter – The revamped Facebook messaging system has all the makings of displacing traditional email in the long run.
- Singel-Minded: How Facebook Could Beat Google to Win the Net | Epicenter | Wired.com – Facebook could win in Google's backyard. Advertising. That is why Google is running scared of them and wan to get into social fast.
- Irrationality, Welcome Back to Silicon Valley: Tech News « – Good ideas can get lost and bad ideas lose money. Irrationality, thats what it can do.
- Why Google can’t build Instagram — Scobleizer – Some of these lessons sure seem counter intuitive. Remove people from a team if you want to make it more productive? But I have heard this over and over again in my journey through the world’s best tech companies.
- The Data Digest: Forrester’s Global Online Population Forecast 2009 To 2014 | Forrester Blogs – Of course the growth will come from emerging markets. The others have already "emerged". They are saturated. Almost.
- Virtual Reality Street: HUL tries enabling employees to think technology – The Economic Times – Really innovative way to get employees excited about new technology. And even better for the industry where it is happening. Will Indian tech biggies stand up and take notice?
- Fixing The Five Bad Habits of Traditional Marketing | Forrester Blogs – The bad habits of marketing are fairly common. But it is always good to have everything in a nutshell.
- Answer to the discount-profit business conundrum – A new model of Conjoint Analysis can even help optimize quantity discounts.
- (Saving…) Fortune 500 Nearly Doubles Use of Twitter – eMarketer – While the overall usage of Twitter by the Fortune 500 increased, so did its spread throughout the ranks of the list. Last year, nearly 40% of those companies with an account were in the top 100. By 2010, that had dropped to 25%, and companies in the middle of the pack made up a larger proportion of Twitter users.
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- Fortune 500 Nearly Doubles Use of Twitter – eMarketer – While the overall usage of Twitter by the Fortune 500 increased, so did its spread throughout the ranks of the list. Last year, nearly 40% of those companies with an account were in the top 100. By 2010, that had dropped to 25%, and companies in the middle of the pack made up a larger proportion of Twitter users.
- Platform strategy: Centre of an industry-wide ecosystem – A platform strategy is one of the top requirements to be a dominant force in your industry. But it is not the only one.
- A special report on smart systems: It’s a smart world | The Economist – The real and the digital worlds are converging, bringing much greater efficiency and lots of new opportunities, says Ludwig Siegele. But is it what people want?
- 5 Ways Google TV Will Disrupt Web Analytics – As internet moves to the family TV set it will start posing some interesting challenges to traditional web analytics. Web browsing would become more social and interactions will be dependent on parallel inputs.
- Twitter by the Petabyte: Using Big Data to Define Market Sentiment – ReadWriteCloud – BigSheets is a tool created by IBM that takes terabytes or even petabytes of Web data and turns it into information that provides business intelligence. The tool can be used for structured or unstructured data from internal or external sources. For instance, it can run streams of Twitter data for days, weeks or even months on particular keywords. That data can then be mashed up with internal information.
- A history of parcel bombs: Going postal | The Economist – Sending explosives through the post has a long and murky history.
- Symbian OS – one of the most successful failures in tech history – An insider view on why Symbian failed to capture the imagination of the ‘smartphone’ generation.
- Five Ways Twitter Can Help You Conquer Distraction – Harvard Business Review – Good thoughts on managing a distracting Twitter life.
- Google is lost in location-based battle with Facebook, will it checkin? – Facebook’s new mobile announcements have a lot of implications for mobile platforms. Robert Scoble wonders how Google will face up to the test. Places may be the starting point, but they still don’t have access to peoples social graph.
- Innovators, How Do You Use Data? – Scott Anthony – Harvard Business Review – Collecting truckloads of data is of no use unless you are going to do something with it, is it?
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- The Role of Customer Product Reviews – eMarketer – 64% of shoppers took 10 minutes or more to read reviews, vs. 50% in 2007 – 33% took a half hour or more to read reviews, vs. 18% in 2007 – 39% read eight or more reviews before buying, vs. 22% in 2007 – 12% read 16 or more reviews before buying, vs. 5% in 2007
- Google Instant Shows Positive Effect on Paid Search – eMarketer – Google was surely not just showing off their engineering prowess. There may be a conscious effort to change user behavior to ensure more ad clicks.
- The Times UK Lost 4 Million Readers To Its Paywall Experiment – While The Times may have lost 4 million readers, it may still be earning more from subscriptions. A classic case of trading off between volume and price (in a way) with the price lever leading to greater profits.
- Twitter Investor Defends New ‘Tweet’ Usage Rules – Oliver Chiang – SelectStart – Forbes – The debate rages on Twitter’s new guidelines on using “Twitter” and “Tweet”.
- Social Media’s Leadership Challenges – Quy Huy and Andrew Shipilov – The Conversation – Harvard Business Review – Outsourcing social media to an external agency does not help to build the community building capabilities in-house and this can be harmful in the long run. It might be better to hire social media ‘leaders’.
- Mark Zuckerberg and Misery as Motivation – Rosabeth Moss Kanter – Harvard Business Review – Interesting perspective on how personal shortcomings can motivate entrepreneurs to launch new products and services that allow them to overcome them.
- HameshaON–Solving Power Theft Problem in India – Solving the problem of power theft in India can really ease the pressure on the grid. But the question remains whether the system will let it work?
- India’s Major Crisis in Microlending – Loans Involving Tiny Amounts of Money Were a Good Idea, but the Explosion of Interest Backfires
- Mastering the Apple Game of Customer Perception – Harvard Business Review – Delivering what your consumers expect can help you stay in business, but meeting their perceptions can help you disrupt industries. Like Apple.
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- Investing More Time Brings Sophistication to Social Media Efforts – eMarketer – Remember the adage "practice makes perfect"?
- Bing Getting places faster with Bing Local – Search Blog – A day after Google launches Place searach, Bing responds.
- Google India Blog: Taking the bus becomes easier with BMTC routes on Google Maps – Would it now become easier to decipher the cryptic BMTC numbering system?
- Facebook | Telling the Story of Friendships – The connections are becoming stronger.
- Microsoft’s consumer brand is dying – Oct. 27, 2010 – What is wrong with Microsoft as a consumer brand? A lot.
- Mobile Users Prefer Browsers over Apps – eMarketer – This seems a little counter intuitive to me considering that apps would be much more optimized to deliver value to customers. The only reason I can imagine in favor, and not a small one, is that browsers are better at enabling discovery thus providing greater choice. But I think the trends will change soon enough.